Vol. 1, Issue 7
Fort Riley, KS
Inside This Issue
Victory Voice Policies
Calendar of Events
January Luncehon Recap
February Luncheon Preview
Volunteer of the Month
Thank you to all our
for your continued
It’s that time of year when
our nominating commit-
tee begins the search for
next year’s OCSC executive
board and committee chairs.
Don’t make their job hard,
raise your hand high and join
the leadership team for this
amazing organization. You
won’t regret the time invest-
ment, because the work and
friendships are so rewarding.
Are you a stay at home mom?
No problem. We have many
positions that can mostly be
performed at home at hours
that are convenient to you.
Are you an empty nester?
We definitely have jobs that
will fill your plate and keep
you active and involved so
you don’t miss the chicks
that flew the nest. Have you
always worked at a 9-5 job
and need some inspiration
in your new found free time?
Put your skills to use with
opportunities for speaking,
writing, design, crafts, event
planning, fund development
One of the required com-
mitments is being able
to attend monthly board
meetings on post on the
second Thursday of each
month. The good news
is that little babies are wel-
come, food is provided and
laughter is always in supply.
Another requirement for
many positions is that you
commit to attending all
the luncheon events. Well,
now, that’s a REWARD!
Our luncheons are so
fun---who wouldn’t want
to attend every month?
We’ve had many new fac-
es join our club in the last
two months. Don’t wait to
join in the fun. Being on
a committee or serving on
the board is a great way to
get plugged into the new
community you now call
home. Fort Riley is full of
active volunteers and the
OCSC mission is relevant
and necessary to con-
tinue the improved qual-
ity of life for our soldiers,
families and community.
Our goal is to present an
executive slate for approval
in March and vote at the
April luncheon. You don’t
have to answer the question
the moment you read this
newsletter, but please con-
sider the gift of your time
and talents to serve your
friends, neighbors and mil-
itary family on the OCSC
board. It has been a life
changing experience that I
will never forget and I high-
ly recommend this group
to the next crew of leaders.
All the best,
The Official Fort Riley Officer & Civilian Spouses’ Club Newsletter
The President’s Pen
By Bevin Landrum
11:30am at Olive Garden
GO RED Luncheon
11am at Riley’s
6:30pm at Hi-Tech
Interior’s Learning Center
6pm at Riley’s
OCSC Executive Board
Honorary President Shand Mayville 727-742-0490
Advisor Beth Funk 254-702-5198
President Bevin Landrum 785-341-4540
1st Vice President Amanda Bartholome 951-206-0483
2nd Vice President Jenna Bell 770-296-9442
Secretary Christine Benne 785-341-0862
Treasurer Jessica Blackford 952-334-6309
Parliamentarian Kristen Farrand 913-680-7902
OCSC Standing Committees
Childcare Coordinator Lori Rozhon 580-919-0542
Community Assistance Sara Nauman 785-477-9460
Community Liaison Leslie Alford 785-410-7598
Decorations Sarah Young 910-922-3286
Hospitality Heather Drake 913-775-0827
Membership Megan Byer 785-579-4393
Op Santa Kerry Manneck 513-543-3213
Property Manager Whitney Lukenbill 913-226-9326
Publicity Savina Ford 503-891-5269
Reservations Sabrina Waters 636-352-6823
Retiree Representative LaQuita Steggeman 785-762-4037
Special Activities Brenda Wise 785-922-7027
Special Projects Kate Wasson 321-506-1100
Webmaster Theresa Giesey 717-634-7592
Victory Voice Staff
Editor Julie Fiedler 785-209-5509
Advertising Manager Allison Lilley 910-603-4255
Printing/Distribution Sara Swanzy 409-313-4646
Proofreaders Bevin Landrum 785-341-4540
Amanda Bartholome 951-206-0483
Kate Wasson 321-506-1100
The Victory Voice is an authorized publication for members
of the Fort Riley Officer and Civilian Spouses’ Club. Contents
of the Victory Voice are not necessarily official views of, or
endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense,
Department of the Army or Fort Riley.
