1 Backchannels Army Spouses Club of the Greater Washington Area September 2018 Inside this issue: ASCGWA Board 2 Special Activities 3 Membership 4-5 Kickoff 6 Charitable Cause 7 Festival of the Firs 8 Tours 9 Advertising 10 Community News 11 Luncheon dates: 2018 September 20* *Kickoff at Spates Community Club October 18 November 15 December January 17 February 21 March 21 April 11* *Date changed to second Thursday May 16 PRESIDENT S PEN It s almost September 20! Are you excited? I know I am! It seems like forever since I last saw some of my Army Spouses Club friends and I have missed Y all. I am ready for Fall, football, cooler weather, our monthly luncheons, and some fabulous tours. The theme for our Fall Kickoff is Come Join Our Community, and bees are symbols of community. Since bees are smart enough to sport Army colors, we figured it would be a fun element to add to our theme. If you want to find out what all the buzz is about, make sure you sign up for the Fall Kickoff. Visit our website at www. to register for the event. If you have not renewed your membership, you can do that as well. If you want permanent reservations for a discounted rate ($200), renew your membership first, and select permanent reservations. After you have renewed and paid, you can register for the Kickoff and select the free permanent reservation option. If you have already renewed and/or registered for the Kickoff and would still like permanent reservations, just We can make it happen. Our Ways and Means queen, Christie Kehoe, was hard at work this summer finding new and fun things for us! We have brand new customized Army Wives Seal items, table runners perfect for the Army-Navy Game ( GO ARMY, BEAT navy! ), and we restocked some perennial favorites. Do not forget to follow us on social media. You can find information on our luncheons, special activities, tours, affinity groups, and other items of interest to our members. We want to hear from you, too, so connect with us! I cannot wait to see you on September 20 at the Spates Community Club on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall! Fondly, Kelly
2 BACKCHANNELS SUBMISSIONS 2 If you would like to submit an article, information about an upcoming club activity, movie or book review, restaurant recommendation, recipe, local event, or a must-see travel destination please let us know! We would love your input! Please send all submissions to Jackie McKenna at: All Backhannels submissions are due no later than the second Friday of each month. ASCGWA Honorary Presidents Honorary Vice President Advisor EXECUTIVE BOARD President First Vice President Second Vice President Secretary Treasurer Parliamentarian Hollyanne Milley Holly Dailey Maria McConville Esther Howard Kelly Kreis Michelle Funkhouser Grace Phelps LaDonna Cavanaugh Deborah Kalisz Wehr Amy Sutton Pictures from the monthly luncheon are due the following day on the third Friday of each month. We can be reached at: Fondly, Jackie Habel & Paula Ann Mancini Co-editors STANDING COMMITTEES/SPECIAL COMMITTEES Affinity Clubs Coordinator Backchannels Editor Jackie Habel & Paula Ann Mancini Charitable Causes Paula Ann Mancini Fundraising Kerri Eldridge Historian Maggie Hollinger Hospitality Holly Scherer International Liaison Melissa Pederson JAFOWL Representative Connie Semonite Membership & Directory Barb Patterson Military Support Organizations Outreach Patty Barron New Member Table Jill Vaniman Public Relations Jackie McKenna Publicity Jackie Habel Property Chair Social Media Desiree Moore Reservations Pam Parker Scholarships Yvonne Coombs Special Activities Mandy Downey Tours Michelle Zuniga Vendor Chair Dawn Zagame Volunteer Coordinator Kim Nykanen Ways & Means Christie Kehoe Web Administrator Diane Martinez Zip Code Groups Jennifer Stepetic The Army Wife Seal is a copyrighted property of the Army Spouses Club of the Greater Washington Area. No one may reproduce it in any manner, or for any reason, without the express permission of ASCGWA. For permission contact ASCGWA. If you are interested in volunteering for a position on the ASCGWA Board please contact our president, Kelly Kreis, or a board member. We will be happy to speak with you! Contact Kelly at
3 3 SPECIAL ACTIVITIES Bridge Groups The Bridge Group meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Army Navy Country Club of Arlington. You must have knowledge of how to play. Please contact Henriette Gordon at Tours Throughout the year, various group tours are scheduled. One of the most popular is the yearly New York City bus ride with tickets to the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes show. Please contact Michelle Zuniga at Flick Chicks Movie Group Once a month, this group meets up to enjoy a movie together. POC needed! Please contact Walk Around Washington Group Each month a walk is organized in and around the Washington, DC area. Please contact Nina O Shaughnessy at or Mary Pawlow at You are invited Bible Study The Living Word Bible Study meets every Monday at 10 am at the Memorial Post Chapel on Fort Myer, across from the PX. Please contact Nancy Jackson at Happy Hour Group Meet new friends and catch up with other members at Happy Hour gatherings throughout the year in the DC/Northern Virginia area. Please contact Kim Farnsworth at Great Decisions Do you enjoy talking about current events and exploring the rationale of our foreign policy decisions? Great Decisions is America s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a DVD, and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. A National Opinion Ballot is compiled and presented to the Department of State, Congress, and the White House at the end of the year. Please contact Lori O Neill at Zip Code Groups Zip Code Groups meet in one another s homes, at local restaurants, or visit places of interest and are a perfect opportunity to meet your ASCGWA neighbors in a smaller setting. Please contact Jennifer Stepetic at ZIP CODE GROUPS Alexandria LaDonna Cavanaugh Annandale, Fairfax, & Fairfax Station Mary Pawlow Arlington Paige Kellogg Burke Jeanne Sander Falls Church/Fort Myer/McLean Lori Borgna-Strong Chantilly, Clifton, Centerville, Herndon and Beyond Pat ONeill Prince William County and Beyond Paula Ann Mancini Springfield Jennifer Stepetic Maryland-Howard County and Beyond Marie T. Corbett Maryland-Montgomery and Beyond Deidra Stubbs Washington D.C. Mary Dulany Prince William and Beyond Zip Code Group learns about floral design at The Flower Gallery of Manassas
