Sunday, November 1, 2009

October 27, 2009 Meeting Minutes

Jacqueline Steele welcomed all members and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was called to order at 6:32pm with 8 members in attendance. Jacqueline read the Preamble to the Blue Star Mothers Constitution and thanked us for attending. Jacqueline introduced a new member, Margie Sanchez, and reminded us that our main focus should be to support one another.

Changing locations for meetings was discussed. The room provided for us at the VFW is smoke free, allows us the option of taking in our own food (we need to clean up after ourselves), and has a restroom. The ability to say the Pledge and/or a Prayer, or shed a tear, without fear of drawing attention to ourselves was also a factor. We have access to the rear entrance for those that prefer to avoid the front.

Meeting dates: Because the 4th Tuesday falls close to Thanksgiving and Christmas, Linda Cagle made a motion, seconded by Barbara League, that we permanently move the meetings to the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Motion passed.

The Veteran's Day Parade was addressed. Because the Blue Star Mothers have had an entry for the last two years, Chrissy Harlan entered Blue Star Mothers in the Parade lineup, next to the VFW's entry - the deadline was early October. If we chose not to participate it would not be a problem. It was agreed that we would participate and carry our banner. We are in Group II - White Group, Entry 8. Line up at 9:15am. Meet at the VFW at 8:30 to carpool. There will be an Open House at the VFW afterward - bring a dish to pass. Barbara League suggested that we add to our banner by purchasing some other flags. It was agreed that we look into "Support our Troops" and "God Bless America" Flags. Linda Cagle reports that we have $827.10 in funds.

Action: Barbara League will follow up with Service Flags for something appropriate.

Projects: The National Chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America strongly suggest local Chapters find and participate in Community Service Projects at least once a quarter. To volunteer at the Veteran's Hospital, one is required to go through their Volunteer Training. Jacqueline is in touch with a new member that is currently training with the VA Hospital and hopefully will be able to give us some insight as to what to expect. Chrissy Harlan suggested that we team up with one of the other Organizations such as the DAV or the VFW and get involved with their Community Service Projects.

Action: Get a list of Community Projects.

The Junior League Care Package Project has been put off until February. More info to come.

Blue Star To Gold Star: Protocol needs to be followed.

Dues/Membership Applications - Dues in the amount of $20.00 are due and payable.

VFW Auxiliary is teaming up with Tucson Troop Support to stuff stockings. Date: 11/14 - more information will follow. Location will probably be at the Armory - Volunteers needed.

Action: Chrissy will advise location/time.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.


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