Annual event offers networking, workshop opportunities
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Stacey Bass Snee, who is the current Mrs. Hawaii, will be guest speaker for the Joint Spouses’ Conference Hawaii 2012, here.
The conference, themed “Anchors Away in Paradise,” is Oct. 20 at the Ford Island Conference Center, here; online registration starts Sept. 7.
Snee, who is a Navy spouse, mother of two children, former naval officer and veteran, will offer her insight on the role of military spouses in their communities.
The annual JSC provides a forum for spouses of active duty, reserve and retired military members of all services and ranks to learn, network and help each in their roles as spouses, parents, professionals and community leaders.
Spouses can choose from more than 25 workshops held at such venues as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum, control tower and hangar 79, Navy Lodge, Rainbow Bay Marina and Pearl Harbor barges. Each spouse can select four workshops from a variety of disciplines, including photography, interior decorating and art.
A workshop featuring a remembrance tour of Dec. 7, 1941, will provide an opportunity for conference attendees to board a VIP Navy barge and receive a narrated tour of Pearl Harbor.
“We’re very excited about the workshops at the upcoming conference,” said Joanne Neyland, Army spouse and co-chair, JSC workshops committee. “Our talented and enthusiastic presenters will appeal to mind, body and soul, so we hope spouses from all over the islands will join us for a memorable day on beautiful and historic Ford Island.”
“With two plus months to go, the level of creativity and commitment from our team of 50 joint service spouse volunteers continues to amaze and inspire me daily,” said Kim Becker, Navy spouse and director, JSC. “The hard work and attention to detail is often complex and time consuming, but we keep a sense of humor and are motivated to deliver.”
“As an Army wife, I’m thankful to have the fantastic opportunity to share time with spouses in the sister services,” added Gretchen Escribano, Army spouse and deputy director, JSC. “I’ve been particularly impressed with the collaboration among this joint service team.”