Monday, June 27, 2016

Thank You 2016 Reunion Sponsors

The 2016 reunion is on the books.  We had another fun-filled weekend at Winton Woods Park in Cincinnati, gathering 25 families who have adopted from Bulgaria.  Thanks to all who attended this year and helped make the reunion a success.

A special thanks to our 2016 sponsors: JTM for the hamburgers, UDF for the icecream, Krispy Kreme for the donuts, and Chick-Fil-A for the breakfast biscuits.

Hopscotch Adoptions for the balloon artist

MLJ Adoptions for the splash park tickets

About A Child for the storyteller

Adoption Circle for the games and toys

Sand box & shaving cream pit

The Ties Program for the arts and crafts supplies

The Bulgarian Association of Cincinnati for the cooking lesson

And five reunion families who wish to remain anonymous for the fire wood, pizza party, smores galore, coffee, and a portion of our groceries.

Without the support of these generous sponsors, we would not have been able to provide as many activities and treats for our families as we did.  Blagodarya, sponsors.

Monday, June 13, 2016

2016 Reunion Schedule

2016 Reunion Schedule

Friday, June 24

Check in at the park starts at 3:00 pm

5:00 pm - Meet & greet - please pick up your welcome bag at cabin 4H, some games and activities for the children will be available
5;30 pm - Balloon artist starts
6:00 pm - Pizza bar
7:00 pm - Icecream social
8:00 pm - Balloon artist ends

Saturday, June 25

8:30 - 9:30 am - Breakfast in the cul-de-sac (provided)
9:30 am - Group photo
10:00 – BG cooking lesson, Parky's Farm, and teen scavenger hunt
Noon - 4:00 pm -  family time to mingle, rest, or explore, have lunch, visit the splash park (tickets for the splash park for children ages 2-12 will be purchased with reunion funds and can be picked up at the cul-de-sac at noon, all other children are free) - PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE YOUR OWN LUNCH

4:00 pm - Arts and crafts in the cul-de-sac
5:30 pm - Set up for potluck
6:00 pm - Potluck dinner
7:00 pm - Story teller arrives
8:00 PM - Smores

Sunday, June 26

8:00 - 9:00 am - Group breakfast (provided)
9:30 am - Clean-up
11:00 am - Check out

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up

2016 Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet

Friends, we need help.  Please take a look at all the work which will have to be done to make the reunion a success and let us know where you can pitch in.  You can leave a comment or email me at viviane 8 at yahoo dot com.  We will have a sheet posted at the reunion with tasks and the names of those who volunteered to complete them, so that Yvonne and I can have a little more time to socialize with everyone, too.  If the job you volunteer to do requires any supplies, they will be ready for you.  Teens are invited to volunteer as well.

*Highlighted text means we have enough volunteers for that task.


Pick up icecream from UDF - Rickenbach Family

Set up tables, chairs and decorate around 4:00 pm - Burgoon Family, Brooks Family, Martini Family

Fill up water balloons around 4:00 pm - Saltgaver Family, Scott R.

Sell raffle tickets throughout the afternoon/evening (pre/teens, I am looking at you) - JCB

Prepare, serve and clean up pizza bar 5:30 pm -  Angel N., Kurt B.

Set up, serve, and clean up the ice-cream social around 7:30 pm - Rani C., Kim V.

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 9:00 pm - Miller Family


Pick up coffee cake from Busken Bakery and sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A around 7:30 (about 30 min round trip) - Craig M.

Prep and set-up breakfast bar around 8:15 am and on - Rickenbach Family, Kay B.

Make coffee for breakfast and keep it coming 8:15 am - Jane B.

Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:15 am - Kathy J.

Take the group photo around 9:30 am - Saltgaver Family

Collect garbage and transport to dumpster around 9:30 - Nathanial N.

Teen Scavenger Hunt Team Chaperones at 10:00 - Adrienne and Steven P. (team 1) & Andrew R. (team 2)

Cooking lesson assistants at 10:00 - Alicia K., Kay B.

Pick up splash park tickets at 11:00 -  Conger Family


Assist at the arts and crafts table  3:30 pm - 

Set-up for potluck around 5:30 pm - Adrienne P., Jane B.
Grill for potluck around 5:00 pm - Steven P., Scott R.
Clean-up after potluck around 7:00 pm - Jane B., Kay B.

Start and supervise campfire and smores around 7:30 pm - Frank B.

Collect garbage and transport it to the dumpster around 9:00 pm -  Vargas Family


Assist with setting up breakfast around 8:00 am - Rickenbach Family
Make coffee and keep it coming around 8:15 am - 
Assist with breakfast clean-up around 9:30 am -  Parks Family
Take down tables/chairs around 10:00 am -  Jason V., Robinson Family, Vargas Family
Clean up cul-de-sac around 10:00 am -  Brooks Family

Ice runs as needed -  
Make lemonade and iced tea throughout weekend (someone in a deluxe cabin, please) -

Monday, May 23, 2016

2016 Potluck Sign-Up

We will have somewhere between 110 and 130 people at our annual Saturday potluck.  We are asking each family to bring a dish to share that will serve 12-15 people.

