President Financial Secretary
Sheila Nelson Pam Keener
First Vice President Treasurer
Lori Sneeringer Kelly Horton
Recording Secretary Sergeant at Arms
About Our Chapter
As of the end of 2009: Our income (including donations of $1,522.76, and fundraisers of $2,459.50) totals $4,112.30. Our expenses total $1,880.20. We have mailed 45 packages weighing a total of 694 pounds.
For July 4th, we sent 20 boxes with all red, white, & blue items including flower leis, hacky sacks, games, candy, snacks, and again each package contained a box of donated Girl Scout Cookies.
For August, we packaged 19 boxes of "Summer Fun" including frisbees, water guns, water balloons, flag football kits, card games, magazines, word game books, etc.
September included fundraisers at the Sheriff's Ranch Patriot Day Celebration on 9/11, and Hartselle Depot Day on 9/18. It also included veterans ceremonies and memorials including a POW/MIA Memorial, and a dedication of Memorial Bridges, to Morgan County's Fallen Service Members. A resolution was approved by the Legislature of Alabama, both houses concurring, that the three bridges crossing the Flint Creek in Morgan County, on U.S. Hwy. 31 between Mile markers 350 & 351, are named "Memorial Bridges" in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. These Memorial Bridges are dedicated initially with the memory of more recent fallen soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan, Jonathan Smith, Jon-Erik Loney, & Joshua Lee Rath. See pictures on our "photos" page. Blue Star Mothers of Morgan County has committed to maintain yellow ribbons on the road signs on either end of the bridges, in support of our Gold Star Mother sisters.
Halloween for Heroes collaboration with Barkley Bridge Elementary School was a huge success. Students competed between grade levels to collect items for our Halloween boxes. We sent 15 boxes, and had some items remaining to add to our Thanksgiving drive.
Thanksgiving box items were collected by Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Dental Associates of North Alabama also contributed a large supply of dental care supplies. Also, for the second month, Old Tennessee Valley Magazine contributed the first 50 magazines off the press to our deployed service members. They included a page and a half on our organization, free of charge. They have vowed to continue the magazine donations, as well as printing information about joining and donating to Blue Star Mothers. We have sent 21 Thanksgiving boxes so far, and expect to have a couple of more names in time to include them.
November included Veteran's Day recognition at 2 assemblies at Barkley Bridge Elementary School, and at the Decatur Veteran's Day Parade and Ceremony. We also worked hard to collect Christmas items for that mailing.
The above information was from our first year and a half. As soon as someone has time to type up info since then, this page will be brought current.