- Happy Valentine’s Day: Some Fun Facts
- Corvias teams with Army Wife Network to bring Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies to three Corvias installations
- We want to hear from you!
- It’s quarterly survey time
- High school senior scholarship applications due!
- Faster Internet coming to your community center
- Green Corner
- Fort Sill quarterly environmental newsletter
- Scoop the poop
- Don’t be a victim of crime!
- Make finances a priority
- Upcoming Events
Sixty-two percent of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day. How do they observe it? Take a look at these statistics:
- Chocolate: Americans buy 58 million pounds of chocolate during the week of Valentine’s Day, spending $448 million.
- Cards: We buy roughly 150 million “Will you be my Valentine?” cards each year.
- Gifts: Men spend an average of $150 on cards and gifts; women spend an average of $74.
- Flowers: 23 percent of us buy flowers or plants as Valentine’s Day gifts: 61 percent of these buyers are men, and 39 percent are women. The top choice? A mixed bouquet, followed by red roses.
- Champagne: Americans buy 174,000 gallons of sparkling wine through Valentine’s week, worth about $8.6 million.
Corvias teams with Army Wife Network to bring Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies to three Corvias installations.
Corvias Military Living is proud to team with Army Wife Network (AWN), a multi-media resource site for Army spouses, to bring Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies program to three Corvias installations in 2014. Field Exercise™ is an energetic, four-hour seminar series designed to empower and rejuvenate military spouses by providing them a time to connect, share support, obtain resources and enjoy camaraderie. Spouses attending the events experience networking opportunities, dinner, and interactive discussions related to challenges and opportunities faced by military spouses. AWN began holding the events in 2007 and has organized the Field Exercise™ series (FE™: Priceless Packages & FE™: Love Military Life) at 15 Army posts across the country.
The first Corvias sponsored 2014 Field Exercises™: Battle Buddies seminar will be held at Fort Bragg April 3-4. Corvias and AWN will host additional events at Fort Meade in September and Fort Sill in November. Visit the AWN website for more information.
In addition to sponsoring the Field Exercises™, Corvias is embarking on a year-long campaign themed “Heart Your Home.” Beginning in February, Corvias will regularly contribute to the AWN site under the Relocation/PCS Column. These articles will provide useful advice and first hand insight about communities on or near the installations served by Corvias. Topics will include moving, family, relationships, and ways to “Heart Your Home.”
The campaign is aligned with AWN’s mission is to empower Army families with comprehensive information, programs, and opportunities. The partnership with Corvias Military Living will continue that mission with Army families everywhere, including Corvias residents.
“We are excited to support the AWN mission,” said Amanda Filipowski, communications director, Corvias Military Living. “Much like our mission, AWN is committed to providing resources and support to our military families. Taking care of families is what we do.”
To keep up-to-date with the partnership, read future editions of Corvias Community News and follow @CorviasGroup on Twitter. You will find more information about AWN at www.armywifenetwork.com.
Our goal is to provide the best homes, community, service and value. Each year, Corvias Military Living contracts an independent property management research firm, SatisFacts, to send a resident satisfaction survey.
You will receive a survey notice via a mailed postcard and by email from “residentsurveys.com”. You have until mid-March to complete it. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged. Everyone who participates will be entered into a gift drawing to win a mini iPad. Contact your community office for more information.
Towards the end of February, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive a housing survey in their email boxes – the first time ever! This is a prime opportunity for you and your family to tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs.
The electronic survey will only take a few minutes, and by completing it, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of six $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the December 2013 survey drawing: the Cervantes family, the Baker family, the Welch family, the Matallana family, the Floyd family, and the Bishop family.
Hurry – all applications for Our Future Scholarships must be submitted by Thursday, February 13. These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university or college, and whose parent is an active-duty Service Member stationed at one of the 13 installations Corvias manages housing. Corvias Foundation also offers grant opportunities to spouses of active-duty Service Members. Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about the available scholarships and educational grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications are available online.
Exciting enhancements at your community centers continue! By the end of February, you will notice the WiFi speed at the community centers is faster when your device connects to the Internet. Corvias’s technology team will install a new wireless Internet system at each community center. The new system will increase the wireless range and security, and improve Internet speed and performance. The only thing you must do is type the new password in each device, which you can obtain from your Community Office.
We understand the importance of wireless Internet access, and hope the new system will provide a better experience for you and your family while hanging out in your community center. The boosted WiFi is another company-wide improvement. So no matter which Corvias community you call home, you will have a consistent resident experience. We look forward to continuing to serve you, improve your quality of life and make Fort Sill a great place to live!
Still using plastic grocery bags at the Commissary? Consider bringing your own reusable bags. It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.
Click here to view the Fort Sill quarterly environmental newsletter that provides helpful household tips for protecting the environment, and complying with environmental laws and regulations.
Let’s face it, dog poop is a nuisance. It smells. It gets on your shoes. It upsets your neighbors. It’s the unglamorous side of being a pet owner and yet, as a pet owner it is still your responsibility to pick up after your pet. Many people think that it’s ok to leave the poop and let nature take its course. The truth is, dog waste actually bio-degrades slowly on its own and in winter months if the poop freezes it’s next to impossible to remove, causing it to remain for weeks or even months!
Please be courteous to your neighbors and scoop the poop! Doing so shows that you take pride in your dog, in yourself and in your community.
Anyone can fall victim to crime, but there are simple precautionary steps you and your family can take to ensure your safety.
• Lock your car doors, roll up windows and secure your valuables. Don’t store your keys in your car.
• Store valuables items out of view.
• Close your garage door; secure all exterior doors and windows before leaving home.
• When traveling out of town, ask a friend or neighbor to check your mail and pick up newspapers from your yard. Install timers to turn lights on and off during evening hours.
Military Saves Week begins February 24! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. Take this week to review your saving plans. Set your goals, even small ones, and start saving now. For more information, please visit www.militarysaves.org to review savings tips, tools, resources, and strategies.
It is important to recognize that despite your savings plans, there may still be financial emergencies that cost more than your nest egg can cover. If you are ever in an unexpected financial emergency, Army Emergency Relief (AER) is here to help. AER can assist with medical expenses, funeral expenses, emergency travel, car repairs, food, rent, and other emergencies. For more information, please visit www.aerhq.org.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Upcoming events and important dates
- February 2 – Groundhog Day
- February 2 – LETRA Super Bowl Party, 4-9 p.m., LETRA lodge
- February 7 – Float-in Movie, 6-8 p.m., Rinehart Fitness Center
- February 14 – Valentine’s Day
- February 14 – Family and Friends, 6-8 p.m., Historic Patriot Club
- February 15 – Fishing Tournament, 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m., LETRA
- February 17 – President’s Day