On Saturday, March 21, the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company held an anniversary banquet for its Auxiliary.
Formerly called the Ladies Auxiliary, the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, as it is now known, has been in existence for 50 years. Three charter members were honored, including current President Georgeanna Ketterman, who has 50 years of active service with the group. Ketterman has been president of the group several times, has served as Sussex County Ladies Auxiliary president, as treasurer for the home auxiliary and as its secretary.
“I’ve gone all through the chairs,” she said with a laugh.
Also recognized was Marguerite Stevens, the first president of the auxiliary, and charter members Edith Hudson and Josephine Hudson.
The auxiliary’s main purpose, as it was when it was started, is to support the fire company with “anything to make money,” said Ketterman. “We had chicken-dumpling dinners, dances, bake sales – anything to help make a dollar.”
The original fundraising was for a new building. The old fire house is now used by the Bethel United Methodist Church Hall on Clayton Street, and the current fire house is on Waples Street, behind Bodie’s market. According to Ketterman, more growth is on the horizon, with land already purchased to build a new fire hall once again.
Ketterman originally joined the group because her husband was a member of the fire company, and she has enjoyed the camaraderie over the years.
“It’s only what you make it,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun. There’s a lot of good members.”