To the Families of the USS Carl Vinson Family Readiness Group,

As many of you know, your FRG board recently held elections for our executive board positions. I’m so excited to announce the new board to you today. I can assure you that the Vinson FRG is in amazing hands under the helm of these four awesome ladies, and I can’t wait to see how they make our group grow.

Over the past ten months or so, our group has learned so much about  communication, event planning, group dynamics, and more. It’s been a lot of trial and error, with mostly (In my opinion) a lot of successes. We have hosted an average of 2 events per month, including:

  • Family potluck at Societe brewing
  • Red, White and Blue 5k
  • San Diego Gulls Hockey Game
  • Ladies Night LuLaRoe Pop Up
  • Coffee tasting class at Industrial Grind
  • Ceramic Painting night at Hot Spot in Point Loma
  • 2 Beach Cleanups at Mission Beach
  • Family Potluck at the Beach
  • Movie Night under the Stars
  • Yoga by the Bay
  • USO Dinner
  • Padres Vs. Yankees Game
  • Our General Meeting and Elections
  • & our Freezer Meal Fundraiser

Looking back on this list I’m overwhelmed with pride at how much we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to serve as president – it has been so fulfilling for me to grow as a leader and to work with the three other ladies of the 2015-16 Board.

And now, announcing your 2016-2017 Vinson Family Readiness Group Executive Board!

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(L-R) Kelley Isham, President // Christina Campo, Vice President // Brettany Buetow, Secretary // Brittany Harker, Treasurer

Kelley Isham will be stepping up from the position of Vice President to take over as President. Kelley works full time in Human Resources, and her skills in diplomacy and team building make her an excellent leader. Kelley hopes that the FRG will “…continue planning successful events, but [she] would also like to see FRG members make plans of their own together based on the friendships made through FRG events.”

Christina Campo will be joining the FRG as Vice President of the group. We have had such a blast getting to know Christina over the past few months – she has been a regular attendant at our events and is a welcome addition to the team. Christina is skilled in marketing and her talents will help us to grow our membership – one of her goals for the year is to “…strengthen the group by ensuring each sailor who comes aboard is made aware of the FRG and it’s offerings to their family. ”

Brettany Buetow has been reelected as your Secretary.  Brett hopes to “create a positive and stress free environment to support our fellow families.” Her cheerful spirit makes her an incredible ambassador for the group, while her willingness to take on any task makes her an amazing friend and board member. Brett thinks the FRG should be a group that gives “…support to military spouses and family during times when they need it most.”

Brittany Harker will stay on as FRG Treasurer. Her work dealing with FRG finances this year has been impeccable. She is organized, thorough, and dedicated to her role. Brittany has over 10 years of experience handling money, 5 of those including banking. To say she is qualified is an understatement. In addition to her financial finesse, Brittany has been so helpful at assisting with merchandise sales and organization. Britt believes the FRG is necessary because, “…cultural diversity is one of the great things about the military life. Everyone has different interests and traditions and being able to learn and grow from others is a wonderful opportunity.”

I want to thank all of our Vinson Families for the opportunity to serve as your president. I hope to be able to continue to assist the FRG in some capacity. I encourage all of you to consider raising your hand to volunteer as these four strong and capable women have. It has been a great way to get to know other military families, and a source of strength when I needed it most.

Warmly,

Cara Hanhurst

FRG President, 2015-16

 

 

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July Events

We hope you can join your Vinson Family Readiness Group for an upcoming meeting or event.Our first General Meeting of 2016 will be held in Point Loma on July 16th. We will be hosting a speaker on OPSEC and deployment readiness, as well as holding our elections for our new board. We’ll also have some fun giveaways!
We have some great social events planned in the next few months. Join us for our volunteer Beach Cleanup on July 9th, Yoga by the Bay on July 10th, or our tasty Freezer Meal Fundraiser on July 19th!

If you know of any families attached to the Vinson, please encourage them to attend this meeting. You can copy and paste this link to give them more information :http://bit.ly/28N8Muy
Stay cool!

Your Vinson Family Readiness Group Board

Cara Hanhurst, President
Kelley Isham, Vice President
Brettany Buetow, Secretary
Brittany Harker, Treasurer

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Vinson Scholarship

We’re pleased to announce that a Vinson Scholarship Recipient has been chosen! We worked with Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation to help assist a collage bound dependent with tuition. Alexander Schiaffino of Coronado was chosen to receive the $500 scholarship.

Aalexlex’s Statement : “As an individual, it is an honor to receive this scholarship. I plan to use the money at accomplishing my biggest goal: a successful life. This scholarship will let me get an opportunity to receive a degree in marketing, which I will in turn receive, a successful job in the business industry. College is not cheap. With two younger siblings, my parents have to conserve their money so that they can receive aid for college. With that, I would like to thank the US Navy for all of support they have given to our family. The money will be put to great use.”

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May and the Vinson Family Readiness Group!

Your Family Readiness Group has been busy hosting a lot of fun events for Vinson Families. In April, members joined us for a Craft Night at Hot Spot in Point Loma – pizza and wine were enjoyed as we custom painted pottery pieces! We also partnered with I Love a Clean San Diego to help clean up an area of Mission Beach. Hot Coffee and fresh bagels and muffins helped warm us up on a cloudy day. It was great to meet other Vinson Families while giving back to the community! In May, we hosted a well attended potluck on Breakers Beach on Coronado Island. Over 35 people enjoyed delicious home cooked food as we played in the sand and relaxed!

We hope you will join us for an upcoming event and as a volunteer – don’t forget to share your ideas with us at info@vinsonfrg.org!

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Elections

EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONSVolunteering with your Family Readiness Group is a great way to connect to new friends and the San Diego Area. Our group hosts educational workshops and conducts social and moral building activities. Learn teamwork and leadership skills, all while giving back to your military community. Volunteering with an FRG looks great on resumes!

Per our bylaws, it’s time for annual elections and turnover. If you are interested in becoming a board member from July 2016 until July 2017, please fill out the application here: http://goo.gl/forms/x9wi95scfd

Please note that the deadline for submitting your application is Sunday, June 12th. Elections will be held on Saturday, July 16th.

Don’t have the time to commit to a Board Position? You can fill out our regular volunteer application here.

Executive Board Roles and Responsibilites

PRESIDENT

  • Arranges Monthly meetings
  • Attend Monthly Meetings and regularly attend planned events.
  • Secures speakers for meetings when necessary
  • Presides over all meetings for the group.
  • Represents the group at all meetings and affairs when necessary.
  • keep the Appointed Command Point of Contact informed of the group’s activities.
  • Call special meetings when necessary.
  • Signs checks.
  • Publishes a newsletter and updates the website with pertinent information
  • Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor.
VICE PRESIDENT

  • Attend Monthly Meetings and regularly attend planned events.
  • Assists with coordinating committees, and be committe chairperson point of contact
  • Assumes role of President in their absence
  • Acts as parliamentarian at meetings
  • Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor.
SECRETARY

  • Attend Monthly Meetings and regularly attend planned events.
  • Record the minutes of all meetings.
  • Handles any correspondence as directed by the president
  • Maintains minutes, treasurer reports, and resignation letters in a bound folder.
  • Provides president with a copy of the minutes, to be forwarded to the USS Carl Vinson Command Point of Contact
  • Has minutes ready for duplication on request by the next scheduled meetings.
  • Maintains permanent records of the group.
  • Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor.
  • Maintains and handles all media and social media.
TREASURER

  • Attend Monthly Meetings and regularly attend planned events.
  • Keep a full and accurate account of all transactions
  • Collects donations
  • Maintains the group’s checking accounts, petty cash funds, PayPal and Square accounts
  • Signs checks
  • Presents a written report at each meeting
  • Submits a record for auditing no later than February 10th of each year
  • Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor, including receipts, monthly bank statements, treasurer reports
Entire Board – Other Potential Duties

  • Assist with merchandising
  • Write thank you notes to sponsors and donors
  • Assist with planning events – including venue research, activity research, gathering donations
  • Increasing membership / welcoming new members
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Turnover Roles

EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONSPer our bylaws, it’s time for annual elections and turnover. If you are interested in becoming a board member from July 2016 until July 2017, please fill out the application here: http://goo.gl/forms/x9wi95scfd

Volunteering with your Family Readiness Group is a great way to connect to new friends and the San Diego Area. Our group hosts educational workshops and conducts social and moral building activities. Learn teamwork and leadership skills, all while giving back to your military community. Volunteering with an FRG looks great on resumes!

