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.
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.
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
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