On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, it gives me great pleasure to commend Stefanie Hume, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired) as the nineteenth recipient of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award.
LCDR Hume’s 25 years and more than 11,000 hours of dedicated volunteer service began in 1992 at the then District of Columbia Auxiliary, now the Washington Navy Yard office. Throughout her remarkable career, she has performed brilliantly in a variety of roles, including Layette Items Contributor, Layette Coordinator, Budget for Baby Program Instructor, Thrift Shop Contributor, Administrative Clerk, Caseworker, Records Coordinator, and Chair of Volunteers.
LCDR Hume began her quarter century journey with the Society as a Layette Items Contributor while on active duty service at the Washington Navy Yard office, but as military retirement approached, she desired to continue her assistance to shipmates and quickly identified the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society as the perfect fit. In the ensuing years, LCDR Hume trained and worked in almost every capacity – no job too big or too small. Recognizing the absolute necessity for an efficient, professional Chair of Volunteers, she embraced the role despite Washington Navy Yard’s formidable challenge of nine offices and three Thrift Shops.
LCDR Hume’s current (and most favorite) responsibility as Records Coordinator demands her attention, maintaining the records of 170 volunteers in one FSO, three LSOs, three ESOs, three Thrift Shops, myriad layette item contributors, and encompasses a geographical area that spans three states and the District of Columbia. Put simply, for 25 years (and counting), LCDR Hume has been a godsend to the Society! She is a gracious leader and doer who has invested her adult life in the important business of providing comfort, assistance, and knowledge to the Society’s extended naval family.
LCDR Hume’s legacy of accomplishments and great volunteer determination are simply inspirational, and it is a true honor to recognize her expertise and sacrifices that so fully embody the spirit and intent of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)