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Welcome to the Army Spouses' Club

The Army Spouses' Club of the Greater Washington Area (ASCGWA), a non-profit organization comprised of non paid volunteers, strives to provide and promote socio-economic and educational outreach to the soldiers, family members, and Department of the Army (DA) civilians assigned to, attached to, or with duty in the National Capital Region (NCR) and to organizations which benefit soldiers, as well as to encourage, support, and maintain interaction of our membership.

As the Army Spouses’ Club, we are proud of our heritage, inspired by our diversity, and excited about our future! We make it easy to connect with old friends and make new ones through a wide array of activities, including monthly luncheons, tours, volunteer and fundraising opportunities, and other social functions. The DC area has so much to experience; why not come join us and experience it with us? We can’t wait to meet you!

Members of the Army Spouses' Club of the Greater Washington Area live throughout the metro area in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, including Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort McNair, and Fort Belvoir. We hope you become a member. To join please visit our membership page.  

Membership 

Membership is voluntary and open to spouses of: military members of the U.S. Army and the other Military Services who are active duty, in the Reserve Components, National Guard, retired from active duty, retired from reserve component duty, and those separated from service who maintain eligibility for rights and privileges that accompany the family member ID and DA civilians. Members can also be: spouses of accredited Military Attaches and Assistant Attaches assigned to embassies in Washington DC; spouses of foreign military members (sponsored by their respective embassies) assigned to duties in the National Capital Region; spouses of the Superintendent and the Deputy Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery during their sponsor's tenure; designated Honorary members; and other persons deemed appropriate upon approval of the President.

ASCGWA dues are $45 per year. This membership fee includes access to: reservations to our monthly luncheons, digital Backchannels monthly newsletter, a variety of club-sponsored activities and special programs, invitation to the annual Joint Armed Forces of Washington Luncheon (JAFOWL) and our digital membership directory. Those who are eligible for membership in ASCGWA may attend only one function as a guest, then must be a member to continue attending. 

President's Message

As we officially close our 2021-22 club year, I hope you enjoy this Backchannels special summer edition! What a fun-filled year we had being back together at Patton Hall and in person. I hope you’ll smile when you think about the fantastic luncheons, tours, and events we shared throughout this last year!

Again, I want to thank our 2021-2022 board members for their hard work and dedication. Their creativity and energy made each of our events so special. Thank you to all the board members who will be returning next year, and a heartfelt welcome our new board members that are planning to be part of this great organization.

The new board is already hard at work and will conduct their planning retreat soon to develop our agenda for next year. It will undoubtedly be full of fun luncheon themes, ex-citing tours, and other special events.

Speaking of the board, we are still looking for some fabulous spouses to join our team next year. If you are interested in joining our board or if you know of someone moving to our area that would be interested, please contact Sonserae Martinez at parliamentarian@armyspousesclub.org

Congratulations to our Scholarship recipients! We are excited to have awarded $11,500 to six outstanding scholars this year.  Their hard work and achievements are simply inspiring.  Thank you to all our members that supported our fundraisers throughout the year and to First Command for its generous donations.  This made it possible to recognize these six recipients – again, congratulations!

I want to highlight a change for the upcoming year. The board voted to increase our membership fee from $35 to $45 due to the all-around increasing prices, which have raised our operating costs. Additionally, we will be transitioning to a more green system for sharing information. Our Backchannels newsletter will be provided in digital copy only. Our Membership Directory will be distributed digitally as well.  It will only be printed on order for $7 per copy if you would like a paper version. 

With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to our Advisor and Honorary Vice President, Leann Martin, as they prepare to retire this summer. We will miss you and wish you and your Family all the best on your next adventure.

I’d also like to thank our Honorary President, Maria McConville, for hosting our International Farewell at Quarters One. It was a special treat to honor our departing international members at such a historic and remarkable location. We wish all our departing international spouses safe travels and best wishes in the future.  

It was an honor to serve as your ASCGWA President this year. I am humbled and excited to continue in this position for what I hope will be another fun-filled and rewarding year!

I look forward to seeing you on September 15th at our Fall Kickoff event. Details are forthcoming, but it will be a wonderful engagement and opportunity to reconnect. Until then, I wish you and your Family a memorable and relaxing summer!

Warm regards,

Ramona Smith

president@armyspousesclub.org

Coming together is the beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success! 





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