Western Reserve Colony Compact Day

We had a wonderful Compact Day on Sunday, November 12 at Skyland Pines Rustic Lodge in Canton.  The fireplace was lit and the floor to ceiling glass wall provided us a spectacular view.  The staff outdid themselves this year serving us with bountiful portions of traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner.  And WR Friend Mary Fuller provided the wonderful table decorations.  (Mary also provided the table decorations for the 2017 SMDOH State Assembly which WR hosted in May).  Andi and Kevin Riffle, Lee Martin, Ann Gulbransen, Terri Brown, Mary Fuller and Christina Wagner helped with WR materials set-ups and tear downs.


SMDOH Assistant Historian Lee Martin, Lt. Governor Jill Parker, and Friend of WR Mary Fuller

Our program featured WR member Roger Marble whose topic was “You identified your Mayflower Ancestor, but are you really a Genealogist?”  Roger encouraged us not to stop our genealogical work just because we found a Mayflower ancestor and he shared with us a few interesting facts about his ancestors he has discovered.


Roger Marble

Paul Morehouse led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the unison reading of the Mayflower Compact.  Elder Pat Van Hoose led the Blessing of the Meal and the Benediction. Historian Andi Riffle welcomed new members and applicants and led the traditional passenger rollcall.


Dick Fetzer, Byron Brown and Nancy Shaw

Lt. Gov. Jill Parker read certificates for two junior members: Stellan Riffle (who is now an adult member), in recognition for his GSMD 2017 scholarship winning essays (copies of the essays were given to attendees) and Amber Cocchiola for developing the WR Facebook page.  Members were also encouraged to check out the new SMDOH website.


Lt. Governor Jill Parker

We have a very active sales table handled by member Christina Wagner who is a wonderful promoter of all things Mayflower!  She juggled selling WR items including the Mayflower Maize game, pens, notepads and, of course, the 1620 stress rocks!  She also handled the sales of the state items – pink ribbons for holding pins as well as the SMDOH pin.  And just for good measure she encouraged attendees to take the information flyer and order form for the candle pin and the Plymouth 400 pin!  Sales were great!

Our Interim Junior Member Coordinator, Terri Brown set up two display tables – one was an educational display while the other had assorted activity handouts that were free for the taking.  In addition, Terri had made up age appropriate Activity Gift bags for the two young folks that attended.  They was interest in these two displays and a number of grandparents left with items for their grandchildren.

Kathleen Lambacher is our Liaison to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank and each year she collects donated food items and money to give to the food bank.  This year WR members donated food items and $495.

Ann Gulbransen also spearheaded our “Pennies for Planks” collection on Compact Day and between the “pennies”  Ann and husband Marty had already dropped in the jar and the money collected on Compact Day nearly $200 was collected to be sent in for the restoration of the Mayflower II.

The event was packed with good conversation at every table. A good time was had by all and several members indicated they would like to have more frequent gatherings – something the WR Board has been discussing.


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Compact Day at Cincinnati Colony

On Saturday November 4, 2017, we enjoyed commemorating Compact Day. This year the Cincinnati Colony held its Compact Day meeting at the Cincinnati Woman’s Club. Our meeting began at 11:30 am with some social time to allow our members to catch back up with each other.

Here are a few of the announcements that were made during the social hour:

  • Many of our members are collecting change to donate to the Mayflower II restoration. The name of this fundraiser is “Pennies for the Mayflower”. On Compact Day, we received 3 mason jars full of change. Keep those jars coming in. The board will determine when we should send in the total to Plymouth.
  • Cincinnati Colony meetings will be on the first Saturday in the months of Jan, Mar and Nov and the second Saturday in the month of September due to the long Labor Day weekend. Please put the following dates for 2018 on your calendar: January 6, March 3rd, September 8th and November 3rd. We are looking for suggestions for the location of the meetings. We would love to hear suggestions from our membership.
  • On Saturday February 10, 2018 at 1PM the Ohio Mayflower Society will be donating a full set of the available Mayflower Silver books, approximately 50 books, to the Genealogy Division of the Dayton Metro Library.  The Cincinnati Colony is collaborating with the Montgomery County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society to make this presentation. The Mayflower members are invited to stay for the Montgomery County -OGS meeting and presentation that will follow.

