Fort McCoy News February 28, 2014

News Notes

Whitetail Ridge to hold March 1 customer appreciation day

Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area will hold a customer appreciation day Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Special rates include $10 tubing passes and $20 lift tickets.

Activities will include games and prizes throughout the day, a 5-kilometer race at 10 a.m., and free cookies with hot chocolate purchase.

For more information, call 608-388-3517.


Learn to cope with cabin fever during presentation March 4, 20

"Coping with Cabin Fever — Rediscovering the Spring in Your Step," will be offered Tuesday, March 4, or Thursday, March 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the South Post Community Center, 6158 H Circle.

The workshop, presented by Patrick Kennedy, Ph.D, will offer ideas and strategies to help participants deal with the cabin fever blues and prepare them and their Family for spring.

Kennedy, director emeritus of Counseling Services at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has 37 years of experience as a counselor, a psychologist and as director of college counseling services. He speaks on a variety of personal-development topics, such as stress management, assertiveness, time management, conflict resolution and coping with depression. His interest in

"Coping with Cabin Fever" is derived from experiencing many long Wisconsin winters.

Register no later than two business days prior to the attending presentation by calling 608-388-3505. Space is limited. The presentation is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Ash Wednesday Mass set for March 5 at Fort McCoy

An Ash Wednesday Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 5 at Chapel 10, building 1759.

Regular Mass is held Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Chapel 10. Protestant Services are at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Chapel 1, building 2672.

For more information about Masses/services in the Fort McCoy community and surrounding areas, call 608-388-3528.


Spring forward March 9 for Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. Clocks should be set ahead one hour the night before.

Time changes also are an ideal time to check home safety equipment and change batteries in smoke alarms/fire detectors, etc.


Recovering from sexual assault topic of March 11 presentation

The presentation "Rebound: Recovering from Sexual Assault," will be held Tuesday, March 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

The emotional, uplifting, funny, and hopeful presentation is geared toward victims and victim advocates. The presentation will offer a heartfelt look at the difficulties of trying to move forward after surviving a sexual assault.

Wendy Naarup, who is a mom, author of five books, health and wellness advocate, rape survivor and Ironman Age Group champion, is the presenter.

For more information or to register call Army Community Service at 608-388-3505. Pre-registration is not required.


March 13 couples workshop to give tips to revitalize the spark

The workshop "The Power of Two: Revitalizing the Spark!," will be held Thursday, March 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

Couples looking for an opportunity to make a profound difference in their relationship and who want to revitalize the spark between them will learn strategies on what they can do to have more closeness, intimacy and fun together, as well as have the opportunity to incorporate and fortify these skills and strategies into their relationship repertoire.

Couples are encouraged to attend together, however, individuals may attend.

Presenters will be Jeanne Herzog, Ph.D, and Dan Benavides a licensed clinical social worker.

Herzog, a licensed psychologist, has been in private practice for the past 13 years. She has been guiding others to live a more-positive life by expressing emotions, improving health, learning coping skills, communicating effectively, fostering relationships and taking care of self.

Benavides is aware of the impact that relationships have on people's lives. He has dedicated his professional life to coaching people how to have strong and healthy marriages and relationships. He also has extensive experience working with members of the military and their Families.

Register by Thursday, March 6, by calling 608-388-3505. Dinner will be available for purchase from McCoy's from 5 to 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6 p.m.

The workshop is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


'Inch Your Way to Success' challenge begins March 17

The "Inch Your Way to Success" fitness challenge will run from March 17 to May 12 at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122.

Participants will have their measurements taken Monday, March 17, and then again Monday, May 12. Participants will receive weekly emails/follow-ups from the fitness center trainers. The male and female who lose the most inches each will win a $75 Valley View Mall gift card. Winners will be announced at the Wellness Fair Wednesday, May 14.

Registration forms are available at the fitness center or online at Completed forms must be submitted by March 17 to the fitness center or by email to


'Pamper me' day set for March 22

Army Community Service (ACS) is offering an "It's All About 'Us'" day Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ACS Family Building, building 2161.

Participants can enjoy a "pamper me" day with friends and Family and explore new horizons to include: soap making, nail art, benefits of massage, glass beading, scrapbooking, sewing, yoga, ceramic painting and/or knitting.

Participants can bring their own project to work on and possibly learn a new skill. A large work space and additional supplies will be provided.

Lunch sandwiches, coffee, tea and water will be provided. Attendees also can bring snacks for themselves or to share.

Register by Friday, March 14, by calling 608-388-3505. Space for the event is limited. Participants must be at least 11 years old to attend. Anyone younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The event is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Learn steps to a portable career during training March 24, 25

"Four Steps to a Portable Career" training is set for Monday, March 24, from noon to 4 p.m. or Tuesday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Army Community Service Center, building 2111.

The four-hour session will teach participants what a portable career is, the four things every employer really wants to know, four simple steps to getting hired faster and easier, which skills are transferable and how to highlight them, how to isolate a target and how to stand out from the crowd.

The guest speaker, Catherine Byers Breet, has 15 years of proven success in getting people hired using easy, effective tips and tricks.

Register by Friday, March 14, by calling 608-388-3505. The class is open to all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and registered Fort McCoy volunteers.


Specials available through Leisure Travel Services office

The Fort McCoy Leisure Travel Services office, located in the Community Activity Center, building 2000, can help authorized patrons with travel plans. An array of discounted travel options such as hotels, cruises, travel packages, car rentals and attraction tickets are available.

The office also has information about the Armed Forces Vacation Club, which features more than 200,000 accommodations in more than 100 countries, including the U.S., Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Italy.

Current promotions include The Best of Spain package with travel to Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona from Nov. 6-17.

Disney's Armed Forces Salute continues through Sept. 27, with specials on a variety of four-day passes.

The SeaWorld Waves of Honor program offers service members one complimentary admission per year to one SeaWorld park.

For more information about these or any other travel opportunities, call the Leisure Travel Services office at 608-388-3011.


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