Fort McCoy News January 09, 2015

ACS offers chances to 'warm' your winter experience

Not happy about winter? Fort McCoy's Army Community Service (ACS) has a number of classes and events that might warm your winter experience.

Photo for ACS article
Fort McCoy community members participate in a past Army
Community Service Family Valentine Card Workshop. Sessions for
2015 are Jan. 24 and 31.
Contributed photo

ACS has self-improvement classes scheduled and also can put specific classes together by request. Conflict management training on Jan. 20, for example, explores the topics of communication, personality traits and improving personal relationships.

The "From Combat to Home" class, offered Feb. 5, is designed to prepare service members for the challenges faced as they transition from deployment.

The Feb. 18 workshop, "Building Character Strengths," will help identify character strengths in self and others by teaching ways to use those strengths to improve teamwork and overcome challenges.

"The ACS library also has a number of books available addressing self-improvement and other subjects to enhance your winter reading experience," said ACS Director Becky Wapp Sawyer.

On getting organized, the ACS library offers the title, "Sink Reflections," by Marla Cilley (aka The FlyLady). This book offers suggestions on how to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed and taking action. More tips on organization related to the book can also be found online at

For those people who are thinking about losing weight and eating better, titles such as "Weight Watchers: Easy Weeknight Favorites and Just Desserts — 200 Recipes under 200 Calories," by Lisa Lillien, are popular check-out choices at the library.
If people want to spend more time with Family, ACS can help with that as well.

The ACS library has books that can serve as a guide for more Family time. One book is, "Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!" by Rachel Macy Stafford. This book may offer insight on how to build on relationships that are important.

For Family-friendly activities, ACS offers the Family Valentine Card Workshop Jan. 24 and 31.

"Families spend time together making Valentine cards to give to Family and friends," Sawyer said.

"Also, if you or your Family is interested in sharing with others during the new year, ACS also has information on volunteer opportunities at Fort McCoy and in the surrounding area."

People who want to improve their financial well-being can get help at ACS too. The ACS financial counselor provides classes on topics such as Thrift Savings Plan, cash flow management, use of credit, investment, and retirement.

Individual appointments also can be set up to assist with budgets and balance sheets, credit legislation, debt reduction methods, collection policies and practices, bankruptcy, mortgages and other related issues.

Related financial classes at ACS include "Creating a Positive Cash Flow" Jan. 22 from 8 to 9 a.m., and "Retirement Planning" Feb. 10 from 8 to 10 a.m.

For more information on these and other ACS-related events and classes, stop by building 2111, call 608-388-3505, or visit the ACS website at

(Article prepared by ACS and the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)