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  1. 1. Task Force Tigershark 11 May 2012 FRSA Flash www.facebook.com/TF Tigershark Government Organization ***The Military Wife*** The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, "Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. Whats wrong with the standard model?" The lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be com- pletely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a per- fect hostess to four or 40 with an hours notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully even if she is pregnant and has the flu, and be willing to move to a new location 10 times in 17 years. And, oh, yes, she must have six pairs of hands." The angel shook her head. "Six pairs of hands." The Lord continued, "Dont worry, we will make other military wives to help her. And we will give her anunusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husbands achievements, sustain the pain of separa-tions, beat soundly when it is overworked and tired, and be large enough to say I understand when she does-nt and say I love you regardless.""Lord," said the angel, touching his arm gently, "go to bed and get some rest. You can finish this tomorrow.""I cant stop now," said the Lord. "I am so close to creating something unique. Already this model heals herselfwhen she is sick, can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend, wave goodbye to her husband from a han-gar, a runway, or a depot, and understand why its important that he leave."The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed. "It looks fine, but its too soft.""She might look soft," replied the Lord, "but she has the strength of a lion. You would not believe what she canendure."Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lords creation. "Theres a leak," she an-nounced. "Something is wrong with the construction, I am not surprised that it has cracked. You are trying toput too much on this model."The Lord appeared offended at the angels lack of confidence, "What you see is not a leak." he said, "Its atear.""A tear? What is it there for?" asked the angel. The Lord replied, "Its for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment,loneliness, pride and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear.""You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord looked puzzled and replied, "I didnt put it there."
  2. 2. P a g e 2 Dates to Remember5/11 Military Spouse Appreciation Day Movie 5/25-28 DIVISION DONSA/MEMORIAL DAY HOLI- 1030-1300 @ MPA DAY5/11 Military Spouse Appreciation Luncheon 5/29 Army Soldier Show, 1800 @ Magrath Gym 1400-1600 @ Adirondack Creek Community Cen- ter 5/30 Mountain Remembrance Ceremony, 1630-1700 @ Main Post Chapel5/12 USO Big Bash, 1900-2300@ Elks Lodge, Water town 5/31 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 0900-1700 @ USO5/13 Mother’s Day Brunch, 1100 & 1330 @ The Com- mons5/14 Home-Buyers Class, 0930-1130 @ ACS June 20125/14 FRG Leader Training, 0900-1300 @ ACS 6/1 Pay Day Activities5/14 Informal Fund Training, 1400 & 1700 @ ACS 6/1 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 0900-1600 USO5/15 School Board Elections 6/1 USO Military Appreciation Skate Party, 1600-5/16 Finding a Job using Social Networking, 0930- 1900 Showtime Skating, Watertown 1130 @ ACS 6/2 USO & American Legion Riders Bike Rally,5/17 Volunteer of the Month Ceremony, 1030-1130 0930 Caskinette/LoFink Ford @ The Commons 6/5-6 FMWR/USO Sesame Street Tour, 1400 & 18005/17 & 18 Stronger Families Oxygen Seminar, 0900-1500 Monti Gym @ USO5/17-20 Case Lot Sale, All Week @ The Commissary5/18 FDNY Special Olympics, 0900-1400 @ ACS5/18 Division Retirement Ceremony, 1600-1700 @ MPA5/18 Right Arm Night , 1700 @ The Commons5/19 Armed Forces Day Parade, 1000 in Watertown5/21 ACS Resilience Training, 0930-1430 @ ACS5/22-23 AFTB Level II Training, 0900-1600 @ ACS5/22 Welcome Tour, 0930-1400 @ ACS5/23 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Observance 1130-1300 @ Commons5/24 SAFETY DAY/DIVISION RUN, 0700 Hays Hall/Fort Drum5/24 Safety Day Fair, 0900-1500 @ Magrath Gym
  3. 3. P a g e 3 POST Wide Yard Sales Rhicard Hills & Adirondack Creek 2 & 3 June 4 & 5 AugustMonument Ridge & Crescent Woods9 & 10 June11 & 12 August
  4. 4. P a g e 4From the SPORT OfficeMWR is having Recreational Volleyball Night for theMonth of May and June.Every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 1800 to 2100 @Magrath Sports Complex - The Gym Winner stays losermoves out. New team enters. If teams wins three in arow, two new teams will enter.Bring a team or join one that is thereAll Authorized ID card holders are welcome!
