The 62nd annual Retzlaff Reunion was held Sunday, July 19, 2009, at the St. James Lutheran Parish Hall in Lexington, Texas. Coffee and snacks were ready for relatives to begin gathering around 9:30. A delicious lunch of barbecue and accompaniments, courtesy of the Wayne Retzlaff family, with desserts contributed by all, was enjoyed by those present. Seventy-three people signed the register.
Tom Kleinschmidt called the business meeting to order shortly after 1:00pm with thanks to Wayne and others responsible for food and arrangements. Minutes of the 2008 meeting were read and approved. Mary Beth reported on those who were not able to come but asked to be remembered to the group, including Frances Sidebottom, Mary Ann Williford and Grace James. As usual, many announcements were returned as undeliverable, and a plea for address updates was made.
Elois Retzlaff, 92, was the oldest person present, and Austin Wayne Retzlaff (son of Kevin & Samantha Retzlaff), 10 months, was the youngest. David Retzlaff from Shreveport traveled the farthest.
Jennifer Semler volunteered to host the reunion at Fort Parker, near Mexia, for 2010, and this motion was approved. Facilities will be available on Saturday for those who would like to camp and get together early. Jennifer and Karon will send notices and will use email addresses if available. Stacy Retzlaff volunteered to email the list of those registered, with email addresses, to Jennifer and Mary Beth.
Deaths noted were Weldon Retzlaff, Aug. 3, 2008, Donna Schulze, Feb. 2008, and Robert L. (Bobby) Vance, Jan. 19, 2009. Births included Ethan Kyle Janak, grandson of Weldon Retzlaff, June 30, 2009, Olivia Kay Barnes, Aug. 13, 2008, and Austin Wayne Retzlaff, Sept. 15, 2008.
Don (Donnie) Retzlaff talked about his progress in scanning all the pictures that his grandmother, Cousin Emma, had kept in family albums, and how excited he is to be preserving these photos and records which are deteriorating. He will be able to make family notebooks that will be available to all. (Note by this recorder: Cousin Emma would have loved the versatility of modern technology and would have been so proud of the work done by her grandson. Thanks so much, Donnie!)
Tim Kleinschmidt, elected as state representative in 2008, was recognized as being the first known legislator in the family.
The meeting adjourned for further visiting and picture-taking.
Mary Beth Gibson