Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Veterans Event November 16th

Tribute to Veterans - November 7th

Activity at the YMCA - FREE for military families!

Wednesday November 10, 2010
7:00 pm

Come float on a noodle in our warm water Small Pool!
(No school the next day!)
"How to Train Your Dragon"
Small Pool is limited to 30 people.
Bench space is also available.
Salem Family YMCA
685 Court St. NE Salem, OR 97301
503-581-9622 www.youry.org

Scholarships for 2011-2012

 Oregon National Guard Association
Will be presenting six $1500 scholarships for School Year 2011-2012 at the ORNGA Conference 2011 (April 16, 2011 in Salem, OR).   Scholarships are awarded for demonstrated qualities of leadership, civic action and academic achievement.

Available to:  Active Members of the Oregon National Guard, ORNGA, or their Spouses or Children.
   Note: Previous year recipients are not eligible, (winners for school year 2010-2011 may not apply until next year).  Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate level college, business or trade school.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

Scholarship Applications are available on the web at http://www.ornga.org or call the Scholarship Coordinator, CW4 Diane Beach, at (503) 584-3456, e-mail - diane.beach@us.army.mil.

Send completed Applications and support documents to: 
     Oregon National Guard Association
                              ATTN: Scholarship Committee (CW4 Beach)
P.O. Box 14350
Salem, Oregon 97309

Free Dinner at Applebees for Veterans

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Make a Difference Day

October 23, 2010 is National Make a Difference Day! Join in and do some good!

One idea might be joining your FRG! 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Your NG Publications - Increasing Our Pride and Commitment

The current issue of National Guard Soldier & Family FOUNDATIONS featured Soldiers from Salem! The article entitled Legacy of Service: Fathers and Sons on the Roots of Their Patriotism, discussed SGM Charles Kovitch and his son SPC Trevor Kovitch and their experience in the Guard as father and son.
 "When you're a father with a child serving in the Guard, it makes you grow a lot closer." -SGM Kovitch
(See  your current issue of Foundations September/October 2010 Volume 2 - Issue 3 for article.)

Reading this issue of Foundations really got me thinking; I hope our Guard families are taking advantage of the publications available to them through the National Guard.

Some of the major roles of the FRG include insuring our Guard families are independent, resilient, well informed and proud to be associated with our unit; supporting each other and feeling a sense of commitment to do so. These roles are critical to our ability to stay strong and support our Soldiers while they perform their duties.

If you normally toss your military publications straight in the recycling bin, please take a few moments this month to scan through them instead! The Sentinel covers news specific to our Oregon Guard. Foundations is a great magazine for articles specific to Guard families. The company newsletter is NOT JUST FOR THE SOLDIER in your home. Read it and be knowledgeable about what our unit is up to! Coming next year, our FRG is hoping to have it's own newsletter to distribute each month as well, so look forward to that.

I look forward to an amazing FRG program, enhancing all our lives, as we support our 1186 MP Company Soldiers.The more informed we are, the better we can be.

If you do not receive the company newsletter please inform one of your 1186 leaders or contact an FRG leader. Family members are entitled to a copy as well as the Soldiers.

Past issues of Foundations available here.
Past issues of The Sentinel available here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

FRG Hosted Event - We Need You

The FRG is planning a very important gathering that will be happening around the first of the new year. We need volunteers willing to step in and join the team prior to that meeting. If there are those of you who are thinking about stepping up, but weren't sure if you were needed, you are! Contact Amy Christensen (amylynn.christensen@gmail.com) or leave a message here on the blog with your contact email.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Commissary On-Site Sale October 8th - 10th

Friday, October 8 at 9:00am - October 10 at 5:00pm

Jackson Readiness Center, 6255 NE Cornfoot Road, Portland, OR

Take advantage of savings on popular grocery items at the Commissary On-site Sale. The McChord Air Force Base Commissary is hosting an On-site Sale at the Jackson Readiness Center in Portland, Oregon.

All authorized commissary shoppers are invited to the sale. The commissary has expanded its reach to Guard and Reserve members in particular by bringing the benefit to you via these On-site Sales to areas with military populations not served by a nearby commissary.

Sale items may include paper products, soap and cleaning products, canned goods, sodas, sport drinks, water, laundry detergents, and a variety of other products at savings of 30 percent or more! Please check the store local information page for specific sale items.

On-site sales are subject to change. Visit www.commissaries.com and click Guard/On-site Sales for current information.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Upcoming Event to Honor Military Spouses

Mil Dep Free Public Event 10-6

The Oregon Military Dept. is sponsoring a Job, Safety, Health and Wellness event that is free and open to the public.  The event will be held on October 6, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Salem Auditorium near the State Fairgrounds.  The address is 2320 17th St, NE, Salem Oregon.

Representative from the following businesses are scheduled to attend:

Oregon National Guard
American Red Cross
Cash Tools
Marion County District Attorney
First Tech Credit Union
Marion County Health Dept. - Tobacco Prevention Prgm
Salem Public Library
SAIF Corporation
Boy Scouts
Juice Plus
Take Shape for Life
Shaklee Wellness & Nutrition
Tomboy Tools
Eugene Veterans Center
Nu Skin
Boys & Girls Club
Salem Hospital's Community Health Education Center (CHEC)
Marion County Recycling
Albany/Salem/Keizer Hearing Aid
Hire Oregon Veterans
Safety & Compliance Inc.
SNAP Resource/Volunteer Coordinator - Senior & People with Disabilities
Salem Fire Dept.
ClubZ In-Home Tutoring
NW Human Services
Oregon Youth Challenge Program
Willamette University
Shred It
Meals on Wheels
Edward Jones Investments
S.T.R.E.E.T. Combat Defense Systems
Identity Theft Program
Oregon Paralyzed Vets of America
Bridgeway Recovery Services
Marian Estates
and many more.