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Schürch Symposium

The Second Notable Schurch Presentation

 

Featuring: Jerry Martin Sherk

 

Topic: Football, Photography & Mentoring

 

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 5 PM ET,

          4 PM CT, 2 PM PT

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To say Jerry is a Schurch notable is a vast understatement. An All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University, he was drafted in the second round of the 1970 NFL draft and was named to the League’s Pro Bowl four consecutive years. After his 12-season career, Jerry took up sports photography and his work appeared in numerous newspapers as well as Sports Illustrated and Pro! Magazine. In the early 1990s, Jerry earned a master’s degree in counselling psychology and formed Mentoring Management Systems. 

For 25 years, MMS has been a leader in supporting youth and adult mentoring programs across California and the U.S.

During our Schurch Symposium conversation with Jerry, he’ll share a few memories from the gridiron and wrestling mat, show us some of his photography, and provide his perspectives on mentoring vulnerable populations today.

 

At the end of his conversation, Jerry will take questions from the audience, so be sure to join us for this special edition of SFANA Symposiums.

For further information contact schurchsymposium@gmail.com.

To register for this Symposium, click on the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpf-qhrjIpEtaWRJhJwbjzZ5WDauHyP5Sg

 

“See” you on November 12.

NEW

Our symposium series is available on YouTube.

Click here to view our presentations, "The Migration of Schurchs to California" and "Schurch Symposium 101, Coming to America". On a desktop computer the thumbnails will appear on the upper right of the screen. Click on the one you want to view.

If you have any suggestions for a topic, please send it to: SchurchSymposium@gmail.com

How Many Ways can one Spell Schürch?

 

Scharc

Schark
Sharrach
Schearch

Schearck

Scherch

Scherck

Schereck

Scherg
Scherge

Scherich

Scherk

Scherrich

Schirch

Schirck

Schirg

Schirk

Scheorck

Schoerg

Schorch

Schorck

Schorg
Schorock
Schorrock
Sharrich
Shirrock

Schorg

Sherak

Shorck

Schuerch

Schurch

Schurcho

Schurck

Schuerg

Schurg

Schürg

Schurge

Schurger

Schurgh
Schurgo

Schurig

Schuricht
Schurke

Scurean

Scurge

Sharg

Sharick

Sharigh

Shark

Sharrich

Sherak

Shercg

Sherch

Sherck

Shereck

Sherg

Sherich

Sherick

Sherig

Sherk

Sherock

Sherog

Sherrick

Sherrig

Shierk

Shirch

Shirck

Shirg

Shirk

Shirok

Shirrock

Shorck

Shorg

Shork

Shurck

Shurg

Shurixh

Shurk

Sierck

Tscherck

Tsherch

Tsherck

FAMILY NEWSLETTER

The November 2022 issue of the Schürch Family newsletter is in the mail.

Click here for excepts of our latest issue.

Y-DNA Project

Alan Leis is the new administrator of this project. Justin Houser is a co-administrator. If you would like to have your Schurch genes tested, contact Alan. He would be more than happy to assist you.

E-mail: alanleis1@gmail.com

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August 5 & 6, 2022

Our reunion is finished for this year. Check back on the Reunion page for photos of this amazing event.

The next one will be in two years in Pennsylvania.

FREE digital copy of “Table of Contents” and “Every Name Index” based on all newsletters published 1983-2017.

This is a vital resource for researchers and newsletter subscribers. Send your request to  Cary Adams cavalleyboy@earthlink.net and he will email you a pdf version.

New Brubacher House Video

This new video shows the history of the Brubacher House as it relates to the Brubaker Family but the House also has deep Sherk roots. The House was built by John and Magdalena Brubacher. John’s father was Deacon John E Brubacher, Code C346 who was the first male Brubacher immigrant to Waterloo County. John E was the grandson of Maria Sherk Erb, Code C3, and her husband, Christian Erb, immigrants to Waterloo County about 1806.

 

John Brubacher’s mother was Catherine Sherk, Code H464, daughter of Joseph Sherk, Code H46, who was the first immigrant to Waterloo County in 1800.

