As announced earlier in the year on our website, our Facebook page and in our winter newsletter, blocking hotel rooms anywhere in the Charlottesville area in October presented us with significant challenges. To date we have booked 20 of the 20 blocked rooms which allows us to block another ten only. After these last ten rooms are booked by members attending our annual meeting, there will be no other blocked rooms available at this hotel for our negotiated rate and our dates. The Holiday Inn Express in Ruckersville is fully booked as predicted. If you are planning on staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Ruckersville, please make your reservations now. The phone number is 1-434-985-1854 and the on line link is https://www.hiexpress.com/redirect?path=rates…
You will note that initially we could only have double queens at this rate. The ten recently blocked rooms available to us now contain 5 Kings and 5 double queens.
If you have any challenges with booking a room, please contact me at 707-279-1050 California time.
2023 Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, VA Is Taking Shape with Early Planning. An Important Hotel Announcement
Charlottesville, VA is the destination for our annual meeting for October 13-15, 2023. We are pleased to announce that we have identified our lodging and transportation resources for the weekend.
Due to high demand for lodging in this tourist area during the month of October, we are unable to block more than 10 hotel rooms at a time due to a non-refundable fee if the rooms are not utilized. Many of the hotels and bus companies that we contacted in the fall of 2022 were already sold out for October 2023. For this reason, we are letting our members know how important it will be to plan and reserve your room months in advance. Our lodging, our annual meeting on Friday and our banquet on Saturday will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Ruckersville, VA about 15 minutes from the Monticello Campus where our Saturday activities will take place.
We have secured a rate of $159 per king or double room, double or single occupancy plus local taxes and hotel fees (10.5%). The rate will include a hot breakfast and a courtesy shuttle to and from the local airport. Reservations are made by calling the hotel directly at 434-985-1855 and asking to book within the Fontaine-Maury Society block. You can also use the link below to book on line. Reservations can be made now. Be sure to review the cancellation policy.
Reduced rates are available for October 12 through 15, but you can reserve less nights than that.
IMPORTANT: IF YOU ATTEMPT TO BOOK YOUR ROOM AND ARE TOLD THERE ARE NO MORE ROOMS IN THE BLOCK AND ARE OFFERED A ROOM AT A HIGHER RATE, PLEASE CALL OR TEXT MARY BORJON IMMEDIATELY SO THAT SHE CAN BLOCK THE NEXT TEN ROOMS AT THE REDUCED RATE. THIS IS HOW THEIR SYSTEM WORKS. 707-279-1050 landline 707-349-1034 cell
Each time that ten rooms are booked by our members, the hotel will allow us to block another ten rooms without risking the loss of a $1,000 room block fee. As time goes on, the hotel has cautioned us that there is no guarantee that there will be another ten rooms to block due to high demand in the fall. It seems that most Charlottesville and surrounding area hotels anticipate full houses so we encourage you to take advantage of this rate and location sooner than later. Our low hotel utilization in Louisville in 2022 has made our board cautious about risking room block fees.
A brief sketch of the weekend begins with our business meeting on Friday night with members sharing treasured family artifacts. On Saturday there will be an organized visit to the Jefferson Library to view artifacts that reflect the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Consul James Maury. There will be a presentation or discussion followed by a ceremony to present the Maury Bible to the Jefferson Library. A group lunch on the Monticello campus will be followed by the highlights tour of Monticello. After returning to our hotel on Saturday, we will enjoy our banquet followed by a guest speaker. The FMS library will be open at various times during the weekend.
For your enjoyment, several team members are identifying “on your own activities” in the Charlottesville area. This information will be shared at a later date. We look forward to seeing you in Charlottesville and we hope that you will take to heart our message to reserve your room sooner than later.
Current Status of the Matthew Fontaine Maury Monument
To provide our members with an update on the status of the Matthew Fontaine Maury monument that was removed from Richmond’s Monument Avenue several years ago, this link is being shared with our membership. Before and after the removal of the monument, comprehensive information regarding the life and accomplishments of our ancestor was provided to each entity having decision making authority over the placement of the monument. Most recently, Brian Nilsson provided this same packet of information to those who would be developing the context for the display in Las Angeles. For the very first time, a response was received from museum personnel. This has opened the door for Russell Hooper to share his years of research and collection of Matthew Fontaine Maury papers which will provide a wealth of information to the museum and provide a broader context for those developing the narrative for our family member.
Annual Meeting Dates Set for Charlottesville, VA
Our 2023 annual meeting and gathering is confirmed for the second weekend in October and will be held in Charlottesville, VA. Our Saturday activities will take place at the Jefferson Library and the Monticello campus. Please mark these dates on your calendar, October 13-15, 2023 and make a committed plan to attend this special occasion. We will be donating the 250 year old Maury Bible to the Jefferson Library in a special ceremony and learning about the relationship between the Maury and Jefferson families. More information will be published as we continue with our planning efforts.
Increase in Dues Beginning January, 2023
For decades our dues have been $15.00 per year per household or per agency. At our 2022 annual meeting in Louisville, the membership voted to increase our dues to $20.00 per household or agency. The new amount will begin on Jan.1, 2023. If you fill out your member form now in the remaining months of 2022 and submit your $15.00, it will cover the remainder of 2022 and the full year of 2023. Either way it is a bargain. The form is found under “files” on our Facebook Page or under forms on our website. Completing the form gives us up to date contact information to ensure we are staying in touch.
How to Stay in Touch with The Fontaine-Maury Society
There are four ways to stay in touch with the Fontaine-Maury Society:
- When paying your annual dues, complete and submit a member form which enables volunteers to compare the information we have on file and make any needed changes. Your receipt of the newsletter, three times each year, relies on current contact information. Member forms are found on this website (under forms tab), on the Facebook page (under files tab) and in the newsletters.
- Visit this website regularly and watch for announcements and respond to queries.
- Attend annual meetings. Announcements regarding the annual meeting are published on the website, on Facebook and in the newsletters.
- Join the Facebook page and enjoy the posts of other family members while also receiving important announcements.
The most effective way to stay in touch is to complete and submit a member form annually and whenever contact information changes. Our society’s mission is to reach out and stay in touch. That is what motivates your volunteer board members to donate their time and energy to The Society. We rely on members to provide current contact information.
If updated contact information provided to us is not effectively transferred to the contact sheet and utilized, we apologize and we encourage you to reach out again and let us know right away that you are not hearing from us. Our volunteer leadership wants to do their best.
Joining the Facebook page is fun and informative, but it is an incomplete way to stay in touch. We encourage participants to take the next step. Become a member and financially support the organization that provides the Facebook page administration. Enjoy a more complete connection to the Fontaine-Maury Society and family members.
With everyone working toward an up-to-date contact sheet, we will all benefit.
Mary Borjon, President
Lunch at the Historic Brown Hotel
Friday, Oct. 14th at 11:45 : Consider joining Claudia and Rich Edwards for lunch at the J. Graham’s Café at the famous Brown Hotel, 335 W Broadway for the classic “Hot Brown” lunch ($16 self pay) or for any menu item. Anyone dining at the hotel will receive free valet parking for two hours so there is no need to worry about parking.
We will have a drawing for your personal copy of “Classic Restaurants of Louisville” by Stephen Hacker. Seating is limited.
Post lunch, plan to see the specially selected family items at the Filson Historical Society, a short 3 minute drive from the hotel. (1310 S 3rdStreet) Free parking is plentiful. The Filson exhibit will be offered from 1-3 p.m. on Friday only. Masks are strongly encouraged.
A New Activity Announced for the Kentucky Annual Meeting.
Our cousin, Kent Maury, who resides in Bangkok and grew up in Versailles and Lexington, Kentucky, wants to ensure that his cousins who registered for the annual meeting in Louisville are given a proper Kentucky welcome. To that end, Kent has fully underwritten a traditional bourbon tasting experience that will be held prior to our Saturday night 50th anniversary banquet.
The activity will be led by an expert in the field who will provide us with all there is to know about Kentucky bourbon and the history behind it. Tasters and non-tasters alike will enjoy the presentation.
Kent is a descendant of the Rev. James Maury, his father was Hill Maury, his grandfather was Col. Luis A Maury and his ggfather was Steven Price Maury of Charlottesville.
Kent will be returning to Lexington when he retires next year and regrets that he won’t be able to attend this year’s meeting. We extend our sincere gratitude to Kent for his generosity and his expression of southern hospitality.
Volunteer Sought for Position of Society Librarian
The Fontaine Maury Society is seeking a new volunteer to serve as librarian for the Society. This involves maintaining a stock of 35 items (mostly photocopies of books, CD versions, Society T-shirts, and a few other items) that the Society sells.
Most sales are via mail; others are via email. On average we have about 54 individual orders a year, about half at our annual meeting weekends. The librarian also receives periodic genealogical questions via email which prompts consulting the library materials to answer them.
The new librarian will have no out-of-pocket expenses as all expenses are paid using a provided debit card. The position is not term-limited; the new librarian would remain in the position as long as they wish.
Ideal candidates should be able to regularly attend the annual meeting each year, because the materials enrich the weekend gathering and promotes sales that help underwrite Society activities, to make donations to historical places that host us during our annual meeting weekends and to keep annual meeting costs for attendees as low as possible.
Our outgoing librarian has held the position for 22 years, will remain an active member of the Society, and will be able to assist the new librarian in the transition.
If you are interested, please contact our Society president at the contact information in the attached recruitment notice combined with librarian job description.
Registration is Now Open for the Annual Meeting!
Registration is now open for our annual meeting weekend, Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 16, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Please download and complete the attached form and then either mail it, with your check or money order, or email it after paying via our new PayPal account. The full instructions are on the form.
Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations by September 16, 2022, to ensure you receive our special rate. See the separate June 16, 2022, announcement with the details.
See you in Louisville!