Columbus Officer’s Spouses Club: a social, charitable organization

The Columbus Officers' Spouses' Club is the parent organization for the Thrift Shop. Pictured here in front of the Thrift Shop are Sarah Dixon, President of OSC, Patty Johnson, former president, Elizabeth Shoemake, Chairman of the OSC, Zenny Cuomo, Assistant Manager of the Thrift Shop, and Patricia Wilson, Manager of the Thrift Shop. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

The Columbus Officers' Spouses' Club is the parent organization for the Thrift Shop. Pictured here in front of the Thrift Shop are Sarah Dixon, President of OSC, Patty Johnson, former president, Elizabeth Shoemake, Chairman of the OSC, Zenny Cuomo, Assistant Manager of the Thrift Shop, and Patricia Wilson, Manager of the Thrift Shop. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Those of you who are members of, or are familiar with, the Columbus Officer's Spouse Club here at Columbus AFB are probably already aware of the monthly social activities sponsored by the spouses and associated squadrons and groups on base. Activities range from a formal dinner with a beautiful string quartet, to more casual Bunko and Bingo events. What you might not be aware of are the significant charitable contributions the Club makes on a yearly basis to CAFB organizations, as well as local and national charitable organizations. 

This year alone, the COSC made over $10,000 in charitable donations. Here on Columbus AFB, the COSC donated a total of $3,600 to the following organizations: The Columbus Top Three, the CAFB Chapel, the Happy Fund, the Airmen and Family Readiness Center and the Columbus First Sergeant's Council. All of these funds go directly back to individuals in our base community to help with such things as the Chapel's Vacation Bible School, books and fees for Airmen pursuing their Community College Air Force degrees, funds for Airmen in financial hardship, food certificates and numerous life enhancement programs put on by the AFRC. 

In addition to charitable contributions to base organizations, the COSC also sponsors an annual scholastic scholarship opportunity for CAFB military dependants to include graduating high school seniors, current full-time students of an accredited undergraduate college or vocational school as well as undergraduate spouses and active duty members enrolled either part or full-time. The award process is a competitive one, based on personal and academic achievements. This past year the COSC was honored to award three graduating high school seniors and three continuing education students with scholarship monies totaling $4,500. The COSC is pleased to be able to provide scholarship opportunities to our own CAFB families. 

The COSC wants not only to aid our military families here on base, but those individuals in need, military and civilian, both locally and nationally. Donations totaling $3,100 were given to the following organizations: the Air Force Village Foundation, the Air Force Enlisted Village, Mothers of Preschoolers, Camp Rising Sun and the Fisher House at Keesler AFB, Miss. The Air Force Villages is a premier Active Living Community for retired Officers of all uniformed services and their spouses, widows and elderly dependents, with priority to retired Air Force Officer Widows and widowers in need of financial assistance. The Air Force Enlisted Village was founded to provide a safe, secure and dignified retirement community for indigent surviving spouses of retired enlisted Air Force personnel. The Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
Charitable contributions are absolutely critical to their ability to maintain functionality. Although we do not like to think of the possibility that we may need the services of either organization, we never know when we will find ourselves needing their help. A local charitable organization dedicated to children, Camp Rising Sun is a weekly summer camp sustained by charitable contributions and volunteers that provides children with cancer a place to be with others their age going through the same things. Over 700 children have benefited over the past 18 years from charitable contributions to attend Camp Rising Sun. 

The COSC is able to make such generous charitable contributions thanks mainly to the success of our CAFB Thrift Shop. The COSC is the parent organization for the Thrift Shop which provides funds for distribution through the COSC. We thank those of you who have volunteered your time working to keep the shop open, donated items or shopped, as you have directly impacted our ability to be a generous charitable organization. 

Those of you who are interested in joining the COSC are encouraged to call Tisha Krajicek at (662) 240-0539 for membership details. Monthly socials are usually held on the second Tuesday evening of each month, with our yearly schedule beginning in August and ending in May. At 6:30 p.m. August 21 there will be our Welcome and Information Fair kick-off social at the Columbus Club. This event will provide new and existing CAFB spouses lots of information about what there is to do in the Columbus area, both on and off base. Representatives from downtown organizations, selected base services, and our club special interest groups will be in attendance to provide handouts, information and answer questions, while spouses mix and mingle and enjoy refreshments. Prospective members can attend one event before they make the decision to join. 

Membership in the COSC provides not only friendship and social opportunities, but the ability to make a difference in the lives of those around us. Our Columbus AFB families, as well as local and national charitable organizations benefit greatly by the generous contributions of the Columbus Officer's Spouse Club. We look forward to seeing all of our existing members and those who would like to join us in August! Each one of you helps to make a difference in someone's life.