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
CHAPTER 1'S LIST OF 2013 MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES
Once again, we present a comprehensive list
(well, as comprehensive as we could find!) of Memorial Day
observances in our part of Metro West - Centered around
Leominster, going out to towns like Fitchburg, Fort Devens,
Princeton, Westminster, Bolton (coming soon!), and more. Oh, and
there's a bit about Boston too. The entire list is on our Meeting
and Events Page. We'll update it continually between now and
the holiday so, if you know of any events we've missed, send an
email to the secretary at <email@example.com>
or webmaster at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CHECK OUT OUR CHAPTER'S FACEBOOK PAGE!
Our chapter has started 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!
SUCCESSFUL TEXAS ROADHOUSE FUNDRAISER TUES MAY 21!
Tuesday, May 21, the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Leominster sponsored a fundraiser for our Chapter! They donated to
us 10% of the check from customers who presented
this special coupon to their server at the end of the meal.
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!
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
JUNE 2013 MEETING COMING UP!
Our next meeting will take place
Wednesday June 19 at our usual time (7 PM) and place (Leominster Veterans' Center) - find the clickable map on the Meetings
and Events page. Look for the official agenda to be posted
on the Members' Page about a week before the meeting, along with draft minutes from the
April meeting posted
your review before the vote to accept. See you
OUR SPEAKER AT OUR MAY MEETING
At our May meeting, C. David Gordon, President
of the Fort Devens Museum, was our speaker. You can find out
about the museum at http://www.fortdevensmuseum.org/
, and see a pic of the event on our facebook page.
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
SUCCESSFUL GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PACKING IN MARCH
Our chapter packed and shipped
hundreds of packs of Girl Scout
Cookies to active duty servicemen and women - both deployed and
stateside - at the Veterans' Center on Sunday March 11, 2012.
Chapter members, Brownie Scouts from Leominster Troop 11188, and
members of Leominster Fire Dept, Group 2 gathered at the
Veterans' Center to pack and ship. It was a fun afternoon. For
more pictures, look
CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS CHOSEN!
The scholarship committee has selected the recipients for the first two annual Blue Star Mothers Mass Chapter 1
scholarships. Thank you to all who applied! Notification has been sent out to the
successful recipients. The scholarship awards were presented at the our June Chapter meeting.
MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN FRUITLANDS MUSEUM GALLERY OPENING
On September 11, 2011, Members of Chapter 1
participated in the opening of the photographic exhibit Witness
to Global Conflict: 9/11 and Beyond at the Fruitlands Museum
in Harvard, MA. Speakers included Brendan O'Byrne, a member of
the platoon that hosted Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington in
Afghanistan; John Gerlaugh, representating OSD from the National
Defense University; MA State Representative Jennifer Benson; and
our chapter's own Blue to Gold Representative Rose Annese.
We have posted pictures
of the opening ceremony and overviews of the galleries here.
New Pages Added to Blue Star Mothers' Chapter 1 Photo Gallery
We add new pages to our album a few times each
month. You can go to the album pages by
title here, or by
Members can have a personal album of their own
for picture-sharing; for information, look up your password and
go to the members-only page.
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, or foster
mother 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