During the reunion at Chattanooga, Nancy Myers, Western Districts Head challenged the Eastern Districts Head, Betty Meiring, to a contest to determine which group; East or West could raise the most donations through May 31, 2012 for use in restoration and maintenance of the Fort House and Caretaker home. Districts 1 through 7 make up the Eastern Districts and Districts 8 through 14 are in the Western Districts.
Rules – “Challenge” must be written on the memo line on the check or money order. Donations through PayPal should mention “Challenge” to be counted towards the total. The Treasurer will keep the official tally and report the winning group during the 2012 Reunion. Since there are approximately twice as many members in the Eastern Districts, the Board imposed this added rule, the winners will be determined on a per capita basis to make the challenge more fair. Each District Representative has accepted this challenge and will strive to make their head the winner. The Board thanks everyone who participates in this challenge.
Thanks to your generous donations the project to completely re-shingle 3 sides of the Fort House will be completed this summer. That is a huge accomplishment which could not have been possible without the support from family. Please read this report from Frank Wing who is in charge of the Fort House maintenance:
In fact, your donations are always welcome. It is expensive to maintain the Wing Family Fort House and yet, what do we do? The Fort House is our legacy, our touchstone, our very own national treasure.
For those of you that have yet to experience the impact of visiting the Wing Family Fort House, you are in for a treat. I had the pleasure of visiting there for the first time in June of 2008 during the Annual Wing Family Reunion at Cape Cod. It was a moment of sheer reverence. To step inside and feel the energy of generations of Wings that lived there these last 300 years is very hard to explain.
The Wing Fort House has it's own potency that encompasses all of the events of the lives of those who occupied this home. Stephen Wing's first wife, Oseah Dillingham died in this home and is believed to be buried fairly close to the structure since there were no cemeteries available to bury her when she died.
Mother Deborah Bachiler Wing surely spent much time at this old home. No doubt she helped to birth babies at that house and helped to tend to Nathaniel after Oseah passed. Generations of Wings have left their invisible but invincible spirits within these walls.
I urge all cousins to try to visit there at least once in your lifetime. You will be glad you did.
Thank you so much Wing Cousins for your generosity. Not only does the Wing Family of America, Inc. thank you but future generations will thank you as well for saving such a treasure for them. It is the best gift we can give.