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Join Us in Wishing Nina Lohr-Valdez the Very Best as She Gets Ready to Retire!

On June 4, 2018, Nina Lohr-Valdez is giving herself a generous birthday present—the opportunity to begin a new chapter of her life. After being part of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society for decades—first as a volunteer [...]

Chris Garra Joins the Society as a Staff Accountant

During his junior year of high school, Chris Garra enrolled in an accounting class. “It was accounting in its simplest form,” he recalled. “In accounting, everything is black and white. You are discovering where the differences [...]

National Nurses Week 2018: CCA Client Profile, Charlie Poole

From the Revolutionary War to the current conflict in the Middle East, Charlie Poole’s family has fought in every major American war. Charlie is 10th generation military. He remembers when he was seven years old being [...]

National Nurses Week 2018: Sonya Dillard Enjoys Seeing Her Clients Grow

With four years of service in the Marine Corps, 23 years as a nurse, and 32 years as a military spouse, Sonya Dillard brings abundant credibility to each encounter with her clients. She also communicates her [...]

National Nurses Week 2018: Patty Kotora Returns to High School

When Patty Kotora graduated from West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey in 1992, she would never have guessed that she’d be invited back in 2018 to tell students about her work as a [...]

National Nurses Week 2018: From Extrovert to Introvert, Major Sean Miller tells his story

When Sean Miller joined the Marine Corps, he had three goals: to test himself, fight on the front lines, and be a role model and leader for Marines. Growing up, Sean lived in an abusive family [...]

National Nurses Week 2018: A Message From Admiral Abbot

  Dear Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Visiting Nurses, Thank you for making such a positive impact in the lives of Sailors, Marines, Veterans, and their family members! As a Visiting Nurse, your healthcare expertise and compassion [...]

Retired Volunteer Maria Connelly “Set the Example” for Others At NMCRS North Island

Maria Connelly wasn’t just a volunteer at NMCRS North Island on Naval Base Coronado. She was a surrogate mom, a party planner, an advocate, and a cheerleader. “Maria is hardwired to be a servant leader,” said [...]

Japanese Volunteer Chizuko Ikeda Links Service Members with Local Culture

When she was 10 years old, Chizuko Ikeda watched footage of the Apollo 13 mission on television from her home in the small town of Arita, Japan. She was so impressed by America’s astronomical achievement that [...]

Unique Volunteer Cynthia Kliewer Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, it gives me great pleasure to commend Cynthia Kliewer as the twentieth recipient of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Kliewer’s 28 years [...]

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