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Hello SOSC Members & Friends!

Together we have made the ordinary truly EXTRAORDINARY! We all know that an organization is only as strong as the members and volunteers who support it, and in that realm, the SOSC is really blessed. As we began this board year and organized for the year ahead, we realized that we would need to raise awareness of our club, reinvigorate the membership with some new activities, and continue the superb support the SOSC has always provided our military families. Here are a few highlights of the wonderful 2012-2013 year so far: How did the SOSC raise awareness of the club? • Updates on our Facebook page - we reached everyone at the speed of a mouse click • We increased membership to 200 members through our online membership and by attending Spouse Link on base and more • We attended the base picnic in June to promote our new logo and club • There's a brand new look to our web site and “The Contact" newsletter • Advertisements in more newspapers about our events and membership activities • Advertisements on-base and word-of-mouth increased exposure to our club

How did our new ideas complement our well established activities?

• The Welcome Back Luau Social was a huge hit for our moms as well as new members • The new mini clubs were well received by many members: running club, movie club, two book clubs, BUNCO & many  more • The new Moms & Tots play group was well received by moms and kids • Strong attendance at programs like "Make it, Bake it, Fake it”, Bunco, BLINGO, and also the Mary Engelbreit event, which brought over 100 of us together for a great time! • Christmas Time at Paulo’s Mansion in O'Fallon rang in the holidays nicely with the Scott AFB band and O'Fallon high school performers • Every function was well attended and the door prizes were a huge hit • We found a wonderful new avenue for our moms to drop off their children in a well organized daycare from 9-1 at FUMC/PMO in O'Fallon, IL during our daytime events How did we better support our military families? • Another RECORD year for the Trivia Night, raising over $11,000 to support the local charities', scholarships' and scholastic awards


• Local base agencies and charities received funds from the SOSC to help support their programs/events • Many of you donated cookies for the Cookie Drive and food for the Airmen's BBQ....they love the touch of home :) • We supported the Women's History Month thru cookie donations and by working various events  • Worked with community businesses to receive the support of many scholarships for our high school seniors and military spouses • Mary Engelbreit designed three pieces of art work after attending our September event and proceeds from the designs are donated towards the Military Child Education Collation ( MCEC). Around Fall all of the ME designs will be for sale in AAFES stores   As you can see, our talented members’ efforts have positively benefited our Airmen and their families and have expanded those special bonds and the positive energy that we share with each other as SOSC members. I am looking forward to seeing you at the many of our May events!!!   Inquire within on "how you too can become involved in the new board year"!!!   ~Deb Arquiette, President 2012-2013

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.



Board Members Advisor Cathy Almand

Executive Board President

Deb Arquiette


Stephanie Price

Recording Secretary

Alice Howe

Corresponding Secretary

Kristin Gittner

OSC Treasurer

Marcie Hermann

OSCA Treasurer

Michelle McLaughlin

1st Vice President

Stephanie Wu

2nd Vice President

Stephanie Wu

Governing Board Membership - Jennifer Hernandez Membership Co-Chair - Andrea Barnes Reservations - Shelly Loving Reservations Co-Chair - Yvonne Callaway Programs - Anita Wolcott Programs Co-Chair - Amy Bogan Programs Volunteers - Nancy Muscatell, Bea Donelson & Vicki Tobin Webmaster - Sarah Bennett Photographers - Rosie Warner & Elana Cashion Public Relations - Carolyn Rawson Special Activities/Mini Clubs - Katie McKim

Historian - Karen Tollman Hospitality - Kelley Amodeo Associate Wives - Linda Antaya Associate Wives Co-Chair - Marsha Palmer Volunteer Coordinator - Stephanie Wu Volunteer Co-Coordinator - Katy Cole Community Liaison - Melanie Moritz Thrift Shop - Marsha Palmer Trivia Night Chair - Alice Howe Trivia Night Co-Chair - Michelle McLaughlin Ways and Means - Carol Carlson Scholarships Chair - Kelly Barrett

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.


To All the Mothers...

To all military spouses.. May 10 is national

Military   Spouses    Appreciation   Day.

Thanks for all of your daily contributions!


