The Toledo Colony Mayflower Society met on Saturday, November 12, 2016, for Compact Day at Swan Creek Retirement Village in Toledo, Ohio. November is the traditional time for the Mayflower colonies to have the Compact Day dinners to commemorate the signing of the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower Compact is read at each dinner and each member is asked to tell from which Pilgrim(s) they are descended. On Thanksgiving Compact Day in November each year, members are asked to bring pilgrim figure for table decorations and to tell personal stories and to dress the part of a Pilgrim. The legend of the three kernels of corn is also told.
The program was on Pilgrim children: their clothing, toys, and activities. Dave Martin from Defiance, Ohio is an Elder of the Toledo Colony (State of Ohio). Caroline Wells Longardner Zimmerman from Antwerp, Ohio is the Secretary of the Toledo Colony. This Colony was chartered on June 20, 1940.
This group is planning a bus trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 2018 to see Plymouth Rock and where the Pilgrim burial grounds lie. In March 2017, the Miami (Indian) Tribe of Oklahoma will be the speakers.
This Colony is also supporting the “Restoration of the Mayflower II” which is a project that is currently in progress for future generations. A Board of Assistants Meeting followed the compact dinner.
If you are a descendant of a Mayflower Pilgrim or would like to know more about the Mayflower Society, please contact Caroline Zimmerman at 419-258-2222 or Judy Rand at 419-924-2613.