Strong Family Reunion August 5–6, 2011

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Join us in Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin
for the Strong Fam­ily Reunion

August 5, & August 6, 2011

The Plaza Hotel & Suites

1202 W. Claire­mont Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701

(715) 834– 6498

Gue­strooms are $79.00/ night (plus 13.5% taxes) for two King or Queen size or a combination.

This rate is guar­an­teed if reser­va­tions are made by July 22, 2011 (Men­tion # 7180 or SFAA)

The Plaza Hotel offers a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast and restau­rant with daily specials

Sched­ule for the weekend:

Fri­day, August 5 at 12:00 noon — reg­is­tra­tion in the Clear Water A room (our hos­pi­tal­ity room for the weekend)

Reg­is­tra­tion, to cover hos­pi­tal­ity room and speaker’s fee:____Adults x $20.00 ea. = ______

Con­tact Name:________________________________________________________________




Names as they should appear on name badges:_______________________________________

Fri­day at 5:30 p.m. – Pic­nic in Car­son Park – Oak Pavil­ion – All-you-can-eat Grilled Chicken. Also includes: Potato Salad, Cow­boy Beans, Cole Slaw, Fruit Salad, Bars, Lemon­ade and Iced Tea. tax & tip incl. ____Adults x $12.00 ea. = ________

Sat­ur­day, August 6 at 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. — Con­ti­nen­tal Break­fast — (Reg­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues in the Clear Water A room)

10:00 a.m. Leinenkugel’s Brew­ery Tour in Chippewa Falls, WIFREE* Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended ____Adults

1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. Board Meet­ing in Clear Water A room – Hos­pi­tal­ity room

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mem­ber Annual Meeting

5:15 p.m. – Pic­tures in the Two Rivers One room – Ban­quet room

6:00 p.m. – Ban­quet Meal – Deluxe Din­ner Buf­fet – Baked Hick­ory Ham and Baked Wis­con­sin Turkey. Also, includes: Whipped Pota­toes, Gravy, Sage Dress­ing, But­tered Veg­eta­bles, Tossed Salad, Ital­ian Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad, Cole Slaw, Cot­tage Cheese, Rel­ishes, Roll Bas­ket and a Bev­er­age (Cof­fee, Tea or Milk) tax & tip incl.

Ban­quet Meal: ____Adults x $23.00 ea. = ________

Frank Smoot of the Chippewa Val­ley Museum will be our guest speaker. He will speak on Hank Aaron, who early in his career, played base­ball in Eau Claire, Car­son Park.

*The Leinenkugel brew­ery tour starts and ends at the Leinie Lodge. There are ele­va­tors if you are not able to do steps. Lodge guides will intro­duce you to Leinenkugel’s his­tory, fam­ily and brew­ing process. After the tour you can enjoy the award-winning beers at the his­toric sam­pling bar or out­side under the cov­ered patio. You will be given tick­ets to sam­ple four vari­eties of your choice, given in five ounce glasses. Two types of large, chewy pret­zels are avail­able for $2.00 ea.

The Leinie Lodge is also a museum and gift shop. You’ll see Leinenkugel his­tor­i­cal sig­nage, pho­tos of the founder and past pres­i­dents of the com­pany, and authen­tic brew­ing artifacts.

We will car­pool and have vol­un­teer, des­ig­nated drivers.

Car­son Park is home to the Chippewa Val­ley Museum and Paul Bun­yun Log­ging Camp. Both muse­ums open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

If you plan to attend the SFFA reunion, please send a check or money order to cover the costs of the meal/meals and reg­is­tra­tion by JULY 1, 2011 to:

Celeste Tumm, SFAA,E17056 Co. Rd. N
Fall Creek, WI 54742

If any ques­tions or con­cerns, call Celeste at 715–877-3106 or email

Eau Claire is located in west cen­tral Wis­con­sin approx­i­mately 90 miles east of St. Paul and Min­neapo­lis, Minnesota.

If you are fly­ing here, The Min­neapo­lis – St. Paul Inter­na­tional Air­port ser­vices the upper Mid­west region of MN, WI, ND, SD and IA.

The ter­mi­nal exits are min­utes away from Mall of Amer­ica in Bloom­ing­ton, MN.

The major highway signs getting you to Eau Claire Wisconsin

The major high­way signs get­ting you to Eau Claire Wisconsin

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The Jedediah Book is here!


Strong Updates Vol­ume I, the Jede­diah line, has been out of print for more than 5 years. This is the line which we pub­lished first, over 20 years ago. This is the line which has pos­si­bly has the most inter­est — it’s the first book that sold out.

When the Jede­diah Book was pub­lished back in 1989, it gen­er­ated a wealth of new mate­r­ial. Peo­ple bought the book, read the book, and sub­mit­ted even more genealog­i­cal infor­ma­tion to the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. We have been gath­er­ing and edit­ing that infor­ma­tion for decades — but it has never been pub­lished, until now.

It’s never really been prac­ti­cal to con­sider pub­lish­ing sec­ond edi­tions of our Updates books as new print edi­tions. The up-front costs are pro­hib­i­tive. The cur­rent trend is towards elec­tronic pub­lish­ing. Peo­ple read books on their kin­dles and nooks, and on their home computers.

It’s this fact which made a Sec­ond Edi­tion prac­ti­cal. We cre­ated the book as a pair of PDF files, which we have pack­aged on a great-looking CD which can be read by any mod­ern com­puter. The edi­to­r­ial and pro­duc­tion process has taken us nearly two years, and count­less hours.

I believe that every­one who has the orig­i­nal printed Jede­diah Book — no longer avail­able, at any price — will be very happy to pur­chase the Sec­ond Edi­tion. We have added lit­er­ally many hun­dreds of pages of updated information.

The Jede­diah Book, Sec­ond Edi­tion, is finally com­plete! Yay! We are cur­rently pack­ag­ing the book on CD. The book, on CD, will begin ship­ping on March 1, 2011.