August, 2015

2016 Reunion – New Braunfels, Texas            

by Linda Binns

There’s no better place in Texas to celebrate your heritage than New Braunfels, and that’s where we’re going on June 25-26, 2016.   The reunion will be held at the New Braunfels Convention Center (the same location as in 2010), located at 375 South Castell Avenue. The facility is booked and there is plenty of room for all.

New Braunfels isconveniently located on Interstate 35, forty-five miles south of Austin and thirty miles north of San Antonio. You may want to take a few extra days and enjoy a variety of things to do around the area.   In the area there are many outdoor activities including tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, Schlitterbahn, and close by is the town of Gruene with shopping, music, and Gruene dance hall.

Reunion events planned for Saturday include: visiting, dominos, children’s area, viewing over 50 scrapbooks, and a silent auction. Following Saturday’s supper, there will be a Polka Dance. Everyone is welcome to begin Sunday morning with Mass and then more visiting, pictures for those over 80, dinner, and the family meeting where you hear news about the family, awards and a short memorial service.

If you have any questions about the reunion or wish to help with the reunion in any way, contact Linda Binns, email lindagbinns@gmail.com or (325) 942-0725. Lots of things are packed into two days, so look for your registration letter in early 2016.   Make sure you register early so we can finalize the plans for a great reunion.

2014 Reunion Recap

The 31st biennial reunion of the Hoelschers and Buxkempers was held on July 5-6, 2014, at the Mayborn Center in Temple, Texas. Five hundred twenty-seven cousins came together, enjoyed reminiscing, told tall tales, and shared experiences since the previous reunions. There was a silent auction with interesting items, a domino tournament, a quilt raffle, a display of beautifully crafted quilts, all made by family members, unforgettable souvenirs, outstanding food and drink, and dancing for “the young at heart”.

The highlight of Sunday was a celebration of Mass celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Elmer Holtman, a member of the “family”. He was assisted by deacon cousins. Although the crowd was not as large as many previous reunions, everyone had a great time.

Page 2 -  Board of Directors & Letter From the President

Page 3 – In Memory of Leonard Buxkemper

Page 4 – New Book

Page 5 – H_B Family Data Sheet

Page 6 Family Representatives

Page 7 – News Brief