The 2016 Organization Day, a company picnic for the White Sands Missile Range workforce, will be held May 26. The workforce, community members and family members are invited to celebrate at Volunteer Park with free activities for the children, free food, a jalapeño eating contest and several other free activities.
“It’s just a way to bring about camaraderie among the WSMR workforce,” said Lisa Frankson, WSMR Family Morale and Welfare Org Day coordinator.
This year’s theme for the event is “Out of this World.” This is the first time a free meal will be offered to the workforce. Pulled-pork sandwiches and potato salad will be offered on a first come, first-serve basis starting at 11 a.m. The food will be available to eventgoers at the blue awning near the RV parking lot. Beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase. Bowling, golfing, swimming and skeet shooting will be free of charge for the day.
There will also be a “kid’s zone” available where Child Youth and School Services will be offering free activities throughout the day.
Eventgoers will also be able to take in a little bit of WSMR’s history with a free one-hour WSMR museum tour at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
As in past years, competitions will be a major component of the event. A jalapeño-eating contest will take place at noon where the winner will receive a $20 Applebee’s gift card. There will also be a water-balloon toss at 1:30 p.m. with a $25 Texas Roadhouse gift card for the winner. Tug-of-war, one-pitch softball and horseshoe competitions will also take place throughout the day.
Frankson said when she took the event over in 2014, she decided to start a decorating competition between organizations as a way to give the workforce a reason to visit other sites to “size up their competition.”
“We went with the ‘Out of this World’ theme because we knew there would be people in the workforce who would definitely bring something to the table,” Frankson said.
In 2015 the WSMR Public Affairs Office was awarded the grand prize for their “Favorite Sports Team” station decoration that featured the White Sands Pupfish baseball team from Alamogordo, New Mexico. The competition will take place at 2 p.m. and a winner will be announced at 2:30 p.m.
Friends and family members are invited to attend. The event will be the alternate place of duty for the day for the civilian workforce. Contractors are asked to go through their appropriate contracting office to ask for permission.
Events will kick-off with a 5K Run and Walk at 7 a.m. at Bell Gym. Eventgoers will also be able to participate in the “Murph Challenge” where challengers must complete a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and end with another one-mile run. Recreation Assistant Sky Clarke said participants can choose to wear a weighted vest during the challenge.
The challenge will be held in memory of Lt. Michael P. Murphy a Navy SEAL who died in Afghanistan in 2005. The “Murph Challenge” was developed as a way to honor the memory of Murphy by contributing to a scholarship fund. Though the challenge is free of charge, Clarke said some participants are going online and donating $40 before the challenge to contribute to the Murph Memorial Scholarship. The challenge has raised $400,000 in scholarship funds that are awarded each year.
Org Day began as a way for different organizations to display the equipment they worked with on a daily basis. Frankson said the event has since evolved into a day for the entire community to enjoy. The 2015 Org Day was the highest-attended event, even with the departure of the 2nd Engineer Battalion. All activities throughout the day are paid for by the proceeds of FMWR activities. The event is paid for by proceeds from Family and MWR activities
For more information, call Lisa Frankson at (575) 678-4654.
To sign-up for a sports event, call Bell Gym at (575) 678-3374
To donate to the Murph challenge, visit http://themurphchallenge.com/.