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Guest Column

Martha McClary, Director, Famile and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

What great timing to be asked to be the guest columnist for Soundoff!

The front page of Soundoff! and the accompanying article illustrate one example of the awesome Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff we have here at Fort Meade and what a privilege it is for me to be the director and serve the Fort Meade community.

With limited resources and some great imagination, the FMWR team — consisting of Marketing, Club Meade, Child and Youth Services, and Army Community Service — transformed Club Meade into a medieval “Knight to Remember.”

It was truly a night to remember for mothers and sons.

As if that wasn’t enough for one weekend, three other major FMWR events were happening: the Orioles Youth Baseball Clinic, the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills (SKIES) Dance Recital at Meade High School, and the Community Flea Market at the Pavilion.

Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard, the CYS staff, Orioles, PAO, and the youth participants and their families were all so flexible when the Orioles clinic location had to change to the Youth Center due to soggy fields from spring rains.

The rain didn’t keep away the flea market patrons at the Pavilion. Over 100 vendors and 300 participants came out to buy and sell their wares.

Thank you to all of the staff who made last weekend’s events a success!

It doesn’t end there.

May is both Resiliency Month and Military Appreciation Month.

May 12 — Friday — is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. FMWR honors and thanks the military and military spouses by offering several events: The Military Spouse Workforce Preparation Series offered by ACS; Parents’ Night Out on Friday, which is free for military spouses at CYS and sponsored by the Enlisted Spouses’ Club; free bowling on May 20 at The Lanes; and a new takeout service at Club Meade on Wednesdays in May called “Dinner and Dash.”

FMWR offered one two-person meal for military spouses on Wednesday, but will continue the service at regular prices on May 17 and 24.

It doesn’t end there.

Join us on McGlachlin Parade Field on May 18 from 7-9 p.m. for the USO-sponsored concert featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. The band’s purpose, “Honor. Gratitude. Rock and Roll,” says it all.

FMWR will support the event with food and beverage options.

We hope all of the events this month will provide options for service members and their families to recharge and replenish, supporting resiliency — the mental, physical, emotional and behavioral ability to face and cope with adversity, adapt to change, recover, learn and grow from temporary setbacks.

It doesn’t end there.

As we approach the signature events for the 100th anniversary of Fort Meade, I’d like to mention the 100th Anniversary Gala, which takes place June 17 at Club Meade. Tickets are now on sale at the club and will be offered online in the future.

The gala will feature menu items created by a guest chef from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, historical displays, musical performances by the U.S. Army Field Band, and themed rooms from the various conflicts — World War I to the present

Arts and Crafts will be selling items such as wine glasses and coins to commemorate this special year for Fort Meade.

For more information on tickets, call 301-677-6969.

I hope you will take advantage of the many events and programs offered this month.

Again, we honor and thank those who have given so much.

For more information on FMWR, go to meade.armymwr.com or sign up for our weekly online FMWR news at the website.

Team Meade!

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