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Welcome to the website of the Naeff family and relatives

 

Soon the Naeffs will meet again - hundreds of them - to the biggest and probably oldest family reunion in Switzerland. A celebration that started over 150 years ago with a small family has now grown to 300 people, and everyone is related to you!

 

Here you can get information all about the family Naeff, including the history of the Naeffs, their hometown Altstätten SG and of course the Naeffen reunion.

 

 

The date for the Naeffenfest 2024 is set: June 21st - 23rd

 

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Last-minute information for the reunion

Will be updated when more information is available
Last update: Wednesday, June 20, 8:00 pm

 

Arrival:

  • Map of Altstätten and the reunion grounds
  • Get your name cards on arrival (See below: "Name Cards")
  • Arrival by car: Park in the parking lot of the Stoss-train (see the parking lot on the map here). There is no access to the reunion grounds by private car!
  • Please contact the committee if you need a special permit for access to the reunion grounds
  • Drop off your contributions for the Vesper-buffet (cakes, sweets, ...) at the Prestegg or if possible bring it up to the reunion grounds

How to get there:

  • Stossbahn (train)
  • Shuttle bus
    • A shuttle bus will be available on call (only Saturday)
    • The vehicle is a small Mercedes bus, operated by "Rheintal-Reisen"
    • From the Stossbahn-parking to/from the reunion grounds. The phone number of the shuttle will be posted at the respective locations.
    • Available Saturday 10:00 am until about 10:00 pm
  • By foot
    • from the Stossbahn parking lot to the reunion grounds: about 1.5km, 30min, 130m height difference, via "Alte Stossstrasse"
    • from the Stossbahn stop "Alter Zoll" to the reunion grounds: about 500m, 5min, mostly flat
  • Castle Grünenstein on Sunday

Theater:

  • General rehearsal: Friday evening, 7:00pm, in the main tent of the reunion grounds
  • We still need participants for the play! Just join the general rehearsal on Friday evening and we will find a space for you.

Reunion Program:

  • You can find the reunion program here

Volunteers:

  • There will be a "Volunteer Corner" in the main tent. A plan will show your assigned tasks (where, when, with whom...)
  • A few details about areas where volunteers are still needed
  • Please help us out! Visit the "Volunteer Corner" to take on a spontaneous task - any help is appreciated!
  • It is very important to also get volunteers on Friday afternoon for setup (starting at 1pm) and also on Sunday morning for cleanup. Please write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the volunteer corner to communicate your availability with us.

 Name Cards:

  • You can pick up your name card on Saturday after 8.30am in front of/in the courtyard of the Prestegg house. If it rains this will probably be relocated inside the Prestegg or the museum.
  • After the departure of the Stoss-train (shortly before 11am) the name card pickup location will be moved to the tent on the reunion grounds

Payment:

  • We still did not receive the payment from some (just a few) participants. Please do not send the fee via our bank accounts after Monday, June 17. Otherwise we might not be able to verify your payment.
  • If the wire transfer did not get through - or if you registered late or at the reunion - you can pay on arrival at the name card pickup location. Please bring the exact amount in cash! Payment by Twint is also possible.

Town Tour:

  • The start is at about 08:30 am from the Prestegg at the name card pickup location.
  • You can pay the 8.- fee with Twint. When paying cash, please bring the exact amount.
  • If needed, there will be two groups for the town tour.

Committee:

  • To make it easier to recognize the committee members
    • we will wear burgundy colored t-shorts
    • our name cards will be printed on colored paper
  • All the committee members have now planned a few family reunions and it is time for a change of hands and for new ideas. We are looking for a new committee which will be planning the next family reunion alongside the current committee members. There are many tasks, please talk to a committee member at the reunion or message us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Miscellaneous:

  • Bring tupperware. There is often quite some food left after lunch or dinner, it would be a pity to throw it out.
  • Are you interested to take one of the large family trees home on Sunday? Please contact a committee member, we would like to give them away.

 

Helfende am Fest

Dies ist ein Aufruf an alle!

Wir brauchen unbedingt noch Helfende am Fest! Wir haben im Komitee eine Liste mit ca 46 Positionen wo wir Total ca. 100 Helfende benötigen. Durch die Anmeldung haben sich schon ca. 50 Personen zum gemeldet (vielen-vielen Dank an alle!), es wäre aber für unsere Organisation sehr hilfreich wenn wir die meisten Positionen schon vor dem Fest belegen könnten anstatt dann während dem Fest noch nach Helfenden zu suchen. Es wird dann schon noch eine Helferecke geben wo ihr euch spontan am Fest für weitere Hilfe zur verfügung stellen könnt.

