RIEHS EARNS JR.O.U.A.M. DISTINCTION -
This Article is from the Archdale Trinity News, (North Carolina),
by Staff Writer, Debbie Hightower
Charles Riehs of Trinity has earned distinction as a fourth-generation member of the oldest fraternal organization in the country – Junior Order of United American Mechanics. After nearly a half-century as part of the organization, he is proud to carry on his family’s rich heritage as National Councilor.
In July of 1845, the Jr.O.U.A.M. was formed in Philadelphia, PA, making it the oldest fraternal organization founded in America. With its tenants of Liberty, Virtue and Patriotism, members proudly espouse their love of God, Country and Service to mankind, which are embodied in one of their crown jewels, The American Children’s Home in Lexington.
In 1995 Riehs’ father, Charles A. Riehs, and his mother, Doris Whitlow Riehs, made history by holding the state’s top offices at the same time. Charles was the State Councilor of the Junior Order and Doris was the State Councilor of the Daughters of America, the Junior Order’s auxiliary organization.
A graduate of Trinity High School, Riehs joined the organization at the tender age of 16. He started off full steam ahead – in May 1969 Riehs was honored as Junior of the Year by Trophy Council No. 29. A recognition he gained by helping the council raise more than $3,000 for the organization’s home for children in Lexington. Riehs names the orphanage as the main reason he joined the Junior Order. “We used to go over there when I was a kid and I played with the orphans, “ he said. “ I didn’t know they were orphans – I was just playing with other kids.”
The Children’s Home was dedicated in 1927 and it is still going. “They took in neglected and abused kids, and kids that come from broken homes and that’s what we still do today.”
Riehs explained that the word “junior” in the organization’s name currently has no correlation with the age of its members and similarly, the word “mechanic” has no relevance to the members’ occupations. “When this organization was founded, the automobile of course had not be invented,” said Riehs. “Back then, the word mechanics meant builders of character and (members) came from all walks of life”
During his involvement with the organization, Riehs has served three terms as State Councilor and three terms as Chairman of the Board of the American Children’s Home, all while serving on the Board of the Trinity High School Boosters’ Club. His face is well-known at Trinity High School home football games where, for 30 years he has been a faithful member on the “Chain Gang”.
For the past 31 years Riehs has been the owner of Sunshine Racing.
Local chapters include Junior Order Guilford Council, Mechanicsville Council and Trophy Council #29 where Riehs is a member. Community service has always been an essential component of the organization that was instrumental in the establishment of the first hospital in High Point in 1904, appropriately named the Junior Order Hospital.
He outlines other objectives as well. “Our main objective is to keep the Bible and the American flag in the schools.” Said Riehs. “Back when they put the Pledge of Allegiance back in schools, we put flags back in every elementary school in the area.
Despite his national office Riehs remains humble. He is well into the first year of his term as National Councilor – a position that means he frequently travels to various states to assist in Junior Order inaugural events. During his two-year term Riehs’ focus is on strengthening the organization and instituting comprehensive membership drives, which will educate the public that members come from all walks of life and professions - lawyers, accountants, firemen, law enforcement and military – not just mechanics.
He intends to continue to enhance The Children’s Home outreach into a growing list of community services. Trophy Council #29 meets weekly at 6:30 pm, every Thursday at 452 S. Main St., High Point. Members must be 16.
For more information, call Charles Riehs 336-883-2372 or email email@example.com
My Brothers and Sister,
With all that’s going on in Las Vegas, and around the country, it got me thinking as a Jr. Order member how this country needs Virtue, Liberty, Patriotism and Gods word more than ever. Does “Thou Shalt Not Kill” ring a bell?
They say we need more laws to change the existing laws. The best laws we can follow where written many years ago in God’s word. Especially the Ten Commandments. These should be the laws of this land, which should be followed to make our country Great again.
If a madman or woman wants to kill innocent people, he or she will find away. Killers don’t need guns to kill people. In England where gun control is enforced people are being killed by knifes in large numbers. FBI data states nearly 5 times more murders are committed with knifes rather than with assault rifles.
Timothy McVeigh used diesel fuel and fertilizer. The 9-11 terrorists used box cutters and airplanes. The Nazis used Cyanide gas. According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs far outnumber the amount of murders committed with a rifle.
