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Shurn Family Reunion History (1844-2021)

The Shurn family reunion has a rich heritage. Descendants of the Shurn family have  been traced back as early as the 1840's to Drew Shurn and Emmaline  Taylor. The Shurn Family Reunion began in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1950. The  celebration started on Labor Day and has been unchanged through the present.

The first gathering was small with only a few relatives and their families. Attending  relatives at the first gathering included B.B. Shurn, Ellis Shurn, Robert Shurn, Fred  Douglas Shurn, Vinnie Shurn Crenshaw, Annie Shurn Greer, Lula Shurn Bogan, Louise  Shurn and Sammie Shurn.

During the first five years, the reunion celebration alternated between South Bend,  Indiana and Benton Harbor, Michigan. The reunion continued to grow and expanded its  membership. Around the sixth year, the reunion took the show on the road and began  rotating among several cities as it continues to do today. The current rotation  includes South Bend, Indiana; Benton Harbor, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis,  Missouri; Colt, Arkansas; Detroit, Michigan; Springfield,
 Massachusetts; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington D.C.; and Atlanta, Georgia.  
 In September, 1992 the Shurn Family Reunion drafted and adopted a constitution and  was legally incorporated as The Shurn Family. Thirteen officers were elected to serve  on the National Board of Directors. The first meeting was held in Nashville,  Tennessee during the reunion. The first officers of the National-at-Large board were:

Family Officers on Date of  Official Incorporation
 Chairman, Joseph Shurn 
 1st Vice Chairman,Ralph Shurn 
 Treasurer, Gloria Shurn 
 Secretary, Eunice Brown 
 Recording Secretary/Membership Chair, Noricka Greyer 
 Sergeant-at-Arms/ Parliamentarian, Winston Walker

Remaining Board Members 
 Ernestine Greyer, Lula Mason, Arthur Shurn, Archie Shurn, Hattie Shurn

The goal of the board is to oversee the interest of each participating city, and to  develop an organizational structure for governance.

In 1993, the Shurn Family Reunion reached a new milestone and was featured in the  spring issue of Reunion Magazine. The featured article stated our commitment to  ensure a youthful perspective in the future by increasing the participation of youth  in local chapters and the National Board of Directors, re-gentrification, education,  conflict resolution, peace, love and unity.

In 1999, the Shurn Family Website (www.shurn.com) debuted. This initiative was made  possible through the efforts of Barron Shurn, Arthur Shurn, and Fred D. Shurn, all of  whom agreed to take the lead in developing the Shurn Family home page. A general  agreement was made in which Fred D. Shurn would finance the project; Barron Shurn  would serve as the senior technician; and Arthur Shurn would act as the Shurn Family  Internet Committee project manager. Noricka Greyer, Eric Crenshaw, Rick Shurn, and  Gwen Humphries all agreed to serve as members of the Shurn Family Internet Committee.

After 65 years, the Shurn Family tradition is alive and well and expected to grow and  glow in the new millennium. To uphold our mission, it will take the love and support  of the total family unit. As the old adages go: "If not us, then who; If not now,  then when?" and "If we continue to do as we have always done, we'll continue to get  what we have always gotten.? The sky is not our limit, it is our beginning. With love  and family being the two main elements that keeps us tightly knit and woven together,  we look forward to a bright and prosperous future.
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