 

Thus John Brubacher, descendant of John E Brubacher and Catherine Sherk and builder of the Brubacher House can claim two Schurch codes, C3464 and H4644.

At the Schürch Reunion in 2016 in Waterloo Region, this house was one of the stops on a bus tour.

Enjoy the video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msVJar4UzeI&list=PLRVDwi_WScLnjyYTLm0njOMFG8Dg3AnKB&index=2&t=0s

How many? Sixty or more at last count.  Add family surnames with ties to the Schürch family like Bergey, Brubacher, Clemmer, Detweiler, Erb, Good, Hunsberger, Martin, Shantz, and many more and the number of Schürchs skyrockets. In the 37 years since our association was established, Schürch historians have discovered numerous ties connecting the descendants of the first Swiss arrivals in 1727. Come and explore and celebrate your ties to Schürchs in Switzerland and across North America.

 

Who are the Schürchs?

 

Well, if your family name or that of any ancestor is Scherich, Scherch, Schirch, Schuerch, Sharick, Sherck, Sherick, Sherk, Sherrick, Shirck, Shirk or any of the more than 70 variants, you are a member of the Family. The Schürch Family originated in Switzerland and through emigration spread to North America in the late 1600s.

Our Swiss-German ancestors spelled their name Schürch and this is still the accepted spelling in Switzerland today. The Swiss also spell it ‘Schuerch’ exchanging the umlaut for the letter ‘e’. Our immigrant forefathers did not speak English and the clerks on the ships at the port of arrival did not usually speak German. Thus in Colonial America and later in the 1800s, various phonetic spellings were adopted. The name of the Family Association uses the Swiss spelling since it is the original surname and is representative of all the various branches of the family in North America today.

The Schürch Family Association of North America (SFANA) was created in 1982 by a group of individuals who were interested in preserving their family heritage. At that time, it was known that at least twenty-five individuals with likely ties to a Schürch family arrived in North America between the years 1727 and 1808. Many of those families (but not all) had ties to Sumiswald, Switzerland. Consequently, a sister organization, Schweizische Gesellschaft für Namenstrager Schürch (SGNS), developed around the same time, with similar goals. This sister organization has compiled extensive documentation on family branches in Switzerland.

The Swiss Schürch Association meets regularly. To learn more of the Schürch Family Association of Switzerland, abbreviated SGNS, visit the Swiss Schürch Family.

SFANA has provided this site to disseminate information about our family and the activities of the Association. Check in on a regular basis to see the latest information on the biennial reunion, research and family happenings.

To learn more of the Schürchs who first landed on North American shores go to Schürch History.

The Executive for 2022 - 2024

President:

Margaret Sherk (Code C & H)
6882 First Line W., RR#1,

Elora, ON  Canada N0B 1S0
Telephone: 519-846-5197
Email: margaretsherk1@outlook.com



Vice-President/Reunion Planner

R. Stephen and Kathy Sherrick (Code C)

359 Portland Place

Lititz, PA  17543

Cell: 717-468-9012

Email: Steve.sh50@icloud.com


Secretary:

Betty Sherk

6 Loyalist Court,

Newcastle, ON, Canada  L1B 1A8  
Telephone: 647-225-0650
Email: esherk18@gmail.com



American Treasurer:
Jack Sherick (Code N)
18 N. Pine St., Apt.#2

Lancaster, PA  17603
Telephone: 845-323-1767
Email: sci5teach322@yahoo.com

Canadian Treasurer:
Laurine Mills (Code E)
1750 Killaly St. East,

Port Colborne, ON, Canada  L3K 5V3
Telephone: 905-834-6027
Email: estherlmills@aol.com

Historical Committee Chair:

Stephen D. Shirk (1996) (Code H)

5201 Old Highway 2 East

Belleville, ON K8N 4Z4

Telephone: Cell: 613-813-7524

e-mail: steve.shirk@yahoo.ca

Newsletter Editor:
Cary Adams (Code E)
4851 Denny Ave.,

North Hollywood, CA,  U.S.A.  91601
Telephone: 818-762-9267
Email: cavalleyboy@earthlink.net

Publications Committee Chair:
Margaret Sherk (Code C & H)
6882 First Line W., RR#1,

