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"Focus on Service"

From 2017-2018 Department of Alaska President Barbe Wolkoff

This has been a very busy time of year with holidays and visiting different units. I was able to travel to Juneau to visit my daughter at the University of Alaska Southeast, then make a side trip to beautiful Wrangell. Zona Gregg and Marilyn Mork from Unit 6 made my trip memorable; there was a potluck at the Post and lots of sightseeing, then the fog came in and I got stuck. I made it to Muldoon Unit 29 for steak night where I had a lot of fun, thanks to all, especially Vera Hart and Delores Jones. The following evening was spent at Susitna Valley Unit 35 for a fabulous dinner and fellowship, thanks to everyone. A big thank you to Jane Larsen and Debbie Lowndes, as well as the Newmans for everything. I also made it to Peter Creek Unit 33 for steak night and karaoke where they served great steak and salad; it was my first visit in ages to my home unit. If you would like to have me visit your Unit, please contact Secretary Barb Nath. I have no other visits scheduled and I am available until April.

The Silver Tea at Jack Henry Unit 1 in Anchorage was a beautiful event/fundraiser, which also included a silent and live auction. They provided a beautiful tea service and a variety of food and beverages for non-tea lovers. It was my first time attending the event, but not my last.

I was honored to participate in the VA Domiciliary Gift Shop. This is an amazing program that serves so many veterans completely free of charge to them. Gifts are chosen and wrapped, prepared for shipping and shipped. There are photos of the veterans and cards to accompany each gift. Kudos to Peggy Bateman and her team. I hope to volunteer again next fall.

Stay focused on membership as 2018 membership dues can only be collected after 2017 dues. Any questions can be directed to membership chair Jane Larson or Department Treasurer Diana Estrada.

A big thank you to Barb Nath for driving me to every function I have attended, except for Wrangell. Not only is she our Secretary but she has participated in every function I have been a guest to, regardless of how sick or tired she was. I hope everyone had a good and productive Thanksgiving. Be safe this winter and prepared for bad weather and slick roads this holiday season. I hope you had a blessed and wonderful time with family and friends. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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