East Central Region

Diane Kupchella

Diana Kupchella

Regional Director
Lorton, VA

Greetings from the East Central Region!

For those of you new to this web page, welcome! Currently, the East Central Region has 224 members who live either in the District of Columbia (2) or in one of nine states: Delaware (5), Indiana (6), Kentucky (8), Maryland (22)  Michigan (10), Ohio (48), Tennessee (17), Virginia (77), or West Virginia (7). The SAFN National Convention is held biennially in the odd years, and the Regional Meetings are held biennially in the even years. So, there are plenty of opportunities to renew old friendships and to make new ones! Another great thing is that you are not confined to your own regional meeting; you may also attend meetings in other regions, so check out their web pages as well.

If you are not yet a member, I encourage you to join. As a member, you will receive with your Welcome Letter; a copy of the latest Rendezvous (our 8 ½ x 11-inch, 55-page newsletter full of information and member photos); instructions for accessing the Members Only portion of the web site (where you can access the color version of the Rendezvous); a SAFN lapel pin; and, my favorite, our SAFN Directory, which lists contact information for over 1,460 members. Aren’t you a little bit curious to see if you can find any of your long-lost friends? If you do decide to join, dues are $25 annually, payable by 31 January. If you are undecided and have questions, please email me EastCentralDirector@safn.org

Updated: May 7, 2020
The 17 May 2020 brunch at the Patton Club (formerly the Officers Club) at JBMHH (Ft. Myer) and the follow-on tributes for our fallen AF and WWII nurses in Arlington National Cemetery is cancelled. Stay tuned for information regarding our 13 December 2020 event.

Updated: May 6, 2020
Unfortunately, but out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our SAFN Joint EC/NE Regional meeting scheduled for Oct 14-18, 2020, in Dayton, OH has been cancelled. 

I know that I will miss the time we had planned to be together this fall. And ,the planning committee had organized a wonderful 4 days for us but it will be tabled for a future meeting. So, cheers until we can safely meet in person again!


As part of our commitment to honor those who served in Vietnam between 1 November 1955 and 15 May 1975. The ECR places wreaths at both the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Vietnam Men’s Memorial on a semi-annual basis; for Memorial Day and Christmas.

We are proud to recognize the following ECR members who served during the Vietnam War (If I omitted anyone, please let me know): Ann Allen, Darlene Anderson, Louise Blakely, LaDonn Cramer, Frances Crown, Jeanette Ferguson, Kay Fryman, Lois Gay, Barbara Goodwin, Nonie Heinrich, Ann Hildebrand, Patricia Hite, Bernice Jackson, Patricia Clark, Mary Jane Koch, Pauline Kulwicki, Patricia Kunde, Diana Kupchella, Hana Jane Maroon, India Matlock, Carole McAlister, Sandy McLaughlin, Gail Mornhinweg, Peter Munto, Kathleen Nagle, Mary Pufnock, Patricia Purdy, Monica Richardson, Judith Sanders, Linda Stierle, Kathleen Swint, Catherine Takacs-Kaznoff, Loretta Thomas, Lousan Warner, and Sara Jane Williams. We thank you for your service!

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