from President Dwight "Clint" Moore
Dear Moore Cousins,
99 and counting! That's 99 years and counting. An
incredible milestone in our family is about to be achieved. Our oldest
cousin, Herb Moore of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, will turn 100 years old on
August 7th. What an achievement this will be, especially when you know what
a "sharp tack" Herb is. This is a man that landed on the D-day beaches,
marched and fought into
Germany, and recently recounted this great
history at our Missouri reunion a year ago. Herb hasn't
missed a Moore Reunion since attending his first one in 2001. At our
Mooresburg Moore reunion last fall, we honored Herb with the Rodeham Moore
Association's highest honor, our Distinguished Service Award. Herb has not
only been a dedicated contributor to our Association's efforts, but even
more so, to the Nation that we all love so dearly. He is the epitome of the
words "Distinguished Service". Please join me in praising Herb, and
congratulating him on his next great achievement -a centennial birthday!
Mooresburg in the fall was a tapestry of fall colors and
bountiful country air. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful and wondrous
place as one of our special Moore home places. Priscilla Rogers rolled out
the welcome mat for us all, and her husband Butch worked his magic (and sweat)
on our family cemeteries, and the grand tour of them was a delight for all. This
year, we honored Butch for his incredible and outstanding service for his care
and dedication to our cemeteries there these many years. A Presidents Award was
a great way to recognize his dedication, and say a big, big "Thank You" to him
for his big heart and tremendous work on our behalf!
Each time we return to Mooresburg, old and young cousins and
their families make the journey to be with us, and become embraced and immersed
in our exciting Moore history.
This year was another great moment in our reunion history, with a
particularly special moment when we commemorated the new Hugh Moore cemetery
stone. Lovingly prepared and transported all the way from
Hugh G. Moore III aka "HG", it was
a very special moment in our Family's history as many of Hugh Moore's
descendants were present for the dedication. When you realize the effort that HG
made, and the commitment and dedication it took to prepare, transport, and erect
the stone, it was especially wonderful that we presented Hugh with our
President's Award that evening, as well as the richly deserved applause and
gratitude for his Herculean efforts.
When we first planned to go to Gatesville, Texas back in 2007,
we met a demure (not really) and reticent (not at all) Texan by the name of
Jerry Hill. In just three years, Jerry has volunteered so much, whether it was
helping Pris to organize the first Texas reunion or taking
on the duties of Assistant Secretary, she has earned the appreciation of her
fellow cousins and board members, and received the Distinguished Service Award
for her many efforts. Jerry is an outstanding leader and a great member of our
Board, and is already planning an exciting reunion for this fall.
Mooresburg 2009 was yet another great reunion,
with young Carrie Ashley Hill's (Jerry's daughter) showing us all her
wonderfully detailed family tree work on a large map sheet, and young Hugh Moore
V, helping his father and grandfather install the wonderful new Hugh Moore
stone. So many memories, so many moments, and so much laughter and joy, it was
truly a time to treasure for all. Many thanks again to Priscilla, as well as
hostesses Dora, Bonnie, and Autumn for the delicious food and beverages,
including the Pris's famous dandelion wine.
As Spring has sprung here in April of 2010, I want to tell you
of a truly wonderful action that has taken place, as a result of our Board
meeting in Mooresburg.
Although the Association has grown to what we are today, with
annual reunions, journals, a website, embroidered clothing,
postings, and much more, it all started almost two decades ago, with a brilliant
idea, some energetic initiative, and a great family team that came together as
cousins, and started us all on this incredible journey to where we are today. As
many of you know, the death of my father in February 1997 soon led me to find
Merle, and come to my first reunion that fall of 1997, where I got "drafted" as
your Association President. For me, it's been an incredible journey of family
and joy, and filled a void in my life made greater two years later by the
untimely passing of my only brother. We all have our personal stories of how we
got here and found each other, each one a treasured memory trail of discovery
and family comfort. The key learning in all this is that we are a family, and a
family that respects and remembers its ancestors.
But, there was a beginning, and although many of those early
leaders have passed the baton to us "younger" folk, the Board and I feel it is
important to recognize the early pioneers of this "wild band" of Moores, and thus have taken action to do so,
even before the next reunion. As you can see on our website, we rightly
recognized our Founding Father, Merle Moore, years ago. Merle was the driving
force that got us all to embrace our heritage, as he became the "energizer
bunny" from the outset. We've also previously recognized Mary Hughes for her
dedication and efforts in those early years, as well. Now, the Board recognizes
four more individuals for their pioneering efforts, in helping to blaze the
trail of the early formative years, with Merle and Mary.
For their visionary leadership, dedicated commitment, and
enduring initiative and example, the Board recognizes Beverly Delaney, Bill
Woodard, Robert Earl Moore, and A. William Moore with the Rodeham Moore
Association's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. The Board voted to
prepare and bestow these awards immediately this past winter, and plaques and
letters were sent out to each of them.
Merle bestowed nicknames on Beverly (Bubbles), Bill W. (Burl),
and Bill M. (Whacker), which have stuck to them all like molasses. Together with
Robert Earl, all four were key workers at various moments in the clearing of the Dickson-Moore Cemetery,
and the Cleon Cemetery. These early pioneers literally
blazed the trail via the cemeteries and provided the beginnings of leadership,
even an early newsletter, and a lot of sweat equity in the 1991-97 era of our
Association. Merle, Mary, Beverly,
Bill, Bill, and Robert all deserve a lot of praise and gratitude from us all for
their inspiring efforts. Thank you, and congratulations on your well-deserved
recognition and award plaque.
As I bring this column to a close, I simply want to encourage
and energize you to make plans to join us at our next
Reunion this October 23rd, in Waco/Gatesville,
If you missed our first Texas reunion in 2007, you won't want to miss
this one. They say things are always
bigger in Texas,
and even bigger the second time around.
I'll have more to tell you of our plans in the Fall newsletter, but you
can count on a visit to Gen. John Creed Moore's Cemetery, probably lunch in the
tiny town of Crawford,
famous by Bush 43's ranch nearby, and possibly our reunion dinner on the old
paddlewheel riverboat "Delta Queen". It will be another remarkable day of family
memories, and one you won't want to miss.
Block out the weekend on your calendar right now.
Waco is only 90 miles southwest of Dallas and 100 miles
northeast of Austin,
along I-35, and we should have motel information to you right after Labor Day.
Also, if you've not sent us your $25 annual dues, please do so
soon, since those precious funds pay for the continued cemetery maintenance, new
gravestones, newsletters, and website. In fact, we've even provided you with
this handy return address envelope, so all you have to do is write the check and
stick a stamp on it, and you're done for another year.
Thank you again for your prayers, dues, and support. We can't do all
these wonderful deeds without you!
Which reminds me, I want to take this last moment to invite
and encourage you to become more involved with helping lead this wonderful
family Association? We always need your ideas, thoughts and prayers,
AND we need your energy and enthusiasm to do what we all can
do for the family. It's a great way of giving back to the family, and the
country that our forefathers & foremothers helped build. Volunteer today, by
either e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling me at my home at
May the Lord bless you, and keep you and your family safe
throughout the year!
See you in Texas this fall!