Kimball Family Association
LAST UPDATE: 1/8/18
2017 Kimball Family Association Reunion Summary
The 48th KFA Annual Reunion Attendees summarized this year’s reunion at the Marriott Courtyard Inn in Nashua, NH as the best in recent years. The attendees ranged from California to New Brunswick, Canada. Genealogy Chair, Carol Stahl started the morning program by sharing her “Kimball Family” stories which stimulated each attendee to openly provide personal and related interesting stories and information. Much was shared by all and brought everyone together. President Richard Kimball displayed and spoke about his collection of silverware made by known Kimball related silversmiths from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Guest speaker, Robert Drinkwater, member of the Association of Gravestone Studies, provided valuable information on the cleaning, care and restoration of old gravestones.
In addition to a day of KFA Genealogy, there was an Annual Business Meeting, election of KFA Officers, silent auction, awarding of scholarships, and a 50/50 Raffle to be used for the cost of guest speaker(s). KFA President Richard C. Kimball presented Sylvia Stevens with the 1634 Ipswich Bowl. The Bowl is to recognize our ancestor, Richard Kimball, and his arrival in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634. This Bowl was presented to Sylvia to acknowledge her many years of tireless service to the KFA and in organizing the annual meetings.
Attendees at the Reunion were given a survey to evaluate the major aspects of the 2017 KFA Annual Reunion and identify the enhancements they would be interested in. In summary, the 2017 KFA Reunion was highly rated and suggestions for future speakers and subjects were indentified. The attendee’s were highly in favor of returning to the Marriott Courtyard Inn in Nashua, NH for the 2018 KFA Reunion. Comments focused on: location is between Boston, MA and Manchester, NH (very convenient travel services available), excellent accommodations, low cost, great service, and outstanding food.