Two women holding a large yellow ribbon with each woman on one end of the ribbon. A man and a woman are standing behind the ribbon at the center and the man is holding a large pair of scissors about to cut the ribbon.

PEARL Ribbon Cutting (Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club)

GRAFENWÖEHR, Germany - The Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club (BCSC) awarded the 2023 Fall Cycle Scholarship and Community Outreach Grant recipients during the BCSC Community Welfare Awards Dinner on Nov. 16, 2023, at the Tower View Conference Center, Grafenwöehr, Germany. BCSC also held the ribbon cutting for a new welfare program as well as recognize current volunteers during the event. Fourteen scholarship recipients and 33 Community Outreach Grant recipients were selected from the 2023 fall application cycle to receive funds. The combined amount awarded to recipients for this cycle was $79,485 from BCSC Community Welfare Funds.

20 Volunteers holding certificates| Podium is in the center of them | Behind them is a row of yellow ballons

Volunteers holding certificates (Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club)

“This event embodies ‘friendsgiving’ for the Club. The community can come together to give and say thank you,” said BCSC President Leslie Leyba, “BCSC is built on giving. The community donates to our thrift shops and we use those shop profits to give back through our numerous welfare programs and fellowship activities. It’s an awesome model that benefits everyone.”

11 BCSC Board Members stand profile in a row

BCSC Board Members. (Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club)

During the 2022-2023 board year, the Club distributed $154,072 to the Tower and Rose Barracks community, of which 50 percent were grants to private organizations and local military units. These funds come from BCSC’s fundraising efforts that are primarily based on the profits of both the Grafenwöehr and Vilseck Thrift Shops as well as the annual Crown Jewel Bazaar. The event also included the official ribbon cutting and presentation of BCSC’s new Professional Education And Reimbursement of Licensure (PEARL) Program. The new PEARL program entitles qualified applicants to receive reimbursement on the cost of continued education (CE/CEU) instruction that is required to maintain career credentials/licensure.

Recipents of grant awards stand in a row behind a woman speaking at a podium. At the front of the picture, is audience members sitting at tables watching the speaker speak.

Grant Award Recipients (Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club)

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Tamala Malerk is a writer and editor with Stars and Stripes Europe. She has been with SSE since April 2022 writing articles all about travel, lifestyle, community news, military life and more. In May 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in History and promises it is much more relevant to this job than one might think.

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