Happy Monday Everyone! I also wanted to take this opportunity to share why I joined the Vinson FRG Board. First of all, Cara Lynn Hanhurst roped me into it LOL. After last deployment, Cara Hanhurst and Brittany Harker stepped up to take on the President and Treasurer roles, which was the only reason why the FRG stayed in tact at that time. I joined the game a little late, along with Brettany Buetow. I personally joined because I was looking for a hobby as well as something to boost my resume. At the time, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I didn’t anticipate becoming as attached to the group as I am now. Planning events may seem trivial, but when you are able to bring people together in a welcoming and supportive environment, you really do feel a purpose. I was doubtful at first in my capability of sliding in to the President position for this past term, especially knowing there was a deployment on the horizon, because I am just a spouse too! How am I supposed to be upbeat and plan events for our families on top of struggling through the regular stress that deployment brings? Well, it has given me something to channel my energy towards, turning my frustrations into something positive. I also truly have made a family from the FRG – between the board as well as all of you members that attend our events. It makes me so happy to see familiar faces coming back, as well as new faces trying out our events for the first time. It does bring a sense of purpose during the monotony of deployment. Circling back to the part about boosting my resume, this has been a great opportunity practice decision-making, public speaking, and crisis management. Everyone joins the board or comes to FRG events for their own reasons, but I feel like we all get the same thing out of it at the end – becoming a family. If you are even slightly interested in running for a board position to influence the success of the FRG in the future, please fill out an initial application: http://vinsonfrg.org/elections/
Good afternoon! I’m the current Vinson FRG VP. Since Brett’s post I’ve been thinking about why I ran for the role of Vice President and want to share with anyone thinking about running. My husband and I have only been together a handful of years and this was my first ship experience. He recommended that I run for a volunteer role with the FRG to help with the deployment. I decided to start going to the events to see what the FRG was about and to talk with the current board members and get a feel of what the roles entailed. I found the events to be super chill and the people were very down to earth and kind. Over the past year I’ve been able to help with events that fed spouses and families with food, conversation, love and a sense of family. If you’re looking for a rewarding way to pass the time while your loved one is away, this might be the thing for you.
If you are a spouse interested in becoming a board member from July 2017 until July 2018, please fill out the application here:https://goo.gl/forms/FO2JrLSTqyd0DAf42
Brettany Buetow, VinsonFRG Secretary
Hi everyone! As most of you know, I am the secretary of our FRG. I have been blessed to have this position over the past two years and I am so thankful I have had this opportunity.
When we first moved to San Diego, my husband had been in the Navy for 4 years but this was his first sea duty. I felt like a newbie to the Navy life all over again. I knew we would be experiencing a deployment just over a year after arriving and even though we were closer to family, we were still hours away. I needed to make friends and find things to fill my time. I decided to join the FRG board even though I was really hesitant and nervous about what all it would entail. Would I be able to handle it? I had a one year old and 3 year old and this new “large” responsibility… how would it all work? I knew I needed something to help commit me to the different events so I would get out of the house and meet people. If not, I would find some excuse to not go and then regret it later.
After joining, I immediately met new friends who are more like family to me now. I learned my way around San Diego and learned how to better manage this new adventure that we had started.
The idea of joining the FRG board was a lot more intimidating than it really was. Yes, there is plenty of work to be done, but it is so exciting to plan events and see people smile and enjoy themselves when their loved ones are away. It makes every moment worth it to me. I have been able to see myself grow into someone that I wasn’t sure I could be. I became a leader, a mentor, and a friend to many. I was able to break out of my shell and come to almost all of the events… something I would not have done had I not been in this position. I am so thankful to be a part of the Vinson FRG board!
If it’s something you’ve considered doing, please consider filling out the board election questionnaire and running for a board position! http://vinsonfrg.org/elections/
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The USS Carl Vinson Family Readiness Group (FRG), Tax ID 46-1954397, is a volunteer based team that supports family members of sailors aboard the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier stationed on Coronado Island. The FRG’s role is to plan and coordinate activities to enhance family readiness and enable USS Carl Vinson sailors and their families to meet the goals and challenges of their military lifestyle changes.
Each deployment year the FRG hosts a Final Countdown Party to celebrate our sailors return to their homeport in San Diego. The date and location of our events are private for operational security purposes. The purpose is to celebrate the families staying strong throughout the deployment, as well and helping pass the final hours before finally reuniting with our sailors. Financial support is extremely important to the FRG, as we rely on donations to fund special activities like the Night Before Party to our Vinson families throughout the year.
We ask that you consider supporting our cause with a donation (i.e. basket with goodies, voucher for your services, or monetary support). In return for your participation, we will provide you with a receipt for tax deduction purposes and we will publicize your business on our social media accounts. 100% of donations received are used to benefit the families of the USS Carl Vinson sailors.
We are so excited to have another restaurant fundraiser! Come join us at Five Guys in Liberty Station any time between 5:30pm and 8:30pm on Monday, March 27th.
No flyer or mention of the Vinson FRG is needed – the FRG will be receiving 20% of ALL sales during that time frame!
Thanks for always supporting your Vinson FRG, and we will see you there!
Join your Vinson FRG in a fitness challenge. We are coming together to help each other stay on track health wise and reach our goals!
How it works:
1. Email Treasurer@vinsonfrg.org and request to be added.
2. You will be sent an invitation to create an account and join our group on Ourweigh.in, a free weigh loss tracking website.
3. Create your account and weigh in weekly/monthly.(Only your percentage lost will be shown to the group. Your actual weight is kept private.)
4. Complete your official start weigh in ON OR AFTER February 20
5. Participate in mini challenges, post tips and questions to help keep each other motivated.
6. See the change!!!
We will have prizes available for our top overall Losers. The site/challenge go by percentage lost.
This challenge will go from February 20 12am, to May 20th 11:59pm ( facebook only allows the date to be so far out so the end date will be changed as we go, just know it officially ends May 20th).
The Vinson FRG has started a Secret Facebook group to help us better connect our members to each other and the San Diego area. Eligibility for this secret group is limited to Spouses, Partners, Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and other extended family members of Vinson Sailors that reside in San Diego. To be added to the group, please ask your sailor to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org from their ship email address. In the email, please ask them to include your email address associated with your **Facebook account**, as that is how we will add you to the group. Our public Facebook page will remain active, but information regarding specific details about our events will transition to our group for the safety of our Family Readiness Group Members. We will continue to share event opportunities for all families that do not violate the guidelines for PERSEC on our public page and our website at vinsonfrg.org.
Due to the large volume of requests we’re getting, it may be a few days before you are added. Thank you for your patience.
Any questions or concerns can be sent to email@example.com
Time for our first event of 2017 – a fabulous potluck!
Free street parking + playroom for children at location.
Please RSVP using the link below and you will be emailed details closer to the event.
We will be having a short OPSEC presentation beginning at 1:30pm, not to last past 2:00pm. This will be a great refresher on how to stay safe as military families.
Sign up to bring a yummy dish here:
We hope to see you there!
*All payments for orders being shipped must be in by 6pm Pacific time on December 19*