Summer is in full swing here on Crete and the Souda Bay Overseas Support Group has been busy with all kinds of activities for our members and summer visitors! In addition to the Summer Summary, we are also excited to announce our new Executive Board for the 2018-2019 year, with the following officers:
President: Jennifer Bauer
Vice-President: Jenn De’Angelis
Secretary: Erin Chen
Treasurer: Andi Lindsay
Along with the officers, we also have the following Committee Chairperson volunteers: Social Media (Joel Diller), Welcome Committee (Sylvia Hollenback), Social Activities (Beth Delano and Kat Small) and Fundraising (Darrick Fisher). We are excited to announce we have a new Souda Bay Buddies Coordinator, Michelle Reyes, who has been planning great fun with Becky Anger for the Buddies.
As you all know, we made the decision to take the summer off from general meetings so that we could focus on activities over the busy summer months when sailors, civilians and families are traveling. During this time, the Souda Bay Buddies have kept busy with beach play dates, bowling, the Summer Reading Program (MWR) and other entertaining events. There was also a fun Kids Fun Run with an after-party at the pool, which was a coordinated effort between MWR and the FRG. Another joint event between MWR and the Souda Bay Overseas Support Group included a parent-kid Nerf War held in the gymnasium that was a great success! Not to be outdone, the adults enjoyed a meet and greet ‘Yammus’ Wine and Cheese event at Social Activities Chair Beth Delano’s house where we welcomed new members that have arrived this summer.
Speaking of newcomers to NSA Souda Bay, Change of Command was August 3, 2018 when Captain Brad Collins turned over command to Captain Ryan Tewell. A big Souda Bay Overseas Support Group welcome to the Tewell family as they arrive from the United States! Captain Tewell will be the guest speaker at the first meeting back after summer break on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 17:15 p.m. on the Graffiti’s patio where we will hear from the new CO and have a BBQ (kids are welcome too!). Come out and meet the new Skipper along with his lovely wife, Holly!
We are excited for the Fall and the cooler weather. Upcoming events include the popular ‘Paint & Sip’ in late August, and before you know it the kids ‘Trunk or Treat’ will be right around the corner! The group is always looking for volunteers to help with committees and otherwise, so if you would like to help out in any way please message our Facebook page or closed group, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. We look forward to seeing you at our meeting on Tuesday, September 11th!