Western Reserve Colony Spring Meeting

Western Reserve Colony had its spring meeting on March 17, 2018 at the Skyland Pines Rustic Lodge in North Canton. We had a great mix of members, applicants and friends in attendance. Columbus member Jan Kleinline was our speaker, delivering her program about the lives of the pilgrims to an attentive audience. She and her sister Mary Linn White also brought many Mayflower related items to sell.

Western Reserve also had a sales table with offerings of stress rocks, Mayflower Maize games and pins. New offerings are a decorative wooden box to hold the Mayflower Maize and elegant Anniversary membership boxes. Both boxes are produced at The Iris in Seville, OH. Proceeds from the Anniversary boxes will help fund the SMDOH 2020 activities. Requests for order forms for either box can be sent to WRColonySMDOH@gmail.com.

Here are a few photos from the meeting.

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March 3, 2018 Cincinnati Colony Meeting

On March 3, 2018, the Cincinnati Colony held a member meeting to socialize with our Mayflower cousins and discuss the various committee activities that we are working on. Our meeting was held at Parkers Blue Ash Tavern. On March 20th one of our members, William Reel, is heading off to Army basic training. William led the Pledge of Allegiance for us to start the meeting. Good luck William! Fittingly, William’s father, Todd Reel performed the invocation at the beginning of the meeting.

At this meeting we discussed our committee activities to make sure everyone knew what we were working on.

2020 Committee: Beth Anderson has been working diligently with members from all the Colonies to plan the 2020 event. She has had a lot of assistance from Peggy Reid in planning and tracking all the details.

There was a good amount of discussion by the group regarding the 121st Annual State Assembly in 2019. Beth Anderson and Star Vondrell are leading the charge by scouting locations off of 75 on the north side of the city.

In an effort led by Doug van der Zee, the Cincinnati Colony has established a $500 scholarship annually from the Cincinnati Colony with the Xavier University History Department. The scope of the Scholarship is anyone in a Bachelor or Master’s Program with a broad focus on colonial history. Three history professors will judge the scholarship contest.

We had one new member join us at the meeting, Dr. Mike Davis. Dr. Davis has been researching his ancestry for many years. He has a wealth of knowledge about many aspects of history, genealogy, and DNA research. Welcome to the Colony Dr. Davis!

We did something a little different at this meeting. We have had so many new members attending meetings we wanted to take some time to get to know each other. We introduced the concept of telling your “Mayflower Story”. Several members shared a cool thing they learned about their Pilgrim family, the greatest challenge in their Mayflower search, and how long it took them to them to validate their ancestry.

It was a great meeting. I enjoyed listening and learning from everyone’s Mayflower journey. We hope to see you at the next event!

Upcoming Events:
June 23, 2018 – Genealogy Event, Preble County Room at the library in Eaton, OH
September 1-2, 2018 36th Fair at New Boston, George Rogers Clark Park, Springfield, OH
September 8, 2018 – Cincinnati Colony Board/Membership Meeting
October 13-14 – Fall Festival at the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead
November 3, 2018 – Compact Day



New member Dr. Mike Davis and Cincinnati Colony Lt. Gov. S. Smith



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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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