Sunday, July 29th, 2007
Florence, KS Senior Center
79th Annual Riggs Reunion
After lunch, the business meeting was called to order by President, Dianne Dewey. Each person attending introduced themselves and their spouse and told their line of ancestors. First time attendees were: Vickey Frances and Suzie Roe. Minutes from last year were read by Reta Cox, secretary. Dawna Schmidt moved and Esther Henderson seconded that minutes be approved as read. Motion carried. Treasurer’s report was given stating that there was an 8/31/2006 balance of $111.00, donations 7/29/2007 of $162.00 by free will offering; expenses: $46.00 postage, $50.00 rental, $6.00 postcard stock leaving a cash balance of $171.00. Sheryl Bartlett moved to approve the report. It was seconded by Dale Riggs. Motion carried. The secretary reported that 158 emails had been sent out and 172 postcard invitations were mailed. Dianne Dewey asked if anyone knew of address, phone number or email changes to please notify one of the officers so that corrections could be made in the Riggs’ Directory. She, also, asked for any obituaries to be sent to one of the officers for the family tree records. It was moved by Sheryl Bartlett and seconded by Dawna Schmidt to retain the current officers. Motion carried. Gifts were given to: the oldest person attending the reunion who was Loren Cox, 90, Newton; Ainsley Charest, 2 ½ year old daughter of Aaron and Ashley Howard Charest, the youngest member; and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Riggs, Amarillo, TX, received dual award for both coming the farthest distance and being the only one attending while still carrying the RIGGS name. Those from our family who have passed away during the last year and their line of ancestors are: Dixie Algrim—Henry, Jim, Nell Woker and Carl Woker; Eunice Boren—Henry, Alva; Garold Elston---Henry, William Crawford, Nora; Elizabeth Riggs---Henry, Jim, Kenneth; Clarence Edwin Riggs---Joseph, Ernest, Clarence Stanley; Lyman Hanley---Henry, George LeRoy, Thelma; Sharon Riggs---Henry, George LeRoy, William Alfred, Larry; and Rex Boyer---Henry, Walter, Eva. The 80th reunion is being planned for the weekend of July 26-27, 2008. Esther Henderson and Sheryl Bartlett reported on the activities planned for next year’s reunion. A cookbook is one of the things they would like to do and they asked that everyone get our recipes with a story of the person to them as soon as possible. The committee, appointed by the President is: Patty Delmott, Emporia, Esther Henderson, Wichita, Sheryl Bartlett, Wichita and Annette Wrigley, Boise, Idaho. Esther Henderson told of a Riggs Cemetery at Riggs, Missouri, but she could find no Riggs there. There is also a Riggs Cemetery at Wilcox, AZ. Danny Howard returned the Family Friendship Plate and asked that another drawing be made. The plate should be filled with goodies of some sort and passed to a family member or friend throughout the year. It is to be brought back to next year’s reunion with goodies for someone else. Esther Henderson’s name was drawn. Dale Riggs and Lela Heacock led a Riggs’ song, The Riggs Go Marching On. Dawna Schmidt moved meeting adjourned. Esther Henderson seconded. Meeting adjourned.
Those present were: Dale and Sandy Riggs, Amarillo, Texas; Carl and Reta Cox, Plano, Texas; Corky and Diann Dewey, Savannah, Missouri; Suzie Roe, Bridget Maffry, Basehor; Gary and Sheryl Bartlett, Charles and Lela Heacock, Esther Henderson, Wichita; Ross and Alberta Sampson, Sarah Sampson, Haysville; Don and Sharon Kind, Salina; Loren and Mildred Cox, Newton; Jim and Wanda Howard, Derby; Dan Howard, Goddard; Ken and Vickey Frances, Overland Park; Cleda Cox, Ron and Fern Goodwin, Burns; Reva Goodwin, Randall and Heidi Schmidt, Calvin and Dawna Schmidt, Moundridge; Carson, Cortney, Caleb, Carter Cox, Ernie and Ruby Herrick, Emporia; Jimmie and Betty Beltz, Hutchinson; Todd Smith, Nickerson; Ashley and Ainsley Charest, Topeka. There were 11 from Joseph Riggs’ Family, 7 from Calvin Riggs’ Family, 21 from Henry Riggs’ Family and 3 Guests—Judy Albrecht. Betty Inlow and Cecilia Gale came in the afternoon to visit---totaling 47 present. Members were 10 from Joseph, 21 from Henry; 13 from Calvin; 3 guests.
PRESS RELEASE SUBMITTED TO: Wichita Eagle, Emporia Gazette, Hillsboro Star Journal, Hillsboro Free Press, Marion County Record, Chase County Leader-News and Peabody Gazette.
The location has changed this year only. We will be back at the Senior Center in Florence, KS. It will be open at 9:30 AM with coffee, juice and rolls. The basket dinner will be at 1:00 P.M. Drinks will be provided and please remember to bring your own table service.
We continue to make a concentrated effort to keep the Riggs family information updated and to obtain all email addresses for family members or interested parties. Please be sure to send us any corrections, changes or additions to mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses that we may not have or any genealogy information which includes FULL legal names, dates and location of births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions for each person in the family, spouse(s) and children, etc. We want to keep these listings current so there will not be so much work for our 80th anniversary NEXT YEAR! In case we have missed someone in this mailing, please share your invitation with everybody in your family and bring them along to the reunion. We would love for you to share copies of any pictures or family stories with us. You may bring these with you when you attend the reunion or mail them to me and I will forward them to the appropriate person.
The 80th Reunion Planning Committee has a special request for you: They want to have a Riggs Cookbook ready for the reunion next year. So they will need to collect our recipes now. They would like to have ALL family members represented in this book, so if you have something from our ancestors or some family favorites, please share with us. Try to have a great story to go along with your recipe. Many times the stories are more exciting than the recipe. Contact: Esther Henderson email@example.com, 3452 Ida, Wichita, KS 67216; Patty Delmott firstname.lastname@example.org, 1605 Prairie, Emporia, KS 66801; Sheryl Bartlett email@example.com, 9229 East Clark Street, Wichita, KS 67207-6619 or Annette Wrigley firstname.lastname@example.org, 10815 Arabian Way, Boise, ID 83709. You may also bring your contribution to the reunion.
Please bring your scrapbooks or anything from your ancestors that you would like for other family members to see on Sunday.
SEE YOU ON JULY 29th in Florence!! Mark your calendar now for the 80th Reunion July 26-27, 2008. We'll be back
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