Chaplain speaks at Civitan’s Clergy Banquet
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Cadiz Civitan Club’s annual Clergy Night Banquet was held Tuesday night, Feb. 15, at the Cadiz Restaurant with President Rachel Shepard presiding. David Kyler led the pledge to the U. S. A. flag and John Mitchell said the prayer. Civitan members welcomed and introduced ministers, spouses, and other guests. Following the buffet dinner, Program Chairman Willie Wilson introduced the guest speaker, Chaplain (Maj.) Darren Chester, who was accompanied by his three daughters, Leslie, Olivia and Sarah. He told about his life as pastor and experiences as an Army Chaplain, now stationed at Fort Campbell.

The Chaplain’s motto “For God and Country” is upheld by those who serve as Chaplains,in order to serve god by serving soldiers and by serving our country. He gave details about the four chaplains, of different faiths, who perished after giving their life jackets to others who had lost theirs. A German u-boat torpedoed the troopship U.S. S. Dorchester in the North Atlantic in Feb. 1943 during World War II. Nearly 700 of the 1200 aboard were lost, including the four chaplains.

Civitan International sponsors Clergy Week each February in memory of them, and Cadiz Civitan Club sponsors the Clergy Night Banquet to honor local ministers and their spouses for the sacrifices they make daily while serving God, Church and Community.

The four chaplains who went down in the U.S.S. Dorchester represented “Unity without Uniformity”. While of different faiths, they joined in serving the needs of soldiers, trusting God who led them. Chaplain Chester said it reminded him of Psalm 139, and he quoted a few verses of that scripture. Those four chaplains of different faiths, joined arm in arm, singing, and praying and perished in the icy waters of the North Atlantic…a symbol of “Unity without Uniformity”. They had given their life jackets to those who had lost theirs and helped others abandon ship until it was too late to save them selves.

Those attending include Rachel Shepard, William and Carolyn Lawrence, Kenny and Betty Rogers, Ronnie Sadler, Sandra Myers, Connie Cook, Dr. Tom Martin, Wallace and Delores Blakeley, John Mitchell, Willie and Jo Ann Wilson, Gary and Marla Mitchell, Mike and Debbie Rust, Harold and Rose Parkinson, Mark and Sharon Terhune, David and Jo Nell Kyler, Marshall and Martha Forshee, Chaplain (Maj.) Darren Chester and daughters, Sarah, Olivia and Leslie.

Each of the daughters were awarded a Gold Dollar. William Lawrence closed the meeting by reading the Civitan Creed. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Cadiz Restaurant. All members are urged to attend.
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