Keep In Touch Newsletter
Volume XXIII No 2 September 2011
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Letters to the Editor 1Thanks for Keeping us in All in Touch 1Stan and Hela Vowles Lived an Interesting Life 1Some News from Australia 1Cotswold Community Farm for Sale 2Several Enthusiastic Reports about the KIT Gathering at FC 3The Youth Hostel was Opened 64 Years Ago and SoonWelcomed Bruderhof Guests 3This Was my First Official Attendance TogetherWith Bettina 4Reconnecting With my Extended KIT Family 5Informal Meetings About a Representation at CSA, andAbout the KIT Newsletter 7Communal Webs, Communal Threads, Communal Ripples 8Peer Pressure on the Bruderhof 9Eileen Robertshaw Remembers her Childhood 10Changes: KIT Address List Sept 2010 13KIT Friends Remember Josua Dreher 10-14KIT Gathering in Blossoming Bulstrode Park 14Autumn - Poem 15Armadillos Harbor Mycobacterium Leprae 15KIT-Staff - Contact Details 16___________________________________________________
Letters to the Editor
Thanks for Keeping us All in Touch
May 11, 2011: Dear Tim, Dave and all: I want to thank you foryour diligence and commitment to keeping us all in touch. Assoon as I get the Newsletter I read it straight thru. Even thoughpainful reading at times (deaths of so many people that I trulyloved - including my parents Norma and Lowell LeBlanc), Ihave to accept that it is all part of our "history".I grew up in Forest River, Woodcrest, Macedonia, Evergreenand Oak Lake, (from the age of three until twelve years) and thenreturned with hubby Art and children (1975-1981).I remember Eileen Robertshaw as a very sweet, lively, funnyperson. She had such a sparkle about her.
We will be so thankful to God forever for “rescuing” us
fromthe old destructive life and for the new life in and with Him (over25 years!). All our eight children are now grown adults. Each
one is following their own unique “calling”. In our Lord's love
and provision our family includes: a college math professor, anurse anesthetist, two computer science professionals, a lawyer,two social workers, and a mechanical engineer; also six grand-children who are our joy and delight!Life is never easy but we are assured that we are always car-ried in the Palm of His Hand. I greet you with tender thoughts.
Deb Herman, Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Stan and Helen Vowles Lived an Interesting Life
Thank you, Erdmuthe, Linda, Charlie and Dave, for a very goodKIT letter. Special thanks to you Raphael and your siblings foryour contributions. We read with great interest about your fatherand mother Stanley and Helen Vowles. They surely led a very in-teresting life. They did so well with so many obstacles in theirway. I think here it would be very good to say:
Veni, Vidi, Vici!
I came, I saw, I conquered! I certainly take my hat off to them.Thanks again!
Nadine and August Pleil, Washington, Pennsylvania
Some news from Australia
Dear Linda and the KIT production team, thank you once againfor a great issue of the KIT Newsletter April 2011
it really doeskeep us in touch with old friends all over the world.I was particularly interested in the article about Stan and He-len Vowles because I knew them in Primavera and their daughterBrenda, now Vickery came with her husband to Australia as mi-grants from England some years ago.Brenda lives fairly isolated in Bundaberg on the north coastof Queensland. About six years ago she was diagnosed with acancer behind one of her eyes. She came to Brisbane from timeto time to see a specialist and was able to use accommodation wehave at our Quaker Meeting House. A couple of years ago Bren-da had surgery to remove the tumor behind her right eye. TheDanthonia Bruderhof near Inverell in New South Wales (NSW)took Brenda in for a few weeks before the operation and sentsomeone to look after her while recovering from the operation.Francis and I met Bruderhofers when we went to visit Brenda inhospital and they invited us to come and visit Danthonia for Eas-ter 2007. Brenda was there when we visited and looked like shewas making a good recovery. The community was very good toher and helped her by having her stay in Danthonia for as long asshe wanted to.
< Francis and RhodaDorrell with theirgreat granddaughterOlivia just a day old inMarch 2011.
When we visited theDanthonia Bruderhof in 2007 Randy andLinda Gauger werethe Servant andHousemother there.They have been theresince its beginningsabout twelve yearsnow. Most of thefamilies have beenbrought in as immi-grants from the USA communities, mostly young people whocome in on student visas or have special skills Australia is look-ing for. Manuel and Meg Loewenthal looked after us that week-end. Some of you may remember the Loewenthals from Prima-vera; Meg is one of Dr. Milton Zi
mmerman‟s daughters; she is a
nurse, and nurses are in high demand here as immigrants. Theyleft three or four sons behind in USA.