2016 Annual Reunion was “Outstanding”!

pensacola bch aerialAll that attended exclaimed the 33rd Annual Reunion as “outstanding”. Plenty of socializing, sightseeing, and dining occurred over the three days in Pensacola Beach, Florida, world-famous for its sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green waters. Hosted by J.D. and Sandra Gaither, with the _DSC5016help of their adult children, Rebecca Yates and Frank Gaither, this year’s event attracted an impressive 36 attendees with one-third attending their first reunion ever. This included the two youngest attendees, Dylan and Logan Rothe, 10 and 8 years old, respectively. Also, you can see the record-breaking number of photographs taken throughout the event by clicking here.

Welcoming Party
547067_532241_1463884234839A pizza party kicked off the Reunion Thursday night in the Reunion’s Hospitality Suite, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from the ninth floor of the Hilton Pensacola Beach. The sound of Gaithers becoming acquainted with newly found cousins and catching up with long-known ones filled the rooms. The party lasted until late into the evening.

Getting to Know Pensacola Beach
547067_532241_1463883959652The next day, rain and wind battered Pensacola Beach for most of the day, but that did not deter many of the Gaithers from exploring the areas many sites, restaurants, and history. By mid-afternoon, the skies had cleared, and the clan took to the water and cruised Pensacola Bay. Highlights of the expedition included many dolphin sightings, seeing historic Fort Pickens and the Pensacola Lighthouse. After the cruise, Gaithers found many of the area’s best restaurants to quench their thirst and satisfy their appetites, including McGuire’s Irish Pub, famous for “Feasting, Imbibery, & Debauchery” and over one million dollar bills hanging from its ceilings. Continue reading

See Photos from the 2015 SJGD Reunion

2015 SJGD Reunion Chattanooga

2015 SJGD Reunion Chattanooga

The photos from Chattanooga are finally here online.  Yes, it has taken much more time than it should, but the wait is worth it.  From everyone greeting each other in the hospitality room, to the riverside picnic, battlefield, education session, and family dinner, there is proof in these photos that we had a great time.  Be sure to find the hot air balloon that some of our members rode at sunset.  CLICK HERE TO ENJOY!

2015 Reunion Major Success

Chattanooga, Tennessee was the site of our 32nd Annual Reunion, and what a wonderful time we had! Our three days together were packed with plenty of socializing, sightseeing, dining, meeting, and learning. President Mack Gaither, our local member/hostess Deb Cates, Reunion Committee members Rebecca Gaither, Linda Beardslee, and Arleen McGinn, and Rita Allison really know how to have a Reunion! Continue reading

NOTICE: 2015 Slate of Directors

The Secretary of The Society of John Gaither Descendants apprises the members of the Corporation of the following slate of directors to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation on May 31, 2015.  If any member wishes to designate an additional slate, please send such slate to the Chairwoman of the Nominating Committee, Catherine Allison, at [email protected] prior to May 31, 2015. Continue reading

President’s Message

Re∙un∙ion(Noun)

  • an instance of two or more people coming together again after a period of separation
  • a social gathering attended by members of a certain group of people who have not seen each other for some time

We will come together this May for the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society of John Gaither Descendants to not only conduct the business of the Society, but also to REUNITE, as in REUNION. We will not only RENEW old friendships with our cousins, but we will likely make new acquaintances within our extended family. We can also use this opportunity to REMEMBER those that have passed. Continue reading

Map of Past SJGD Annual Meetings Now Available

You can now see a map of the locations of the 31 past Annual Meetings of the Society of John Gaither Descendants by clicking here.  Be sure to click on each pinpoint to see the host's name and year of the event.  If you have fond memories of some of these Annual Meetings or want to recommend a future location, please comment by clicking on the “Leave a reply” or “Reply” button below.

31st Annual Meeting & Reunion was Great Success

The "Queen City" of North Carolina, Charlotte, welcomed the Society of John Gaither Descendants for its 31st Annual Meeting and Reunion, hosted by Jo Ann Bondurant and Arleen McGinn. Thirty-four members and guests attended from as far away as Maple Valley, Washington. See photos from the event by clicking here.

This year's attendance included four new members. Many did not have far to travel as the State of North Carolina is home to the largest number of Gaither households in the United States, 558 or 12 percent of all the Gaither households in the United States.

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Deadline is less than 1 week for Discounted Hotel Rates

32nd Annual Meeting – Charlotte, North Carolina – June 19 – 22, 2014

The DEADLINE for receiving the special discounted room rate expires in less than 1 week.  Please ACT NOW!

To make your hotel reservations CLICK HERE or call the Embassy Suites Charlotte  at 1-704-527-8400 and be sure to refer to Group Code DJG to get your discount.

To register for the Reunion and Annual Meeting and the various activities that will be offered, please CLICK HERE to download the registration form.  Once completed, mail the form to Jonell Lewis, along with your payment.  Her address is at the bottom of the form.

We have a lot of great activities planned and we look forward to seeing you there.

Best Regards,

Arleen McGinn & Jo Ann Bondurant
2014 Meeting Hosts

2014 Reunion and Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

32nd Annual Meeting – Charlotte, North Carolina – June 19 – 22, 2014

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of John Gaither Descendants, hosted by Jo Ann Bondurant and Arleen McGinn, will be held in the “Queen City”, Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is the perfect place for a family reunion. With indoor and outdoor activities for family members of all ages – and hundred of restaurants to please any palate – you’ll never run out of memories to make. Let’s all use this opportunity to encourage every Gaither you know, from all four-corners of the country and beyond, to join us.

Jo Ann and Arleen have worked hard to create a fun-filled gathering. There will be bus tours, carriage rides, and visits to the Billy Graham Library. There are plenty of social options for visiting cousins, meeting new ones, and sharing Gaither stories and information! During the three days there will be opportunities to attend professional educational sessions and informal round-table discussions. This is sure to be one of the most exciting and fun packed annual meetings ever.

There are a limited number of hotel rooms at the special Gaither rate. Click here to read more and register.

Also, leave a Reply below and let us know that you're attending and what you hope to do at this year's reunion.  We look forward to seeing you in June.