The Laing Family Reunion V
Donner Lake, California
July 20 – 27, 2003
Time moves so fast! It really is time again for a Laing Family reunion!
In attempting to put a final note out to the family about our coming event,
I have read through everyone’s various e-mails. I was so touched
by Mitch’s reflections on time since we were last together that I am putting
them here for all to see again. After all, why try to improve on
brilliant and thoughtful work?
Mitch wrote on August 25, 2002: “… The world as we knew it in 1998 is
permanently altered. Two Towers captured in a photo from Liberty Island
with Carol and Cindy no longer exist today. We all have a bit longer to
wait in line at the airports. Some of us have even less hair, larger bellies,
sore feet and other assorted ailments we won’t discuss … we’ve had
many wonderful additions to our large extended family, and the loss of
one major unforgettable influence in all of our lives. We will never
forget those that can no longer be with us in body because they are forever
with us in memory and spirit and will be with us, not only at this gathering,
but every time two or more members of this family are together. …”
It really is all about family. And this Laing bunch is a good
one. It’s time to meet again; get reacquainted; kiss and hug all
the new babies; and celebrate the fact that we are, and always will be,
40 Adults and 9 kids are confirmed to join us in 2003! It’s important
to note, in this specific context that the term “kid” refers to any
person who is 10 years of age or younger. Level of maturity is not
taken into consideration when we classified this count!!!
Who’s coming from California: Uncle Bob, Aunty Joyce. Karen, Rick,
Christine and Sarah. Uncle Bob and Aunty Marg. Tim and Laura. Jerry, Traci
and Jackson. Mitch and Karen. Jerry and Judy. Paul and Tammie. Shelley
and True. Jimmy, Tracy, Juno and PD. Micky, Delainie and their 3 kids.
Maybe: Pat and Phillip Mueting and maybe Crystal …
Total adults: 24 Total kids: 6
Who’s coming from Iowa and beyond: Sue and Gail. Steve and Kathy. Dennis,
Carla and Brooke. Shelley and Scott. Chris, Jim, Adam and Eric. David,
Cindy, Christopher, Andrew, BJ and Derrick.
Maybe Aunty Carol – we are all fighting over who she is going to stay
with … we’ll see what she decides!! Maybe Curtis – he’s hoping work will
call him back …
Total adults: 16 Total kids: 2 and Total babies: 1 - Brooke!
This reunion is all about having fun all together! Without getting too
structured and scheduled, some committees are forming to help orchestrate
certain events throughout the week. Please check out the list.
Join a committee and help in the fun. Or start something new and
· Communications, Photographer and Bar Banker – Mitch Laing
· Creator of Name Tags – Laura and Karen Jo
· Great Games and Toys – Shelley Bright
· Game Show Night – Carla Laing and Dennis Laing as Guest Host
· Banker – Karen Jo
· Dinner Menu Organizers – Tim and Laura Kelley
· Breakfast on the Beach – Bob Kelley, Tim Kelley, David Laing,
· Dinner fees -
o Adults (11 years and older) $32.00 per adult ($8.00 per night
x 4 dinners)
o Kids (3 to 10 years) $12.00 per Kid ($3.00 per night x 4 dinners)
· NOTE: There are 4 official dinners scheduled plus a
“left- over dinner” for Saturday night. 2 nights are “On your own”
for dinner. Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks are with your own
· The Happy Hour Bar will be managed by a separate banker:
Mitch and committee.
· Beach Fees – Approximately $3.00 each! This will be a donation
to the Donner Lake Homeowners private beach.
· Boat /SeaDoo Gas Fees – There will be a donation can so you
can donate to the Gas fund (for those of you who play).
Hiking/biking Ping Pong Playing Chatting/ Laughing
Sun and Swimming Volley Ball / Croquet Shopping / Eating
Late night games River Rafting Squaw High Camp
Casino Trips Golfing Fishing
Helpful Phone Numbers:
Joyce and Bob … on Conifer (530) 587-4483
Kelley/Klarsfeld Cabin … 10335 Aspen (Corner of Fir) (530) 587-7205
Traci’s cell phone: (831) 902-5484 and Jerry’s cell phone:
Karen Jo Cell phone: (831) 970-3645
Mitch's Cell phone: (707) 975-1541
We’ll create a master cabin list of address and local phones – once
we arrive and find out the answers!
You know you are a real “ Laing” if the following it true: From
“365 Reasons to Eat Chocolate”
If you serve chocolate pie at a family reunion,
You’ll have at least one thing the whole crew will agree on.