The Munford Mixer by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Everything from military family matters, to Girl Scout Troop adventures, to community events, to life with ADHD, and anything else that I think might interest someone!
Jul 09, 2011 | 5875 views |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters offers new program for MILITARY kids!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Jul 31, 2012 | 25398 views |  0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
My daughter and I found out about a really interesting program a few months ago. It is the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Military Mentoring program. It is for kids who are ages 9-14 yrs and who have to deal with the issues that only military kids have to deal with (deployments, loss of a parent, medical or mental health problems from war, moving a lot, making new friends, etc.). This program is ONLY for military children, and it is not to be confused with the program for at-risk youth! To find out more, please contact the Anniston Big Brothers, Big Sisters office, or check out this link http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5961595/k.BE7F/Military_Mentoring.htm.


Sorry it has been so long!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Jul 24, 2012 | 3403 views |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I am so sorry that I have not been doing a regular blog entry since May. We have been overwhelmed with family activities and events that have kept me busy.

My daughter just got back from a 5 day summer camp at Camp Corral (www.campcorral.org) in Dahlonega, GA. She had a blast! Camp Corral is a summer camp (FREE!!!) for children of wounded and fallen soldiers. She finally got to meet other kids just like her.

I am going to be starting a Wounded Warrior Wives group pretty soon, as soon as I get all my training and paperwork done. This group will be a special group for wives of disabled Vets and soldiers (mental or physical disabilities). I don't have a set meeting spot yet, but it will either be in Oxford or Munford. Each woman joining will be required to go through a detailed application for membership, which is FREE, to join Wounded Warrior Wives. WWW is a non-profit that is geared towards helping the wives of these wounded warriors. There is also the Wounded Warrior Project, which is for the soldiers and Vets.

Our Girl Scout Troop will be starting their new school year in August. New meeting date and time will begin.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

FREE FAMILY EVENT! *Get Outdoors Day Event*
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
May 10, 2012 | 4036 views |  0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Free family event! Come out to Munford Elementary School on May 12th, 2012, Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to enjoy some great outdoors fun! Hosted by Talladega National Forestry Dept., Munford schools, and many more! Bring the kids out for some FREE fun!

Munford Elementary Talent Showcase TONIGHT!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
May 10, 2012 | 2011 views |  0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
6 p.m. at Munford Elementary School! Come support our local elementary kids!

Looking for Munford Soldiers!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Apr 30, 2012 | 3067 views |  0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
If you are a resident of Munford and are preparing to deploy over the summer with any branch of the U.S. Military, please contact Jami at operationreturnthefavor@gmail.com. We are looking for our local servicemembers for an upcoming event. I am working with the Mayor of Munford on this event. If you know someone who is a member of the military, who lives in Munford, please contact me also! Only those who CURRENTLY reside in Munford!

Thank you! Please pass this information around!

Deployments Suck!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Apr 23, 2012 | 4445 views |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Sorry it's been a while since I've written anything. As my husband prepares for deployment to Afghanistan, you can imagine that life is becoming hectic. For any of you who have been through a deployment, you know what I mean. He already served in Iraq, so I already have been there, done that; however, this time around, we have 2 kids instead of 1, and we aren't living on a base with a community of people going through the same thing. It's a lot more stressful this time around.

On top of the deployment stuff, I am preparing to finish out the spring semester. I'll be taking the summer semester off, but I'll be starting back to school in the fall. Along with my starting back to school in the fall, our daughter will be enjoying her last year of elementary school and our son will be starting preschool, and unfortunately, their daddy will miss it all! :(

I will be updating this blog from time to time as my life permits. I do have quite a bit of things that will be coming up soon that I will be sharing, such as GS events and activities, along with community events that I am going to be helping to coordinate. So, please don't give up on me! LOL

Get Your Girl Scout Cookies! Last Week! Cookie Booths!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Mar 03, 2012 | 3309 views |  0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Our Troop had a cookie booth planned for the Piggly Wiggly in Talladega for this morning from 11 a.m.-2 p.m, but with the bad weather last night, I've been told that the EMA in Talladega County said that there was flooding, so that one has been cancelled.

