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
NOVEMBER 2013 MEETING COMING UP!
Our next meeting will take place
Wednesday November 20 at our usual time (7 PM) and place (Leominster Veterans' Center) - find the clickable map on the Meetings
and Events page. The official agenda has been posted on the Members'
Page, along with draft minutes from the October meeting for
your review before the vote to accept. See you
SUCCESSFUL TEXAS ROADHOUSE FUNDRAISER!
The Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Leominster
promoted our Chapter all of September -
Customers could buy a star with
our chapter's name on it at the desk when they came in, or left
after dinner. Now they're displaying 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!
IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014!
All memberships in our chapter expire on
August 31, 2013 so it's time for everyone to renew. If you're
already a member, the easiest way to renew is to go to the
National website http://www.bluestarmothers.org/
, log in, click on My Profile, then click on Renew Now and
follow the instructions. If you don't want to renew on-line,
print out and fill in this
2014 membership application form , bring it with you to a
meeting, and give it to Nancy along with your dues check. If
you're not a member and would like to join (and we'd love to
have you!), go to our Become a
Member page and follow the easy instructions.
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!
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
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.
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!
Click Here to visit our
Members-Only Calendar and Activity Pages! (Member Username and Password