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History of the National Council of Meridianites, Inc.

Origins

The purpose of the National Council of Meridianites is to increase the popularity of our common interests. We hope to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing our relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger. The National Council of Meridianites, Inc. had its beginning in the mid-1960s after several Meridianites reunited at the funeral of a friend in Detroit. Because the friends had not seen each other in over ten years, they decided to plan more fellowship gatherings in the future, which eventually became regular events.

Chronology

1967: The first picnic of the Meridianites was held in Detroit. At first, the event's location alternated between Detroit and Cleveland. However, as Meridianites residing in other cities began attending the picnic, they started forming chapters in their own cities.

1974: The picnic returned home to Meridian, Mississippi. More than 6,000 people were in attendance, a huge increase compared to the first picnic where only 20 participated. The National Council of Meridianites, Inc. received its official name and selected its first officers.

1976: Due to the growing number of chapters, the organization ratified a constitution and bylaws. The constitution arranged the chapters into regions including the Southern, Western, Midwest, Northern and Eastern, which would host an annual picnic and convention on a rotating basis.

1996: The National Council of Meridianites created the Jacquelyn Sweetner Caffey Scholarship Foundation, an endowment designed to provide financial support for the foundation's scholarship program.

1998 - 1999: The National Council of Meridianites, Inc. was incorporated by the State of Mississippi and received its U.S. Trademark from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Today: The National Council of Meridianites, Inc. has matured into an organization that gives Meridianites the opportunity to reunite with their families, renew old friendships or make new ones, and provide educational support to future generations of Meridianites and their descendants through its Roots Scholarship program.