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August 14, 2012 Events Comments
2006 Picnic reunion at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The Doanes have had a long history in America from the time Deacon John Doane arrived with his family in Plymouth in 1630 to the present.

Learning about the history of one’s family, community, region, and nation is not only fun, but also can make for a sense of pride in knowing who you are and where you came from. It is with this spirit the Doane Family Association of Oregon Washington Idaho invites family and friends to rediscover some of the colorful people in the Doane family at the picnic this Saturday, August 18, 2012.

At 11:00 a.m. family and friends will gather at the covered area at Hazel Dell Park, 2300 NE 68th St, Vancouver, WA. The Doane picnics have always been a great time to visit and participate in a great picnic. Picnicers are encourage to bring their meal, beverage, plates and utensils — and also something to share. It can be as sweet as dessert or as simple as a story.

At 12:30 p.m. the Oregon Washington Idaho Doanes will hold an informal meeting — with reports from their secretary, treasurer, historian and any past officials who desire to speak. The gathering will get the latest about the national organization from the cousins who recently returned from attending July’s National Doane Reunion in Plymouth, Massachusetts. A discussion of incoming and returning officers will follow, and a vote will be cast on where to hold next year’s picnic.

There are some exciting things to experience on August 18. Doanes are asked to put the event on their calendar and invite sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, children, grandchildren, family and friends to a day that celebrates the family, history, and the great northwest. Former President John Doane says, “It will fortify the family quite literally!.”

PICNIC SUGGESTIONS: Bring clothing for weather from hot to cold, and if you have one wear your DOANE t-shirt. Temperatures may vary. Bring comfortable walking shoes and a hat for the sun. Bring plenty of digital memory for capturing the day. And if we have any writers in the group – consider writing a story for our new website, www.doanefamilyassociation.com.

BOOK EXCHANGE: did you read a good book this summer that you would like to trade for another good book? Bring it to the reunion. There will be a special spot at this year’s gathering for book trades. There will also be a small collection of books for sale. All cash generated will go to the chapter to help promote reading — especially reading of the awesome new website.

Do you read everything on your Kindle?

If yes, email your book review to doanefamilyassociation@gmail.com, and watch for it to appear as a post on the chapter website.

Doane Sisters gear up for picnic discussion.

Doane family chows down at reunion picnic.

Quiet moment during the Doane family picnic reunion — everyone is eating.

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