Registration began at 10 a.m. Family members gathered in the gymnasium, which was decorated with the theme "Witt Round-up" using multi-colored bandanas and various other decorations. All family members 85 years or older and/or married 50 years or more were presented with a corsage or boutonniere to be worn throughout the reunion activities. The reunion committee also displayed family memorabilia to include newspaper articles and group photographs of the nine previous reunions dating back to 1984.
A memorial table was set up for family members to place photographs in remembrance of family members who had passed away.
Family member, Robert Chapman, served as master of ceremonies throughout the day. A basket luncheon was held at 11:30 a.m.
A business meeting was lead by Don Kutz at 12:30 p.m. Prizes were awarded to: wisest oldest female, Laura Wolfe; wisest oldest male, Wayne Perry and Raymond Hagedorn; married the longest, Ed and Waunita Witt; newlyweds, married two weeks, Ammy (Meeks) and Garrett Annin; newest member, baby, Jameson "Jay" Towers Brown, son of Darren and Mel Brown; and traveled the farthest, Sgt. U.S. Army Joe Hull, who was on leave from military deployment in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Hull was given a standing ovation for his outstanding service. He is the grandson of Clara Mae (Witt) Hull and the late Jack Hull. Each recipient was given a tote with a second edition Witt Family Cookbook and Witt Family Tree Booklet.
Following the business meeting, a family photograph was coordinated by Scott's Photography. Family members were divided into groups according to their branch of the family tree and were designated by the color they were wearing. The Henry and Francis Witt branch wore purple; the Frank and Mary Witt branch wore green; the Anna and Anton Friday branch wore blue; the Martha and Joe Warth branch wore white; the Bertha and Albert Radke branch wore orange; the August and Anna Witt branch wore yellow; and the Bernard and Anna Witt branch wore red.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent playing Bingo, looking through the second edition Witt Family Cookbook, reading the Family Tree Booklet, visiting and sharing memories with family members.
Those interested in purchasing a Family Tree Booklet or cookbook can call Rhonda Forgey at 417-476-2336.
|Special activities for the younger members of the family included a bounce house, kite making, a Witt family egg hunt and playing dress-up.||A duck race was held in the evening. Family members were able to purchase a duck for a buck throughout the day. The ducks were placed in the creek behind the activity center, and the first duck crossing the finish line won the race. The winning duck was purchased by Jasmine Kahn who won half of the money.|
Many family members attended and participated in the Mass at St. Mary's Church at 4 p.m.
Following the evening dinner, a dance was held with music provided by family member David Jones. During the dance a slide show of photographs from the current reunion and past reunions was shown.
The following family members were in attendance:
Afghanistan: Sgt. Joseph Hull.
Monett: Jerry, Rhonda, Kyle, Todd and Chad Forgey; Adelma and Sonny Drake; Holly Drake; Bruce, Debbie, Nikki and Jake Washeck; Randy, Julie, Nicole, Lexi and Lane Witt; Vhonda Meeks; Avery Schreiner; Donnie, Peggy, Chelsea and Tyler Ash; Koltyn Shey Meeks; James, Connie and Kaylie Meeks; Travis Washeck; Tom, Melinda, Mark, Adam, Ryan and Evan Mareth; Harold Mettlach; Jim and Rose Meeks; Gene and Marilyn Roetto; Pat, Marla, Haley and Blake Sperry; Sarah Witt; Olen and Berniece Morris; Joann Witt; Michael and Wanda Ast; Kelly, Presley and Daley Wormington; Leonard, Adam, Spenser and Hunter Witt; Richard and Madeline Ceselski; Irene Ceselski; Karsyn Meeks; Bill and Bonnie Witt-Schulte; Roger Wolf; and Richard and Bernice Cochran.
Pierce City: Father Peter J. Morciniec; Mildred Witt; Laura Wolf; Linda and Bob Yonker; Lora, Gary and Jordan Saffer; Don and Betty Kutz; Joe, Denise and Claudia Crowell; Jason, Dena, Blake, Hugh, Nolan and Audrey Chapman; Vince and Janelle Witt; Aaron and Leslie Jones; Darren, Melissa, Maxwell and Jameson Brown; J.B. and Joyce Chapman; Robert and Dorothy Witt; Cheryl and Chance Reynolds; Connie and Sydney Washeck; Cory Hartman; Chris, Pam, Jordan and Sara Witt; Dick and Karen Kutz; Darrell and Linda Griffith; Donna Harvey; Dale Witt; Tony Witt; Robert Golubski; Craig Golubski; Steve Chapman and Melanie Stout; Patrick Riddle; Katrina, Kevin, Kordel and Karlea McBlair; Greg, Mendi, Colten, Kenzie and Emily Drollinger; Darrell and Cathy Brown; Don and Vickie Iman; Shelly and Melissa Yonker; Azia Donnini, Sophia and Stella; Dustin, Kim, Addison and Kellen Avondet; David and Kimberly Jones; Leonard and Naomi Fenske; Ryan and Morgan Hodges; Ed and Waunita Witt; Witt Bobski; Nick, Brooke, Evan and Conner Witt; Jim and Carolyn Witt; Pat and Judy Chapman; John and Janice Stricklin; Ed and Barbara Miller; Shirley Stricklin Nation; Jamie, April and L.J. Witt; Jake and Danielle Saffer; and Lee, Megan, Lincoln and Layla Jones.
