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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

23 September 2017, 2 pm

United Baptist Church, Middleton N.S.

 

Attendance

Sixty-seven participants attended the conference.

Members Bill Curry (Regent), Cheryl Anderson (Vice-Regent), Gary Archibald (Treasurer), Gordon Wood (Past Regent), George Snow (Captain), Jean Wood (Elder), Ed Morrisey (Executive Member-at-Large), Ian Cook, Margaret Fearon, Carol Harding, Beth Hyslop, Albert Johnson, Elizabeth Landers, Carol Law, Ruth Legge, Anne MacKenzie, Deborah Trask, David White, Tom White, Vicki Wood, Kenneth Wyman. (21)

Associate Members Judi Archibald (Historian), Wilfred Allan (Secretary), Herb Anderson, Bobbi Jo Atkinson, JoAnne Bezanson, Nancy Conrad, J. Hugh Currie, Robert Elliot, Barry Frame, Valeria Greenwood, Kathy Howland, Donald Hyslop, Emile Jenkins, Bonnie Johnson, Bruce Law, Debbie Mader, Susan Moores, Marshall Moses, Jane Nelson, Ric Noble, Janice Phinney-Butler, Doreen Phinney-Furlong, Linda Ryall, Marlene Wood. (24)

Guests Barbara Andrews, Tammy Andrews-Tupper, Vaughn Bullerwell, Bettina Cook, Janet Eisses, Elaine Elliot, Rose Hamilton, Janet Herbin, Lois Jenkins, Jack Legge, Kimberly Longmire, Susan MacDonald Dill, Catherine Mallia, Jill Mattinson, Shirley Morrisey, John Parker, Denise Rice, Anne Strong, Gwen Trask, Carol Weir, Dave Whitman, Paulette Whitman. (22)

Regrets Dorothy Cameron, Glenn Cook, Phyllis Cunningham, Amy Dewhirst, Margaret Dougherty, Peter Fillmore, Debbie Tully Melvin, John Noble, Douglas Trask, Hazel Trask.

Call to Order & Welcome

The Meeting was called to order by the Regent, Bill Curry.

Approval of Agenda

Agenda was approved as circulated.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the 24 September 2016 Annual General Meeting were approved as circulated.

Ancestral Roll Call

The Regent read the ancestral roll and requested that members in attendance raise their hand when the name of one of their ancestors was read.  At this meeting, there were descendants from 26 Mayflower passengers. The number in parentheses is from the 2016 AGM. Numbers without parentheses were for names not read at the 2016 AGM.

 

 

Passengers           Descendants Present

John Alden                            7 (5)

Priscilla (Mullins) Alden        3

Isaac Allerton                         6 (11)

Mary (Norris) Allerton           5

John Billington                    10 (8)

William Bradford                   2 (0)

William Brewster                  14 (3)

Peter Browne                         3 (0)

James Chilton                         8 (5)

Francis Cooke                      12 (11)

Edward Doty                         1 (1)

Francis Eaton                         8 (7)

Moses Fletcher                       0 (0)

Edward Fuller                        0 (0)

Samuel Fuller                         7 (7)

 

Passengers           Descendants Present

Stephen Hopkins                  19 (16)

Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins     1

John Howland                      18 (12)

Richard More                         3 (3)

William Mullins                     5 (4)

Degory Priest                         0 (0)

Thomas Rogers                      4 (1)

Henry Sampson                     3 (0)

George Soule                         0 (0)

Miles Standish                        3 (0)

John Tilley                             9 (10)

Joan (Hurst) Tilley                 3

Richard Warren                    13 (9)

William White                        5 (1)

Edward Winslow                    3 (2)

 

 

Reading of the Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was read by the Regent.

Reports of Executive Officers

Treasurer Gary Archibald, submitted his report showing a bank balance of $3,965.02. It was moved and seconded (Gary Archibald/Bob Elliott) that the Treasurer’s report be approved as presented. Carried unanimously. Attached.

Historian Judi Archibald read her report. Attached.

Elder Jean Wood read her report. Attached.

Captain George Snow, reported that once again the ship is in good repair and the crew is raring to go.

Members-at-Large Ed Morrisey, no report. Gerry Curry (not present)

Vice-Regent Cheryl Anderson, no report.

Regent Bill Curry read his report. Attached.

Business Arising from the Minutes

Support for the Historian. It was moved and seconded (Gordon Wood/Cheryl Anderson) that up to $800 from the general fund be made available to the Historian for a membership in Ancestry and other resources, at her discretion. Carried unanimously.

New Business

2018 Conference and AGM. The Regent reported that the next N.S. Mayflower Colony conference will be held in Yarmouth, 28 & 29 September 2018; site to be announced. The Conference Chair will be Vice-Regent Cheryl Anderson.

Junior Membership It was moved and seconded (Carol Law/Deborah Trask) that the Nova Scotia Colony approach the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants with an offer to take the lead in developing a Canadian Junior Membership program. Bill Curry offered to take responsibility for this within the N.S. Colony. Carried unanimously.

Bus trip to Plymouth. The Treasurer asked for a show of hands of those who would be interested in a Colony bus trip to Plymouth Mass. between 2018 and 2020. About 30 hands were raised.

Adjournment by the Regent at 2:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted

Wilfred Allan

Secretary


 

Reports

Historian

Interest in becoming a Mayflower Descendant has increased dramatically and as a result, this has been another very busy and productive year.

The Canadian Historian, Nathan Mean, Co-Historian Donna Dennison and I are working together, as a team, re applications and keeping records of the progress of each application. Although I am the Historian for the Nova Scotia Colony, I am able to work with other prospective applicants throughout Canada and in various states as many of these applicants have many generations who have lived in Nova Scotia.

The following applicants had their Applications approved by Plymouth since our last meeting in September of 2016:

Carol Law – William Bradford

William Curry – John Howland

Elizabeth Landers – Francis Cooke

Margaret Fearon –Francis Cooke

Anne MacKenzie – Richard Warren

Two applications are awaiting approval in Plymouth; namely, Robert Elliot and Marshall Moses. These applications should be approved any day.

Three applications are with the Canadian Historian and will soon be sent to Plymouth for approval.

There are also a number of applications that are going through ongoing research and preview through myself and the Canadian Historian. They have met the proverbial ‘brick wall’ and need more research and are in my ‘active file’. These files are able to stay ‘active’ for three years.

Deborah Trask applied for dual membership. She is a Life Member of the Massachusetts Society and now a member of the Canadian Society. Deborah is also a member of the Nova Scotia Colony. Welcome Deborah.

Glenn Cook has transferred his membership from a State Society to the Canadian Society.

Throughout the year I have assisted applicants from New Hampshire, Florida, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, Ohio, Massachusetts and Ontario re searching for documents in Nova Scotia.

Part of the program during the Mayflower Conference being held in Middleton in September 2017, was to offer a ‘one on one meeting’ with the Historian and there was a total of 15 people who requested such a meeting. Hopefully, there will be people interested in pursuing their Mayflower Connection after these ‘meetings.’

As Historian, I am conducting a Workshop for anyone who would like to find out more about the Mayflower application process, during this 2017 Conference. The workshop, at the 2016 Conference, was very well attended; about half the attendees now have applications in varying stages of the application process.

To recap: At this time, there is a total of 45 applications that are in various stages – they have either been approved, waiting for approval, in the pre-approval process, beginning applications, brick walls, etc. This is a very time consuming process and I thank all the applicants for their patience while their application works its way through the various steps toward the approval process. The processing time in Plymouth is now between three and four months.

Thank you to the Nova Scotia Colony for the support given to the Historian and for the renewal of Ancestry for the Historian’s use. Also, thank you to Wilfred Allan for the use of his Silver Books and other books he has loaned me.   These books are invaluable sources for the Mayflower applications.  Also, thank you to Carol Law for the use of her Nickerson Books. I could not do this Historian’s work without the aid of Wilfred and Carol’s books.

It promises to be another very busy and productive year for the Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants.

Respectfully Submitted,

Judi Archibald, Historian,

NS Colony of Mayflower Descendants

 

 

Regent

The Nova Scotia Colony of the Mayflower Society is a very strong colony, indeed. The Canadian Society, of which we are a member recognized us this year as the most vital and growing group within our National Society, and we are proud that this year I and two other Nova Scotian representatives made up 3/5ths of the Canadian delegation to the Plymouth triennial Mayflower conference. As you heard this morning a lot was decided at the conference and we have lots of ideas and plans, both as a General Society and as a Nova Scotian Colony. Our biggest challenge, as it is for most ancestral societies is keeping our numbers up, as although we gain many members each year, we unfortunately also lose a few as well. To this end, the ideas you have heard this morning will hopefully address the issue.

I spent most of the time on the Colony’s behalf working on the website and on the Facebook pages, and preparing for the conference and keeping in touch with the Canadian parent Society. Our historian is a very hard worker and should be congratulated for her efforts have had us grow with a number of new members this last year. Judi’s papers, once filed are often simply passed straight through and her work is well known. Gary, Wilfred and the rest of the executive should also be commended and I would like to thank our Vice-Regent for taking the lead on making this conference happen as she and her group made all this possible.

I look forward to launching new actions which should help us with our key role of education and most of all fun as a Colony – and welcome all those who wish to assist.

The executive is already planning for 2018 and our next Nova Scotia Colony meeting – which we will hold in Yarmouth on September 28 and 29th 2018.

I hope to see you all, and even more, at that event.

Sincerely,

Bill Curry, Regent

NS Colony of the Mayflower Society

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Elder

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Harold Coggins in Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Middleton, Nova Scotia on October 18th 2016. Harold was born on October 4th 1916 at Westport, Digby County, Nova Scotia.

Harold was a founding member of the Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants.

He took great pride in this aspect of his family heritage.

I sent a card to Harold’s son Peter Coggins and Peter’s wife Jill and son Spencer expressing our condolences on behalf of the Colony.

Respectfully submitted

Jean Wood

Elder

 

 

FINANCIAL REPORT 2016-2017

 

Balance from 2015-16 $2,177.96
 
Memberships $910.00
for 2016-2017 $530.00  
for 2017-2018 $380.00  
 
2016 Conference registration $550.00 $326.13
raffle $210.00  
speaker -$50.00  
Digby Pines -$383.87  
 
2017 Conference registration $872.13 $872.13
 
Historian NE Historical Gen -$97.08 -$414.20
Ancestry.com -$417.12  
Copies, ink, AGM, others  
donation (historian) $100.00  
 
Sale of CSMD pins $25.00 $25.00
 
CSMD Rebate $58.00 $58.00
 
Donation $40.00 $40.00
 
Bank charges -$30.00 -$30.00
 31/08/2017 BALANCE   $3,965.02

Please note: The Financial year runs from September 1 to August 31, therefore income and expenses from the conference and dues often do not appear until the following financial year.

Respectfully submitted

Gary Archibald, Treasurer

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2017 Nova Scotia Mayflower Colony Conference

Friday & Saturday, 22 & 23 September 2017
United Baptist Church, Middleton, N.S.
Wheelchair accessible
 
Exploring Our Remarkable Mayflower Heritage
Friday Registration 6:00 pm. Meet & greet and program 7 to 9 pm
Saturday Registration 9:00 am. Program and workshops 10 am to 3 pm.
Advance registration $20 (includes refreshments Friday & Saturday; lunch on Saturday)

Registration forms will be available on-line June first.The advance registration fee of $20 is good for registrations received with payment by 8 September. After 8 September registrations will be $25.

Full details in the following links:

Schedule of Events
Conference Program (information, where to stay, where to eat, and other important details)

 

Watch this space for news about the program, accommodations and restaurants in the area.

 

 

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Special – by request of several members, and with Ian Lawrence’s permission, here is the text of Ian’s speech to the colony about Mayflower connections, particularly to Annapolis County, Nova Scotia and area:
Ian Lawrence Talk here

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting (AGM)  of the
The Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

24 September 2016, 2 pm

Digby Pines Hotel, Digby N.S.

Attendance (56, includes all who attended the conference)

Members & Associate Members: Bill Curry (Regent), Cheryl Anderson (Vice-Regent), Gary Archibald (Treasurer), Judi Archibald (Historian), Wilfred Allan (Secretary), Gordon Wood (Past Regent), George Snow (Captain), Gerry Curry (Elder), Herb Anderson, Bobbi Jo Atkinson, JoAnne Bezanson, Dorothy Cameron, Nancy Conrad, Don Cook, Glenn Cook, Marlene Cook, David Cunningham, Phyllis Cunningham, J Hugh Currie, Lynda Denton, Margaret Dougherty, Robert Elliot, Margaret Fearon, Carol Harding, Janet Herbin, Clive R Hopkins, Beth Hyslop, Albert Johnson, Elizabeth Landers, Carol Law, Anne MacKenzie, Debbie Mader, Susan Moores, Ed Morrisey, Shirley Morrisey, Marshall Moses, Jane Nelson, Dorothy Outhouse, Hugh Ryan, Deborah Trask, Jean Wood, Marlene Wood, Vicki Wood, Kenneth Wyman.

Guests: Joan Anderson, Amy Dewhirst, Elaine Elliot, Ronald Haight, Donald Hyslop. Ian Lawrence, Kimberly Longmire, Patrick Melvin, Maureen Potter, Charles Rhodes, Sheila Robinson, Debra Tully Melvin,

Regrets

Barb Cook, John Donahee, Wendy Donahee, Dawn Crowell Donaldson, Peter Fillmore, Marilyn Fisher, Doris Gates, Joan Hicks, Ruth Legge, Brenda Maxwell, Cindy Nickerson, Eleanor Smith, Norm Tait, H Douglas Trask, Hazel Trask, Dave White, Tom White, Robert Young.

Call to Order & Welcome

The Meeting was called to order by the Regent, Bill Curry, who welcomed the attendees.

Approval of Agenda

Agenda was approved as circulated.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes were approved as circulated.

Ancestral Roll Call

The Regent read the ancestral roll and requested that members in attendance raise their hand when the name of one of their ancestors was read.  At this meeting there were representatives from 19 Mayflower families. The number in parentheses is from the 2015 AGM. Over twenty participants were attending a concurrent workshop when the Roll Call was taken, consequently their numbers were not recorded.


Passengers           Descendants Present

John Alden                             5 (7)

Isaac Allerton                       11 (8)

John Billington                       8 (9)

William Bradford                   0 (0)

William Brewster                10 (15)

Peter Brown                           3 (2)

James Chilton                         5 (6)

Francis Cooke                      11 (7)

Edward Doty                          1 (4)

Francis Eaton                         7 (6)

Moses Fletcher                       0 (0)

Edward Fuller                        0 (0)

Samuel Fuller                         7 (5)

Passengers           Descendants Present

Stephen Hopkins             16 (18)

John Howland                 12 (13)

Richard More                      3 (2)

William Mullins                   4 (6)

Degory Priest                       0 (0)

Thomas Rogers                    1 (1)

Henry Sampson                   0 (0)

George Soule                       0 (0)

Miles Standish                     0 (0)

John Tilley                        10 (9)

Richard Warren                   9 (7)

William White                      1 (3)

Edward Winslow                 2 (0)

 

Reading Of The Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was read by the Regent.

Reports of Executive Officers

Treasurer Gary Archibald, submitted his report showing a bank balance of $2,177.96. It was moved and seconded (Gerry Curry/Ed Morrisey) that the Treasurer’s report be approved as presented. Carried unanimously. Report attached.

Historian Judi Archibald was conducting a research workshop concurrent with the AGM. Her report was read by Gary Archibald. Report attached.

Elder Gerry Curry stated that one of his duties was to send sympathy and get well cards to members and their families. He was not called upon to do that this year.

Captain George Snow, reported that the ship is in good repair and the crew is raring to go.

Member-at-Large Ed Morrisey, no report.

Vice-Regent Cheryl Anderson, no report.

Regent Bill Curry. Report attached.

Business Arising from the Minutes

Support for the Historian. It was moved and seconded (Gordon Wood/Cheryl Anderson) that up to $600 from the general fund be made available to the Historian for a membership in Ancestry and other resources, at her discretion. Carried unanimously.

New Business

2017 Conference and AGM. The Regent announced that White Point Lodge in Liverpool has been booked for the next N.S. Mayflower Colony Conference to be held 30 September 2017.

Nomination and Election of Officers

The following slate of officers for 2016 to 2018 was presented by the chair of the Nominating Committee, Past Regent, Gordon Wood:

Regent Bill Curry, Vice Regent Cheryl Anderson, Treasurer Gary Archibald, Historian Judi Archibald, Secretary Wilfred Allan, Captain, George Snow, Elder Jean Wood, Members-at-large Ed Morrisey and Gerry Curry, Past Regent Gordon Wood. There being no further nominations it was moved and seconded (Gordon Wood/Margaret Dougherty) that these be the Colony Officers for the coming term. Carried unanimously.

2020, the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower.

The Regent invited ideas for activities to be held during 2020. Suggestions included:

  • Invite the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants to meet in Nova Scotia.
  • Trip to Plymouth, Mass. and environs. Hire a bus at the Portland Maine ferry terminal.
  • Bring an interpreter from Plimoth Plantation to our 2020 Conference.
  • A Pilgrim related exhibit in the NS Art Gallery, Yarmouth and/or Yarmouth County Museum & Archives.
  • Have a Nova Scotia sightseeing tour to places that have Mayflower links, including cemeteries.
  • Liaise with Mass. Mayflower Society, New England Historical Genealogical Society & Genealogical Assoc of N.S..
  • Give Mayflower presentations to Historical Societies and Museums in N.S.