4 4 Army Spouses Club of the Greater Washington Area Member s Name: Spouse s Name: Address: Please print legibly. This is how you are listed in the ASCGWA Directory. Last (Surname) First (Given Name) Military Rank/Civilian Grade, if applicable Last (Surname) First (Given Name) Military Rank/Civilian Grade, if applicable Number/Street/Unit City State Zip Code Telephone: Check Preference Address: Member s Birthday: Status: (Check all that apply) c Home # c Cell # Month/Day c Army c Reserve Component Branch: c National Guard Branch (Army or Air Force): c Marines c Air Force c Coast Guard c Navy c DA Civilian (or spouse of) c GS Employee (or spouse of) c Honorary Membership c Active Duty c Retired c Widow/Widower c International Member (Country: Spouse s Title: ) c Returning Member c New Member c Regular Membership c Spouses, widows/widowers, and adult dependent ID card-holding family members of those serving in or retired from active duty in the US Army, the reserve component, or the National Guard. c Department of the Army (DA) civilian employees or spouses of the same, currently serving or retired. c Individuals who maintain eligibility for rights and privileges that accompany DD c Associate Membership c Spouses, widows/widowers, and adult dependent ID card-holding family members of those serving in or retired from services other than the US Army on active duty, in the reserve component, or in the National Guard. c Government Service employees (other than DA) or spouses of the same, currently serving or retired. c Spouse of foreign military officer or civilian employee (sponsored by their respective embassy) assigned to duties in the National Capital Region. c My photo may appear in Backchannels, on the Army Spouses Club social media sites, and, if I attend, on the JAFOWL publicity and photo sharing site. Membership Directory c Electronic copy ( /accessible on club website in members only content) c Printed copy (pick up at luncheon) c Printed copy (mailed/$3.00) Dues: c $35.00 Full Year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019) c $16.00 (New PCS arrivals after January 2019) Payment Method: c Cash c PayPal c Check (Check #: ) Payment Date:
5 5 Army Spouses Club Policies As a member of the Army Spouses Club, I agree to the following policies: Luncheon Policy 100% of your fee is refundable if you cancel prior to or on the RSVP date posted for each luncheon. After the RSVP date has passed, you are still responsible for the cost of your meal, and no refunds will be granted. Please the Army Spouses Club Reservations Chair, if you need to cancel your reservations. Permanent Reservations Permanent reservations may be made for $200; includes Fall Kickoff Event and ASCGWA luncheons (October - May). Permanent reservations receive a discount on luncheon fees and therefore are not eligible for refunds. If you have a permanent reservation and cannot attend, please let us know so we may cancel your meal. Tours and Special Activities Policy Reservations are not guaranteed until payment is received. We will not offer refunds if you cancel the reservation after the RSVP date for any tour. If you are unable to attend, in most cases, you may transfer your ticket to another Army Spouses Club member. You will be responsible for handling the transaction with the other member. If you are registered for tours with a waitlist and fail to attend, this may result in your inability to register for future tours. Use of Directory Information Policy Information contained in the directory is for club use only and shall not be shared with non-club members or used for any purpose other than club business. Signature: Date: Mail to: ASCGWA Membership PO Box 1124 Fort Myer, VA Or join on line: www. A Friendly Reminder Please note that Patton Hall has the following dress code: Appropriate, neat casual attire or authorized uniforms may be worn in the Club during the day. Jeans, tank tops, t-shirts, halter tops, cut off shorts, swim wear, athletic wear, and rubber pool shoes are not permitted at any time. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration. Patton Hall 214 Jackson Ave Fort Myer, VA For membership questions, please contact:
6 6 You are Special Is there someone that needs a little cheer, a get well wish, a condolence, or a congratulations? If you know of a member in need, please let our secretary know. the member s name, address, and the type of card that should be sent to LaDonna Cavanaugh at The Army Spouses Club of the Greater Washington Area (ASCGWA) is a non-profit organization seeking to enhance the quality of life of its members and the Military District of Washington community at large. We offer friendship, monthly luncheons, special activities and many volunteer opportunities. Additionally, there are zip code groups to make it easier to connect to the military spouses who live near you. Our volunteers organize fun activities and share information about unique opportunities available in the Washington, D.C. area. The complete luncheon schedule will be unveiled at the Fall Kickoff. Here is a sneak peek. Printed for the Army Spouses Club of the Greater Washington Area at no cost to the U.S. Government. Materials contained herein are not to be considered any expression of the Department of the Army. Advertisements in this publication do not constitute an endorsement by the Department of the Army. November 15, 2018 Chef Andre Rush December 20, 2018 It s All About the Bag Bingo January 17, 2019 Army Spouses Club & Army Half Birthday Celebration February 21, 2019 International Showcase Come join our community!
