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NMCRS Lemoore Director, Jeanes Cunningham​​ Celebrates 10 Years with the Society

As a native of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, NMCRS Lemoore Director Jeanes Cunningham particularly enjoys seeing volunteers and clients from different cultures, and multicultural families who come through the doors of her office. [...]

New NMCRS Newport Director Was Born to Work for the Society

Rafia Hinkson was born to work for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Rafia’s father spent 20 years in the Navy, and her mother Renee began volunteering for the Society when Rafia was an infant. Renee would [...]

NMCRS Pearl Harbor Director, Paul Belanger Celebrates 35 Years with the Society

Paul Belanger and his family moved from Maine to Hawaii seeking warmer weather and work. Unlike many Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society directors, Paul was not a retired service member or military spouse, but he had executive [...]

When Her Submariner Son Received His First Orders, Mary Blais Began Making Baby Quilts for Sea Service Families

Fourteen years ago, Mary Blais’ son Christopher, newly commissioned as a Naval officer, received his first orders to Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. “I wanted to know all about where he was going,” [...]

Beginning as a Society Volunteer, Liz Plot Builds a Career in Financial Planning

The Financial Planning Association (FPA) recently honored Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society volunteer Liz Plot with its annual Diversity Scholarship. At its 2018 conference in Chicago, FPA awarded the scholarships, “in recognition of professionals who are working [...]

Retired Navy Captain Extends Leadership from Active Duty to DAU through Retirement

Whether repairing airplanes, teaching government acquisition courses, or running charity golf tournaments, Duane Mallicoat has spent several decades serving the Navy, Sailors, and their families. Duane enlisted in the Navy in 1971 and retired as an [...]

Winnie Ursini Learned a Little About Everything to Serve as Headquarters Caseworker

Although she’d earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and her master’s degree in education, Winnie Ursini found the job market in New York tough for new teachers. “Someone suggested that I teach overseas, so I applied [...]

Helping Sea Service Families Evacuate and Recover from Natural Disasters

Before the Storm August 2017, on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, a second category IV hurricane, Irma, seemed to be headed toward Jacksonville, Florida. NMCRS Jacksonville sprang into action. They began issuing $300 debit cards to [...]

Active Duty Officer Expresses His Passion for Teaching by Giving Financial Literacy Briefs for Society

Commander Sean McConnon first heard about the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society during the Active Duty Fund Drive. “I gave $10 a month—something small—but the fund drive started me thinking more about what the Society does and [...]

Visiting Nurse Helen Keilty Is Teaching Military Officers that Babies Are in Charge Now

When she worked as a critical care nurse, Helen Keilty wished she could spend more time with her patients’ families. “I always wanted to spend as much time with the family as they needed, instead of [...]

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