Du kannst wählen ob du gerne ein ganzes Ressort übernehmen möchtest oder einfach so 1-2 Stunden am Stück oder aufgeteilt für verschiedene Ressorts helfen möchtest. Melde dich bitte auf This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mit was du gerne helfen würdest oder ob wir dich an einer bestimmten Zeit einteilen können.

Am Fest wird der Helferplan aufliegen oder aufgehängt sein. Wenn die Zeit erlaubt erhalten alle welche sich schon als Helfende angemeldet haben auch noch eine Kommunikation per E-Mail.

Unser 10-Personen Komitee ist sehr um Hilfe angewiesen um neben der Organisation und Koordination ein tolles Fest durchzuführen. Einige dieser Positionen könnten wir mit externen Angestellten decken, aber dies würde das Festbudget aus dem Rahmen sprengen.

 

Spezifische Ressorts wo wir unbedingt noch Hilfe benötigen:

  • An die 117 Teilnehmenden welche schon Freitag Abend da sind
    • Kommt doch schon etwas früher am Freitag Nachmittag aufs Festgelände und helft mit damit dann alles am Samstag einfacher wird! :)
  • Licht und Ton – Entweder jemand wo sich hier schon auskennt, oder es kann auch gerne jemand sein wo sich dafür interessiert

    • Genereller Bühnenaufbau

    • Band Soundcheck – hier speziell jemand wo schon ein wenig weiss wie das geht

    • Ton für Ansprache im Wald

  • Diverse Infrastruktur

    • Vorbereitungen am Freitag Nachmittag

    • Lagerfeuer – Aufbau, Abbau und Übersicht

    • Aufbau/Abbau von Volleyballnetz, Sonnenschirme vor dem Zelt, Kinderspiele

  • Theater – Es braucht gar keine Vorkenntnisse oder bestimmte Talente! Auch ist es nicht nötig Texte auswendig lernen, ablesen vom Texten ist ganz OK.

    • Bis jetzt haben wir nur 2 Teilnehmer - Ohne genügend Teilnehmer keine Theateraufführung
    • Wichtig wäre zur Theaterprobe am Freitag Abend um 19Uhr im Zelt dabei zu sein um das Theater zu koordinieren
    • Melde dich auch wenn du nicht am Freitag Abend dabei sein kannst damit wir mit dir schon vorher koordinieren können
  • Festzelt Dekorieren

    • Tischdekorationen

    • Stammbäume aufhängen

  • Aufräumen am Sonntag

    • Festgelände putzen

    • Abbauen von Infrastruktur (Tische/Bänke, Bühne, Küche, Dekoration, ...)

    • Nach Hause nehmen diverser Familienfest-Utensilien (Stammbaum-Tafeln, Bilder der Stammesväter, Dekoration, ...)

    • Einiges davon kann auch schon vor oder während dem Brunch gemacht werden - für diejenigen welche Planen auf Schloss Grünenstein zu gehen.

 

Registration Ending

With less than 3.5 weeks remaining and over 350 registered people throughout the 3 days we will close the reunion registration by the end of May. For changes to your registration or last minute registrations please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you are registered for the reunion and you log in through the online-family tree you can view the list of all participants here.

Some of you will receive an e-mail after we close the registration with a note that your registration has bee modified or finalized again. You do not have to do anything, there are just some modifications needed from our side to ensure all registered participants will appear correctly on their name cards.

 

Family tree printing:

Starting May 26th we began with the creation of the family tree tableaus for the reunion Marquee. This means that changes after May 26 will (most likely) not be visible on the printed family tree in the reunion tent. You can, however, still update your information in the online family tree at any time - for the next reunion, for the next round of updates for the family tree downloads or simply for all your relatives to view :)

Desserts and Volunteering:

Please let us know through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you...

  • can contribute anything for the Vesper/"Dessert buffet" (cake, sweets, fruits, ...) for Saturday afternoon but you have not listed it on the registration. Hand them to us Saturday morning until 10am in the Prestegg courtyard (when you pick up your name tag) or find a committee member if you arrive later.
  • would like to help with the reunion. You will also be able to sign up as volunteer during the reunion. A volunteer corner and a list of tasks will be placed somewhere in the reunion tent.

Reunion fee:

We still have a few reunion registration payments pending. Please make sure you can complete the payment as soon as possible (or let us know if you can not participate) - it might take a few days to show up in our account and we might not have the possibility to verify late payments during the reunion. See here for payment instructions. Donations can also be sent via the same information any time.