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Support, service, scholarships Keesler Spouses Club ready for new year

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Support, service and scholarships -- those three words summarize the purpose of the Keesler Spouses Club as board members make plans and set goals for the upcoming year. 

"KSC is eager to continue the tradition of service, both to the Keesler community and the Gulf Coast," said president Gretchen Gorline, spouse of Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremy Gorline. 

The group starts the 2007-08 year with a general membership meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vandenberg Community Center. 

With a theme of "Get the Scoop on the KSC," an ice cream social highlights various organizations from the base and surrounding community, such as the airman and family readiness center, Fisher House and Tulane University. 

"As a new military spouse, I've learned so much about Air Force life and made so many friends through KSC," said secretary Brenda Ramsay, wife of Capt. (Dr.) Carl Ramsay, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron. "I enjoy being a part of an organization that provides that kind of support to the Keesler community." 

Membership entitles spouses to attend any club-sponsored function and the opportunity to serve on various committees which address social functions, community service and charitable donations. 

Members can also volunteer at the Keesler Thrift Shop to raise funds to benefit charitable organizations and scholarships. 

"KSC is about friendship, but it's also about service," vice president Laura Arthur, wife of Master Sgt. George Arthur, 81st Communications Squadron, said of the private, nonprofit organization. 

"Last year, the club provided baked goods for several functions, made Valentines for residents of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Biloxi and worked to rebuild a home damaged by Hurricane Katrina.," she added.
 
The KSC raises funds for eligible scholarship candidates, as well as charitable or educational groups. This year's goal is to raise $8,000 for college scholarships.
 
"The club's new board builds on a firm foundation by bringing back successful events from last year," says Laura Capasso, senior adviser and spouse of Brig. Gen. Paul Capasso, 81st Training Wing commander. "In addition to the funds generated by our wonderful folks at the thrift shop, KSC will raise funds through special events such as the second annual art auction and holiday shop." 

Among the group's social and recreational activities are games night, self-defense class, bowling, arts and crafts night and ongoing activities like bunko, children's play group and movie night.
 
"I'm looking forward to a year of growth and great accomplishment for the club," said Mrs. Gorline. "This year's board is enthusiastic and has a great vision for what a united group of spouses can accomplish here at Keesler and beyond."
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