TO: ALL COUNCILS
FROM: STATE SECRETARY JOYCE EVERETT
The 2019 State Session will be held August 8-10, 2019 at the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs.
A room in the Country Inn is $99.99 plus tax per night. They are holding a block of rooms for the Junior Order until June 21, 2019. To make your reservations call the Country Inn at 304-258-1200 and be sure to let them know you are with the Junior Order to get our special room rate.
We will be selling ads for the program booklet. The cost for a full page ad is $50.00, a half page is $25.00 and a quarter page is $15.00. As always, we will have a Boosters page in the program, a name can be included for $1.00. Your Council and individual ads, booster lists and payment should be sent to Joyce at 3950 Fairview Drive, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411. Checks should be made payable to the District 2 Boosters Association. Ads, booster lists and fees all need to be sent to Joyce no later than June 21st so that the program booklet can be completed on time.
If you are interested in playing in the golf tournament, please call Greg Frye at 304-229-5724 or 304-676.9418 by June 21st.
Prior to our opening night on Thursday evening, we are hoping to offer some fun by doing some corn hole competition. Come prepared to play and let's see who wins.
Arrangements for the Past State Councilor's luncheon are underway, so be ready to pay the $20.00 fee when you arrive. If you plan to attend, please let me know so we can let the Inn know how many will be having lunch.
We are planning a reception for Thursday evening and a banquet for Friday evening. Per Resolution No. 14 adopted at last year's State Session the banquet is free to members attending the State Session. The cost to non-members will be $30.00 per person. Plans for entertainment for the opening night and the banquet are underway. Start saving your items now for the Chinese auction.
We will need an accurate count of the number of your Council members who will be attending the banquet. Please get this information to Joyce no later than June 21, 2019.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please call Joyce at 304-279-3731 or 304-258-9076. We are looking forward to your visit to the Eastern Panhandle.
I visited Jim Pritt yesterday evening. He looks good. The 2 L of fluid the Doctor removed from his lung instantly made his breathing better. Biopsy results on tissue sample not back but according to Jim, Doctor suspects Cancer.
Doctors are exploring treatment options and want to keep him as much as possible in his active lifestyle.
Observations will continue at least through this week end.
He hopes to go home early next week.
Let's all lift Brother Jim and his family in prayer.
The 130th annual convention of the West Virginia Junior Order United American Mechanics (J.O.U.A.M.) was held July 19 – 21 2018 at the Flatwoods Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV. Attending from North Carolina and representing the National Council was Charles Riehs, National Councilor.
The convention opened Thursday evening with Past State Councilor and Master of Ceremonies, Chuck Petro. The invocation was offered by Chaplain David Kendig followed by The Pledge of Allegiance led by PSC Paul Simmons. Jerry Frye led the assembled group in the singing of the opening ode.
The Manager of the conference center, Mr. Rob Pecora, welcomed the group warmly. There was no athletic report this year due to the fact that there was not a golf tournament. Chaplain David Kendig led the benediction and the group retired to an adjacent room for fellowship and refreshments.
A memorial service was led by Chaplain David Kendig on Friday morning in remembrance of members who passed away in the past year. Betty Ruppenthal gave a short talk on the topic of prayer and Virgil Ruppenthal played two songs entitled “I’ll Pray for You” and “My Heart Knows.”
Friday’s business session opened at 9:30 and was led by State Councilor Gary Vance. New members were installed and visitors were welcomed. Fourteen resolutions were presented: thirteen were approved and one was not approved.
Friday evening’s banquet was followed by an inspiring address by Charles Riehs encouraging members to lead boldly and mentor the next generation. Past National Councilor Dennis Everett and Jennifer Dailey drew tickets for the Chinese auction and door prizes and all enjoyed the music provided by DJ Phil Chapman.
The state session reconvened on Saturday morning at 8:30. A revised resolution was presented and approved and new officers were installed. State Councilor Gary Vance presented his State Councilor’s Program for 2018/2019 and Past State Councilor Dennis Everett encouraged everyone to go back to their councils and promote this program.
