Welcoming the Guest Chaplainby Senator Mike Crapo
Posted on 2013-02-27
CRAPO. Thank you, Senator Reid.
I rise today to thank Chaplain Ronald L. Derrick for joining us today to offer the Senate's opening prayer. I am honored to have the privilege of welcoming this esteemed Idahoan to the U.S. Senate to serve as our guest chaplain.
Chaplain Derrick, who is joining us from Rigby, ID, has many years of service to our community and our Nation. He served our Nation in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. He retired from his Bonneville County, ID, job after 23 years as a printer and mail clerk and he is also a former county coroner, Driggs Chamber of Commerce president, and volunteer EMT firefighter. In 1987, the American Legion recognized Chaplain Derrick as Idaho's firefighter of the year.
Chaplain Derrick was ordained into the ministry in 1979 through the Solid Rock Pentecostal Church, and he continues to serve in various aspects of ministry. Reflecting his long spiritual contributions to the community, he was given the high honor of serving as National Chaplain of the American Legion for the 2012-2013 term. Through this position, he performs and oversees services and provides prayers and guidance for the Legion's 2.4 million members. As a 40-year member of the American Legion, he has a strong connection with his fellow veterans, servicemembers, and the communities he serves. In addition to serving as National Chaplain, he has served at a number of other leadership positions in the American Legion. Truly, his devotion to those in his community and his Nation has touched the lives of many in civic and spiritual ways.
Chaplain Derrick has been married for 45 years to his wife Bird, who serves as the Department of Idaho Auxiliary Chaplain. They have three children: Tim, Andrew, and Dana Sue, and nine grandchildren.
Chaplain Derrick, thank you for your dedication and service and the blessing you are bringing to the Senate today.
[[Page S882]] This Congress and our Nation have considerable challenges ahead. These challenges require fortitude and understanding. I join you in praying for our country, and greatly value your prayer today and your service.
The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. The majority leader.