AREA 1 NEWS!
By Jamie DePaola
It has been a very busy few months in Area 1 since the 2016 Convention as we’ve been preparing for the Inaugural Connecticut Veterans Day Patriot Race in November. The WMA is co-hosting the event with the American Legion, the VFW, and the DAV. When all is said and done, you can be sure that many will know the Women Marines have landed in Area 1. The marketing blitz with hard copy brochures and social media, press releases and a live radio interview has promoted not just the race event, but the Women Marines Association. Some of the other veteran organizations were not aware of our existence in this area until now. All good news!
In September, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the Hartford Stage to discuss what it means to be a woman in the military. On behalf of my sister Marines, I joined two other panelists who were from the CT Army National Guard and the U.S. Army. This panel was hosted by the playwright of “Queens for a Year,” T. D. Mitchell (writer from the TV show “Army Wives”). The play received great reviews, and follows five generations of women Marines, so it only seemed fitting that a Marine be on this panel discussion. It was quite the experience!
A few weeks later, I was asked to support the Modern Day Marine 2016 Expo in Quantico and I was fortunate to work with the impressive VA-1 Chapter team on the first of the three-day Expo. It was an honor to work with Area 2 and witness, firsthand, their commitment to the annual MDM. I learned that Area 3 and 10 also participate in the MDMs at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton, respectively, each year. As much as I envied them for this opportunity, I also gained tremendous respect and admiration for their commitment to work these long days each year at the MDM Expos. (OOHRAH Ladies from Area 1!) We met many active duty Marines, many Marine Corps League members (MCL is the host of these annual Expo’s), some MCJROTC cadets and quite a few civilians; and we communicated to all of them about the WMA and about our Centennial celebration in 2018. Most of them were not aware of the WMA nor about the 100th anniversary in two years. This proved to be a successful investment to promote our organization. We especially focused on meeting the women Marines and thanking them for their service. It was a proud day for us to be in the presence of these amazing Marines!
Another favorite Area 1 quote: “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” ~ J.K. Rowling