Elora, ON  Canada N0B 1S0
Telephone: 519-846-5197
Email: margaretsherk1@outlook.com



Ex-Officio Members:
Betty Sherk (Code H) - Advisory Newsletter Editor
6 Loyalist Court,

Newcastle, ON, Canada  L1B 1A8  
Telephone: 647-225-0650
Email: esherk18@gmail.com

Vanessa Warner (Code N) - Old Photograph Project
6498 Bostwick Rd.,
Union, ON, Canada   N0L 2L0
Telephone: 519-755-5274
Email: vanessa.warner@rogers.com

Ray and Joan Shirk (Code H) - Database Maintenance
11 Krell St., Nuangola, PA  U.S.A. 18707
Telephone: 570-606-9114
Email:rayshirk3@gmail.com



 

Ex-Officio Members: (cont'd)

Justin Houser - Lost Years Project and Co-chair of the Online Database Committee

107 Pebble Lane

Bellefonte, PA  16823

Telephone: 814-360-0638

Email: jkhouser84@gmail.com

Alan Leis - Co-chair Y-DNA Project 

540 W. VanBuren Ave.

Napervile, IL, USA 60540

Telephone: 630.369.1890

Email: alanleis1@gmail.com

Carolyn Strecker - Co-chair of Online Dabatase Committee with Justin Houser

15 Warren St. , #330

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Telephone: 201.434.4310

Email: carolyn.strecker@gmail.com

Doug Sherk (Code E) - Schurch Symposia Committee

Apr - Nov 4 Meadow Rd, Unit 1

Provincetown, MA 02657

Dec - Mar 800 E Palm Canyon Dr #203

Palm Springs, CA 99264

415-652-9100

Email: doug@mdcgs.com

Kurt and Judy Schürch – SGNS Contact

Nägelseestrasse 50e

8406 Winterthur , Switzerland

TEL: 0041 52 203 1780

Or. : 0041 79 642 9081

email: k.j.schurch@bluewin.ch

René Schürch – Historian

He passed away on Dec. 2, 2017 losing a battle with cancer. His loss is great to our association. Cards may be sent to his wife Liselott and their son Marc at this address.
Seftaustrasse 40 CH-3047 Bremgarten-Bern, Switzerland Telephone: 41 031 301 41 25
Email:marcs10@bluewin.ch

Past Presidents:

Susan Shirk (Code E)2014 - 2016

1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA  U.S.A.  17543

Telephone: 717-203-1851

Email: suesbug@msn.com

Thomas A. Sherk (Code N)1986 - 1988 & 1994 - 1996

9 Palatine Place,  Womelsdorf, PA, U.S.A.  19567

Telephone: 610-589-1888

Email: tsherk@comcast.net

 

Jane Sherk (Code H)1988 - 1990

77 Culpepper Dr., Waterloo, ON Canada  N2L 5K8

Telephone: (519) 635-3505

Email:umakeitagreatday@gmail.com

 

Stephen D. Shirk (Code H)1996 - 1998

5201 Old Highway 2 East Belleville, ON, Canada K8N 4Z4

Telephone: 613-966-4594, Cell: 613-813-7524

Email: steve.shirk@yahoo.ca

 

Margaret Sherk (Code H)2004 - 2008

6882 First Line W., RR#1, Elora, ON  Canada  N0B 1S0

Telephone: 519-846-5197

Email: margaretsherk1@outlook.com

 

Joe Sherk (Code C) 2008 - 2014

104 Victoria Ct., Downington, PA, U.S.A.  19335

Telephone: 610-873-2196

Email: jzsherk@verizon.net

Tom Shirk (Code E)  2016 - 2022

2 Riverhills Lane,  Toledo, OH,  U.S.A.  43623

Telephone: 419-346-1811

Email: tomshirk@bex.net

Presidents of the Association who have Passed Away

Jerry Sherk (Code E)
1984 - 1986

James Sherrick (Code C)
1990 - 1992

John S. Shirk (Code E)
1992 - 1994

Douglas Sherk (Code E)
1998 - 2000

L. Ron Sherk (Code H)

1982 - 1984, 2000-2004