WMA News From Around the States
January saw CA-7 members picking up right where they left off in December: busy. At our January meeting, planning for the 76th Anniversary of the Women’s Reserve continued, and we set the tone for the remainder of the year until June when we break for the summer.
In February, the chapter was at the Marine West Military Expo. This year we had the 75th Anniversary Commemorative magazine to pass out to our lucky women Marines, and their commanders. The day after the Expo was over, we had the honor of hosting our WMA President Rhonda Amtower and her Loyal Escort husband Jim Amtower at our annual WR Anniversary luncheon on February 9. This year we held the luncheon at the Veterans Association of North County building in Oceanside. We had 50 ladies attending from chapters all around Southern California. The food was great, and we all had a good time. However, nine days later, our dear friend and long-time chapter member Norma Wohlfarth passed. We held her services on March 11 in Vista with a caisson burial at the California Regional National Cemetery at Miramar. The weather cooperated with us and didn’t rain, although it was cool.
In March our Memorials Committee met to start our first annual laying of roses on our deceased sisters’ graves at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Oceanside. We gathered the names, purchased full bloom, long stem artificial roses, attached ribbons and tags saying, “Sister Marines, you are not forgotten”. We went to the cemetery and located the grave sites. Before Memorial Day in May, we will visit the graves and place the roses on their head stone.
CA-7 EDITH MACIAS VANN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA chapter email: [email protected]