The annual Roark-Conner Association (R-CA) Reunion is a gathering of Roark and Conner descendants and relatives of local pioneer families who settled during the mid to late 1830s in the eastern portion of Hamilton County. In the summer of 1959, the Roark-Conner family held its first reunion in Birchwood, Hamilton County. Every year since, descendants have been gathering in Birchwood to meet with each other, to remember ancestors and visit local historical sites and to share family history.
This year, due to the Coronavirus, the R-CA board of directors made the difficult decision to cancel the face-to-face reunion to eliminate the possibility that any family member might become ill.
To ensure the continuation of its 62-year tradition of meeting, instead of a face-to-face reunion, on Sept. 25-27, the R-CA will hold its first Virtual Family Reunion on their website: Roark-Conner.org.
The Virtual Reunion will be structured similar to a face-to-face reunion with three days of programming. After 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, the entire three days of programs will be available to view. Participants will be able to visit the Virtual Reunion at their convenience, anytime day or night, and return as often as they wish. Programs will include Friday “Meet and Greet” sessions where participants can meet ancestors, R-CA past presidents and other cousins. Saturday’s programs will include the annual R-CA business meeting, along with featured presentations by various family members. On Sunday, family members can participate in the Worship Service with sermons and singing, and a bonus Learning Center which will include activities for children, a Birchwood tour and the Heirloom Display Room. Participate in the Virtual Reunion by visiting the Roark-Conner.org website and click on the 2020 Virtual Reunion.
For further information, call 410-827-0152.