Julie Bries Elected to High Court
Julie Bries of St. Francis 607, Worthington, Iowa, was elected to the Catholic Order of Forester's High Court at the organization's 50th National Convention in Omaha, Neb. Throughout her time as a COF member, Bries earned the Legion of Honor (Third Degree) and Merit Award. Bries serves on COF's Fraternal Outreach Advisory Committee (since 2014), as Iowa State Secretary (since 2009) and as Chief Ranger of her local court (since 1997). Bries served as an Iowa State Court Trustee in 2007, and as Eastern District Trustee, Vice President and Treasurer from 2002-2008. Bries also serves as a board member for the Iowa Fraternal Alliance.
She graduated from Beckman High School in Dyersville, Iowa, and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is self-employed, working at Bries Angus Farms. Her duties include managing the farm business and rental property. Bries previously worked at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington as the Director of Religious Education and the Youth Minister from 1992-2006.
Bries wants to make a difference in the lives of her fellow COF members. "Each day I strive to make a difference and make things better than I found them," she says. "I would like to pass this onto others and encourage members to become involved." As a High Court Trustee, Bries wants to invite non-members to join outreach events and make them aware of the unique benefits COF has to offer. She explains that her favorite COF memories involve the youth events she has organized and attended.