Our lunch started at 12:00. Past Lt Governor Doug van der Zee led the us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Elder Todd Reel gave the blessing. Additionally, the Reel family made white and dark chocolate Mayflower ships for everyone in attendance. They were very good.

During lunch, our 2018 officers were sworn in.

Shaun Smith – Lieutenant Governor
Open – Deputy Governor
Clayton Crandall – Treasurer
Beth Anderson – Corresponding Secretary
Jean Muetzel – Historian
Janet Moland -Recording Secretary
Todd Reel -Elder
Karen Wiggins – Deputy Elder
Open – Education officer
BoA Rep – Beth Anderson

In total, we had 40 guests and members in attendance. Our traditional roll call determined that William Brewster had the most descendants in attendance.

Our Compact Day presentation was called ‘Puritans and Indians’ and it was presented by Karim Tiro. Professor Tiro is a professor of history at Xavier University, where he has been teaching since receiving his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. The presentation was educational. The impact of trade between the two groups was discussed in detail. We learned how trade impacted the culture and the region. Thank you, Professor, for the outstanding presentation.

We wrapped up our fund-raising drive for the Freestore Food Bank. In total, our members donated $200. The Colony is matching that total to donate $400 to the Freestore Food Bank. Congratulations everyone, this is a super achievement for our Colony!

Thanks to everyone for attending. I am looking forward to the next meeting.

Shaun Smith
Lieutenant Governor

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Social Time in the Living Room at the Cincinnati Woman’s Club

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Announcements, Pictured left to right Beth Anderson, Doug van der Zee, and Shaun Smith

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Blessing by Elder Todd Reel

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Immediate Past Lt. Governor Doug van der Zee swearing in Cincinnati Colonies Officers: Lt. Governor – Shaun Smith, Elder – Todd Reel, Recording Secretary – Janet Moland, Corresponding Secretary – Beth Anderson,  and Deputy Elder – Karen Wiggins. Not pictured Treasurer – Clayton Crandall and Historian – Jean Muetzel

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Professor Karim Tiro

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Silver Book donation to Ashtabula Library

On 25 October 2017, your Ohio Society donated a set of Mayflower “Silver Books” and other books to the Ashtabula County Library to complete their collection.

Pictured here are SMDOH Treasurer Mary Chase, Deputy Governor Betsie Goad, Historian Ann Gulbransen, library staff Carrie Wimer and Rick Consiglio and Ashtabula Genealogical Society president Troy Bailey and VP Vickey Barker. About 20 people attended the presentation and listened to Betsie and Ann give presentations about the books and applying to lineage organizations.


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The Patriot Fair in Mason, Ohio

On Saturday September 23rd 2017, the Cincinnati Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Ohio participated in Patriot Day in Mason, OH. We had a number of people stop by our table and inquire about our Mayflower Ancestors. We hope to gain new members by participating in this event. Our table was staffed by Clay Crandall, Shaun Smith and Macey Smith.


Clay Crandall and Macey Smith

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More Congress Photos


Opening Ceremony

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Break between sessions


Your Ohio Delegation


Lee Martin receiving the Commendation Award


The WR Sales Table

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Closing Banquet

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Triennial Congress

Your Ohio delegation made up of DGG Sandra St. Martin, AG Dr. Donald Nichols and delegates Betsie Goad, Ann Gulbransen, Janice Kleinline, Lee Martin, Janice O’Neil and Jill Parker spent a wonderful few days in Plymouth for the 2017 Triennial Congress. Here is a collection of photos from the Congress.


Pilgrim’s Progress

Jill and Jan

Janice Kleinline & Jill Parker

Jill and Janice

Jill Parker & Janice O’Neil




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September 9th, 2017 Cincinnati Colony Meeting

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:30 the Cincinnati Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Ohio held its Colony meeting at the University Club Of Cincinnati.

