Did You Know There Is a North Carolina State Fireman’s Association Auxiliary


CarolinaFireJournal - By Dedra Cline
By Dedra Cline
10/26/2015 -

Well, there is and I had the privilege to attend the 49th Annual Meeting of the NCSFAA. This association has been Behind the Bravest since 1964. I have been a paying member of the NCSFAA since 1998. Wow! That has been 17 years. And, yes, there have been a few changes.

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There hasn’t been a lot of change, but one thing I know for sure — this organization was built by dedicated individuals on a strong foundation of voluntary services to provide a network of support to the bravest.

While I was preparing this article I did a little digging in our office and found what I think is a copy of the original Constitution and Bylaws. The NCFSAA was chartered on August 18, 1964 in Morehead City, North Carolina under President Mrs. Welch. This would have been (my thinking) the 77th Annual Conference of the NCSFA and the 32nd Annual Conference of the NCAFC. The North Carolina State Fireman’s Association Incorporated originally knew the association as the Ladies Auxiliary. Any auxiliary in the state of North Carolina or individuals shall be entitled to membership in the association, upon payment of dues. Any active member who has reached the age of 65 years may be made a life member by vote of the association at any regular meeting they attend. The dues at the meeting in 1964 were 50 cents. The State Flower of the organization shall be the red carnation and the State Colors shall be red and white. A love offering of $10 will be sent to the widow of a fireman who is a dues paying member of the association. The rest of the constitution and bylaws had additional information concerning officers and what officer’s duties were.

As I walked in the room at the 49th annual meeting, which I think it was the 128th annual conference of the NCSFA and the 83rd annual conference of the NCAFC, I had to pay my annual dues. This year it was $5. Not a big jump from 1964, but still feasible to anyone. The next item that I noticed was the name of the organization. It is now known as the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association Auxiliary. The name change occurred in 2012 in order to accept men. The meeting was called to order by President Brenda Hockett of the Lower Currituck VFD Auxiliary. I am sure that the order of business was somewhat the same as it was August 1964. With devotion, lighting of the memorial candle, introduction of attendees, minutes from past meeting and then treasurer’s report.

As I read through the packet that everyone receives I noticed that there hasn’t been a Most Helpful Auxiliary in a few years. Wondering why and asking why, no one really had an answer. Some of you may be wondering what is the Most Helpful Auxiliary and how do we apply. Each year, by May 25th, auxiliaries send to the president of NCSFAA dues of $5 per person. Each application must consist of the following:

  • Letter of recommendation from the department chief or NCSFAA President
  • Support of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center
  • Description of activities and accomplishments
  • Copy of auxiliary constitution and/or bylaws
  • List of members with addresses and phone numbers
  • Any photographs or other helpful documentation

To become members or apply for the Most Helpful Auxiliary you can contact Michele Thomas with the Lower Currituck VFD Auxiliary, Mary Weigl at [email protected] or Donna Abernathy at To become members or apply for the Most Helpful Auxiliary you can contact Michele Thomas with the Lower Currituck VFD Auxiliary, Mary Weigl at [email protected]earthlink.net or Donna Abernathy at [email protected].

Now that I have given you a little history about the NCSFAA and Most Helpful Auxiliary, I expect to see a few new members and a Most Helpful Auxiliary next year at the 50th annual meeting in Charlotte.

There hasn’t been a lot of change, but one thing I know for sure — this organization was built by dedicated individuals on a strong foundation of voluntary services to provide a network of support to the bravest.

Dedra Cline welcomes your questions and comments. She can be reached at [email protected].
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