Sunday, July 26th, 2009 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Burns Community Center, Burns, KSMap
81st Annual Riggs Reunion
After a group picture was taken, the invocation was given by Calvin Schmidt followed by a basket dinner.
The business meeting was called to order by President, Dianne Dewey. Lela Heacock led the group in singing America The Beautiful. Each person attending then introduced themselves and their spouse and told their line of ancestors. First time family attendees were: Jim and Nicole Hoch, Warrenville, Illinois and Kevin, Dyane and Paul Smokorowski, Andover, Kansas. Minutes from last year were read by Reta Riggs Cox, secretary. Richard Riggs moved and Betty Bryant seconded that the minutes be approved as read. Motion carried. Treasurer’s report was given stating that there was a 7/31/2008 balance of $193.46, donations $220.00 by free will offering, $48.00 for cookbooks and directories for a total income of $461.46; expenses: postage for mailing cookbooks in Aug. 2008 was $17.46 and $75.00 for the hall rental totaling $92.46. We have an outstanding bill of $360.37 for the cookbooks. A $600.00 check had been mailed to Esther Henderson in Aug. 2008 to reduce the bill of printing the cookbooks leaving a balance of $360.37 still owed to her. Another check was mailed to Esther Aug. 2009 of $250.00 leaving her balance of $110.37 still owed on cookbooks. This leaves the treasurer with a balance of $119.00 for the upcoming year. It was moved and seconded that the treasurer’s report be accepted. Motion carried. The secretary reported that only emails had been sent out for the reunion this year. Because of finances the officers had decided not to mail out invitations for this year. It was the concensus of the group attending to continue with email only invitations. It was moved by Richard Riggs and seconded by Randy Riggs to retain the current officers. Motion carried. It was announced that Mildred Cox was not in attendance because she had fallen and hurt her arm. Gifts were given to: the oldest person attending the reunion who was Loren Cox, 92, Newton; the youngest member attending was Lydia Walker, born June 10, 2009, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Art Walker, Wichita, KS.; and for those who had come the farthest distance, Mr. and Mrs. Max Riggs, Sonoma, CA. The group decided to have the reunion in the Burns Community Center again next year and asked that Fern Goodwin reserve the building for us. The Burns Museum was opened to those who were interested. Those from our family who have passed away during the last year and their line of ancestors are: Florene Jackson---wife of Andrew Jackson---Joseph, Julia Angie, Martin; Carol Jeanneret---Henry, Walter, Edith, Bob; Sandy Riggs wife of Dale Riggs---Henry, James Marion, Earl; Howard Riggs---Henry, Thomas Ira, Thomas Glenn; David Johnson---Henry, George LeRoy, Ruth; Freda Ford---Henry, Jesse; Don Bryant---husband of Betty Bryant---Henry, Walter, Paul, Marion Ellis (Bob); Herbert LeRoy Riggs---Henry, Thomas Ira, Thomas Glenn; Willis Miller---husband of Carol Hanley Miller---Henry, George LeRoy, Thelma; Willis Max Riggs---Henry, James Marion, Doris; Mildred Ollie Riggs---wife of George Riggs---Henry, James Marion. Art Walker returned the friendship plate with homebaked individual cakes. The traveling plate was won by LaVerne Boyer and should be filled with goodies of some sort and passed to a family member or friend throughout the year or brought back to next year’s reunion with goodies for someone else. Handmade flag ornaments were made and donated by Judy Riggs. They were magnets to hang on your refrigerator. They were won by Abby Waters, Reva Goodwin, Art Walker, Ron Goodwin, Max Riggs, Shane Schartau, Nathan Waters. There were 6 members attending who still carried the Riggs’ name. They were Max and Rosemary Riggs, Richard Riggs, Randy Riggs, Judy Riggs, and Sarah Riggs all from the Marion Ellis (Bob) Riggs’ family. Dawna Schmidt moved we adjourn; seconded by Randy Riggs. The chair declared the meeting adjourned.
Those present were: Max and Rosemary Riggs, Sonoma, CA; Amy Farney, Enid, OK; Jim and Nicole Hoch, Warrenville, IL; Carl and Reta Cox, Plano, Texas; Corky and Dianne Dewey, Abby and Nathan Waters, Savannah, Missouri; LaVerne Boyer and Dillon Dewey, St. Joseph, Missouri; Randy Riggs, Nixa, Missouri; Gary and Sheryl Bartlett, Charles and Lela Heacock, Esther Henderson, Art, Cindy, Hannah and Lydia Walker, Wichita; Kevin, Dyane and Paul Smokorowski, Andover; Betty Bryant and Judy Riggs, Winfield; Ross and Alberta Sampson, Sarah Sampson, Haysville; Richard Riggs, Olathe; Sarah Riggs, Shawnee; Loren Cox, Newton; Cleda Cox, Ron and Fern Goodwin, Burns; Reva Goodwin, Calvin and Dawna Schmidt, Moundridge. There were 12 from Calvin Riggs’ Family, 26 from Henry Riggs’ Family, 2 from Mahlon Bradley Riggs’ Family and 2 Guests—Cory England, Shane Schartau---totaling 42 present.
Submitted by: Reta Riggs Cox, Secretary
There will be a dinner (each family at their own expense) at 6:00 P.M. at Abuelo's for Saturday, July 25th. The address is 1413 N. Waterfront Pkwy. in Wichita (basically 13th Street East and North Webb Road). We need a reservation for this by July 10th , so we can notify the restaurant of a count.
Please respond by email email@example.com, mail to 2540 Indian Hills Dr., Plano, TX 75075 or telephone 972-596-1104 on this evening plan.
Sunday, July 26th
Open 9:30 with Coffee, Juice and Donuts,Visiting, Pictures, Scrapbooks, Family History, Family Tree --- Anything you would like to share with other family members. Bring your computer, printer, scanner, paper, etc. Basket dinner at 1 PM with business meeting to follow. Please bring your own table service.
Points of Interest:
There is a map in the new Riggs’ Directory with many of our family’s historical places. Directories are now available. They will be at the reunion or will be mailed to you upon your order. Directories are $3.00 each.
We have printed a family cookbook with the recipes that you submitted to us. These are, also, now available for mailing or can be obtained at the reunion. Cookbooks are $8.00 each; however, if you want both the Directory and the Cookbook, the set is $10.00. Please include an additional $3.00 for each set to cover the postage if the order is to be mailed.
We will try to have The Burns Museum open at the old grade school on Sunday. There are many items there from
Because the cost of postage has gone up again and we still owe for printing the cookbooks and directories, your officers decided not to do a USPO mailing for this year’s reunion. Please notify all your relatives who do not have an email address of this year’s reunion and the Saturday night supper.
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