President: Judith Tapper
1st VP: Amy Moore
2nd VP: Pam Schwarz
Recording Sec: Cindy Malmo
Corres. Sec: Maureen Pagano
Treasurer: Cathy Hicks
Chaplin: Jackie Dixon
Parliamentarian: Joan Curtin
Flag Guard: Eileen Daly
Banner Guard: Laura Iorio
Sgt. at Arms: Darlene Freeman
Community Service: Jackie Dixon
Americanism: Cindy Malmo
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Welcome to the Dept of New Jersey of American Gold Star Mothers. If you're a Gold Star mom
from New Jersey and would
like to meet others in your situation please contact us.
SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER 2014 JERSEY JOTS
I am looking forward to the warmth and colorful days
of the Fall season. There are many events coming up for
these two months. So please mark your calendars as to
the special activities and gatherings you would like to
attend. You have the opportunity to meet many new faces
and thank those organizations who continue to support
REMEMBER, DEDICATION IS NOT WHAT OTHERS EXPECT OF YOU,
DEDICATION IS WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR OTHERS.
- Sept 6, 2014 - "Toast to Dennis" to
support the LT. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund.
You should have already received a brochure and a
form for ordering tickets. Please RSVP by September
1, 2014. More information
here. Ticket information
- Sept 13, 2014 - 6th Annual Gold Star
Family potluck picnic. 11:30 am, 5428 Delaware Ave.,
Fort Dix, NJ. You must forward your date of birth
and drivers license number to get on post to
- Sept 14, 2014 - 10th Annual Elks Army of
Hope Picnic. All Gold Star families and guests,
please arrive no later than 10:30 am at 900 Beach
Blvd., Forked River, NJ. Please RSVP to Janet
DeRitter, 973-316-5062 or
- Sept 19, 2014 - POW/MIA Gold Star Mothers
Recognition Ceremony. Friday, at 11:00 am, NJ
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ, Rain or
Shine. Please check in at the front desk so we can
add your organization to the list of presenters.
- Sept 20, 2014 - 63rd Annual Gold Star
Parents and Gold Star Wives Luncheon. VFW Post 2179,
1 Veterans Lane, Route 36, Port Monmouth on Saturday
at 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please RSVP by Sept. 10th by
returning the invitation you received in the mail.
Please bring an unwrapped gift for the raffle table
which supports our Veterans at Lyons Hospital for
the Holiday party and their Wish List.
- Sept 21, 2014 - Rolling Thunder Chapter 2
NJ Freedom Ride. If any of you would like to ride
you must contact Brenda Einhorn at 609-330-0040 to
arrange for your escort and details. Please consider
this, it is exciting.
- Sept 25-28, 2014 - NEW JERSEY RUN FOR THE
FALLEN. All details have been sent to you via email
from Mike Simpson. If you need further information
please contact him at
- Sept 26-28, 2014 - Gold Star Mothers
weekend in Washington, DC. All details for this
event have been sent to you in a
formal invitation and also in the Gold Star
Mother magazine. You must make your own arrangements
and reservations for the dinner on Saturday evening.
- Oct 2, 2014 - NJ Chapter of the Marine
Corps Scholarship Foundation has invited us to
attend, as their guests, at the Deal Golf and
Country Club in Deal, NJ. For details, respond to
Peter Morley at 732-264-0010 or 732-778-8126.
- Oct 25, 2014 - 8th Annual Gold Star Ruck
March to honor the sacrifices of our Gold Star
Families hosted by the McGuire First Sergeant
Council. This is located at the 621st Global
readiness Deployment Center, Building 3404 Neely
Road, JB MDL, NJ. More details to follow. Please
mark your calendar for this very special day. It is
a lot of fun. You will need to RSVP to 1st Sgt. Adam
– 609-203-0264. He will be sending out invitations,
so please contact him after you receive it. They put
a lot of effort into this event so please consider
saving the date.
This is a change of date from
GSMs Visit the "Cake Boss", Sept 5, 2014
Gold Star Moms Day visiting with the
“Cake Boss”, Buddy Valastro, at his Jersey
City factory teaching them how to decorate cakes like
Pam Schwarz, Suzette DeTulio and Anna Gonzales.
Army Week Association, Sept. 5, 2014.
Pam shows off her decorated cake.
Pam with the cake boss.
NJ GSMs Receive Generous Donation, July 11, 2014
Judi Tapper with Maree Duncker, Branch
Manager, Andrews Federal Credit
Union, McGuire AFB; presenting $700.00 to the Dept. of
NJ to sponsor 2 Honor
& Remember Flags for 2 Gold Star Families of New Jersey.
110 Honor and
Remember Flags have now been presented to NJ families.
appreciate all our sponsors who support us. Thank you,
NJ GSM's Attend National Convention in Lancaster PA,
June 27-29, 2014
Attendees at AGSM National Convention,
Lancaster PA, 2014.
A wonderful time spent with all the Moms from different
The new National Executive Board for
Front row L to R, Maria Martens, Cindy
Kruger, Jennifer Jackman
Candy Martin, Mona Gunn.
Back row L to R, Lorna Harris, Becky Christmas, Ann
Cindy Tatum, Sue Pollard.
NJ GSM's Represented at VFW Convention in Wildwood,
June 19, 2014
Judi Tapper tends the display table at
VFW Convention at the
Wildwood, NJ Convention Center set up by Terry Fearon.
Guest speakers at the VFW Convention.
L to R Judi Tapper, Pres. Dept NJ, AGSM;
Kim Guadagno, Lt. Gov. NJ;
Leanne Lemley, National Pres., VFW Ladies Auxiliary;
General Michael L. Cunniff, Adjutant General of New
Raymond L. Zawacki, Deputy Commissioner for Veterans
GSM's Help Celebrate Army's 239th Birthday, June 12,
A ceremony for the Army's 239th
Birthday was held at Wurman Hall, Fort Dix, NJ.
The Honor and Remember Flag will be on display along
with the Gold Star framed
photo within this historic building. We thank the Army
for their continued support
as well as the rest of the JB MDL.
COL Jeffrey Doll
CSM Richard Anderson
Amy Moore, Judith Tapper and COL Jeffrey Doll admire the
new Honor and
Remember flag to be located in Wurman Hall.
COL Chris Patterson's wife
Lynne-Allison is on the far left. Then GSMs Susan
Harvey, Jackie Dixon, Judi Tapper and Amy Moore.
COL Jeffrey Doll, Judith Tapper, Jackie Dixon, Amy Moore
and CSM Richard Anderson who put our event together.
Arkansas Run for the Fallen, Mar 16, 2014
Bubba Beason’s Arkansas Run for the
Fallen. We support his continuing
efforts. Thank you Bubba.
Gold-star parents of a fallen Arkansan
watch as their son’s biography is read
by 2014 Run for the Fallen runners March 16, 2014, at
Little Rock, Ark.
Morristown St Patrick's Day Parade, Mar 15, 2014
L to R: Dawn Roberts, Tina Roman,
Shirley Parrrello, Pam Schwarz and Diane Fenton.
GSM's with spouses showing Honor &
Pam Schwarz, 2nd VP, Dept. of NJ,
displaying Honor & Remember Flag.