The Victory Voice is published monthly by the OCSC.
Everything advertised in the publication shall be made available
for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap,
political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchase,
use or patron. A confirmed violation of this policy of equal
opportunity by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print
advertising from that resource.
All contents of the Victory Voice are prepared, edited and
the OCSC newsletter committee. The Victory Voice is printed
by a private firm in no way connected with the Department
of the Army at no expense to the U.S. Government or the
Department of the Army.
The Fort Riley OCSC is a private, non-
profit organization approved for operation
on Fort Riley under Army Regulation 210-
22. The mission of the Fort Riley Officer
and Civilian Spouses’ Club is to serve the military community
by raising money to support local military programs while
offering quality educational and social opportunities for our
members. Our goal is to be the premier social, philanthropic
and mentoring organization in the area. We partner with all
local military support organizations to maximize our efforts
and welcome feedback from any member of the Central
Flints Hills Region.
All About Us
Deadlines for submissions to the Victory Voice are as follows:
Advertising submission: 15th of the month for new ads
Article and copy submission: 15th of each month;
Monthly Luncheon write-up submission: Friday after
Final proof to printer: 25th of each month
All dates are subject to the way the days of the week fall in a
particular calendar month and how to best accommodate
timely coverage of special OCSC events.
If you have an idea for a special article or recurring feature,
please feel free to send the Victory Voice editor an email at
Photo and recipe submissions are also welcome.
If you are a member and have a home-based business, you are
eligible to submit a one line ad in our member business directory.
Also, if you know someone who would like to advertise with us,
please let us know. Our rates are quite reasonable and we distrib-
ute a hard copy to over 200 officers’ homes each month and
several thousand email inboxes.
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Policies & Procedures
This year’s luncheons will all be held at Riley’s Conference Center
unless otherwise noted. The cost is $15 per person.
1. DEADLINE: Reservations are accepted until noon on
the Friday prior to the luncheon. (Next Reservation Deadline
is February 10th at noon! ) If you miss the deadline, always
call the reservations chair to see if we have had any cancellations.
2. CANCELLATIONS: If cancellations are made after the
reservations deadline, the member will still be responsible for
paying for their meal or ﬁnding a member substitute to take their
place. Invoices will be sent out by the Reservations chair each
month to late cancellations and no shows.
3. GUEST RESERVATIONS: When a member makes a
reservation for a guest and the guest is a no-show or cancels after
the deadline, that member is responsible for the payment of the
guest’s meal. Guests who are qualiﬁed for membership can come
to a function one time with one member before being required
to join Ft. Riley OCSC. Non-qualifying guests are welcome to
attend an unlimited number of functions when in the company
of a current member in good standing
4. INCLEMENT WEATHER: Notiﬁcation of a luncheon
cancellation will be posted on the website and on Facebook the
morning of the luncheon. Emails will also be sent when possible.
5. RESERVATION METHODS: Call Savina Ford, 503-891-
5269 (*Please state your name clearly and give a meal choice, if
required, when leaving information on the answering machine.)
Go on-line: www.fortrileyocsc.com and click the link. Email:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org E-vite:
Respond to the evite invitation and invite guests through this
forum. Facebook group event: show your attendance on the
Facebook event page and invite others.
6. CHILDCARE: Childcare reservations are handled separately.
Please see the Victory Voice for the full OCSC childcare policy.
Find Us Online
On Facebook: Make sure that you are a fan of Fort Riley
OCSC on Facebook to ensure you receive the most up-to-
date announcements regarding our monthly luncheons as
well as other OCSC events.
Online: Visit us at www.fortrileyocsc.com for informa-
tion, downloads and more!
Calendar of Events
OCSC is having a membership sale! For those joining
us halfway through the membership year, we offer a
discounted price of $15 through May 2012. Membership
includes perks, discounts and fun! If you have a neighbor
who just arrived or a friend who hasn’t taken the plunge
yet, bring them on board in 2012 for this special price. And
you won’t just save on membership...
