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Upcoming Events

  • May 3, 2014 - Dept Convention, Sat. 10:30 am, Harrisburg State Capitol Tour, 3rd Street Main Entrance, Harrisburg PA, 17120.

    Please joint us and enjoy a day at the State Capitol.

    The event will start promptly with a Capitol Tour. Enter the building via the stairs from the main entrance on 3rd Street. The handicapped entrance is on Commonwealth Ave, East Wing. Call 1-800-868-7672 for tour questions.

    Parking is at the Walnut Street Garage, 215 Walnut St. There is a fee for parking.

    Following the tour walk to the Convention and Luncheon starting at approximately 12:30 pm at the Firehouse Restaurant, 606 North 2nd Street (717-234-6064). Lunch is about $25.

    This is a White Attire event. Please RSVP by April 3, 2014 to Rhonda Worthington, 215-679-5213.

    We hope you will be able to attend, meet and share with Pennsylvania Gold Star Moms.

    Rhonda Worthington, President PA Dept, AGSM, 215-679-5213.

Past Events

Blue Comets MC Hosts Gold Star Fundraiser, June 8, 2014

Gold Star Families and our Blue Comet Hosts at the picnic fundraiser in Skippack, PA.

North Penn Chapter Lays a Wreath at Valley Forge NP, Nov 11, 2013

Gold Star Families of the North Penn Chapter, PA Dept. Grant Smith & Mary MacFarland
with wreath laying at Valley Forge National Park, Veterans Day 2013. Also attending
Lisa Moletzky and Rhonda Worthington.

Berks County Chapter Dedicates Benches at Reading City Park

POW/MIA Ride for Freedom, August 25, 2013

Betty Zimmerman, Berks Chapter President, with SSGT Tim Chambers,
The saluting Marine
, at the POW/MIA Ride For Freedom 2013.

North Penn Chapter Members Visit Fonthill in Doylestown, July 13, 2013

AGSM's North Penn Chapter Members Ruth Stonesifer, Helen Seifert,
Judy Bubeck, Peggy Toczylowski, Rhonda Worthington and President
Lehigh Chapter, Carol Resh visiting Fonthill, Doylestown PA for a
Fun in the Sun Day.

Blue Comets support Gold Star Moms, June 9, 2013

A group picture of American Gold Star Families from the PA Dept. at the Blue Comet Motorcycle Club picnic, Skippack PA.
A great time was had by all. A heartfelt thank you to
the Inter Clubs of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

AGSM President Berks County Betty Zimmerman escorted at Blue Comet Motorcycle
Club, Skippack PA, Gold Star Mothers Fundraiser, sponsored by the Inter Clubs of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Memorial Day Events, May 26, 2013

PA dept President Rhonda Worthington (r) and 1st Vice President PA dept
Judith Bubeck attending Memorial Day Ceremony at Southeastern Veteran's Center Spring City Pa. May 2013.

Worthington & Bubeck placing Gold Star Wreath at Southeastern Veteran's Center May 2013.

PA dept President Rhonda Worthington (l) and AGSM Rose Corr attending May 2013 Lansdale Memorial Day Parade.

Barbara Benard New Dept of PA President for 2009

Barbara Benard of Columbia PA and National Banner Guard, has been elected President of the Dept of Pennsylvania, AGSM at the 2009 Department Convention.

Front row L to R Carol Fahnestock, Theda Gleixner,
Barbara Benard, Anna Dahr, Joan Reid.
Back row L to R Pat Geiger, Alzrio Mc Donald, Helen Seifert,
Irene Gertzen, Cher Kondor, Peggy Morrison.

Top row: Tom Leisher from Honor and Remember, Inc. presenting Peggy Morrison, from the Greater Harrisburg Chapter, with a personalized flag for her son Nicholas Morrison and Barb Benard reading the Honor and Remember certificate.

Bottom row: Tom Leisher from Honor and Remember, Inc. presenting Irene Gertzen, from the Greater Harrisburg Chapter, with a personalized flag for her son Barry Gertzen and Barb Benard reading the Honor and Remember certificate.

