This year marked the 7th Emmons reunion. It was held today July 24th at the French Lick Senior Citizen's center. About 50 cousins and relatives were in attencence this year. That is down from the last couple years sadly. Hopefully next year will be better.
Anyway, At about 1:15 President Fran Emmons Shields lead Grace. Then we all dove into the many varied fixings supplied by the great cooks of the family. After lunch cousin Keith Emmons annoced the upcoming marriage of his granddaughter, Amanda Butler and invited those present to her wedding.
Fran then introduced me to read the memorial for this year. We had 6 known family members to pass on since last years reunion. A candle was lit and remained lighted through the reunion in their memory.
Fran then asked if we wished to continue the reunion a show of hands indicated that there will be an 8th family reunion to be held tentatively the 4th sunday of July 2006 at the French Lick Senior Citzens center. The vote also was called for officers for next years reunion. It was decided that the same cousins would remain in their offices for next year.
Officers were nominated as the following:.
President: Frances Emmons Shields
Games were played next.
Oldest Man went to Merle Emmons who is 86 years young Oldest woman went to Clois Rominger Emmons at age 80.
Youngest Girl went to Emily Macy granddaughter of Fran Shields Youngest boy went to Ryan Emmons son of David and Jeanette Emmons .
Persons to travel farthest: Tim and Jackie Emmons Roberts from down around Austin, TX.
Jackie Emmons Roberts then played the piano and we played name that tune: Warren Stephenson (my father) had 19 right but declined the prize. Martha Zehr Emmons I think had the next highest number of songs correct. She recieved two tickets to visit the West Baden historical Dome.
Next we played Pocket pick: Where if you had an Indiana Quarter in your pocket you could claim a prize. I think 4 people had the prerequist quarter: Martha Emmons, Alma Qualkenbush and 2 others that I forget their names.
After pocket pick we played Chrustmas in July. My mother, Norma Emmons
Stephenson and I had raided the Christmas Decorations and stuffed 70
items in a Christmas bag. Then we asked everyone to write down as many
christmas things they could come up with that might be in the bag.
After about 20 minutes Mom started pulling things out of her bag.
Trust me it was some of the strangest things you would see in the
middle of July. Thinsg ranging from Christmas gift boxes to tinsel and
ornament hooks, Rugs, plates and towels. Heck we even had Christmas
Reunion donations were taken to pay for the costs of renting the senior citizen's center and to pay for games and prizes.
The reunion is set for the 4th Sunday of July 2006 at 1 pm at the French Lick Senior Citizen's Center. The date is July 23rd so mark your calendars.