2015-02-05 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Great Decisions Seminars

The Newport Council for International Visitors will once again sponsor a series of current events seminars based on the “Great Decisions” topics published by the Foreign Policy Association. These seminars will be held at the Newport Public Library in the Program Room at the lower level starting at 6:30 p.m. on select Wednesday evenings in February, March and April.

The first program will be Syria's Refugee Crisis on Feb. 18, with George Kassis presenting. Syrians have for a century welcomed over a million refugees from Armenia, Palestine, Iraq and other countries around the region. Now, thanks to a multiyear civil war, they are on track to become the source of the world’s largest refugee population in a matter of months. As Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other neighbors strive to accommodate millions of Syrians, the risk of allowing Syrians to become dependent on emergency aid and forming a “lost generation” remains. For more information, visit newportciv.org.

Spouse of the Year

Congratulations to Elizabeth Jamison who was selected as the Naval Station Newport Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. Jamison, an attorney, supports service members, veterans, fellow military spouses and military families through her work and probono efforts, her support of various community organizations, and her leadership and daily engagement as communications manager for the Military Spouse JD Network, a bar association for military spouse attorneys.

Jamison has been a military spouse for 11 years, with four deployments and four PCS moves behind her. She opened a virtual law firm to allow her to continue to work even as they moved around the country with the Navy.

More than 1,600 nominations were submitted from 197 installations across the country, and she is one of 18 finalists in the nationwide contest. The winner will be named in May.

Volunteers Wanted

American Legion Post 18 is seeking volunteers to help bring a bit of Valentine’s fun to residents of the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol on Saturday, Feb. 7, at a Valentine’s bingo party. Volunteers will help play games, award prizes, and socialize. “Cupid’s helpers” are encouraged to wear red, white and/or pink. Muster at 480 Metacom Ave. at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Haywood at 401-556-5940.

Cupid at the O’Club

Naval station personnel are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Officers’ Club at a Valentine’s dinner on Saturday, Feb. 14. The festive evening features dinner, dancing and entertainment. Tickets are $75 per couple with wine and $70 without wine. Advance ticketing is required. Reservations are accepted at the club Monday- Friday. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Upcoming Eight Bells

The next Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 12, with “Afghanistan: A Distant War,” by Robert Nickelsberg, at noon.

Nickelsberg is a noted photojournalist who has worked for Time magazine for more than 30 years covering major international conflicts. In this most recent work, his documentary photographs help bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in Afghanistan.

Advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the events. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841- 2102.

Spouse Activity

The next Military Spouses of Newport event will be a fun, artistic night out with Drink and Dabble, a traveling art party led by Charlie Hall, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Fort Adams Community Center. Gather with friends and try your hand at re-creating a beautiful painting. No experience is necessary and the artist will provide step-by-step instruction. The event runs 6-9 p.m. and the cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. All materials will be provided. Register at milspousenewport.org.

Military Youth Ski/ Snowboard Trip

The Rhode Island Military Youth Council is sponsoring a ski/snowboard trip to Wachusett Mountain on Thursday, Feb. 19, during school vacation week.

Beginner packages are $60 and include a lower mountain lift ticket, rentals, a class lesson, and transportation. The program is geared toward unaccompanied military children, ages 10 and older. Children ages 6-9 are allowed to attend if parent/guardian attends as a participating chaperone. Limited space is available and registration must be completed by Friday, Feb. 13.

Departure is from the Warwick Armory, 541 Airport Road, Warwick. The bus will depart promptly at 6:30 a.m. for Wachusett in Princeton, Mass. and will arrive back at the armory at about 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact coordinator Holland Tulip at 401- 275-1254 or holland.k.tulip.ctr@ mail.mil.

MWR Fest

Navy MWR will hold a Winter Vacation Fest the week of school vacation with a wide variety of family activities on tap Feb. 16-19. Some events are drop in, others require registration. Seaview Lanes will run game and meal deals for youngsters until 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 16 and 17. Children are also welcome to join the free open swim at the Chafee Fitness Center Pool on Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Healthy Kids Today will be held Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 8-10 a.m. at the John H. Chafee Fitness Center. Register by Feb. 10 at 401-841- 6777. Activities include Food, Win, Lose or Draw; My Plate Trivia; and Black Light Germs.

Recreational swimming will be offered 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; obstacle course fun 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; and open gym 1-3 p.m. No registration is required for those drop-in activities.

The Officers’ Club will host a Cookie-Palooza baking event on Thursday, Feb. 19. Take this chance to show off your cooking skills. Mixing begins at 9:30 a.m. and judging takes place at 12 p.m. Pre-register at Seaview Lanes Bowling Center. Entry fee is $5 per team.

For more information, call MWR Special Events at 401-841-3127.

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