Iowa Resident Re-elected to High Court
Julie Bries of Worthington, Iowa, was re-elected to the position of High Court Trustee on Catholic Order of Foresters’ High Court, also known as the organization’s board. Bries is a member of St. Francis 607, one of Catholic Order of Foresters’ local courts. She has been a member of the organization for nearly five decades. Bries is a graduate of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has also earned a Certificate of Lay Formation (a three-year program) from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa.
Bries has served as High Court Trustee since 2016 and has served as Chief Ranger of her local court since 1997. Other positions she has held include, but are not limited to, State Secretary for the Iowa State Court, board member and Vice President for the Iowa Fraternal Alliance, and member of the Fraternal Outreach Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2016. “I am excited to be a part of this amazing organization that continues to develop ideas with every COF member in mind,” Bries, who also served as a catechist and youth choir director for 20+ years, said. She adds that her knowledge of running a family farm business has taught her how to manage a business.
When she decided to run for re-election at the 2020 National Convention, Bries said it was because she wanted “to continue to be an advocate for the membership”. She considers it a blessing to be a part of this organization and hopes other members feel the same. Bries admits she was worried about how the delegates would know who she was and what she could bring to the High Court for a second term. She didn’t expect to hear her name called. “I was shocked!” she said, adding she was humbled to learn that she received the most votes from the delegates of the 12 trustees elected to the High Court. “I kept telling people, ‘It is in God’s hands.’”