The Bell-Ransom Family Reunion begins on Friday at the family home site in the Occoneechee Neck area of Jackson, North Carolina, and continues Saturday at Kirkwood Adams Community Center in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Many members grew up in the area and still live there. This is where our family is rooted. This was our 41st annual reunion at the Bell-Ransom family home site with 125 in attendance.
A committee of cousins plans reunions. A registration fee is paid by each person attending. Children under age 6 are free. They publish a family newsletter with highlights of family news, birthdays, sick list, deaths, photographs from reunion, recipes, etc. They make poster board exhibits for the reunion and have a Facebook page. Then, they publish an article in the local newspaper after the reunion.
The Friday fun fest of games and activities for cousins is designed to give children playtime in the large yard. Children participate in the reunion program as color guard for the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation. They are recognized for excellence with certificates and they participate in the fashion/talent show. Reunions also include a memorial service, fashion/talent review and dance.
Shared by Jacqueline Pyatt, Fort Washington, Maryland.