Please note that the deadline for submitting your application is Sunday, June 12th. Elections will be held on Saturday, July 16th.

Executive Board Roles and Responsibilites

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Entire Board – Other Potential Duties
Arranges Monthly meetings Assumes role of President in their absence Record the minutes of all meetings. Keep a full and accurate account of all transactions Assist with merchandising*
Secures speakers for meetings when necessary Acts as parliamentarian at meetings Handles any correspondence as directed by the president Collects donations Write thank you notes to sponsors and donors
Presides over all meetings for the group. Assists with coordinating committees, and be committe chairperson point of contact Maintains minutes, treasurer reports, and resignation letters in a bound folder. Maintains the group’s checking accounts, petty cash funds, PayPal and Square accounts Assist with planning events – including venue research, activity research, gathering donations
Represents the group at all meetings and affairs when necessary. Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor. Provides president with a copy of the minutes, to be forwarded to the USS Carl Vinson Command Point of Contact Signs checks Increasing membership / welcoming new members
Calls special meetings, when necessary Has minutes ready for duplication on request by the next scheduled meetings. Presents a written report at each meeting
keep the Appointed Command Point of Contact informed of the group’s activities, Maintains permanent records of the group. Submits a record for auditing no later than February 10th of each year
Signs checks Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor. Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor, including receipts, monthly bank statements, treasurer reports
Publishes a newsletter and updates the website with pertinent information Maintains and handles all media and social media.
Maintain notebook of pertinent info to be turned over to the successor.
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Spring, So Far…

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It’s been a busy Spring so far!

On March 5th, we hosted our hockey game with the San Diego Gulls. It was a great time, and we had a turnout of over 60 people. Each member received a Gulls t-shirt, and we gave away some Vinson FRG gear as well as some items donated by the San Diego Padres.

We had a blast at our Ladies Night event. We had a lovely time getting to know those who attended, and we raised about $100 for the FRG through fundraising sales from LuLaRoe. We hosted appetizers and gave away fun door prizes. The USO was great about providing some giveaways, and we also had support from Cygnet Theatre, Elixr Wax BarGold Canyon Candles for the Animals, and The Workshop Hair Salon.

Easter Giveaway: The FRG facilitated the giveaway of Ghiradelli Chocolate  and Starbucks Coffee, generously donated by the USO. Some of this was given directly to the families, and the rest taken to the ship for distribution.

We hope you’ll join us for an upcoming event – don’t forget to share your ideas with us at info@vinsonfrg.org!

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Facebook Group

3The Vinson FRG has started a Facebook Group to help us better connect our members to each other and the San Diego area. Our facebook page will remain active, but information regarding specific details about our events will transition to our group for safety reasons. Eligibility is limited to Spouses, Partners, Parents, and Grandparents that reside in San Diego. To be added to the group:

  1. Ask your sailor to email us at info@vinsonfrg.org from their CVN70 email address. Have them include your name and the email address that is connected to your facebook account.
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Upcoming FRG Events

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first event of the New Year, our family potluck at Societe Brewing Company. We had a great time meeting some new people and trying out favorite recipes! Check out the beautiful cake one of our members brought – those decorative pieces were made using a 3d printer!

We know that life is busy right now, but we hope you’ll join us for an upcoming event. Our goal for this term is to provide a positive environment, and the foundation for lasting friendships and support systems! Please remember to “Like” the VinsonFRG Page. If you would like to be added to our email list, please email us at Info@vinsonfrg.org!

Upcoming events include:

5k Walk/Run

Ladies Night – Lula Roe Event

Coffee Tasting Class

San Diego Gulls Hockey Game

Padres Game

Teen Bowling/Movie Night

Wine/Paint Night

 

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Red White & Blue 2-mile run/walk

Join your Vinson FRG as we tackle New Years’ Resolutions with a 2-mile run or walk!

All ages are welcome! Event -T-shirt to those who pre-register and participate; quantities are limited. There is no day-of registration. 9 am check in

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