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Russell Blue welcomed everyone to the fifth annual Blue Family Reunion on Aug. 4 at First Baptist Church, Kenton. Rebecca Blue-Alexander asked for everyone in attendance to gather together in a circle and count off for an account of how many were in attendance. A total of 45 were counted, but several more entered after the prayer was given to increase attendance to 50. Brad Blue gave the invocation before the buffet lunch at 12:30 p.m.
A brief business meeting was held after lunch. Each family group was introduced beginning with Russell Blue. Geographical distances were discussed. Sandra Oakly had come from Orange County, Calif. Jerry Stambaugh had come from Alabama. There were five from Texas, six from Michigan, two from Tennessee and one from Oklahoma.
Secretary/treasurer report was given by Rebecca Blue-Alexander. She reported that there is no money in the family treasury and they passed the basket for contributions. A total of $97.68 was collected.
Suggestions were made for next year’s reunion. All agreed that a white elephant or silent auction with tickets would be a fun way to generate funds. Those who were in attendance at the first reunion of the 21st century in October of 2008 recalled how fun that event was and that we should all plan to do that again in 2013.
The next item was a request to hold our reunion on the second Saturday of August in 2013. The past three years it has been on the first Saturday of August, but for the benefit of some who know their schedule for the coming year and have to travel, everyone agreed to hold the Blue Reunion on Aug. 10, 2013.
It was decided to continue meeting at this location again. It is convenient with a nursery and swings outside for the young and air conditioning for the old.
The youngest family member present was Avery Blue (daughter of Brad and Kera). The eldest family members are Aunt Marilyn Blue Oborn and Lois Stout.
Everyone was thanked by Russell for making the trip be it near or far and encouraged everyone to drive safely.