BRIDGEPORT — Mary Virginia Derry of Bridgeport was recently honored by the Eagles Auxiliary as she received its Hall of Fame Award for the State of Ohio.
A reception was held in her honor at the St. Clairsville Eagles, applauding Derry’s 53 years of service to the Eagles fraternal organization.
She’s been a member of Belmont Aerie 995 in Bridgeport since Nov. 18, 1958 and served as its president from June 1962 until June 1963. She’s also held the positions of inside/outside guard, trustee, chaplain, vice president, president, conductor and past president. The only positions Derry has yet to hold are secretary and treasurer.
She helped organize the past President’s Club, of which she’s a charter member.
Derry was chosen Mother of the Year for the Aerie, the Auxiliary, district, Past President’s Club and Grandmother of the year for the auxiliary.
She held the office of Madame Conductor for 10 straight years and performed the installation of the St. Clairsville Auxiliary officers for many years.
And Derry took her jobs within the Eagles seriously, memorizing the installation ritual because she felt it was more impressive to speak to the potential candidates as opposed to reading straight from a book.
Currently Derry is serving as vice president of the district and chaplain of the Past Presidents Club and conductor of the auxiliary.
She sang with an orchestra at the St. Clairsville Eagles every Saturday night, which before the widespread use of television, was broadcast over the radio.
Derry’s activities and community involvement aren’t limited to Eagles’ sponsored events and groups.
She helped care for unwanted infants through the Catholic Social Services, receiving the children through an adoption agency based in Steubenville and caring for the little ones until they could be adopted out.
She belongs to the Christian Friendship Council of Churches, an grouping that houses a food pantry run year-round and one that ensures every child receives a toy at Christmas.
She’s a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she has sang in the choir.
She’s served for six years on the Governor’s Board of Directors in Columbus for the Community Action Commission out of Belmont County, representing her fellow senior citizens.
And Derry is involved with the Lansing Community Foundation, serving as Madame President the first year and is currently on the board of directors.
MARY?VIRGINIA?Derry was recently honored by the Eagles Auxiliary with a Hall of Fame Award for the State of Ohio.