2009-09-10 / Family

Park Family Holds Reunion

The 45th annual reunion for the descendants of Clay and Alice Park was held Sunday, August 16, at Dublin Mills Church pavilion. It was a beautiful day with the six present who attended the very first reunion.

The blessing was given by Benjamin Souders and the buffet-style meal was enjoyed at 1:00 p.m.

The annual meeting got under way after the delicious meal. The scripture reading was read by Harold Adams. The election of officers remained the same this year: Harold Adams - president; Steve Grissinger - vice president; Dauna Baker - secretary; and Jean Adams - treasurer.

The adult games were led by Helen Souders. The winners were: Wallace Newman, whitest hair; Harold Adams, the biggest feet; Elloise Swope, oldest person; Sheldon Hess, travelled the farthest; Matt and Danielle Clapsadle, newest newlyweds. The points games were won by Erin Winegardner and Jenny Murdoch. Pieces of candy in a jar was won by Brian Newman, and the TV trivia game was won by B.J. Strait. The mother/daughter game was won by Tina and Hannah Woodal. Next year's adult games will be led by Brenda Crook.

Childrens games were led by Jennifer Chappell and Kristen Miller. The children made their own sand art and sun visors. The pieces of candy in a car was won by Harley Cohenour, and the pinthe tail-on-the-donkey games were won by Sean and Devon Crook. A water balloon battle soon followed, which was a nice way to cool off in the August heat. Next year the leaders for the children's games will remain the same.

The family celebrated its 2009 gathering with 89 members, guests and friends in attendance as follows:

Steve and Evelyn Grissinger, Dublin Mills; Benjamin and Michael Souders and Elloise Swope, Maddensville; Irene B. Miller, Jim, Tammy, Brittany, Jimmy and Dalton Nearhood, Allan and Jennifer Chappell, Kristen Miller, Harley Cohenour, Dauna Baker, Robert Mills, Alan Peterson, Pat Barrick, all of Three Springs; Jean and Harold Adams, Lewistown; Helen and Jay Souders, Hustontown; George Barrick and Wanda Snyder, both of Shade Gap; Lester and Dolores Swope, Alan, Elizabeth and Nick Shew, Wallace, Norma, Nelson, Brandi, Pearl, Reed, Brian, Helen, Andrew and Cynthia Newman, Nicole Altland, Dolores Watkins, Denise, Conner and Braden Chapman, all of Chambersburg; Todd, B.J. and Cordell Strait, Matt, Danielle and Dorion Clapsadle, Melanie Hendershot, Nina Souders, Harry Hendershot, all of McConnellsburg; Lanny and Sonja Newman, Fayetteville; Eric, Anita, Michael and Emily Newman, Mercersburg; Fred, Marie and Phyllis Foster, Cypher; Anthony Diflavis, Everett; John, Phyllis, Bill, Tina and Hannah Woodall, Ryan Evans, Billie Woodall, Zack Kinnan, all from Fairmont; Travis, Heather, Ashlyn and Emily Foster, Martinsburg; Bob, Gaynelle and Mary Straughan, Walnut Bottom; and Ruth Gladfelter, Brenda Crook, Jen Murdcok, Sean and Devon Crook, all from Wellsville.

Travelling from outside the state were Ruth Haines from Sudlersville, Md.; Sheldon, Ann and Sheldon Hess Jr., and Ashley Adams from Ohio.

Next year's reunion will be August 15, 2010.

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