February 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!
February 2014
A monthly publication for members of
Military Spouses of Newport.
Military Spouses of Newport
Monthly Newsletter
Inside this month’s issue:
Current Activities
Save the Date
Club Events
Around Town
Decorating Ideas
Recipe of the Month 4
Presidents Corner
Membership Eligibility: Membership is open to all
spouses of all members o f the U.S. Armed Forces
associated with Newport Naval Station, as well as
spouses of International Students, spouses of deceased
service members, and civilian spouses GS-7 and
above associated with the Newport Naval Station.
Current Activities – Check out these fun events!
Milspouse Newport Night Out
Join us for the Military Spouses of Newport
monthly night out on the town in Jamestown at
Plantation at the Bay!
Plantation at
at the
the Bay!
Date: February 20, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Plantation at the Bay
Address: 150 Conanicus Ave,
Jamestown, RI 02835
Cost: Please pay for your meal!
Dress Attire: Casual
Three opportunities to visit
the Anchor Bend Studio!
Date: February 4/5/6, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: 215 Shady Lea Rd., Suite 100, North
Kingston, RI 02852
Cost: $40.00 (USD) – per person. Please bring
cash to pay Anchor Bend Glassworks. (Fee
includes either an ornament or paperweight)
Registration: Seating is limited, please register
for this event!
Please join us at one of our three scheduled
events, as we explore the art of glass making
where you will get the opportunity to go behind
the scenes and make your own paperweight or
an ornament.
Come and enjoy dinner out on the town with
other military spouses.
Members meet each month at a local restaurant
or place to enjoy good food, and friends. This is a
great chance to get out and make new friends!
Everyone is welcome, no pressure to attend
monthly, just come when you can. Feel free to
bring a friend! Please register on-line.
Get a sense of what it is
like to control a ship!
Date: February 19, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Surface Warfare Officer School –
Memorial Hall
Cost: Free
Registration: Please register for this event.
Check out this Full Mission Bridge Simulator - With
a 360-degree IMAX like view, the new Full Mission
Bridge II is the virtual reality ship driving simulator
that mimics driving a cruiser, destroyer or aircraft
carrier through the port of San Diego. Enjoy light
refreshments & socializing, after which we’ll hold
our General Membership meeting.
Registration Information: Register for our events at - www.milspousenewport.org
Disclaimer: Military Spouses of Newport is a Non-Federal Entity. It is not part of the Department of the Navy or
any of its components and it does not have Governmental status.
Save the Date, Club Events, & Notices:
Save the date!
March 2014 - Upcoming events!
Upcoming Social Events: We have planned some
great activities coming up – check our website
often for dates and information on future events!
 Activities & Events
MilSpouse Night Out - March 20, 2014
Buskers Trivia Night - Scheduling for 3/2014
Board Meeting - Scheduling for 3/2014
Welcome Coffee - Scheduling for 3/2014
NWC Library Tour - Date TBD
Military Spouses of Newport Board Meeting –
Date: February 12, 2014
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Upper Greene Lane Community Center
This meeting is open to all members.
Let it roll! Come out for a fun,
friendly game of Bunco!
Theme –
To celebrate Valentine’s
Day - our theme this
month is miniature or
tiny. Love it. So, get
creative, ladies!
The Ship’s Bell
Please bring a food dish
to share, and $5 to
play. We roll at
We Need Your Support!
Military Spouses of Newport is an all-volunteer
organization run by military spouses attached to
Naval Station Newport. We are in urgent need of
new board volunteers for 2014 – 2015. Current board
members will be stepping down from their positions
in May 2014 this year. We are in need of new board
member volunteers, and we will need all positions
filled for the coming term. Please reach out to our
president to volunteer.
Email: [email protected]
Thank you for your support!
Date: February 25, 2014
Location: Upper Green Lane Community Center
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $5.00
Join us each month for a potluck dinner and a
game of “Bunco”! Cash prizes for most Bunco
wins, most snake eyes, and more! For more
information, or to be added to the monthly evite
[email protected]
We need volunteers! To volunteer, please contact the Ships’
Location: Naval War College
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm
Disclaimer: The Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club is a Non-Federal Entity. It is not part of the Department of Navy or
Come check out the Military Spouses of Newport Ship’s Bell!
any of its components and it does not have Governmental status.
The Ship’s Bell is open to anyone with a military ID (and guests that accompany them). The store is located at the
War College next to the library. To visit our gift store simply check in with the quarterdeck, and they will direct
you down the hall to the Ship’s Bell. Come check us out – all proceeds from the store support Community Aid,
Military Programs and Scholarships for graduating seniors of local military members. Please consider helping at
The Ship’s Bell Store: Your volunteer time helps to support our scholarships and charities program. Please contact
[email protected] to volunteer.
Disclaimer: Military Spouses of Newport is a Non-Federal Entity. It is not part of the Department of the Navy or
any of its components and it does not have Governmental status.
Around Town!
Check out what’s happening around town this month!
26th Annual Newport Winter Festival –
Date: February 14, 2014 - February 23, 2014
Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place
February 14th-23th, 2014 throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the
Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages.
Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Highlighted events
include the Children’s Fair, Chili Cook-Off, Chicken Wing Cook-off and the renowned concert by The
Cast of BeatleMania. Check out the below website link for a listing of all of the events by day.
Friday Coffee Group –
Come out with other military spouses for a cup of coffee! Each Friday we try and get together for a
cup of coffee at our local favorite coffee shop. No need to RSVP – just come when you can!
