It is special to note that 2014 marks not only the 50th anniversary of the S&D Reflector but also the 75th anniversary of the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen (S&D). As we approach the anniversary celebrations during our annual September gathering at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, Ohio, a moment must be taken to detail a few major improvements and a general revamping of S&D.
For the better part of two years the Board of Governors have sought to improve and maximize S&D’s potential. While no changes are taken lightly it was important, however, that changes be made in order for S&D sustain itself for many years to come. Reviewing its strengths and weaknesses helped the board better understand the organization and in turn begin charting a course for a better future. Changes sought included increasing memberships, hiring a webmaster to oversee the website, and offer online membership registration and renewals using PayPal®. Additionally, the board has often tried addressing an obvious weakness that many in the organization have discussed at one point or another – the name of the organization and how many are misled by its meaning. While important to note that the name of the organization WILL NOT be changing, it is exciting to note the way S&D promotes itself will be.
Since 1939 the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, have striven to promote and preserve river history. In 1964 Captain Frederick Way, Jr. furthered that mission by publishing the first issue of the S&D Reflector. In our plans for revamping it was agreed that the quarterly historical publication has been the flagship vessel of S&D carrying much history, lore, tradition, and news of the rivers within its pages for the past 50 years. Because of the great success of the S&D Reflector it was determined that the magazine should be the vehicle by which this organization promotes itself. Far too many times individuals have passed on the opportunity to become a “member” of S&D because they believed ancestry, much like it is in the Daughters of the American Revolution, was a requirement. This could not be further from the truth but as past experiences have shown, the name is misleading. We believe there is a simple solution – we promote ourselves as a magazine subscription with all the benefits of a membership organization.
Today, we are pleased to welcome you to our new website www.riverhistory.org, the S&D Reflector’s homepage! Subscribers of the S&D Reflector will continue to enjoy all the benefits of being a member of S&D including:
- Online subscription registration and renewal using PayPal®
- Free Admission to the Ohio River Museum and W.P. Snyder, Jr. towboat
- Voting Rights at the Annual Fall Meeting
- Invites to Special Events
As we look to the future we cannot forget your continued support and dedication to this wonderful organization. Without it we would not be here to continue the legacy started 75 years ago by our founders. We hope you will continue with us down this river and share in our journey for many more years to come.