In 1927 a group of close, long-time friends formed a group and named themselves ‘The Round Robins’.
In 1981 they compiled a book with each lady contributing their own life story and photo.
The Round Robins
Since birds of a feather flock together,
Our Round Robins prove this true,
We’ve been very close for umpteen years,
And love for each other is the clue.
By Josephine DeHaan Wyma
Compiled by Suzy Frederick - November 2017
MY MOTHER WAS A "ROBIN"
The idea was that there were 12 women and they would each take a month and contribute a letter to a large envelope. After one year, the letter packet would come back to your house. You would take out your old letter, and replace it with a new one giving the highlights of your life in the previous year. It was always a red letter day at my house with the round robin packet came in the mail.
As one of the few robins who stayed in Zeeland, my mother hosted various robin get-togethers when a robin from out of town came back for a visit. A few robins stayed in Zeeland but others moved to Boston, to the Upper Peninsula, to Florida to California.
They shared tragedy and heartache in their letters, as well as successes and happy milestones. The Round Robins were some of the most interesting people in my childhood.
Written by Linda Kolk, January 15, 2018 - used with permission