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The Bondurants Gathered at Bondurant, Iowa
on September 23-24, 2022

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Members of the Bondurant Family Association gathered at Bondurant, Iowa, for a history-making weekend of celebrating the impact of the town founder Alexander Conley Bondurant (1829-1899) and his descendants. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Louise Moore.

This year’s annual meeting at Bondurant, Iowa, was special in so many ways that it’s hard to figure out where to begin! Our BFA treasurer, Su McDonell, first suggested visiting the town founded by her ancestor, Alexander Conley Bondurant, to the BFA board early last spring. She and the BFA Reunion Committee (Susan Bundrant Scharf and Marcelle Bondurant Hoffmann) contacted a number of organizations in the town to find out about hotels, possible sites to visit and other amenities.

The kind folks of Bondurant, including the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Bondurant First Christian Church (which was built on land given by ACB), members of the Bondurant Historical Society, and the Bondurant Public Library staff, all gave their time and expertise to plan the event. The Des Moines Register newspaper even publicized the activities so that local descendants of ACB would know about BFA coming to town and attend! We did meet a number of local cousins over the weekend and they have become members of our august group! (See Su’s “Thank You” letter inside.)
If you missed it, I hope you’ll try to attend the next gathering at Bedford, Virginia, in October 2023.
Modern technology enabled BFA members to join the fun via Zoom (many thanks to David, Tom and Bruce for accommodating us!) at the Friday night Meet & Greet at the host hotel, Hampton Inn Altoona-Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa. Several attendees sported berets made by the late Susan Neese for the 2021 meeting at Bermuda Run, North Carolina.
Attendees at the 2022 BFA meeting in Bondurant, Iowa
(* = descendant of Alexander Conley Bondurant)
Attended in person:
Bruce Ramsdell, President (GA) Tom BonDurant, Vice-President (MS) * Susan D. McDonell, Treasurer (OR) David W. Bondurant, Webmaster (CO) Judy Bondurant (CO) * Susan Jane Bondurant (WA) Bill BonDurant (IL) * Loy & Ellie Brooks (IA) Wayne & Betty Brown (OH) Jim & Sherry Carlson (IA) Cynthia Louise Moore (CA) Laberta Stout (AR) Sharon Talley (TX) Kim Talley (KS) Kevin Tucker (TX) Marvin White (GA) Ramona Wilkerson (AR) Geoff Williams (IL) * Donnell Redlingshafer Wisniewski (IL)
Attended via Zoom:
* Tom Bailie (MI) Patti Lynch Black (CA) Jack & Gretchen Bondurant (VA) Lisa, Cheyenne, Gabrielle & Lakota Bondurant (VA) Ben & Pat Boswell (TX) Linda & Harry Dolph (VA) Sam & Catherine Massey (TX) Eve B. Mayes (GA) Amy Warren Sanders (LA) Ruth Bondurant Vestal (NC) Terri West (VA)
Local Guests:
Deb King Harwood, Bondurant Historical Society Jan Johnson, Bondurant Historical Society Michell Klinker, Bondurant Public Library Sondra Carnahan, Bondurant Public Library Chris Higgins, the Des Moines Register, First Christian Church Ladies’ Auxiliary

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