Term Meeting No. 7, June 29-30, 1991, Alta, Norway

This article discusses the course of the 7th term meeting.

There are occasional quieter periods in all voluntary organizations. In the Ellilä family society, this was the case after the sixth term meeting. Was it because Matti Eskola, who acted as secretary, refused to continue in the position. Therefore, on September 28, 1990, the Board of Directors elected Pekka Paaso to act as Secretary until the next term meeting. However, the assignment continued until 2007.
In June 1989, the supervisor made a trip to Leiv Ellila’s funeral in Tana.

Two member bulletins were sent to members during the term. Already in connection with the previous term of office, the holding of the next term of office in Alta was discussed.
On this basis, Supervisor Pekka Ellilä had prepared the matter with the Norwegians and agreed for the meeting on June 29-30. 1991.
He announced that Øytun Folk High School is in reserve for the meeting.

The Board elected an organizing committee from among its members to prepare the Alta meeting. Assuming that it would be difficult for Norwegians to find an interpreter, it was decided to use Norwegian in the preparations for the meeting with them. The acquisition of the interpretation was entrusted to Antti Ellilä. For the trip, the committee requested bids for transportation from four carriers. The cheapest offer was submitted by Veljekset Salmela Oy from Simo. The route passed from Tornio River to Enontekiö and from there to Kautokeino, where a silver workshop was visited. Alta stayed at midnight. On the way, Eeva Paaso gave a meritorious presentation on the Tornio River Valley, in which she dealt with the history since the founrding of the city of Tornio. The Finns were heard to have lived on both sides of the river, and she considered the state border to be artificial. The justification was also the common dialect area, as in the past many people on the west bank of the river did not speak Swedish at all. Their dialect was said to be tornedalska, but today it is called the “meän kieli”. The floods in the Tornio River were also heard.

After breakfast we went on a tour. Power plants are well guarded and are not normally accessible to bystanders. With the help of Norwegian relative Sam Ringbu, we were given permission to visit the Alta River hydropower plant. Getting to know it was quite impressive. Several buses would have been suitable for the parking lot. A power plant dam had been built
an observation deck with a wide view of both the lower and upper basins. The drop height was 110 meters.

Another destination for the tour was a museum that presented well the past way of life in Alta and elsewhere in northern Norway. The museum was close to the cliffs on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, with lots of rock drawings. A week before our visit, the museum had opened. A walkway led from the museum to the rock drawings, partly built of wood up from the ground, prevented the drawings from deteriorating.

A local guide said that “On the cliffs descending from Hjemmeleft to Altavuono, a boy was busy – as his peers said: peat was flying! But under the peat, no ordinary cavities and grooves were revealed: a 6,000-year-old history record was revealed from there. Now those cliffs are used by scientists. It is not even possible to guess what all the vegetation and soil hide behind, but part of the past has been revealed under the peat layers. The most important finds can be those petroglyphs that the little boy found by chance ”. Barbro Stenbacka has translated the selected quotations, which have been recorded by Kari Heikinmatti.

In the opening speech of the afternoon meeting, Pekka Ellilä, the head of the family association, reminded the meeting people how the family relationship of Ellilä arose after Walfrid Ellilä met in the mountains of Norway a Lappishman, who became unknown in the summer of 1955. This meeting, after lively contacts and genealogical research, led to a family reunion event in 1963, when the family association was established. In his opening speech, Pekka Ellilä used Finnish, Swedish and English. This meeting is therefore a thing of the past, because the rules of the family association were amended to bring the two articles into line with the legislation of the time. In Norway, Frida Ringbu, who was in charge of arranging the term meeting, was handed the flowers.

On Sunday morning, wreaths were laid at the graves of ancestors and mothers living in Norway, followed by a visit to church. The return journey took place at about 14.00, which was carried out along the route. 47 members of the family association took part in the bus trip. In addition, 13 members of the family traveled from Finland to the family reunion in their own vehicles. From Norway, 35 members of the family attended the meeting, bringing the total number of participants to 95.

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