Guns are used 300 times more often to stop crime than to kill, according to past studies by the FBI. So as a leader in the Jr. Order, I feel we need to champion the leadership of this country, by bringing it back to God, Virtue, Liberty & Patriotism, so it will be in the forefront, allowing us to stand together for the future of our country.
It is always so good to be able to attend the National Session, to see old friends and meet new Brothers and Sisters. It is not the meetings, or the good food, the awards or the door prizes that make a National Session such a special time.....it is the people, it is you.
Juniors, all coming together from different states. Many we have known for years and look forward to seeing, each time . . . and others, we just meet and look forward to seeing again.
It was so good to see you all !
Brother Gene Braddy, Charles W. Riehs and Vicky Braddy from North Carolina
At Registration, Ms. Crystal Coatney and Vickie Smith from Tennessee; Brother Scott Harris of New York and Brother Carroll Bonnett from West Virginia.
New friends from the State Council of New Jersey, Carole and Bill Moore. We were so glad to have you guys visiting with us.
Greg and Donna Frye, of West Virginia
Brother Russell Wheatley, MD, receives a Distinguished Service Award.
The delegation from Kentucky; PNC-Don Wyatt, Nat. Rep.-Olga Sullivan, PNC-Roger Sullivan; National Conductor-Gary Louie Jump and wife, Kay Jump.
National Treasurer, Wayne Vandermark and wife, JoAnn from New York
Another new friend, and guest at this National Session, Nathan Smith, Trustee for the State Council of Virginia, Jr. OUAM.
At the banquet, Crystal Coatney, baby Shae and Adam Coatney from Tennessee
From Pennsylvania, our new National Chaplain - Harry Lauenslager and wife, Pat; Nat. Rep.-Mary Ann Beppler and the new National Vice Councilor, Rich Beppler.
Delegates from New York, Nat. Rep - Alan Sajnacki, National Credentials Committee - Scott Harris, National Board of Control - Bob Reeves and National Treasurer - Wayne Vandermark.
Russell Wheatley and Ray Arnie from Maryland
At the banquet, Rose Ann and Ray Arnie; Russell and Jeanette Wheatley from Maryland and Kyle, Crystal, Shae and Adam Coatney from Tennessee. Another beautiful Jr. Order Quilt was made by Dennis Everett's daughter, Lisa, shown here on the stand behind the table...this one was auctioned off during the banquet.
Alan Sajnacki, NY-Nat. Outside Sentinel; Bruce Hust, OH-Nat. Warden; Wayne Vandermark, NY-National Treasurer; Rich Beppler, PA-Nat. Vice Councilor; Charles W. Riehs, NC-National Councilor; Gary Louie Jump, KY-Nat. Conductor; Harry Laudenslager, PA - Nat. Chaplain; Dennis Everett, WV - Jr. Past National Councilor; David Kendig, WV-Nat. Inside Sentinel.
As always seems to happen, no matter how hard we try, we never seem to get good pictures of everyone that is there. But here are a couple of group pictures taken during the Opening Ceremony, with a few more faces you may know. Far right is Ms. Joyce Everett, every time I saw her she was on her feet, heading somewhere always busy...and she did a great job. Thank you Ms. Joyce ! In the forefront are the visitors from Virginia and New Jersey. There in the middle are several from Tennessee, J.F. Workman, Frank Potter, Vickie Smith, Kyle, Crystal and Shae Coatney. Behind them I see Gene and Vicky Braddy and Brother Dennis's sister and daughters. To the left is Brother Jim Wolfe, and his wife Gladys from North Carolina. Far left is Rose Ann Arnie from Maryland.
And here is the rest of Rose Ann's table, all from Maryland; Russel and Jeanette Wheatley and Ray and Rose Ann Arnie. Far right you can see, Jim and Gladys Wolfe from North Carolina.
Here in the forefront is Brother Jim Pritt, West Virginia. Across from him is Don Wyatt of Kentucky, next to him Carroll Bonnett, West Virginia. At the back table left to right, JoAnn and Wayne Vandermark, New York. Lenny Kloeker, OH; Dave Gies and Jane Fisher Gies, OH; Standing is Brother Bob Reeves, NY, next to him Alan Sajnacki, NY; Scott Harris, NY; Bruce Hust, OH.
