Thank you for being a
member of SMW. This is a reminder about the NAUS transition:
The officers who were members of NAUS had their membership transferred to
MOAA. The enlisted servicemembers who were members of NAUS had their
membership transferred to TREA. The military widows who were members of
NAUS and SMW kept their membership in SMW and we were on our own. We
found another company (AMS) in Maryland and signed a contract with them to do
the same things that NAUS was doing for us. AMS is handling our
membership database, sending out newsletters, and also handling our financial
We trust you will want
to come and join us at our SMW Convention in Las Vegas on October 15 - 20,
2017. It is the one time in the year that we can meet military widows
from all over the country. Flights to Las Vegas are usually inexpensive.
The hotel cost and meals are also inexpensive. If you share a room with
another military widow, the cost per night will be less than $40. each.
Registration of $140. covers the Welcome Reception on the 15th, Lunch on the
16th, and the Banquet on the 19th. You will see in the attached
newsletter the variety of restaurants at South Point and prices are good,
because it is an off-Strip hotel.
What we can offer members,
if they join the Society of Military Widows:
1. Membership in
a national military widows organization with a total active membership of
among sister military widows, and emotional support in grief.
3. National SMW
website (open to the public) with updated information on legislative issues
from Legislative Chair; opportunity to request information about military
benefits; blog for members; and much more: http://www.militarywidows.org/home.aspx
scheduled monthly Legislative Conference Calls on the fourth Wednesdayof
each month throughout the year (except November and December).
Congress on our military surviving spouses legislative issues: Rosalie
Horton, Legislative Chair, regularly visits Members of Congress on Capitol
Hill, and will take your letters with her. Any members who live in the
Washington, D.C. area - or are visiting the area - may contact Rosalie and
schedule visits together.
Offset Facebook group moderated by SMW member Kathy
Prout (closed to members of group) including files section for access to
historic data and legislative information.
Convention for members and guests (usually in October).
8. National SMW
newsletter being sent by postal mail to members in 2017 on a quarterly
basis, plus a weekly news brief sent by e-mail.
availability to talk with SMW National President: (702)
227-6566 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ Janet Snyder
My goal is to make
these two years EASY and FUN. We are at the stage of our lives when we
want life to be a joy, not a hassle or a burden in any way. This is why I
want you to seriously consider eliminating the need to provide written reports
for the Convention in Las Vegas. Most people don't read them
anyway. We are too busy meeting new people and renewing friendships with
members from around the country.
The Annual SMW
Convention is so important to all of our members. SMW Convention
Committees put their hearts and souls into making it a great experience for all
of us. What I remember about attending my first (2011) and subsequent
annual meetings / conventions: the smiles and friendliness of all the SMW
members. We are a happy group, and it shows. Let's continue this
tradition. We can hang loose with a minimum of organized meetings and workshops.
At the October 15 - 20, 2017 Convention in Las Vegas: only the
Welcome Reception on October 15, Lunch on October 16, and Banquet on October
19 are included in the Registration Fee. The rest of the time you
are free to do whatever you like. You can take tours, go shopping; or
attend the optional workshops in the Hospitality Room. There is
something scheduled every day for those who plan to stay at the hotel.
Remember to call me or
send an e-mail, if you have any questions or suggestions for how we can make
SMW better and more relevant to you. I am enjoying getting to know more
of you, as we talk on the phone and send e-mails to each other. We are a
special sisterhood, and I want you to know that I love and value each one of
you. Please write your stories and send them to me. Each one of us
has a unique story to tell.
Janet Snyder is an
Army wife and mother of three children, grandmother
of six, and five
great grandchildren. She was married to her husband Tom for 52 years,
and was his full-time caregiver for five years,
until he passed at
home on hospice care in 2010.
Janet was president of various military wives clubs and was a religious
school teacher while her children were young. She was editor of the military
Jewish chapel newsletter; participated in many ecumenical projects with the
Protestant, Catholic and Jewish chaplains; and was honored at the Jewish
Welfare Board Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Janet has worked in
Germany, Israel, and the USA in public relations, hotel marketing, and insurance.
From 1996 to 2006, Tom and Janet lived full-time in their motor home,
the country and taking their grandchildren on camping trips during
They moved to Las Vegas in early 2006.
Janet was President of the Las Vegas Valley Chapter of Gold Star Wives
of America, Inc.,
from 2011 - 2014; President of the Society of Military Widows of
Southern Nevada Chapter #34 from 2012 - 2015; Secretary of SMW of Southern Nevada
Chapter #34 for 2015 - 2018
and Newsletter Editor from 2012 - 2018; President of the National
Society of Military Widows
from 2016 - 2018; Legislative Officer, Southern Nevada Chapter, Military
of America (MOAA); served for three years (2011 - 2014) on the Auxiliary
Member Advisory Committee (now Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee), National
Military Officers Association
of America (MOAA); member
of The Silver State Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR),
Boulder City, NV; and member of Las Vegas American Legion Auxiliary Unit #14.
She is a member of the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) and on the Legislative Affairs Committee.
25 October 2016
It is a great honor to be the
Society of Military Widows National President for 2016 - 2018. Thank
you to all of our SMW members for your confidence and
At the President's Meeting during
the San Antonio Convention, I discussed my proposed Agenda for the next two
1. Revise SMW ByLaws - Cathy
McGraw and Johnnie Marquez from Chapter #13 are on the ByLaws Committtee
a. Would like to give Members at
Large (MAL) the ability to run for national office.
b. Revision of Convention
Guidelines - to make it simpler.
c. Everyone on the new board
has unlimited long distance phone capability, so we will use Free Conference
Call for our quarterly teleconferences. This will save money.
2. Exploring the possibility
of making SMW national only - no chapters.
a. Several chapters have disbanded
already, but they still get together for lunch and social activities.
b. There would be no responsibility
to hold an official local office, and no requirement to write and submit
c. Two chapters disbanded this
year. There have been no new chapters formed since Southern Nevada
Chapter #34 started in January 2012.
d. Could have "Virtual
Chapter" to communicate online - need computers - plus e-mails and
e. Chapter presidents and board
members who were present wanted to retain the current active chapters for as
long as they can.
3. Annual Meeting / Convention
is important, because that is how we get together with surviving spouses from
all over the country.
a. Keeping the annual meeting /
convention run by local chapters (if they are retained) - or
b. Asking for regions to host the
4. Collaboration with other
military surviving spouse and veteran organizations.
a. Inviting other groups to attend
our conventions, to learn how they operate.
b. Working together on legislative
issues and national events.
c. Can save money on conventions by
combining with other organizations.
5. NAUS merger and decision
about future of SMW - Patricia Walker appointed to represent SMW in resolving
the issues that will affect SMW if a merger is concluded, or to find a new
arrangement that will accomplish the needs of SMW.
a. Foremost is the welfare of our
b. As national officers, we have a
fiduciary responsibility to do what is best for our membership.
6. Please contact me - day or
night - by phone or e-mail, to give me your thoughts and ideas. (702)
7. My wish for the next two
years: to be filled with good thoughts, kind people and happy moments.
LET'S HAVE FUN.......