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St. John: Pioneers,Quote re: Pioneers and Pioneering, Travel Teachers,Quote re: travel teachers, and Events:  1968-1978


Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991; November 1994, March 2010, July 2011



TT :=travel teacher from outside national area;

TTP:=travel teacher and pioneer from within the national area:

TTL:=West Indian travel teacher;

HND:=Hand of the Cause of God;

CBC:=member of the Continental Board of Counsellors;

ABM:=Auxiliary Board Member;

NSA:=member of a national spiritual assembly.

Data enclosed in parenthesis [   ] is my data source:  see source page for details SOURCES


PIO: 1968: May or June: Ron Lucero, from USA, via St. Croix.   [NL/21.h]


Ron Lucero

PIO: 1972: January to August 1972: Donald Croft, USA. [AF/01.a]

PIO: 1975 August to 1978: Sandra Egerer,  Sandy Egerer to St Thomas USA [LVI/PIO-rep] _________________________________________________________________________

PIO: 1976: May 12 to present (1992): Alan, Magda Smith & Derrick Smith (left in ??) [24/M19] [LVI/PIO-rep][PF/25-0.5]

1977 Alan and Magda Smith St John

PIO: 1976: July to  Antigua (see 1980): Anthony Scimeca  Tony Simeca - St John May have left and returned in 1982 with wife,  Idola.  [1977 LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1977: November, approximately a year. Cessie Sarah Norton. with son Parker  Cessie Norton - St John USA [AF/01.a]


PIO: 1978: September. until ?? Rick and Muffie Lawrence from USA  [AF/24.b]


PIO: 1979: October 10. Letter to Bruce DeVel Curry from International Goals Committee asking if he wanted to be considered a pioneer.  He, his wife and son did come and stayed approximately a year.[24/M11955]

PIO: 1982: April: Anthony & Idola Scimeca to Cruz Bay, USA   [LVI/pio-rep]

PIO: 1982 Violet Clark: She was also called on from time to time to support Baha’i activity in the  U.S. Virgin Islands and make presentations at Baha’i summer schools. In  1982 she shifted her home base to the island of St. John, traveling to  numerous islands in service to the Faith while continuing to visit  Belize.



TTP: 1968: July: Naomi Washington, St. Thomas.[NL/21.h] _________________________________________________________________

TT : 1975: November/December 1 week, Ray & Edna Fechtner, USA [PF/25-0.5] _________________________________________________________________

TT : 1976: February 8-13, Candy Simons, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1976: March, several days, Mable Garis, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1976: March 22/April 2, 1 day, Elizabeth Thomas, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1976: April 10/17, several days, Anthony Scimeca USA [PF/25-0.5] __________________________________________________________________

TT : 1977: June 2 weeks, Robert Malouf, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TTs: 1977: June 1 day, Puerto Rican Team [PF/25-0.5]

TTs: 1977: August, several days, Victor & Betty DeAraujo Baha’i International Community [PF/25-0.5]

TTP: 1977: October/November several days, Shamsi Sedaghat, Trinidad [PF/25-0.5] _____________________________________________________________________________________

TT : 1978: February, 11 days; Debbie & Phil Christensen, Can.[PF/25-0.11]

TT : 1978: July, several days, Pauline Oungst, USA [PF/25-0.5]


Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991; November 1994, March 2010, July 2011

NOTE: The US Virgin Islands are linked administratively, but events and travel teachers are listed separately for each island.

NOTE: listed below are the NSA's who were responsible for the Virgin Islands and the dates the responsibility was assigned:


1953 South America/North America;

1957 Greater Antilles;

*1962 Dominican Republic;

1964 United States;

1967 Leeward, Windward & Virgin Islands;

1972 Leeward & Virgin Islands;

1981 Virgin Islands.

*=First time listed specifically instead of being included as part of a larger grouping; i.e. "Leeward Islands"

#=Virgin Islands was included in "Leeward Islands" grouping by   Shoghi Effendi and stayed there until the date (unsure of this date).

Key: LSA = Local Spiritual Assembly

NSA = National Spiritual Assembly

1968: July; First enrollment reported by new pioneer, Ron Lucero, but no name given in newsletter. Naomi Washington joins the two for week end deepening and teaching.[NL/21.h] ___________________________________________________________________________________
1967:  Youth and jr. youth children’s’ class members, Lynn Paccassi, David  Morris, Tony Harmer, Hilary Morris with teacher Pat Paccassi have first  youth teaching campaign, hold nicely attended public meeting with youth  panel, good responses  [PRC]

'67 St John Youth Teaching trip_a1
'67 St John Youth Teaching trip0001_a
'67 St John Youth Teaching trip0002_a


1974: circa: Dr David (House of Justice member) and Margaret Rhue visit accompanied by Randazzo sisters.

1974 circa-Dr and Margaret  Rhue with Razzano sisters St John_a


1976: April. Alan Smith obtains job as public defender [AF/24.b]

1976: September. 5 pioneers, good activities, expect LSA formation by next Rídvan [AF/24.b]

1978: April. first LSA elected  1977-8  First St. John LSA

      L to R: Steven Bunting, Tony Scimeca, Sandra Egerer, Joanne Poch, Alan Smith, Magda Smith, Brian Ramsdale, Penny Ramsdale, and Cessie Sara Norton [AF/24.]

1978: April. Magda Guennewig-Smith appointed first ABMA for St. John by Shirley Mather [AF/24.b]

1978: December. Public meeting held [where???] [AF/24.b]

NOTE: see St. Thomas for explanation of cutoff date.....pp

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NOTE: My goal was to trace the growth and development of the Faith in the  islands from their beginnings, as far as I could find, up to the formation of each ones own National Assembly.  As 1981 was the formation of the first NSA of the Virgin Islands, this is  the cutoff date for this research document, the following years will be  done by others.

This document is neither exhaustive nor definitive, we learn as we go, but  what I have, and/or discover, will be chanaged or added as necessary.

Hopefully, I can put this material into a form which, through the medium of oral  history, will breath the life into the bare facts and statistics.  I feel that it is our stories and impressions and feelings that help to  convey the enormous process that is taking place in the Bahá'í World  during this period of development. I am only sorry that it was not done  earlier, we have lost so many stories already.

I truly appreciate all the help given to me in this research and can only hope it is helpful to others.  PP...November. 1994

Published with permission of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the Virgin Islands 

Date:  20 May 2012 

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