I. WELCOME TO THE SOPC

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

The HQ SACT Officers', Non-Commissioned Officers' and Civilian Staff Members' Partners' Club (SOPC) is an official Morale and Welfare Activity of HQ SACT. The purpose of our social club is to encourage friendship among the members and enhance the quality of life for our members while living in the Hampton Roads area. The SOPC also supports local charities and four International Foster Children through a variety of fund-raising activities.

 

II. Joining the SOPC

To participate in all that the SOPC offers, you need to be a registered member of the club.  Please read our Bylaws.

The easiest way to register as a member is to use the on-line form on our website. The Membership Coordinator will evaluate the membership application using the criteria defined in these Bylaws (i.e. if a staff member is eligible for and holds a regular membership of HO SACT Officers Mess or the ISRM, the partner of that staff member is eligible for an SOPC Regular Membership). Be sure to have your partners’ Mess number available when you fill out your application.

Please read our Bylaws (Article III) if you think you fulfill the requirements to become an Associate member.

If you need any help signing up, please ask your sponsor or NR to send an email to our Membership

Coordinator.

Annual membership is currently $ 30 per year.

 

III. Activities

1. Monthly Luncheons

The SOPC luncheons are usually held monthly from September to May. It is a great way to meet new friends and learn about different cultures, interests and activities. We hold a raffle during each luncheon to raise money for our charities.

To attend luncheons, you have to make a reservation through our website and pay for your reservation on line at least a week before the date of the luncheon is to be held.

 

2. Clubs and Circles

The SOPC offers about 15 social clubs where you can spend your days, make a lot of new friends and also increase your knowledge. The clubs include different points of interests:

-Languages

-Cooking

-Sports

-Arts and more.

Please contact the Club Leader Representative if you have an idea to run a new Club.

 

3. Social events


Events are organized by our Social team once a month: Craft Fairs, Wine tasting, Seasonal Celebrations, Parties, Theatre Visits, Museums, etc. help you to get to know more SOPC members, know more about what is available to do in the area, and just have fun.

 

IV. Charities

Through the sale of raffle tickets at the monthly luncheons and other events such as our Annual Christmas Market the SOPC raises funds which are given directly to Charity Organizations.   Selected Charities for 2019-2020 are: 

Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other dental and facial conditions. 

Tidewater Friends of Foster Care

Believing that every child deserves a healthy and happy childhood, Tidewater Friends of Foster Care is committed to enriching the lives of foster children in our community. Foster children often miss out on key elements of a healthy and happy childhood, such as a stable family environment, extracurricular activities and enrichment programs, and individualized tutoring/mentoring, due to lack of a family placement, funding limitations, and insufficient access to supplementary programs.

V. Volunteer opportunities

Being in the USA, for most of us, means not being able to work or volunteer. With more time on our hands we can use this unique multi-cultural experience to support each other and our club by working in the Operations Committee (OPC). People ideally serve one year as an assistant and one year as a post holder.

Members of the OPC are presented with a reference letter and a photo album when they finish their term.

 

We would very much appreciate your support and participation!




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