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The purpose of the RIAWC is to develop and foster a spirit of Quad Cities Area (QCA) community responsibility at Rock Island Arsenal, to provide opportunities for social, cultural and creative pursuits and to support worthwhile service and community projects.

A fundamental purpose of the Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club (RIAWC) is to generate funds to support Service Members and their Families, Government employees, and other charitable endeavors on Rock Island Arsenal and within the Quad-Cities metropolitan areas.

RIAWC is built on the six core values of Friendship, Service, Integrity, Generosity, Accountability, and Courtesy.  These values serve as the organization's foundation and establish the character and identity of RIAWC and its members.

Membership Guidelines:

Membership in the RIAWC will be voluntary.

Membership is open to the following:

 Active Membership

1.  Active Duty Military and spouses; Retired Military and spouses; Reserve Military and spouses; National Guard and spouses; POW/MIA and spouses;  spouses of deceased Military members of all branches.
2. DOD civilian and contract employees and tenant activities, active or retired and/or their spouses.
3. Former or current members of RIAWC who are no longer associated with the Rock Island Arsenal.
4. Anyone who volunteers in a Rock Island Arsenal philanthropic organization is eligible to become a member of the RIAWC.
5. All members in categories 1 and 2 above are eligible to hold board
6. All active members are eligible to vote.

Honorary Membership 
Honorary members will not pay dues, vote or hold board positions and are appointed by the Honorary President.

Guests of members are welcome; however, anyone eligible for membership may attend only one regular meeting as a guest.

Termination of Membership
Membership in the RIAWC may be terminated under the following conditions or circumstances:
A. Written resignation.
B. Removal for cause, upon consideration and a 2/3 approval vote of the RIAWC Executive Board, after due notification and opportunity to be heard has been extended.

If you're interested in joining us or if you have questions about membership guidelines. Please feel free to contact us at the contact information at the bottom of the site.

If you prefer to use a PayPal option to purchase your membership, you can do that here. Membership fees are non-refundable, so please ensure you are eligible for membership BEFORE paying for your membership through PayPal. It is your responsibility to know if you are eligible or not before payment. If you are not sure, please ask for clarification. You will still need to complete and return the membership form through mail or to a board member.  

There will be a small handling fee added to the purchase of membership through PayPal.

Memberships for September 2014-August 2015 currently available for purchase.  

President's Welcome Letter

Dear RIAWC Friends,

The Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club (RIAWC) greets you as a valued member.  We look forward to the 2014-2015 year-supporting our Rock Island Arsenal community and the Quad Cities Area.  We are so glad you have chosen to be a part of this historic club. 

RIAWC was first known as “Stitch” and started as a group of Officer’s Wives in the 1940’s.  Club members met at the Golf Course Clubhouse and used their time to sew rags together to send to the Iowa City Veterans Home.  These rags were sewn into rugs.  Since then we have expanded our club to include all services, all ranks and all community members.  Today we resemble more of who we are as a military community as a whole.  In many ways we are like the traditional Spouse Clubs operating across various installations, but now we are more of who YOU are!

Just as in days gone by, we continue to rely on the ability, vitality, and generosity of our members for the benefit of others.  Not one of us can affect our community as well as all of us working together toward a common goal!  Last year, through our combined efforts and sincere dedication, RIAWC was able to distribute a record $33,000 in college scholarships and community grants.  We hope that this year will bring another benevolent occasion to support our community through hard work and fundraising. 

The board has been planning and developing a design for the year before us.  WE have read your input through the surveys you submitted and trust that we are working toward programs and fundraisers that are esteemed by you.  If at any time you have questions or concerns, please let me know.  I look forward to speaking with you.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve another year as President of RIAWC.  So proud to be in this community with you!


                                                       Serving the RIA Community with You,

                                                      Diane Campbell

                                                      RIAWC President, 2014-2015



Luncheon Flyer
May 2015

Pay at the door: $16 for the luncheon or $20 for the Meal Deal (lunch with 5 Opportunity tickets.)
Or use our PayPal option available here with a small handling fee: $17 for the luncheon and $21 for the Meal Deal (receive tickets when you check in.)

Lunch or Meal Deal

RIAWC Reservation Policy

At RIAWC our policy is very simple:


“A Reservation Made is a Reservation Paid!”


In order to attend our monthly luncheons, we require you to RSVP (make a reservation) no later than 10:00 PM the Friday before the luncheon date.

If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, you must cancel by the same reservation deadline. If you fail to cancel by this date, you will be liable for the cost of the meal. Please un- derstand that your RSVP guarantees your attendance and in doing so RIAWC purchases a mealfor you. 

The above policy also goes for any guest you may RSVP for. You will be held responsible for the cost of their meal if you fail to cancel by the reservation deadline.

 If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact RIAWCreservations@gmail.com




Option One: E-mail your reservation to the RIAWC Reservation Chair at RIAWCreservations@gmail.com . Please include your name, contact information, and menu selection.


Option two: Call the RIAWC Reservation Chair at 913-206-9905 and place your reservation. Please include your name, contact information, and menu selection


***The RIAWC Reservation Chair will respond to all RSVPs. Feel free to double check if your reservation has not been confirmed.

Important Dates
(Luncheons/Special Events/Board Meetings)
2014-2015 Luncheon Dates
Luncheon times 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Rock Island Arsenal
Golf Clubhouse

September 17, 2014
October 15, 2014
November 19, 2014
December 10, 2014
January 21, 2015
February 18, 2015
March 11, 2015
April 15, 2015
May 20, 2015

*All Luncheon dates are subject to change.  

(Times and Places to be announced)

Golf Tournament-

Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club House

June 2, 2015

Board Meeting Dates
Sep 3, 2014-Board Meeting
Oct 1, 2014-Board Meeting
Nov 5, 2014-Board Meeting
Dec 3, 2014-Board Meeting
Jan 7, 2015-Board Meeting
Feb 4, 2015-Board Meeting
Mar 4, 2015-Board Meeting
Apr 1, 2015-Board Meeting
May 6, 2015-Board Meeting

Welcome to the Incoming RIAWC Board Members

2015-2016 RIAWC Board


Executive Board


Honorary President

Teresa Tucker


Etie O'connell


Norricia Speights


Helen Wols

Recording Secretary

Cindy Fauser


Ella Layer


Barb Cartwright

Corresponding Secretary

Patty Kupresin


Committee Members


Arsenal Attic

Pixie Gilliam

Community Support

Beth Welker


Jodee Gravert

Special Events

Elizabetg Gronewold


Marcia Cook


Diane Campbell


Cris Arduser


Jennifer Matthews


Kathy Granger


Heidi Wilson


Nicole Kirschmann



Ways and Means

Melissa Banian

Volunteer Recorder

Stephanie Steele





Located in the basement of Building 60

Northwest corner

Phone: (309)782-6977




Sales and Consignment Hours:

Every Tuesday and Thursday

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Every 3rd Saturday of the month

 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


January through May


July through December

Rhonda Young,
Oct 12, 2014, 3:56 PM
Rhonda Young,
Oct 12, 2014, 5:52 PM