Maple Leaf Society looks back at history

The Maple Leaf Society is pleased and proud to welcome former Queens Silvia, former Maids of Honor, former Directors General and former Directors of the Queen’s Department to this year’s Mountain State Forest Festival, “Old Traditions and New Beginnings,” under the direction of Director General Cricket Leary.

On Friday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m., the membership is invited to a coffee at Graceland Inn on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. The fifth annual Maple Leaf Society Induction Ceremony will take place at that time and last year’s Queen Silvia LXXVI Emily McKibbin Everson of Martinsburg; Maids of Honor Megan Leigh Nida and Emily Jane Thompson; and Director General Mike Karlen will be welcomed into the Society. Director of the Queen’s Department, Lydia Jones, was inducted in 2012.

Included in the celebration is a special salute to Queen Silvia XXVII, Ann Brandt Hammann, 1963, from Martinsburg, celebrating 50 years since her coronation. The Maple Leaf Society is also recognizing the late James E. “Jim” Wallace, director general in 1967, and his Queen Silvia XXI Patricia Dofka Zielinsky from Weirton.

Queen Silvia LXVII, Mary Rennie “MR” Rowe, 2003, from Lewisburg, will be attending the event as she celebrates 10 years since her reign over the Forest Festival.

The Maple Leaf Society is also honored to have Queen Silvia XI, Eloise Long Marshall Hannig, 1940, from Huntington here in Elkins for this year’s festival.

The Maple Leaf Society was established in 2009 by the Mountain State Forest Festival Board of Directors. The purpose of the Society is to promote and preserve the heritage of the Royal Court. Membership in the organization presently includes the following groups: former Queens Silvia, Former Maids of Honor, parents of former Queens Silvia and former Maids of Honor, former Directors General and former Queen’s Department Directors.

On Oct. 2, 2009, Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and Susie Kump, president of the Maple Leaf Society, inducted the Charter Members of the Maple Leaf Society into the organization. Charter members included all former Queens Silvia and all former Maids of Honor from 1930 through 2008. All former Directors General and former Directors of the Queen’s Department were also welcomed as members of the Maple Leaf Society. Each year thereafter, Queen Silvia, the Maids of Honor, Director General, and Director of the Queen’s Department from the previous year’s festival will be inducted into the Maple Leaf Society at an event during the Mountain State Forest Festival.