There are still some people I know I didn't get pictures of. . . . so, if you have pictures from the National Session, you would like to post, please get them to the Author for your State or e-mail a copy to the National Office, and we will be happy to post them for you. Thank You ! We hope you enjoy the pictures, and the memories.
Cacapon State Park in West Virginia
93rd National Session of Jr. O.U.A.M.
Sunday June 18th
The National Council Board and the National Board of Control met at 6:00 to take care of some business before the convention.
Monday June 19th
8:00 A.M. Golf Tournament at the State Park Golf Course - 3 teams in a 4 person scramble.
4:30 P.M. - Registration
6:00 p.m. - Opening Reception with Past National Councilor Greg Frye as the M.C. for the evening. After the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Nat. Conductor Louie Jump, KY, and Invocation by Nat. Chaplain Lester Dolton, PA; Brother Frye introduced K. C. Bohrer, Sheriff of Morgan County who gave the group a warm welcome to the area. Afterwards, West Virginia State Senator Charles Trump was introduced and shared facts about West Virginia and welcomed everyone to the Mountain State. Brother Frye introduced all the National Officers. Seth and Josh Place presented the entertainment for the evening as they sang "Hymns for Him". Everyone enjoyed the presentation as some sang along with them. After the Benediction by Chaplain Dolton, 8 baskets of goodies from West Virginia were given as door prizes. Everyone enjoyed all of the food that had been prepared. Monday's opening was a great success.
Tuesday June 20th - 8:30 A.M. Lester Dolton of PA, National Chaplain conducted the Memorial Service. 7 members of the National had passed in the last 2 years and flowers were laid in honor of each one.
9:30 A.M. First business session was opened by National Councilor Dennis Everett of West Virginia. 4 new representatives were received into the National Council, also several visitors were in attendance.
Committee reports were made. Resolutions were presented and acted on.
Councilor Everett presented National Secretary Vickie Smith a Past National Councilor's Jewel for her past 12 years of service, making her the first lady Past National Councilor of our Order. Councilor Everett also presented Vickie and her assistant Crystal Coatney each a gift for their outstanding work in the National office the past 2 years. They each received a beautiful patriotic quilt, handmade by Brother Everett's daughter, Lisa.
Two visitors from the State of New Jersey and one from the State of Virginia were introduced; Bill and Carole Moore from New Jersey and Brother Nathan Smith of Virginia. Distinguished Service Medals were presented by National Councilor Dennis Everett to Wayne Vandermark of New York, Russell Wheatley of Maryland, Paul Zimmerman of West Virginia, Bill Potter of Tennessee, and J. F. Workman of Tennessee.
1:00 P.M. Nominations of Officers for the term 2017 - 2019 were made: Nat. Councilor - Charles Riehs of North Carolina; Nat. Vice Councilor - Rick Beppler of PA; Nat. Treasurer - Wayne Vandemark of New York; National Board of Control - Don Wyatt of Kentucky and Nat. Conductor - Gary Louie Jump of Kentucky; Nat. Warden - Bruce Hust of Ohio; Nat. Inside Sentinel - David Kendig of West Virginia; Nat. Outside Sentinel - Allen Sajnacki of New York; Nat. Chaplain - Harry Laudenslager of PA and Next place of meeting - North Carolina.
More business and resolutions were acted on to finish the afternoon.
6:00 P.M. - The Banquet was enjoyed by 81 people. Brother Greg Frye was the
M.C. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Louie Jump, KY, Invocation by Lester Dolton, PA. The D.J. for the evening was Swinging Verg who played 50 and 60 music.
During the evening about 35 door prizes were given to those in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the evening very much as they danced and fellowshipped with each other.
Wednesday June 21st - Officers were elected and then installed by Past National Councilor Jim Wolfe, NC. Final business acted on. The 2017 Session was closed in prayer by newly installed Chaplain Harry Laudenslager, PA.
Board of officers and Board of Control met once again following the convention.
Greg Frye, PNC and Chair of the Press Committee for the Session.
GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE NEWS OF OUR BELOVED ORDER'S PRINCIPLES. OUR NATION NEEDS US DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES.