Virginia Mayflower Society attends the 43rd Congress of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants
(Plymouth, Massachusetts, Wednesday, September 13, 2023) -- The Virginia Mayflower Society was well represented by Cindy Carlson, Marsha Masone, Karen Pogoloff, and Lee Hardin Woody by attending the 43rd Congress at Plymouth, Massachusetts held September 8-13, 2023.
Events included cocktails on the wharf, touring the ship Mayflower II, walking in the Pilgrim Progress, and enjoying social and business meetings with many new cousins.
Congratulations to Meg Averett for receiving the 2023 Governor’s General Distinguished Service Award at the 43rd GSMD Congress! A well-deserved honor.
The Virginia Mayflower Society was founded in 1950 and operates as a non-profit, educational, charitable, hereditary organization. Since then, more than 2,000 direct lineal descendants of the 102 passengers on the historic 1620 voyage of the Mayflower have become Virginia Mayflower Society members as well as members of the prestigious General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) headquartered in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
A significant number of our Virginia members have served the General Society in a variety of roles and responsibilities over the years, including Miss Mildred Ramos, the only Virginian elected Governor General of the General Society.
At the present time, the Virginia Mayflower Society has more than 945 regular members and more than 409 Junior members. Additional information about regular and junior membership can be found on the Membership page.
Every third year, a Virginia delegation (one delegate for each 50 members) joins delegates from the 54 Member Societies representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Europe and Australia at the General Congress held in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition, some of our members also attend Pilgrim-family gatherings held in conjunction with each triennial Congress, such as the Pilgrim John Howland Society, the Elder William Brewster Society, the Governor William Bradford Compact, the Alden Kindred of America, the Soule Kindred in America, and the Fuller Society.
Our $1620 Virginia Mayflower Society Mildred Ramos Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior, a college undergraduate student, or a university graduate student under the age of 26, and the recipient is the Society's guest at our Spring meeting in May. Additional information about the scholarship can be found on our Scholarship page.
Lee Hardin Woody
Governor, Virginia Society of Mayflower Descendants