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2007 Reunion - Minutes & Historian's Report  
Ryan Malone - Aug 14, 2007  
    2007 Reunion Minutes (42nd Reunion)

August 4, 2007

The 42nd Annual Reunion of the descendants of Arnold & Alma Christiansen was held Saturday, August 4, 2007 at Brainard’s Bridge Park in Waupaca.

The business meeting was called to order at 2:22 p.m. by Presidents Jennifer Grimm and Sara Hales.

Roll call was recorded prior to the meeting. 44 family members and 7 guests were present, making a total of 51 attendees.

The oldest family member present was Ellen Christensen, 90. The youngest family member present was Makya Schroeder, 7.

Farthest travelers were Richard Button, Richard Tamayo and Kurstin Button, Bryson City, North Carolina, 840 miles.

Reunion Co-Secretary Courtney Rowe read the minutes from last year’s reunion. They were approved as read.

Treasurer Ryan Malone was absent. On his behalf, the Presidents reported a very successful pre-reunion fund drive this year, with 20 family members donating a total of $610.00

The family fund shows a current balance of $824.25. Reunion expenses for the year have been met. Annual expenses for the fiscal year were $565.00. Because of family members’ generous donations, we start our next fiscal year with surplus funding awaiting your ideas for improvements and suggestions for future reunions.

Old Business: Becky Culton reported that she is still looking for recipes for a family cookbook. Anyone with recipes should send them to her.

New Business: Judy Malone recommended we do committees differently since it hasn’t been working out in the last few years with the sign-up sheet.   Motions were made and carried to standardize Entertainment and Ways and Means each year.

Entertainment will now be a standard “talent show” and anyone can bring a talent to share.

Ways & Means will now be a standard silent auction every year. Family members should bring an auction item each year, and their “Powerful Pennies” or loose change for donation jars.

Special thanks was extended to Julian Rowe for providing the gas grill used at the reunion and for letting us use his truck to transport all of our reunion food and supplies.

The Family Historian’s Report was read by Jennifer Grimm.

Deb Kamp-Schroeder was elected Secretary for the 2008 Reunion.

A silent auction was held and donation containers were placed throughout the shelter house. Chris Anklam's “Powerful Pennies” were also collected for the fourth year in a row. Ways & Means Chairpersons Todd Grimm and Heather Westley reported that $256.49 was raised during the day.

Susan Eggers and Dennis Schroeder were named Party Poopers. They were nominated by Deb Kamp-Schroeder because they got an award during the 2006 Reunion and didn’t show up in 2007.

Richard Button was named Most Valuable Family Member. He was nominated by Jennifer Grimm and Sara Hales for driving all the way to Waupaca from North Carolina.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Darcie Rowe
Courtney Rowe
Reunion Secretaries



Danish cousins René and Lisbeth Hassing-Hansen celebrated the birth of a son, Noah Hassing-Hansen, on November 9, 2006.

In America, for the first time in many years, no births were reported in the family since our last reunion.

Laurel Demler, paternal grandmother of Stephanie Demler passed away March 23, 2007 at the age of 56. Her death was liver cancer related.

Among direct Christiansen bloodline descendants –  again, for the first time in many years –  no deaths were reported since our last reunion.

Todd Grimm and Heather Westley were married July 14, 2007 at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisconsin.

No family engagements were reported since our last reunion.

Danish cousin Anne Elfengård and husband Per Dahlgård-Larsen separated in the Spring of 2007 and are divorcing.

Rachel Oberstadt graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, Wisconsin on May 26, 2007, and will be attending St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin in the fall. Rachel is the daughter of Glen and Dawn Oberstadt.

Jordon Button graduated from Weyauwega-Fremont High School. Jordon is the son of Mike Button.

Carol Kamp celebrated the 50th anniversary of her graduating class from Waupaca High School and rode in the Class of 1957 float in the Waupaca Fourth of July parade.

Ellen Christensen moved to an assisted living apartment in June 2007. Her new address is Crystal House, 1403 Churchill St., Apt. 114, Waupaca, WI 54981.

Judy Malone retired from Waupaca Elevator, Appleton, Wisconsin on May 18, 2007.

Chris Anklam, Captain of the USS WEST VIRGINIA traveled to the West Virginia state capitol in November 12, 2006 and met with Governor Joe Manchin.

Tim Anklam went on a training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas in October/November 2006, and was able to visit with cousins Ryan Malone and Adam Reisman.

Deb Kamp-Schroeder received her installation and was called to teach pre-school at St. Martin Lutheran School in Clintonville, Wisconsin, in January 2007.

