A new year begins for Kirtland Spouses’ Club

Greetings! My name is Melissa Galbreath and I am the new Kirtland Spouses’ Club (KSC) President for the 2018-19 term. The KSC board year began on June 1 and we are looking forward to an exciting new year. We hope to build on past successes and mix in new ideas to make this a truly memorable year.

For those not familiar with the KSC, in a nutshell, we are a self-funded, all-volunteer, non-profit, private organization committed to promoting a sense of community, support and purpose for spouses.

This includes spouses of all active duty and retired military members, including guard and reserves, and spouses of current or retired DOD or DOE civilians, including NAF and other DOD contractors working on Kirtland AFB (providing their own base access).

The KSC serves the community in two distinct ways. The welfare side is dedicated to raising funds, via the KSC Thrift Shop to support KSC grants, the KSC Scholarship program and Operation Ball Gown (OBG).

During the 2017-18 year, through the dedication and hard work of our Thrift Shop volunteers, the KSC awarded $12,100 in grants and $15,250 in scholarships. Thanks to many volunteers and dress donations, OBG loaned more than 70 dresses to spouses.

The KSC social side is dedicated to promoting camaraderie, friendship and fun. From now until August 31, we are offering 2018-19 KSC memberships for $10. Act fast as membership prices will change after August 31.

Your KSC membership comes with the following benefits: 10 monthly socials and access to mini-clubs. The KSC board will work together to increase membership benefits and finalize the social calendar over the next two months and they will be available by the Membership Kickoff in August. For more information about membership, contact the membership chair by emailing membershipKSC@gmail.com.

On a side note, the OBG and the Thrift Shop have begun their summer hours. OBG will be closed during the months of June and July and will re-open in August. However, they will be happy to schedule individual appointments for clients on an as-needed, as-available basis. To make an appointment during June and July, email KirtlandOperationBallGown@gmail.com.

The Thrift Shop will be closed for two weeks from June 25 to July 7. The Thrift Shop will return to regular business hours on July 9.

I look forward to the up coming year and I hope you will join us!

Melissa Galbreath is the president of the Kirtland Spouses’ Club. She shares writing duties for “Spouses’ Community.” For more information about the KSC, visit the KSC Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/KirtlandSpousesClub or email kafbKSCpresident@gmail.com.