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Goodie-boxes get thanks from soldiers in Iraq

SanBern Federated Republican Women recently donated gifts and money for postage to send boxes to New Mexico National Guard members serving in Iraq. Fifteen boxes of goodies with greetings and prayers were sent. SanBern received signed pictures and a beautiful card expressing appreciation from the troops. The lieutenant colonel stated he would like to attend a SanBern meeting when he returns from Iraq. This was a follow-up to the mailing of twenty-four boxes sent by the group in June of 2005 to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

JoAnn Smith, chair of the project, said, “we are humbled by the lovely letters of thanks when it is we who should be thanking them for the sacrifices they are making for us.”

Recently, SanBern sponsored an essay contest for tenth- through-twelfth-grade ROTC students in two local high schools, asking the question: What constitutes an American hero? The winners will receive a $100 prize and be invited to the June meeting of SanBern, where they will read their essays. The students’ families, as well as the leaders of the ROTC in each school, will also be invited as guests of SanBern.

SanBern Federated Republican Women meets on the second Friday of each month (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, at 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 922-6252 for more information.

Returning to the job market? Need a place to start?

The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program, is offering a free class, Effective Work Search Skills, at the commission office on Thursday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The commission is at 300 San Mateo Boulevard NE, Suite 101.

This free workshop will help women discover how to:

• Identify Skills and Interests
• Write an Effective Résumé
• Tap into the Hidden Job Market
• Prepare for Today's Interviewing Process

The class is targeted at women who have been out of the job market for a number of years and need to return to work and women in transition who need to improve their skills in looking for work. Seating is limited, so registration is required. Contact Lorraine Bantista for additional information and registration, at 222-6600.





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