Salzburg, Austria, PAX Reunion 

Former volunteers at the Salzburg, Austria, PAX project will hold their triennial reunion September 10-13, 2009, at Akron, PA, in MCC facilities.  The program includes an open session and dinner for all interested area ex-PAXers Saturday evening, September 12, at 7:00.  Contact Richard Boshart rsbosh@verizon.net if you are able to attend.
Other events include sharing times, singing, a tour of Lancaster County and Amish meal, an performance at Sight & Sound Theater, and a tour of MCC Resource Center and Ten Thousand Villages.
The gem of all PAX projects ran from spring of 1961 to 1964, with up to 12 men in the unit at one time and dwindling to only a few as the program wound down.  PAX built six multi-family houses and a church for an Anabaptist German speaking group related to Apostolics, refugees from the former Yugoslavia, primarily Serbia.  Close ties continue between the volunteers and the families of the Siedlung at Rif, some 10 kilometers from Salzburg near Hallein.  At the reunion, we will deliberate whether we want to hold the next reunion in Austria in 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the project.  The reunion in 1995 was held there with much joy and emotion, gratitude for the gift of service that resulted in new homes and economic footing for the future.  Some 35 PAX men and spouses are preregistered for the September, 2009, reunion.
Planners of the reunion include Richard Boshart, Lowell Bender, and Ervie Glick.

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