Patti Anklam’s new book “Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World” was published by Butterworth-Heinemann in April 2007.

Darcie Rowe was hired as a trauma counselor for the ER at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and will begin in September 2007.

Sara Hales began work on her associate’s degree in health care administration at the University of Phoenix.

Donna Laughlin is now the Principal of Zion Lutheran Church School in Redwood City, California. The Laughlin family will be moving to San Francisco.

Ben Anklam performed with the Camden County Marching Band at the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City in March 2007. Ben is the son of Chris and Veronica Anklam.

Madison Anklam took 2nd place in the Barron Elementary School 3rd Grade Spelling Bee in May 2007. Madison is the daughter of Tim and Mica Anklam.

Justin Gabrielson competed at the National High School Chess Championship in Kansas City, Missouri in April 2007. Justin is the son of Mary Ellen Peterson.

Nathan Grimm performed a guitar solo at a Grafton High School talent show fundraising benefit in April 2007. Nathan is the son of Todd Grimm.

Nicole Anklam stayed on the “A” Honor Roll all year at Nolan Richardson Middle School in El Paso, Texas. Nicole is the daughter of Tim and Mica Anklam.

Karena Schroeder received academic awards for perfect attendance, track, extra activities, basketball, and school record for the 50-yard dash. Karena's siblings Joshua and Makya won awards too...Joshua...perfect church attendance, 2nd place short run, 5th place running long jump and soccer ball kick. Makya...4th place soccer kick, 3rd place running jump, perfect church attendance and 6.1 accelerated reading points. Karena, Joshua and Makya are the children of Dennis Schroeder and Deb Kamp-Schroeder.

Scott Annis completed eighth grade at Wild Rose Middle School and won awards for basketball, wrestling and football. Scott is the son of Susan Eggers.

Karena Schroeder was confirmed in May 2007. Karena is the daughter of Dennis Schroeder and Deb Kamp-Schroeder.

Leif Dinesen, husband of Danish cousin Grete Dinesen had heart bypass surgery in January 2007.

Veronica Button Lewis suffered a massive stroke and seizure on October 14, 2006, and survived. Veronica is the daughter of Richard Button and the granddaughter of Elsie Breitzman.

Ellen Christensen broke her arm following a fall in June 2007.

Ellen Christensen celebrated her 90th birthday in December 2006.

Ben Anklam’s band, Employees of the Month, played at the October 2006 Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Mary’s, Georgia. Ben is the son of Chris and Veronica Anklam.

Dale Dobbe played the Y100 Country Club Stage at this year’s Country USA festival.

Sara Hales vacationed in New York City in August 2006.

The extended Kamp family made their annual summer baseball trip to Miller Park in Milwaukee in August 2006.

Sara Hales attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January 2007, spending two weeks as a volunteer for their accounting department.

Danish cousin Anne Elfengård vacationed in Thailand in December 2006.

Judy Malone, Erin Malone and Jaime Cerne vacationed in Las Vegas in March 2007.

Stella Barrington celebrated her birthday with grandson Ben White and wife Jennifer White in San Antonio Texas in March 2007.

Darcie Rowe and Ross Guerin vacationed in Seattle in March 2007.

Todd Grimm and Heather Westley saw the Dalai Lama in Madison, Wisconsin in May 2007.

Judy Malone and Mary Lee Rowe took a week-long car trip along the Mississippi River in June 2007, traveling through Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and down to Hannibal, Missouri.

Adam Reisman and Ryan Malone went to Seaworld in San Diego in June 2007.

Elizabeth Oberstadt attended a youth rally in Dallas, Texas and Branson, Missouri in July 2007.

Courtney Rowe and James Wojtech vacationed in Las Vegas in July 2007.

The oldest family member is Ellen Jeanette Robbins Christensen, who turns 91 in December 2007.

The oldest direct descendent of Arnold and Alma Christiansen is Elsie Lillian Christiansen Breitzman who turned 84 in July 2007.

The youngest family member is Joseph Brayden Strefezza, 13 months old, born June 27, 2006. Joseph is the son of Joe & Heather Strefezza, the grandson of Chuck and Debbie Martin, and the great-grandson of Stella Barrington.

There are three surviving members of Arnold and Alma Christiansen’s ten children. They are Elsie Lillian Breitzman, Stella Mae Barrington and Marie Louise Anklam.

There is one surviving spouse: Ellen Jeanette Robbins Christensen, wife of Lawrence Henry Christensen.

There are 217 family members listed on the family roll.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer Grimm & Ryan Malone
Family Historians

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