It was asked if Mayflower N.S. was linked to the ship or the flower. No one knew.

It was suggested we might have flags at the front of the room during meetings.

Ideas for 2020 will be added to our web site. Further suggestions are invited.

Adjournment by the Regent at 2:50 pm.

Respectfully Submitted

Wilfred Allan

Secretary

 

                                             Historian’s Report 2015-2016

24th September 2016

Interest in becoming a Mayflower Descendant has mushroomed and as a result this, again, has been a very busy and productive year.  Guidelines (regulations) regarding ‘proving parentage’ have tightened and in some cases, taking extensive research to complete applications.

The Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants have a newly appointed Historian, namely, Nathan Mean.  It has been a learning curve for the Historian, Co-Historian and myself during the year and communication has worked well and much appreciated.  The three of us are working together, as a team, re applications and keeping records of the progress of each application, I think has benefited all of us.

The following applicants had their Applications approved by Plymouth since our last meeting in September of 2015:

Carol Law – Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Isaac Allerton

David White, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia – William White

Thomas White, Kentville, Nova Scotia – William White

Norman Tait – Saint John, New Brunswick – Stephen Hopkins

Susan Tait – Saint John, New Brunswick – Stephen Hopkins

Linda Sartori – Boston, Massachusetts – James Chilton

Patricia Menzies, Calgary, Alberta – Thomas Rogers

Kenneth Wyman – Glen, New Hampshire – Francis Cooke

William Curry – Port Maitland, Nova Scotia – Stephen Hopkins (Supplemental)

The following applicants have had their Applications approved by the Canadian Historian and are now in the process of being forwarded to Plymouth for final approval.

Elsie Elizabeth Landers – Sandford, Nova Scotia  – Francis Cooke

Margaret Fearon – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – Francis Cooke

One application is to the final stage of documents being acquired and then the application will be sent to the Canadian Historian for his approval and subsequently, forwarded to Plymouth for final approval.

Marshall Moses – Gardner’s Mills, Nova Scotia – Francis Cooke

There are 2 applications waiting for that final ‘missing piece’ that, hopefully, will be in the stage of ordering the appropriate document soon.

There are also 4 applications that are going through ‘ongoing’ work and preview through myself and the Canadian Historian.  They all have met the proverbial ‘brick wall’ and need more research and are in my ‘active file’.

I have assisted applicants from New Hampshire, Florida, Massachusetts and Ontario throughout the year re research of documents in Nova Scotia.

With the news releases for the Annual Meeting/Conference in Digby, I have had 4 new inquires re their Mayflower ‘lines’.

In the spring Newsletter, The Canadian Pilgrim, of the 14 applicants that were approved through the Canadian Society, 6 of these applications were done through the Nova Scotia Historian!

To recap: there are, or have been, a total of 21 + approved applications, waiting for approval, beginning applications, brick walls, etc., that have gone through the Nova Scotia Historian since September 2015.

Thank you to the Nova Scotia Colony for the support given to the Historian and for the renewal of Ancestry for the Historian’s use.

It promises to be another busy and productive year for the Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants.

Respectfully Submitted

Judi Archibald

Historian

Regent’s Report

24 September 2016

The main efforts this year involved closing the meeting last year, and thanking very much our “guest” Chris Messier (aka Stephen Hopkins and/or Captain Jones), and then preparing for this year’s meeting.

I consulted many times with the Historian (thanks Judi for all your hard work!) about both personal projects (Stephen is now another “official” grandpa of mine…), but also about a number of folks tracking their ancestry. The website and Facebook pages were used quite heavily – we have almost 500 Facebook followers and the website has had hundreds of hits in the last couple of months, since the re-design.

The Colony is, as we’ve heard, focusing now on a two track path forward- we are working hard to revitalize our membership and we are looking at ways to get people excited about the Mayflower Society in general and our Colony in particular.
To this end the 400th celebration is something we can focus on, and so the exercise we just did, and our Vice-Regent and Secretary have worked long and hard to try to update our membership lists and contact people with an eye to renewing of maintaining membership – (Cheryl and Wilfred should be thanked greatly).
I would like to thank the entire executive, who worked hard to make this year’s event a success.

Our money situation is fine, thanks to Gary, our treasurer, and so we can now let you all know that next year’s 2017 Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants meeting will be in Liverpool at White Point Lodge on 30 September, 2017.

See you all there!

Sincerely,

Bill Curry
Regent

 

Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

Financial Report 2015-2016

Balance previous year              `                       $2,248.2

 

Membership                                                     $ 180.00          note 1

 

Conference                                                      -$102.75          note 2

 

Bank Charges                                                   $   32.50          note 3

 

Historian – Ancestry.Com.                                -$179.00         note 4

 

CSMD -rebate                                                  $    64.00         note 5

 

Balance Sept. 17, 2016                                    $2,177.96        note 6

 

Note 1

Many of the 2015-16 memberships were paid prior to the 2015 AGM, so many reflected in last year’s financial report

Note 2

Majority of 2015 conference expenses and registration appeared on the 2015-16 financial report. Nothing from the 2016 conference appears here.

Note 3

Colony pays $2.50 a month fee, one carryover fee from last year

Note 4

Historian subscription to Ancestery.com

Note 5

Bank balance as of September 17, 2016, no outstanding bills, receipts and no one has paid their 2016-17 dues for this year at this time.

Respectfully submitted

Gary Archibald

Treasurer

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The Annual General Meeting of the
Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

Will be held on

24 September 2016

at the Pines Resort in Digby, Nova Scotia.
The meeting will run promptly from 10am until 3pm,
with registration beginning onsite at 9:30 am
We will have a guest speaker, local historian, Ian Lawrence, who will speak on “What Brought Mayflower Descendants to Annapolis County in the 1700s?” and elections of officers in addition to a slide show about Plymouth, Massachusetts and a workshop for those who are not yet members entitled “So you want to trace your Mayflower roots”, led by our Colony Historian Judi Archibald.

the Pines

The Pines has a great dining experience with a choice of two menus – their formal dining room or the 19th hole – both of which offer wonderful meals, and there are special room rates available for those wishing to attend the night before or after the meeting.

The Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower descendants in known for our wonderful warmth and fun atmosphere, all while holding activities that help us remember the contributions our ancestors made. We are looking forward to seeing anyone interested in the Mayflower passengers or early colonial life in New England or Nova Scotia at our meeting. You can get more information and be placed on our mailing list by e-mailing us at:

wcurry@billcurry.ca

Program for the 24th September Meeting:
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 registration

$10 – advance registration not required; complimentary tea and coffee. Yearly membership dues of $10.00 can also be paid at this time.

10:00 to Noon

A Visit to Plymouth

Presentation by professional photographer and Mayflower Colony Regent, Bill Curry.

What Brought Mayflower Descendants to Annapolis County in the 1700?

Talk by Ian Lawrence, author of Historic Annapolis Royal, Images of Our Past

 Noon to 1:30

Lunch on your own at Churchill’s Restaurant and Lounge or 19th Hole Clubhouse & Eatery at the Pines- see www.digbypines.ca for menus.

1:30 to 3:00

So You Think You Are a Mayflower Descendant!

Workshop with Judi Archibald, Mayflower Colony Historian. Bring information on your possible Mayflower ancestry with you. This workshop will be held concurrently with the 2010 Brainstorm and the Annual General Meeting.

Celebrating 2020, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower 

Brainstorm ideas with Bill Curry

Mayflower Colony Annual General Meeting

A brief meeting to look after business for the coming year.

Stay tuned for other afternoon activities including a raffle of Mayflower themed items.

Welcome Pilgrims!

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Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the
The Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

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12 September 2015

Yarmouth County Museum, Yarmouth N.S.

Attendance (42, includes all those who attended a Conference event)

Bill Curry (Regent), Cheryl Anderson (Vice-Regent), Gary Archibald (Treasurer), Judi Archibald (Historian), Wilfred Allan (Secretary), Gordon Wood (Past Regent), George Snow (Captain), Gerry Curry (Elder), Margaret Dougherty (Deputy Governor, Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants), Bobbi Jo Atkinson, Joanne Bezanson, Veralyn Bonnar, Dorothy Cameron, Barbara Cook, Andrew Covert, Charlotte Covert, Phyllis Cunningham, Nancy Curry, Norma Curry, Dawn Donaldson, Tootsie Emin, Margaret Fearon, Carol Harding, Beth Hyslop, Ruth Kirk, Elizabeth Landers, Eleanor Loomer, Debbie Mader, Christopher Messier (from Plimoth Plantation, as Stephen Hopkins & Capt Christopher Jones), Marshall Moses, Emma Nickerson, Tom Perry, Hugh Ryan, Shirley Ruggles Sullivan, Trina Thomas, Deborah Trask, Gwen Trask, David White, Tom White, Jean Wood, Marlene Wood, Vickie Wood.

Regrets

Ed Morrisey, Albert Johnson, Carol Law, Penny Henneberry, Pearl Henneberry, Caroline Hubbard, Susan Moores

Call to Order & Welcome

The Meeting was called to order by the Regent, Bill Curry, who welcomed the attendees.

Approval of Agenda

Agenda was approved as circulated.

Approval Of Minutes

MOVED and SECONDED (Gary Archibald/Gerry Curry) that the Minutes of the AGM of 8 November 2014 be approved as circulated. CARRIED.

Ancestral Roll Call

The Regent read the ancestral roll and requested members in attendance to raise their hand when the name of one of their ancestors was read. At this meeting there were representatives from 18 Mayflower families. The number in parentheses is from the 2014 AGM.

Passengers Descendants Present

John Alden 7 (3)

Isaac Allerton 8 (4)

John Billington 9 (6)

William Bradford 0 (1)

William Brewster 15 (7)

Peter Brown 2 (1)

James Chilton 6 (3)

Francis Cooke 7 (6)

Edward Doty 4 (3)

Francis Eaton 6 (3)

Moses Fletcher 0 (0)

Edward Fuller 0 (0)

Samuel Fuller 5 (3)

Stephen Hopkins 18 (12)

John Howland 13 (8)

Richard More 2 (2)

William Mullins 6 (2)

Degory Priest 0 (0)

Thomas Rogers 1 (1)

Henry Sampson 0 (0)

George Soule 0 (0)

Miles Standish 0 (0)

John Tilley 9 (7)

Richard Warren 7 (5)

William White 3 (3)

Edward Winslow 0 (3)

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Chris Messier from Plimoth Plantation appeared as Stephen Hopkins

Reading Of The Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was read by Stephen Hopkins (as interpreted by Christopher Messier).

Reports Of Executive Officers

Historian, Judi Archibald,: report attached. Gordon Wood noted that without a Historian we would not flourish as a Colony. There were a number of comments noting the superb contribution Judi has made to the Colony.

Elder/Members, Gerry Curry stated that his goals for the coming year are to increase our membership and to lower the median age of the membership through recruitment in the schools.

Captain, George Snow, reported that the ship was sailing well.

Member-at-Large, Ed Morrisey, no report.

Treasurer, Gary Archibald, submitted his report showing a bank balance of $2,248.21. Full report attached. MOVED and SECONDED (Gary Archibald/Cheryl Anderson) that the treasurer’s report be approved as presented. UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED.

Regent, Bill Curry: report attached.

Correspondence

None reported

 

Business Arising from the Minutes

Support for the Historian. It was MOVED and SECONDED (Gerry Curry/Gordon Wood) that up to $600 out of the general fund be made available to the Historian for a membership in Ancestry and other resources. UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED.

