SFA MEMORIAL PLAQUE APPLICATION PROCEESS
Do you have someone in your family that you feel should be enshrined into the history of the Sheldon Family Association?
A few years ago, a family member thought that the amount of effort put forth by a relative (Marie Sheldon Hine) significantly moved forward the purpose and efforts of the Sheldon Family Association (SFA). Marie hosted two very successful Sheldon Reunions in Bennington, Vermont, a task that is a major effort given the rich and overwhelming family history in the area.
The family took it upon themselves to create a memorial plaque and upon it inscribed Marie’s name. They then contributed the plaque to the SFA with the intention of having the SFA display the plaque at its Annual Reunions and to have either the Board of Directors or other members to place additional names to the plaque to make a sort of Hall of Fame list.
This year the SFA Board took upon itself the task to make the “Memorial Plaque” a reality. As a starting point it looked at similar programs and their processes. SFA’s Board has adopted a process and put it in place in order to achieve the mission set forth by Marie’s family.
Like other memorials such as putting a stone with a name on a walkway, a plaque with a name on a park bench or a name on a wall, SFA is asking families to nominate their individual by submitting a completed application along with a gifted contribution to help underwrite the costs. The SFA Board has the responsibility to review the application for all the proper criteria and when approved will add the name to the plaque, as well as, putting the information about the honoree on the SFA website.
Like the Sheldon Family Association, the focus of the memorial is to recognize the efforts of an individual who has advanced the cause and history of the Sheldon name either by their research work or a lifetime achievement. The individual you want to memorialize can be a worthy deceased Sheldon or Sheldon relative such as a spouse, cousin or immediate in-law.
So, give it some thought about someone in your family or someone you know that helped the Sheldon history.