Blue Star Mothers (BSM) began in 1942 as an organization, however in 1917 an Army captain in Ohio started the idea when two of his sons served on the front lines in Europe. Membership in the organization peaked during WWII, fell during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and is growing once again across the nation. In March 2006, a meeting was held in Robbinsdale to discuss whether or not there would be interest in forming a metro chapter of the Blue Star Mothers. There were so many military mom’s in attendance that night that two chapters were immediately formed. The first meeting of Chapter 8 was held on April 12, 2006. There were approximately 35 people in attendance. Our current chapter roster has nearly 60 people on it.
On January 22,1942, the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking Mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. The following February 1st, 300 mothers met in the Durant Hotel, in Flint, Michigan. Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided to form a permanent organization after receiving 1,000 responses from the ad.
On February 6th, the organization was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. In June of 1960, the organization was chartered by Congress.
Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were a working part of homeland security during our time of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times, we have began to grow in strength. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging flags in their windows at home, proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during at time of war.
Our organization not only provides support for active duty service personnel, it also promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.
Our meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7pm at VFW Post 5555 (6715 Lakeshore Drive, Richfield – near 67th & Lyndale Ave So). For a map, click here.
Lori Challans– President
Laurie Gilgan– 1st Vice President
Leslie Binek– 2nd Vice President
Susan Anderson– Chaplin and Patriotic Secretary
Benita Welch– Financial Secretary
Susan Anderson– Treasurer
Barb Kopietz– Recording Secretary
Mary Johnons, Renee Wille, Teri Wold – Past President