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A Message from the NY AGSM President

Our 2015 Convention Call has been set out via email by our Corresponding Secretary, Chrys Kestler. I am looking forward to seeing you at the 79th Department of NY - AGSM Convention.

Dates for the 2015 Department of New York Convention are April 23-26, 2015. This year we are pleased to have our Convention at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ronkonkoma, NY. All details are in the Convention Call.

Some highlights to remember are that our Executive Board Meeting is Thursday, April 23 from 4-6PM. Our Convention and Banquet are planned for Friday-Saturday, April 24-25. Checkout is Sunday, April 26, 2015.

It is always an honor to be a voice for you, Michele McNaughton

2014-2015 Board of Directors

2014 Board of Directors

AGSM 2014-2015 President, Michele McNaughton and her Executive Board. Not pictured: Mary Wheeler, Legislative Chair; Debbie von Ronn, Flag Guard; and Vivian Allen, Treasurer.

2014 Christmas

Left to Right - Steve Bellone (Suffolk County Executive), Michele McNaughton, Chrystyna Kestler, and Tom Ronayne (Director of the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency) standing in the back

Michele McNaughton, Chrystyna Kestler, with Steve and the tree

Please Mark Your Calendars

Although the 2014 Convention Call is sent out in Mid-January by our Corresponding Secretary, Renate De Angelis, after the postal rush, I just wanted you to be aware.

Dates for the 2014 Department of New York Convention are April 24-27, 2014. Executive Board Meeting is Thursday, April 24 and Board Meeting, Convention and Banquet are planned for Friday-Saturday, April 25-26. Checkout is Sunday, April 27, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Saratoga Springs NY.

Semper Fi....

Love & peace,

Mary Ellen

April 19, 2013

Dear Mothers,

Schenectady Chapter 7 has had three Department of New York Presidents recently, and I'm pleased to be the fourth. Thank you for electing me.

We all joined AGSM to honor our children who died in service to our country -- and I will try my best to represent you. John and my son Corporal James Journeay Jackowski, USMC, (along with 240 US Servicemen) was KIA by an Iran-sponsored terrorist bomb in Beirut.

Please remember that all members of AGSM have lost their child who was in service to our country -- all were not KIA -- but all suffered the ultimate sacrifice. Be kind to each other because we are all suffering the same grief at the loss of our child. Remember the Oath we all took when we were obligated, which said (in part): "....that I will comply with all the laws and Constitution....That I will never wrong or permit a wrong to be done to any member..."

As always, your continued support is needed.

Please Mark Your Calendars:

Dates for the 2014 Department of New York Convention are April 24-27, 2014 -- Executive Board Meeting is Thursday, April 24 and Board Meeting and Convention are tentatively planned for Friday-Sunday, April 25-27 in Saratoga Springs NY.

Semper Fi....

Love & peace,

Mary Ellen

Past Events

Veterans Day Luncheon, Nov 11, 2013

Mary Ellen Jackowski announces that the Department of NY has partnered
with the Vietnam War Commemoration Committee to present a
"Certificate of Honor" from the Department of Defense/Vietnam War Commemoration Committee signed by Chuck Hagel and Martin E. Dempsey
to AGSM Sister Patty Wagoner. More information here.

L to R: Lt Gen Joseph E. DeFrancisco, USA (Ret), Joseph Pollicino,
President, TCCVEV, Mary Ellen & John Jackowski, and Patty Wagoner.

Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Oct 20, 2013

Beirut Gold Star Parents Mary Ellen & John Jackowski were asked by Carmella LaSpada of NO GREATER LOVE to lay a wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknowns on October 20, 2013 in remembrance of the 30th Anniversary of Beirut 1982-1984.

Marine Corps League State Convention in Albany, June 29, 2013

Mary Ellen Jackowski with Sgt. Major Saunders, USMC, Guest
Speaker at the Marine Corps League's Annual NY State
Convention in Albany on 6/29/2013.

Dept of NY at AGSM National Convention, June 21-23, 2013

L to R: AGSM Parents Dorrie & Dave Meyer, Ann Davis, and Mary Ellen & John
Jackowski at the 2013 AGSM National Convention in Las Vegas NV.

L to R: Yvonne Schilz, Chief, Vietnam Commemoration Partner Program with
Mary Ellen Jackowski, Dorrie Meyer, and Ann Davis representing NY at the
National AGSM Convention in June, 2013.

Flag Day Ceremony, June 14, 2013

Mary Ellen Jackowski, MSGT Mike Sturgess, USMC, and John Jackowski
at Rotterdam NY Elks 2013 Flag Day Service.

Memorial Day Activities May, 2013

Mary Ellen Jackowski at 2013 NYS Dept of Labor's Memorial Day Service in Albany NY.


Mary Ellen Jackowski and PDP Marie Ladouceur at 2013 Memorial Day
Service at Evergreen Cemetery in Schenectady NY.

Renate DeAngelis 2013 Woman of Distinction, May 7, 2013

PDP Renate DeAngelis (Hudson Valley Chapter #31) was chosen by NY Senator Bill Larkin as his district's 2013 Woman of Distinction.
The Ceremony was at the NYS Capitol in Albany, and a Reception took place afterwards. Congratulations Renate -- you deserve it!

Pictured: AGSM Vivian Allen (Hudson Valley Chapter #31), Andy Komonchack,
BOD, Purple Heart Hall of Honor, and Honoree Renate DeAngelis.

Text of the award shown on the wall behind Renate.

2013 Convention in Rochester, April 11-14, 2013

2013-2014 Department of New York Executive Board Officers

Seated, left to right: Nadia Cadavero, Ann Davis, Cathy MacFarlane,
Mary Ellen Jackowski, Michele McNaughton, Vivian Allen, Mary Ellen Schramm.

Standing, left to right: Debbie von Ronn, Mary Burgen, Holly Baker,
Mary Wheeler, Rita Hasenauer, Chrys Kestler, Renate DeAngelis.

Left Insert: Candy Clemens. Right Insert: Kathy Cross.

Department of New York AGSM at 2013 Convention in Rochester.

Incoming Department President Mary Ellen (escorted by Gold Star Dad John)
Jackowski at the Memorial Service at the 2013 Rochester Convention.

Department President Rita (escorted by Gold Star Dad Dan) Hasenauer
with the spray of yellow roses in memory of our children at the Memorial Service at the 2013 Rochester Convention.

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Michele McNaughton

1st VP:
Cathy MacFarlane

2nd VP:
Chrystyna S. Kestler

Recording Sec:
Renate DeAngelis

Corres. Sec:
Chrystyna S. Kestler

Vivian Allen

Candace Clemens

Nadia Cadavero

Cust of Records:
Mary Burgen

Sgt. at Arms:
Holly Baker

Flag Guard:
Debbie von Ronn

Banner Guard:
Carrie Farley

Hospital Chair:
Ann Davis

Community Service:
Kathryn T. Cross

Legislative Chair:
Mary Wheeler

Marsha Connor

Past Event photos