As we near the possible end to the stay sheltered at home order, I pray all members will come back to gather in our lodge halls and fellowship with our brothers and sisters. During this time at home, my hope is that our members across the state do not find it easier to stay at home rather than attending meetings. It is so important to the future and the growth of the Jr. Order for all of us to stay active.
As we begin to gather again it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still present and we still need to take necessary precautions so we stay well and disease free. COVID-19 is a pandemic the likes of which most of us have not seen before. However, as I heard from a TV minister this morning, Smallpox has been eliminated by the grace of God. With God's help COVID-19 will be brought under control and hopefully eliminated.
Our Supreme Councilor is still in charge of our World and we must continue to put our trust and faith in him. Together we will get though COVID-19 and hopefully come out better and stronger on the other side.
I pray all of you stay well, but if the unthinkable happens, remember to trust the God we worship to take care of you and hold you in the hollow of his hand. Amen.
Yours in V, L, & P
David A Kendig, State Councilor WV
We will be having our Annual Christmas Social on Saturday December 14th at 6pm. Please come share a covered dish. Hope to see you there.
Here are some pictures from our lodge's Christmas Social where 84 brothers/sisters and family and friends attended.
Just a quick reminder that our National Session will be held June 18-21, 2017 at Cacapon State Park in beautiful Berkeley Springs, WV. The home of our National Councilor Dennis Everett.
Please come enjoy friendship with other brothers and sisters. Hope to see you.
As Berkeley Springs Council #117 celebrates the completion of another year, the person selected as our Elder Statesman is one who truly celebrates our logo. It’s the experience people have with an organization that tells the story of the logo of that organization. None tells the story of our Berkeley Springs Council better than this year’s honoree.
You might find this Brother mowing grass, serving food from our concession trailer, cooking at our monthly breakfast, scrubbing the floors, fixing things or whatever needs to be done around the lodge. His demeanor is always one of a quiet, friendly personable individual who is always looking to lend a hand with a smile and congenial attitude. With this attitude, no one has to wonder what organization this brother belongs to and represents with unending pride. He puts our precepts of Virtue, Liberty and Patriotism out there for all to see.
This Brother has served the local Council by being elected to every position possible within the organization plus he has always found time for his church. At Highland UMC, he has served in various positions and has always been available when they needed a helping hand. He is a true humanitarian who is always available if someone is in need in the community. Whether it is building a ramp, painting a room, fixing a leak or just being there, you can count on him volunteering to help before you even ask.
This Junior is very proud of his five children and seven grandchildren. It can be easily said that fishing is his favorite past time. This hobby occupies all the free time he is allowed by his wife, Gloria, who he readily proclaims is the love of his life. When he married Gloria, he proudly added two daughters and two more grandsons to his family.
We have only touched the surface of this quiet, gentle soul and how much he has contributed to Berkeley Springs Council #117 for more than 18 years. He is a definite asset to us, his church and our community. The lyrics to a song by the Gatlin Brothers says it all – “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored, Imperfect but Forgiven Child of God”. It is with great admiration and pride that we honor NELSON ROACH as our Elder Statesman.
As we, here at Berkeley Springs Council #117, administer the obligation of our beloved Order to each new member, we are beginning the introduction process of the principles that the Junior Order was founded on. These principles of Virtue, Liberty and Patriotism are evident in everything this person undertakes.
It may be holding an office within our organization, volunteering to serve on any committee, opening the building for rentals, or just being available wherever there is a need. Then, again, it may be helping with breakfasts, washing dishes, selling tickets, decorating a tree or giving out treats to children at our Halloween trick or treat to name a few. You can bet that she is definitely on the go but always smiling and enjoying every moment.
This Junior is a member of First United Methodist Church where she can be found on Thursday’s helping with their “Go Friends” program. Her love of children is very obvious; since she spends her day with children at the Warm Springs Middle School each day and on Sunday, you can find her teaching Sunday School or helping with other church projects. Her loving, caring and giving attitude is felt by everyone she meets. This was especially true for those she helped during ministry mission trips. Volunteering is her nature whether it is with children, elderly residents at a nursing home, family or someone who just needs a friendly smile or hug.
Even with her busy schedule, spending time with her family is a priority. This includes spoiling her husband of 40 plus years, Carroll, and enjoying time with their son, Jeremy, who is her pride and joy.
We are proud to also recognize ANNA PECK as our other Junior of the Year.
GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE NEWS OF OUR BELOVED ORDER'S PRINCIPLES. OUR NATION NEEDS US DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES.