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.
Photos from the 93rd National Session, held in Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV, June 19-21, 2017
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