87th Reunion - November 25, 2007


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President: Elizabeth Smith Borum
Vice President: Mickey Tripp
Secretary: Judy R. May
Treasurer: Mary Lou Tyson
Genealogy Recorders: Bob Newton
Bernice Newton

The 87th annual Tyson-May Reunion was held in the Major Benjamin May DAR Chapter House. It was an inviting surrounding with flowers and other seasonal arrangements. At 12:30pm, Reunion President Elizabeth Smith Borum extended the welcome and Van Lewis gave the invocation and blessing for the catered lunch served by Parker's of Greenville. Family members scattered throughout the House to eat, to visit with others, and to enjoy the collection of pictures and memorabilia displayed upstairs. It had been suggested that attendees bring pictures of ancestors and/or the newest members of the extended family.

At 1:45 pm, President Borum called the Reunion to order and expressed delight in the 100 registered attendees, the highest attendance in a number of years. She explained how the officers and board had met numerous times and had made a concerted effort to increase the mailing database to reach more people. She expressed appreciation for all the participation and help. Everyone joined in an earlier tradition of singing "We Gather Together".

Business and Announcements

The minutes of the 86th reunion were read and approved and in the absence of the treasurer, the treasurer's report was given by her niece Thelma Tyson Long. A copy is included with these minutes.

Bernice and Bob Newton were thanked for being the receiving genealogists and encouraged everyone to get updates of births, marriages and deaths to them. Each printed program included the information they had received during the past year. Eventually, the aim is to bring the Tyson-May Genealogy "blue book" to date with additions/corrections.

Vice-President Mickey Tripp was thanked for all he and his wife had contributed to mailing and other efforts of planning. He submitted the following nominations for office for the next year(s).

President (Tyson) Mickey Tripp
Vice-President (May) Elizabeth Smith Borum
Secretary Judy Ratley May
Treasurer Jane Little
Receiving Genealogists Bernice and Bob Newton
Board Members (2008-2010) Tommy Tripp (Tyson)
Diane Lewis (May)

Those nominated were elected by acclamation.

President Borum has asked Ray Long to review the by-laws of the reunion and report next year on any additions/changes that need to be made.

Prince Barnette announced on behalf of the May Museum that a train exhibit owned by Bob Newton would be on display for a while and a Christmas Tea and Tour of Homes would take place on Sunday, December 9. All were invited to take part.

Van Lewis, family members and associates are exhibiting photographs taken on safari in Africa at the Farmville Community Arts Council and all were invited to view them and enjoy a reception there on Sunday, December 9.

The Farmville community will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with the annual "Taste of Farmville" Friday evening, November 30.

President Borum introduced the speaker for the reunion. Beverly Schonewolf, a resident of The Villages, Florida, is an accomplished genealogist. She shared a well-organized power point presentation showing how to begin, research, and document ancestral lines. She provided hand outs to everyone with suggestions, work sheets and numerous genealogy web sites for assistance.

Music for the reunion was provided by Alyssa and Kathi Howell.

Mickey Tripp reported that the basic start up work had begun on a web site for the Reunion and asked anyone who is willing to help to speak with him. He also encouraged everyone to provide email addresses so that when the site is established, he can notify them of such. A basket was passed for donations for this project.

Following a Memorial Service to remember and honor those who have passed away since our last meeting, Alyssa gave a beautiful rendition of "The Cross".

Mickey brought to the attention of the Reunion the pleasing attendance and expressed appreciation for the efforts of Ms. Borum.
Those present sang "Blest Be the Tie That Binds", Van Lewis gave the benediction and President Borum pronounced the meeting adjourned until the 2008 gathering.

Judy R. May, Secretary