2012 News & Events

Veterans Habitat Build
November 10, 2012
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The Habitat for Humanity asked us to participate in the Veteran’s Habitat build. It was held on 11/10/2012. We were joined by the entire JHH lacrosse team, a few mothers from an organization ” A Mother’s Cry” which is comprised of mothers who lost children due to street violence. There were also other volunteers. Gold Star families that participated were Carol & Bob Roddy, Michelle Murphy & her daughter Kennisha, Donna, Marie & Jim Moudry and Janice Chance.

New Officers Installed
August 4, 2012
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Installation of new officers on August 4th 2012.  From Left to right Janice Chance, Rosemarie Ceo, Cindy Lohman, Yvonne Green, Joy Goode, Carol Roddy, Marie Moudry, and Kelly Swanson. Officers were sworn in by Edith Canapp our Vietnam Mother.
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The banner that was displayed on the float at the 4th of July Parade.

Dundalk Heritage Parade
July 4, 2012
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Mr. Mark Phoebus invited us to participate in the Dundalk Heritage parade held on the 4th of July. He paid for the float and the banners that we are still using as we participate in events. Regina barnhurst, Joyce Goode& Husband, Yvonne & Gary Green, and Janice Chance all participated.

GSM’s Attend Salibration Concert
June 13, 2012
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The Salibration was a concert that is sponsored by the Medical Musical group that is comprised of health care providers. It was a kick off to a series of concerts that they were doing. The event was held on 6/13/2012 at the Peabody Conservatory, Deana Martin (Dean Martins Daughter and Ron Masok the man who played the sheriff on Murder she wrote both participated. Ron served as one of the MC’s and Deana sang). Gold Star families that participated were Joyce Goode, Carol & Bob Roddy, Yvonne & Gary Green, Charlton and Janice Chance.
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GSM’s with neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

VFW Convention in Ocean City MD Honors Fallen Heroes
June 2012
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The VFW holds a memorial service annually during their convention and they have been inviting AGSM’s for several years in Ocean City Maryland. They honor all fallen heroes. They also treat us to a free meal. The picture that was taken was with the leaders of the auxiliary. In June 2012 Carol & Bob Roddy, Linda Bishop, Yvonne & Gary Green, and Janice Chance attended the ceremony.

Tiffany Circle Members Gather in Washington, DC
June 1-3, 2012
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Tiffany Circle brings women philanthropists together in the American Red Cross. Each Spring Tiffany Circle members gather in Washington, D.C. for a two day summit to network, learn how Tiffany Circle women are making an impact locally, nationally, and globally. The Maryland Gold Star Mothers have been honored to attend this ceremony the last few years.
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GSM Janice Chance one of the guest speakers.

Military Appreciation Day at Aberdeen Proving Grounds
May 16, 2012
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Military appreciation day was a wonderful time! For those who missed it, Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) overdid themselves again. The morning started out with a special breakfast for all Gold Star Families. Roses were given to the moms and wives. Pictures were taken, escorts were assigned and a wonderful breakfast was given to us. From there there was the surprise to end all. The Garrison Command at APG under the direction of Major General Ferrell and Col Ortiz construction a LARGE permanent gazabo in honor of Gold Star Families. It is screened in and available to us to use, visit, mediate or pray. It is located behind the chapel. They want us to know that we will always be a part of the army community. We had a ribbon cutting ceremony with the commanders and the Mayor of Aberdeen. Just wonderful…

From there there was a special ceremony on the grounds of the musuem, and displays to visit as well as sitting in a black hawk ( just ask Janice). After changing clothes and putting on our new T-shirts that were made for us (thank you Kathy Mitchell) we went to the Bowie Baysox game. We used this opportunity to set up a table, give out brochures and for donations we gave away, pins, wrist bands and dog tags. We had a raffle drawing and had 5 items donated as give-aways (thanks to Cindy Lohman). The game went into extra innings, but we were out of there by 10:30 with over $200 for our bank account.

Good news for the Eastern shore girls!!!! Toni Coffland has agreed to start and help me organize a chapter on the Eastern Shore. I have given her information and sent an e-mail to headquarters in Washington DC, so hopefully on June 4th we can have a kickoff. You will have a choice whether to remain with the Maryland chapter, be a part of the new chapter or remain with the Delaware chapter. As soon as I get more information, we will contact you.

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