Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree -
Family Reunions • Gatherings •
by Edith Wagner
Important reunion event! Mark this on
March 21-23, 2003
are the dates of the Family Reunion Conference, where you can
expect to learn very interesting, valuable and practical reunion
organizing ideas. This meeting is highly recommended for anyone involved
in family reunion planning. It is the 13th edition of a conference that
just gets better every year. This year’s event is at the Columbia Sheraton
in Columbia, Maryland. Some of the best times are talking reunions
with hundreds of others facing the same challenges you do. Attendees are
always dedicated, serious (though fun-loving!), eager reunion organizers.
Come and bring your reunion committee members: inspire, motivate and
involve everyone in your reunion!
Details of the 2003 conference program
can be found in the Feb/Mar issue of Reunions magazine or at
For information contact Dr. Ione Vargus, 215-204-6344;
For lots more info about organizing
List your reunion free; check listings at the Reunions! section. Lots of
information about fundraising to help pay for your reunion.
Big reunion fundraising boost!
Check out this new contest that will
provide $25,000 worth of goods and services for two reunions. Deadline is
April 14th so you’ll want to get details pronto. The two winners
must hold their family reunions between June 15 and September 1, 2003.
Hebrew National, a brand of ConAgra
Foods, Inc., developed the Hebrew National Family Reunion (HNFR) program
that focuses on bringing "family" (broadly defined – from relatives and
friends to co-workers and others) together.
To enter, consumers (legal US residents
18 or older) must write an essay of 500 words or less that explains "why
having a family reunion would be meaningful to you and your family." Mail
the essay with an official entry form available at
where entries can also be submitted online. In May, two HNFR Grand Prize
winners will be chosen and awarded up to $25,000 in retail value for
travel, lodging, food, entertainment – whatever the winners need to create
the ultimate family reunion. In addition, Hebrew National will assist
winners with logistics and planning reunion events.
Here are some upcoming family reunions.
Descendants of John Owen Foley & Mary M.
(McDonald) Foley and Denis Murphy & Margaret (Sullivan) Murphy of Ireland,
then Newmarket area, York County, New Brunswick, Canada. July 18- 20,
2003, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Pat (Foley) Casper, 8722 Grand
Oak Dr, Salt Lake City UT 84121; 801-942-1392;
Family from Cleveland, Ohio, will be
celebrating their five year anniversary reunion. July 11-13, 2003,
Toronto, Canada. Andrea Harris,
email@example.com for more details.
Descendants of George and Sarah
MacDonough from Trenton NJ. Sep 12-14, 2003, Bellingham WA. Betty or
Donald MacDonough, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd International Gathering. July 24-27,
2003, Reno NV. Richard A. Wallace,
June 1, 2003, High Falls State Park,
Jackson GA. Kathy McCoy,
Other interesting reunions
12th Gathering of Cornish Cousins
Sponsored by the Cornish American
Heritage Society and hosted by the Toronto Cornish Association. July 23-27
2003, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Features include Cornish genealogy, a
Bardic ceremony, Cornish pasties, a Cornish choir. Contact Brian Waters,
55 Balmoral Ave, Toronto, Ont. M4V 1J5;
Kitty League Centennial Reunion
100th anniversary of the Kitty League’s
founding in 1903. Former minor league baseball players, front office
personnel, umpires, broadcasters, writers, official scorers, batboys, fans
and family are invited. Aug 15-16, 2003, Paducah KY. The Kitty League was
a Class D minor league in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and
Missouri between 1903 and 1955. Contact Kevin McCann, 615-740-0553;
For more reunion information, visit
Reunions magazine at
where you can request a free sample of Reunions magazine. Also see
Reunions Workbook and Catalog and The Family Reunion Sourcebook
by Edith Wagner (1999, Lowell House, Los Angeles) in bookstores. List your
reunion (also free) by emailing info to
Feb/Mar 2003 Index