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Three commanders within the 3rd Combat Communications Squadron are leading the way for their Airmen. From left, Lt. Col. John Zapata, 3rd Combat Communications Support Squadron commander;  Maj. Ken Bratland, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron commander; and Maj. Noland “LoJack” Greene, 34th Combat Communications Squadron commander, know the benefits of Tinker Club membership. Members who purchase five lunches and use their lunch bunch program card receive the sixth lunch free.

Three commanders within the 3rd Combat Communications Squadron are leading the way for their Airmen. From left, Lt. Col. John Zapata, 3rd Combat Communications Support Squadron commander; Maj. Ken Bratland, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron commander; and Maj. Noland “LoJack” Greene, 34th Combat Communications Squadron commander, know the benefits of Tinker Club membership. Members who purchase five lunches and use their lunch bunch program card receive the sixth lunch free.

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The Tinker Club doesn't settle for doing things "halfway."

This week marks the mid-point for the club's membership drive and they are only halfway to their goal of 100 new members by May 31.

What can you do to help them reach their goal? Current club members will receive either $5 cash or $10 in FSS bucks for each new member they refer. If you're not a member yet, the list of benefits you will receive for signing up is much longer.

During the club drive, new members will receive three months free membership dues. Think of it like a free trial period to check out the club and see how club membership can benefit you. If you find in those three months that club membership is not for you, just cancel your membership with the peace of mind that you haven't had to spend a dime on membership dues, yet you still had a chance to win money. New members who turn in their club card application will have a guaranteed chance to win $5 to $100 instantly.

Also, with the club Mastercard, there is a 0 percent introductory APR for up to six months and card holders receive 2 percent cash back for every eligible dollar spent on base at the club, the commissary, the base exchange, including gas stations, Child Development Centers and all other 72nd Force Support Squadron activities. Card holders will also earn 1 percent cash back on all other off-base purchases.

Being a club member means getting great value on food and drinks at the club, discounts at all other 72nd FSS activities and invitations to members-only special club events or discounted pricing at all other club events.

One such event is Game Night, set for 6 p.m. May 21. Bring your video game skills to the club if you want to win the prize money. The event, held in the ballroom, will consist of video game challenges between teams of four players. Prizes will be $500 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. The cost is just $5 for club members and $10 for nonmembers. All participants must be at least 18 years old.

Another great club member program, the Air Force Services Club Membership College Scholarship Program, starts in May. This program rewards $25,000 in scholarship money each year to club members and their immediate families who are attending college. This year's topic is "What does it mean to be part of the Air Force Family." Entry forms with more detailed information will be available starting May 3 both here on base and on the Air Force Club's Web site, www.afclubs.net.

Quite simply, Tinker Club membership has a ton of benefits so why not give it a try now when you have so much to gain? The club gives away cash every Friday night to their members at happy hour. The discounts on food and events at the club can save you a bundle, and with the discounts at other 72nd FSS facilities, club membership is a win-win opportunity.

For more information about the club has to offer or to become a member stop by or give them a call at 734-3418.