Updates From the 2016 Family Meeting…


In case you missed the meeting, the topics are below and the details are after the jump…

  • Attendance Report
  • Financial Report
  • SAH Merchandise
  • SAH Scholarship Recipient
  • High School Graduation Gift
  • Saturday Afternoon Activities
  • Sick and Shut-In
  • Recently Deceased Update
  • Upcoming Reunion Hosts

Attendance Report:

85 – People Registered
9 – People Registered and Did Not Attend, 4 Called Ahead
76 – People Attended

Financial Report:

Paying $25.00 to register “intent to attend” was beneficial to the planning committee. It provided a portion of the needed funds to make reservations and commitments for the hotel, etc. The majority of attendees paid the entire fee prior to coming to the reunion. A late fee was imposed on those family members that paid onsite to register. A late fee of $10 was used this year to encourage full payment prior to coming to the reunion.

Paypal Feels were discussed again.  The cost of processing fee payments online is 2.9% + $0.30 for every transaction.  The hosts have been absorbing this cost. 

It was decided that we can research alternative payment portals that allow the fee to be incurred by the guests and not the hosts.

SAH Merchandise:

In the future, family members will be able to order their t-shirts on the SAH family reunion website (online). The host family will mention the ability to order t-shirts online in their communication.  Information about ordering the shirts will be posted on the website.

SAH Scholarship Recipient:

This year (2016), the scholarship recipient was Brittany Brown. She is going to attend Mississippi State.  Commitments to fund the next few years were made.

Year Funded By
2017 Elbert
2018 Thad & Bryan
2019 Alice Smith Family
2020 Pauline Martine Family
2021 Xavier
2022 LaDonne & Craig

High School Graduation Gift:

Each year family members attending the reunion give a gift to the graduating high school student(s) registered and present at the reunion. This year (2016), Khalil Martin graduated from high school and was the recipient of a gift of $373.00 from the family. He plans to study engineering in college.

Saturday Afternoon Reunion Activities:

There was a discussion about what other things to do in the city where the reunion is held, e.g., tour versus other activities. It was decided that each host family will determine the Saturday afternoon activities for the reunion.

Sick and Shut-In:

It was noted that there are family members unable to attend the reunions due to illness. Remembered were: Ed Risby, Zeraline Verner, Estelle Carolyn David, Wendell Smith, Pauline Martin, Rosa Smith, Dauphine Martin, Walter Mays, Mabel Blair, and Emani Wright.


Kenneth Rayon and Herman White.

There is an Obituaries link on the website.  Anyone who wishes can submit funeral programs and obituaries to be added.

UPCOMING Reunion Hosts:

Year Host Region Dates Destination
2017 Region 6 July 7 – 9 Texas
2018 Region 4 July 6 – 8 TBD
2019 Region 1 July 12 – 14 TBD
2020 Region 5 July 10 – 12 TBD
2021 Region 7 July 9 – 11 TBD
2022 TBD July 8 – 10 TBD

Are you hosting the next reunion?  Don’t forget to complete the Host Questionnaire!