2001 Willis Family Reunion
The 2001 Reunion was held
at Raccoon Lake Campground Resort in Orlando, FL. Most
relatives either stayed at the campground or at the
Maingate Resort across the street.
People began arriving Friday night and met at the
campground's rec center for burgers and extras. Most of the kids (and plenty of
the adults) took advantage of the nice weather to go swimming in the huge pool.
Many also played lots of miniature golf at the on site miniature golf course.
Most of the family found things to do on
their own during the day on Saturday. With the amusement park city of the world
at your beckon call, everyone found something to do, many went to Disney World,
some to Universal Studios, some to the smaller parks, and some just chose to
spend the day by the pool. At the end of the day, most of met and went to
Arabian Nights and enjoyed some good food and a really good show.
Sunday morning was the big meeting where we had a short
worship service with Chuck Willis delivering the message. Following the worship
service we all enjoyed a nice potluck dinner which was then followed by a fund
raising auction to benefit the Willis Family Cemetery.
Here's the letter sent by Chuck Willis to the Willis
Family List following the reunion. It's meant for the whoel family to read, so I
thought I would post it here:
Just an update on the wonderful reunion at
Kissimee. Thank you Natalie and Mike (and Megan) for a job well done.
The Arabian Nites was spectacular, the Golf Course great, the pool and
meeting room were perfect and the prices were magnificent. A special
thank you to June and Hoppy for stepping forward to coordinate next year
in Sylvester which is tentatively set for the last weekend in
June. Hopefully this will allow more younger families to come.
Thanks everyone for your generosity in
raising over $800 for the best maintained family cemetery in Worth
county. This will cover a little over a year's operating costs. I hope
and pray we can find sufficient funds to set up a perpetual care fund
and we can forgo this annual fund raising efforts. We are currently a
little over $2000 and I feel if we can reach $10000 it can become
self-sustaining. (If you win the lottery, keep us in mind.) We
also accept endowments, donations, whatever.
Please keep the following, who could not
attend due to health, on your prayer list; Teetsie, Mary Sheridan and
her son, Ruth Willis, Dalton and Evelyn Ramsey, Elise, Effie and others
whose names escape this feeble mind for the time being.
We are grateful for the succesful recoveries
and answered prayers for those who have undergone surgeries and other
procedures this past year.
Just a reminder to contact Mike if you are
not on the family web. I try to send this to everyone regardless and
that is why most of you are so fortunate to get two emails from me.
Also, please update Natalie with your current address (including email)
and the addresses of other family members who are interested
See you in Sylvester,
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August 22, 2009