Wednesday, August 24, 2011

2011 Family Reunion is Coming Up!!!!!!

There will be a meeting this Saturday!
Sat, Aug 27th @ 1pm
At my house 2305 Trina Lane, Ceres
Hope to see everyone there....

I have posted both the Attendance Form and Tee Form for this year's family reunion. I am currently working on finalizing a new family crest for the Sanchez family. I will post it here when it is complete. Thank you all and can't wait for the reunion!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Memorial Services for Robert Hernandez

Services for Robert Hernandez will be held as follows. Please click on the maps and a larger map will pop up for you to print clearly.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
7:00 PM
Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns
1525 East Saginaw
Fresno, CA 93704-4435
(559) 227-4048

Thursday, October 28, 2010
10:30 AM
St John's Cathedral
2814 Mariposa St, Fresno, CA 93721-1391(559) 485-6210 

Graveside:Thursday, October 28, 2010Immediately Following Mass

Monday, September 27, 2010

And the results are in....

On September 25th, 2010, a group of 56 showed up at Woodward Park to participate in a fun-filled afternoon of family...reunion style. They broke bread, smiled, laughed, caught up, competed, and embraced each other as a beautiful family with open arms. It was an afternoon to set aside any reservations and just enjoy each other's presence. 

The event started promptly at noon, as everybody gathered under the Sunset View Shelter. The Tia-Abuelas (Lupe, Gloria, and Aurora) introduced their families, as did Linda De La Cruz who filled in for Tia Anita Ruiz. After the introduction, everybody lined up at the bullhorn clad request of Jackie Ruiz. She went on to instruct everybody on an ice breaking exercise to get the crowd to mix and  know each other. That was a success. The shells were shed and everybody was smiling and more than willing to interact with each other. That was key to the successful event! 

Tia Lupe meeting the Ruiz clan

Hmmmm....looks like there might be about...1,000 M&Ms


Cooking Hotdogs for the kids!

Tia's Aurora, Gloria, Lupe, and Primo Ron

The sack race CHAMPION!

Yeen Didleeeen, Didleeeen!

Okay Prima...if we play it cool, we can walk away with both of them! CHOCOLATE!!!

After the ice breaker, every lined up for some chow, sat together, and then silence took became a hum fest, as the focus was FOOD! With full stomachs and an afternoon left to play, the group proceeded to the open grassy area to partake in some games. First on the list...the egg toss. Selena Maldonado's boyfriend Steven and Peanut Maldonado took the field with a golden egg. Some made accusations of certain teams using cooked eggs in order to gain advantage??? Andrew Delgado's girlfriend Sophia was not one using a cooked egg. As her team was one of the finalist vying for the golden ticket, a nail seemed to get in the way and cracked an egg...all over her face adding yet another vibrant color to her hair. Though she was a tad embarrassed, she was a great sport and it made the game that much more enjoyable. 

After the field crew cleared the egg strewn grassy area, the players took the field and lined up for a sack race. 12 competitive hearts jumped in the sacks and focused on the finish line. Two notables on the field...Twin Duo of Don and Ron Ruelas. Boy!, was this one to watch. As Don took off on an early sprint, Ron took notice and caught Don three quarters into the field. At the stretch both athletes pushed themselves to the point of no return and the rapid duo took a leap into faith to catch the finish line ribbon. After a review of the photo, the judges determined that it was a tie. Based on the outcome and look of the duo, post-race, it seems that the only real winner was Shout (to get out the grass stains) and Ben-Gay. Special Shout Out to the previous race winners...Dalicia Ruelas, Nadia Ruelas, and Alicia girls did a great job!





Wrong way girls!

After all of the games, the family took in what seemed to be a lifetime of bingo games. The kids had a blast playing bingo. From bingo it was time to break the pinatas...TWO HUGE CANDY FILLED BOMBS! The first one, was made of steel! Literally! Each child took a metal baseball bat to it and it would not break for the life of us. Twenty minutes later, the steel clad shell finally broke and the kids went nuts! CANDY! The second Pinata was a bit easier. The Tia's took to it with a plastic bat and the three of them beat it down like they were robbing somebody or beating a kid! Stack that wood or else!!!! 

And they're at the gates
These kids want to race!

and the CHAMPS!

Ice, Ice, Baby...I Mean Breakers

Help! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!!!

This is the importance of the event...our future! 

Don Ruelas and Daughter Lisa Ruelas

Linda (Ruiz) De La Cruz and Family

Ruelas Family

Maldonado Family

Hernandez Family

Delgado Family
At the end of the day, it seemed that the family was pretty satisfied. I need to give a shout out to our cousins that never made it...The entire Romero Clan, partial Ruiz Clan (Elaine, Abel, Pepe, and Cecilia), partial Delgado Clan (Noni & Flaca), partial of the Ruelas Clan (Andrea and Travis),and the remainder of the Hernandez Clan (Carolina and Craig). We missed you guys and we hope you guys make it to next years event. We need to get together to complete the event and do our familia right! See you guys next year...Ruelas get to planning. 

p.s....overall winners of all the events combined...MENDOTA!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Family Reunion 2010 Invitation Form

Finally...due to an overload in work/life, I have finally posted the invitation for the reunion. Please note the changes...due to time constraints and my day job workload (federal end of year), there has been a change in t-shirt colors. We will be going with white tees for all adults and will keep with the neon green for the kids. I want to ensure that I am able to produce the tees without last minute hangups. If there is a problem with this, please contact me direct and we can discuss. Otherwise, let's get those forms in and get the party started.

