28 December 2007

Season's Greetings!!

English: Season's Greetings!!
Polish: Wesokych Swiat zokazjie Bozego Narodzenia!!
Czech: Veselý Vánoce!!

Clara and I have a tremendous privilege to communicate in this high tech environment and wish the Pitura and Petura Clan a very Merry Christmas.

The Pitura/Petura Family blog was a portal created by the efforts of Alison Pitura Zulyniak and Valerie Pitura Harasym at the 5th Family Gathering in Winnipeg in 2007. Once again, this year we had an energetic committee under Carolynne Pitura, our eldest daughter, and her volunteers - to host us in Family tradition and special activities. Our 1995 pilot project with brother Walter and seed ideas have brought forth a growing, healthy Family Tree and we are appreciative of every ones efforts to this end.

Also - comes to mind - the Family members that have supported the Family Gatherings since 1995 and have contributed to the History and Recollections and now the web site. A big thank you!!!

Often we reminisce of our parents immigrating to the new country in the early 1950's and 1900's; working hard to learn the language and provide for their families. Let us not forget our roots and be thankful.

About our Family - Clara and I have 4 children and seven grandchildren ages 13-26 and a great grand daughter Emma, age 3 in November, daughter of Katie and Mike Klassen of Calgary.

Also, my sister in law, Agnes, Clara's oldest sister, celebrated her 91st in November and Clara and I celebrated 56 years of Togetherness - just a Great Blessing.

As some of you may know, Carl is a 12 year survivor of cancer. In appreciation of Dr. Ian Maxwell and the Oncology department of the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, we have created a "Pitura Family Foundation" with an Endowment Fund to assist oncology patient care with services provincial health does not cover. The Fund will generate income to assist patient needs for years into the future. Donations by family members will be gratefully accepted.

When November arrived, Clara and I migrated like the Canada Geese to Mesa, Arizona. This has been our habit since 1987; it is our second home and winter escape and we enjoy our fiends of many years from across the Mod West and different parts of Canada.

Once again, we have a great legacy with in our Families. Let us be thankful for this great land and its Blessings and enjoy our new "Pitura Family Portal".

Christmas Greetings and a Healthy New Year. May God Bless.

With Love,
Clara & Carl F. Pitura

Thank you....

A very special thank you goes out to all of the Pitura/Petura Family members who traveled to Winnipeg in july this summer to participate and celebrate in our 5th Family Gathering.

For those of you who were able to join us, we thank you for your support and hope you had a great time reconnecting with family who you may not have seen for 3 years since our last Gathering or even longer. We appreciate you brining your pictures, stories, and enthusiasm. For those of you anable to attend, we know that you were with us in spirit.

I encourage everyone to continue to use our family wesite/blog to stay connected. Please post the most recent family news, stories, pictures and updates. Our Manitoba committee hope that this web site will continue to grow and develop over time and be a legacy of this Gathering. If you require assistance, please contact Alison Zulyniak.

I wish everone all the very best during the Holiday Season and health and happiness in the New Year. I hope that our paths cross again in the near future and that we all take time to stay connected in some way.

Season's Greetings!
Carolynne Pitura