May is Now Blue Star Mothers Month in
On Tuesday May 5, Massachusetts Governor
and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito signed a proclamation voted
by our State Legislature declaring May to be Blue Star Mothers
Month in Massachusetts! All three of Massachusetts' Blue Star
Mothers chapters participated in the signing ceremony at the
State House in Boston. In our first pic (right), Governor
Charlie Baker signs the proclamation surrounded by Blue Star Moms
and event participants. Behind Baker is State Senator Marc
Pacheco, who guided the enabling bill through our legislature.
To Pacheco's right (so left in the pic) is Lieutenant Governor
Karyn Polito. Behind them is Secretary of Veterans' Affairs
Franciso Ureña. (He visited our meeting last March; see below.)
All three of our supporting state officers are in the second pic (left),
and finally, our third pic (right again, below) shows the group of Chapter 1 members
who made the trek to the State House for this ceremony.
Welcome to our Website!
We're Massachusetts Chapter 1 of the Blue
Star Mothers of America - Mothers who currently have or had children serving
in the U.S. Military. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) service organization,
chartered by the U.S. congress, supporting each other, our children, and
everyone who serves in our military while promoting patriotism. We welcome
fathers, family, and friends of our servicepeople as our associate
MARCH 2015 MEETING HOSTED FRANCISCO UREÑA, SECRETARY, MASS
DEPT OF VETERANS' SERVICES
5:30, 90 minutes before our March meeting started, we hosted
Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of Mass' Department of Veterans'
Services. We provided refreshments and coffee for the about 40
veterans and veterans' service organizations people who
attended. Mr. Ureña spoke and answered questions for the
hour and a half until our meeting started. It was an extremely
helpful session. If you are a veteran, or a family member of a
veteran, for more help you can go to http://www.massvetsadvisor.org
. After this presentation, Trisha Blanchet, Founder and President
of Operation Delta Dog, spoke to us about their work taking
rescue dogs and working them up to service dogs for veterans.
Our business meeting followed. It was a very full and worthwhile
MAY 2015 MEETING COMING UP!
Our fifth meeting of the year will be held on the usual
third Wednesday of the month which is May 20 at our usual time
(7:00 PM) and the usual place (Leominster Veterans' Center) - find the clickable map on the Meetings
and Events page. The official agenda will be posted soon on the Members'
Page, along with April's minutes to be posted for your perusal before the meeting. See you
DECEMBER MEETING - HOLIDAY SOCIAL - WAS A GREAT TIME!
In keeping with a long Chapter tradition, the
December meeting was our Holiday Social and was held
earlier both in date and time, on Wednesday December 3 starting at
6:00 PM. However, unlike past years it was held at a local
restaurant - Il Forno in Fitchburg. Attendance was excellent and
a good time was had by all!
MACY'S EVENT AND THANKS FOR THEIR SUPPORT!
Many thanks to Macy's at Whitney Field Mall
for all of their support. We staffed a recruitment table at their special
shopping night the evening of November 9 - a great opportunity
for us! If you like what you see, we hope you'll come
to a meeting soon - perhaps our next one on February 18.
THANKS TO TEXAS ROADHOUSE FOR
The Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Leominster
continues to support and promote our Chapter.
At one event at the restaurant, customers could buy a star with
our chapter's name on it at the desk when they came in, or left
after dinner. Next they displayed our Chapter Christmas Tree,
hung with donated Roadhouse Gift Cards. We thank them so much for their support of our support of our
military heroes! The Texas
Roadhouse restaurant is at 106 New Lancaster Road in Leominster
just west of the intersection with I-190; their phone number is
978-537-7427. See y'all there!
CHECK OUT OUR CHAPTER'S FACEBOOK PAGE!
Our chapter has a Facebook page - You
it out Here . We'll still keep official records and photo
galleries on this official chapter website, but the Facebook
page lets members (and other interested folks!) post comments
and pictures from events as they happen. If you like our page,
let us and everyone know by clicking this "Like"
Members: If you have ideas for taking
advantage of the Facebook page, post them on the page so we can
try them out. Let's try to get the page full of interesting
comments and pictures!
WHAT A GREAT PANEL DISCUSSION WE HAD FEATURING OEF/OIF VETERANS,
MILITARY LEADERSHIP, AND MILITARY FAMILIES
Jointly sponsored by our Chapter, the Red Sox
Foundation, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base
Program, our panel discussed the challenges facing
returning veterans and their families, and how communities can
help. To see more pix of the event, look
FULL MEMBERSHIP OPENED UP TO MORE MOTHERS!
A change in the law (since we're a
congressionally-chartered organization, after all), passed
by congress and signed by President Obama, allows Foster
Mothers, Grandmothers, and Female Legal Guardians of active duty
and retired servicepeople to join us as Full Members. Even if
you don't fit into any of these categories, you're welcome to
join as an Associate Member (and even Dads fit into this slot!).
Come to our meeting and look us over - we think you'll decide to
About Our Chapter
We are proud to be the first chapter in Massachusetts, and to join the list
of state branches of the Blue
Star Mothers of America across the United States.
If you're the mother, grandmother, foster
mother, or female legal guardian of a veteran or serviceperson, you're welcome to join us
as a full member! (Other relatives and friends can join as
Associate Members.) For more information, please call or email one of our officers. Our members
are from many towns throughout the state. The South Shore
and Worcester area are well-served by our sister chapters, the Eastern
Massachusetts Chapter 2 and the Central Massachusetts Chapter 3.
We meet on the third Wednesday evening of each month in the Leominster
Veterans' Center, 100 West Street, Leominster, MA.
Members-Only Calendar and Activity Pages!
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Members-Only Calendar and Activity Pages! (Member Username and Password