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November 5th, 2014 at 8:58 am

Look for November Issue of the Bunker Banner

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The 169th edition of the Bunker Family Association’s regular newsletter is at the printers for postal delivery, and members who have opted for electronic delivery have been sent the PDF version directly or via shared links. The lead story this month is quite interesting–a dispatch of handwritten letters from Matthew Bunker (a Nantucket Bunker) to his parents in Brooklyn, New York in 1853.  Matthew sent the letters from Australia, where he was traveling to the gold fields and forming the Bunker Freeland & Co. partnership for selling goods to the miners.

And another interesting tidbit: the future replacement of the Charlestown (High) Bridge across the Charles River in Boston. BFA President Gil Bunker notes that, except by Charlestown residents who call it the Charlestown and/or High Bridge, the bridge is commonly known as the Zakim Bridge after civil rights activist Leonard P. Zakim, though when the current structure was built in the 1950s it was to be known as the Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (its two suspension tower peaks replicate the Bunker Hill Monument.

Also Gil comments about the restoration of the BFA’s tax exempt status, and Mary Bunker Peterson sent in photos of the Bunker Garrison graveyard restoration work performed in September.

Also, please note that, unless you have paid your BFA dues recently, the November Banner may be the last paper copy you receive, as the membership list will be reviewed and those substantially in arrears are subject to being dropped from the membership rolls. Dues may be paid to the BFA and mailed to Treasurer Lowell Bunker (see membership or contacts pages for mailing address).




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September 10th, 2014 at 6:11 am

BFA Tax-Exempt Status Confirmed

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Thanks to the diligent efforts of BFA President Gil Bunker, the Internal Revenue Service has reinstated the tax-exempt status of the Bunker Family Association. The reinstatement is retroactive to November 15, 2011, when tax-exempt status lapsed.

Various documents have been refiled, and the BFA continues to qualify for tax-exempt contributions.


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June 23rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Web Master’s Annual Report

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The following is the annual report from the web master given at the BFA Reunion earlier this month:

This is an annual report on the Bunker Family Association’s web site and e-mail activities. Prior family commitments and my business commitments prevent attendance at this year’s reunion. Our e-mail group at Rootsweb.com remains active with more than 160 subscribers—about the same as last year’s total. Not all of these are members of the BFA. Anyone wishing to subscribe to the list may send an e-mail request to BUNKER-L-request@rootsweb.com with the word “subscribe” in the subject line. Alternatively, some folks prefer to allow the list manager (that’s me) to manually subscribe them. You can send me at an e-mail request at doug.detling@gmail.com and I’ll add you. This past year has been a particular challenge, as many long-time subscribers have been removed due to spam filters (interpreting our list messages as spam) at many large e-mail providers such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Comcast, forcing a lot of many re-subscription work. I believe this will continue to be a problem, and I am exploring some alternatives for Association members but this has the downside of limiting outreach to those interested in genealogy (Rootsweb is the largest provider of e-mail groups for those doing surname genealogy research).

The BFA web site at http://www.bunkerfamilyassn.org is hosted at a large commercial hosting company. The annual cost of maintaining the site has been $110, including the domain name registry and no web data traffic charges, though costs may go up later this year due to a possible switch in providers. The current provider (1and1.com) is not particularly responsive to long-time customers (such as the BFA) and during the last year we have had several outages for hours at a time on the web site. I am exploring alternatives but we may not be able to maintain the current budget level (which has been stable for several years). I don’t expect the cost to be more than $125, however.

Electronic distribution of the Bunker Banner (begun last year) has grown slightly but has not yet reached the level that BFA mailing expenses are significantly reduced. Part of the reason, I think, is that we haven’t hit on the perfect method of making these files available (large attachments are blocked by some e-mail mail providers so we are using shared document links). I will be happy to work with any member who wants to get files electronically via e-mail distribution or shared links.

Photographs of interest to BFA members continue to be accessible through the webmaster’s photo site at http://greencity.phanfare.com. I pay an annual fee for this site, but sharing a few photo albums with BFA members can be just considered a contribution to behalf of the BFA (in other words, no BFA funds are involved in this) and I will happily post photos from the reunion there.
Another activity of the web master is the production of the CDs and USB thumb drives that Bette Bunker Richards has created on the Bedford and Devon Bunker families. When current CD versions are sold, we will only be distributing these files on USB thumb drives. While USB drives are more expensive, production time is significantly shorter per copy (about 2 minutes per thumb drive compared to 20-30 minutes per CD), and the master files are easier to update as Adobe alters PDF reader requirements. Also, many newer computers don’t have CD readers.

I continue to work on scanning back issues of the Bunker Banner for distribution on thumb drives and expect to complete that by fall (more than half-way there). This work has been more time consuming that I expected, also limiting me from progressing on a new version that extends and corrects some of the work on the Devon Bunkers CD on my own line (descendants of Sobriety Bunker).

As always, any suggestions may be sent to me via e-mail (doug.detling@gmail.com)

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March 10th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Nantucket Ancestor Portraits to be Auctioned

Three portraits of Bunker Nantucket ancestors are scheduled for auction this weekend.