  5. 5. P a g e 5 Monday, 21 May as we focus on resilience skills through effective problem solving, learning to keep things in perspective and de- veloping real-time resiliency. Class is in ACS from 9:30am-2:30pm (with a one hr lunch break). **New Location now at Rhicard Hills Community Center**
  6. 6. P a g e 6 Contact your FRG Leader for Consent forms...
  7. 7. P a g e 7 A Military Wife’s Prayer Give me the greatness of heart to see-The difference between duty and his love for me. Give me understanding so that I may know-When duty calls him, he must go. Give me a task each day-To fill the time when he’s away. When he’s in a foreign land-Keep him safe in your loving hand. And when his duty is in the field-Please protect him and be his shield. And when deployed away for so long-Please stay with me and keep me strong. Amen.
  8. 8. P a g e 8The Youth Bureau is again pleased to offer recreation scholarships for children and teensfrom families with limited financial resources. This year, funding is from the NYS Officeof Children and Family Services and an Adopting Healthy Habits grant from Cornell Coopera-tive Extension. To nominate a child for a scholarship, please complete the attached formand return it to the Youth Bureau. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or formore information. ~Ginny Harrington, Director for Jefferson County Youth Bureau, 315 -785 –3382 (phone) Notice 2012 Recreation Scholarships Available The Jefferson County Youth Bureau is pleased to announce the availability of recreation scholarships. These scholarships are for children and youth who do not have the opportunity to participate in recreational, social, or cultural events, and who are at risk for not developing to their fullest potential. The funding for the scholarships is provided by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and through an Adopting Healthy Habits grant from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. Scholarships are available for recreational, cultural, educational, or social activities that have been demonstrated to be of value to increasing abilities, talents or positive relationships. Examples are: registration fees for sports leagues, fees for participation in karate or outdoor adventure programs, computer camps, dance, art or music lessons. The maximum amount per scholarship for these “skill building” activities is $400, and may include equipment or clothing necessary to participate in the activity. Limited scholarships are also available for general camp experiences. Adopting Healthy Habits scholarships for camp cover expenses up to $400. Youth Bureau scholarships for camp cover expenses up to $200. Because of a change in NYS OCFS regulations, it is now permissible for parents to pay a portion of the cost. We are no longer able to fund YMCA memberships. Young people or their parents may contact the YMCA directly to dis- cuss possible financial assistance. To nominate a young person for a scholarship, please complete the enclosed application form and return it to the Jefferson County Youth Bureau by mail (175 Arsenal St., Watertown, N.Y. 13601, fax (785 – 3223) or e-mail (ginnyh@co.jefferson.ny.us). You may duplicate the application for additional nominations. The agency or person making the nomination will be notified of the decision. It will be the responsibility of that person or agency to help the child and family with any necessary arrangements, if necessary (for example: registration, transporta- tion). Confidentiality of applications will be honored. Please contact the Youth Bureau (785 – 3382) if you have any questions or need additional information.
  9. 9. P a g e 9 Recreation Scholarship Application Form, 2012NOTE: along with this nomination form, you must submit documentation from the vendor that the requestedamount is the current and accurate cost. This may include a brochure, program flyer, or statement on letterhead from thevendor as to the cost.Name of Youth: Sex: Age:Address:For reporting purposes only, please indicate the child’s ethnicity: African American Asian Caucasian Hispanic Native American OtherName of Person Making Nomination:School/Agency/Organization/Municipality You Represent:Address:Phone: E-mail:Date of Application:The nominated youth must meet ALL of the following criteria. Please check all that apply: _______ Under the age of 21 _______ A current resident of Jefferson County or attending school in Jefferson County _______ Determined to have documented financial need due to ONE OR MORE of the following: _______ Eligible for food stamps (family or youth) _______ Receiving free or reduced school lunch program _______ Family receiving Public Assistance _______ Other need, please explain _______Determined to meet the definition of high risk due to ONE OR MORE of the following (please check all that apply) _______ Child’s parents are unable (may be temporary situation) to provide adequate parental support due to crisis situation, such as military deployment, incarceration, active alcoholism or drug abuse, serious illness, etc. _______ Child is victim of abuse or neglect _______ Child has limited or poor role models or peer involvement _______ Child is on probation or has an older sibling on probation _______ Older brother or sister is pregnant or parenting teen _______ Older sibling dropped out of school _______ Other, please explainWhy does the youth need scholarship assistance?How will the activities funded by the scholarship have a positive impact on the youth?What activities and/or equipment will the scholarship purchase?List specific costs to be covered by this scholarship:
  10. 10. P a g e 1 0 Fort Drum CYS Services 2012 Summer Programs DOWNLOAD CYS SERVICES INFORMATION TO YOUR SMART PHONE. http://drummwr.com/childandyouthservices.htm Moving Your Kids during PCS SeasonMoving to a new area can be hard on you, but it can be especially hard on a child. Below are somehelpful tips to help make your child’s transition from one school to another easier;If you are moving out of a current location: (at the end of the school year) Communicate with your child’s school is critical. Out-process with school at least 2 weeks prior Students will receive grades up to last day If PCS’ing obtain SLS (School Liaison Services) information on new duty stationDeparture prior to school year completion: Report card is not issues Schools provide a report showing grade status and may suggest if student should be repeat grade over Grade promotion is determined by receiving schoolHand carry the following information for your child: School report card IEP Birth Certificate Social Security Card Custody agreement Achievements and certificates Volunteering record Any information that is above and beyond normal school activities (i.e. clubs, sports, extracur- ricular events) Immunization record School Liaison Officers: Michele Carlton, 772-3214 Terri Spencer, 772-1311
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  12. 12. P a g e 1 2Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presenteddoes not represent the views or endorsement of TF Knighthawk or the United States Army. This material isfor personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restric-tions and guidelines.
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  14. 14. P a g e 1 4 For more job announcements and job searching tips, we post 5- 10 jobs daily on our face book page! http://www.facebook.com/ fortdrumemployment http://www.facebook.com/ fortdrumemployment Ft. Drum Employment Readiness Program upcoming Events and Workshops All classes will be located at the ACS building. Please RSVPTim Creamer will be your main POC he can be reached at 772-1090 and timo-thy.w.creamer@us.army.mil, because we will be short staffed we are encouraging customers toattend Employment 101 before scheduling a one on one appointment. -- thank you for your un-derstanding!Upcoming Events and Workshops RSVP REQUIRED:Resume Writing Computer Lab - 14 May - 9:30-10:30 - ACSFinding a Job Using Social Networking - 16 May- 9:30-11:30 - ACSFederal Employment Workshop - 24 May - 9:30-11:30 - ACSComputer Basics for Job Seekers - Intro to PowerPoint - 30 May - 9:30-11:30Employment 101 - 30 May - 9:30-11:30 - ACSComputer Basics for Job Seekers - Basic Excel - 4 June - 1:00-3:00Employment 101 - 7 June - 9:30-11:30 - ACSBuild Your Own Business - 13 June - 9:30-11:20Resume Writing Computer Lab - 11 June - 9:30-10:30 - ACS Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does not represent the views or endorsement of TF Tigershark or the United States Army. This material is for personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.