District 7 December News
Celebrating 100 Years—“We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants”
On Sunday, October 20, 2019, District 7 celebrated their 100th Anniversary. It was held at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Hillsborough, NJ in conjunction with the annual meeting. President Mary Bannworth welcomed everyone to this milestone event. District 7 is one of the oldest districts in the GCU. Vice President Steve Bachovin began the program with a quote by Isaac Newton, “We stand on the shoulders of giants.” He reminisced about events and people that were inspirational in 1919. Other speakers included: Kathleen Meddaugh, Marcy Embley, Michael Geles and Roger Embley.
The speakers highlighted the charities the district has supported, social & athletic events held through the years and national representation. Publicity Director Alberta Fulsome explained the showcase she had prepared in the church lobby. Exhibited were new pictures and very old pictures of GCU events through the years. The district was honored to have Scott Schuetz, Executive Vice President/COO of the GCU in attendance. Scott congratulated us on this anniversary. He spoke about the GCU past, present and future. It was a very interesting program. GCU members enjoyed a walk down memory lane and a look into the future.
Deacon Alex Kubik was given an award by Lodge 254 for his good works. Deacon Alex is a deacon at St. Mary Church, as well as, a GCU Lodge 254 member. The award was presented by Lodge 254 President Elias Zareva.
A buffet luncheon was enjoyed by all with a delicious anniversary cake for dessert. Fr. James Badeaux, chaplain of District 7 and pastor at St. Mary Church offered the invocation. The afternoon entertainment was provided by Donna and her accordion. Donna was dressed in traditional Slavic dress, Kroje and played Slavic tones. The GCU Home Office was a fundamental part in helping the district organize this event. A Fraternal Grant and anniversary grant were given to District 7 to help make this event a success. The Home Office also provided a beautiful 100th Anniversary ornament for each attendee to take home.
May God bless District 7 with many more healthy and happy years!
Mary Bannworth | President