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The Soundings The Newsletter of the Lewis Community Spouses’ Club

“Maycation” - May Luncheon We’re excited to wrap up the year with a casual backyard style barbecue lunch at Sam Adams Eagles Pride. Get in the “Maycation” spirit by dressing in your best vacation attire, flip flops included! We’ll have BBQ ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw and fruit. Cost is $20.91 and you must RSVP by May 3. If you need gluten free options, please email Mandy. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Community Outreach This month LCSC donated a cooler full of over 500 hot dogs to the USO Northwest, to help provide a meal for service members and their families who are visiting the USO lounge at SeaTac. This donation would not have been possible without your help! USO Executive Director Donald Leingang said, "almost immediately after the donation, a ton of soldiers who walked in were able to be served hot dogs.” The Lewis Community Spouses' Club is sponsoring the local wear blue: run to remember Saturday event on May 18th at 8:30AM by providing drinks, snacks and support to participants.  wear blue: Saturday Run Communities are groups of wear blue runners who meet regularly to run in honor of the service and sacrifice of the American military. Runners join together in a circle of remembrance, call out the name(s) for whom we run, and push onward to honor and remember. Organizers anticipate about 125 participants at this event at Powderworks Park in Dupont. Please sign up to bring an item or two and support this amazing program. We would also like some members to stay and help pass out snacks to support the runners. If you can't stay the entire time, dropping off snacks is greatly appreciated! Please email Cari with any questions regarding this outreach opportunity.

10 April

Executive Board Applications Due

17 April

Made in Italy Luncheon

8 May

Maycation Luncheon


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Sub Clubs Lunch Bunch took advantage of Tacoma’s Restaurant Week and went to Asado. We enjoyed the restaurant’s delicious three course menu and left stuffed. This month’s outing is still being firmed up so watch the Facebook Group for more information!

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.

Wine Club enjoyed a w o n d e r f u l , t a s t y, educational meet up in April. Our host for the evening, Cassandra, is a newer member of LCSC and she’s also a winemaker. She focused the evening on white wines as she believes that is a good place for people to start their wine journey. She shared her tips on smelling and tasting wines and gave participants some ideas of how to get better at the two. One of those tips? Go to the grocery store and smell things in the produce section so you can begin to associate names with smells. That way, when you are tasting wine, you can say “I can smell hints of peach, pear, pepper, etc.”

The Bunco Sub-Club is still meeting the last Tuesday of each month! We will continue to meet during the summer. The cost to play is $5 and we ask everyone to bring a dish of food to share.  The hostess provides drinks and snacks for the tables. We eat/socialize at 6:00pm and begin rolling the dice at 6:30pm.  We play for prizes - 6 prizes each month. If you have never played before and are not sure you will know what to do - it is easy - all you have to be able to do is roll 3 dice!  We hope you'll be able to join us in this fun game. If you have any questions you may contact Joanne. Pacific Northwest Explorers headed down to Lacey for a jewelry making class at Shipwreck Beads and a wine tasting at Stottle W i n e r y. T h e group proudly wore their jewelry creations while enjoying yummy bites and wine later. Peggy is in the process of planning May’s adventure and, as always, it’s sounding like a good one. Keep up with the Facebook Group for more information. 2


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Craft Club got together at Kimberlee’s house to create beautiful spring wreaths. Kimberlee gave some great inspiration ahead of time and everyone came prepared to create their masterpiece. We’ve got some incredible crafters among us!

information). At the end of the luncheon, Mandy gave everyone the opportunity to write down and share their favorite recipe with someone in attendance. From a German Black and White Cake to Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, delicious recipes were h a p p i l y accepted by the receiving party! Everyone in attendance also received a bracelet making kit to enjoy later. Don’t forget to RSVP for this month’s luncheon a casual backyard barbecue which is sure to be a good time!

April Luncheon Recap The snow kept us from Olive Garden in February so Mandy rescheduled it for the April Luncheon. We enjoyed salad, soup, breadsticks and pasta and left with full bellies. Lots of hotdogs w e r e collected for the A p r i l Community Outreach opportunity and Mandy delivered them to an excited USO! Cari shared about the upcoming Outreach project of sponsoring wear blue: run to remember on May 18 (see first page of newsletter for more



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LCSC Executive Board 2019-2020

Nicole VonBenken - 1st Vice President Nicole has served on the LCSC board in multiple roles over the past 2 years. Her most recent role on the Executive Board as Recording Secretary has given her a unique understanding of what it takes to be a member of the Executive Board.

During the April Luncheon, a new slate was presented and voted on by attending members. There were enough yes votes to bring in our new executive board as follows:

Jamie Lynn Blum - LCSC President Jamie Lynn has served our club well in this position. The continuity that she will bring with a 2nd term will allow our club to grow in ways that we can only imagine.

Julie Todd - Parliamentarian Julie has been an active member of various spouse’s clubs for over 10 years! Her volunteer experiences with the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund, as an FRG Leader, and as a previous spouse’s club board member along with her attention to detail, made her a clear choice for this position. 

JBLM Plans to Recognize Volunteers

Marcy Panaro - Treasurer   Marcy is an active member of LCSC attending our events and participating in Sub Clubs.  Her background in finance and experience as the Treasurer for the Fort Hood Santa’s workshop, will serve her well in this position with LCSC. 

COL Nicole M. Lucas Commander, Joint Base (Garrison) Lewis-McChord

Nicole Branch - Recording Secretary Nicole is a valued member of LCSC. She has volunteered with multiple organizations in many different roles ranging from delegate, to treasurer, to secretary.

requests the pleasure of your company at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, the thirtieth of May at half past eleven o’clock

Rebecca Jordan-Reed - 2nd Vice President Rebecca is serving the LCSC as a co-leader for the craft club. Her vital life experiences include being an Art and Technology teacher and Vice President of the Fort Bliss Home-School Association.

American Lake Conference Center 8085 NCO Beach Road Lewis-North, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Military: Uniform of the Day R.S.V.P. by 24 May 2019 Civilian: Business Casual

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The Soundings - May 2019  

We're wrapping up a great year but there are still opportunities to participate in Community Outreach, the May Luncheon and Sub Clubs.

The Soundings - May 2019  

We're wrapping up a great year but there are still opportunities to participate in Community Outreach, the May Luncheon and Sub Clubs.