NATIONAL COUNCIL, JR. O.U.A.M.
Jr. Order United American Mechanics
515 Harry Street, Knoxville, TN 37919
March 20, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters;
Each of you have heard me, your National Councilor, ask for your help in many ways over the past two years. In the waning month until my successor is elected, I ask once again for your help. Our continued success in making the Junior Order a better organization rests upon you, our valued members. Although many of our State and local secretaries have stepped forward and prepared the articles for our new “Hello Neighbor” brochure, many have not. The same is true for our National web page.
If you are one of the States or local Councils who has not done anything in this regard, I ask that you get in touch with our National Secretary and assist us in completing these two important tasks that definitely make us look more up to date and professional as a 2017 patriotic, community oriented organization.
In my travels as National Councilor, I became acutely aware of our lack of knowledge of our State and National government representatives. These people are representing each of us and believe it or not want your input into what is happening within your State and in Washington, DC. To keep yourself informed, you simply need to contact them with your email address. Let them know that you are a Junior Order United American Mechanics member who is interested in our government and its activities concerning us. This also opens a venue for your message to be heard as well as it gives us the opportunity to portray our thoughts to them through their media.
We have become, like it or not, an internet driven society with everyone wanting the latest happenings as soon as possible. The attitude today seems to be the faster, the better. This is yet another reason why each State and each local Council needs to take advantage of using our new web page to help make your community aware of the Junior Order and its beliefs. If each then uses the new “Hello Neighbor” brochure with your State and local Council information included, you can quickly provide information to those who may be interested in becoming a member.
So, one last time, I say let’s get these things done for hopefully a brighter future for our Junior Order United American Mechanics.
This year's National Session will be hosted by National Councilor, Dennis Everett and the State Council of West Virginia. It will be held June 19, 20, 21, at Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV.
More information will be posted as it beomes available.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
It is hard to believe the holiday season has arrived. Many of us will soon be attending family dinners and parties and beginning to plan our New Year’s resolution.
For a moment, let us remember the history of Thanksgiving. In 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World with their families and Native American friends. It is well documented that there were 35 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans attending that first harvest festival of thanks. In 1863, some 242 years after that first celebration by the Pilgrims during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that this Nation’s celebration of thanks should be known as a National Day of Thanksgiving and praise to our Father in Heaven. Thus, began the Thanksgiving holiday on the last Thursday of each November.
As we look at our country during this 2016 Holiday season, we can see that our belief in a Supreme Being, our principles of Virtue, Liberty and Patriotism are as important in today’s world as it was in 1853, when the Junior Order United American Mechanics was founded. Let us continue to share with those less fortunate the blessings God has so richly given each of us.
In closing, I leave you with these thoughts and hope that each day, we take the time to say thank you to God, our family members and friends and above all, tell them how much you love them.
Have a safe and happy holiday season and my personal wish to each for a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
Yours in V., L., & P.,
Dennis R. Everett
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Once again we as Americans are reminded of the evil that lurks in the minds of some. Whatever caused this young Muslim man, Omar Marteen, to be radicalized to the point that he chose to take the lives of innocent fellow Americans must be a topic of concern for us all in the future.
Although we may not agree with the lifestyles lived by others, we as Junior‘s must affirm the rights of all citizens to live and conduct their lives as they see fit. Upon becoming a member of our organization, we affirm our belief in a Supreme Being and we know that only God will judge us all when our time on earth has ended. Loving one another is needed throughout our world.
I ask that each of you to pray for the victims and their families in Orlando, Florida. May God give them the strength to bear the unbearable.
Yours in Virtue, Liberty & Patriotism,
Dennis R. Everett
GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE NEWS OF OUR BELOVED ORDER'S PRINCIPLES. OUR NATION NEEDS US DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES.