h a menacing storm front and a less-than-hopeful weather forecast, the Norfolk Chapter’s Annual Dinner Meeting was held on January 20th at the Princess Anne County Club. The meeting was called to order by out-going President Gary Pridgen followed by the invocation by Chapter Chaplain Wayne Boone and Pledge of Allegiance by Compatriot Mark Jumper.
Our guest speaker was VASSAR 1st Vice President R. Bruce Meyer. A beautifully prepared meal was enjoyed by the members and their guests. After the dinner concluded, awards were presented.
Virginia Society Chapter Service Medals were awarded to Wayne Boone and incoming President Bob Bruce for their work as Chaplain and Chapter Historian and Acting Secretary respectively. Kimball Thompson received the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, and the Chapter Distinguished service Medal was awarded to Treasurer Mike O’Shea. Bronze Roger Sherman Medals were awarded to former Chapter President Ken Hawkins and newly installed Chapter Vice-President Tim Ahlgrim. Lynne Hardee Pridgen was presented with the Martha Washington Medal in recognition of her unwavering support of husband Gary during his tenure as Chapter President who also received the Past Presidents Pin and Certificate.
Compatriot Linwood McMahon was inducted into the Chapter by VASSAR 1st Vice-President Meyer with Compatriot Linwood’s lovely wife Charlene pinning the Society’s rosette on him.
Outgoing President Gary Pridgen and newly installed Bob Bruce each addressed the room with remarks followed by the SAR Recessional by Compatriot Linwood L. McMahon and the evening meeting was closed with the benediction by Chapter Chaplain Wayne C. Boone.