Starting point

Everything has to start somewhere, so let’s start with the original letter sent out to the few family members I have an email for.  Hopefully, they will send it to everyone they have email for, and we can get in touch with everyone.

I volunteer to keep the blog updated, and it will include sections for whatever folks want, ie email, comments organized, photos, news, info, recipes, whatever you want.

Thanks Andrea for these photos.

I would suggest to just click on the “leave comment” below to leave messages, I will keep them on a page organized.  Leave your email (or email it to me if you prefer, and I will keep you informed when there are additions.

Years ago, I remember having family reunions in Windsor where we got together with our family.

I remember weddings where the Amelia family took over both sides of the church, and the non Amelia spouse’s family were outnumbered several times over.

Remember Sunday’s, where we’d get together at Grandma & Grandpa’s house with the guys playing Brishca in the basement, Brown’s drug store at the corner, baby’s crying, always lots of noise?

I remember this stuff, but my kids don’t, because they were never there.  My kids don’t know from whence they came, they don’t know what it’s like to be around a hundred family members at one time.

We all went our own way, and have lost touch.

A couple months ago, I happened to meet up with a cousin (Michelle) in Texas, and when we sat down over a few drinks, it was like we had last been together only a few days ago (it was well over 25 years) and we had a grand time, although the visit was too short.

I would like to put out a suggestion that we organize an Amelia family reunion, with enough advance warning that everyone has time to make the arrangements to come, possibly for the summer of 2011.

Since we are all spaced out (ahh, I mean living in different parts of the country, east, west, south), back to our roots in Windsor would probably be best (not Detroit, some of us can’t comfortably cross the border).

I am sending this email to everyone whose email I have, perhaps you folks will forward to everyone you have, until we all have it.

I have set up a blog,

Go there and leave a comment, everyone can read it and it will be an easy way to stay in touch.

We have talked about this for years, lets see if we can all get talking, and really do it.  I for one will assure that my 3 children, Karen, Michael, and Leopold will be there, along with my two grandchildren (who knows, by then it may be 3).

Lets set aside a few days in the future to give our children some of the memories and knowledge we had.

Ok, I put the idea on virtual paper, and set up the blog, the rest is up to us all.

I can not direct the wind, but I can adjust my sails.
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Joe Amelia

15 Responses to “Starting point”

  1. Adeline Says:

    Hi Joe,
    We would love to see everyone together. How about a park? There would be more things for the 7 to 12 year olds to do. I would be happy to host a night time get together for anyone who would like to come. We could do that the night after the picnic. You would have to cross the big bridge in Detroit.
    I will go through my pictures and see what I can find to add to yours.
    Love Adeline

    • potogold Says:

      Thanks Adeline,

      This whole thing may actually come together, think how much fun it will be.
      Please join the email group, directions above, and send this in email format so we have a record, and everyone gets it.
      If unsure, send me an email, and I will put you on the list.


  2. Laura Amelia Chiasson Says:

    I have a pool but I don’t think I would have enough room for everyone- it would be pretty crowded.
    Joe would like it to be a 2-3 day event but that would be a lot to ask of Lynda and Rick….
    Joe when is your son being married?
    If its a really hot day maybe some one has a slip and slide or one of those sprinkler things that kids could jump around in.
    We would set up some games to keep the younger kids occupied – I might have horse shoes and croque in my garage somewhere- I don’t think the younger kids would have ever seen them before.
    As for the family tree – that can be done- I’ll make up a giant one that everyone can fill in and I can make copies to send to everyone.
    I have home movies that my dad took- and Trudy has sent me a copy of theirs. We could maybe show them.
    I like the idea of teaching the kids to play seven and half- but I can’t remember how to play it.
    How about setting up a wine barrel and we take turns drinking it from the tape laying down on the backs- seems to me my father said they use to do that in their basement- maybe he was pulling my leg.- do you think????
    Maybe we could have a talent show- Sue’s kids are very talented.
    Aunt Mel could teach the younger kids to line dance- she is really good- I’m not kidding.

