After a very long and formal process, we are so proud to announce that as of February 2018, our name change is finally official! We would like to commend those who have worked so hard to make this happen – namely our fantastic President, Kristina DeBusk and our wonderful Secretary, Stephanie Walburn. There is so much more work behind the scenes than most people know: registering our name with the State of Alabama, filing paperwork with MWR, JAG reviews, just to name a few! So next time you see Kristina or Stephanie, please take a minute to thank them for a job well done!
Kelly Pardew, Advisor
Susan Perna, Honorary President
The process and purpose
The Board proposed that Article 1, Section A of the constitution be changed from – “The name of this organization shall be the Redstone Arsenal Community Women’s Club, herein referred to as the CWC” to – “The name of this organization shall be the Redstone Arsenal Military and Civilians’ Club, herein referred to as MCC.”
Making this change essentially required a three-step process, which is laid out in Article 8 of our Constitution.
- First, the amendment had to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the General Board. This was accomplished on September 5, 2017.
- Second, the amendment had to be presented to the membership at a general membership meeting the month before it is was put to vote. This was accomplished on September 13, 2017.
- Lastly, the amendment requires an affirmative vote from a majority of the members at a quorum meeting of the general membership. This vote took place on October 10, 2017 at the general membership meeting and luncheon and was passed.
So why did we propose and adopt this change?
In a nutshell, we feel that we can better fulfill our purpose if we have a more inclusive name. The Club’s purpose is delineated in our Constitution:
- To provide education, cultural and recreational activities
- To foster and preserve the ideals of good fellowship
- To promote social welfare and support community activities
- To support military families, especially those of deployed military personnel.
- The proposed name reflects a change that is taking place across our military services
and within our civilian workforce.
Your board has a tremendous amount of respect for the hundreds of members who served in and benefitted from the past programs and efforts of the Redstone Arsenal Community Women’s Club. We want to honor that tradition by adapting to the changing needs of our military and civilian community.