A lot has happened behind the scenes in the last few months. The information flow has been a little sparse, here are some updates.

First and foremost: The registration for the reunion will open in the next few weeks!

 

Reunion Planning

The committee has met every 1-2 months since last summer. In between we worked on the many tasks which are needed to plan such a reunion. Because it only takes place every 5 years, there is a lot of information to dig out. It starts with ensuring that the farmer allows us to use the plot for the reunion and continues with talks to the municipality, organization of food, beverages and entertainment. All of this by a committee of volunteers where job, children and family can not come short. We are now at the point where we can soon send out the invitations! We would like to ask you this year to do the registration online via the family tree. It would reduce the work on our end greatly.

 

Budget

As always, the budget is a limiting factor. On one side we want to plan a great reunion with an appealing program for everyone, on the other side we have to keep the costs at bay and we rely on many volunteers (starting at the committee and then also during the reunion). Further, we want to keep many traditional aspects of the reunion but we also want to make it attractive for the younger generations. This all needs ideas, people to execute them and at the end it all has to fit into the budget. We are lucky and in a very comfortable position that the reunion does not have to be covered completely by the reunion fees, but of course we want to continue the reunion for many generations and therefore we also rely on sponsoring. Some things change from reunion to reunion, sometimes we have family members which volunteer to take over bigger tasks, other times we have to hire external people and need to consider higher costs.

 

Family Tree

Many updates have been entered into the family tree in the last few weeks. Especially in February where all the replies we received through our e-mail request were entered into the system. It is also getting to the point where an updated print-out of the family tree has to be generated again (the current downloads for printing are from December 2021). The updates to the printed version will be done in the next few weeks and it will also get communicated here. Shortly before the reunion another updated printed version will be made available again.

The family tree software also had a larger system update. If you see any issues or errors (page does not load, page is blank, links do not work) please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the URL you visited, maybe a screenshot and the steps that lead to the issue.

The reunion sign up will be made available very soon. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you do not have a family tree login yet. If you have forgotten you password, you should be able to reset it easily through the login page. A reunion registration via the family tree is preferred and will simplify the work on our end.

The kick-off meeting for the family reunion 2024 took place on May 31st!

We distributed some duties and functions among the committee members, we defined some initial tasks and we discussed things that should change or stay "as they always were".

Date of the family reunion: June 21. - 23, 2024

 

Life and family situations change in the 5 years between our reunions. We appeal to all of you to

  • update the Online Familytree so that we can contact you and your relatives with further news
    • Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you forgot your login or if your e-mail address is no longer active to reset your password
  • help with the planning and/or during the reunion. Many bigger and smaller functions need support
    • The reunion can only take place with enough help from all of you and a well-staffed committee. We also need help to maintain the family tree and to keep our website(s) up to date.
    • Please contact us on Facebook or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The family trees for viewing, download and print on are now updated with content of September 18, 2021.

See Online family tree -> Download.

Dear Naeffen-Cousins

At the family reunion one year ago, the journalist Rebekka Haefeli wrote a report about our reunion in the NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). With that, the idea came up to write a book about the Naeff family. Ronja Sakata and Andreas Müller took on the idea together with Rebekka Haefeli and created a first draft of the idea. The Naeffenfest committee discussed the proposal at the closing meeting of the reunion 2019 (see attachment - german only). The idea got positive feedback. The comittee commissioned the initiators to invite historically interested family members to join the project. Naturally, the question about the projects financial aspect was discussed as well.

The initiators of the project were asked to present a budget which shows the financial possibilities and a time plan. The desirable timeline plans the publication for the next reunion in 2024.

For now, we would like to present the ideas to you and ask if you would like to join this project. We would be very interested in your comments, recommendations and criticism. Aside from collecting documents and images, we need IT specialists which can help to bring the files into electronically readable form. A chapter should also show how our relatives abroad live. Who would like to participate in that? At the beginning of our work we will also examine all existing documents which have been collected by Laurenz Gsell and Renate Altwegg-Im Hof.

Mit herzlichen Naeffengrüssen

 Ronja Sakata
 Andreas Müller

Attachment: Idea to write down the history of the family Naeff from Altstätten as Book (german only)

 

Better late than never! :)

 

The family tree is now available in various forms - one per clan and one with our entire family - for viewing, download, print, ... See Online family tree -> Download.

 

Update Apr. 4, 2020: The family trees can now also be ordered as printed and bound copy. Visit the Downloads section on this page for mor information

 

And the family reunion is already over again - too quickly as always. We had a very great weekend, and I would like to give thanks again to our committee, to all the volunteers which supported us so well and to the many many relatives which make this reunion so special.

 

Here is the link to the article in the NZZ: https://www.nzz.ch/panorama/familienfeier-im-xxl-festzelt-naeffs-laden-350-verwandte-ein-ld.1490784

 

And three more things:

  • We would like to get your feedback about the reunion: What did you like? What not? Where do you see potential for improvement? What did you miss?
  • Many of you took pictures during the reunion. Please send us your best pictures so that we can put them on this website accessible for everyone.
  • Any family tree related requests will be addressed in the next few weeks (due to vacation). There will also be a family tree available for download and print

Contact us through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We are counting over 360 registered members! Here is some last-minute information for the reunion.

 

Will be updated when more information is available
Last update: Wednesday, June 19 10:00 am

 

Arrival:

How to get there:

  • Stossbahn (train)
    • Special train 10:52 am / 11:02 am / 11:18 am from the station "Altstätten Stadt" directly to the reunion grounds
    • Regular Stossbahn Time table (Line Altstätten-Gais, stop "Alter Zoll", approximately 5min train ride from Altstätten)
    • Time table leaving "Alter Zoll"
    • The Stossbahn does not automatically stop at "Alter Zoll". A stop has to be requested by pressing the button on the train
  • Shuttle bus
    • A shuttle bus will be available on call (only Saturday)
    • Available Saturday 10:00 am until about 11:00 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

Theater:

  • General rehearsal: Friday evening, 7:15pm, 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. Or talk to a member of the committee on Saturday by 4pm. There are silent roles as well! ;)

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...)
  • Please help us out! Visit the "Volunteer Corner" to take on a spontaneous task - any help is appreciated!

 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

Registration:

  • You can register yourself or accompanying family members at the name card pickup location on Saturday as well
  • For all last-minute registrations, it is important to read the "Payment" information below.

Payment:

  • We still did not receive the payment from some 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 if possible!

Town Tour:

  • The start is at about 08:30 am from the Prestegg at the name card pickup location.
  • If needed, there will be two groups for the town tour.

Committee:

  • To make it easier to recognize the committee members
    • we will wear light gray T-Shirts with a blue Naeffen-emblem
    • our name cards will be printed on light yellow colored paper

Other things in the reunion tent:

  • There will be a laptop computer where you can see and edit your personal details on the online-familytree.
  • You can order DVDs of previous reunions

 

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