The 2014 McKenna reunion for the families of the late Charles and Clara McKenna was held on Sunday, August 3 at Taylor Park in Traer. Fifty-two family members attended the potluck dinner.
A family business meeting was conducted after dinner by President Rita Eckardt. She began the meeting by noting that this was the 28th reunion. The first was in 1981 at Bill and Earlene McKenna's home in rural Vinton, Iowa. She also brought some family pictures to share, and made a game of it with those able to identify themselves receiving prizes. Officers for the next reunion are Dan McKenna, President; Phillip McKenna, Vice President; and Teresa Schlorholtz, Secretary-Treasurer. Family news was then shared.
In the two years since the last reunion there were two marriages reported. Amy and Cory Howell were married on June 14, 2014. Amy is the daughter of Dan and Donna Brandt. Marc and Ashleigh Schlorholtz were married September 8, 2012. Marc is the son of John and Teresa Schlorholtz. The grandparents of Amy and Marc are the late Walter and Irene Brandt.
There were five births reported. Jared Edward McKenna was born March 6, 2014. He is the son of Jason and Kimberly McKenna and grandson of Joe and Eileen McKenna. Matthew Earl Hopper was born June 25, 2014. He is the son of Brian and Kate Hopper and the grandson of the late Bill and Earlene McKenna. Great-grandparents of both boys are Patricia McKenna and the late Robert McKenna. Audrey Elizabeth Barnum was born February 11, 2014. She is the daughter of Luke and Jennifer Barnum and the granddaughter of John and Pam Thiele. Audrey's great-grandparents are Maxine McKenna and the late Harold McKenna. Lucas Wayne Howell was born November 10, 2011. He is the son of Cory and Amy Howell and grandson of Dan and Donna Brandt. Mason Jonathan Schlorholtz was born February 16, 2014. He is the son of Marc and Ashleigh Schlorholtz and the grandson of John and Teresa Schlorholtz. Great-grandparents of both boys are the late Walter and Irene Brandt.
The next reunion will be held in August 2016 at Taylor Park in Traer.