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MARCH 1, 2019

The Soundings The Newsletter of the Lewis Community Spouses’ Club

Derby Night - Annual Charity Event We are so excited to don our Derby gear a little early this year for the Annual Charity Event! Not only are we looking forward to themed-attire but we’re also getting really excited about all the auction items that will be available. Here are a few items to pique your interest:

22 March

Derby Night Annual Charity Event


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All of those items and more will be available in the live or silent auction at the event on March 22. You’ll need to go ahead and grab your ticket to this much anticipated event that will likely sell out! Tickets are $40 each and include a buffet dinner of salad, beef tenderloin, roasted chicken, ratatouille (vegan/gluten free), potatoes and carrots. Dessert will be provided in the form of a Dessert Dash. Numerous donors will provide a variety of desserts for each table to bid on. The highest bidder will head to the dessert table first to grab their treat. Here are some pictures of desserts from last year:

10 April

Executive Board Applications Due

17 April

We hope to see you at the event! It is open to the public and a perfect excuse for a fun date night or friends night out!


A Southern State of Mind Luncheon


MARCH 1, 2019

Community Outreach Our LCSC Helping Hands have lived up to their name recently. They shared the love by making fleece blankets for Project Linus - JBLM Chapter. These handmade blankets will be donated to local children in need. The group also delivered their stocking donation to Santa’s Castle to help spread cheer to military children next holiday. Finally, a group of energetic LCSC volunteers helped the Emergency Food Network move 3500 lbs of oats from large, bulk size bags to smaller, family size portions.

Join LCSC Helping Hands for the next Community Outreach event: Shoe Drive for Service Dogs. We will be collecting new or used shoes to donate to a fundraiser benefiting local service dogs. Any variety of shoe is accepted as long as they do not have wheels or blades (women’s, men’s, children’s, boots, sandals, etc.). Drop off location is the new LCSC building on either March 7th from 11:30AM - 12:30PM or March 14th from 11AM - 1PM. These shoes will be donated to a fundraiser for Cascade Service Dogs, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing highly trained service dogs to Veterans and First Responders suffering from PTSD, TBI, and mobility issues as well as children affected by Autism.

Grants and Scholarship Reminders The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund is currently accepting 2019 scholarship applications through March 15, 2019. Applications can be downloaded on their website. For questions about the scholarship, please contact the organization via email. LCSC is accepting applications from non-profit organizations for welfare grants. Please complete the online application if your organization would like to apply. Applications will only be electronically accepted through March 25, 2019.

LCSC Executive Board Application Apply now to be added to the ballot for the 2019-2020 LCSC Executive Board. Applications are being accepted for President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian. You must be a member of LCSC and submit your application by April 10. Voting will take place at the April 17 Luncheon. You can find descriptions of the positions in our by-laws.


MARCH 1, 2019

Sub Clubs Coffee Club has been out enjoying some local places. Join their group if you’d like to participate!

As the year winds down, we may have needs for new sub club leaders. Please email our sub club chair if you are interested in leading an existing sub club or if you have an idea for a new sub club. If you would like to submit pictures from an event you attended to be considered for The Soundings, please email our editor. Craft Club joined forces with Community Outreach to make fleece blankets for the Linus Project J B L M C h a p t e r. This month they are decorating canvas tote bags that are great for the summer farmer’s markets! RSVP if you’d like to join them.

Bunco has transitioned into the new space for their meetings. They enjoy a potluck before playing each meeting. If you’re interested in joining in on their fun, please email our sub club chair to get connected. Julie is working to put together Fitness Club events targeted to people’s interests. She’s currently exploring options for trapeze yoga. Join the club page to stay current on her plans.

Yu m m y f o o d w a s devoured at Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar in Olympia for Lunch Bunch in February. Several comments were made about coming back for date night and recommending this place to friends. This month they will head to The Table for an evening edition of the club.

The Daytime Book Club has been enjoying great conversation in their meetings. This month they’ll be discussing Educated by Tara Westover. Please email Sarah for more information.

The Evening Book Club will be discussing two books this month - The Girl With All The Gifts and The Dinner List. You do not have to read both to participate in the discussion. Let them know if you can make it!

Wine Club had a great meeting in February at Dockside Bistro and Wine Bar in Olympia. Several tried new wines and enjoyed delicious food. To keep current on their meetings, please join their Facebook group. 

Peggy is working on the details for March’s Pacific Northwest Explorers. Please note that due to ACE Night they will meet on March 28.



FEBRUARY 1, 2019

LCSC Member and Business Feature Jan Parker, owner of Jan Parker Cookery, is a proud military (retired) spouse who followed her passion for cooking and bringing Filipino cooking to the masses. Her parents were born and raised in the Philippines until her father received the opportunity to immigrate to the states for employment with the US Navy. He managed galleys on land and ships while her mother was frequently recruited to cook for parties within their Filipino community. One of her dad’s duty stations brought a huge shift in how Jan viewed food. Moving to Italy awoke her curiosities with food and she began experimenting by cooking for their family and friends. She remembers her first solo cooking performance was grilling rib-eye steaks with propane at the age of 11. While still young, her father lost his battle with cancer and her mom raised her as a single parent. Jan believes those years with her mom helped shape her into the strong woman she is today. She later married a soldier which brought many experiences to taste and learn about food all over the world. Due to her lifetime exposure to the military, she has a large space in her heart for Veterans, Active Duty solders, and families within the Armed Forces. This has led her to hosting cooking classes for those assigned to military installations across the world. We are lucky to have her with us running Cooking Club this year. You can register for her next LCSC Cooking Club meeting on April 8th from 10:00-1:00. Those who’ve attended have left with greater knowledge to help them navigate their own kitchens and prepare scratch-made food for their families. You can taste Jan’s cooking at various Farmer’s Markets in the area. This Saturday, March 9, she’ll be at the Gig Harbor Night Market where you can try several of her specialties - Red Wine Adobo Short Ribs, Chinese Sausage and Pork Belly Glazed in Banana Ketchup among other delicious delights! In addition to seeing her at the markets, you can watch for her pop-ups and the next culinary series that will teach you the basics so cooking is more fun and less of a chore. You can keep up with all of her events by following her on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Soundings - March 2019  

We're giving you a sneak peek at ACE Night auction items and sharing the story of one of our members who is a successful chef.

The Soundings - March 2019  

We're giving you a sneak peek at ACE Night auction items and sharing the story of one of our members who is a successful chef.