The session closed at 9:40.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE COUNCIL
Junior Order United American Mechanics
Past State Councilor Dale Dailey Berkeley Springs #117
State Councilor Gary Vance St. Albans #123
State Vice Councilor David Kendig Berkeley Springs #117
State Secretary Joyce Everett Berkeley Springs #117
State Treasurer Jeremy Frye Back Creek Valley #15
State Chaplain B. J. Ruppenthal Berkeley Springs #117
State Conductor Virgil Ruppenthal Berkeley Springs #117
State Warden Dick Myers Berkeley Springs #117
State Inside Sentinel Berneda Vance St. Albans #123
State Outside Sentinel David Bailey Back Creek Valley #15
National Board of Control Greg Frye Back Creek Valley #15
Past National Councilor Dennis Everett Berkeley Springs #117
National Inside Sentinel David Kendig Berkeley Springs #117
Nat’l Deputy Councilor- WV Dale Dailey Berkeley Springs #117
National Finance Committee Carroll Bonnett Rockport #106
National Rep. (4 Yr. Term) Paul Simmons New Haven #175
National Rep. (Alternate) Charles Petro Fidelity #182
National Rep. (3 Yr. Term) Jeremy Frye Back Creek Valley #15
National Rep. (2 Yr. Term) James Pritt St. Albans #123
DISTRICT DEPUTY STATE COUNCILORS
District #1 Harry Vance St. Albans #123
District #2 Dennis Everett Berkeley Springs #117
The 130th State Session kicked off today with 33 members arriving for the opening segment.
Memorial service will be conducted Friday July 20 at 8:45 am just prior to the start of the business session.
Following the opening, a social gathering was hosted and all enjoyed the visitation and food.
The session is being held at the Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods, West Virginia.
Tune back in later for photos of the activities.
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The 129th annual convention of the West Virginia Junior Order United American Mechanics (Jr.O.U.A.M.) was held July 20-22 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Martinburg, WV. Registration was held in the pre-function lobby from 1:00-4:00 as well as a hospitality of refreshments offered in the Opequon Room. Attending from North Carolina and representing the National Council was Charles Riehs, National Councilor.
The convention opened Thursday evening with Past State Councilor and Master of Ceremonies, Chris Puffenburger. Invocation was given by Acting Chaplain David Kendig followed by Conductor Barbara Hewitt leading all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
After the Welcome Address was delivered by Douglas Copenhaver, President of the Berkeley County Council, State Councilor Dale Dailey introduced the West Virginia State and National officers. Prizes were awarded to the golf winners from a tournament held at The Woods Resort earlier in the day and then drawings for various door prizes were given throughout the evening.
Before retiring to the adjacent room for hors d’oeuvers, fellowship and entertainment, song leader Jerry Frye led everyone in one verse of “God Bless America” with all joining hands in singing. Entertainment was then provided by Rick Vance and Live Stream.
A memorial service was held on Friday morning in remembrance of our deceased members of the past year.
Friday’s business session opened at 9:30 with State Councilor Dale Dailey presiding. After new members were installed and visitors welcomed, a Jr. Order member and prominent businessman of Berkeley County, Lewis Braithwaite delivered a well received keynote speech based on the Jr. Order Motto of Virtue, Liberty and Patriotism. Committee appointments were made and National officers were introduced. The remaining of the business day was comprised of 14 resolutions that were reviewed and approved.
While dinner music was being played by DJ Rick Rohn, everyone enjoyed the delicious banquet food and good fellowship. The speaker for the evening was WV State Police Chaplain, Corporal Mathew Gilmore who delivered a most inspirational and moving speech. Past National Councilor Dennis Everett and Past State Councilor Chris Puffenburger auctioned a money cake and a donated quilt. Many enjoyed dancing to a variety of music provided by DJ Rick Rohn and all enjoyed the fellowship of the evening which included door prizes and Chinese auction drawings.
Reconvening on Saturday, one more resolution was acted upon. National Councilor Charles Riehs addressed the session concerning various ways we can grow our membership to include the use of face book and our “Hello Neighbor” pamphlet. Officers were elected and installed by the National Councilor. The new State Councilor presented his program for the coming year which was adopted and the members pledging to work with him.
The State Council officers for 2017-18 are:
Councilor Gary Vance
Vice Councilor Barbara Hewitt
Secretary Joyce Everett
Treasurer Jerry Frye
Chaplain David Kendig
Conductor Carroll Bonnett
Warden Pat Mosco
Inside Sentinel Gary Harshman
Outside Sentinel Chris Puffenburger
State Councilor Gary Vance ended this State Session until the July 2018 convention at Mineral Wells. Chaplain David Kendig closed in prayer.
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Joyce Everett, State Secretary
2018-2019 WV State Officers
Past Councilor Dale Dailey
Councilor Gary Vance
Vice Councilor David Kendig
Secretary Joyce Everett
Treasure Jerry Frye
Chaplain B J Ruppenthal
Conductor Virgil Ruppenthal
Warden Dick Myers
Inside Sentinel Berneda Vance
Outside Sent. David Bailey
GO FORTH AND SPREAD THE NEWS OF OUR BELOVED ORDER'S PRINCIPLES. OUR NATION NEEDS US DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES.