Family Celebration Summary
REGISTERED-From USA-Alabama-10; Arizona-1; Arkansas-3; Colorado-1; Florida-11; Georgia-7; Illinois-7; Indiana-6; Kansas-1; Massachusetts-4; Maryland-79; Michigan-4; Mississippi -5; Missouri-1; New Jersey-7; New York-16; North Carolina-5; Oregon-3; Pennsylvania-7; South Carolina-2; Texas-21; Virginia-10; Washington(last but not least)-2
OTHER COUNTRIES: Switzerland - 6; Holland - 4; Australia - 1
A total of 23 states and four countries represented. Saturday Night Banquet - 212
Swiss Picnic - 140. Revenues: $13, 366.40 Expenses: $12,842.39 Balance for Cemetery Fund $524.01. This does not reflect the personal financial outlay and many service hours contributed by individuals who helped organize and execute the successful Celebration. (This information is from a detailed report given to Committee Chairpersons and the Frederick Area Committee and was developed as a guideline for any future reunions.)
Each year Betty and I have mailed to family and friends an annual letter (January/Epiphany) to keep in touch with you, and to keep you informed about the progress being made in developing our family history and genealogy. Obviously, most of our interest/time/efforts of this past year have been consumed (happily) in our Frederick Celebration, so this summary letter about Frederick will be our annual greeting, arriving several months early. We do wish you the best for the holiday seasons ahead, and we look forward to hearing from you. Betty and I will be spending Christmas with family in New York this year.
The most significant present event for our family genealogically, I believe, is the effort being made to develop a world computer data base for our Swiss family, Giezendanner. This includes not only the 500-600 living persons world wide who share our family name (in many different spellings) but also our ancestors as we trace back and determine our respective family trees. Joop Giesendanner of Amsterdam, Holland is the computer coordinator of our efforts. Within this past year, we have made contact with the South Carolina Gissendanners, and the Asheville, NC Giezentanners, and are being supportive of their efforts in researching their histories and family trees. As we have determined, all of us have a common Swiss family background and history.
It was exciting to have seen so many of you in Frederick. We will look forward to our future contacts with you, and do hope you will come to see us in Salem.
With family affection,
Dave and Betty
Dave and Betty Getzendanner, 5340 Wallace Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304
Phone: 503-364-8027 E-mail: DGetzendanner@worldnet.att.net