Greetings from Evan, Katie, Erika, and EJ

2004 was good for us !!

The year started with going skiing right here in Indiana at Perfect North on a trip with our Sailing Club.   To help get through the winter, we enjoyed our normal time share week in Orlando over Spring Break.

Finishing off the 2003-2004 school year was a season EJ will never forget.  The 5th grade rugby team he formed (and Evan coached), ended up winning the State Championship in the 5th/6th grade division!   EJ is organizing the rugby team just now for a second year at his middle school.  EJ is also continuing with the saxophone and has joined the Middle School Jazz Band.   Luckily, he still has time to spend with the school Tech Club and handle a few gigs as a DJ with his laptop, amp, and speaker system.   EJ da DJ!!

Meanwhile, Erika is continuing with her flute and her gymnastics.   This year, she's going out for track...she's one fast kid!   Erika is enjoying this year at the Middle School since she's a "senior" there (8th grade in a 5th - 8th grade school).   In her spare time, she's playing basketball this winter as well as attend quite a few activities at our church...and working on the school yearbook staff.   Unfortunately, due to time constraints, she had to drop one of her fun!   Also, with Erika's tendency to ace the more technical courses in school, Erika thinks she's heading for an Engineering career.   Think IU will start offering Engineering by 2009?

During the summer, while Erika was romping in Florida with another family, the rest of us went to Cedar Point and picked up a few days at Put-In-Bay on the way back.   The kids also enjoyed their annual week at Camp Tecumseh to help kick off the summer.   In the middle of the summer, Katie took the kids for a Barbone family reunion in Michigan continuing on with a stay with relatives for a few days in Grand Bend, Canada!   In another summer activity, Evan took EJ with several friends on another trip spelunking into Salamander Cave near Bloomington.  Next summer's plan is a swimming trip to the quarries also near Bloomington!

This last year was rather interesting professionally for Katie.   She started out the year working at the new Junior Achievement center mostly being involved with organizing and running the Exchange City function.   However, just recently, Katie started helping out an old friend at the dental lab where she had worked most of her professional career...however, this time it's now in the Corporate R&D area where the projects are rather futuristic.   We're thinking Katie will migrate more toward the exciting R&D career and lessen the exciting Exchange City career...but either way, it's a real interesting position for her at this point in life.

The classical retirement scenario hasn't exactly been Evan's path yet.   Other than coaching EJ's rugby team as well as lending organizational support for the two high school rugby teams, Evan's picked up quite a few time sponges that keep him hopping.   Of course, he's still squeezing in his twice-a-week basketball jaunts (three during the winter) to help keep somewhat fit.   He also spends time as a member of the Zionsville Parks Recreation Board and the Zionsville Pathways Committee.   As we still actively sail at our Sailing Club at Eagle Creek (where EJ won a racing trophy this year), Evan continues to publish the Club's monthly newsletter and was just this fall voted in as Vice Commodore!

Evan, as the Republican Precinct Committeemen for our precinct, really had his hands full running the polls for that huge election last month.   We think we had just about 100% turnout that day.

Evan's involvement with the Indiana University Rugby Club has not subsided.   He continues to organize the worldwide communication of the IU rugby alumni who, through those efforts, are taking a much larger role with the current team on campus.   Interestingly, a new field for rugby at IU was just completed this fall (funded by Mark) and had another dedication ceremony for Evan to enjoy yet another 15-minutes of fame.

Finally, Evan's IT work has hit stride.  He can hardly keep up with all the calls and commitments he has.   But, he's finally found something he absolutely loves to do (other than party) that he can even help earn a living doing.   As of the writing of this annual update, there are nine computers actively networked in our house.   During the winter computer season, our house is a hit with the neighborhood friends!

That's about it for 2004....and we're looking forward to next year.   Although we miss our friends back on Moore Road, life on the cul-de-sac here in Zionsville is always go go go!

We hope you and your family enjoy the Christmas season and most of all, be sure to enjoy New Year's Eve...Evan's favorite holiday!!

Evan, Katie, Erika, and EJ Williams

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EJ in uniform

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