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.
Members began arriving on Thursday, June 19 and after registration enjoyed a family style buffet of pizza and sandwiches in the Society's hospitality room. That evening, as well as the other nights, Gaithers congregated in the Embassy Suites lobby for drinks and happy hour, telling family stories, trading genealogy knowledge, renewing old acquaintances, and making new ones.
On Friday, June 20, the group enjoyed an historic tour of Charlotte, including a carriage ride through the heart of downtown. Lunch included some of North Carolina's best barbecue, followed by a tour of the Billy Graham Library.
The group gathered Saturday morning, in a round-table format, to share family tales and information handed down through generations of Gaithers. It was surprisingly gratifying to see how many different and divergent family lines had similar stories and personality traits, and was a lot of fun. That session also included information on the latest techniques in using DNA testing for genealogical research, how to join the Jamestown Society, the potential of the SJGD web site, and much more.
During the free time of Friday evening and the Saturday afternoon, many went their own way and enjoyed such attractions as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, National Whitewater Center, museums, and Charlotte's fabulous dining and entertainment scene. Saturday evening was the Society's family dinner, held in the Omaha Steakhouse.
The Society held its Annual Meeting Sunday morning, followed by a farewell lunch buffet and gift exchange. The Meeting included the election of officers and other business. Upon approval at the next Board of Directors meeting in August, the meeting Minutes will be available on this web site. Click here to see the updated list of officers and directors.
The Annual Meeting and Reunion was a great success, thanks to the tireless efforts of the hosts, Jo Ann and Arleen. Please add your comments on the 2014 Annual Meeting by clicking on "Leave a Reply" or "Reply" buttons below