March 2013 started off with the sights and sounds of Parris Island. Fourth Battalion was the perfect location to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (officially on February 13, 2013) and kick-off Women’s History Month. It was an honor to represent WMA during this memorable 70th year milestone. Past President Theresa “Sue” Sousa partnered with me for a groundbreaking activity – we welcomed the 105 female Marines graduating on March 1, 2013 from recruit training as the newest members of the Women Marines Association. As you can see in the photo, our newest WMA members were delighted with their special gift of a 2-year membership, the future Nouncement publications, and the continuation of being connected thru our WMA Sisterhood. WMA strives to find new ways to connect with new members, remain connected with our current members, and to say “farewell” to our Sister Marines once they pass.