1 July 2001

2001 Family Gathering Cobble Hill British Columbia

Agenda for the Gathering:

Thursday, July 19th
Registration - 7:00-9:00 @ St. John's Anglican Church Hall
Pick up your Registration / Information package and make inquiries.

Friday, July 20th
Registration - 9:00-noon @ St. John's Anglican Church Hall

Morning and Afternoon - free time for visiting and getting to know the area. Group tours to local wineries or a round of golf can be arranged. This would be an excellent time to check out Chemainus, famous for its large outdoor murals and the many gift and antique stores there and surrounding communities. Take in Whippletree Junction for more souvenirs and interesting crafts.

5:30-6:00 - Reception to meet and greet before dinner.
6:00 pm - Catered dinner at St. John's Anglican church Hall. Come prepared for some fun and games. Bring a unique gift (one per family) of $10 or less as a prize for the evenings "shenanigans". Musicians, bring your instruments and voices for a sing song.

Saturday, July 21st
Morning and Afternoon - Free Time - An excellent time to take in the many interesting sights of beautiful Victoria - tour the world famous Butchart Gardens or spend a few hours on the ocean looking for whales.

6:00 pm - Barbecue at Ken and Barb's house. Bring your best smiles for family photos and your family write up - these will be compiled into a Pitura Gathering Memories 2001 souvenir booklet.

Sunday, July 22nd
10:00 - Join us for a church service at which members of the family will participate. Bring your best singing voice!

1 May 2001

History of the Pitura Family Gatherings

An invitation to discover our roots was held July 23-25, 1995 at Domain and Winnipeg Manitoba. Some 80 family members attended whether they spelled their name 'Pitura' or 'Petura'. Photos of pioneers and tracing roots of families that came to this county as early as 1857 and earl 1900s was very challenging.

The first day was a farm tour and/or city of Winnipeg. Dinner was at Domain Hall (ethnic food) and fireworks at the farm. The second day was afternoon at the Forks with a dinner cruise on the River Rouge - the lighted part of the cruise evening was most enjoyable! The third and last day - Sunday saw a church service at Avonlea - a first happening "Pitura Choir" was initiated with Carolynne at the organ and Ev the choir leader. Brunch was at the farm, provided and served by the men fold of the family.

Ocotoks, Alberta
1998 - Pitura Family Gathering in Okotoks, Alberta, organized by Ed and Elizabeth Pitura and family. A god number attended for a very enjoyable couple of days. The infamous Pitura choir sand at the Church service and was given and open invitation to come back again.

Cobble Hill, B.C.
2001 - Barbara and Ken Norton in Cobble Hill, B.C. hosted the gatherings. This was one way to visit your next of kin and also tour the country.

As survey of the group at our first family gathering showed a desire to continue every three years with locations to be rotated across the country. As we looked into the future we must agree it is indeed a privilege to attend and participate these Family Gatherings.

Nine years ago, brother Walter and myself felt the idea was good, and trust there will be the enthusiasm for them to continue.

We gave it our best in 1995, with active family support in organizing through a decision making committee and the weather cooperated!

Carl F. Pitura