Marlon and I recently attended a national family reunion in Richmond, VA and I was elected president of the organization. I am truly honored.
My grandma and I started going to these reunions together in 2008. Grandma used to go with granddaddy before he passed away. I told her I'd go with her. It's a national reunion so you meet cousins from all over the United States. The first one that we attended was in Savannah, GA. Grandma and I flew to Savannah, shared a room and signed up for all the events. We got dressed up and I curled her hair in the bathroom before we went out. We came back to the hotel room in the evening with her cousins that she hadn't seen in 50 years and I would listen to them laugh and tell stories about when they were growing up. It's a memory that I will treasure the rest of my life. When we came back from the reunion and told the rest of the family that we had such a grand time, they all wanted to go to the next one in Nashville, TN. Fast forward to this year's reunion in Richmond, VA.
|Bus Tour in Savannah, GA July 2008|
|Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN July 2011|
The reunion was a lot of fun. I was a nervous wreck for about half of it knowing I had to do the invocation and a speech. After full days of tours, dinners and mingling, I was up half night the tweaking my speeches. I am an open book and happily write my blog, but to actually have to talk in front of a group of people, cousins or not, is not my strong suit. If I commit to something, I commit 100%. So, I made my speeches.
|Boarding for the Colonials and Cannonballs tour!|
Richmond, VA July 2014
|Hanging out with Richard Henry Lee|
and Thomas Jefferson. "Tom" and I are
both third presidents.
All the cousins were so welcoming and enthusiastic about me becoming president. Everyone was also very supportive of our adoption and asking how they could help us. I am truly fortunate. I want to do a good job for them and the association. The past president has done an excellent job for 12 years, so I am filling big shoes. It's exciting! I am planning the next reunion in three years in Charleston, SC. The board has great ideas on how to increase membership and bring the organization to the next generation. I hope I can lead them all the way! I've made so many new, wonderful friends in the last month. I am truly honored to be a part of this family.
|Frances/Emma "Belmead" and|
originally the land of our ancestor.
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