There is a Kroger grocery store just five minutes from the park so with a quick trip during the lunch break/splash park time you can pick up any items.  Please feel free to ask families with a kitchen / fridge to assist with your food.  Everyone is always super helpful with making sure the food gets prepared and stored properly.  

Please leave a comment here, email the reunion account, or comment on the FB group to let me know what you plan to bring.  Also, if you have food allergies and need special accommodations for any of the meals, please give me a heads up.  I'll update and post this list periodically, so everyone knows what's covered already.

Here's what's needed:


Hot dogs needed: 100  Hot dogs provided:  100 (Weal Family)
Hot dog buns needed: 100  Hot dog buns provided:  100 (Conger Family)
Hamburgers needed: 100    Hamburgers provided:  144 (sponsored by JTM)
Hamburger buns needed: 100  Hamburger buns provided: 100 (Conger Family)

Salads (like green salad, potato salad, pasta salad, shopska salat, fruit salad)

Villemure Family - Shopska Salat
Burgoon Family - orzo salad
Jirgal Family - potato salad & macaroni salad
Miller Family - pasta salad
Brooks Family - broccoli salad
Woolley Family - fruit salad

Sides (like baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips and dip, hummus, mac'n cheese, fresh fruit, veggie tray, tarator soup)

VanRoekel Family - baked beans
Korich Family - chips and coleslaw
Eplion Family - mac'n cheese
Rickenbach Family - watermelon
Brooks Family - hot broccoli casserole
Parks Family - hummus and chips
Bromund Family - mac'n cheese
Sallot Family - potato chips and soda

Condiments and toppings (like mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish/pickles, sliced cheese)

Bell Family - ketchup, mustard, relish, cheese
Robinson Family - lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions

Desserts (like cookies, brownies, pies)

Nance Family - chocolate chip cookies & another type of cookie
Eplion Family - fruit pie
Miller Family - cool dessert like banana pudding
Martini Family - sugar cookies
Bromund Family - jello
Robinson Family - brownies
Larsen Family - applesauce cups

Thursday, March 3, 2016

2016 Reunion Shirts

It is time to vote on the design for the 2016 reunion t-shirts.  Please note that we do not yet have information regarding cost of the shirts, but they will be printed and sold as a fundraiser via a website like Bonfire.  T-shirts are not included with your reunion fee in 2016.

Each design can be printed with or without the 2016 Reunion verbiage though the images are displayed here only with the verbiage, so you have to use your imagination. Please keep in mind that shirts which do not mention the reunion may have much broader appeal for a fundraiser beyond those who plan to attend our event in 2016.

Please vote for your favorite design by leaving a comment here with your family name.  ONE vote per family only. Alicia will be collecting responses directly from the comment section.  Voting closes  on March 18, 2016.

Design #1 with reunion verbiage (vote 1A) without reunion verbiage (vote 1B)

Design #2 with reunion verbiage (vote 2A) without reunion verbiage (vote 2B)

Design #3 with reunion verbiage (vote 3A) without reunion verbiage (vote 3B)

Design #4 with reunion verbiage (vote 4A) without reunion verbiage (vote 4B)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 Reunion Sponsors

Many thanks to the generous adoption agencies, groups, and individuals who have committed to a designated donation toward our 2016 reunion.

Balloon artist (Friday night) - $150 - SPONSORED BY HOPSCOTCH ADOPTIONS

Professional story teller (Saturday night) - $100 – SPONSORED BY ABOUT A CHILD

Splash park tickets (Saturday afternoon) - $160 – SPONSORED BY MLJ ADOPTIONS

Games and toys - $120 – SPONSORED BY ADOPTION CIRCLE

Bulgarian cooking lesson (Saturday morning) - $150  - SPONSORED BY BULGARIAN ASSOCIATION OF CINCINNATI

Arts and Crafts Supplies (Saturday afternoon) - $100 - SPONSORED BY THE TIES PROGRAM

Smores Galore (Saturday night) - $50  (SPONSORED BY A PRIVATE FAMILY)

Pizza Party (Friday night) - $300 (SPONSORED BY A PRIVATE FAMILY)

Icecream Social (Friday Night) - $100 (SPONSORED BY A PRIVATE FAMILY)

Firewood (Saturday Night) - $30 (SPONSORED BY A PRIVATE FAMILY)

For questions or if you wish to sponsor a different portion of the 2016 reunion, please email Viviane at bulgarianreunion at yahoo dot com.