Hello family and happy new year to you all! We would like to thank Theresa, Andrea and the rest of their committee for planning a successful 2013 Banks Family Reunion that took place at Maumee Bay, OH. While we had a smaller group than anticipated, we had a great time and it allowed for an open and honest discussion as to the state of the Banks Family Reunion.
As we do at the close of every family reunion, we took a vote to decide where the next reunion would to be held. As we started to take nominations for the vote, we entered into a very spirited debate about the purpose and intent of the family reunion, real world constraints, the meaning of “home,” and the overall general direction of the reunion itself. The following sentiments were shared: some viewed the family reunion as a vacation while others did not, the fact that West Virginia is not “home” for a lot of the younger people, the decreased attendance and what it would take to get people back, the age of our oldest generation, and the financial constraints on families as well as people’s ability to take off from work. While many viewpoints were shared the overall consensus was that the reunion must continue and more importantly, adapt to meet the needs of a wider generational base.
Consequently, as we start to plan for the next reunion to take place in 2015, we want to try to address many of the issues brought up in the 2013 discussion. By no means will this reunion be able to address all of the issues presented, but it should serve as a move in the right direction and one in which other committees can continue to build upon. It is with this renewed focus on togetherness that we urge you also to recommit yourself to attend the Banks Family Reunion. The 2015 Banks Family Reunion looks to pay homage to who we are, where we came from, and our future. So, with that being said, we are going back to where the brothers and sisters consider home, West “By Golly” Virginia.