Blue Star Mothers column

NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON – We thank the Blue Star Moms for their unanimous vote of confidence in the upcoming 2012-2013 board. For those that don’t know them, let me introduce them to you.

This year’s treasurer will be KAREN HICKS who’s lived in Oroville for 20 years where she raised her son, AST2 Darren M. Hicks. He has served in the Coast Guard since 2006.

GEORGIA NELSON lives in Oroville and will be serving as financial secretary. She has lived in the valley 36 years. Her son SSgt Tommy Nelson has been serving in the Air Force since 1999 and her younger son, Tim Nelson, completed 8 years of service in the Air Force this past May.

Living her whole life in North Central Washington, currently residing in Tonasket, JULIE CONKLE will be serving as secretary. Her son Sgt Scott R Fry is a 7 year airman.

Also in Tonasket and in North Central Washington for 11 years is our vice president, GEORGIE BERRY who is married to Retired Navy SR. Chief Cliff Berry. Her son, IT1 Chris Rojeski, has served in the Navy for 12 years.

DARALYN HOLLENBECK has lived towards Chesaw for 18 years and will be leading as president this year. SSgt Josh Hollenbeck has served 7 years in the Air Force. Her daughter, Holly, served for 8 years as a military wife of an airman.

There is a wealth of experience on our board. But when you combine that with all of you there is no problem we cannot overcome together. Our board looks forward to serving “…because every soldier has a mother.”

We can be contacted by searching for NCW Blue Star Mothers on Facebook, emailing us at, or calling 509-485-2906.