As a member of OCSC, you can enjoy discounts at:
Ask Oma Grayshuz
Welllllllll, HOWDY girls and HAPPY NEW YEAR to ya!!! I’ve just
returned from a whirlwind of an unexpected, extended holiday!! But I’ve
just been chomping at the bit to get back to ya’ and chat about THANK
YOU NOTES!!! That’s right. Let’s all say it together-- THANK YOU
NOTES. Now, I could just tell ya’, “Simplest thing about it is JUST DO IT.” But I’ve tried that and I got better
response saying I was gonna’ burn down our ole’ barn out back! So listen up, I’ve got to unpack still and I just got
to get this off my chest! WRITE THE NOTE! It’s never wrong to send a thank you note. NEVER. A hand written
note with the words THANK YOU for ( heck, you can even just fill in the blank right here) and you are G TO G. (
Good to Go for y’all not paying attention!) People, from your Great Aunt Corabeth to the your kid’s Sunday School
teacher folks ALWAYS appreciate getting a “THANKS” in return for whatever gift, token, act or you just name it!
Now I can hear your belly achin’ right now... “ but Oma, I said thanks as I left” or “I’ll send her an email or leave a message on
her phone”. Well, WHOOP PA DEE DOO! Nothing is nicer and kinder that sitting down for a minute and scribbling out a
formal note of appreciation. Nothing says, “I appreciate your time and effort in doing this for me,” like a handwritten note.
There aren’t many rules about when you should send a note of gratitude, like when you receive a gift, or flowers, or
you just had a really nice time at that fancy party you got all dolled up for way back before Christmas. So that
means if you haven’t done so just yet, ya’ might want to sit down and get busy,
honey. Always send the note as soon as possible after the event or gift is received.
My cousin Priscilla, that girl just beats all, I tell ya’. She gets out her fancy writing paper and $7 ink
something fabulous, and then signs, seals, stamps and sends it out the very next day! I KNOW she’s an
Until next time...whenever that might be!
Yours forever OMA GRAYSHUZ! (say it OUT LOUD!)
Join OCSC and Save!
4 Olives Wine Bar
Big Poppi Bicycles
The Columbian Theatre
The Mane Thing
Old Glory Shop
K-State Basketball & Willie’s Birthday
Join OCSC at the K-State/KU Woman’s Basketball game on February 12th at 12:00pm (gates open at 11am). Tickets are
$8 and include hot dog, drink and chips. Purchase tickets by going to: www.kstatesports.com/grouptickets and entering
promo code W13OCSC. Pick up your ticket and food voucher at the Southwest doors of Bramlage. There will also be
fun activities for the kids! Contact Brenda Wise @ email@example.com or (785)922-7027.
March: Sunflower Trivia
Does your family refuse to
watch Jeopardy with you
because you know all the
answers? Are you the first
to fill your pie when playing
Trivial Pursuit? Grab a friend
and join us for an exciting
game of trivia!
Go RED for
By Amanda Bartholome
We invite you to dress in RED to show your support of
heart health awareness. Use your imagination to show
your support for healthy hearts and unique style of
RED. The person wearing the best GO RED outfit will
receive a special prize: a certificate for a one hour massage
from Shear Dynamics Salon & Day Spa in Manhattan.
More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer
combined. But this killer isn’t easy to see. Heart disease is
often hidden, silent and misunderstood. Our program this
Medicine certified Cardiologist at Mercy Regional Hospital.
He will discuss the importance of cardiovascular health and
how to live a heart healthy lifestyle. A special section of the
ballroom will be reserved for vendors who offer related
services: MAXFitness, King Field House, Team in Training,
Plan to arrive at 1100 to take advantage of the one-time
BOGO Casino Royale Basket Auction offer and browse the
vendor tables. From 1100-1130, Casino Royale tickets will
be BOGO half off - two for $22.50! Vendors will include
“At Home America”, Premiere Jewelry and Pampered Chef.
Don’t forget to wear your membership pin for a chance to
win two tickets to Macbeth courtesy of the McCain theater.
