Hello again from Georgia,
I hope this finds you all doing well and looking forward to the winter holidays. Prior to writing this article I re-read the Articles of Incorporation (AoI) to refresh my memory of our purpose. Listed first we are to gather and preserve the history of the Navy Nurse Corps. Our Oral History Committee is doing an amazing job of capturing our history. If you have not completed an oral history, or know someone who has not completed theirs, please contact your local chapter. Everyones story is unique, valued, and we would love to hear yours. Oral histories can be completed in person, over the phone, or during a video meeting.
Another purpose is to preserve memorabilia pertaining to the Navy Nurse Corps. We have a wonderful collection of unique items, and our memorabilia committee is always interested in items of historical value. Access to our memorabilia is available via the Virtual Museum link on the NNCA website: nnca.org. You must login to view the Museum.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention a third purpose which is to promote and support social activities involving the membership of the corporation. I am so excited to be joining the reunion cruise in May 2022. This promises to be a wonderful event onboard the Celebrity Summit for a 9-night New England/Bermuda cruise. Check out the NNCA website for more information: Navy Nurse Corps Association (nnca.org)
This summer and early fall has been brutal for many in our country. It has been a very emotional time as we remember the terrorist attacks on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the fires out west, hurricanes and tropical storms down south and the remnants of those storms up the east coast, and a pandemic that just wont stop. Through all of this, our healthcare teams (military and civilian) have stepped up, worked tirelessly, and provided vital services to those impacted by these events. I am so proud of them and am inspired by their selfless service.
I send you all my best wishes for safe and joyous holiday season.
Donna Styles, President NNCA