The Twelfth District Representative is
James T. (Jim) Whitman, Sammanish, WA
James T. (Jim) Whitman, Sammanish, WA
Jim is a Life Member of the Wing Family of America, Inc (WFA) and a loyal cousin and cheerleader for the WFA. If you are interested in membership...and who isn't?...Just contact Jim or any other officer of the WFA, including myself.
It was the Twelfth District that hosted the wildly successful Annual Reunion in 2009 at Seaside, Oregon. In fact, District Twelve is one of few districts that hosts it's own website at:
WING FAMILY OF AMERICA DISTRICT 12
District Twelve Report
By Jim Whitman, District 12 Representative
August 29, 2011
Our District 12 reunion was held this past weekend in The Dalles and Tygh Valley, Oregon. Nearly fifty people attended, and it was a wonderful time to renew friendships and make new acquaintances among our Wing cousins.
At the Saturday evening dinner, Lisa and Harold Whedon got us into high gear with a great ice-breaker that was enjoyed by both adults and children. After dinner, we were treated to presentations on various portions of the Wing family. Lois Brown spoke on “Our Daniel Line Coming West”, Jen Mitchke talked about “The Brittain Connection”, and Steve and Nancy Trapp highlighted “The Trapp Family” for us. Jim Whitman provided highlights of “Our Ancestor-Stephen Bachilor”, and Joe Wing wrapped up the evening with a virtual tour of Wamic. Thanks to John Wickham’s technical support, we were able to enjoy pictures and video information as part of the presentations.
The Sunday picnic was preceded by an informal church service that featured a “shortened” version of one of Rev. John Wynge’s sermons – Abel’s Offering. And the picnic provided an extended opportunity for socializing over hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fixin’s.
This was the first District 12 reunion that was designed to bring together members of WFA and descendants of the Oregon pioneers, Martin and Margaret Wing. The benefits of WFA membership were highlighted, and those in attendance not already members were encouraged to join. Highlights of WFA’s Chattanooga reunion were also shared. In short, a great time was had by all!
A picture of those attending the Saturday evening dinner, taken by John Wickham, is attached to this report.
For those of you who were unable to attend the reunion, the following information that was shared there may be welcome:
Highlights of the annual WFA reunion in Chattanooga in June 2011:
The reunion was held at the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
149 registrants were in attendance
The Friday evening (dress-up) dinner was lovely, and was followed by entertainment provided by a local Chattanooga entertainer
Saturday evening, we were treated to a dinner cruise on the Southern Belle river boat
On Sunday, Nick Wing provided highlights on his efforts to obtain official recognition for Commodore Eugene Wing, a family member and father of WFA member Hope Weston, who was executed at the hands of the Japanese in the Philippine Islands near the end of WWII. Information indicates that he had been very involved in serving our country’s intelligence service. In addition, rather than sailing away and saving himself, as acting VP of Marsman & Company, a Dutch mining conglomerate, he chose to remain on Corregidor to ensure that assets in a secret vault -- $65 Million in currency, gold and silver – were placed aboard the U.S.S. Trout submarine to be transported to the Federal Reserve in San Francisco, rather than being allowed to fall into the hands of the Japanese. Pages 6179-81 of the December 2010 OWL tell more of this story.
In addition, Nick shared portions of the symphony he has composed in Commodore Wing’s honor – a work that is to be performed by the Nashville Symphony.
Results of the 2010 Fort House archeological test dig were shared. Even though this was just a “test dig”, more than 23,000 artifacts were found and described in a 400-page report. A display case is being purchased to display a number of those items in the Fort House – and hopefully, a much more major dig will eventually be conducted in the ground underneath that portion of the house that was added at a later date to hold the kitchen and meeting room.
Reminder of the benefits of WFA membership:
The purpose of WFA: the collection and publication of family history – cementing of family ties and cultivation of fraternal relations among members – holding family reunions and gatherings – and creation of a Family Memorial Hall for historic and literary archives.
The Wing Family of America is the oldest incorporated family in the country.
The Wing Fort House, owned by a member of the Wing family since 1650, was purchased by WFA in 1942, to assure its being preserved into the future. 297 visitors toured the Fort House this past year.
The OWL (Our Wing Lineage), the family’s annual publication, is a treasure-trove of information – well worth the modest cost of the annual dues in itself.
Volume 1 of the Wing Genealogy, comprising the first five generations, was published in May 2006; 90 more volumes – one for each great grandchild – are planned. It will be a multi-year project, and volunteers are needed to review and edit the draft texts.
Reunions are held annually. The 2012 reunion will be held in Hyannis, MA on June 15-17; Portland, Maine will be the location for the 2013 reunion, to be held June 21-23. In 2013, it will be back in the Cape Cod area, and the 2014 reunion will be held in Salt Lake City.
A plea for new members:
As our family organization, WFA is the means through which we can maintain our Wing heritage; membership is essential for that to happen.
Maintaining the Fort House and the caretaker’s cottage is expensive. For example, new roof and gutters for the caretaker’s cottage were just approved, at a cost of $12,000.
Annual dues are only $30 for the first year and $25 each year thereafter; alternatively, a life membership can be purchased for $300.
The western districts have challenged the eastern districts to raise money for the maintenance of the Fort House.
The winner will be determined based on the highest amount of donations received per-capita between now and May 31, 2012.
Donations may be made by check or through PayPal (check the website at wingfamily.org for PayPal information).
Checks may be sent to Steve Button, Assistant Treasurer, 1805 N. Cranbrook Circle, Wichita, KS 67206.
Be certain to put “Challenge” on the memo line.
It is a privilege to serve as your District 12 representative. If you have any questions or issues you’d like to discuss, please feel free to email me at email@example.com – or phone me at (425) 868-1050.
Best regards to all – Jim Whitman