††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A message from the President
†††† Greetings to you all as we begin a new year and a new decade.† Last month I had an opportunity to do
†some looking back in time when I paid a visit to our vice president, Andrew Dickinson, and we perused
some of the contents of the Dickinson Family Association files.† My main purpose was research on past
Dickinson reunions which Iím compiling for a future monograph.† But it was easy to get side-tracked by
the extensive handwritten notes taken at some of the reunions from the early 20th century or the many
fascinating newspaper clippings in some large scrapbooks.† One can follow the appearance and
disappearance of certain Dickinsons and those with other surnames whose families were very active in
the organization for a period of
years.† Also the gradual coming together
the association we know today evolved over time.† Traditions came and went - basket lunches, travelogues,
musical performances all were prevalent for several years each.†
†††† A personal surprise for me was finding the signature of my grandfather on the sign-in list of several
reunions in the 1930ís.
†††† My ďday in the filesĒ brought to mind the mission of our Research and Publications Committee since
these files are a great resource for anyone interested in following some thread or theme throughout our
history.† We are hoping some of you will be inspired to do some research that will help bring to life people
and events from the past.† Or perhaps you might get started on a long-postponed project recording what
you know or can find out about your own recent ancestors.† The New Year is a great time to resolve to
do something which will document and preserve your family history.† Let us hear from you!
†††† Happy New Year,
Alan C. Dickinson, president
REUNION 2010 UPDATE
†††† The 140th
reunion of the Dickinson Family Association will take place at the
†††† We are very
pleased that our main speaker for this yearís reunion will be Martha A. Ackmann, a professor at
†††† In addition, we
hope to have Melissa Josefiak with us for her
presentation on early
†††† As always, if
you plan to attend and need accommodations, it is wise to make arrangements
ANNUAL JANUARY SURVEY
†††† Enclosed with
this newsletter is a response card on which you can indicate your tentative
intention to attend this yearís reunion.†
It also gives you an opportunity to offer your help to the
association.† Some of the volunteer
work requires that you be able to attend board meetings (usually 3 per year)
which currently are held in
†††† Also this is the time we ask you to consider a monetary gift to the association.† As you know, we rely on contributions from members for our operating expenses and also to support and build up our scholarship fund.† Please return the response card in the envelope provided, together with your check, if you are able, made out to The Dickinson Family Association.
2010 SCHOLARSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE
forms are now available for the 2010 DFA scholarship.† Applicants must be descendants of Nathaniel
Dickinson and must be accepted to a four-year college or university.† The deadline for submission is
†††† Our cookbook, Family Fare, is still available.† You may now order it from Andrew Dickinson using our online book order form, or as before from our cookbook editor, Sara Pinkham Jones.† Saraís address is† 278 Reitman Court, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.† The cost is $14 which includes postage, and the check should be made out to The Dickinson Family Association.
†††† From November 2008 to November 2009 twenty four new listings were added to our membership roster. We welcome the following people: Eddie Bishop, Lacey, WA; Norman and Mary Ann Byron, West Wardsboro, VT; Gregory Wayne Cockefair, Pompton Lakes, NJ; Antony Roy Dickinson; Brad Dickinson; Donald F. Dickinson, Plainville, CT; Leslie A. Dickinson, South Hadley, MA; Patrick A. Dickinson, Chatsworth, CA; Peter Romney Dickinson, LaVergne, TN; Vernon Dickinson, Mcloud, OK; Georgia Evans, The Villages, FL; Mary Goding, Rochester, VT; Philip Goding, Rochester, VT; Robert and Harriet Harrison, Southbury, CT; Mary Knox Humphrey, Skaneateles, NY; Katrinka Kip, Reno, NV; Nicholas H. Kip, Gahanna, OH; Stephanie Kip, Montclair, NJ; Kathy Latini, Bloomingdale, NJ; Mary-Elisabeth Monroe, Sarasota, FL; Rebecca L. Passa, Easthampton, MA; Patricia Ruggiero, Depew, NY; L. Steventon, Sunderland, MA; Margaret Zellinger, Bowdoinham, ME.
†††† We are delighted to have these new ďcousinsĒ on our membership list and hope to see some of you at upcoming reunions so we can get to know you better.
Web site:† www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org
Newsletter editor:† Dale Williams