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83rd Annual Meeting - September 15th & 16th, 2023  

The 83rd Annual Meeting of Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen will be held in Marietta, OH on September 15-16 at the Lafayette Hotel. Opening festivities begin on Friday evening, September 15th, with a Welcoming Reception downstairs in the hotel's Ohio Valley Room from 8 PM - 10 PM. A cash bar and snacks will be available. You are encouraged to bring along photos, videos, artifacts, etc. for display.

The Annual Business Meeting is set for 9:30 AM on Saturday morning, September 16th, in the hotel's Sternwheel Room. Financial and membership reports, grants awarded from J. Mack Gamble Fund, updates from Ohio River Museum, along with reports from affiliated chapters, river museums and libraries are all on the agenda. In addition, the latest news about the new library/museum will also be shared. Nominations and election of officers and three positions on the Board of Governors are on the ballot. Contact Barbara Hameister or Ruth Guenther by September 8th if you have nominees.

Saturday's catered luncheon will take place aboard the VALLEY GEM on her always popular three hour excursion upriver through Devol's Lock (L&D #2) departing from her Muskingum River dock at 12 PM (Noon). Luncheon/cruise tickets are $35/person and should be made in advance no later than September 8th by mailing payment with the reservation form that was enclosed in the June Reflector issue.

Saturday evening's banquet and program at the hotel begin at 6:30 PM with catered meal entree choices of prime rib, salmon, and lemon chicken. Contact the Lafayette Hotel at 800-331-9396 or 740-373-5522 by September 8th to make your room and dinner reservations and for pricing. We are very pleased to announce that Matt Dow's after-dinner presentation on the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS and the NATCHEZ has been rescheduled as he was unable to be with us last year. It is certain to be a most enjoyable and informative program by one of S&D's newer faces. Looking forward to seeing you there!