For 30 years the city of Milford has held an annual breakfast for Mayor Joseph “Ronnie” Rodgers, who is the longest serving mayor in the state of Delaware.
This year’s breakfast was held on Saturday at the Milford Senior Center and featured prayers and a message from clergy from a variety of denominations. The event was attended my area politicians, local sponsor’s, and community members. Tickets for the event were $15 and the proceeds benefited the Senior Center.
“I came out to support our mayor,” said Patricia Green, pastor of Mount Enon Baptist Church. “The spiritual aspect brings us together, all denominations and beliefs. It shows the community that we can come together, even if we don’t agree on every issue.”
Bill Davis, who introduced the mayor, played a major role in starting the breakfast. The first breakfast came at a difficult time for the Rodgers family, it was held just six weeks after Rodgers lost his daughter and just four weeks after he lost his son.
The guest speaker for the morning was Rev. Joseph Cassey, vice president of the Milford Senior Center’s board of directors. He delivered a message titled “Let’s Make a Deal.”
Prayers were led by Kevin Bowers, of First Presbyterian Church of Milford and Cantor George Mason. Rev. David Shockley offered the blessing before guests loaded their plates with biscuits, breakfast casserole, bacon, eggs and fruit salad, all prepared and served by the Senior Center staff.
Rev. Paul Isaacs, pastor of Rodgers’ home church, Calvary United Methodist Church, read from the bible and offered a prayer. Rev. Joel Andrus, of Lighthouse Christian Center, performed two songs for the event. Dot Irwin played prelude music on the organ.
“It’s quite rewarding, to get here and see all these people I know, it’s something,” Rodgers aid.
After breakfast had been served and prayers and songs had been offered, the mayor stepped up to the podium to offer his own message.
“A lot of things have happened in the 30 years that I’ve been mayor and a lot of things will continue to happen,” Ronnie said. “I’m very fortunate to be in the position I’m in. “
On top of all of the community members, the mayor’s family also turned out to support him.
“I come every year,” said Jessica Rodgers, Ronnie’s granddaughter. “It’s a great time to show support for my pop-pop.”