Stockton Star members appreciate member

It was a warm summer evening when Helen Piersons joined Stockton Star Rebekah Lodge No. 395 on Aug. 27, 1943. She has been an active member ever since. They put her to work immediately by electing her treasurer. Then, in September of 1946, she was elected “Noble Grand.” She again served in this position from 1969-70, 1970-71, 1975-76 and 1976-77. During this time she was elected District Deputy President of Chautauqua Rebekah District No. 2 for 1955-56 and again from 1962-63 and 1969-70.

In 1972 the lodge was forced to move from their old building and she helped negotiate the move to the present site, the Stockton Volunteer Firemen’s building.

For many years she was recording secretary and has been treasurer for many years, the office she now holds.

In 2009 the lodge presented her with a 65-year “Veteran’s Jewel.”

In June 1978 the lodge recommended that Piersons receive the “Declaration of Chivalry and Jewel,” one of the highest honors in the fraternity. This is given in recognition of community service as well as for work within the fraternity.

During the early 1940s in WWII, Piersons trained and was a member of the First Aid Squad. She was also a member of the team assigned to watch for and report planes seen or heard in the area.

In 1963 she and six other town residents formed and organized “SCORE,” Stockton Citizens Organization for Renewal and Expansion, and a change began in the town. She also worked for over 25 years as inspector on the County Board of Elections, and has been historian for the town of Stockton for many years.

In 1963 she was appointed as outside guardian for the New York State Rebekah Assembly for a period of one year. In May, 1978 she was elected as president of the State Assembly and brought the convention to Jamestown in 1979. Since then she served for many years as state instructor. In 2000 she was chairperson of the committee that revised the state and local lodge by-laws. She has served on many state and local committees as well.

Piersons was elected to the Board of Directors of the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Nursing Home located in Lockport in 1975 and she served as president several times. She is still an active member of the board.

Piersons and her husband have hosted many Rebekah state presidents and officers, as well as picnics and get-togethers for the county at their Bear Lake summer home.

The County Rebekahs have always felt fortunate to have her keep them up-to-date on state and international rules and regulations, and in her kind manner, set them straight if they should stray a bit.

Stockton Star members are proud and happy to have her as an active member and officer, and congratulate her for all she has done for the organization and the community.