2019 BFA Annual Meeting
Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center
October 25-26, 2019


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This year’s meeting will be focused on those branches of our family who went west in pursuit of better financial opportunities, land, weather and lifestyle (or just because they had “itchy feet”!). We hope that you will contact cousins who live in the western part of the U.S. and let them know about our gathering in their neighborhood. We love to meet new cousins!
Many thanks to our cousin and this year’s hostess, Susan Bundrant Scharf, who has worked hard to make the arrangements for our host hotel, lunch site and meeting space. See her list of things to see in the last issue of this newsletter! If you have questions about Portland, she says to please email her at espscharf@gmail.com.
Our host hotel this year is the Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center, 550 SW Oak Street, Portland, Oregon 97204, in Downtown Portland, 1-503-505-5000.
MEETING SCHEDULE
Meet & Greet
Friday evening, 7:00 to 9:00 in the Alberta Room at the host hotel
Bring your charts and memorabilia to share with others during this time of sharing and getting to know your cousins!
Program & Business Meeting
Saturday morning, 10:00 to noon in the Alberta Room
In addition to special presentations prepared by Susan Scharf and David Bondurant, we will have a brief business meeting to elect officers for the 2020-2021 term.
Lunch 1:00 to 2:30, Huber’s Cafe, 411 SW 3rd Avenue Approximately five blocks from our hotel, we will gather at Portland’s oldest restaurant to enjoy upscale American fare. Your meal and gratuity is self-pay. See their menu at https://www.hubers.com/. The rest of the weekend is free for you to enjoy your time in Portland as you choose.

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Excitement Builds as We Prepare to Visit the Fabled City of Portland, Oregon
I would like to share how since joining the Bondurant Family Association and attending these reunions my life has been enriched. It’s special to know that every Bondurant, BonDurant, Bundrant, Bundren and Bundrum person you meet is your cousin. We come from all over the continent, all descendants of Jean Pierre Bondurant.
Friday Evening: 7-9 PM Meet and Greet in the Alberta Room of our host hotel, Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center.
Bring items for show and tell. Have plenty of questions about the Bondurant Family History. Share stories of your own branch. This is a time of connection to your Bondurant relatives and friends. For me, the most rewarding time of the reunion. We will form a circle and share about our Bondurant roots. Explore how you are descended from our French Huguenot progenitor, Jean Pierre Bondurant, who arrived in Virginia in the year 1700. If you have memorabilia or charts of your branch of the family that you would like to share, please bring them to this gathering.
Saturday Morning: 10-12 AM in the Alberta Room
Presentations by David Bondurant about the English heritage of Ann Tanner (wife of Jean Pierre Bondurant) and by Susan Scharf about the westward movement of her ancestors, the Bundrants. Business Meeting to follow. Election of Officers. Discussion of next year's plans and projects.
Saturday Afternoon: 1-2:30 PM
Lunch at Portland's historic Huber's Café located a few blocks from the hotel. Your meal will be self- pay.
Saturday Afternoon: 2:30-4:30 PM
Explore on your own or join Bruce and Susan on a walk to the waterfront in downtown Portland. Our walk will be less than 2 miles. We will check out the Saturday Market, Japanese Plaza and Pioneer Courtyard Square.
Or Google the map of downtown Portland and plan your own walk. Branch off on your own. Street cars and buses are readily accessible.
The Portland area has a plethora of sites to see and things to do. It is very tourist friendly with easy- to-use public transit. Check out Susan’s list of “Things to do and see in Portland” in the last issue of BFA Newsletter (#122) on the Newsletters tab of the BFA webpage (www.bondurant-family.org) or in the FILES section of the Bondurant Family Association Facebook page.
The presentations on Saturday morning will cover the English ancestors of Jean Pierre Bondurant’s wife Ann Tanner, and the western movement of the Bundrant branch of the Bondurant family from Tennessee to Texas, then on to Oregon.
We look forward to seeing our old friends and to meeting new ones.
Bruce Ramsdell President of BFA