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National Reunion 2009:
'A Gathering of the Clan'
Ten-year-old Jake Miner of Massachusetts
helps hang the reunion banner at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center, site
of our 2009 "Gathering of the Clan"
smaller-than-average crowd of 50 cousins attended the “Gathering of the
Clan,” this year's national Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunion. The event was
held on Sat., July 11, 2009, at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center near
Indian Head, Fayette County, PA.
|Bright colors on display
the total attendance, 16 cousins were first-time guests. Out-of-state cousins
traveled from Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and West Virginia.
Cousins from Pennsylvania represented 16 towns in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette and
plants, special reunion magnets, family photo collage frames and other keepsakes
were raffled by reunion treasurer Doris Hawker and her daughter Connie
Gibson of Morgantown, WV to raise funds for the reunion. The highlight was
the drawing for a light orange afghan, created and donated by cousin Bernetha
Pritts of Ligonier, PA, and won by cousin Sharon Kern of Findlay, OH.
Seen here left to right: Connie, Sharon (holding her prize) and Doris.
of the cousins had an opportunity to introduce her-or-himself and share a little
about their families. Among many interesting stories, Jay Cramer of
Jeannette, PA said he and his wife Frankie had returned to Western
Pennsylvania a few years ago after residing for 30 years in northern California; and Wayne Crawfis of Ossian, IN told how he had spent his early years in
Sierra Leone, West Africa.
|Connie Gibson, Sharon Kern, Doris Hawker
Arlene Gelston related how she had amassed
thousands of names in her genealogy database; Kirk Miner of Columbus, OH
described that he was concluding a weeklong railroading vacation that had
included stops in Altoona, PA and Cumberland, MD; Jody Minard of
Monroeville, PA shared that her son is serving in harm’s way in Iraq; and Vance
Norton of Pittsburgh related how meaningful the reunion had been over many
years of attendance.
Bill Carey of Fort Wayne, IN was photographed studying the family tree panels,
containing nearly 2,000 names of descendants of the first few generations of offspring of Western Pennsylvania pioneers Jacob
and Maria (Nein) Minerd Sr., virtually all of them born before the year
president and Minerd.com website founder Mark Miner of Beaver, PA gave a
talk about the rich treasures of family stories and photographs to be found on
the website. He also led a discussion about the future of the website, including
making it more search-engine friendly with the ability to be shared on FaceBook,
Twitter and other social media venues.
|Bill Carey studies the family tree
closing, Miner posed general questions to the group – What is your desire for
this reunion to grow? What is your commitment to help? Suggestions were made
that we ask the same questions of the family-at-large via this website, and that
we needed to build our volunteer team before we really could attempt to grow.
has been organizing the reunion since 1992 and has served as president since
1995 but fears the day is coming when he can no longer continue to be as active,
or even attend. Would it make sense to hold the reunion every two years, instead
of annually? If you have an opinion on this, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright © 2009 Mark A. Miner