U.S. Navy band
Click the flag for music,
[it takes awhile to play]
Hard to believe it’s almost spring when I’m still waiting
for winter. It’s been an odd year weather-wise. Every meeting
day has been sunny and bright, unlike most winter travel days.
April meeting in Grand Rapids sounds interesting. We will hear
from a Red Cross worker who spent time in New York during the
incident at “Ground Zero.” Our hosting members, in this case
Mariann Sielawa, have been finding speakers with a message.
Education is an important part of our membership.
Most of you heard that I was going to be on a “Women in the
Military” segment on Fox News. The Olympics took some of their
audience, so the station canceled the first date. Finally, on
February 18th, Presidents’ Day, I got my five seconds of fame.
Monica Gayle, the news anchor, did a nice job of presenting
military women’s part in history, in three minutes. I taped
it, and will share it with those of you who were unable to get
it. She did not pick up any profound statements I made, but
she did show my home in the background with my memorabilia.
The woman in camouflage recently retired from the military
after 24 years and a very interesting
career. She transferred from the Navy to the
Marines to get more challenging assignments. I’m trying to get
her to join WN.
Wanda Kearns will be in sick bay for awhile
after undergoing hip replacement surgery on March 4th. Watch
out! When she is able to walk well again, there will be no
How many of you are planning to go to
Portland, Oregon, in August? It is a beautiful city, and the
committee is going all out to make it an unforgettable
I’m sorry to report that we lost another
member, Norrene Dreffs, from Wayne. She has not attended many
meetings recently, but responded when I asked her to take a
woman in a wheel chair to the All Service Women’s Luncheon
several years ago. Ruth and Carl Gaerig represented Unit 32 at
The nominating committee is working to fill a
slate of officers for the next two years. If you have never
joined this elite group of members, now is your chance. Say
“yes” if recruited, or better yet, volunteer to run.
See you in Grand Rapids
on the 6th.