VFW hosts dinner, awards


By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP



V.F.W. West Virginia State Senior Vice Commander Corrina Boggess was the guest speaker when the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason held its Loyalty Day dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday.

V.F.W. West Virginia State Senior Vice Commander Corrina Boggess was the guest speaker when the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason held its Loyalty Day dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday.


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Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant, left, was the recipient of the post’s Firefighter of the Year award, presented during the Loyalty Day dinner on Sunday. Presenting the award is Ronie Wheeler, Post 9926 Commander.


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Elijah Northup, right, a sixth grader at New Haven Elementary School, was the winner of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest. His entry went on to win the regional division, and third place in the state contest. Pictured presenting the awards is Post Commander Ronie Wheeler.


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Clifford “Andy” Varian of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, center, won the West Virginia State V.F.W. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, after winning the local and regional contests. He is pictured with State Senior Vice Commander Corrina Boggess, left, and Post Commander Ronie Wheeler.


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MASON — Members of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason, along with invited guests, joined Sunday for the annual Loyalty Day dinner and awards ceremony.

Guest speaker for the event was Corrina Boggess of Winfield. Boggess holds the position of State Senior Vice Commander and will be moving to the Commander position on July 1.

She spoke on the history of Loyalty Day, which has been observed on May 1 since 1921. It originally began as “Americanization Day.” She expressed the importance the veteran has on American history, and quoted the late former President John F. Kennedy, who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Boggess said these words are more relevant today than ever.

Post Commander Ronie Wheeler and Quartermaster and Emcee Bob Caruthers presented awards to several in attendance.

Clifford “Andy” Varian of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department was awarded the post’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Varian went on to also win the award for both the region and the state.

New Haven Elementary School Sixth Grader Elijah Northup was chosen as the post’s “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest winner. He also went on to win the regional contest, as well as placing third in the state. He is the son of Nick and Kira Northup.

Chosen as the post Firefighter of the Year was Jeremy Bryant. He is the chief of the Point Pleasant Fire Department.

Also winning awards, but unable to attend the dinner, were Heather Lloyd, High School Teacher of the Year; Ammie Jordan, Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Ethel Jordan, EMS Employee of the Year.

Post Auxiliary President Jamie Crum presented Jeanette Radford with a gift for her loyal service to the organization, and new officers were introduced for both the V.F.W. and the auxiliary.

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V.F.W. West Virginia State Senior Vice Commander Corrina Boggess was the guest speaker when the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason held its Loyalty Day dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/05/web1_VFW-Boggess.jpgV.F.W. West Virginia State Senior Vice Commander Corrina Boggess was the guest speaker when the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason held its Loyalty Day dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant, left, was the recipient of the post’s Firefighter of the Year award, presented during the Loyalty Day dinner on Sunday. Presenting the award is Ronie Wheeler, Post 9926 Commander.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/05/web1_VFW-Bryan.jpgPoint Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant, left, was the recipient of the post’s Firefighter of the Year award, presented during the Loyalty Day dinner on Sunday. Presenting the award is Ronie Wheeler, Post 9926 Commander. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Elijah Northup, right, a sixth grader at New Haven Elementary School, was the winner of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest. His entry went on to win the regional division, and third place in the state contest. Pictured presenting the awards is Post Commander Ronie Wheeler.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/05/web1_VFW-Northup.jpgElijah Northup, right, a sixth grader at New Haven Elementary School, was the winner of the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest. His entry went on to win the regional division, and third place in the state contest. Pictured presenting the awards is Post Commander Ronie Wheeler. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Clifford “Andy” Varian of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, center, won the West Virginia State V.F.W. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, after winning the local and regional contests. He is pictured with State Senior Vice Commander Corrina Boggess, left, and Post Commander Ronie Wheeler.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2022/05/web1_VFW-Varian.jpgClifford “Andy” Varian of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, center, won the West Virginia State V.F.W. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, after winning the local and regional contests. He is pictured with State Senior Vice Commander Corrina Boggess, left, and Post Commander Ronie Wheeler. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]