Mayflower Cousins,

It’s interesting how history tends to repeat itself!  400 Years ago, our ancestors set out in two ships, the Mayflower and the Speedwell, for their journey to the new world. As we all know the Speedwell sprung a leak and had to turn around and then adjustments had to be made.  Well the same thing has happened to our long-planned event to celebrate the eventual voyage of the Mayflower.  Due to the impact of the corona virus outbreak and the recent announcement by the Ohio governor, “… organizers of any events involving a large gathering of individuals of close proximity be canceled or postponed” we are postponing the May 1-2, 2020 event. The health and safety of our members is a priority.  I have been in contact with the hotel and our speaker, Josh Taylor, and we will be rescheduling soon.

For those of you who have registered for the event and/or secured a hotel room at the Hilton Polaris or the Hilton Garden Inn:

1-      The state society treasurer, Larry Hoyt, will be holding the registration fee’s until we have rescheduled and at that time if the date does not work for you can request a refund.  We are hoping to have a reschedule date very soon.

2-      IF you want a refund now please contact Larry Hoyt ( or by mail to 7571 Amber Lane, Brecksville, OH 44141-1905.

3-      Hotel room reservations will have to be cancelled by the person that made them.

4-      If you have invited a guest, please notify them also as we do not have contact information for them.

The 2020 Committee is disappointed that we need to make this decision.  We are grateful that we have been given the advance time to protect ourselves and families, and, to the best of our ability, to prevent and minimize the repercussions of this health crisis.  The Mayflower passengers were not so fortunate as half of them died from “the great sickness” in the first few months of arrival.  We will get though this unprecedented event and be able to celebrate our ancestors and our own resilience.

Beth Anderson Chair of the 2020 Committee.

Each Colony will let its members know if the events below will be cancelled or not. Check with your Colony leadership to be sure.

June 20, 2020: Western Reserve Colony Picnic, Greentown Community Park – Canceled

July 18, 2020: Toledo Colony plans to tour the Wolcott House and grounds – Canceled

November 7, 2020: Cincinnati Colony Compact Day

November 14, 2020: Columbus Colony Compact Day

November 14, 2020: Toledo Colony Compact Day

November 15, 2020: Western Reserve Colony Compact Day, Skyland Pines

November 21, 2020: Cleveland Colony Compact Day, Lakewood Country Club