However, we will be at Precious Prints Pottery and Paint Bar in Oxford, today, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Please come out and support our Girl Scout Troop. We are also collecting donated cookies for local National Guard soldiers who are preparing for deployment to Afghanistan this summer. If you don't want or can't eat the cookies, please think of our HEROES!

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE BOOTH!!! Come get your cookies!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Feb 09, 2012 | 3200 views |  0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Girl Scout Troop #20074

First Cookie Booth of the Season! Come support our troop! Help send our troop to Summer Camp this summer.

All cookies $3.50 per box.

Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Thank U Berry Munch, Dulce de Leche, Trefoils, and introducing...in honor of the Girl Scout's 100th Year Anniversary....Savannah Smiles

All donated cookies will go to local Alabama military troops!

Date: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

Time: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Winn-Dixie in Coldwater on Hwy 78

4920 Hwy 78 West

Cash only, PLEASE! NO BILLS OVER $20.

PTSD Research Study for Iraq/Afghanistan War Vets
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Jan 17, 2012 | 2979 views |  0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, recently accepted someone I know into their PTSD Research Study program. In this program, this person will receive free treatment as part of the study, and this person will use new therapies that are not available to society yet. These studies have been going on since 2006, and many have been found to be effective for the majority of the Vets who have gone through the program already.

If you know someone who is an Iraq or Afghanistan War Vet, or if YOU are that Vet, and have a diagnosis of PTSD and do not feel that current treatments are working, contact Emory Univ. PTSD Research Program.

http://www.psychiatry.emory.edu/PROGRAMS/Trauma/

Go to this link for more information!

Operation Cards for Soldiers - a Crafty Cause!
by Jami_Van_Brocklin
Jan 11, 2012 | 2142 views |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Crafting for a Cause   While looking up a blog on homemade crafts, I found a link to another blog about crafting, and I found this! Operation Cards for Soldiers! This is the information that the blog Ladybird Ln had on this project:

"
I am so excited for October-Novembers Crafting for a Cause project! It is very near and dear to my heart. So many soldiers around the country, leave the comfort of home, friends, and family, to serve in the military. This month I am spotlighting a wonderful organization Operation Christmas Cards. The mission of Operation Christmas Card is to “love our troops one card at a time” to ensure that each of our service members know they are appreciated, supported and loved by the very people they are sacrificing their lives to fight for.

I can't think of anything better then sending a card to a soldier expressing thanks for our freedom during the Holiday season. Who is with me?

Participation is very easy and we encourage everyone to help. This

would be a great project to do as a family, church group, work group, etc. Operation Christmas Cards welcomes cards of ALL faiths from anywhere around the world! The cards can be store bought or home made, but we ask that they are no bigger than 9x9 to fit into shipping boxes.

Doesn't this sound like fun! Here are some guidelines from the Operation Christmas Card:

Do's and Dont's :

-do NOT seal the envelopes

-only write supportive and encouraging notes

-you may include email or mailing address

-stickers and glitter are OK

-envelopes may be decorated

-if mailing large quantities please ship in bulk. Its cheaper for you and easier for us.

-Please include the total amount of cards you send if mailing multiples. It helps us greatly!
You do not need to include money for postage. Operation Christmas Cards sends the cards in bulk. Shipping is expensive and you can donate money for shipping if you would like on their site.
Operation Christmas Cards Needs the Cards by November 28th! Cards and donations can be mailed to:

Operation Christmas Cards

PO Box 102

Shrewsbury MA 01545
or if using UPS/FedEx/DHL etc.:

Liberty Churches

ATTN:Operation Christmas Cards

495 Hartford Turnpike

Shrewsbury MA 01545"


It states that it's for Christmas, but I'm sure you could do any holiday! 

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