His Majesty King Abdullah II ’80 Receives Special Gift from Friend in Western MA

“Every quilt, as they say, has a story. With gold metallic thread, this one links all the way to Jordan from a dot on the map in the Pioneer Valley.

‘I was commissioned to make a quilt for King Abdullah II in Jordan by Bill Schenker,’ explains Brenda Knight, of Granby.

Schenker, who is the retired police chief in South Hadley, was among the group of law enforcement members from across Western Massachusetts who were part of a security team for Jordan’s king, Abdullah II, decades ago. The team provided security to the king and his brother when they attended the Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy.

More than a year ago now, Schenker thought he’d like to get a quilt made for his old friend’s birthday. Someone mentioned Knight’s name, and thus began the story of the quilt’s creation.”

Read the full story here, by Mary Ann Bail | Special to The Republican on Mass Live posted August 5, 2020

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