The Coronavirus Pandemic forced the board to cancel the 2020 Gathering but we are so excited to announce that the 2022 Gathering is on. Registration will soon open.
It will be held June 22-26, 2022, in Little Rock. Arkansas. We have selected the Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock as the venue. Breakfast is included with your stay.
The fee for Gathering registration has been set by the committee at $150 for the whole Gathering, and $75 for Saturday only. The $150 includes the banquet on Saturday and the famous Chenoweth Family awards. Registration will open soon.
Gathering Tee Shirt, plus other program content. At this time, if one wants to take a tour with the group on Friday, there will be an additional fee for the tour and lunch, although the tour fee has yet to be determined. The $75 Saturday one-day fee will include tee shirt and banquet. There will not be a discount for early registration, but it will be to your advantage to get your registration in as early as possible, to help our planning.
Your hosts for this gathering are Sue Ellen Peglow, her daughter, Patti Airoldi, of Little Rock; Coordinator Lawra Duy; Chairman of the Board, Mike Chenoweth; and members at large: Josh Chenoweth, Jane McInturf and Tammy Walma.
Little Rock (like almost all American cities if you look hard enough) is a place with a very interesting history and many noteworthy locations. I found the Clinton Presidential Library and the headquarters of Heifer International of particular interest to me, but there is also the State Capitol and the famous Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.
The Little Rock Central High School was, in 1957, the epicenter of confrontation and a catalyst for change as the fundamental test for the United States to enforce African-American civil rights following the US Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision. We can learn how the sacrifice and struggle endured by the Little Rock Nine have provided opportunities and opened doors for those seeking equality and education around the world. This will be a chance for us to consider what has been accomplished in 65 years, and what may remain to be accomplished for the goal of equality promised by the US Constitution.
Not too far from Little Rock is the point where the survey began for the whole west half of the United States, in the early part of the nineteenth century.
Here is an interesting factoid from Wikipedia: Florence Chenoweth is a noteworthy person in Liberia, Africa. She was born there, received her BSc. from the University of Liberia in 1967, and then came to the USA and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a Masters degree in agricultural economics in 1970. She returned to Liberia and became the first woman Minister of Agriculture in Africa and at the time was the only woman minister of agriculture anywhere. She later came to the United States and worked for the World Bank, and then, in 1987, earned her PhD in land resources, again from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Between 1995 and 2007, she worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Between 2009 and 2015, she served a second term in Liberia as Minister of Agriculture.