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.
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
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.