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The National Reunion in 2015... ?

Wed Jan 28, 15 11:46 pm

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After much consideration, it appears that we're not going to be able to host an officially sponsored National Reunion in 2015.

Several factors have conspired to lead us to this conclusion, but mostly it's just the personal situation that we (Camden and Sarah) are finding ourselves in with respect to limited time and monies. Even with an army of volunteers, the Reunion requires quite a bit of both time and money that we just don't have to give this year.

After a rather challenging year in 2014, we began 2015 with the unexpected surprise of Camden being laid off from his employer of 17 years after the company was bought out by an investment group. It was a fairly unexpected turn of events. And while we're confident that Lord will provide (and is already providing) new business opportunities for us, we know that the changes will likely preclude us from organizing the National Reunion in 2015.

Our desire and commitment to continue serving the HSA community has not diminished, but we know that this what we need to do.

So... we wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible, so as to give you maximum opportunity to plan your summer. In lue of an officially sponsored/organized national event this year, we would very much love to put our resources to work to promote community organized events.

Face-to-face events are the life-blood of this community and in some ways community-organized events are even more effective toward that our goal of building community. So while we do regret that we can't host the National Reunion this year, we do sincerely want to encourage you to organize you own events, post them here, and we'll do everything we can to help you spread the word.

Camden & Sarah

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2014 Reunion Discussion Forum

Tue May 20, 14 3:00 pm

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The 2014 Reunion Discussion forums are now online...

Be sure to register soon if you haven't already - only 36 more days to register!!

See you soon!

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Meet Rebecca Giger, 2014 Reunion Communications Director

Tue Apr 08, 14 8:52 pm

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Do you have questions about the Reunion or registration? We have someone you should meet! ... Rebecca Giger, 2014 National Reunion Communications Director!

Rebecca will be frequenting the forums and blogs around here, but feel free to drop her a PM or an email at if you need any help or information on anything Reunion-related.

84 days until the Reunion!

See you soon!

Camden Spiller
Founder / Director
Homeschool ALUMNI

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Reunion Registration Now Open!

Sat Mar 29, 14 2:39 pm

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Reunion Registration is now open!

Just let us know if you have any questions.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Camden Spiller

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2014 National Reunion Website will be updated next week

Mon Mar 17, 14 10:15 am

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Reunion preparations are under way and the 2014 Reunion website will be published early next week (Lord Willing).

We are very pleased to announce that the 2014 Homeschool ALUMNI National Reunion will once again be hosted by Aldersgate Retreat Center, in Salem, Oregon!

The official dates are still set to Wednesday, July 2nd - Saturday, July 5th, 2014 and we'll be publishing airport transportation schedules early next week, if you have any questions in the mean time though, don't hesitate to post them up here and we'll get them answered as soon as we possibly can.

Only 107 days to go!

See you soon!


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Official Reunion Date/Location Announcement: July 2-5th!

Thu Oct 31, 13 2:39 pm

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As promised - we've got 2014 Reunion date and location finalized before the end of October Smile

We are very pleased to announce that the 2014 Homeschool ALUMNI National Reunion will once again be hosted by Aldersgate Retreat Center, in Salem, Oregon!

The official dates have been confirmed as: Wednesday, July 2nd - Saturday, July 5th, 2014.

This is the first time we’ve hosted the National Reunion at the same facility twice, so if you couldn’t make it in 2013, come see what you’re missing!

Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.

Mark your calendars - hope to see you there!

P.S. Please note: this is a change from the “save the date” date we announced a few weeks ago - sorry about that! We had everything lined up for those other dates and then, as they sometimes do, unforeseen circumstances pushed us in this direction. These are the FINAL dates though - contracts are signed and reservations are booked! Thanks for your understanding! See you soon!

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2014 National Reunion - Save the Date!

Mon Sep 23, 13 11:48 am

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[Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances the official date is changing and will be announced soon - see the next post for details.]

June 11th - 14th, 2014

Pencil it on your calendars!! We'll make an official announcement of date/location when we have everything finalized (in the next couple weeks), but unless something changes beyond our control, those will be the dates!

261 days to go!

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Open Invite to Reunion English Country Dance

Wed Sep 04, 13 3:36 pm

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We've opened up Friday evening from 8-11pm as an open time for folks to drop in and join the ECD or just visit. This invite is open to homeschool grads and students 16 and up (though under 18 will need a parent there too).

The dance will be called by Laura Hatch and will feature special musical guests Wispering Roses.

We're asking for a $10/person donation and you will need to sign in at the auditorium when you come.

If you're semi-local and want to just drop in for the evening, this is your opportunity!

Driving directions can be found here:

Please note: We can only have guests during these hours: Friday 8-11pm and you'll need to sign in at the auditorium.

Hope you can make it out!

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10-spots for "honorary grads" at the Reunion

Wed Aug 07, 13 12:09 pm

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We're going to set aside 10 spots for "honorary grads" at the HSA Reunion this year on a first-come-first serve basis. This is something we've been asked about quite a bit this year, so we're gonna give it a try. The Reunion is primarily by and for homeschool grads and their families, and while we want to keep that unique focus, we don't want to be all cliquey at the expense of folks who share our faith, values, and even convictions on homeschooling and family discipleship. So for those non-homeschool grads who would really love to come for the conversation and fellowship, we're setting aside 10 spots this year.

Honorary grads will need to be invited by an HSA member who's been to a past Reunion and who'll be coming with you this year... so if you've got a non-homeschooled friend who'd really like to be a part of this, go-ahead and invite them out!

This is the first time we've done this, so let us know what you think. Like it? Love it? Hate it? Have friends that will be interested? Let us know Smile

More info about the Reunion here of course:

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Gregg Harris Speaking at Reunion!

Wed Aug 07, 13 10:15 am

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We're very pleased to announce that Gregg Harris will be speaking at the National Reunion in Salem, Oregon, September 4th-17th!

Gregg Harris is a Christian husband (widowed since 2010), and the father of seven children. He and his late wife were pioneer leaders in the family-restoration, home-schooling and parental-rights movements since 1980. By God's grace he has been privileged to instruct over 180,000 families through his seminars. His book, The Christian Home School (1988, 1995) has become a best-selling classic in its field. Three of his sons, Joshua, Alex & Brett Harris, are also best-selling authors. Gregg serves as Director of Noble Institute through which he presents evangelistic discipleship events and campaigns.

Have heard you Gregg, or his sons Joshua, Alex & Brett Harris speak before?

Gregg will bring some great perspective to the presentations and discussions at this year's Reunion.

More info here:

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