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79th Annual Meeting - September 2018  

The 79th Annual Meeting of S&D will be headquartered at Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, Ohio on September 14th & 15th. This year our Friday evening meet & greet will take place aboard the VALLEY GEM during a Moonlite Excursion from 8PM to 10PM, departing from the Marietta public landing adjacent to the Lafayette Hotel. Tickets are $18/person, and reservation deadline for this cruise is September 7th
(A special yellow order form for this cruise and mailing instructions were included in the June 2018 issue of the Reflector. If you happened to lose this form, download and print a new one here: 2018 Reservation Form)

Our Annual Business Meeting will begin a half hour earlier than usual at 9AM Saturday morning in the Lafayette Hotel's Sternwheel Room. Financial and membership reports, grants awarded by the J. Mack Gamble Fund, and updates from Ohio River Museum, affiliated chapters, river museums, and libraries are all on the agenda. Nominations and elections for the officers and three Board members will also take place. The deadline for nominations for these positions is September 7th and they should be forwarded to Barbara Hameister or Ruth Guenther.

Immediately following the annual meeting, all members and guests are invited to the Ohio River Museum and the W.P. SNYDER, JR. for an 11:30AM ceremony with the Ohio History Connection celebrating the Centennial of the SNYDER. A special photo exhibit honoring the historic towboat is on display at the Museum, and is something you will want to see. Following the ceremony and rechristening of the SNYDER, a cold cut luncheon at $14/person will be served aboard the VALLEY GEM's Party Barge adjacent to the Museum at 12:30 PM. Luncheon reservations should also be made on the reservation form enclosed in the June 2018 issue of the Reflector. A steam traction engine will be on the Museum grounds to allow us to blow several steamboat whistles, along with the possibility of hearing the Morecraft steam calliope owned by Amherst Madison.

The Annual banquet at the Lafayette Hotel begins at 6:30PM. Menu choices are prime rib, $30, salmon, $29, and lemon chicken, $25. Contact the hotel at 1-800-331-9396 or 740-373-5522 to make your banquet and hotel reservations. Our after dinner guest speaker is Capt. Clarke "Doc" Hawley, veteran of over fifty years aboard tourist and excursion steamboats. Doc's program promises to be most entertaining and informative, and one you will not want to miss. Come join us for a truly memorable weekend!

Schedule Of Events:


September 14th-

  • Meet & Greet Moonlite Cruise
    8 PM - 10 PM
    Ohio River public landing
    Reservation Due By Sept. 7


September 15th-

  • Annual Business Meeting
    9 AM
    Lafayette Hotel
    Sternwheel Room

  • W.P. SNYDER Centennial
    11:30 AM
    Ohio River Museum

  • Party Parge Luncheon
    12:30 PM
    Valley Gem landing
    Reservation Due By Sept. 7

  • Annual Banquet
    6:30 PM
    Lafayette Hotel
    Guest Speaker:
    Capt. Clarke "Doc" Hawley