To print, click on the forms and map and you will get a larger formatted pic.


Map of the Park:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Minutes from Meeting on 8/22

                                                       Sanchez Family Reunion Minutes 08/22/10
Attendees: Tim Hernandez, Jackie Ruiz, Linda DelaCruz, Ron Ruelas, Mario Ruelas, Ray Maldonado
  • Date for family reunion is Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Woodward Park, Fresno
  • Time of reunion 12:00 noon til 6:00 p.m. or til it ends
  • Everyone brings their own lawn chairs
  Items to be brought and by whom:
EZ-Ups Tables Gas Grill
Ron – 2 Ron – 2                    Dan Ruiz
Mario – 2 Mario - 2
Jackie – 1 Jackie - 2
Linda – 1 Linda – 2 1/2
Ray – 1 Ray – 2
T-Shirt  colors picked by each family
All T-shirts will be made by Tim Hernandez.  They will have a Sanchez Family reunion logo on the back and on the front left chest.  All lettering will be printed in black with the same font.  No special orders.
Children’s t-shirts will be done in a neon color to identify them as Sanchez reunion children and for a safety reasons.  The following are the colors picked by each of the families:
Ruelas- Heather Gray Maldonado- Royal Blue
Ruiz- Light Blue Delgado- Turquoise
Hernandez- Burgundy Romero- White
                                                     Sanchez Family Reunion Banner
Tim will make a Banner for the Reunion.
Tables will be covered in butcher paper and we will provide crayons on the tables so the children can draw on them and it also decorates the paper as well.
The food will be catered.  The Menu consists of: Tri-tip -Teriyaki chicken combo plate with rice pilaf, chili beans, green salad, roll, butter, salsa and chips, punch or lemonade and pineapple upside-down cake.
Drinks of bottled water and sodas will be provided.
A children’s plate is also planned for Hot dogs, chips and a drink.  Committee members agreed to grill hot dogs for the children.
Everyone will be asked to bring snacks and other desserts.
Tim will provide the music for the event.
                                       Memorial Board
It was suggested that family members who are not with us today be recognized and family members bring pictures of the loved ones we have lost.
Events & Activities
Name Tags.  As families arrive, name tags will be handed out.  Each person is to put their name and identify how they are related.    Jackie Ruiz will provide Name Tags and colored markers.
After everyone arrives, we will do a couple of ice-breakers  for everyone  to participate in.  A way of introducing ourselves to others.  Jackie has a few ice-breaker games suggestions.
Tim suggested after the ice-breakers, doing pictures in groups of families and then individual families.
Lunch will then be served.
During the meal,  we will do another icebreaker.
Two piƱatas will be broken.  One for the children and another for adults.  The Delgado family will provide one for the children and Tim will provide one for the adults.  The Delgado’s will provide candy and prizes for theirs as well as Tim providing treats and prizes for the adult one.  They will also provide the rope, bat and blindfold.
Bingo will be provided by Lily Torres.  All families will provide some prizes towards the bingo game prizes.  Suggestions would be like $5.00 gift cards to Starbuck’s, McDonald’s, IN n Out, etc. Little gift bags or what ever you can provide or make.
Egg Toss & sack races will be provided by Ray & Reina Maldonado.  As well as the prizes.
Guess how many Candies.  Jackie will provide a very nice jar and fill it with candies and who ever guess’s closest to the amount wins the jar of candies.
Golf putting competition.  Abel Ruiz and Jackie will provide the golf clubs and balls and who ever can putt in the ball the farthest wins.  Prize will be provided by Jackie.
Soft ball and horseshoes.  Ron Ruelas will provided the bats and softballs and the horseshoes.  He will conduct the games.
Kiddie baseball.    Linda DelaCruz will provide plastic balls and bats for the children to play.  She will conduct the game.
Musical chairs is also suggested to be play by children and adults.  No one yet to conduct this game.
Raffle-  Every main family is asked to bring a very nice gift or make a gift basket with a theme.  We will sell raffle tickets and raffle them off.  All proceeds go towards next year’s family reunion.

The Official Invitation will be sent out by next week.
We will come up with a price per person based on the meal with a T-shirt.  Tim will format an order form for the meal and T-shirt.  We will collect the money by the beginning of September.
Price per person has not been determined yet.  Looks like it will be $15.00 per adult and ½ price for children. There is also a $5.00 Park Entrance Fee per car.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Upcoming Family Reunion

Welcome to the new home of Sanchez Family News and Updates. Here is a family reunion announcement that I have put together which lists date, time, location, etc. I hope to see all of you there. We are currently getting all of the details in line with the committee. There are games to plan, prizes to pick, food to sample, and organizing to ensure your enjoyment.

Here are some details on the upcoming reunion:

Saturday 25th September
Woodward Park, Sunset Shelter
12 Noon - 6 pm
Invitations to be emailed out on 8/23.

There is a meeting this Sunday Aug 22 at 11 am to go over some details and possibly get a taste of the food.
To date...Park locations has been secured, food is set, t-shirt colors per family is 50% complete, and I am working on a design for the shirts. We are also working on activities...more to come.