New Business

2016 AGM and Conference. It was agreed the location of next year’s meeting be left to the Colony executive. There was divided opinion about White Point Lodge being a potential location. The time of year of this year’s meeting was regarded positively.

Adjournment: moved by Gerry Curry.

Respectfully Submitted

Wilfred Allan

Secretary

 

Historian’s Report

12 September 2015

This has been another busy and productive year for the Historian.

The following applicants had their Applications approved by Plymouth so far this year:

Carol MacDormand,Moncton,New Brunswick – James Chilton

Elizabeth Hyslop, Kingston, Nova Scotia – Richard Warren

The following applicants have had their Applications approved by the Canadian Historian and are now on their way to Plymouth for final approval:

Carol Law, Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Isaac Allerton

David White, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia – William White

Thomas White, Kentville, Nova Scotia – William White

Norman Tait, Saint John, New Brunswick – Stephen Hopkins

Susan Tait, Saint John, New Brunswick – Stephen Hopkins

The following Applications have been sent to the Canadian Historian and should be approved by the Canadian Historian very soon:

Linda Sartari, Boston, Massachusetts – James Chilton

Patricia Menzies, Calgary, Alberta – Thomas Rogers

There are five applications that are ‘in the process’ of gathering documents and, hopefully, will soon be on their way to the Canadian Historian.

Assistance was given to an applicant from San Antonia, Texas with documents she needed from Yarmouth and Shelburne Counties and sent all documents that I was able to find. She tells me her application has been sent to the Texas Historian for approval.

In April, Wilfred Allan and I did a presentation at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives entitled ‘You are Probably a Mayflower Descendant’. I outlined the process that one follows, from start to finish, to become a ‘Mayflower Descendant’ and Wilfred helped any one in the audience, whose grandparents were from Yarmouth County, trace their Mayflower ‘lineage’. This presentation was well attended and well received.

Thank you to the Nova Scotia Colony for the great support given to the Historian. I appreciate, and continually use, Ancestry and would ask that the Colony please continue this subscription. Also, a much appreciated thank you to Jean Wood, Cheryl Anderson and Shirley Ruggles-
Sullivan for their donations for resources for the Historian.

Before closing, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Canadian Historian, Susan Roser, who is retiring after 22 years as the Historian. Susan’s commitment, knowledge and history will be very much missed, by me and anyone who wishes to follow their Mayflower path. Susan was always at the ‘other end of the telephone line’; the fastest email responder ever; and willing to give advice and help in any way she could. All the best to Susan, and although she is retiring as the Canadian Historian, I am sure it only means she will be working in other avenues in the Mayflower ‘world’.

To recap! There have been 2 approvals from Plymouth; 5 approvals from the Canadian Historian and on their way to Plymouth; 2 applications ‘in the process’ and 5 applications to ‘work on’ and over the last 4 years as Historian, there have been only 2 applications that have hit the proverbial ‘brick wall’ but are still in my ‘active’ file!

As I write this report there have been 2 more applications that I have received through email and another person to contact that has been trying to get their application approved but has not been able to find the required documents.

Respectfully Submitted

Judi Archibald

Historian

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Regent’s Report

12 September 2015

The main focus of my time as Regent for the last year has been to do work that would let folks know about the Mayflower Society in general and our Nova Scotia Colony in particular.

As such, I have corresponded with the Canadian Society routinely and have contributed to the Canadian Society’s Facebook and website media outlets. I have also travelled to a few groups in Nova Scotia, where the Mayflower Society was mentioned as an item I’m working in conjunction with the cemetery work here in Port Maitland and Beaver River. As such, I spoke at a conference in Antigonish, mainly focusing on the QR codes and our cemetery restoration work, but mentioning that more than 75% of the people in our three historic cemeteries are probable Mayflower descendants. I also spoke along the same lines to a group having a family reunion in Yarmouth (the Haskell family, of whom I am a descendant) and made them aware of the deep Mayflower ties of their ancestors, and a similar talk was given to a group of Americans from as far away as Texas and Florida who were visiting Yarmouth and learning about cemeteries and Nova Scotia’s past. I have also researched continuously the connections between Yarmouth and Barrington, NS and the people who came here in the late 1700’s and the communities they came from, namely the Sandwich, Mass. area.

I also ran our website for the year – we have had almost 13,000 visitors in the year to our website and I am just now updating the new genealogies and Proven and Probable lines to the Mayflower for display on the site – it isn’t too late to get your information to me so that we can add our connections. I have also instituted and run our Facebook group site for the NS Colony, which to date has 327 members.

I have also spent time helping to organize this conference, but would like to thank Gary, Judi, Gordon and Wilfred in particular for their help putting the program we’ve had here today and yesterday together.

I look forward to this coming year, and hopefully we can continue to grow interest in the Society and our Colony and that some may wish to join us in our perpetuation of the wonderful story of the Mayflower and her passengers.

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Curry
Regent

Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

Financial Report 2014-2015

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Nova Scotia Colony AGM and Conference 2015
Posted on June 13, 2015
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Annual Conference 11 and 12 September , 2015 Yarmouth, NS

Friday, Sept. 11th – 6:00 p.m. – Supper upstairs at Rudder’s Restaurant on Water Street with “Stephen Hopkins“ who will speak on his life prior to the Mayflower. This event will have a limit of 35 people, there will be a cover charge of $10.00 and people will order and pay for their own food off the menu.

Saturday, Sept. 12th – at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives on Collins Street. Registration fee of $10.00 which includes a light lunch.

9:30 a.m. – Registration
10:00 a.m. – Greetings, Introductions and Colony Updates
11:00 a.m. – “Stephen Hopkins” – his connection with the Mayflower and life at the Plantation
Noon – a light luncheon of sandwiches, sweets, coffee and tea.
1:00 p.m. – Chris Messier will speak on his various experiences at the Plimoth Plantation and beyond.
2:00 p.m. – Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants Annual

General Meeting.

