Chapter Update

On Saturday, 24 October, one of the members of CA-3, Lily Brockmeier, attended a workshop in San Francisco. The workshop was hosted by Swords to Plowshares, the Women Veterans Professional Network (WVPN). This workshop is part of a series of workshops that fosters career advancement opportunities and builds connections among women veteran professionals. They have other workshops that assist you with building your Linkedin profile: how to optimize your profile, and provide personalized advice, dress for success, etc. At this workshop, Lily connected with other Woman Marine veterans, and was able to inform them about WMA and CA-3.

On Friday, 6 November, CA-3 members Kathy Wright and Barbara Nass attended the 35th Annual Marine Corps Birthday luncheon at the Elks Club in San Mateo. Marines from all over the Bay Area were in attendance, and it was a very pleasant afternoon. They held a competition for the best sea story, and our own Kathy Wright came in second. It was a very nice event, and we will be happy to participate again next year.

On Saturday, 7 November, CA-3 members Kathy Wright and Maggie Hart attended the Annual All Service Women Veteran’s Luncheon at His Lordships Restaurant in Berkeley, CA. Additionally, Kathy brought two of her WWII Navy WAVE friends with her – Ginger Jacobson and Gladys Bernis. It was a beautiful day and the restaurant was surrounded by water on 3 sides and gave great views of the San Francisco skyline. Both Ginger and Gladys won great raffle prizes. Ginger won a US Silver Dollar celebrating WIMSA and Gladys won a beautiful patriotic quilt hanging. There were two tables of veteran’s from the Veterans’ Home in Yountville, and it is always great to see those ladies.

On 11 November, CA-3 member Kathy Wright was honored to be the guest speaker at a Challenger School in Sunnyvale, CA. She addressed three assemblies of students ranging from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Each group selected one class to sing each of the services songs and they did a wonderful job. Additionally, the student council put on a brief program about the history of Veteran’s Day. It was a most enjoyable day. The students were attentive and all 750 of them gave Kathy a hand slap, a hand shake or a hug as they left the assembly area.

CA-3 monthly meetings and get-togethers continue to be well attended – averaging 20- 25 members and guests at each meeting. At our October meeting – many of our members dressed up for Halloween!

At our November meeting, we celebrated the 240th birthday of the Marine Corps. Our oldest Marine present – Lucille Danielson – received the first piece of Birthday cake, and passed it to our youngest Marine present – Bonnie Dabalos-Castro. Then cake was had by all. For many years, CA-3 has donated toys to “Connies’s Kids”, a tradition started by CA-3 member Connie Guaraglia. We continued this tradition by bringing new unwrapped toys to be donated to the Davis Street Foundation which helps local families in need. They were most grateful to receive the toy donations for their children.

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