7 7 Army Spouses Club Charitable Cause Our October cause is the Holiday Food Voucher Program. Please join us as we care for our soldiers and their families. With each purchased and donated $25 or $50 gift card from our local commissary you will help make the Thanksgiving holiday a festive occasion for deserving families. This worthwhile program, run by Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall chaplains office, has served over 300 families annually. Please bring your commissary gift card donation to our October 18 luncheon at Patton Hall. For further information, please contact Paula Ann Mancini, ASCGWA Charitable Causes Chair, at
8 8 Festival Firs of the Patton Hall November 15 10:30 AM The Festival of the Firs will be held at the November luncheon. Tabletop size trees and wreaths will be displayed and available for sale at the luncheon. All funds raised will be designated for scholarships and outreach. Please contact Michelle Funkhouser, for further details or questions. Trees and wreaths will be on hand to be adopted and made fabulous at the Fall Kickoff and the October luncheon. Trees/wreaths may be decorated in any style or theme, so let your imagination run wild! ASCGWA will be providing evergreen-type trees and wreaths but you may provide/use other types (grapevine, fabric, mesh, etc.). Designers will be responsible for providing all decorating and display materials for the tree or wreath. All creations are considered donations to the Festival of the Firs and ASCGWA.
9 9 Friends that tour together, stay together! Plan your year touring new places with this year s Army Spouses Club members and Tour Chair, Michelle Zuniga. Stay connected to our website for registration and dates to sign up. Questions should be sent to Michelle at Time to Travel Out and About One of the many benefits of living in this area is the plethora of activities the VA, MD, and DC area has to offer. Each month we will spotlight one event that catches our eye! Get out and enjoy the day! MARYLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL September 8 & 9, 2018 Sandy Point State Park Annapolis, MD This year s festival marks the 50th annual celebration of the Chesapeake Bay s bounty and features vendors selling crab cakes, crab soup, crab fries, fried fish, shrimp baskets, and oysters on the half shell. Events include a Maryland crab soup cook-off, a crab-cake-eating challenge, crab-picking and oyster-shucking contests, live music, chef demonstrations, and activities for kids. Saturday s activities will end with fireworks over the beach. For additional event information and tickets, visit: abceventsinc.com/maryland-seafood-festival
10 10 ADVERTISING Are you looking for an opportunity to advertise your business? Showcase your company with an advertisement in the ASCGWA monthly newsletter and on our web page. We have four options to suit your advertising needs. Interested in starting a new Special Activity group? For questions about the individual groups or how to start a new group, please contact Mandy Downey, Special Activities Chair, at For more information, please contact $40 package: 2 x 3.5 ad in the newsletter and on the web page with customer-provided graphics (October - May & a summer issue). Want to sell your creative work? Know a great vendor you d like to see at a luncheon? Please contact Dawn Zagame, Vendor Chair, at $25 package: 2 x 3.5 ad in the newsletter and on the web page with customer-provided graphics (October - January or Febuary - May). $60 package: 2 x 3.5 ad in the newsletter and on the web page includes design and graphics provided by ASCGWA (October - May & a summer issue). $35 package: 2 x 3.5 ad in the newsletter and on the web page includes design and graphics provided by ASCGWA (October - January or February - May).
11 11 The JBM-HH Army Community Service (ACS) Volunteer Association is hosting Planning Ahead for the Retired Military Spouse a presentation by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for retired military spouses (all ranks and branches of service) in the NCR This presentation is to help prepare and inform retired military spouses about important documents and points of contact needed following the death of their military sponsor September 25, am - 1 pm Spates Community Club and Conference Center 214 McNair Road, Building 407 Fort Myer, VA Light luncheon refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP no later than September 17, 2018 to Marcia O Connor, Vice-President, ACS Volunteer Association or (703) C Scan for text Scan for HopeOneSource is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that aims to increase awareness and access to local services for those at risk and experiencing homelessness in DC. We provide a geolocated text messaging system that connects people to the services they need in real-time such as food and shelter, education and training, housing, jobs, and many more. Service providers using the tool send actionable, updated text alerts about their available services and events to help fulfill the specific needs of those registered to receive text alerts. HopeOneSource is free for the person receiving the text alerts and the organization sending them, and always will be. Every phone donated is a life that can be changed and potentially saved. Every donation is tax-deductible! For more information, please contact: Frank V. Adames at or Community News
12 Backchannels Post Office Box 1124 Fort Myer, VA Welcome September