    • potogold Says:

      I didn’t mean one party that lasts three days, that would (maybe) even tire me out!!
      I meant more an arrangement of ideas for folks to do, like a pub crawl in detroit with their live music (how many of our kids have done that)? Time to sit around telling stories somewhere. And a jam for those musically inclined, maybe at a campground (campers all love jams).
      Some of us will be in hotels, some camping, and some bunking, I’m sure (hell, I’ll stay in a hostel).
      My only suggestion is that we make the whole thing last for more than a day, if thats what everyone wants, if not, we cram everything in a day.

      Lets close the comment section and go to email. I’ve set a group up at
      go there, join the group, and send an email. The email will go to everyone in the group, and it will be saved so a new member can read all past emails.
      We can send files and photos to the site and they will be available for downloading.
      The group is a private one, so no one can get your email, or join without approval.

      Because its private, it cannot be found in searches, so we have to make sure everyone in the family knows of its existence.

      Sure hope this all comes together.

  3. Renee Says:

    Can we do it this weekend? I just can’t wait to see everyone.

  4. Linda Says:

    I think its a great idea! I did talk to Laura about having it at my place, and I have plenty of room in our yard and plenty of shade trees. What I do not have is anything for kids to do. I don’t have a pool or swings or anything like that. I remember that our other reunions were in parks. I remember one at Holiday Beach where grandma brought a GIANT pot of spagetti and we all lined up with our paper plates to get a scoop of nearly cold “spagett and meataball”, but it was still wonderful because it was grandma’s and you just couldn’t resist it! What I do have is a large wall that could become a penny pitching wall and a table that could be used for a 7 1/2 game!!

  5. Tina Says:

    Awesome idea – my family is in!

  6. potogold Says:

    My reason for suggesting we wait until 2011 is to give everyone time to be there. This year would be difficult for us, Mike is getting married on the east coast, some other folks have already made this years vacation.

    Our aunts and uncles will just have to hang on!!

    I would like to see it last more than one day, with a series of events, give everyone a real chance to get to know each other.

    I am in the process of setting up an email group, so we can send one email and it will go to the entire group, and we can upload photos of our families and stuff, then I will post it in sections on the blog.


  7. Laura Amelia Chiasson Says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Yes, I think that would be a great idea- but I think this summer would be better- there are not too many of the aunts and uncles left- and sooner is better than later. I will talk to Pat and Lynda about it- see whose house we can hold it at- I am thinking Lynda’s because they live on a farm and have a huge backyard. If it is too hot the old folks can go in the house. Pat and I can bring our bbq’s – cook hotdogs and have everyone bring something.
    I’ll let you know what they think.

  8. Rachel Winter Says:

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks for setting this up Uncle Joe! I’m there will bells on!!! Let me know if I can do anything!!!

    Love Little Rachel

  9. Rachel Says:


    This sounds very cool. I am very impressed with your website skills – pictures and everything! Please let me know what I can do to help,


  10. Andrea Marchand Says:

    I also remember the times at grandma and grandpa’s. The memories are still there like it was yesterday. I would love for our girls and grandkids to get to know the Amelia side… Telling them about the family is not like them being there.. love Andrea

  11. tony Says:

    This could be a ton of fun. It would be nice to party with all our relatives. Maybe we could put a family tree together. Family tree meaning all aunts and uncles, their children and their children’s children. What started with 10 kids is probably over over 100 today!!

    Hope it comes together

    tony amelia

  12. Karen Says:

    I remember some great family reunion picnics and would love to be a part of recent one would love to connect with my Amelia relatives.
    What a great idea!

  13. Michelle Otteman Says:

    Thanks for doing this, I think it is a wonderful idea!

    I too had a great visit with you, only wish it could have been longer, you are right, it was like we only saw each other the past Sunday at Grandma & Grandpa’s.

    My two Sons have heard all the stories of the good ole days and what it was like for all of us. I would like Mike & Steve to be able to experience ,if just for a day that same feelings we had when we were kids.


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