SOMSEN REUNION WORLD WIDE 1997
VERY LAST NEWSLETTER OF THE REUNION COMMITTEE
THE YEAR 1997
What a fantastic year was 1997 in the history of our family!
For many of us it became a year which will be remembered with warm feelings for the rest of our lives, because of:
One more time you will receive a newsletter from us because there are still some things to be related and to be shared:
THANKS AND THANKS AGAIN
You were great! Enthusiastically you were preparing for the reunion. You went to a lot of trouble to be there and you had the time of your lives at the days of the reunion that were so blessed with sunshine.
The Reunion Committee is very grateful to you for your share in our very successful reunion. We had not expected such an enormous attendance and enthusiasm and we are enormously grateful to you for that. Thanks and thanks again!
You have made it very clear to us in many letters, e-mails, phone-calls, poems (!), diary-entries (!) and conversations that you have enjoyed every bit of it.
We became speechless, flushed regularly but retained a very good feeling after all.
From your letters and e-mails we could quite easily compose the following anthology. You might recognise your own words and feelings:
THE WORLD-WIDE SOMSEN REUNION
And great it was! Moreover, both the local papers and the local and national radio paid attention to this uncommon happening, so that neighbours and friends were wondering: what, for heaven’s sake, is happening at the Somsens?!
If you want to know what the press wrote you could turn to the Somsen Home Page on the Internet.
John H. Somsen [P2353] has already got many newspaper articles, photos and other highlights of the reunion on his Internet-site.
You can see these via http://www.ness-inc.com/somsen/
Besides John H. is very busy extending this information!
For those interested we have still got some items for sale:
1 Somsen Omnes Generationes (book, 311 pages) fl. 100 $ 75
2 Somsen Panorama (video, PAL-system, without subtitles) fl 40 *
3 Somsen Panorama (video, PAL-system, English subtitles) fl 50 *
4 Somsen Panorama (video, NTSC-system, English subtitles) $ 27
5 Audio cassette fl 15 $ 10
6 Reunion-video (video, PAL-system, without subtitles) fl. 30 *
about Herman ‘Soshu’ Somsen, [P180]
(Erve Kots, Memorial Meeting and Camping IJzerlo)
* not available in NTSC-system (USA)
To order one or more articles, please make your check (or money order) payable in US-dollars to:
920 East Bay Dr. NE # 3D301
Olympia, WA. 98506
All prices include packing and mailing.
THE REUNION COMMITTEE
A long period of hard work has been concluded and the committee may look back on a reunion which was more than successful with feelings of intense satisfaction and pride. A reunion which could be concluded without any deficit, thanks to the good budgetary and expenditure policy of our treasurer Ard Somsen.
On 13 December the Reunion Committee is going to finish this historic Somsen-project in Aalten. On that day we will treat ourselves and our partners to a dinner and we hope while relating many of our experiences and stories to rest on our laurels.
THE CONTINUATION: THE SOMSEN FOUNDATION
The idea had already been mentioned before, but after the reunion the appeal for a continuation was louder than ever before. Many asked us if there was going to be some sort of follow-up.
We also felt that a continuation was bound to happen and therefore we decided in our last meeting on 1 November 1997 to establish a foundation, the Somsen Foundation.
The Somsen Foundation, which is going to be established soon at the office of the notary Mulder in Aalten, will have as its object:
To preserve and promote the solidarity between all Somsens, those who are/were related to them or those who are interested in them.
The Somsen Foundation will try to achieve this object for example by:
THE BOARD OF THE SOMSEN FOUNDATION
The board of the Somsen Foundation will initially comprise five members.
We are glad to announce that three members of the Reunion Committee are willing to sit on the new board:
Theo Somsen (Vaassen) [P227]
Wim Somsen (De Heurne) [P518]
Johan Somsen (Epe) [P1098]
We are also very glad that John H.Somsen from Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA [P2353] is prepared to assist the Board of the Foundation as advisor.
BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE SOMSEN FOUNDATION
One of the characteristics of a foundation is that there are no members (as in a union), but only donors or supporters. You can become a supporter of the Somsen Foundation. The annual donation is $15,= or fl 25,= per address. Then you will receive the Somsen-bulletin twice a year and moreover you will have access to all the data (e.g. the addresses) that the Somsen Foundation has at its disposal.
So becoming a supporter is the way of remaining informed about our family in the present, the past and the future!
You will see that a few things are going to take place!
So send in the enclosed form before January 31, 1998.
If you don’t respond we assume that you are not interested in further information.
We have the disposal of the addresses (including telephone-numbers) of virtually every Somsen.
The Reunion Committee will hand over these data to the Somsen Foundation.
If you have any objections to this we would like to ask you to make this known on paper before
January 31, 1998. Please use the enclosed form.
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS AND NEW YEAR’S WISHES
We started this very last Newsletter with a retrospect view of 1997. That memorable year is almost over now. Therefore the Reunion Committee wishes all of you a meaningful Christmas and, moreover, a happy New Year for 1998!
Please send in before January 31, 1998 to
8171 AC Vaassen
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