Greetings to all members of the Jr. Order United American Mechanics
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which has gripped our nation, I as your National Councilor, am hereby suspending all meetings and functions of all Jr. Order Lodges throughout our order. Effective immediately all regular Council meetings will be suspended through April 30th, 2020. Also any and all planned functions such as dinners, banquets, State Sessions or Conventions are suspended for the same period. We will continue to monitor the national policies put into play regarding the restrictions on gatherings and inform all members of any further restrictions in the future.
It is with great sadness I find these steps necessary to help curtail the spread of this terrible virus and insure the well-being of our membership of whom many are in the age bracket most vulnerable to the dire effects if contracting the virus. I ask all to join me in prayer for any we may know who has been afflicted with this virus.
I welcome any contact or correspondence from any of our members seeking further information on this or any issues. My contact address, phone and email are listed above.
In loving service;
Richard A. Beppler
Just a reminder from State Secretary Joyce Everett:
The 2020 WV State Scholarship applications must be in my hand by April 1 or postmarked to me April 1.
Brother Charles Riffle, aged 94, peacefully went to the Lord on January 28, 2020.
Brother Charles had been a Junior since May 7, 1964
Per his step son, Jim Hardy, Brother Charles had been residing in Veterans Victory House for his last 15 months.
A small graveside service will take place on Feb. 4, 2020 in Shallotte, NC.
Service is being handled by Brunswick Funeral Services of 5229 Ocean Hwy, W , Shallotte, NC 28459
November 14, 2019
The Galloping Gavel, a coveted trophy, is used to promote fellowship and visitation of one council to another. A council may retrieve the Galloping Gavel by visiting the host council with at least four of it;s members.
Five members of Fidelity Council #182 visited Council #123 specifically to retrieve the Galloping Gavel.
#123 Councilor Harry Vance welcomed to fellowship and in a brief ceremony, the Gavel was presented to #182 Councilor Jeannie Dolin.
Let it be known to all Jr. Order Members in West Virginia that the Galloping Gavel is now located at Fidelity Council #182. CONGRATULATIONS FIDELITY COUNCIL!
St. Albans Council inducts new member Philip Wilfong on October 10, 2019. Philip's history includes Eagle Scout honor, Order of the Arrow Brotherhood, and many other honors,
Background, left is recent member Cody Washington, Behind the flag is Warden Charlotte Lacy and the induction is being performed by PSC Gary Vance.
The Council will once again host an Appreciation Luncheon for the city's public works employees.
These fine men and women work throughout the year in a job that rarely gets and thanks or recognition for a job well done.
We as Juniors recognize their dedication to our city and it's citizens.
We enjoy this opportunity to provide them a hardy lunch and a big thank you!
The luncheon will take place at the Lodge Hall on September 11, 2019 serving at 11:00 AM.
On the menu:
Hot Bologna Sandwiches / Beans and Cornbread / Fried Potatoes and Fried Apple Slices / Vegetable trimmings / Sodas and Water / and a variety of desserts.
August 22, 2019 Anthony Johnson took his obligation to become St. Albans Councils #123's newest member.
WV STATE CONVENTION PRESS RELEASE
The 131st annual session of the West Virginia State Council Junior Order United American Mechanics was held August 8-10, 2019 at the quaint Country Inn in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. National Councilor Rich Beppler and his wife Maryann – from Pennsylvania – were attending and taking active roles during the session.
On Thursday morning, a beautiful day awaited those playing in a golf tournament held at the Woods Golf Course. In the afternoon, a ‘CORN HOLE’ competition was enjoyed in Berkeley Springs Park. In the evening, opening ceremonies were held at the Inn, emceed by Past State Councilor Mike Roberts. A welcome address was given by Corp. Samuel R. Smith of the WV State Police. Interestingly, he included personal stories in relating his faith, his family, and his years in uniform. State Councilor Gary Vance – St. Albans #123 – introduced the state and national officers. Past National Councilor Greg Frye presented golf awards.
Pete Gordon entertained the group with his singing and guitar playing. Most of his selections were from the 1930’s – 1980’s era and he encouraged all to sing along. He provided the history of some of the ‘oldies’ music and shared stories of his past musical presentations.
A delicious buffet reception was enjoyed by all as the evening festivities came to a close.
On Friday morning, State Chaplain, B.J. Ruppenthal conducted a memorial service for the deceased members of the local councils in the past year. A carnation for each one was laid on the altar in their memory; Joan Myers provided music.
The business session opened with State Councilor Gary Vance presiding. Past State Councilor Dan Collis gave a keynote address to ‘spark’ those in attendance to ‘be their best’. Resolutions were presented for consideration and officers were nominated for the ensuing year.
A Fellowship Banquet was held in the Garden Room of the Inn, with Dick Myers as toastmaster. The speaker for the evening was Daryl Cowles, representing the 58th District-WV House of Delegates. He explained that West Virginia is in ‘transition’ and shared statistics and evidence to support his claims. He reported that a great amount of money has been appropriated for various projects throughout the state, including the many improvements to nearby Cacapon State Park.
A buffet dinner was enjoyed by all. Afterward, Virgil Ruppenthal - Swingin Virg – shared his DJ talents by playing tunes that all could sing or dance to. Throughout the evening, Chinese Auction numbers were drawn for merchandise as well as door prize tickets. National Councilor Rich Beppler conducted a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds going to support the National Bowling Tournament in Parkersburg, WV.
On Saturday morning the business was finalized. The election of officers was completed and Nat’l Councilor Rich Beppler performed the installation. The officers for 2019-2020 are:
Gary Vance #123 – Past State Councilor
David Kendig #117 – State Councilor
John Mason #117 – State Vice Councilor
Joyce Everett #117 – State Secretary
Jerry Frye #15 – State Treasurer
Dan Collis #15 – State Chaplain
Dick Myers #117 – State Conductor
Jennifer Dailey #117 – State Warden
David Bailey #15 – State Inside Sentinel
David Dolan #182 – State Outside Sentinel
Chuck Petro #182 – 4 yr term
John Ditto #117 – 4 yr term
Jerry Frye #15 – 2 yr term
The 2020 State Convention will be held July 16-18 in District 1 – TBA.
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.