During this meeting we welcomed a new member to our Colony, Jennifer Dunkirk. Jennifer is a descendant of John Alden.



Lt. Governor Doug van der Zee, Jennifer Dunkirk and Shaun Smith

During her induction into the Cincinnati Colony Jennifer, Lt. Governor Doug van der Zee and Deputy Governor Shaun Smith all recited the Pilgrim Pledge.

The highlight of the meeting was Peggy Reid’s presentation titled: Experience a Mayflower Society – sponsored “Historic Sites Tour” of England, Amsterdam, and Leiden.


Peggy Reid

Peggy was very knowledgeable about the sites that she went to during her trip. She presented information about locations where many of our ancestors were from. She shared very interesting details about how our ancestors may have spent their time in and around Scrooby, and in Leiden.

She had fantastic hand outs  with detail of places and a map of locations  where each ancestor  came from. We would like to thank Peggy for sharing her knowledge with us.


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Do you know who your elected officers are?

Here are the officers you elected for the 2017-2020 term.

SMDOH Officers 2017-2020

From left to right: Dr. Donald Nichols, Assistant General, WR; Patricia Hall, Recording Secretary, WR; Mary Chase, Treasurer, CLE; Betsie Goad, Deputy Governor, COL; Vickie Heineck, Corresponding Secretary, CLE; Rev. David Foster, Elder, CLE; Sandra St. Martin, Governor, COL; Lee Martin, Assistant Historian, WR; Tom Bradford, Captain, COL; Ann Gulbransen, Historian, WR; Margo Broehl, Counselor. WR; Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad, Surgeon, CLE.

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Toledo Colony Summer Meeting

Toledo Colony’s summer meeting was held on Saturday, 29th of July at the Firelands Presbyterian Church in Port Clinton.  30 members and guests had a wonderful time meeting, dining, and socializing with “old” and “new” cousins.

Lt. Governor Susan Fisher welcomed all, led us in prayer and introduced longtime members, Richard Dunham, who joined our Society in Jan. 1956, June Chapin, who joined in Jan. 1985 and Janet Calland, organizer of this meeting, who joined in May 2008. Also introduced were our two newest members, Flory Miller, who joined in Jan 2017 and Al Spicer, who joined in Apr 2017.

Deputy Lt. Governor Judy Rand presented newest members (Flory and Al) with pins and new member packets.

The meal was prepared by Chef Stacy from Bistro 163 in Port Clinton. A community café whose goal is to address hunger issues. It’s a “pay it forward” restaurant, with healthy meals created by scratch, made with fresh, natural ingredients, supplied by local farmers whenever possible. Their menu is amazing and best of all, no guest is ever turned away for inability to pay. Their location, hours and such can be found by going to their website: www.bistro163.org

Richard Dunham drew names for door prizes. The lucky winners were: Member Joanie Barrett – a Mayflower hat and June bug Dr. Michael Barrett – a Mayflower mug. Both of whom were happy to pose for a photo with their new gear.

From the church, 20 guests and members met up at the Liberty Aviation Museum, also in Port Clinton, for a 2-hour guided tour. This Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historic aircraft, watercraft and historic related items. This Museum consists of 2 hangars. Some of the interesting items they had on display were: a Singer Simulator, which was used to train pilots, airplanes, military and civilian vehicles, many displays showing the growth of aviation history and a WWII uniform once worn by Clark Gable as well as his discharge papers signed by his Captain, Ronald Regan (who later became the 40th President). More information about the Museum can be found on their website: http://www.libertyaviationmuseum.org

At the end of the tour, the cousins and the tour guide posed for a photo near the WWII Pt boat, currently under restoration.

Toledo group for 201709

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WR Teen wins GSMD Scholarship

Western Reserve is thrilled to announce that junior member Stellan Riffle has won the annual scholarship completition of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants! Stellan is a 2017 graduate of Hudson High School and will be attendig Vanderbilt University this fall on a full academic scholarship. You can read his winning essays in the September issue of the Buckeye Mayflower (coming soon).

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