When: Friday
Where: French Confection
Address: 72 E Main Rd, Middletown, Rhode Island
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Accepting scholarship applications now!
Every year, the Military Spouses of Newport sponsors scholarships
for graduating high school students residing in the greater Newport
area who are dependents of active duty, retired or deceased
military personnel. We also offer a scholarship for spouses in postsecondary education, certification, or professional programs. If you
meet all of the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to complete this
application. This year’s scholarships application period will be from
January 10th - April 5th, 2014. Please read through the eligibility
criteria and requirements and submit completed applications
postmarked no later than April 5, 2014. Submit applications to Military Spouses of Newport, Attn: Scholarships. PO Box 5115,
Newport, RI 0284.
January Charitable Contributions:
The Military Spouses of Newport
donated a total of $5,665.00 in
charitable donations to the following
$1000 - Wyakin Warriors
$1615 - Operation Military
$800 - Forest Avenue
Elementary School,
Middletown, RI
$1000 - Seamen’s Church
$1250 - Jamestown SchoolLawn Avenue 8th Grade Class
Disclaimer: Military Spouses of Newport is a Non-Federal Entity. It is not part of the Department of the Navy or
any of its components and it does not have Governmental status.
Valentine’s Day Decorating! Simple, and easy to do!
Monthly Decorating Tip – Valentine’s Day!
Red-and-Pink Valentine's Mantel Red pillar candles, fresh roses, and jars of valentine candy complement a
store-bought heart wreath on this simple and colorful Valentine's Day
mantel. To craft the heart garland, you take and twist pink and red tissue
paper, and glue it onto cardstock hearts. A family photo adds a nice
personal touch.
Decorating for valentine’s day does not need to cost much – just simply
take some decorative jars and fill with a colorful valentines treat to
create these jars that look great on a mantle, table, or just about
anywhere you want to place them!
(Panera Bread) Black Bean Soup
Recipe of the Month:
Winter is the best
time for a warm
bowl of soup!
Do you like Panera
Bread’s Black Bean
Soup? Check out this
knock-off soup that
tastes just like it!
This recipe gets 4.5
out of 5.0 Stars!
Serving size: 4-6
Prep time: 10 Min.
Cook time: 20 Min.
Total Time: 30 Min.
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1/4 large red bell pepper,
finely chopped
2 small chicken bouillon
1 -1 1/2 cup boiling water
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans,
not drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 lemon, juice of
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
Another really easy recipe, makes a great starter or make it a meal with a crusty
loaf of fresh bread, or some Nachos, and a salad!
1. In a pot, combine the first six ingredients; simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Add half a can of beans, salt and cumin; cook for 5 minutes.
3. Puree soup (Use an immersion blender which makes it easy to do it right in
the pot – but a hand mixer, or blender would work too).
4. Add the rest of the beans to the soup.
5. Combine the cornstarch with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water.
6. Add the lemon and the cornstarch to the soup; cook until thickened.
Read more: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/panera-bread-black-beansoup-49737?oc=linkback">http://www.food.com/recipe/panera-bread-blackbean-soup-49737?oc=linkback</a>
Disclaimer: Military Spouses of Newport is a Non-Federal Entity. It is not part of the Department of the Navy or
any of its components and it does not have Governmental status.
Board Information & Volunteer Opportunities:
2013 – 2014 Board of Directors:
 President: Jennifer Luebbert
 Vice President: Natalie Blackketter
 Secretary: Cerry Rasmussen
 Treasurer: Annette Recavarren
Welcome New Volunteers!
We want to extend a warm
welcome to “Stacey Benson” the
new “Hospitality Chair” for 2014 –
2015! Thank you Stacy for
volunteering your precious time to
help make this organization a
Presidents Corner:
February 2014
Happy February! We are still looking for a new board of
Directors to take over in May. Most of us will be moving
off to new locations, and we will need your support to
continue with the great events and activities for our
fellow Military spouses.
Not only does MSoN help make connections between
spouses while stationed here at Naval Station Newport,
but we also make a difference through our highly
successful Charities and Scholarships programs. If you
are interested in volunteering please email me or come
on out and join us at one our monthly board meetings.
Jennifer Luebbert, President
Meals for New Moms
We need your help!
The Pink Book
Have you heard about the “Pink Book”? It is a
directory of recommended services, products,
and places that have been enjoyed by military
families stationed here in Newport, RI. Printed
versions are available at “The Ship’s Bell”. You
can purchase online access to The Pink Book at
proceeds benefit members, our scholarship
fund, and the charities we support.
2014 – 2015 Volunteer Opportunities:
Calling all members –
Help us welcome new babies of our members by
bringing a meal to a new mom. We need volunteers to
help make meals! Please lend your time to help a
family by dropping off a meal or feel free to send a
takeout meal instead. Sign up to be notified when the
stork has arrived!
For more information contact: [email protected]
Contact Information:
We are looking for members to fill the Board of
Directors positions that are opening when the
existing board steps down in May 2014. We need
volunteers for the following positions:
Vice President
Socials Chair
Membership Chair
Do you have any questions or want to volunteer? Please feel free to email us at:
[email protected] or http:// www.milspousenewport.org
Disclaimer: Military Spouses of Newport is a Non-Federal Entity. It is not part of the Department of the Navy or
any of its components and it does not have Governmental status.