Monday, May 09, 2011

Illinois Branch, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims

The Illinois Branch (ie. chapter) of the National Society of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims had our end of year meeting today.  We had a nice turnout of 21 people who enjoyed a delicious lunch at Braxton's Seafood restaurant in Oak Brook.  Our program was about Lewis & Clark's expedition and was a member participation program.
The NSSDP is a group of men and women who can trace their lineage back to an immigrant ancestor who settled within the continental U.S. before 1700 - a broader definition of Pilgrim than some might think.  The group is nice because, in addition to its co-ed membership, there are junior members (under 20) and associate members (spouses who don't have the lineage themselves).  Many of our members bring their husbands or wives to the meetings.  We were happy to have met our goal of 50 members at this meeting.  Not bad, considering our Branch is only 5 years old!
This meeting marked a change in Officers - those who had served over the past 2 years were thanked, and a new group was installed for the next term.  Congratulations to Gayle Coan, the new Branch Governor, and all the new Branch Officers.  Now it is time for this webmistress to update our webpage :-)

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