The Burney family has a long history compiled in eighteen enormous books of information on all branches of the family; Bibles, public records and many tombstone rubbings. There are no great generals or captains of industry but there is a Burney, California, named after one of their ancestors.
According to Knight, “The reunion, to date, has been pretty shaky. It began in 1994 and was to be held every two years, alternating between Nebraska and Springfield, Missouri, where about half the family lives. The 1996 Springfield reunion was great but interest faded and the next chairperson was having a terrible time getting anyone to attend in 1998. To make it a total disaster she passed away the day before the reunion! I opened my big mouth and offered to host the year 2000 event.”
For the second mailing, which included prices, the CVB prepared forms and a family historian prepared mailing labels. Knight will contact local businesses to provide items for door prizes or souvenirs. The motel is furnishing a “Hospitality Room” for reunion headquarters.
Other activities include “Remembrances – Skits – Whatever” and a white elephant auction to raise money for reunion expenses.
Knight will also have a large banner made with “Burney Family Reunion” and a likeness of the patriarch of the family on it.