From Our Historian I am currently compiling data from years past & am inputing this information into a spreadsheet cataloging our history. If you have any issues of The Contact or Membership Directories from the following years, please let me know. 2000-2001 1999-2000 1995-1996 1994-1995 1993-1994 1965-1986 If you are able to assist with this project, please contact me at (302) 399-1426 or to arrange a pick up. Thank you! Karen Tollman

From Our Charitable Treasurer We have collected from our restaurant fundraisers; Eckert's ($60.66) and Papa Murphy's ($225.00) so thank you for all that participated! We have received another $4169.00 in scholarship donations; $54 in Opportunities; $110.50 for Ways and Means; and $336.82 from the Thrift Store. We made the following charitable contributions: Key Spouse Luncheon ($300), Junior Achievement ($100), National Military Family Association ($250), Community College of the Air Force Graduation ($150), Diversity Day ($500), Bataan Death March ($150), and Semper Fi Society ($300). Checks were also made payable to eleven scholastic requests, totaling $5400. The Governing Board voted to increase the Scholarships offered to $15,500, Scholastic Grants to $5400, and Unallocated Charitable Disbursements to $2920.37. We are still tweaking the end of the year funds to reflect all the hard work you have put into raising funds this year.

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.


Calling All Artists: We Need A Logo! Please help us to represent the Scott Spouses Club at all of the fun activities and spectacular events we know and love! Winner will get special Recognition with a brief biography in the Contact and a free one year membership to SSC. 1. All entries must be submitted via email to: or Acceptable formats (jpg) at least 300 dpi. Any questions please email 2. Scott AFB Spouses Community may submit one entry each. 3. Entries should be in color but the winning entry will be used in both color and black & white, and judges will be asked to take that into consideration 4. The words “Scott Spouses Club” must be included. Theme of the artwork should be geared toward the Scott Spouses Club mission statement (The Scott Spouses’ Club here at Scott Air Force Base is a dynamic, energetic, fun-loving

group of military spouses from all branches of the military, both active duty and retired. You won’t find a greater source of support and camaraderie, whether you are brand new to the military way of life, new to Scott AFB, or just new to the Scott Spouses’ Club.) 5. DEADLINE IS Wednesday May 1, 2013. Winner will be notified by phone.

SCOTT SPOUSES CLUB LOGO CONTEST ENTRY FORM Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________ Email: ______________________________________________ I agree to release all ownership rights and privileges of the attached artwork for submission to the Scott Spouses Club Logo Contest. I understand that all or part of the artwork will be used to represent Scott Spouses Club in any and all public communications, electronic transmissions and other multimedia. I release all Scott Spouses Club Board Members from any and all liabilities with regard to said artwork and understand that no payment will be rendered for the artwork or any part thereof. Signature (required): ____________________________________________________________________________

The SSC is a private non profit organization. It is not part of DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.


Scott Spouses’ Club Board Positions Our Club is dependent on individuals like you to support its mission. If you are interested in volunteering for a board position or Co Chair please come by the membership table. We all have unique talents to share, what’s yours?

Elected Positions President – Oversees all SSC activities; chairs meetings & events; SSC representative at other club and base events First Vice President – Oversees all social activities; assists the President; assumes Presidency, if needed Second Vice President – Oversees all charitable activities; assists the President; assumes 1st Vice position, if required Secretary – Records all minutes; handles all correspondence, records and distribute all incoming mail, assumes Parliamentarian duties, when required

Social Treasurer – Prepares social budget; pays bills; disburses funds; keeps accurate records Charitable Treasurer – Prepares charitable budget; disburses funds; pays approved donations; keeps accurate records Parliamentarian – Advises on parliamentary procedures; Constitution & Bylaws and Nominating Committee Chair

Volunteer Board Positions Volunteer Board Membership - Keeps an updated account of membership; produces a membership roster, directory and name tags Positions

Reservations - Accepts reservations for social functions; reports reservation information to Programs Chair and events Programs - Develops programs for monthly socials; plans menu, room setup, and decorations, door prizes for event Public Relations/Webmaster - Advertising both in print and online. Maintains and updates website, social media accounts, and newsletter

Ways & Means - Contacts vendors, sells merchandise or services, opportunities table, all to help raise funds Special Activities/Mini Clubs - Serves as liaison between Board and all special activities and mini clubs (Bunco, etc.) Historian - Research and record history of SSC put info into a spreadsheet. Co-Historian takes pictures at socials and events throughout the year. Both create farewell scrapbook

