December 5, 2018

Saluting Our Grandmas: Women of WW II 
  by Cassie Barlow and Sue Hill Norrod

Women have played a tremendous role in shaping history.  WWII is no exception.  When Cassie and Sue joined together for this project, they wanted to introduce readers to the many different faces of women and their service in the military.  Cassie is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force;  she worked her way up the ranks and her leadership qualified her to be a commander.  She has many self-experiences to relate, but she also shares many other Air Force stories.  Sue’s mother was a Navy WAVE during WWII.  Sue had heard so many stories of the brave young women who left their hometowns to “give back to the country.”  Her mother, Pauline, was from Dayton and attended boot camp at Hunter College in the Bronx.  She was a machinist mate at a naval air station in Memphis, TN.  During WWII, everyone was part of the war effort.  Women volunteered to be WAVES and WASPS.  Many were pilots and nurses.  When Cassie and Sue compiled all stories they knew, it was a wealth of information:  enough for a book.  Therefore they wrote “Salute our Grandmothers”!   These are good stories that should be shared with the next generation.  During the Beavercreek Women’s League meeting, they will give us a glimpse of what is in the book.   They will also be available to answer questions.

Come and enjoy stories about military life.  Come and hear about a time when the country was united.  EVERYONE was involved in the war effort and all felt good about their ability to contribute.

The Beavercreek Women’s League (BWL) meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at Peace Lutheran Church with a different program each month.  The mission of the group is to expand members’ knowledge of their community and beyond, to promote community service and to provide socialization.  Women of all ages and interests are welcome.  Questions can be e-mailed to beavercreekwomensleague@gmail.com  or you may leave a message at 937-985-4BWL (4295).

If Beavercreek City Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, the meeting is also canceled; however, school delays do not alter the planned meeting.