The 132nd annual West Virginia State Convention of the Junior Order United American Mechanics was held on July 15-17, 2021 at the Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods, West Virginia.
Presiding over the opening ceremonies on Thursday was Past State Councilor Gary Vance.
After a welcoming and introduction of National and State Officers, everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner. Entertainment for the evening was provided by Jim Young, who sang many original tunes while playing the guitar.
On Friday, Past National Councilor Greg Frye conducted a memorial service, remembering the deceased members over the past two years.
State Councilor David Kendig opened and presided over Friday's session. .PSC Gary Vance delivered a brief :Keynote: address. He expounded on deceased brother Paul Zimmerman's adage, "There's always a message in the story:. Also sharing in the session was Past National Councilor Charles Riehs from North Carolina, who represented the National Councilor.
The business of the day consisted largely of acting upon resolutions. The members voted to donate funds to the American Children's Home and the Junior Order Museum - $5000.00 each, as well as to those councils who requested "covid relief".
With the business completed expeditiously, both the nomination and election of officers for the ensuing term were completed on Friday.
A delicious buffet banquet was enjoyed by all attending. Following the meal, DJ - Phil Chapman played a variety of tunes for listening pleasure and dance floor enthusiasts. Throughout the evening, ticket drawings for cash prizes and "Chinese" auction items were conducted.
Saturday finished the business session with the installation of officers by Dale Daley - National Deputy Councilor for West Virginia.
Officers for the 2021 - 2022 term are:
Jr Past State Councilor - David Kendig (Council #117)
State Councilor - John Mason (Council #117)
State Vice Councilor - David Frye (Council #15)
State Secretary - Gary Vance (Council #123)
State Treasurer - Jerry Frye (Council #15)
State Chaplin - Dan Collis (Council #15)
State Conductor - Jennifer Dailey (Council #117)
State Warden - David Dolin (Council #182)
State Inside Sentinel - David Bailey (Council #15)
State Outside Sentinel - Jeanie Dolin (Council #182)
National Rep. - 4 Year Term - Dale Dailey (Council #117)
National Rep - 2 Year Term - John Ditto (Council #117)
National Rep - 2 Year Term - Charles Petro (Council #182)
Dear Brothers and Sisters;
I hope all are doing well as we slowly make our way into Spring.
Once again I feel lead to ask our prayer warriors to pray for two of our own.
Two of our Past National Councilors need your prayers, both are dealing with health issues.
Please lift Brother Charles Riehs, up in prayer. He is still on a waiting list for a kidney transplant and recently he has been diagnosed with another issue and has or soon will have surgery on his shoulder. It is serious and he needs your prayers.
Please keep Brother Dennis Everett in you prayers, he is still recovering from Covid-19. The virus hit Brother Dennis pretty hard. He does not have to be on oxygen all the time now, which is a blessing..... but he has not recovered his sense of taste or smell which takes all the enjoyment out of eating. So, he has lost a lot of weight. Please pray for Brother Dennis as he strives to regain his strength.
Brother Charles and Brother Dennis, please know that you are loved and thought of...and that prayers are being sent up for your continued recovery.
God Bless each of you, and his Holy presence be with you each day.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases.
Brothers and Sisters,
We have reccd information that Past National Councilor Dennis Everett has been diagnosed with COVID. Joyce has asked for prayers for his rocovery.
Many of you have personally met Dennis as he has visited every council. He has been a dedicated member on local, state and national levels, and have provided guidance and influence so many people within the organization.
Please take a few minutes each day to ask the Lord to mend him of this ailment.
My dearest Brothers and Sisters,
I sat here this uncommon Thanksgiving Day reflecting on all I have to be thankful for with a full belly but a heavy heart. An uncommon Thanksgiving that was unparalleled due to a pandemic that has rocked our world. A fullness of gratitude for the blessings God has bestowed upon my family and friends weathering the storm this past year as we look forward to the annihilation of the deadly Covid-19 virus. A heavy heart for all our fellow brothers and sisters who have not been so fortunate as myself and whose health conditions this past year have taken a toll so heavy to bear. Those like our esteemed Junior Past National Councilor, Charlie, as he prepares for dialysis. Another Past National Councilor, Ed Kiefer, recently placed under hospice care as he battles for his life from his prolonged sickness. Our Brother National delegate, Ray Arnie, as he continues his long journey to recovery from his unfortunate accident. So many more whose lives have been turned upside down by this insidious pandemic.
This holiday season I challenge each and every one of my Brothers and Sisters to take the time to reach out and embrace a member of our Order that we haven’t seen in a while or to someone you know who is alone or less fortunate than yourself. Pray for our soldiers overseas far away from family and friends, that they may feel they are not forgotten. May we soon return to normality in our meetings and resume our fraternal functions so that we may once again grow our ranks for generations to come. Let your light shine through to brighten someone’s day, if only for a moment. As Francis of Assisi avowed “For it is in giving that we receive”. Give of your heart to others, that you may receive blessings a hundred fold.
As we prepare for this holiday season to commemorate the wondrous birth of our Lord and celebrate a safeguarded Christmas with family and friends, I appeal to my Brothers and Sisters to take the necessary precautions that we may weather this storm. We must turn to our guiding principles of Virtue, Liberty and Patriotism as a beacon in the dark of night, for it is darkest before the dawn. My Christmas wish this season is that after the glow of the Christmas tree has faded and the gifts unwrapped that we all emerge triumphant in the dawn of a new year filled with the promise of hope and prosperity for all.
Fraternally Yours, in V.L.P.
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL COUNCILOR
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
This year has been a challenge for everyone. The COVID-19 virus is still out there, still spreading. I am sure everyone is tired of hearing about it.....but, everyone is, or should be, doing their best to stay safe and keep others safe.
Our economy has suffered from the need to shut businesses and stay home. It was necessary. But now businesses are trying to open back up and many of our small businesses are having a very hard time. So, Please support your local owned small businesses, especially those owned by other Juniors.
With businesses opening back up, people are out and about again....and cases of Covid-19 are on the rise again in many states. So we need to be extra careful as our councils start holding meetings again.
As National Councilor I do not wish to make mandates for our members or our councils. I simply wish to remind everyone to follow the mandates of your own state and the CDC. Please continue to practice social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands or use hand sanitizer. If possible, it would be nice if every council could provide hand sanitizer at their council meetings.
I would also like to suggest that our councils hold off on any large gatherings, such as banquets; or fund raisers and membership drives where the public is invited. We will get back to those things, but for now lets do all we can to keep each other safe.
One suggestion for our states, if you need to hold a larger meeting, is to use an on line conference such as zoom which many schools are using.
We are making plans for the 2021 National Session with the hope that we will get to meet together.
As we all pray for an end to this pandemic, please stay safe and lets do all we can to keep our loved ones and every member of our councils safe from the spread of this virus.
It will not last forever and I look forward to the day when we can meet together again in person.
The following is a resolution presented to the National Council, approved and passed with the 2019 session. Our State 2020 session has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 issues.
Each member of Council #123 is encouraged to express to their State representatives, the Govenor, and Congressional Representatives the concerns and contents of the resolution Number 4 of the JR. O.U.A.M. National Council.
Resolution No: 4
Title: "The Destruction of American War Monuments and Historical Markers"
A RESOLUTION OF THE JUNIOR ORDER UNITED AMERICAN MECHANICS, AGAINST THE DESECRATION AND DESTRUCTION OF AMERICAN WAR MONUMENTS IN THIS COUNTRY.
WHEREAS, the men and woman of this Country have fought and won many battles on the soils of this country and overseas. Many have earned the honor and distinction of a hero, and who have a monument named and erected for them; that monument should be protected by this land and its Government, and
WHEREAS, teaching and educating the people of this country “right” from “wrong” and holding them accountable for the destruction of said monuments, we must demand a higher level of respect for our forefathers, and
WHEREAS, the Jr. Order itself had a Council named after an American hero, Worth Bagley, from # 60 in Raleigh NC, and
WHEREAS, Worth was the first American officer and only line officer of the Navy who fell in the Spanish-American War. He was killed on board the US torpedo boat Winslow during the bombardment at Cardenas, Cuba, May 11, 1898, and had a monument erected for him in Wake County, NC, and
WHEREAS, the Jr. Order feels there should be penalties and restitution be made for the destruction of said monuments, and
WHEREAS, the Junior Order United American Mechanics, should help set a national standard for such destruction, and
WHEREAS, future generations would be deprived of the History of brave acts that were fought for a cause, and good or bad is in fact our country’s true history. As a stern reminder to all of us; if things need to be changed, then let them be changed in our hearts and not in the form of needless, insulting destruction, now
THEREFORE, be it resolved by the National Council Junior Order United American Mechanics, assembled in Session, this 18th day of June, 2019, that we heartily support that the historical roots of American history be preserved for future generations, in our public school systems and on all the grounds on which they now stand, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Council Jr. Order United American Mechanics support that a stiff punishment be rendered to all who participate in the willful desecration of any and all historical markers, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Council Junior Order United American Mechanics assembled in this session request that a copy be sent to the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, and that we distribute this resolution to each state council in the Junior Order, asking they present it at their next state meeting (except for North Carolina who presented this resolution to us) and if passed that they send it to their state Governors and State Representatives.
North Carolina Jr.O.U.A.M., PO Box 1552, Lexington, NC 27292
Charles Riehs, National Councilor, NC
Jim Wolfe, PNC, NC__________________
Byron Hinson, DNC, NC_____________
Good of the Order Committee:
Greg Frye, WV, Chair_____________
Joseph Pietrafase, NY_____________
Charles Petro, WV _________________
William G. Potter, TN_____________
Brother David Kendig, WV, made the motion to concur with the Good of the Order Committee and Approve Resolution #4, seconded by Ray Arnie, MD, vote taken and carried.
Council #123 has resumed the regular meeting schedule. 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:00 PM.
All members are encouraged to attend.
On another note: WV State Councilor David Kindig has cancelled the West Virginia State Session scheduled for July 2020. The next State Session is planned for July 15, 16 and 17, 2021 at Flatwoods, West Virginia.
Women of Council 187 and Council 123 gathered (with social distancing) to make masks for Dr. Claudia Duncan and Med Express of Cross Lanes. Many thanks to Breneda Vance, Vanessa Adkins and Brenda Holley for your volunteer hours.
Gary Vance, Author
2019-2020 WV State Officers
Past Councilor Gary Vance
Councilor David Kindig
Vice Councilor John Mason
Secretary Joyce Everett
Treasure Jerry Frye
Chaplain Dan Collis
Conductor Dick Myers
Warden Jennifer Dailey
Inside Sentinel David Bailey
Outside Sent. David Dolin
GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE NEWS OF OUR BELOVED ORDER'S PRINCIPLES. OUR NATION NEEDS US DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES.