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81st Annual Meeting - September 17th & 18th, 2021  

It is with great pleasure that your S&D Board announces the 81st Annual Meeting will be held in Marietta on Sept. 17-18 at the Lafayette Hotel. Opening Festivities begin on Friday evening the 17th with a Moonlite excursion on VALLEY GEM departing the Ohio River landing adjacent the hotel at 8:30 PM. Tickets must be reserved in advance using the reservation form enclosed in your June 2021 Reflector.

The annual Business Meeting is set for 9:30 AM Saturday in the hotel's Sternwheel Room. Financial and membership reports, grants awarded by J. Mack Gamble Fund, updates from Ohio River Museum, and the latest developments on the new River Museum are all on the agenda, along with reports from affiliated chapters, river museums and libraries. Nominations and electon of officers and three positions on the Board of Governors are all on the ballot. Contact Barbara Hameister or Ruth Guenther by September 10th if you have nominees. Saturday noon luncheon will be served aboard the restaurant party barge adjacent the SNYDER and VALLEY GEM, with menu of cold cuts, condiments, chips, salads, ice tea and lemonade, and dessert for $15/person. Again advance reservations on the reservation form are required and due by September 10th. After lunch, Bill Reynolds and Jeff Spear will present a special program celebrating the 80th anniversary of the opening of the River Museum.

Saturday evening's banquet and dinner program at the hotel begin at 6:30 PM with the catered meal choices of prime rib, salmon, or lemon chicken. Contact the Lafayette Hotel at 800-331-9396 or 740-373-5522 to make your room reservations and for dinner reservations and pricing. The after dinner program by Gary Frommelt and Taylor Abbott will tell the story of the journey of the veteran towboat J. A. CRESAP from Guttenberg, IA to the Ohio Valley River Museum at Clarington. This is a program you won't want to miss. Hope to see you there!

Meeting Updates: 7/14/2021 - It has come to our attention that some S&D members have received phone calls from the Lafayette Hotel mentioning the cancellation of the September weekend festivities. These phone calls or messages were sent in error, the September weekend festivities are NOT cancelled. If you received a phone call or message of this nature, feel free to call the Lafayette Hotel and ask for Julie or Melissa between the hours of 7 AM - 3 PM to streighten out the error and verify your reservation is indeed still on the books.