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:

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:

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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