President: Christine Heard
1st Vice President: Rhonda Bartoloni
2nd Vice President: Rosemary Perez
Secretary: Vivian Bell
Financial Secretary: Olivia Armagost
Treasurer: Caroline Kennedy
Historian: Liz Ode
In 2012, Shonda Abercrombie (Previous President) and Candace Macias (Previous President) were put in touch with each other after they had both reached out to the national organization wanting to start a chapter here in Kern County. They didn't know each other, but they did have one thing in common - both of them had children that served in the military. They were both equally passionate about supporting not only their own children but all who were currently serving, those who had previously served, and those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice. They sought out 3 other equally passionate military moms, Danielle, Dina, and Susan. They rallied together as only military moms can do, worked hard for a year, and in 2013 became Chartered as the Kern River Blue Star Moms - Chapter #37.
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 that after receiving 1000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization.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 an working part of homeland security during times 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, promotes patriotism, assists Veterans organizations, and are available to assist in homeland volunteer efforts to help our country remain strong.
Blue Star members can find more information regarding the
Big Dipper auxiliary here - bsma.memberclicks.net/big-dipper