Military Uniforms OK in Schools

Act 13 of 2010 (Senate Bill 206) prohibits any school official from denying any member of the military entry to school facilities simply because he or she is wearing a military uniform. The legislation stemmed from several incidents in which military members wishing to visit friends and former teachers were denied access to school grounds due to their military uniforms.

Military Family Relief Assistance Program Extension Sent to Governor


The PA Senate unanimously approved the extension and expansion of the Military Family Relief Assistance Program. House Bill 1533 has been approved by the House and Senate and was sent to the Governor's desk for his signature.

The Military Family Relief Assistance Program provides grants to military members who have a direct and immediate financial need due to the sudden loss of income directly related to their service or an emergency need for child care, food, shelter or other necessities. The program also provides emergency funding for travel and lodging in the event of the death or serious illness of a spouse, parent, sibling or child.

HB 1533 would extend the program until 2016 and adds National Guard members to the list of service members who are eligible for the program. The legislation also expands eligibility guidelines so military families could be eligible for assistance for up to a year following their return from active duty.

Committee Approves Bill for Military Burials at Washington Crossing

The PA Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved legislation to allow for formal military burials of veterans at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County.

Current law does not provide for honor guard burial details at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Only Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County and National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Washington County are authorized to conduct those ceremonies. Senate Bill 1186 would expand the authority of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide this honor and burial allowance to veterans buried at Washington Crossing.

PennDOT Introduces Branch of Service Veteran License Plates

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces have a new way to proudly display their service as PennDOT today announced the availability of a new series of military license plates honoring veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

"On any given day, members of our armed forces are serving around the globe protecting our freedom," said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. "PennDOT is pleased to announce this new series of military plates recognizing their sacrifices in service to our nation."

The new plates feature the standard Pennsylvania license plate colors of blue, white and yellow along with the applicable branch of service emblem or logo on the left side of the plate. Pennsylvania is printed at the top of the plate, with the name of the applicable branch of service at the bottom.

To obtain one of these plates, honorably discharged veterans must complete and mail Form MV-150, Application for U.S. Military Veteran Registration Plate, to PennDOT and include a certified copy of their DD-214, along with a $20 fee.

Form MV-150 is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services Web site,, via the Military License Plates link under the Military Personnel/Veterans Information Center. Additional information and images of the new license plates are also available on this Web page.

Pennsylvania adopts Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol commemorating fallen servicepersons.

June 2, 2009

The American Gold Star Mothers have endorsed the Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol commemorating fallen servicepersons. We attended a session of the PA House of Representatives when they took a vote to adopt resolution HR 275 for the Honor and Remember Flag. The resolution was passed unanimously and a copy was sent to Congress to adopt the Honor and Remember Flag as a national symbol of gratitude and respect for all those brave men and women who have died while in service to our country. This encompasses all those from the revolutionary war to the present.

Representative Rob Kauffman (lower left) introduced the bill. Attending the session were: back row left to right, Gold Star Mothers Cher Kondor, Ruth Stonesifer, and Peggy Morrison. Front row left to right is Tom Leisher from Honor and Remember, Inc, Gold Star Mother Barb Benard, and George Lutz the founder of Honor and Remember, Inc.

Pennsylvania is the first state to recognize the Honor and Remember Flag by passing a resolution. Several cities in PA have also adopted this flag; Chambersburg, Lancaster, York, and Orrstown. There are several other cities or townships that are working on resolutions for the flag.

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Carol Resh

1st VP:
Denise Torbet

2nd VP:
Barbara Benard

Joan Snyder

Sandy Seidel

Suzanne Sheaffer

Judy Bubeck

Sergeant At Arms:
Cherriney Kondar

Community Service
Judy Bubeck

VA Hospital:
Rhonda Worthington

Rose Corr

Ways and Means:
Suzanne Sheaffer

To honor our fallen Pennsylvania Heroes.

At least 450 PA GSF plates have been issued as of 11/09.