Time and Talent has been OSCWI's
Biggest Fundraiser for several years...
but what is Time and Talent?
Despite what it sounds like, it is NOT a Talent show!
Historically, this themed event consisted of Live and Silent Auction items - the Live Auction items being made up of a command's OSC's Time and Talent - giving the event it's name. Keep reading for an example Time and Talent Item later in this post. In 2022, we are shifting things around by replacing the Live Auction with a Cornhole Tournament! (We're keeping the Silent Auction!)
2022's overall theme is Superheroes & Villains, and individual command OSCs choose their own club themes within this overarching category. OSCWI's club theme is The Incredibles.
Prizes are given for the following:
- Highest Command Participation
- Best Command Spirit
- Best Command Theme
Why does this event exist?
Not only is it fun to get together as a bigger NASWI community, the main objective for Time and Talent is to raise funds for the scholarships OSCWI provides for military spouses and local high school seniors.
Time and Talent is also a fundraiser for the command OSCs who participate! (more on that later)
Why should I or my OSC attend?
Let's be honest: Both 2020 and 2021 were rough all around. We have some rebuilding to do - not only with OSCWI, but with our individual command OSCs.
We at OSCWI want to connect and support all of the NASWI individual command OSCs to help rebuild and strengthen the spouse support and networking system for our NASWI officer spouse community.
OSCWI exists to connect officer spouses.
Some commands don't have any spouse groups at all; OSCWI is here to provide that support and be an avenue to make it easy to meet new friends.
OSCWI is open to those who belong to a command OSC as well as those who don't!
Participation with OSCWI events is a great way to branch out and meet other spouses outside of your immediate spouse community - you never know who you're going to meet!
Who comes to Time and Talent?
OSCWI members and non-members and their spouses, command OSC members and their spouses, and any officer spouse and their spouse who wants to attend!
OSCWI Membership is open to significant others, spouses, and widowers/widows of:
- Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the Department of the Navy, active, reserve, and retired
- Commissioned Officers of other military and Naval Service branches, U.S. and foreign, who are attached to NAS Whidbey Island
- Technical representatives assigned to NAS Whidbey Island
- GS-9 and above civilian employees employed at NAS Whidbey Island
My spouse's command doesn't have an OSC. Can I still come to Time and Talent?
YES! PLEASE come to Time and Talent. We'd love to meet you. OSCWI's individual club theme this year is The Incredibles, so please feel free to dress up and join us!
How does participation work for individual command OSCs?
We'd love to have you! Don't worry about being too late - please reach out if you want to come. firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you'd like to participate as an OSC group, you can find the OSC Command Time and Talent Packet with full details.
- Then, you'll want to let us know your requested OSC Theme for your costumes and table decorations by completing this form (did I mention this was a costume party?)
- You'll find a timeline, detailed instructions, and a full description in the Time and Talent Packet, but your command will then need to come up with 1 Time and Talent Silent Auction Item (& 2 Raffle Items) to bring to the Event.
You will need to submit this form for EACH Silent Auction Item and Raffle Items
- 50% of EACH Silent Auction item you provide will go back to YOUR command's OSC!
Example of a Time and Talent Silent Auction Item could be:
"Whidbey Island Winery Tour complete with Designated Drivers for 10 people for 4 hours. Must be used by December 31st 2022."
(Your OSC would then be the designated drivers and tour guides for whomever purchased this item.)
What if my OSC isn't able to attend as an "official group" this year, but I still want to come?
Please join us! Even if your OSC can't attend as an "official" group, we still invite you, your spouse, and any other officer spouses to attend.
Do I have to play Cornhole?
No, you don't have to play, but there will be a prize for the winning team! If there are spaces available the day of, you can walk on to the Tournament for a small fee.
I want to play Cornhole, but I don't have a team yet.
That's OK! Go ahead and register to reserve your spot and we can work out those details closer to the event.
What else will there be to do at Time & Talent besides Cornhole and the Silent Auction?
If you haven't been to Wisteria Gardens, it's a beautiful venue! It's located just a hair past Deception Pass Bridge on the Anacortes side.
In addition to the Cornhole Tournament and Silent Auction, we'll be raffling off Raffle items every 30 min shortly after the event starts, and we'll have lawn games, food, drinks, fun music, dancing, and you'll be making new friends in no time!
And, If you did think it was a Talent Show and you do have a Talent to share - we might be able to make something happen! :) email@example.com
If there are any other questions you have, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're here to help and are so excited to meet you!