Asked for a moment of silence in memory of Dave Riffle, one of Orlando’s own, who lost his life in a tragic accident a few weeks prior. Mr. Bob Mitchell, of the Oil Creek Methodist Church delivered the invocation for the group. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Peggy Donaldson Smith, our House of Delegate representative. Games began @ 10:30 under the direction of Nycole Wymer, activity director. Games played were hillbilly golf, corn hole, tire tennis and oil pan golf. Mrs. Smith and her mother Gerry Donaldson made their way to the game area to be the first at showing their gaming skills. Mrs. Posey outlined the days activities and announced that a door prize would be drawn every hour. However, due to the numerous prizes donated by businesses mainly in Braxton and Lewis County, they were able to give away 8 every hour. Sandy Burgett Conrad of Sandy’s Designs, once again created and donated a one of a kind hand cut glass vase commemorating this years reunion. Her donation each year helps to generate funds for the organization by auctioning the piece off to the highest bidder. New this year was the crowing of a King and Queen of the reunion. Each attendee was provided the opportunity to vote for their choice of a man/woman, who would hold that position for one year. Names submitted were required to be present at the reunion. Mrs. Ruth Gay and Mr. Raymond Posey were this years winners. Mr. Larry Gay and Mrs. Peggy Posey Ramey were asked and honored to crown their parents as the Queen and King. Commemorative votives were available for a small donation. There are a few available. If you would like one, contact any officer/Board Member. A pamphlet containing stories taken from the website created/owned by Mrs. Donna Gloff of Michigan, was compiled by Board Member Ann Willey. Mrs. Donna Gloff also displayed a time line of events in Orlando, WV in respect to events that occurred elsewhere in the United States dating 1780-1940. Mrs. Gloff also provided a tri-fold brochure with noted points of interest containing pictures of Orlando in the past. President Marilyn Posey and her cousin, Board Member Charlie Cole, known throughout the county as “ Slim Quinton Gospel” paid musical tribute to Orlando and her people with a song they composed containing memorable times in the “ olden days of Orlando”. The song will be recorded at a later date and will be made available. Mrs. Posey also sang a song written by her father, Harold Cole, 79 years ago, titled “ Chicken Rooster Blues”.
Special presentations were then made to individuals who were key instruments in forming this organization, Mr. George Blake and Mrs. Pat Reckhart. Although they did not attend, their plaques will be presented at a later date. Mrs. Donna Gloff was honored for “ keeping Orlando alive” through her website and Mr. Jared Mace for allowing the use of his property for the reunion. Mr. Lonnie Ramsey, of the Orlando Baptist Church delivered the wonderful blessing for our noon time meal. After lunch, all remaining officers and board members were introduced and thanked for their hard work in making the reunion possible. Entertainment was provided by Buckhannon Mountain Bluegrass.
Pres. Marilyn Posey
V-Pres. Dochie Wymer
Sec/Treas- Peggy Ramey
Board Members: Sonny Wymer, Charlie Cole, Jerry Wilson, Nycole Wymer, Ann Willey, Dana Ramey