15 May 2007

5th Family Gathering

Our 5th Family Gathering is fast approaching and our Manitoba committee is busy planning what we hope will be a fun and exciting event. We are very much looking forward to our family and friends joining us in Winnipeg July 20, 21 and 22, 2007 and hope that you will be able to attend.

As we have done every Gathering since we first came together in Winnipeg in 1995, we would like to collect information concerning our family history and roots. We hope that you will send us updated information about your branch of the family tree that we can add to the Pitura Family Gathering 2001 Recollections and Family Histories that was first compiled for us by Ken and Barbara (Pitura) Norton. Updates will be made and distributed during the Gathering. For members who did not order a memory book last time, we will be reprinting this document and making it available to any interested family for $20.00.

New this year is our website/blog/portal. The Pitura Portal is a separate, private, password protected area that is packed with interactive features that will allow our family to stay in touch with each other, to work together to build a lasting tribute to who we are, from where we came, and to honor the memory of those who came before us. On the portal you can share photos, news and stories, exchange messages, and work together to update our online Family Tree. There is an Event Calendar that will populate birthdays, plus Photo Galleries to which we can all upload photos. You can review and print historical reports, or simply enjoy your visit. We would like to thank Alison Pitura Zulyniak and Valerie (Pitura) Harasym for their initiative and work on our family blog and this new means of communication.

We have a variety of activities planned that will enable us to re-connect since our last Gathering in Wisconsin; a time to visit with old family friends and to meet and greet new members. We also hope to give you a “Taste of Manitoba” in the activities which we hope you will enjoy. Since we realize that our group has a variety of interests and physical abilities, we have decided to offer several events from which to choose on Saturday, July 21st. These activities also include different cost amounts that we hope will accommodate all our family members.

Please complete the mailed registration package and return by July 1, 2007 and/or visit our website and register online via our Pitura blog. If we have missed a family member in this mail out, please share this information.

We look forward to seeing you in July.

Carolynne Pitura