The Association of Bragg Spouses announced that it has opened its membership to all spouses residing in the Fort Bragg area. To jump start this new membership year, they will be hosting a Super Sign-Up event on Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the new Family Readiness Center located on Pope Field.

“This is a historic year for our association and we are excited about the change. The new openness of our organization will allow all of our amazing military spouses to share in our goal of giving back to this great community while making memories and discovering true friendships,” said Irene Summerfield, the Association of Bragg Spouses president.

The Association of Bragg Spouses has been active in the local community for more than 50 years. It was originally founded by a group of officer spouses and named the Fort Bragg Women’s Club. Over the years, the club has changed names many times and tried to stay current with the demands of the military lifestyle.

Missy Vimoto, spouse of Command Sgt. Maj. Isaiah Vimoto, XVIII Airborne Corps command sergeant major, said she has seen her share of change over the years. “In today’s military landscape, we need each other, regardless of our spouse’s rank. This is especially important in a time of war,” said Vimoto.

The organization has seen a decline in recent years as members are juggling many hats. In the late 1990s, the organization had a membership base around 500. Last year, the membership was just under 175.

“We hope that we can attract more spouses interested in all the organization has to offer. People need to know that we’re a community-focused organization that hosts a lot of great events in order to give back through our scholarship and welfare programs,” said Vimoto.

Over the past 15 years, the spouses’ organization has donated more than $645,000 to the local Fort Bragg community through scholarships and welfare donations. They accomplish this through multiple fundraisers ranging from raffles to most notably Yule Mart, held this year from

Nov. 22 to 24 at the Ritz Epps Physical Fitness Center at Fort Bragg

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In addition, the association is creating a cookbook commemorating this historic year.

For more information visit www.fortbraggabs.org.