S: Our Family
BC: Many Memories created with love by Lisa & Jackie 2010
FC: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Our Family
2: "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
3: Johan Hendrikus Jacobus Schreutelkamp and Hendrika Woerst (Parents of Hans Meijer) | Leendert Marinus Geluk and Elizabeth Catharina Vergouwe (Parents of Jenny Geluk Elmore) | Francis "Frank" Elmore (not pictured) and Mary Woods (Parents of Arnold Elmore) | Jimmy Troy Short and Beulah May Blankenship (Parents of Avis Short Meijer)
4: Adrianus Johannes Meijer Born May 15, 1940 Hans grew up in Utrecht, Holland. He joined the Navy at 18 for a six year term and came to the United States to work at the Dutch Embassy from 1959 to 1962. After he returned to Holland and finished his Navy term he joined the Police Academy for one month. Hans left the police academy because he felt he had already learned everything from the Navy. Hans permanently relocated to the United States in 1965 and became a US citizen on January 16, 1976. Hans and Avis met while working together at APGA and were married in 1971. Hans is an avid stamp collector and enjoys remodeling houses in his spare time. | Boy Scouts | The Air force unit of the boy scouts enjoyed making and flying model airplanes. | Baby Hans | Oma, Opa, Dick & Hans | Hans & Lenie | Opa, Oma, Hans & Dick | Hans & Sinterklaas | Hans
5: "Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons." | As a child Hans enjoyed swimming, camping, and playing soccer. Hans worked pulling up tulip bulbs during the summer. Hans remembers skipping school as a child, falling in the ice and having to go home to change only to find Opa Scheutelkamp waiting...and not too happy!
6: Dutch Navy | Hans entered the Dutch Navy on June 2, 1958 for a six year term. He spent six months on a destroyer ship. Hans recalls that he spent those six months being sea sick.
7: In 1959 Hans came to the United States to work at the Dutch Embassy and was in charge of ordering supplies for the Navy. He spent three years at the Embassy. In 1962 returned to Holland to finish out his Navy term at the Ministry of Defense working with computers. On June 15, 1964 Hans' term with the Navy ended.
8: Janneke Geluk
9: Jenny worked at the World Bank, the Belgium Embassy and as a secretary in the Physics Department at the University of Maryland. Jenny met Arnie while he was attending school for his 2nd degree. They were married in 1970. Jenny is an avid reader and loves to collect things. Her favorite collections include dolls and paper dolls. | Jenny was born in Breskens, Netherlands January 16th, 1939. She was a little girl during WWII and remembers her country under Nazi occupation. As a teenager, she grew up in Washington DC where her father worked at the Dutch Embassy. Jenny graduated from Roosevelt High School and later attended Strayer Secretarial College. | Mom and Great Grandfather Vergouwe
10: Arnold Elmore | June 30 1971 | March 17, 1945 | Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps, as a 1st Lieutenant. He continued his education, after entering the military, at the University of Maryland. He was studying Physics when he met Jenny. While dating, Arnie fell asleep driving when returning to base from campus and broke both his legs. He was in the hospital for a long time, but true love can't wait and Arnie and Jenny were married while he was in the hospital. After an honorable discharge for medical reasons, Arnie went on to be a Scout Master, coach Cobra football, participate in the Optimists Club, manage Howard County Lacrosse Program, and was politically active in the community. | Arnie grew up in Weehawken, NJ. While growing up, he hated to be called "Carrot Top" and got into many fights over the title. He was a hard working youth and made lots of money shoveling snow during the winter. During college, he worked at a local grocery store stocking shelves while earning a degree at the local university in engineering.
11: Avis Short Meijer | "Avenell" | March 28, 1943 | Avis grew up on a small Hollow in West Virginia. She was one of seven children. She left West Virginia in 1962 and has lived in Chicago, Washington, DC, Arlington and Maryland. Avis met Hans while working at APGA, he was her boss at the time. Avis and Hans were married in 1971. Avis enjoys reading and working in the data processing and Real Estate fields. | "We are the luckiest kids in the world, because we have two moms and two dads that love us very much."
12: 1962 | Elsje 1969 | "Family means putting your arms around each other and being there."
13: Jonnie & Elsje 1967 | "If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older". | 1969
14: 1970 - 1972
15: “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” | 1971
16: Hans, Jonnie & Elsje 1970
17: Spending time with Dad | "Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends."
18: “The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.” | 1972 | Opa and Oma Schreutelkamp with Avis and Hans
19: Oma & Opa Geluk | Grandma Elmore
20: 1970 | Hans and his brother Dick | Lenie, Roel, Hans, Oma & Opa | Oma S and Hans | Oma and Opa S | Hans | Hans
22: Oom Piet, Great Grandfather Vergouwe & Oma 1966 | 1971
23: 1970 - 1971 | "Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life."
24: 1971 | Sandra and Elsje
25: Boy Scouts | 1971
26: school days | 1971
27: jonnie | Graduation1981 | Birthday May 23, 1962
28: school days | 1972 | Birthday July 7, 1963
29: elsje | Graduation 1981
32: Arnie & Jenny Get Married October 24, 1970
33: Hans &Avis Get Married February 12, 1971
34: Christmas Memories
36: Jackie Elmore June 14, 1972 | 1972 | 1973
40: All things grow better with love. | 1973
41: Visiting Canada 1974 | Avis says during this trip they went to a place that made sausage and it made her very nauseated. Turned out it wasn't the sausage but a baby on the way.
42: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace. | Lisa Meijer May 16, 1975
43: 1978 | 1979 | 1981 | 1981 | 1984 | 1982 | 1981 | 1976
46: Visiting Holland | 1976
47: Times to Remember
48: 1984 | These are the times of our lives. . .
49: Dancing Queen | Dancing Queen
50: he love of family is life's greatest Treasure. | T