Who can attend? Anyone who is a descendant of the Mayflower passengers but also anyone who wishes to learn more about these people and their lives. For further information please contact:
Gary Archibald email – archibaldg@eastlink.ca or Phone – 902-742-4195
Minutes of the Colony’s AGM – 8 November 2014
Posted on January 19, 2015
Minutes, Annual General Meeting (AGM)
of the
The Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

8 November 2014

Yarmouth County Museum, Yarmouth N.S.

to be submitted for approval at 2015 AGM

Attendance (20)

Bill Curry (Regent), Gary Archibald (Treasurer), Judi Archibald (Historian), Gordon Wood (Past Regent), Ed Morrisey (Member-at-Large), George Snow (Captain), Cheryl Anderson, Dorothy Cameron, Gerry Curry, Shirley Morrisey, Shirley Ruggles Sullivan, David White, Tom White, Deborah Trask, Marlene Wood, Dawn Crowell Donaldson, Bobbi Jo Atkinson, Deborah Mader, Carol Harding, Wilfred Allan (Acting Secretary).

Regrets

Susan Moores, Arnold Johnson

Call to Order & Welcome

The Meeting was called to order by the Regent, Bill Curry, who welcomed the attendees.

Approval of Agenda

MOVED and SECONDED (Gerry Curry/Ed Morrisey) that the Agenda be approved as circulated. CARRIED.

Approval Of Minutes

MOVED and SECONDED (Gordon Wood/Dorothy Cameron) that the Minutes be approved as circulated. CARRIED.

Ancestral Roll Call

The Regent read the ancestral roll and requested members in attendance to raise their hand when the name of one of their ancestors was read. At this meeting there were representatives from 20 Mayflower families.

Passengers Descendants Present

John Alden 3

Isaac Allerton 4

John Billington 6

William Bradford 1

William Brewster 7

Peter Brown 1

James Chilton 3

Francis Cooke 6

Edward Doty 3

Francis Eaton 3

Moses Fletcher 0

Edward Fuller 0

Samuel Fuller 3

Passengers Descendants Present

Stephen Hopkins 12

John Howland 8

Richard More 2

William Mullins 2

Degory Priest 0

Thomas Rogers 1

Henry Sampson 0

George Soule 0

Miles Standish 0

John Tilley 7

Richard Warren 5

William White 3

Edward Winslow 3

Reading Of The Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was read by the Regent.

Reports Of Executive Officers

Historian, Judi Archibald,: report attached.

Elder, Wilfred reported that our Elder, Dorothy Allan, died this past August at the age of 101. Gary Archibald noted that she was the oldest member of the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants and asked that there be a moment of silence in her memory, which was done.

Captain, George Snow, reported that the ship still sailing well but there some damage to flags this summer during Hurricane Arthur.

Member-at-Large, Ed Morrisey, no report.

Treasurer, Gary Archibald, submitted his report showing a bank balance of $1,982.79. Full report attached. MOVED and SECONDED (Gary Archibald/Gerry Curry) that the treasurer’s report be approved as presented. CARRIED.

Regent, Bill Curry: report attached.

Nominations

Past Regent, Gordon Wood, presented the following nominations for officers for the next two years: Regent: Bill Curry; Vice Regent: Cheryl Anderson; Past Regent: Gordon Wood; Treasurer: Gary Archibald; Historian: Judi Archibald; Secretary: Wilfred Allan; Elder: Gerry Curry: Captain: George Snow; Member at Large: Ed Morrissey; Webmaster: Bill Curry; Membership/Promotions: Gerry Curry. MOVED and SECONDED (Gordon Wood/Ed Morrissey) that the Nominations report be adopted.. The Regent called for further nominations three times. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

Correspondence

An anonymous card was read at the meeting that read: Way to Go, Time for celebrations!, 10 Years. WOW.

Business Arising from the Minutes

The Regent led a discussion about the following:

The possibility of the Nova Scotia Colony becoming the Nova Scotia Society of Mayflower Descendants

It was MOVED and SECONDED (Gerry Curry/Cheryl Anderson) that the Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants develop a membership program for the purpose of becoming a state society. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

New Business

Branding the Nova Scotia Colony: Following a presentation by Gerry Curry it was MOVED and SECONDED (Gordon Wood/Cheryl Anderson) that the branding proposal and logo design for the Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants presented by Gerry Curry be adopted. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY. Logo and Design attached.

Support for the Historian. It was MOVED and SECONDED (Gerry Curry/Gordon Wood) that up to $300 out of the general fund be made available to the Historian for a membership in Ancestry. CARRIED. Cheryl Anderson reported she would make a contribution towards this expense.

2015 AGM and Conference. It was MOVED and SECONDED (Gary Archibald/Carol Harding) that the 2015 Nova Scotia Colony Annual General Meeting and Conference be held in Yarmouth. Gary Archibald offered to provide the leadership for the event.

Membership recruitment. It was MOVED and SECONDED (Gary Archibald/Ed Morrisey) that the Membership/Promotions chair be given a budget of $50 to contact members not in attendance at this meeting to encourage them to renew their membership. CARRIED

Signing Officers, It was MOVED and SECONDED (Gerry Curry/GordonWood) that our signing officers for the next two years be any two of the Regent, Secretary and Treasurer.. CARRIED

Adjournment: moved by Gerry Curry.

Historian’s Report

November 9, 2014

This has been a busy year for the Historian. Herbert Douglas Trask was approved by Plymouth in the spring. Carol MacDormand from Moncton has passed the Canadian Historian and her application is now in Plymouth for final approval.

The application for Elizabeth Hyslop of Middleton is in the process of approval.

David White’s application should be sent to Ontario in the next couple of weeks for approval.

I am working on an Application for Carol Law in Wolfville. This application is also very close to being sent to Ontario. Another application that is close to being submitted is for Brian Trask. When this application is approved, 4 members of the Trask family will be approved Mayflower Descendants! Thank you to Cheryl for her assistance with the Trask family applications.

My next application to research is Gordon Wood’s.

