Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2016 Accomplishments in Public Issues

Civic and Social Responsibilities are key components in our lives.  Our Public Issues Community Service area focuses on Citizenship, Military Personnel, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and Safety and Crime Prevention.  In 2016 our club members accomplished the following:

Members contributed 70 volunteer hours as poll workers in August primary and November general election.

1.       Our Club made a $700 donation to the Joshua Chamberlain Society (JCS), a grass roots non-profit whose mission is to provide long term support to veterans that sustained permanent combat injuries fighting the long war on terror for our nation and long term support to the children of local veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in our service.  JCS Nashville was formed in 2013 and has adopted 2 veterans injured in Afghanistan.  This non-profit raises funds for the benefit of these veterans and there are NO administrative costs.   We made our donation and publicized this non-profit at our May “Step Up – It’s a Charity Affair” luncheon and hosted a speaker from JCS for our monthly program in November.

2.       We collected magazines, paperback books, and past National Geographic magazines at various meetings and delivered to the Nashville VA Hospital in December to re-supply waiting areas with more recent reading materials for Veterans and their family’s enjoyment.

3.       We made a $700 donation to Operation StandDown Tennessee, the only Veteran Service Center in our state recognized by the US Department of Veteran Affairs.  Serving honorably discharged veterans is their sole focus.  There are four major components of OSDN – 1) Veteran Service Center, 2) Transitional Housing Program, 3) Stand Down Events, and 4) a thrift store.

4.   In support of our GFWC Partner, the USO, members made direct monetary donations  in support of our military personnel.

 Our First Vice-President, a retired Army colonel, presented a program on travelling safely in this age of terrorism after the bombing of the Brussels’ airport and provided members with a safety checklist at our April general meeting.

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