Scott celebrates fifth year of Military Saves campaign|
Posted 2/16/2011 Updated 2/16/2011
by Bekah Clark
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
2/16/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Scott will participate in the fifth Military Saves Week campaign in as many years next week, Feb. 22 through 25.
The campaign promotes and teaches healthy financial habits for Airmen and their families, and Scott has one of the best according to Lona Berndt, Airman and Family Readiness Center Community Readiness Consultant, and she's not just saying that, she has the experience to back it up.
Ms. Berndt, who is also an accredited financial counselor, has served in similar roles at another Air Force base and has partnered with colleagues around the world and none of them offer the depth and breadth of the Military Saves events that Scott does.
Scott has multiple new programs planned this year for the campaign, which focuses the importance of saving to help military members reach their financial and personal goals.
A highlight of Scott's MSW campaign efforts this year is keynote speaker Peter Bielagus, a financial coach who works extensively with young adults.
According to his website, Mr. Bielagus became an authority on money management by failing at it himself during college. After starting college with several thousand in savings he had found himself $5,000 in credit card debt within the first six months. Determined to not become another statistic, he dug himself out of debt, learning about personal finance through reading, attending seminars and talking with experts. By graduation, his credit cards were clear of debt.
Mr. Bielagus will have two presentations at the base theater on Feb. 22 at noon and at 6 p.m. to share his story and tips for financial success. Each presentation will last approximately one hour plus time for questions. That same day he will offer a specialized briefing for all Scott supervisors, superintendents, flight chiefs, and commanders at 2:30 p.m. at the A&FRC. This presentation will focus on how to counsel, educate and inspire other Airmen.
The A&FRC will host an Airmen specific special event--Beat the Snow, Save Some Dough--for dorm residents in Belleville Hall, Bldg. 1820, Feb. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Games, food and prizes will be featured.
Also new to Scott's MSW campaign is the Cash Dash, which is scheduled for Feb. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Base Theater. For this event, the Illinois Treasurer's office will be on hand to help individual's search for unclaimed wealth in the state of Illinois. The treasurer's office is only able to search for Illinois residents, but residents of other states can check with their state of residency's treasurer's office for similar programs.
Another new addition is the More Cluck for Your Buck cooking class which will teach participants how to get three meals out of a single whole chicken.
A money-saving scavenger hunt will run throughout the week. Scavenger hunt tickets will be available at various service providing locations on base. Each ticket will have a place to list your name and contact information and will also include facts on how much money is saved by using that location as opposed to something off base such as the gym or commissary. The tickets will be placed in a drawing for prizes that will be held at the end of MSW.
Other events throughout the week include seminars on a variety of financial topics, a financial class for teens and parents, as well as a shred event aimed at educating participants about protecting their identity.
"We're extremely blessed to work for an organization that cares about our overall wellness--including our financial stability," said Ms. Berndt. "Most organizations only care about if you show up on time and get your work done. The Air Force wants you to be financially healthy and multiple programs help you achieve that."
The A&FRC has partnered with the Scott commissary, the USO, Regions Bank, Scott Federal Credit Union and the Illinois Treasurer's office to help make this year's event a success.
Military Saves Week events
Military Saves is a national campaign to persuade, motivate, and encourage military families to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings.
The following activities will be hosted by the Airman and Family Readiness Center in light of the campaign. Credit scores, a coupon contest, a scavenger hunt and an elementary school coloring contest will be available throughout the week. For more information on any of the events please called the A&FRC at 256-8668.
Keynote Speaker: Peter Bielagus at the Base Theater, noon and 6 p.m.
Cash Dash at the Base Theatre from noon to 6 p.m.
Slaying the Debt Dragon at the A&FRC from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Travel Thrills Without the Bills at the A&FRC from11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Blinkie, Peelie & Catalina (a couponing class) at the A&FRC from 6-8 p.m.
Money Matters for Teens at the Youth Center from 5-7 p.m.
Beat the Snow, Save Some Dough at Bldg. 1820 from 6-9 p.m.
More Cluck for Your Buck (cooking demo class) at the A&FRC from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shred Your Stuff, Protect Your ID, location TBD, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Credit and Debt Management at the A&FRC from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.