This past year I held a genealogy workshop at the Western Counties Regional Library for retired teachers of Yarmouth County. Also visited Barrington and held a workshop on the process involved in researching and documentation needed for Mayflower descendants.

I would like to thank the Nova Scotia Colony for the great support given to the Historian. I appreciate, and continually use, Ancestry and would ask that the Colony please continue this subscription.

To recap! There have been 2 approvals, 6 applications that should be submitted in the next few weeks; then Gordon’s application; and at least 5 more to work on.

Respectfully Submitted

Judi Archibald

Historian

Regent’s report to the Annual General Meeting of the

Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

November 8, 2014

1. After the Barrington AGM:
a. Did up minutes and updates on the website

b. Put up extras line on the website and cleaned the presentation of the site

c. Entered photographs and descriptions on website

d. Sent all of the above to the Canadian Mayflower Society

2. Website maintenance and updates –

a. Installed a security package (a free one) and have spam protection in place (>5000 attempts at hacking)

b. Over 9000 people have viewed the website in the past year

c. The most “read” page is the “News” page and then the individual lines pages.

3. The Mayflower Society 40th General Congress

a. Attended as Regent of our Colony

b. Thoughts on the Congress in general

c. Focus on Membership – interesting in the context of #4 below

d. Interesting tidbits gleaned

4. The NS Colony of Mayflower Descendants and our status of Colony vs Society

a. chatted with several folks at the Congress and learned a lot

b. essentially the answer is “yes” we could become a Society. The discussion in a bit is “should we”?

5. The State of the NS Colony

Thanks to all who helped out: particularly, Gary and Judi, Wilfred, Gordon and my wife Norma (who, it should be noted, is a Cooke descendant…now to try to prove that one!)

Respectfully Submitted

Bill Curry
Regent, NS Colony of Mayflower DescendantsNOVA SCOTIA SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS

 

Respectfully submitted October 2014

Gary Archibald

Treasurer

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Colony AGM – November 8, 2014
Posted on November 4, 2014
Nova Scotia Colony Annual Meeting November 8, 2014
The Nova Scotia Colony will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Nova Scotia Colony. The day will include a slideshow of Plymouth and area, a discussion about the ties between Plymouth and Nova Scotia and a tour of the Town Point Cemetery (Chebogue), led by Colony Regent Bill Curry’s four times great-grandmother Abigail Robbins, portrayed by Judi Archibald and the notorious Squire John Crawley portrayed by Wilfred Allan. The cemetery is the first known burial ground of the first English-speaking settlers who arrived in the Yarmouth area aboard the Pompey Dick from New England on June 9, 1761.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Bill Curry.
Fall Meeting of the Colony
Posted on October 6, 2013

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P1150873The annual meeting of the Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants was held in Barrington, Nova Scotia on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
Over 30 people attended and we heard presentations from Barrington area history buffs, from Gwen Trask playing the unforgettable role of Mehitable Trask and a wonderful presentation on the history of the Barrington Meeting House and Burying Grounds. The AGM was held immediately afterward, with the new executive being installed, and then many folks went to the Lobster Shack for a late lunch/early supper. All in all, a super way to meet – and we look forward to another fall meeting next year! If you think you may be descended form a Mayflower passenger, or wish to learn more – use the contact link and drop us a line or give us a call. We’d love to share our passion with others.

tarskGwen Trask as Mehitable Trask addressing the Meeting

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Fall Meeting of the NS Colony…
Posted on August 25, 2013
The Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants will hold their yearly meeting, October 5, 2013, at The Barrington Meeting House Museum, Barrington, NS. The 1765 meeting house was built when about fifty Cape Cod families founded Barrington Township. The majority of the people living in the area are descended from those original families and can trace their ancestry to the Mayflower. The restored meeting house is a Nova Scotia Museum property and typical of what was being used in early New England. Plan to join us at this lovely seaside community to hear the history of the area where Cape Cod family names like Hopkins, Perry, Smith, Doane, Nickerson etc. are the majority. Plans are underway for a Friday evening, October 4, social gathering in the Yarmouth area. Watch for meeting updates on our website http://www.mayflowernovascotia.ca, our newsletter or contact: jgwood@eastlink.ca.

Full Information below:

mayflowerannounce

The Nova Scotia Colony of Mayflower Descendants

October 13, 2012

MacDonald Museum in Middleton

Friday the 12th an Open House at Bonnie and Albert Johnson’s home at 44 School Street starting at 7:30 pm. An opportunity to talk to old friends and meet some new ones.

Saturday, the 13th at the MacDonald Museum at 21 School Street, Middleton

9:00 to 10:00 am an opportunity to view the exhibits at the Museum and to register for the program

10:00 to 10:45 Annual General Meeting

11:00 to noon Bill Curry and Wilfred Allan – The Colony website and the Old Beaver River and Port Maitland Cemeteries Preservation Society connections.

12:00 to 1:15 Light lunch provided and continue to view exhibits

1:15 to 2:00 The History of Middleton and Area – Sylvester Atkinson – Former Mayor of Middleton

2:00 – 2:30 Update on the Colony and future plans

Registration fee of $5.00 to help cover cost of rentals and lunches. If you are coming it would help if you let Gary know – archibaldg@eastlink.ca

Two possible motels: others may be available as well-

Mid Valley Motel

www.midvalleymotel.com/ 121 Main Street Box 129. Middleton, NS B0S 1P0, Phone (902) 825-3433. Fax (902) 825-3259. Toll Free 1-866-332-3433 (mention Colony Conference and maybe $79.00) .

Fundy Spray

http://www.fundyspraymotel.ca/ Main Street Middleton. Phone 902-825-3424. (Mention Colony Conference and maybe $69.00)

Hope to see you there – and feel free to bring a friend.

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Nova Scotia Mayflower Colony meets in Yarmouth – Fall 2011
Posted on July 5, 2012
Below is a photo of the Colony as we met in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in the Fall of 2011.

 

December 27, 2011
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