All Baker-Blumin Family and Extended Family Members:
It’s a GO! Our second Baker-Blumin Family Reunion
will be held in San Diego, California from June 22-25, 2006!
Please mark your calendars and start thinking about hotel
and travel arrangements. And, of course, please pass the
word to your immediate and other family members with whom
you are in contact.
As I mentioned in earlier correspondence, we have now completed
all arrangements with the Town & Country Resort Hotel
which will be the “home base” for our Reunion.
The Town & Country is a full service resort hotel located
in Mission Valley, the heart of San Diego, just 10 minutes
from the airport. The resort has wonderful amenities (pools,
restaurants, athletic facilities, a full-service spa to name
only a few), nice accommodations and will be a perfect place
for our family members of all ages. A championship golf course
is adjacent to the hotel (where we’ll surely have some
friendly family competition) and the many attractions and
places of interest throughout San Diego will offer us lots
of opportunities to plan some memorable family outings. You
can visit the hotel website at http://www.towncountry.com/
We negotiated a most favorable $139 per night room rate
at the Town & Country Resort to include a special continental
breakfast. Only a limited block of rooms has been set aside
for us since we were not in a position to absolutely guarantee
a fixed number of rooms. Reservations will be accepted at
the hotel beginning December 1, by calling the toll free
reservation number, 800-772-8527. To receive this special
rate please tell the reservation agent that you will be attending
the “Baker-Blumin Family Reunion, June 22-25, 2006”.
Also, on a space available basis, the hotel will honor our
special rate beginning 3 days prior to the reunion (and lasting
until 3 days after) for those who may wish to arrive early
and/or stay later.
The Reunion should follow the same basic format that we
enjoyed in Orlando last year - that is, a Thursday to Sunday
format to include a 3-night stay. We’ll have a Thursday
welcome dinner, plus two other evening gatherings on Friday
and Saturday, plus a Sunday morning closing breakfast. We’ll
plan to have plenty of varied and fun daytime activities
for family members of all ages on Friday and Saturday; and
we still will need to keep time available for family genealogy,
in-pool and poolside gatherings, schmoozing and the like.
We welcome your assistance as a member of the Reunion Committee
. . . so please let me know if you’re willing to help.
Our Family Genealogist, cousin Sylva Baker, and cousin Julie
Baker recently returned from a visit to Paris where they
renewed contacts with our “French connection” relatives
and met several new ones. Sylva and Julie’s visit was
a follow-on to cousin Michael Baker’s visit to France
earlier this year and we hope there will be some French family
members attending in San Diego. And speaking of cousin Michael,
our devoted family Webmaster, be sure and check www.bakerbluminfamilytree.com
for lots of information about our family, including our history,
genealogy and some terrific pictures and videos that will
let you revisit the wonderful time we shared together at
our first Reunion in Orlando. The website is also the place
to go to see how the Bakers and Blumins are all related!
Please note that this e-mail is being sent only to those
family members for whom we have an e-mail address. Right
now, we only have e-mail addresses for a fraction of our
family mailing list. Accordingly, it would be VERY helpful
if you could provide me with the e-mail addresses of any
family members who will not be receiving this letter. A separate “snail
mail” letter with enclosures will be sent out to everyone
later this week.
I urge everyone to please make a sincere effort to attend
our San Diego Reunion. Mark the dates on your calendar .
. . call the Town & Country Resort beginning December
1 for room reservations . . . spread the word to your other
family members . . . volunteer to help out on the Reunion
Committee . . . and then get set for some truly wonderful
days that we’ll spend together in San Diego in June.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Cousin Howard Baker
I’d like everyone to know that planning is underway
for the 2nd Baker-Blumin Family Reunion to take place in
San Diego, California next June 2006. The dates under consideration
are June 22-25, Thursday to Sunday.
I returned yesterday from a week’s trip to San Diego
and am convinced this city and its surrounding area will
be an absolutely perfect spot for our family gathering. There
are many terrific places of interest and things to do for
family members of all ages, including exciting museums, Pacific
Ocean beaches, the world famous San Diego zoo, sporting activities,
etc. And with numerous Baker-Blumin relatives already residing
throughout California, it is hoped that San Diego will provide
an easy destination for many of those relatives to join.
For those that will travel by air, the San Diego airport
is served by many carriers (including discount carriers Southwest and Jet
Blue) with air service to all major US cities.