Purdy: Clara Mae Hull; Nathan, Tracy, Trinity, Logan and Carter Witt; and Robert W. Hull.
Aurora: Elizabeth Burdett; Shellsea Riddle; Mike and Barbara Hull.
Bois D'Arc: Eric, Cadin and Eli Cochran.
Blue Springs: Terry, Angela, Allison and Lauren Witt.
Columbia: Ben Kutz.
Conway: Tim Washeck; Belinda and Cameron Kung.
Diamond: Larry and Sue Annesser.
Joplin: Mike, Penny and Tucker Hagedorn; Lawrence Annesser; Larry Annesser; Loretta Vogt; Mandy and Jared Aubert; Matt, Angela, Jack and Ella Wrobleski; Pat and Marjorie LePage; Melanie, Matt, Jim, Jon and Katie Carr; and Nancy and Gene Koester.
Kansas City: Christopher, Jennifer, Kelly, Aiden and Brecker Ryan; Rita Witt and Bill Capotosto; Terri Hagedorn; David, Ramona and Adam Witt; Chris, Wendy, Sophie and Carrick Perrin; Don and Sharon Bell; Willie and Colleen Witt; Michaela Witt and Jessica Witt.
Lee's Summit: Robb, Kathy, Jack and Reece Washeck; Kenneth and Laura Swisher; Tom, Gayle, Brad and Taylor LaPlante; and Darlene, Bill, Brett, Jesse Eiskina.
Liberty: Michael, Grace and Michaela Witt; and Amber, Casey and Cole Pahmeyer.
|Marionville: Richard, Alex, Katie and Kristin Witt.||Neosho: Rick and Judy Holden.|
Nixa: Russell and Hope Chapman.
Peculiar: Raymond and Sue Hagedorn; and Vikki Hagedorn.
Pleasant Hill: Larry and Pat Witt; Terry and Tony Witt; Tina Frey; Jerry Witt; James Witt; Kristi Witt; Casey Witt; Andrew, Karla, Madison and Kyle Rues.
Raytown: Ron and Suzy Steiner; Rozann Steiner; Lorraine Downey; and Nadeem, Krystal and Jasmine Khan.
Republic: Kendra, Dustin, Ryder and Rolan White; Ammy and Garet Annin; and Trenton Meeks.
Rogersville: Ramona and John George.
Sarcoxie: Dale and Rosalee Wolf.
Sikeston: Gene Annesser; Lori West; and Brian Annesser.
St. Louis: Tom Kutz; Ryan and Thuy Witt; and Todd, Kristi and Livi Roberts.
Seneca: Stacy and Simon Tottingham.
Shell Knob: Ron and Mary Wolf.
|Springfield: Marge Conyers, T.J. and Claire Conyers; Bob and Donna Neff; Leon, Sharon and Maggie Witt; Tom, Mary, Jacob and Isaac Gray; Gerald, Rachelle, Blake and Mark Bremer; Allen and Patricia Rues; Angela, Megan and Ryan Cave; Russ, Debbie, Paden and Eli Witt; Sara, Clint and Lily Wolf; and Katie Witt.||Stark City: Brad, Hilary and Kadin Harvill.|
Strafford: Dan, Tammy, Ann, Kari, Ryan and Emma Reed.
Tulsa: Jessica, Emily and Ryan Denton.
Verona: Jeff, Allison and Myla Williams; and Lawrence and Mary Lou Washeck.
Warsaw: Robert Chapman.
Webb City: Brenda Annesser.
Wentworth: Jason, Kim, Jacob, Logan, Addison and Landon Iman.
Arizona: Laura Rues.
Arkansas: Fred, Josie, Jenna, and Jack Kutz.
Indiana: Aaron, Jeanne and Joseph Rues.
Kansas: Emery and Jessica Folsom; Jordyn, Avery and Taylor; Larry and Reta Kitterman; Lamar, Denise, Payton and Lucian Tabb; Andrew and Patricia Durkes; Mike and Shelly Riddle; Gabe and Lauren Strick; Elizabeth Kitterman; and Dr. Ronnie and Janice Witt.
Kentucky: Darla, Ben and Adalyn Wasson.
Mississippi: Don Kutz Jr.; Lee Ann, Andrew and Brittany Kutz.
Ohio: Bryon, Michele and Sarah Kutz.
Oklahoma: Danny and Donna Witt; Danielle, Michael, Isabella, Caleb Kaufman; Jessica, Shawn, Emily and Ryan Denton; Amanda Roetto; Sue Tiner; Jason Simpson; Richard and Terri Simpson; and Rick and Jordan Kutz.
South Carolina: Winnie Witt, and Lynne, Jonathan and Melissa.
|Texas: Michael, Anna, Joshua, Elijah and Veronica Scott; Kassie Yule; Wayne E. Perry; and Gwen Wilczynski.||Virginia: Jim Kutz.|
The next Witt reunion is scheduled for July 12, 2014. More information can be found at www.wittreunion.com or on FaceBook. [Photo by Scott Photography]