United Club members Kristine Rivers and Michelle Skells present Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers representatives, Sgt. Caleb Smotherman and Spc. Anthony Coles, with a $1,000 grant during its monthly membership meeting, April 3. The club distributed $20,000 during the meeting and with the more than $12,000 it distributed in the fall, has provided a total of $32,098 in the past year. -- U.S. Army photo by William Kim

CAMP HUMPHREYS -- The Humphreys United Club provided several organizations and individuals of the Camp Humphreys community with needed monies, through grants and scholarships, during its monthly membership meeting, April 3, in the Community Activity Center.

The club distributed $20,000 during the meeting and with the more than $12,000 it distributed in the fall, has provided a total of $32,098 in the past year.

The United Club is a non-profit service organization for all ID cardholders, which was established in 1997. The primary function of the United Club is to manage the Painted Door Thrift Store and other programs and then return the profits to the community through welfare grants and scholarships.

"The United Club provides welfare grants in the fall and welfare grants and scholarships in the spring," said Michelle Skells, United Club president. "We use the proceeds from the Painted Door Thrift Store and other special events, such as the Holiday Bazaar and our annual Auction/Monte Carlo Night, to give back to the community. Kristine Rivers, our Welfare and Scholarship Chair this year, did a fantastic job guiding our committee to give to many deserving organizations and students.

"United Club is so thankful to the Camp Humphreys community and our volunteers for making this year a great success," she added. "We are very proud of how successful this year has been."

The following organizations and individuals were the beneficiaries of the funds distributed by United Club:

- Venturing Crew 86 ( $1,000); The funds helped the organization make a Spring Break trip to Guam, where they laid a wreath at the War in the Pacific National Historic Park to honor the bravery and sacrifices of those who participated in liberating Guam for the Imperial Japanese Army.

- Army Community Service ($1,000)

- Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers ($1,000)

- United Services Organization ($2,500)

- Camp Humphrey Girl Scouts ($2,000)

- Boy Scout Pack 203 ($1,000)

- Camp Humphreys Community Theatre ($1,000)

- Paenseong Elderly Welfare Center ($500)

- Mjachaelob Craig, a Homeschool Senior, a scholarship for use at Columbia College of Chicago. He plans to join ROTC and pursue a commission as an officer in the Army ($2,100)

- Emily Cox, a Humphreys High School Senior, a scholarship for use at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She plans to study biological sciences to become a forensic anthropologist ($1,700)

- Robin Stewart, a military spouse, to attend American Public University and pursue a master's degree in American History ($1,000)

- T'Arah Craig, to attend Columbia College of Chicago, studying musical theatre and wants to teach performing arts to children with disabilities as therapy ($1,400)

- Chase Burnett, Humphreys High School Senior, plans to attend University of Alaska-Anchorage to study biology and become a physical therapist ($1,200)

- Jake Conkright, attends University of Dubuque in Iowa, and is involved in ROTC and studying marketing and plans to be a Special Forces officer ($1100)

- Brooke Burnett, attends University of Alaska Anchorage studying psychology and wants to work with Soldiers who suffer from PTSD ($700)

- Luisa Gallardo, a military spouse, attends Central Texas College working towards an associate's degree in criminal justice and hopes to be a sheriff's deputy ($550)

- Bethany Rich, a military spouse, is taking Maria Forleo's online program and hopes to create an online information community for Camp Humphreys ($250)

Page last updated Thu April 24th, 2014 at 20:46