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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - December/January 2003
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William Wallace, aka Mel Gibson, has come to live in Beth's office!  Well, a paper cutout of William/Mel was brought in by Col. Jim Rodgers Armitage, M.A., and his mother, Ceta Rodgers Armitage from  Tampa, Florida.  Col. Rodgers is a member of The Retired Officers' Association, American Legion Post 147, VFW Post 14000, DAV Chapter 4 and The Sons of The American Revolution and The Sons of Confederate Veterans.  He is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the John Darling Lodge 154 F & AM, Scottish Rite, Egypt Shrine, National Sojourners, Heroes of '76 and is O.E.S., S.R.L.O.R, C.M.L.O.R. and K.C.S.C.   Mrs. Armitage is past president of the Florida Genealogical Society in Tampa. Mel/William is a little thin...and just a little the "worse for wear" but seems happy to be at The Odom Library!  "Mel/William" will reside safely in Beth's office until Scottish Weekend, when he will join The Odom Castle for picture-taking with Braveheart Scottish Weekend visitors!  In the meantime, if you visit The Odom Library, please come by Beth's office and say "Hi" to both "Mel/William" and Beth!

By the skin of our teeth...we've done it again!
We've done it because of YOU and your amazing generosity!
Because everyone is so excited about the upcoming holidays, this is always a scary issue for The Family Tree.  We have nobody to call upon if we don't have enough money to print and mail the paper.  We have no "slush fund" and no "sugar daddies."  (Although we wish for both!) All we have is our readers and our loyal advertisers.

Please think of us as the end of the year approaches and you perhaps have some funds that you can donate at a better tax advantage than you can keep or invest.  What is "peanuts" to other organizations would mean the difference in life and death to The Family Tree.  I read all the time about million dollar donations to already financially stable schools or charities...and think of what $25,000 would do for us.  (Well, of what $5,000 would do...$2000...$25?  Every contribution is important!)  $25,000 would make it possible for us to publish into the foreseeable future with the confidence that there would be a "next" paper.  Once we can't print just once...this paper is gone and it will be too late.  I am not kidding.  I am as serious as I can be...and the difference can be just a few thousand dollars. Please think of us and of what this little paper means to people all over the country and now all over the world. We are a 501 (c)(3) organization, so donations to us are tax deductible.

We have Super Postage Heroes this time!  We appreciate the St. Andrew's Society of Macrae Meadow from Jefferson City, Tennessee; Duaine T. Evans of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Ann McLeod of Temple Terrace, Florida; H.L. Campbell of Earle, Arkansas; and W. Downey of Southlake, Texas.

We have Super-Super Postage Heroes too!  We thank Everette and Alberta Mackey of Nicholasville, Kentucky!

Our Super-Dooper Postage Heroes this time include a lovely gift from The Clan Hamilton Society!  Many thanks, dear friends!  We also would like to thank SDPH's Gwendolyn Martin of Jonesboro, Georgia and Marcus J. Wallace from Texas!  Thank you!

Our Super-Super Dooper Postage Heroes this time include The Clan Buchanan Society in the United States and Canada who have sent a truly wonderful gift.  Thank you to all the fine Buchanans who made this gift possible!

One of the marvelous perks of what I do, is the opportunity to meet so many extraordinarily generous, nice and kind people.  We were houseguests of Inez Boothe at Stone Mountain this year and had the best time laughing and talking and giggling and cutting up with Inez and DeeDee and Bob and Pat and Max...and Inez' beautiful daughter, Suzanne.  I can't tell you how humbled I was and am - because Suzanne Boothe made a most generous and amazing contribution to my travel fund!  Thank you, Suzanne. I also got to meet Prince Charlie...Suzanne's diabetic cat...who seemed glad to meet me too...if chewing on my fingers means "glad" in cat.  He's a charmer! (Narra's nose is still out of joint because she knew I had been talking with another feline person!)

Thank you for all of your kindnesses...and for your generosity...and for your friendship.  This paper would not exist without all of them.

Kenneth A. Rose, Vice Convener of the Clan Rose Society of America with Miss Elizabeth Rose Baroness ofKilvarock Castle at Croy- Inverness, Scotland. Kenneth, and his wife, Patricia, visit Kilvarock on July 26, 2002 along with 38 other locals.  Miss Rose spoke to the group and then conducted a tour of the castle.  Miss Rose is the Chief of the Clan Rose Society of America which now has more than 300 members.

The annual Rose Reunion was held at Brush Creek Grange Hall Saturday, August 10, 2002 with fifty family members present.  Business was conducted by president Greg Rose of Nicolasville, Kentucky.  Prizes were won by: Oldest - Ralph Cusick; Farthest Traveled - Sherman & Ruth Wilson of Houston, Texas; Youngest - Liam Kenneth Rose, son of Brent and Julie Rose and Grandson of Kenneth and Patricia Rose. The resignation of Edith Rose Pickerington was accepted with regrets.  Ms. Pickerington has been secretary-treasurer for thirty years.  Mrs. Greg (Debbie) Rose was appointed to fill the position. Table committee was Greg, Brent and Matthew Rose. Next years' reunion will be held on the 1st Saturday in August at the Grange. More information may be obtained from Kenneth & Patricia Rose, 1237 Township Highway 302, Hammondsville, OH 43930.


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