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Norris Reunion: August 25 & 26, ME, Make a Speech?

Hello, Everyone! Just discovered this Forum today. I'll be attending my very first Family Reunion for my Mother's family on August 25 & 26th in Dallas. I'm 47 and haven't been to Texas since I was 4 years old. I'm told by the Reunion Coordinator that this will be the 5th Reunion and in past years the History portion was only one page because they knew very little about the founding ancestors.

I have gathered quite a bit of history on six of the other sibblings that they never knew existed over the past 9 months and have spent three months putting togeher a Family Reunion Booklet that will be sold at the Reunion. I've just been asked a week ago to give a speech on the Family History. I've traced us back to 1838 South Carolina and I certainly am up to date on all the info I've gathered but, I'm not a great speaker in front of LARGE crowds. I do want to introduce myself to everyone but, I'm afraid I'll get far too emotional and just cry rather than give a moving brief history of the family.

Would like to hear suggestions on how to shorten the information I have so that I only speak for a short time and convey to them that it's truly been a labor of love. Fear is utmost in my mind because these people DON'T KNOW ME. Most of them knew my Great Grandmother but, they don't know me. It'll be my first time meeting them and I'll be going only with a boyfriend. I want them to like me and I don't want to come off as a "know it all from California".

Would it be sufficient to tell them why and how I started my research, introduce myself by tracing my direct line back to the earliest ancestors to show where I fit in at and possibly speak briefly on the 6 children of that earliest ancestor? I could end by telling them about the book that I have put together, it's 96 pages complete with over 75 photographs, some over 150 years old.

Tips for keeping it short and sweet are most appreciated.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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