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by Ira Watkins

March is a month that presents several events and activities to celebrate, or eagerly anticipate. Of the many events in March, I will highlight three after a brief review of the history and some fun facts about March.

The name “March” comes from the Roman God of War, Mars. For many years, March being the start of spring, was also the start of the new year. The symbolic flower for the month of March is the daffodil. March is the time of year when animals start to wake up from hibernation. Did you know that each year March and June end on the same day of the week? Some events in March to consider celebrating, planning for, or reflecting on include: the beginning of spring, Saint Patrick’s Day, the beginning of Daylight-Saving Time, March Madness for basketball fans, National Nutrition Month, Women History Month, and our bi-monthly general membership meeting.

I want to place emphasis on the last three events listed above. First, I hope most of you have the general membership meeting on your March calendar. This meeting is scheduled for March 16, 2019 at McKellar’s Lodge, Fort Bragg, at 1130 hours. The attire is casual. The cost is $20.00 per person. Make your reservation as soon as possible, but not later than March 12, 2019 using the event flier at download below. If history is an indicator, you should anticipate a great atmosphere that promotes comradery among members. Highlights for this meeting are the State of the Chapter Report, awards for select members who by their actions and deeds have earned special recognition, and presentation of the Chapter’s prestigious DeMeter Award. A strong membership turn-out will contribute to showing appreciation for awardees who have gone above and beyond in service to the Chapter and community.

The second point of emphasis is Women History Month. I hope each member will take the time this month to reflect on the contributions of women, and their contributions to the defense of the nation. Women have contributed immeasurably to the success of our military force from the beginning of the country. Currently women make up 16% of an active military force of more than a million. Approximately 18% of the estimated 229,611 active duty military officers are women. As we honor the historical contributions of women this month, I ask that women who are members of the Chapter to set aside a little time this month to reflect on volunteering to serve on one of the Chapter committees or in a leadership position when the opportunities arise. I also ask that all members make a special effort this month to reach out to women who are eligible to be members of our Chapter and urge them to consider joining. This includes female officers and surviving spouses.

The health and well-being of all members are always of paramount concern and leads to the last point of emphasis for this month which is participation in National Nutrition Month. This campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. If you are looking to make some changes or to simply validate your eating and physical habits, explore this web site for food and nutrition information that is promoted as credible scientifically based information.

I conclude by again urging you to make your reservations for the March general membership meeting as soon as possible, honor and reflect on the selfless service of women during Women History Month, and as always stay focus on your health and well-being. “Never Stop Serving”.

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