The 2020 Bondurant Reunion
Goes Virtual!


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Because of the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to change the format of this year's reunion and hold it virtually using the free Zoom software. We are excited to try this on-line meeting format. If it is successful we might consider making it an additional meeting that we could start hosting in conjunction with our traditional reunions. Many of our members have a hard time traveling.
MEETING SCHEDULE We are still meeting on the third weekend of October, Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, October 16-17, 2020. Please remember that the times given are for EASTERN TIME – adjust your calendar for your time zone, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
On Friday October 16 at 8 PM Eastern Time, I will host our annual circular Meet and Greet. I hope to host about 50 people. Attendance will be determined by email registration. If you would like to reserve a spot in the Meet and Greet, email me at siouxlake@aol.com and I will put you on the list. A few days prior to the meeting we will email you the link or meeting number and/or password if there is one. You can open your zoom app and enter the meeting number and be directed into the group. It will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Each participant will try to limit their remarks to 5 minutes.
We will use the same process to hold the Presentations Program on Saturday afternoon at 4 PM Eastern, October 17. David Bondurant is lining up some interesting presentations designed to introduce new members to the origins of the Bondurant family. Also we plan to have some stories of Bondurant interest. We anticipate this to last 60 to 90 minutes.
The BFA Business Meeting will follow the presentations at about 8:00 PM, but attendance will be limited to currently paid members of the Bondurant Family Association. Please join or renew if your membership has lapsed. It is only $20 a year. A quick and easy to pay your dues is by using the BFA PayPal link on the Membership page on the BFA webpage at www.bondurant-family.org. Or print and fill out the membership form and mail with a check to our Treasurer, Amy Sanders (her address is on the form).
IMPORTANT: You must register for each meeting separately by sending an email to the coordinator. Put the meeting title in the subject box. A confirmation email with the meeting link will be sent to you

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O SUMMARIZE OUR 2020 MEETING WEEKEND
TRIAL RUN ZOOM MEETING
– Friday evening, Sept. 18, 8:00 PM Eastern
Presentation: "
The Mysterious Death of Paul Bondurant, Murder at the Palace Bakery"
If you would like to try using Zoom ahead of the meeting in October, David Bondurant, our Zoom guru has volunteer to hold a short Zoom session on Friday, September 18 at 8 pm Eastern Time. To participate send him an email at dbondurant@mac.com with your name and email address with the subject of “BFA Trial Zoom Meeting” no later than Monday, Sept. 14th to register. He will email you a link to be directed to this meeting.
Be sure to have the Zoom app already downloaded and set up on your device (computer, smart phone, laptop, tablet, etc.). At your leisure, go to https://zoom.us/, sign up for a free account. Click on the link in the confirmation email from Zoom, then create your account with your password. Then download and install the app software. It is free.
David will provide more detailed instructions in the next newsletter, if you need them.
MEET AND GREET – Friday evening, Oct. 16, 8:00 PM Eastern To attend Friday’s Meet and Greet, register by emailing me your Name and Address, the email address you would like to use and if you're comfortable, your phone number. Just put in your subject line: “Bondurant Meet and Greet” and send your info to Bruce at Siouxlake@aol.com. You will be emailed the link to join this meeting.
PRESENTATIONS MEETING – Saturday afternoon, Oct. 17, 4:00 PM Eastern To attend the several Bondurant presentations on Saturday at 4 PM Eastern Time. Register by emailing David Bondurant at dbondurant@mac.com with your name and address and the email address you would like to use. If you can, send your phone number, too. Put “Bondurant presentations” in the subject line. You will be emailed the separate link to join the meeting.
BFA BUSINESS MEETING – Saturday evening, Oct. 17, 8:00 PM Eastern (open to BFA paid members only):
If you are a member in good standing of the Bondurant Family Association, plan to attend the business meeting. For this meeting, register by emailing Bruce at Siouxlake@aol.com and you will be sent a link to attend.
FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Hello, cousins, I’m excited to tell you about the new format for our annual meeting this fall. With the risk of COVID-19 continuing, we don’t want any of our family to take a chance to travel to Virginia this year. Many of you no doubt are already familiar with Zoom Video. I have been using it for my book club and men’s group meetings. We have seen its advantages and rather enjoy meeting this way. We will provide reunion attendees with the instructions how to download the software and how to connect on-line. It is easy once you get the hang of it. Everything will be free. Last week I used Zoom to meet with some distant relatives on my Dad's side. It was an incredible experience. These were cousins I had heard about growing up, but had never met. I probably would have never met them, but now I feel I know them well. We engaged in some family gossip that was so entertaining!!!
We will keep the usual format of the annual meeting. The Meet and Greet on Friday evening has been the most rewarding part of attending the reunion for me, where long lasting connections are made. I hope this holds true with this format. And we always learn something new about our family in the presentations.
Both the Meet and Greet and the Presentations Meeting will be open to anyone who is interested in the Bondurant family (all spellings). You do not need to be a paid member of the Bondurant Family Association to join these events (although we hope you WILL join to continue research on this family). However, only paid members of BFA may attend the business meeting following the presentations on Saturday evening.
I look forward to “seeing” you in October,
Bruce Ramsdell, President
siouxlake@aol.com
404-272-0071