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2005 Adams Family Reunion ...Columbus, Ohio
Reunion Newsletter submitted by Reita Ann (Bynum) Smith
Dear Family, If you missed this years' reunion, you missed a great day. Congratulations to Michael Washington for his hard work and dedication to the Adams Family Reunion Traditions. Good job Michael.
There were so many great things about this year's reunion; it is difficult to choose which one I would like to share first. Art Thomas out did himself this year. He had his whole family present. It was a handsome corner of the room. We did not get to designate who had the most family members present, but his contingent had to be one of the winners. However his 70-foot plus, family tree was breath taking and allowed the family to track their lines and find their place within the full scope of this family. Everyone especially the younger members enjoyed sitting with Art and his laptop. Information was updated and they enjoyed the immediate access to the family database.
There were members of the family that had not been in attendance for years especially some elder members, but it was a blessing to have them join us this year. We had family from New Jersey, Kansas, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale and Indiana. It is always special to have relatives who have not met or have seem each other for years catching up with their latest news.
I personally enjoyed that my two surprises were real surprises and the family seemed to have enjoyed them as well. We were privileged to have State Senator, Ray Miller to join us for a special presentation to the Adams Family. His remarks were up lifting and supportive of our familyís long traditions. He presented the family with accommodations from the Ohio State Senate and The Columbus City Council, sponsored by Council Member Charleta Tavares. They recognized our families inclusion into the Ohio Genealogy Society's, First Families of Ohio." It was a WOW moment when he saw the depth and scope of the family tree and our historical displays and he could not get over Artís family tree. There will be more to come, related to the First Family's designation.
I was also pleased to present to the family this years special project, "The Adams' Family 2005-2006 Calendar," it has approx. 700 names for each persons birthday. In the mist of that project my computer quit and needed to be replaced which required my having to replace all my photos so I was only able to produce 25 calendars which were given to the first 25 registered families. If you would like a copy I now have more copies available, let me know and send $1.00 for the postage.
The Families' Health Fair by cousin Geneva Norman and her daughter LorRenne, was well received and countless members took full advantaged of the service.
Following in the Mark Evans, new tradition, ten lucky members received some nice prizes and each child received school supplies.
Abby's new family reunion T-shirts were wonderful and she still may be taking orders.
Meredith Evans performed with her band which she also artfully coordinated an array of talented family members from the little ones to our little more seasoned members.
Brian from Findlay also shared some of our family's connections to our Indian heritage through rational drumming.
The highlight of the day was the line of Past Presidents' marching to the tune from the Olympics and passing the Adams' Family Traditional Torch to the incoming President, Tommy Walker. (What Fun) There was much more fun and sharing; The Adams' family was in the house.
It was a blessed day during a time of great sadness in a part of our country and God has truly Blessed us. Our prayers will be to keep All safe and healthy until next years' reunion.
Love Ya, God Bless
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