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 District News:

district 12 members The 2008 District 12 Reunion was held on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Prosperity Grange #315 located at 3701 Steamboat Island Rd. NW Olympia, WA 98502.  It was hosted by Daryl and Jessie (Wing) Duerr who live across the street at 6325 Sunrise Beach Rd NW, Olympia, WA 98502. Approximately 30 members came and enjoyed spending time with their cousins. We enjoyed meeting up with friends we've seen every year for the past 7 years and with the larger crowd this year we were able to meet some new folks. We're all super-excited

about the hosting next year's National Wing Reunion which will be in held in Seaside, Oregon. We did some planning for this event and got some of the new comers interested. We also had a great presentation by Jim Whitman on the westward movement of the Wings. Click here for more info.

Next year's District 12 Reunion Information:
April 25, 2009
Oak Tree Restaurant
Woodland, Washington
Lunch time

2009 National Wing Family of America Reunion
Seaside, Oregon
June 19th - 21st, 2009

The 2007 Spring Reunion was held at the home of John and Barbara Wickham of Portland, Oregon on Saturday, May 5th. Members shared ancestory, photos and stories. The biggest part of the meeting was planning for the 2009 National Wing Family of America Reunion which will be held here in District 12 at Seaside, Oregon on June 19 - June 21, 2009.


Flossie S. Smith

This story was published Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 in Tri-City Herald

Flossie S. Smith, 81, of Pasco, died July 3 at Avalon Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pasco. She was born in Quincy and lived in Pasco for nine months. She was a retired secretary.

Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.

2004 reunion photo
2004 District 12 Reunion at Flossie's Place in Pasco, WA. Flossie is in the center in the yellow
blouse with crutches.


District 12 gets a New Representative

Nancy Myers of Salem, Oregon has taken over for Beverly Vorpahl. Beverly is going to continue to be an active member of District 12, but she now has moved to the national organization to work as the Wing Historian.

Beverly Smith Vorpahl's releases her novel based on Deborah Bachiler Wing.

Goody Wing, an American Foremother.

Deborah Bachiler, my eighth great-grandmother, assumed a personality as I researched life in 17th century England and New England to learn about the circumstances of women, Puritans and others who sought religious freedom by daring to cross the Atlantic Ocean to a little-known continent. The right to worship as they believed God directed them was the driving force of these earliest Europeans, who, with their noble quest and spirit of perseverance, established the basis of our nation's character. Much has been written of our forefathers, but of equal importance were the wives and daughters of those men - women we know little about. As I read and wrote, Deborah - in her world of four centuries ago - developed from a wide-eyed young lady into a brave, forthright woman. She and others like here was the precursors of their feminist descendants. I hope Deborah Bachiler Wing would approve of this narrative.

Bev Vorphal photoBeverly Vorpahl