Hospitality - In charge of welcome table at all functions and base events (A&FRC welcome events for spouses); Hails and Farewells members as required; distributes birthday/sympathy cards and baby gifts

Thrift Shop Liaison - Liaison between Thrift Shop and SSC Board Special Events/Fundraising - Plans and Coordinates special fundraising Ex: Cookie dough sales, Air Show, Tour of Homes, Trivia Night, etc. Also, helps find committee members for each one with President’s appointment

Scholastic & Scholarship - Coordinates, gathers packages, selects committee, and judges in support of scholastic & scholarship programs

Associate Wives - Liaison between Associate Wives’ Club and the SSC Airmen Appreciation - Plans and coordinates Airmen Appreciation activities (cookie drop, Wednesday night dinners, etc) Community Liaison/Service Projects - Interacts with local community and organizations, coordinates and finds monthly service projects for SSC

Volunteer Coordinator- Coordinates Volunteers for SSC committees, service projects, and special events/fundraising. Communicates upcoming volunteer activities with SSC chairs and President. The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.


We Welcome Our New Incoming Board! 1st Vice President, Jennifer Hernandez Jennifer, originally from New Mexico but calls Virginia home, has been involved with her ever-changing military communities throughout her husband’s 22 years of service. She is an avid Tech Geek and Wine Connoisseur. Jennifer has two daughters, Adriana and Chloe whom she loves to spend time with. While stationed with her family across the Unites States, she has had the honor of serving in a variety of volunteer capacities in addition to long-term employment with the Defense Credit Union Council. At each military installation, Jennifer was actively involved with the Red Cross, the Parent Teacher Association and the Officer’s Spouses Club and was fortunate to be recognized for her leadership efforts through the years. However, she believes her true reward comes from the connections she maintains with the diverse group of people she has met. Making connections is what motivates Jennifer as a volunteer. Here at Scott, she continues to be actively involved in various business and community organizations, including the National Military Family Association, The Military Child Education Coalition, Defense Credit Union Council, Spouses Club, and O’ Fallon Youth Sports as a Coach.

2d Vice President, Melanie Davis Melanie Davis has been the proud wife of William Davis for 15 years, and is the mother of two fantastic children, Ryan (14) and Zoe(12).  Melanie served as a member of the USAF both as an active duty member and as a reservist, completing her time in 2001.  She has also been a contractor for the USN at the Pentagon, and worked for the US Department of Energy as well as holding several positions at both the Patrick and Scott AFB Chapels. During her free time Melanie has been an active member of several volunteer organizations, including VP of the Bolling Enlisted Spouses club, and the President of the Patrick (combined) Spouse's club.  Melanie served as the 45 SW/FSS dependent rep for the NAF council, as well as being the community liaison for Hunt housing at Patrick AFB.  She also served on the Space Coast Ballet Board of Directors.  Currently Melanie is the Social Chair for the Scott Enlisted Spouses Club. 6

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.

Corresponding Secretary, Tracie Fitzgerald Tracy Fitzgerald; AF Wife of 22+ yrs & Mom of (3) Very Active Girls; ages (11), (8) & (8)! Born/raised in Oregon! Organized, Detail oriented & open minded! Passion; Mentoring to our Young Airmen is “Key” to our Military’s Current Status& Future! Stay-at-Home Mom, Board Member of a Madison Co. Non-Profit Civic Club & Girl Scout Leader. Very active/volunteers within the Glen/Ed Dist 7 Public Schools! Hobbies: Quality Time w/Great Friends, my Hubby & my Girls!! Shopping, Traveling, Coaching Gymnastics/ Cheerleading, Interior Design, & Movies!

Recording Secretary, Alice Howe Alice Howe is from Cleveland, Ohio and has been an Wives & Spouses’ Club member since 1985, she has been on various boards at the following bases: Tyndall AFB, FL, Zaragoza AB, Spain, Grand Forks AFB, ND, MacDill AFB, FL, and at Scott AFB. The positions she held were ways & means, welcome committee, newsletter editor, programs, president, and thrift shop liaison. Currently, she volunteers twice a week at the Airman & Family Readiness Center with the Exceptional Family Member Program coordinator. She is co-founder and Secretary of a non-profit organization downtown ADAPT4Autism Inc. She is a Special Olympics coach for Team Scott. She is a member of PASS, and is on the committee for the Miss Amazing Pageant of IL for special needs children. Alice has an associate’s degree in Office System Technology from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida and attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio studying nursing and gerontology. She is married to Jim Howe, from Warren, Ohio, and has two sons Jimmy 14, and Joey 12. Alice enjoys researching her family tree, scrapbooking, and taking on new challenges.