I expect to receive a formal proposal this week from the
San Diego Town and
Country Resort - a first class, full service
beautiful facility with 3 swimming pools, nice sleeping rooms,
6 restaurants and all the amenities we would require in a
base hotel. It is conveniently located just 7 miles from
the airport in the Mission Valley area of San Diego and adjacent
to one of the area’s nicest golf
course. I expect
that the proposal will provide a group rate room charge of
about $139 per night inclusive of an expanded continental
Local Attractions that you and your family
will not want to miss: LEGOLAND California, SeaWorld
Adventure Park, the World-Famous
San Diego Zoo, and the San
Diego Wild Animal Park. Discover some of San Diego's
history by visiting Old
Town San Diego with its famous Bazaar
Del Mundo, Cabrillo
National Monument, Gaslamp
Quarter or one
of the region's many missions. For those with more refined
tastes you'll enjoy San Diego's Balboa
Park, botanical gardens,
museums, galleries, even wineries in the North County.
The purpose of this e-mail is to ask
you to please “save
the dates” - June 22-25, 2006 - or advise us if they
(or anything else mentioned in this e-mail) pose a problem
for you. More information and details will follow. We realize
that we probably will never get 100% consensus on all planning
issues but we want to try and accommodate as many family
members as possible. In return, we hope that with plenty
of advance notice everyone will try and arrange their plans
and schedules in order to attend another wonderful Family
Reunion. Kindly pass this information on to other relatives
so they too can be advised about our plans. Unfortunately,
at present, we have only a limited number of e-mail addresses.
Feel free to call or contact me to discuss the Reunion planning.
Also, please let me know if you’re willing to help
on the Reunion Committee. I know we can have a memorable
and enjoyable Family Reunion next year in San Diego and hope
everyone will be part of it.
August 19, 2005 9:21:10 PM CDT
Hi All –
I’d like to let you know that a few of our cousins have
asked that we move ahead with planning the 2nd Baker-Blumin
Family Reunion for June 2006 and have indicated a strong preference
for San Diego as the site. Accordingly, I will be going to
San Diego next week with my friend and honorary family member
Owen Basil (I trust you remember him from last year’s
reunion) to begin the ground work to find a suitable hotel
and to look into dining venues and places of interest we might
want to include within our Reunion program.
Sylva and Michael Baker are both ready to continue their genealogy
and web mastering efforts and cousins Arthur Gelman and Jeff
Baker are willing to again work with us on our Committee as
has Les Rubenstein and Joel Baker. [Interestingly, Joel and
his wife spent this week vacationing in San Diego.] I hope
each of you will agree to serve on the Reunion Committee as
I’ve also spoken briefly with the Canadian cousins who,
as you will recall, comprised a substantial chunk of our ’04
reunion attendees. In true fashion they seem genuinely excited
both about having another Reunion and going to San Diego, a
destination which seems quite appealing to them. I’ve
also been in touch with two San Diego area cousins - Marci
Glass Feinberg (whose grandmother was Muriel Robinov) and Denni
Gelman Griffith, Arthur’s daughter. Although both were
unable to attend last year’s Reunion, they are quite
excited about a San Diego gathering and have been very helpful
in making suggestions and recommendations and I hope to meet
them next week.
Our preliminary thinking is to keep the same basic model for
the ’06 Reunion as we had last year. That is, a Thursday
to Sunday format that would involve a 3-night stay and to keep
the Reunion within a similar calendar timeframe – late
June. Therefore, our preferred dates for the Reunion would
be June 22-25 with fall-back dates one week later, June 29-July
2. Could I ask each of you to check and see if those dates
pose any significant problem for you. Of course, attendees
would have the flexibility to arrive early and/or stay later
in order to take in the many sightseeing and places of interest
that San Diego and its environs offer. In this regard, Bonnie
and Brian, my daughter and son in law, are already thinking
about extending the Reunion into a vacation so they can take
our grandson Abe to Lego land and other children-friendly places.
I hope each of you will be enthusiastic about doing the Reunion.
We had such a terrific time together last year that it would
be a shame in my view to drop the ball and not move ahead again.
A span of two years between gatherings seems about right to
me. Also, if you’ve followed Michael’s postings
on the family tree website during the year, you will have seen
that we’ve “discovered” more relatives both
in the US and abroad. Further, the “French Connection
relatives” keep growing and after Michael’s visit
there in May and Sylva’s upcoming visit in September,
there’s a decent chance that by giving sufficient advance
notice we could have a nice European turnout in San Diego.
And, of course, we are quite mindful that we have more relatives
living in California than any other state – so hopefully
we can get a nice boost in Reunion attendees over last year.
I apologize for the length of this e-mail but I did want to
alert you about the preliminary thinking that’s been
going on. I look forward to hearing from you and I’ll
report back on our findings at the end of my trip. It is hoped
that once we decide to move forward that we get the word out
ASAP so people can “save the dates” and have plenty
of time to make their plans.
I hope everyone has been enjoying a very pleasant summer.
Cousin Howard Baker