The auction will be in Ashville, North Carolina on Saturday, March 15 toward the end of this session (Session 2 on March 16) and include three portraits of Nantucket ancestors. N-205 Alexander Downs Bunker (listed as Alexander Davis), his wife Rebecca and his younger brother N-128-II Absalom. The auction includes journals and history kept by Captain Alexander when he was the Nantucket lighthouse keeper, after he retired from whaling.

The complete 114 pp. catalogue is free at the door or available on line www.brunkauctions.com

Absentee or phone bidding is available – all bids must start no lower than ½ the suggested lowest price.

Brunk Auctions phone number 828-254-6846 or  info@brunkauctions.com.

Download the Bunker Ancestors portraits [PDF]

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February 23rd, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Dues Notices in the Mail Next Week

Postcard dues notices will be mailed to BFA member next week, according to Treasurer Lowell Bunker.  Please pay your dues promptly, and if you can, we would welcome 2014 early payments as well, as this will assist in our cash flow.

Many thanks for your support of our association.


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February 16th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Mailing List Software Updated

An update of the Bunker Family Association’s mailing list web server software was installed this morning and its functionality tested.  If you want to change to electronic delivery and help reduce the BFA’s annual mailing expenses as well as save on your annual dues, remember to indicate that when responding to Treasurer Lowell Bunker’s dues notice. Postcards will be delivered shortly.

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January 30th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

2014 Annabelle Moore Scholarship Nominations Open

The Annabelle Moore Scholarship Award is a $500 grant given to a child or grandchild of a Bunker Family Association member in good standing. The recipient will be a high school graduating senior or college freshman.

The scholarship is awarded on the following basis: (1) Scholarship attainment, (2) Goals and worthiness, (3) Financial need, (4) Activities and awards.

The applicant shall complete (a.) the current application form, (b.) a genealogy chart showing Bunker lineage and forward (c.) a complete high school transcript (with official HS seal) containing marks for the most recent term or semester. The three forms must be submitted by the deadline indicated and forwarded to:

LiAnn Pennington
2632 52nd Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634-4005

For questions or other information: lianngrannyp@gmail.com

Download nomination form [PDF] – Deadline May 1, 2014

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January 30th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Registration Form Available for June 2014 Reunion

The hotel selected for the 101st annual reunion of the Bunker Family Association is the Lodge of the Ozarks, 3431 W. Hwy 76, Branson, MO 65616.   The reunion will be held June 18-22, 2014.

The rate is $90 for double room, $80 for single room (same rate 3-days before and 3-days after). For reservations call (417) 334-7535 and give GROUP RESERVATION CODE 130634.

The hotel is at the end of the theater district strip, a little removed of the busy section but within walking distance of amusements and museums. The hotel has a restaurant, pool, fitness center, free parking, tour desk and concierge service. Breakfast is included and we will have our own hospitality room with coffee or tea. There are activities for all ages, amusement parks for the children and showboat cruises and scenic railway trips for the rest of us. There are live theater shows, musicals, magic, comedy, a tiger sanctuary, even a Chinese acrobatic show. For the more adventuresome there are zip-line rides and Segway tours.

• Thursday June 19 – We plan a tour of the area, a showboat cruise with lunch and show, transportation included – the price per person is $69, children 4 to 11 $59.

• Friday, June 20 – We will take a scenic railway trip that travels through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, lunch at the beautiful Keeter Center at the campus of the College of the Ozarks with lunch – $61 for adults, $51 for children under 12.

Reservations for the tours must be made by April 1. Call: Taunya Lay of Branson Tickets at (800) 432-4202. Tell Taunya you belong to the Bunker Reunion Group.

• Saturday June 21 – We will have our business meeting in the morning and a banquet buffet to end the reunion with a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. with a group photo session. Cost of the buffet $25.

In your free time you can visit the many museums, see the shows and just relax by the pool.

Branson’s airport is served by Southwest (800-435-9792) and Frontier (800-432-1359); it also has shuttle services (800-237-4466).

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January 30th, 2014 at 8:41 am

BFA annual dues – updated January 30

Because of the change in the office of Treasurer, annual dues statements were inadvertently not mailed to members, resulting in a cash-flow problem for the association.

We have enough members to support our activities if everyone pays in  timely fashion, according to BFA President Gil Bunker. Please pay your dues for 2013, and consider an early payment for 2014. Dues checks may now be paid to:

Bunker Family Association

c/o Lowell Bunker, Treasurer
4808 Edgehill Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048-5186

Annual dues:

$20 for electronic delivery of the quarterly newsletter
$25 US, $30 Canada, all others $35  for postal mail
Life memberships $300 Benefactor, $400 Humanitarian, $500 Philanthropist

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September 6th, 2013 at 8:48 am

Reunion Photographs

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Mary Bunker Peterson has shared photographs from the June 2013 Bunker Family Association Reunion at:


If you are asked for a password, enter this:  CND_BunkY!

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