Social Treasurer, Beth Bendele Beth has been a military spouse for 15 yrs. She is a licensed teacher that is currently substituting around the Mascoutah School District. She has held several positions over the years in different groups such as Boy Scouts Cub Scout Den Leader and Fundraising Chair, Vogelweh PTSA President, Spirit, and Scholastic Chair; Guy Elementary PTA Secretary and Treasurer; and Nellis AFB RED HORSE Support Group Vice President and Tresurer.  She is currently very active in her son's Boy Scout Troop, as a Key Spouse, and as a volunteer at Mascoutah Middle School.   7 The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.

Welfare Treasurer, Lisa Whisenhunt Lisa Whisenhunt hails from Nebraska and is married to her high school sweetheart ,Raymond Whisenhunt. They have three children; Megan, Emily, and Matthew. She has been a proud Air Force spouse for 16 years.  She has held a variety of board positions at three separate SC's to include membership, publicity, 2nd Vice, and President.  Her many contributions to the base and local community were recognized when she was awarded the 2011 PACAF Joan Orr Spouse of the Year, 2012 Air Force Volunteer Excellence Award, and the 2012 Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Air Force Angel Family Volunteer Award.

Happy Birthday! Erika Holcomb

May 1

Amy Ramsey

May 16

Ann Wilt

May 3

Teresa Smith

May 17

Virginia Purkel

May 5

Lisa Langlois

May 20

Tamara Fuligni

May 8

Shannon Sanders

May 23

Joan Craw

May 11

Cynthia Baxter

May 21

Jan Hoyt

May 11

Angela Mayfield

May 29

Jeanne Krusac

May 11

Mary Benton

May 29

Paula Farley

May 14

Emily Zick

May 31

MOAA USO & Fisher House Drive The Southwest Illinois Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America wishes to thank everyone for their donations to the USO and Fisher House in March. The chapter delivered over 600 pounds of requested items and over $1,700.00 to the organizations. ~Linda and Rick Antaya

Thrift Shop News The Thrift Shop is now accepting credit cards. (Discover, Mastercard, and Visa)

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.




Please join us to celebrate this year’s 2013 Scholarship and Scholastic Award winners. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free to Scott OSC and Scott ESC members.

RSVP by April 26th to Kelly at

Service Project: We are collecting gently used books for the O’Fallon public Library book drive.

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.




Scott Spouses’ Club Event May 8th at 6:30pm Cardinal Creek Golf Course 1192 Golf Course Rd, Scott AFB $15 per person Children under 6 months old can attend

The Evening Includes ! First meeting of the NEW combined club called the “Scott Spouses’ Club” (SSC)! Come join in making history at Scott AFB! ! Tex-Mex Buffet with Cash Bar & Sodas. The buffet offers tasty flavors such as cheese enchiladas, Chicken Mix (zesty chicken blend), taco meat, tortillas, black beans, refried beans, Mexican rice, Mexican style vegetables, Queso/chips & cinnamon chips ! Vendors displaying goods & opportunities for sale. One vendor gives cash for your gold and silver! Bring from home! ! Farewell to 20122013 Board Members & SOSC Advisor Cathy Almand ! Install New 2013-2014 Board Members! ! Vote on Constitution, By-Laws & Budgets ! Revealing of New Spouse Club Logo!!! Winner from logo

May Community Service Project

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5/10/13 9:30 AM Scott Parade Field

Register by May 8th at Join us for our first ever Military spouse appreciation 5k walk- a great way to meet new spouses, catch up with friends, and learn about upcoming events. Child care First united methodist church parents morning out in O’Fallon will be offering an extra hour of care with lunch provided for $15 from 9am-1pm. Please sign up by may 8 to secure your spot. Also check out James Gym Health Fair 9AM-1PM & A&FRC at the BX with gifts for spouses 11AM-2PM The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status. The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.

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Airmen Dorm BBQ

Upcoming Events

May 22, 2013


Help us feed over 50 Airmen! We need two large potato salads, two hot casseroles, two veggie trays, two salads, two baked beans and three yummy desserts! The SOSC will provide the BBQ.

