2020 Benrud Reunion

For the sake of protecting and preserving the health and well-being of our extended families, the Benrud Board has decided to delay the 2020 Benrud Reunion to 2021. We have chosen the new dates of July 30, 31, and August 1, 2021 to be centered in La Crosse, WI and at Norskedalen.

This is the first time since we began our large family reunions in 1950 that a reunion has been cancelled. We all hope it never happens again. We wanted to share the following thoughts from our Canadian vice president, Doug Olson, as they are so appropriate in these difficult times.

These are unprecedented times and every country, state, province, city, community and family is trying to come to grips with the challenges ahead of us and mitigate the spread of this COVID-19 virus. We are all attempting to flatten the curve but unfortunately the peaks are still ahead of us and unfortunately once we get over the hump the health officials are saying that there is a good chance of a resurgence again later in the year. The reality is 2020 is going to be bumpy ride. However, we come from deep and strong family roots that have persevered through harsh challenging times of their own over the past 150 years…and so shall we. Our Families and Nations will be stronger as we band together and emerge from this global challenge as the borders re-open and economy rebounds. Stay healthy and strong – stay calm and carry on!

Best wishes from your Canadian Cousin, Doug Olson

How can you help our efforts as a Benrud Family to keep connected? If you received this message by e-mail, please check with your extended family to see if they received it. If they did not, please encourage them to send their e-mail to Julie at jewelsdi@yahoo.com to enable more frequent communication. If you, or they, did not receive the recent yellow postcard about the cancellation or the 2019 Benrud Reader in December, your address (s) are needed — you can update this online using the update your information form or send it to Julie at the e-mail above. If you are a Facebook user, check out the Benrud Family on Facebook for more updates.

If you are wondering why Diane and I are sending this communication, it is because our family president, Carolyn Swanson unfortunately resigned in February due to family health issues and requested that Diane and I take over the coordination of the reunion. We thank Carolyn for her leadership for the past 4 years in guiding the planning for this reunion and wish her and her family the best.

The work on the Family Tree and the 2021 Benrud Reunion planning continues. Please update online at Benrudfamily.org. all of your family changes, e.g. births, deaths, marriages and locations of all 3. You can also e-mail or mail your changes to 891 N. Roadrunner Road, Apache Junction, AZ 85119, We are hoping to have the most complete family tree book available by the Reunion in 2021.

God Paske (Happy Easter in Norwegian), Keep well….

Julie Backus, Family Tree Reporter and Diane Piper, Vice President, US