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40 Several Make it Better clubs, including the DJ club, visited Grantham Middle School in 2016 to showcase their passions. Members of the chess club give pointers at their booth during a Make it Better club fair in early 2016. Several Make it Better clubs, including the flying club, visited Grantham Middle School in 2016 to showcase their passions. Former 4th Fighter Wing commander and now-Brig. Gen. Mark Slocum tells students and teachers at the school about the MIB program and its benefits for the base and for the community. president of the MiB program on Jan. 5. In that role, he is charged with coordinating the large expo events that the program holds every few months. Those events routinely draw dozens of clubs and even more interested airmen, and also provide opportunities for Air Force spouses to find things to do on base. In fact, there are clubs dedicated specifi- cally to connecting spouses to other people and to job opportunities. In this way, the MiB program is designed to improve quality of life for anyone living on base, not just the airmen themselves. The program also extends to military retirees through a collection of retiree resource functions, medical services and vol- unteer opportunities. Some MiB clubs have found ways to reach outside the base's confines and make an impact on the Goldsboro community as a whole. One of the most prominent is the Seymour 42 Car Club, a nearly 400-member group of car enthusiasts that frequently uses its col- lective manpower to pitch in on social proj- ects around the county. In an October 2016 interview, Seymour 42 Co-Administrator Jonmarth Perez spoke about how the club, which includes civilian and military members, helped a local woman who lost her home in a fire. "We're such a broad group when it comes to personalities and backgrounds, and for a lot of guys this is very personal," he said. "When the girl lost her home to the fire, we have guys who have been through things like that, and they brought up that they wanted to help her." One quick post on the group's Facebook page was all it took for members to come together and stockpile supplies to donate. The club also works with local business such as Speedworks auto repair shop to extend their reach. Similarly, the Home- brewer's Club has also spent time working with local breweries to coordinate brew day events to share their creations with civil- ians. All of this comes together to create a pro- gram that Schroeder said is completely unique to Seymour Johnson. "I have been in the Air Force for 20 years," he said. "And I have never seen anything like this." Continued from 38

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