Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Farewell to a Great Coffee Group!
For my civilian friends, a "Hail and Farewell" is a regularly scheduled social event for the Soldiers and spouses of a unit to welcome new members to the unit and to say goodbye to those who are scheduled to leave. Welcomes include a quick summary of the Soldier's previous assignments and jobs plus information about his/her Family and interests. Farewells generally include a nice speech about the value the Soldier and Family has added to the unit and may include a farewell gift (framed prints and unit colors are popular). A nice touch is that incoming spouses usually receive a yellow rose and outgoing spouses receive a red rose.
A "Coffee," by contrast, is a social event exclusively for the spouses of Soldiers in a unit. It is not an FRG (Family Readiness Group) function, but is more focused on socializing and less on official information sharing. A different spouse (or a group of spouses) hosts each Coffee, which can be scheduled monthly or as desired. They can be hosted at a home or planned at a local restaurant, but usually include food and fun.
The Coffee I attended last night was hosted by a friend and was a happy evening of chatting with old friends. In our Coffee group, we have a choice of a couple of different farewell gifts ... a way to remember our time with the unit. My gift is really a great one -- personalized and unique! It's hard to explain in words, but is basically a framed print of our unit crest. The crest itself was made by repeating my last name in ink! The letters are closer together to make the outline and darker parts of the crest and spaced out further to create the lighter background.
Here is another (not-so-great) pics from my iPhone: