2013-2014 Officers


 

President                                              Financial Secretary

Sheila Nelson                                               Barb Larson

president@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com                  financialsec@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com

 

First Vice President                              Treasurer

Roberta Stephens                                        Liisa Horton

firstvp@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com                          treasurer@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com
 

Second Vice President                         Corresponding Secretary

Jeana Roberts                                              Deana Johnson

secondvp@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com                  correspondingsec@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com

 

Recording Secretary                             Sergeant at Arms

Judy Hood                                                     Janice Cross

recordingsec@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com                   sgtatarms@bluestarmothersofmorgancounty.com

About Our Chapter

This chapter was chartered on March 13, 2009
 
5 officers were sworn in April 1, 2009
 
First chapter meeting was held April 7, 2009
 
Our first service member package was mailed June 17, 2009, in honor of Mother Sheila Nelson's son Paul's 19th Birthday, being celebrated in Iraq.
 
Birthday package for Mother Irma Lynch's son Clayton Thomas, turned into a blanket & sock drive for his Marine unit in Afghanistan.  The result was 8 boxes weighing 170 pounds sent.
 
Christmas packages consisted of all donated items and filled 55 large flat rate boxes.

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.
 
We re-chartered for the 2010 year with 14 members.
 
In January we received a $5,000.00 grant from Venturi Aerospace Employees' Brighter Day Fund.  This will mail a lot of packages.
 
Valentine's packages consisted of all donated items including Red, White, & Blue Sweethearts with patriotic sayings.  There was enough to fill 42 packages.
 
St. Patrick's was recognized by 37 packages of all green items, and addressed with green ink.
 
Easter packages started with a plastic Easter egg drive by F. E. Burleson Elementary School.  The student council drive resulted in 1,771 plastic Easter Eggs, and 160 pair of black socks.  Easter eggs were filled with candy donated by Moms and friends from the community.  34 boxes were mailed, each with a camouflage Easter basket full of candy-filled eggs, black socks, lots of Easter candy in festive packaging, and a box of Girl Scout Cookies donated by 2 Girl Scout Troops.
 
April we celebrated our First Anniversary meeting with dinner for all guests.  At the end of our first full year, income (including donations of $2,113.12, fundraisers of $2,687.50, and the $5,000 grant) totals $10,113.77.  Our expenses total $3,732.10.  We have mailed 177 packages weighing a total of 1,119 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.