By Whit Cole
First, I would like to take a moment to welcome you all back — or welcome those of you that are just starting out at Southern Maine Community College. My name is Whit Cole, Army Infantry ten years, SMCC’s Veteran Club president and representative on the Student Senate. This is the end of my third year at SMCC. I have a degree in HVC and am enjoying the plumbing certificate program right now.
I would like to let you all know that we are planning for bake sales once again, the second Monday of every month. Please do try to help out with either baking or volunteering at the table if you can. All proceeds go right back to the veterans at this school. We did hold three bake sales last semester — averaging around $250 an event.
The more money we raise, the more scholarships we can provide to returning veterans here. Amy and I manage to do a lot and are always looking for others to help out and fill the gaps that we can’t. I understand you have done a service to your country — as have I. I also understand that a lot of you have families and jobs to contend with; but without your help and support, this club may not exist after this semester.
I am looking for someone who is willing to step up and learn what it takes to run the Veterans Club (should I not find a viable welding program next year here at SMCC). If you are interested in taking on a leadership role of either president or vice president, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
We hold one social gathering per semester for veterans so you can all enjoy free food and mingle with other veterans. We hold them off campus at a restaurant, and you are welcome to bring a guest.
Final food for thought: because of our fundraising and the Student Senate, the 2017 graduating veteran class will have, for the first time, a silver medallion with a red, white and blue ribbon, consisting of the college crest and “Veteran” on the bottom. It’s a thank you from the Veterans Club to you for your service, and our congratulations for completing your degree or certificate.
I thank you for all you have done and all you will do in the future for this great country!
For more information about the Veteran’s Club and what we are doing on campus please contact me via email at Whitneygcole@smccme.edu