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)
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.