Posted on August 15, 2013.
The Navy Wives Clubs of America Memphis No. 119 celebrated its 60th anniversary Aug. 7 at the Helmsman Club on the NSA Mid-South Navy Base. Several members came to the luncheon to remember the formation of the chapter in August 1953 growing from 20 members to 40 today. Lifelong members Janet Park and Pat Rutter, who joined 1975 and 1985 respectively, received a new member to their portion of the club. Lois Wilber, (far right) who arrived to Millington in 1988, has been a member of the NWCA for 39 years and was inducted as lifelong member at the event. Other festivities at the luncheon were the chapter’s scholarship being honored to Joshua Martinez, James Coronado and Taylor Martchek. NWCA National President Melissa Worthey was one of the speakers and she noted the dedication of the local chapter living up to the pledge of charity and service.
NWCA 119 participates in several organizations and charities like Mother Theresa in Memphis and the Millington Food Pantry. The Club dedicates hours to the Millington Crisis Center, adopts a child, feeds the needy and support one another while their spouses are working overseas.
One of the longest serving member is Wilber. And with her husband right next to her side, she was informed she would be rewarded with the pin as a lifetime member.
“I’m speechless,” she said. “That doesn’t happen very often. It just feels really good to be acknowledged for years of service you’ve given for years by your peers. That’s what means the most.”