GSMD Governor General Jane E. Groves Riddell Hurt
Kansas Society member Jane E. Groves Riddell Hurt was elected Governor General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (“GSMD”) for the 2020-2023 term on September 26, 2020, becoming the first Kansas member to serve in such capacity, the 35th Mayflower member to be elected Governor General in the 123 year history of GSMD and only the 5th female Governor General.
The Governor General is the highest ranking officer of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, a worldwide nonprofit organization with over 30,400 members. Governor General Hurt will lead a twelve member Executive Committee that is tasked with setting policy and guiding the operation of the society through its Executive Director, Susan Belekewicz, and staff in Plymouth, MA.
The Kansas Society is very proud of Governor General Hurt and offers her our congratulations and best wishes for smooth sailing through her term of office!
The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Kansas was organized in 1914 as a lineage organization perpetuating the memory of the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were passengers aboard the Mayflower on it's maiden voyage to the New World. Their journey ended on the shores of Plymouth in December of 1620.
Descendants of Mayflower passengers who are 18 years of age or older are eligible for senior membership and those less than eighteen years of age are eligible for junior membership. Those requesting membership must be able to document lineal descent from any of the 102 passengers. Documented descent must be approved by the State Historian and the Historian General before membership is granted. Kansas residency is not a requirement.
If you have a blood relative who is already a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, your necessary documentation may be greatly reduced. Submit the Senior Membership Form with the appropriate fee to begin the application process.
The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Kansas meets twice a year in May and November. Join others who share the same heritage and carry on the legacy of our Pilgrim ancestors.
The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Kansas is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization.