Luncheon honors woman for service

There was a luncheon paying tribute to Belva Zirjacks on April 26 at St. Francis Episcopal Hall. She was honored for her many years of service to heritage organizations and contributions to the preservation of historical documents. Friends and family gathered to recognize the many achievements of this dedicated genealogist, who has assisted countless individuals as well as the community in preserving our heritage. The event was hosted by four organizations in which Zirjacks has served in numerous capacities. An expression of gratitude and a certificate or keepsake was presented by the local chapter presidents of each organization: Jean Shores, Colonial Dames 17th Century; Ann Heinrich, United Daughters of the Confederacy; Jane Cornett, Daughters of the American Colonists; and Caren Adamson, Daughters of the American Revolution. Eric Chester presented a certificate on behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans for her efforts in finding and preserving Confederate records. At the presentation are, seated, Zirjacks; and standing, from left, are Shores, Adamson, Heinrich and Cornett.