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.
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