By popular demand, we will once again be dining
on a delicious Mexican Buffet! Lunch will include
a salad, tacos, chips, beans, rice and brownies.
By Amanda Bartholome
“BINGO” was the word
of the day at the January luncheon. Our six rounds of
BINGO yielded 15 lucky winners; 12 of them went home
with a new Vera Bradley bag,
and three of the “coverall”
winners each won a pair
of tickets to Casino Royale
in March. Each game was
especially special because Big
Tex (aka OCSC member Jim
Hood) was our fearless caller.
The ladies didn’t cut him any
slack as they demanded “Go
slower. Go faster. No, not
THAT number. Wait, what was that number again?” It
was a rowdy good time as players waited with baited breath
for their lucky number and the chance to yell BINGO.
Our generous attendees donated $200 to the Fort Riley
USO through the passing of the Community Assistance
cups. In addition to money, OCSC members and guests
volunteered to donate their time as they serve lunch
at the USO on Valentine’s Day. If you are interested in
volunteering contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claiming that the Vera Bradley
BINGO luncheon was “fun”
is an understatement! When
the line is out the door to
join the party you know it
is going to be great. And,
the laughter and smiles that
filled the room proved it was
another luncheon success.
April: ALOHA Travel Expo Lunch
Join us as we learn money saving travel tips and
staycation ideas. It’s a perfect way to plan your leave or
next 4 day weekend! The Hawaiian theme will set the
tone for warmer weather, so dig out your flip flops!
May: Home is Where the Army Sends Us
We never realize how much we accumulate until the
packers arrive, which is magnified when our next
home is even smaller! Come be inspired to decorate
without adding to the boxes in the attic or basement.
ATTENTION ALL KID ON-SITE MOMMIES! We have
a NEW EMAIL address for all future reservation requests:
Infants 6 weeks of age or younger may attend luncheons. In
addition, we extend a courtesy to mothers of nursing infants
six months or younger to the luncheon. In all circumstance,
we simply ask you to step out of the event if your child is
crying. Please do not bring children older than this as they
may be a distraction to other members. Infants 6 weeks to 12
years are welcome to have reservations in the STACC on-site
daycare. STACC care is provided at our monthly luncheons
at a reasonable cost with advance reservations. The price is
$5.00 per hour per child. Care is available from 11am to 1pm.
It is the parent’s responsibility to feed their children before the
luncheon (if there is a lunch served, parents will be notified in
advance). The deadline for reservations is 2 weeks prior to the
luncheon. Cancellations are accepted up to 48 hours before
the luncheon. Please remember to bring shot records for each
child and appropriate items your child will need during the
two hour time frame (pull-ups, extra outfit, bottles, wipes, etc).
Bottles must be pre-made and kept cold. Baby food must be
brought in un-opened jars. Please remember closed toe shoes
for the safety of your child.
Please make reservations or email questions to:
email@example.com. Reservation requests should be
answered within 3 days of request. However, we are all volun-
teers and occasionally it may stretch beyond that. If you have
not heard back in three days, feel free to contact Lori again. A
reminder email will be send to all confirmed parents two days
prior to each luncheon.
DON’T FORGET TO UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!
Again, the NEW EMAIL address for all future childcare com-
munication and requests is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers to our members
Jamie Dahlen - Feb 1st
Shand Mayville - Feb 1st
Doreen Morgan - Feb 3rd
Heather Drake - Feb 8th
Traci Calvert - Feb 9th
Sara Swanzy - Feb 12th
Megan Ainsworth - Feb 17th
Maria Keel - Feb 18th
Denise Turner - Feb 20th
Karen Lanceta - Feb 21st
Jocelyn Williams - Feb 27th
Alisha Lofgren - Feb 28th
And a belated Happy
Allison Madyda - Jan 25th
The OCSC flamingoes will be flocking to Fort Riley
in March and April! Flocking is one of our more
colorful fundraisers. For a small donation OCSC will
flock members’ yards on Fort Riley with stunning
pink flamingoes. Beware the darkness of night...
YOU could awake to a bountiful pink surprise!
Here’s how it works:
- Flock a friend: $10
(Flamingoes will be on their yard 24 hours, no
removal fee necessary)
- Flock insurance: $10
(This ensures you will not be flocked)
If you have any
questions or want to
flock someone, please
contact Christine Hughes at
Reservation forms will be
available at the February
and March luncheons.
And the winner is...
There is only one month left to decide which unit will win the OCSC
Penny Wars competition. Bring your change to the February luncheon
to toss in the jars for one last chance to affect the final outcome. Remember,
pennies are positive points and silver coins earn negative points. All is fair in the
Penny Wars, so donate generously to support your unit or ding the competition!
We will announce the winning unit on Mar 2 at the CASINO ROYALE BASKET
AUCTION. The Brigade level unit with the MOST points AND a Commander who
ATTENDS the event will WIN a donation equal to ALL the donated Penny Wars
change for the year. OCSC will earmark the money towards a project that benefits
the soldiers and families of the winning brigade after consulting the command
leadership for the winning unit to coordinate the desired project. This could
range from helping to defray costs for a unit ball, play equipment for a designated
family area or any project deemed mutually beneficial by OCSC and the Brigade.
So far there have been several lead changes. The competition is stiff! 1st BDE,
2nd BDE, 4th BDE, CAB, Sustainment, MEDDAC/DENTAC and DHHB are all
participating, so pick your favorite unit and save your coins for a final showdown
in the Penny Wars! Contact email@example.com with any questions.
For Your Eyes Only:
The Fort Riley OCSC is hosting its annual gala: Ca-
sino Royale! Whether your favorite 007 is Daniel Craig,
Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton or
Pierce Brosnan, this annual event is the place for you!
Spend the evening trying your hand at poker, craps
and BINGO. To make sure you have a seat at the
table, get your tickets now at an OCSC luncheon
or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not up the ante? Donate a basket to our auction to
help raise money for the OCSC Community Assistance
Fund. The basket auction is our biggest fundraiser of
the year and proceeds will make a positive impact in our
community. For guidelines and ideas, visit our website:
Want more info? Email email@example.com
to for more details about the event and basket donation.
A Tradition of
By Sara Nauman
Riley OCSC motto says it all: “Good
deeds. Good times. Good friends.”
As the Community Assistance chair, I saw how
good deeds are a tradition as I reviewed records
from the past six years. During that time, OCSC
has given nearly $90,000 through our annual funds
disbursement. This money comes from fundraisers like
Casino Royale and other events throughout the year.
communities, OCSC has helped 39 organizations since
2006, including the USO, Mother’s Outreach, the Armed
Services YMCA, and several Fort Riley school programs.
The application for 2012 can be found at
The deadline to apply is February 24th.
What a fantastic year it has been for OCSC! Although we still have a few months left, now is the time to look ahead. 2012
elections are right around the corner! That’s right, it’s almost election time and we don’t mean POTUS. We are talking
about your chance to serve on the OCSC board for the 2012-2013 board year. OCSC is searching for a few leaders to carry
on the work that makes our organization great. If you are interested in helping us have an amazing 2012-2013 year, please
contact Kristen Farrand at firstname.lastname@example.org. The executive board slate will be presented at the March luncheon
and voted on in April. The elected board positions are:
Join the OCSC Board and
Presides over general membership and board meetings,•
establishes policies and procedures, and ensures the
Constitution and Bylaws are upheld
Responsible for appointing all committee chairs on the•
Delegates and Supervises all OCSC events and ensures all•
committee chairs are fulfilling their obligations
Provides immediate oversight for the subcommittee•
consisting of the Parliamentarian, Membership, Special
Activities and Retiree Representative
Serves as a representative of OCSC within the community•
First Vice President:
Responsible for coordinating monthly luncheon programs•
by booking event locations, planning menus, and
procuring guest speakers
Provides oversight within its subcommittee, which•
includes a close working relationship with Decorations,
Hospitality, Reservations and Historian committee chairs
Second Vice President:
Proposes and organizes all fundraising programs•
Serves as a liaison between the club and DMWR•
Submits all fundraising requests for installation approval•
Leads a subcommittee which includes the Community•
Assistance and Ways and Means committee chairs
Responsible for maintaining all club records, including•
minutes from all board meetings as well as business
conducted at other meetings within the organization
Presents monthly minutes and financial statements to•
DMWR, submits volunteer hours to the Installation
Volunteer Coordinator and collects OCSC mail
Responsible for preparing and dispatching all club•
Oversees the subcommittee including the Newsletter•
Editor, Newsletter Manager, Publicity, and Webmaster
Responsible for all of the OCSC financial accounts,•
including receipts, disbursements and all supporting
Presents monthly financial reports to the General•
Board and reconciles all bank transactions
Prepares federal tax documents and presents all•
financial records to a certified accountant for review
Provides oversight for a committee that includes•
Childcare Coordinator and Property Manager
Certain Committee Chairpersons also serve as part of the
OCSC Board. These roles are appointed. We’ll share more
details on them next month!
For the period: 12/5/11 - 1/8/12
Statement Beginning Balance: $12,746.76
Statement Ending Balance: $12,078.05
Checkbook Beginning Balance: $11,777.02
Checkbook Ending Balance: $12,078.05
Total Income: $2,927.49
Total Expenses: $2,626.46
Note: Checkbook balance reflects oustanding checks
and may differ slightly from monthly statement due to
operationg expenses and income.
Help Us Stay in Touch
Add these important OCSC official emails to your contact list! Don’t
run the risk of any important information going to junk mail.
Bevin, President email@example.com
Amanda, 1st Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna, 2nd Vice President email@example.com
Julie, Victory Voice firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa, Webmaster email@example.com
Megan, Membership firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara, Community Assistance email@example.com
Brenda, Special Activities firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica, Treasurer email@example.com
Sabrina, Reservations firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori, Childcare Coordinator email@example.com
Cat, Historian firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany, Bunko coordinator email@example.com
Christine, Flocking fortrileyflamingoes@aolcom
Volunteers of the
Board members and OCSC members alike have a huge
impact on our membership and the community beyond.
Thanks to the following volunteers for making a difference!
Board Member Volunteer of the
Month (Jan 2012): Sara Swanzy
Sara is the Victory Voice distribution
chair which means she is the little fairy
who magically puts the labels on each
month and makes sure the newsletter
reaches our mailbox. She does a great
job, but it’s not magic. She has to print
and sort 200 newsletter and prepare
them for bulk mailing and we all know the USPS can have
some picky rules. The good news is that she is able to juggle
this volunteer position, graduate school and substitute
teaching. Sara always helps out at our luncheons whether
she is checking in baskets at Make It, Bake It, Fake It or
Board Member Volunteer of the
Month (Jan 2012): Lori Rozhon
Lori is the Childcare Coordinator
and is the liaison with the CDC for
all childcare services provided at our
luncheons. She has been responsible
for reviving this option for our
membership and we regularly have
15-20 kids in the on-site care so their moms can attend all
the OCSC fun. Lori makes it easy to secure a reservation
and is always available for questions. Her friendly attitude
makes her a great asset to the community and our board.
General Member Volunteer of the
Month (Jan 2012): Haley Cowan
Haley has helped OCSC by manning
the Penny Wars table, helping with
special projects and even lugging
the heavy penny jars. She attends
our luncheons. She is a co-leader
for her FRG and likes to sew and
make stuffed animals for infants. She has two little
ones (3 and 1), plus a 3rd child: an 85 lb Goldendoodle.
Soon Haley will be teaching soccer to toddlers. We
appreciate her time and effort to volunteer for OCSC.
Make a Difference
Christine Benne, OCSC Secretary, is
a Kansas girl through and through!
Although born in MO, she moved
to Olathe when she was 3 months old. She graduated
from Olathe North High in 1984. While working at the
Olathe Public Library, she met her sweetheart Paul. She
continued to work while attending JCCC in Overland Park
and graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program in 1987.
Paul and Christine married in 1987 while Paul was finishing
his pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. After
graduating he direct commissioned into the Army. While on
hygienist and volunteered with the Red Cross and hospital.
In 1991 they returned stateside and Paul attended the
University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia. 1992
Baby boy #3 arrived in 1997 and Christine worked part
time, volunteered and enjoyed being close to family.
In 2000, their 4th child, a girl, was born and Paul was
accepted into the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health,
bringing a move to the Baltimore area. Then they were
off to Ft. Lewis. In 2002, they moved to Ft. Knox and in
2004 to Ft. Carson. While raising their children, Christine
worked part time teaching and tutoring, volunteered for
school and church and was active in the hospital OSC.
Finally in 2008, the Benne family came ‘home’ to Kansas
and Ft. Riley. They are very happy to call the Flint Hills
region home. Christine works for Hayden Orthodontics
as a Public Relations Coordinator and provides school
dental screenings through a grant from the Kansas Dept
of Health and Environment. She is active in the Manhattan
Chamber of Commerce, Military Relations Committee,
St. Thomas More church, her children’s schools and
youth groups and also serves as the OCSC Secretary.
With her children older (Brayson, a college freshman,
Cale, a junior in HS, Gage, a freshman in HS and Hagan
in 6th grade), Christine has more time for reading,
scrapbooking and watching movies. Paul and Christine
enjoy traveling, working on their newly built home,
spending time with family and walking the family dog Molly.
Who’s ready for spring in the Flint
Hills? Come spend a spring weekend
enjoying arts, crafts, food, and....tulips!
The annual Wamego Tulip Festival will be held
April 14-15 in Wamego’s City Park. Thousands
of tulips should be at the height of bloom,
into a picturesque vision of SPRING in Kansas.
The Tulip Festival boasts over 150 vendors,
including arts and crafts, food and drinks,
entertainment and activities, and even
a petting zoo for the kids. OCSC will
be there, too, with a fund-raising booth
offering fun stuff like face painting!
events, including the monthly
Business After Hours and
special events like Oztoberfest.
So bring your family and friends
to Wamego’s Tulip Festival and
join in the fun. While you’re there,
explore Wamego’s restaurants, shops,
wineries, the historic Columbian
Theater and the Oz Museum! Oh,
and...don’t forget to enjoy the tulips!!
Mark your calendars for a wonderful bonding
opportunity for daddies and their daughters on
Feb 19 from 2-4 pm at the Manhattan Country
by J&C Imaging plus drinks and refreshments
for all who attend. The cost is only $10 for
fathers and $8 for daughters ages 4-13. Dress
your daughter in her finest and send her off
for an afternoon of fun with daddy. To RSVP
or for more information call 785-776-7787.
Sarah BYoung,Thirty-One Gifts, 910.922.3286, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mythirtyone.com/sarahbyoung
Kymberly Dillon, Scentsy, 702-403-5782, email@example.com, https://kymberlydillon.scentsy.us
Janee Zimmerman,The Blue Egg Personal Chef Service, 785-289-9039, Janee@blue-egg.com, www.blue-egg.com
405 Poyntz Ave.
Hint for deployed soldiers:
you can purchase a gift card
ahead of time and we’ll
keep it here for
Don’t stay at home
on Valentine’s Day . . .
grab your best gal pal
and live it up at della Voce!
7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6
The smash hit musical based
on the songs of ABBA.
McCain Student Showcase
7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12
K-State students show off their talent.
“The Hills Are Alive”
Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata
7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10
Rock out to songs from
“The Sound of Music.”
“Stuffed and Unstrung”
7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19
Eighty Henson puppets, six
comedians, 100 percent uncensored.
Doc Severinsen and His Big Band
7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26
Live at McCain without the
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28
and Wednesday, Feb. 29
The international sensation.
McCain box office
Military discounts available. K-State students
and kids 18 and under are half price.
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