Fall Gathering 2017 The Order of the First Families of Mississippi
The Fall Gathering of The Order of the First Families of Mississippi was held in Jackson, Mississippi, on Saturday, October 7, 2017, with about 150 members and guests in attendance. This year the Fall Gathering celebrated Mississippi’s two hundred years of statehood and the organization’s own Fiftieth Anniversary. That these two auspicious occasions coincided made 2017 a special year, indeed.
The event’s Welcome Party was held at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion at 10:00 a.m. Artist Don Jacobs was the guest of OFFM member Bill Perkins. Mr. Jacobs had painted a mural on the wall in the governor’s conference room, which usually is not open during social functions at the Mansion. It was a special treat for the members and guests to be allowed to view it.
A noon luncheon at the Country Club of Jackson followed the Welcome Party. The guest speaker was William “Brother” Rogers, director of the Programs and Communications Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. His power-point presentation, entitled “A Romp Through 200 Years of Mississippi History,” highlighted some of the many historical markers throughout the state.
Historian General Dr. Janet Schriver gave an overview of the history of The Order of the First Families of Mississippi, and members and guests had an opportunity to view a display of photos and other memorabilia that celebrated the organization’s Fiftieth Anniversary.
The initial organizational meeting of The Order of the First Families of Mississippi was held in Jackson, Mississippi, on July 27, 1967. The first membership meeting was held in Natchez, Mississippi, on October 28, 1967.
Ann Simmons and Kathy Henry
Beth Herring, Don Jacobs, Janet Schriver, Carol Burgess, and Keith Reeves
Bill Perkins and Ann Simmons
Bob and Laura Hefner
Candace and Peter Bundgard with Bennie Boone
Elizabeth Wessie and Bessie Smith
Governor General Mark Henry with Brother Rogers
Jan Melancon, Bessie Smith, and Jena Melancon
Janet Schriver and Dan Johnson
Becky Rhinehart, Catherine Prince, Beth Herring, Frances Williams, Virginia Brickell,Dan Johnson, Brother Rogers, Tim Rutland, and Mark Henry
Roberby Strawbridge, Kathy Pipitone, Kathy Pittman, Kathy Henry, and Charles Pittman
Tom and Frances Joe Ramsey
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