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Our Virginia Society newsletter, The Virginia Mayflower, is published twice a year. Each issue features details of our next luncheon meeting, directions, and a luncheon reservations form which must be mailed back by the stated deadline by members who wish to attend the luncheon meeting.

We encourage our members who use computers to provide us with their current email addresses so that we may deliver our newsletter to them electronically in color, saving the time and cost of printing and mailing the black-and-white “hardcopy” version of the newsletter.

Online Special: Click here to read "Calvinism and Colonial Native American Religious Worldviewsby Professor Robert J. King, an award-winning article we did not have space to include in our newsletter.

Click the thumbnail images below to view the full-size newsletters of your choice:


Fall 2022


  • Compact Day Meeting - Saturday, 19 Nov 2022 at The Commonwealth Club, Richmond
  • Compact Day Speaker - Andrew Giles Buckley, he'll discuss Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins 
  • The launch of our virtual book club - first book discussed:  "The World of Plymouth Plantation" 
  • Please review the proposed Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws
  • 2022 Mildred Ramos Scholarship awarded to Anuj Khemka by Karen Pogoloff
  • Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed 26 new Members


  • Spring Meeting - Saturday, 7 May at Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
  • Compact Day Speaker - GSMD Governor General Jane Riddell Hurt
  • Meg Averett, GSMD Secretary General, will join us as our special guest
  • VMS launched its inaugural Facebook page in November, 2021. To join,
    search for Virginia Mayflower Society
  • Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed 36 new Members

Fall 2021

  • Compact Day Meeting - Saturday, 20 Nov at Commonwealth Club, Richmond
  • Compact Day Speaker - John V. Quarstein - historian, preservationist and author
  • Celebrating the General Society's 100,000 member - Scott Watson
  • Silent Auction to benefit the Mildred Ramos Scholarship will be held again this year
  • Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed 28 new Members

Spring 2021


  • Virtual Spring Meeting, 15 May 2021, 3:00 pm via ZOOM, see newsletter for link
  • Our speaker will be Lisa Pennington, Counsellor General
  • Amendments to our Constitution and Bylaws will be voted on at the Fall meeting
  • General Board of Assistants meeting in Plymouth open to all members
  • Since our last newsletter, we welcomed 30 new members

Fall 2020


  • Fall Compact Day Luncheon CANCELED due to COVID-19
  • Our Spring Luncheon is planned for 1 May at Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
  • Since the Historian's last report, we have welcomed 51 new members
  • We had 20 supplemental applications approved for our members as well
  • Fees across the Society are increasing and Virginia dues may increase in 2021
  • Debbie Misiag, who joined us in September 2019, is now an Assistant Historian
Spring 2020

  • SPRING MEETING CANCELED due to COVID-19
  • Compact Day Meeting - Saturday, 21 Nov at Commonwealth Club, Richmond
  • Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed 43 new Members
  • We had 39 supplemental applications approved for our members as well
  • We are sustained by volunteers and always grateful for the help
  • Robert Perry, who joined us in February, is now an Assistant Historian
Fall 2019

  • Compact Day Luncheon Meeting set of Saturday, November 23, in Richmond
  • Compact Day Speaker - George P. Garmany Jr., Governor General
  • Highlights and Benefits of Dual Membership
  • The Scholarship Committee will announce the 2020 Mildred Ramos Scholarship topic
  • Seventh Silent Auction to benefit the Mildred Ramos Scholarship
  • Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed 34 new Members
Spring 2019

  • Spring Luncheon Meeting set for Saturday, May 4, in Richmond at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and will have guided tours after the meeting
  • May Speaker – Karen Sherry an art historian and the Curator of Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (Virginia Historical Society)
  • Education & Scholarship Committee Reports
  • The Scholarship Committee will announce the scholarship recipient
  • National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse update
  • We welcome 18 new Junior members and 31 New members
Fall 2018

  • Compact Day Luncheon Meeting set for Saturday, November 17, in Richmond
  • Compact Day Speaker – Whit Perry, Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations
  • Membership Survey Results are in - take a look
  • The Scholarship Committee will announce the 2019 Mildred Ramos Scholarship topic
  • Sixth Silent Auction to benefit the Mildred Ramos Scholarship
  • Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed 34 new Members
Spring 2018

  • Spring Luncheon Meeting set for Saturday, May 5, in Strasburg
  • May Speaker – Reid Dunavant Senior Vice President Director, Washington, D.C. Office Specialist, Furniture and Decorative Arts
  • 2017 Congress Highlights
  • The Scholarship Committee will announce the scholarship recipient
  • Virginia Mayflower Society Member Survey Results
  • We welcome 28 new Junior members and 28 New members
Fall 2017

  • Compact Day Luncheon Meeting set for Saturday, November 18, in Richmond
  • Compact Day Speaker – John A. Caramia, Jr., Retired Director of Interpretive Programs
  • Membership Survey
  • The Scholarship Committee will announce the 2018 Mildred Ramos Scholarship topic
  • Fifth Silent Auction to benefit the Mildred Ramos Scholarship
  • We welcome 19 new members
Spring 2017

  • Spring Luncheon Meeting set for Saturday, May 6, in Portsmouth
  • May Speaker - Gary E. Baker Norfolk, Chrysler Museum Curator
  • Governor Bradford is looking for you - help us find missing members
  • The Scholarship Committee will announce the scholarship recipient
  • Volunteer opportunities abound - contact Governor Woody
  • We welcome 3 new Junior members
Fall 2016

