Chapter Chaplain Charlene Itchkawich Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
Charlene joined the Marine Corps in 1963. Assigned as a PersO MOS, this 21-year career Marine saw assignments as Company XO & CO (women's unit), Adjutant, XO/PersO MSG Company (Manila, Philippines), StaffSec/S-3 Woman Officers School, G-1 and Human Resources Officer. Last duty was at Camp Pendleton establishing the first Substance Abuse Recovery Program, receiving a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Retiring from the Corps in 1984, Charlene established a counseling private practice in Carlsbad, CA. Eventually Charlene was ordained (recovery ministry) and on the church staff as Director of Celebrate Recovery (part-time volunteer), eventually passing leadership of the program on.
Chapter Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Mary Anthony
The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to solicit applications and make recommendations to the Executive Board for awarding the various WMA Chapter CA-7 scholarships for attendance at accredited four-year colleges, universities, or community colleges. To qualify for the award, the student must have demonstrated dependability, leadership, and service in the home, school, and community. Academic requirements (minimum combined SAT or ACT scores and High School GPA) are published annually. He or she must be a graduate of a North San Diego County high school and must be a legal resident of the United States. Military affiliation is not required.
The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to identify needed board member skills, suggest potential members and orients new members. Generally, nominated board members are selected given a variety of skills, experience, and diversity for which they bring to the Executive Committee. Nominees have backgrounds and contacts that differ from - but complement - those of the other board members. This diversity is vital to maintaining a "balanced" board composition. Further, nominated board members have concern for the chapters development, and are willing to learn about the substantive program areas of the organization.
Marine Corps Women Reserve Anniversary Committee (Chairwoman for 2023 TBD)
Each February the chapter celebrates the anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve. The Women's Reserve was established February 13, 1943. The chapter celebrates this event the second Saturday of February with a special luncheon. We honor the courage and esprit de corps of each woman who volunteered to serve her country during a time of great need and became the pioneer who paved the way for all women who have served and are serving today. See our USMCWR Anniversary Event Webpage.
Wreathes Across America Program Chairwoman Lillian "Lil" Cross
The mission of Wreathes Across America to Remember - Honor - Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on the second Saturday of December at Arlington, as well as veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. The Edith Macias Vann Southern California Chapter of SMA began participation with this worthy nonprofit organization during the 2011 holiday season, and plan to carry on our support efforts throughout each successive calendar year. For more information on how you may volunteer your time and/or contribute your resources, please see our WAA Webpage.