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2001 Reunion

     I never knew how difficult it is to be the President of a family reunion. I found this out when I became President of the Stough-Stauch-Stouch Family Reunion. My sister, Sherry Stough Luckenbaugh was Secretary, and my wife, Melissa Baker Stough was the Treasurer. There help with this event is greatly appreciated.

     This event had well over 100 people in attendance, with family members traveling from Kansas, Virginia, Ohio, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, and many towns across Pennsylvania. For some of these people, it was the first time they were in this area. For others, they were raised here, and moved out of the area at some part of their lives. Many of them drove through the area to see the sites, and also see where their ancestors came from.

     There were many events, beginning with dinner, which consisted of items made by the attendees. There was enough food for everyone, and I am sure there was no one hungry when they left. A presentation was given on John George Stauch, our immigrant ancestor. His immigration was discussed, along with his 3 marriages, and all of his children. There were also many items for people to view, including deeds, wills, photos, etc.

     At the request of Shirley Eline Loughran, we had a patriotic sing-along, due to the events of Sept 11, 2001. Shirley, her husband Vince, and Tracy Stough led everyone in several of our country's most rousing songs. Many people brought items that were used in our raffle, including hand-made crafts and other items. Tickets were purchased for a chance to win one of these items. Prizes were also given for different categories, including oldest and youngest person, family that travelled the longest distance, etc. There was also a great game of bingo played.

     One of the most rewarding events of the day was the socialization of family members. There were many new friends made, and old acquaintances were brought together again. With many families attending that were new to the event and area, they were welcomed very warmly. Even though it was difficult to make this event happen, it turned out very well. Who knows what will occur at the Second Annual Stough-Stauch-Stough Family Reunion, but I know it will be a worthwhile event.