Contact Deb Arquiette at to donate 5 food. Drop off is on May 22nd at Chapel 1 at 16:30. The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It any is not of the DODand or has any no of its componentsstatus. and has no governmental status. It is not part of the DOD or of part its components governmental


April BLINGO!!


The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.


MIN I CLUB AN N OUN CEMEN TS Learn more about each mini club at

Running  Â Club Congratulations to the ladies of the Scott OSC Running Club that participated in the St. Louis Go Half Marathon last month!

Associate Members Luncheon Wednesday May 22, 2013 Square One St Louis, MO Further details will be sent to members by cards and emails.

May is the last month of mini club activities for the 2012-2013 year. If you would like to chair a club for the new Scott Spouses Club in 2013-2014, please contact Katie McKim at!

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.


Scott AFB Chick-Fil-A Carlyle Ave & Green Mount Rd. For great deals on meals at the new ChickFil-A in Green Mount Commons, text CFAGREEN to 411257. Friends Of The Military: For the past five years, efforts have been underway to develop and expand the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care program to ensure it would serve as an effective and meaningful system of support for military members and their families affected by the stressors of deployment. The leadership of both Operation Homefront National and the Missouri Chapter of Operation Homefront have worked together for more than a year to establish H.E.R.O.E.S. Care as an independent entity. That work is now complete. Effective March 7th, the organization that you have known as Operation Homefront of Missouri will now be known as H.E.R.O.E.S. Care and will be run out of the same location, be staffed by the same people you know, be governed by the same board of directors, and continue to offer and provide all of the services enjoyed by our military families in the past. To read the joint press release CLICK HERE. My thanks to our partner organizations and the tireless work of the many fine people who made this possible. ~ Jon Jerome

Community Page FAMILY HOUSING RESIDENTS Scott Family Housing has made better communication one of their goals for the new year. They are now able to email the monthly newsletter directly to all residents.  The newsletter is also posted to their Facebook page each month at ScottFamilyHousing  They are in the process of updating the One Call Now system which is a mass communication tool allowing them to inform residents of important notifications through phone numbers and email addresses.  They are excited to provide better communication avenues but these tools are only as useful as the information on file.  Please stop by the  Leasing Center to update your phone numbers and email addresses, call us at 746-4911, or email us at We look forward to providing our residents with better communication and customer service.

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.


Financial Aid Resources Provided as a courtesy and not necessarily an endorsement. Several of these target spouses/family members, so please carefully review eligibility criteria.

Air Force Association Sponsored Awards Air Force Aid Society Education Programs Air Force Services Clubs Scholarship Airlift/Tanker Association Enlisted Education Grant American Patriot Freedom Scholarship College Board Scholarship Search College Net Scholarship Search

Counsel of College and Military Educators (CCME)

DANTES Scroll over  “Counselor  Support  Programs”  and  then  select  “Financial  Aid  for  Spouses  of  Service Members” FastWeb-Scholarship Search Federal Education & Training Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund FinAid! The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid Fisher House General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (Overseas Only) General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Graduate School - Financing Imagine America - Military Awards Program

Managing the Price of College Military.Com Scholarship Search Military Chaplain Scholarship Military Child Educational Coalition Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarships & Grants Military Scholar - Scholarships for Military Children National Merit - Scholarships National Military Family Association (NMFA) NMFA - JH Patton Military Spouse Scholarship National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Operation Homefront - Family Scholarships Peterson's - Scholarship Search Presidential Freedom Scholarship Princeton Review Scholarships & Aid

Ron Brown Scholar Program Sallie May's College Answer - Planning for College Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarships For Military Children Scholarships - Royal Neighbors Student Guide to Financial Aid Thanks USA Scholarships United Negro College Fund Scholarships Veterans Fund for Education

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The Scott Officers’ Spouses’ Club is a non discriminatory, Formal Private Organization recognized by the 375th Wing Commander. We are a Not-For-Profit, 501(c)3 organization as interpreted by State and Federal guidelines. Our mission shall be to encourage social, cultural, and educational and charitable activities among our members and to further relations between members and other organizations, both military and civilian. We gladly welcome and serve participants from the Scott AFB military and government services community.

The Scott OSC is a private, non-profit organization. It is not part of the DOD or any of its components and has no governmental status.

Scott OSC P.O. Box 25037 Scott AFB, IL 62225

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