Ramstein Bazaar Gives Back
We understand that dollar amounts don’t truly explain the impact that the Bazaar funds have on our military community. So every year we like to highlight a few beneficiaries and their stories. If you or your organization have received funds from the Ramstein Officers’ Spouses Club and would like to share your own story with us, please contact our Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most EXCITING contributions that the Ramstein Bazaar funds are able to offer the Kaiserslautern Military Community is $100,000 in scholarships for 2019! Together with the Ramstein Enlisted Spouses Association (RESA) and the Kaiserslautern-Landstuhl Spouses Association (KLSA), a total of $143,750 for 96 scholarships were awarded to local students and spouses to further their educational goals. Recipients included 66 graduating high school students, 18 university students, and 12 spouses. The scholarships ranged in value from $250 to $4,000.
Days of Remembrance
On November 1, 1978, President Jimmy Carter established the President's Commission on the Holocaust and charged it with the responsibility to submit a report "with respect to the establishment and maintenance of an appropriate memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust." Every year since the commission the US Air Force at Ramstein have held an event in order to respect those that perished in the Shoah and to educate the community.
In 2019, the Days of Remembrance event had the honor of hosting Eve Kugler, a child survivor of the Holocaust. Eve was born in Germany and just seven years old in 1938 when Kristallnacht – the night of the broken glass – took place. Her family was torn apart by the Nazis, with her parents sent to concentration camps and her youngest sister sent into hiding. Through funds provided by ROSC, which are raised through the Ramstein Bazaar, distinguished speakers such as Eve Kugler are provided necessary accommodations to make the trip and share their first hand experiences with the KMC. Funding for speakers covers all transportation, meals, and hotel expenses for the duration of the event, without which would make the travel for these distinguished speakers impractical. Attendees at this event include military enlisted, officers, civilians and students as well as invited guest from the surrounding communities in Rheinland Pfalz or neighboring states. In fact, this year was the biggest turn out with more than 650 attendees!
KAISERSLAUTERN KINGFISH SWIM TEAM
A whopping 75 Kingfish swimmers from across the Kaiserslautern Military Community were able attend the European Forces Swim League Championship meet in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Swimmers from ages 6 – 18 participated in 359 races with one swimmer earning two European Forces League Records in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly.
The European Forces Swim League is made up of teams from 17 different locations across Europe. Swimming for KMC kids is not a Community Youth or High School sponsored sport, so funds to swim at Championship meets like this are paid for through fundraising and parent contributions exclusively. Swimmers train from late August through February each year in preparation for the Championship meet. Through hard work and dedication, the Kingfish swimmers become more fit, have fun, and have the opportunity to meet new swimmers and their families from across Europe. European Forces Swim League - "touring Europe pool by pool" - thanks to funds raised by the Ramstein Bazaar and procured through the Ramstein Officers' Spouses' Club Welfare Committee!
With the help and support of the Ramstein Officers Spouse Club, 42 high school students from Ramstein had the opportunity to have the "Best week of their life!" at a Young Life camp in Scotland. Military teenage dependents from Club Beyond groups on installations in Germany, Italy and England joined together for a week of fun activities, challenging and encouraging messages, family style meals and team building all in the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands at Cairn Brae in Crieff, Scotland.
Club Beyond® is the name used by MCYM to identify its ministry with military high school and middle school aged kids worldwide. Club Beyond staff and volunteers love young people and are available to journey with them through the hard challenges of adolescence, providing positive role models and exhibiting Christ-like behavior. Club Beyond Staff are vocational youth workers recruited from across the U.S.A., usually from the ranks of Young Life.
For more information visit clubbeyond.org
Tyndall Air Force Base
On Oct. 10th, 2018, Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle and the eye of the storm was centered directly over Tyndall Air Force Base. Every structure on the base was damaged and by May of 2019 all homes were still uninhabitable with schools completely unusable. Families literally lost everything they owned. Some of the dorms were reopened so many of the younger airmen were able to move from the tents they were living in since the storm to actual dorm rooms. Many of the commanders live in travel trailers in Fam Camp -- some with their families but most are now geo-bachelors. Tyndall is a huge base with significant strategic operations. It’s effectively a city, with 4,500 airmen in the 325th Fighter Wing, known as the Checkertails.
ROSC funds were sent to the Tyndall Spouses' Club (TSC) to help with relief efforts. Some of these funds were used to purchase 352 jackets as part of the "Share the Warmth" fundraiser reaching children across 6 school districts impacted by the storm. Funds were also used as a relief effort for airmen through the Operation Warm Heart program helping local Airmen and their families by providing quick, crisis averting support in times of emergency and financial strife
ROSC is incredibly grateful to be able to help out a sister organization in such a terrible time. Thanks to the support of the KMC and the Ramstein Bazaar, we are able to be there for our military families across the globe.