by Lisa Alley
For Signaleers wondering where to get coffee mugs, golf shirts, hats or other items that have the Signal Regiment crest on them, the Signal Corps Regimental Association offers such items on its website.
The new secure on-line store, unveiled at Signal symposium time, also offers the limited-edition Signal heritage print, �140 Years of Signal Heritage,� recently redone in color by the original artist, Josef Nackowicz. Nackowicz painted the original black-and-white, �130 Years of Signal Heritage,� print while on active duty; SCRA recently commissioned him to update the painting.
Prints are numbered from the 500-print limited edition and signed by the artist. Specific numbers can be requested and will be met on a first-come, first-served basis, according to SCRA national manager Amy Tuschen.
SCRA plans to expand its on-line store, said Tuschen. �We bought out the merchandise from the [closed] Regimental Bookstore and we�ll be growing from there,� she said.
In addition to the Regimental items and the Nackowicz print, another on-line feature is the opportunity to join SCRA and, for its members, renew and pay for awards already approved. Transactions are secure, Tuschen said.
�I think of our on-line features as the Big Four: the Regimental Bookstore stuff, paying for awards, renewing membership and buying a print,� Tuschen said.
Added merchandise items SCRA is considering include Regimental flags, books on Signal topics, golf tees and golf balls. �I�m open to suggestions,� Tuschen said.
Also, although the golf shirts are embroidered with the words �Signal Corps Regimental Association,� Tuschen said they could be customized to say just �Signal Regiment� or other verbiage � contact the SCRA national manager for more information.
Chapter business will be conducted on-line more in the future, the national manager said. Eventually chapters will be able to submit their reports to the national office on-line, Tuschen said. The national office plans to offer a chapter officer�s handbook on-line as well.
SCRA�s website is www.signalcorps.org � the on-line store is linked right off the homepage. Contact the national manager at email@example.com or (706) 791-3919.
Ms. Alley has edited Army Communicator since June 1995. A former soldier, she has served as a military and civilian reporter, accumulating about 25 years� experience in journalism and Army public affairs.
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