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National Volunteer Week 2019: Linda Bego Exudes a Brilliant Determination and Gentle Compassion to Serve

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, it gives me great pleasure to commend Linda Bego as the twenty-fourth recipient of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award. This [...]

National Volunteer Week 2019: Carolyn Phoebus Demonstrates a Strong Work Ethic and a Heart to Assist Those in Need

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, it gives me great pleasure to commend Carolyn Phoebus as the twenty-third recipient of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award. For [...]

National Volunteer Week 2019: Dave Mattis is Viewed as the “Cornerstone” of NMCRS Mayport

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, it gives me great pleasure to commend Captain Dave Mattis, U.S. Navy (Retired) as the twenty-second recipient of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson [...]

National Volunteer Week 2019: Thank You from Admiral Abbot

Dear Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Volunteers, Since the inception of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society in 1904, Volunteers have been the bedrock of our organization. Every day and in each instance, Volunteers provide compassionate support to [...]

Kaitlyn Gallant Joins the Society as Director of MCRD San Diego

When Kaitlyn Gallant had earned her associate’s degree in accounting, she needed job experience beyond what she’d learned growing up on a cow farm. Living with her Marine spouse in Twentynine Palms, California, there were few [...]

Internal Communications Director, Thelisha Woods Celebrates 15 Years with the Society

In 2003, as a recent graduate of Howard University, Thelisha Woods was waiting for her journalism career to take off when she saw the Society’s advertisement for someone to create training materials. Thelisha had minored in [...]

Courtney Snyder Joins the Society As NMCRS Rota Director

Courtney Snyder trained for months to prepare for her first big race—the Sparkasse-3-country- marathon through Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. “My husband was deployed,” she recalled,” and there were several weekends when I ran 10 or 20 [...]

From Volunteer, to Trainer, to Director, June Brennan says Farewell to the Society!

Back in 1978, after the office closed for the day, then-volunteer June Brennan would arrive at NMCRS Rota to type the director’s daily correspondence. She brought her newborn baby along, and he would fall asleep in [...]

Soha Orsburn Joins the Society as a Headquarters Caseworker

With volunteer experience in Sierra Leone and India, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in theological studies in urban and international development, Soha Orsburn brought a passion for working with and helping diverse communities [...]

Area Trainer Kelly Barton Celebrates 10 Years of Service

In 1986, Kelly was a newly married military spouse, living on Guam—her husband’s first duty station—with their toddler son. “My husband was a helicopter pilot and was deployed all the time,” Kelly recalled. “One of my [...]

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