  • Nov Speaker - Dr. Arnold-Lourie, Professor of History, College of Southern Maryland
  • Compact Day Fall Luncheon, Sat 19 Nov at Commonwealth Club, Richmond
  • Governor Bradford is looking for you - help us find missing members
  • We welcome 14 new Junior members to the Va. Society
  • Volunteer opportunities abound for Va. Society members
  • 4th Silent Auction will benefit Mildred Ramos Scholarship Fund
Spring 2016

  • Spring Luncheon Meeting set for Saturday, May 7, in Staunton
  • May Speaker - Brig Gen Djuric (USAF, ret) - Commandant of Cadet Corps, Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College
  • Governor Bradford is looking for you - help us find missing members
  • The Scholarship Committee will announce the scholarship recipient
  • Volunteer opportunities abound for Va. Society members
  • We welcome 25 new Junior members
Fall 2015

  • UofR professor to speak Nov. 21 on the Huguenots
  • 3rd Silent Auction will benefit Mildred Ramos Scholarship Fund
  • 16 Board of Assistants members to be elected to 3-year terms
  • Sample letter offered in support of Mayflower Coin Act
  • Volunteer opportunities abound for Va. Society members
  • Plymouth Colony bibliography and reading list now online
Spring 2015

  • Spring Luncheon Meeting set for May 2 in Portsmouth, Va.
  • Prof. Tony Carlino to detail Roger Williams' lasting impact
  • Fourth Mildred Ramos Scholarship to be presented May 2
  • Gov. Cox requests support for 400th-Anniversary coin series
  • 36 donors to Scholarship & Memorial Funds acknowledged
  • Annual dues are set to increase from $28 to $38 next year
Fall 2014

  • Historical interpreter William Chrystal to be Nov. 22 speaker
  • Second 'Silent Auction' will benefit our Scholarship Fund
  • Virginia's delegation at the 40th triennial Congress in Plymouth
  • Virginia Society awarded Latimer Bowl for membership gains
  • Applications now open for our 2015 Scholarship (Flier included)
  • Campbell Maloney is appointed new Newsletter Editor
Spring 2014

  • In Strasburg May 3, Dr. Paquette will speak on "Europe in 1620"
  • Dr. Gower recounts Mayflower history trip to England, Holland
  • 19 new members are welcomed, listed since our last meeting
  • We thank our latest Scholarship Fund & Memorial Fund donors
  • Be a Virginia delegate at this fall's triennial Congress in Plymouth!
  • How to sponsor your child or grandchild as a Junior Member
Fall 2013

  • Prof. Galgano sets the stage: North America before 1600
  • Julie Guthrie named 2nd recipient of Ramos Scholarship
  • Nov. 23 Silent Auction will benefit Scholarship Fund
  • The enduring significance of the Mayflower Compact
  • Ad hoc committee explores "Common Database" benefits
  • Highlights of General Assistants' New Orleans meeting
Spring 2013

  • Mark T. Cox, IV elected to three-year term as Governor
  • Henricus reenactor-researcher to present program May 4
  • 2013 Scholarship attracts 16 applicants, over 30 donors
  • We welcome 10 new members and 16 new Junior members
  • Elizabeth Hazelton wins General Society's 2012 scholarship
  • Professors recount their visit to Wampanoag Indian village
Fall 2012

  • Music interpreter-historian to present Compact Day program
  • Meet our 15 nominees for election to 3-year terms of office
  • How one teacher gets into 'Pilgrim character' for her students
  • What's the role of our Virginia Mayflower Society Historian?
  • We welcome 28 new members and 3 new junior members
  • Gov. Betty Diakun proud of Society's new scholarship, website
Spring 2012

  • Nicholas Aunspach wins first Mildred Ramos Scholarship
  • Virginia Society's website "VirginiaMayflower.org" goes live
  • Spring meeting held May 5 at historic Yorktown's Riverwalk
  • Scholar-scientist the Rev. Dr. John Kerr is guest speaker
  • Donors to our Scholarship and Memorial funds are listed
  • Secretary appeals for help in locating "lost members"
Fall 2011

  • First-time Virginia delegate shares Congress impressions
  • Virginia Society launches Ramos Scholarship program
  • “Keepsakes” exhibition planned by Education Committee
  • Mayflower music & melodies over the years
  • Highlights of the regional meeting held at Ellwood Manor
  • Editor asks members to provide their e-mail addresses
Spring 2011

  • Park Service to present Civil War program in Fredericksburg
  • Mildred Ramos Scholarship Fund criteria under development
  • Mayflower wreath honors Gen. Nelson at Yorktown Day
  • NEH Pilgrim-Wampanoag project garners praise, support
  • Dep. Gov. Mark Cox named a trustee of 2 Gen. Soc. funds
  • Elizabeth Hazelton wins televised national cooking contest
Fall 2010

  • Call issued for Va. delegates to 39th Congress in Plymouth
  • Mayflower descendant Deborah Sampson to be portrayed
  • Virginia Mayflower Society marks its 60th Anniversary
  • Descendants find that proving their lineage is no easy task
  • Virginia Society welcomes 13 new Junior members
  • Members asked to display Mayflower ‘treasures,’ memorabilia
Spring 2010
  • Elizabeth Diakun begins term as Virginia Society Governor
  • Colonial religion historian will speak at Williamsburg in May
  • Scrapbooks preserve Virginia Society’s history for viewing
  • Members to vote on 3 Constitution and By-Laws amendments
  • Elizabeth Browning Rice Maddox leaves a $1,000 bequest
  • Poster depicts Mayflower namesake flower, Trailing-Arbutus


THE MAYFLOWER QUARTERLY MAGAZINE

The Mayflower Quarterly Magazine is published four times a year – Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  Mayflower Society members receive a mailed copy.   In addition, an electronic version is available a under the Members‐Only section of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants website.

The Mayflower Quarterly Magazine -- click HERE


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