MACDILL AFB – Many of 75 or so women at a recent kickoff for the MacDill Officers’ Spouses’ Club were new to the area.
But it took only a few minutes to find someone who they had known at another military base or with whom they shared an interest such as reading.
“This is a fabulous turnout,” president Gina Marton told the guests Aug. 27 at the Sea Scapes restaurant on the base. “Our mission is education, social and charity.”
With the addition of new members recruited at the event, the club now has more than 100 members. The organization includes spouses at the Air Force base, regardless of the branch of service, said Marton, who husband is an Army lieutenant colonel assigned to Central Command.
“It connects you to the military; you already have friends when you come to a new area,” she said following the brunch social.
At the social, committee chairs recruited for their committees for membership and fundraising. Interest groups, such as a toddler playground, also were formed.
“This is a great way to be involved in the military and the Tampa Bay community,” said membership chair Paulette Hall, explaining why a spouse should join.
Marton said the organization plans day and evening meetings to accommodate members and plans meetings for various areas of town. Much of this year’s fundraising will be for scholarships.
While all members are female, males can join the organization if they have a spouse that is an active duty officer.
“I wouldn’t mind being the one who brings men into the group,” Marton said.
For information about the organization, see www.macdillosc.com/