Tallinna Ülikoolis toimus 13. oktoobril Johannes Aaviku Seltsi 25. juubelile pühendatud konverents, kus esitleti ka postmarki, mille kujundas kunstnik Jaan Saar. Seda juhtub haruharva, kui eesti kultuuritegelane postmargile jõuab. Eesti kroonide ajal oli haruldasim rahatäht viiekroonine, millel oli Paul Keres, sest see oli maailmas ainuke rahatäht, millel oli maletaja portree.
Margiesitlus tõi juubelikonverentsile rõõmsat elevust. Paraku oli selle kõrval ka kurb hetk, sest Mika Waltari Seltsi esindaja Anneli Kalajoki ettekande asemel peeti leinaseisak selle koloriitse soomlanna mälestuseks.
Johannes Aaviku Seltsi auesimehe Helgi Vihma avasõnade järel esinesid Kaarina Rein (“J. Aaviku ladina keele õpi-ja õppepõhimõtted”), Peeter Järvelaid (“Keeleuuendajaist juristid”) ja Peep Nemvalts (“Keeleuuendus ja keeleunustus”). Johanes Aaviku Seltsi esimees Peep Nemvalts esitles ka järjekorras juba viiendat almanahhi “Artikleid ja arhivaare”. Tänu Kultuurkapitali toetusele on üllitis tavalisest kaunima välimusega - ikkagi auväärse seltsi juubeliväljaanne! Seltsi (au-)liikmete seas on aegade jooksul olnud rohkesti ka väliseestlasi - Juta Kõvamees-Kitching Vancouverist, Paul Laan Stockholmist, Vahur Linnuste Pariisist jt.
Who would have thought that such a simple word could have so many different meanings? Home. In a metaphorical sense, we have been told that “home is where the heart is”. Home can also be looked at from a geological standpoint – home is where you grew up. However, what about home being some place that you have never visited before? In German, there is a word for this, fernweh. It is described as an internal feeling of longing for a place that you have never been before. That is the feeling that I have always had growing up in Canada with an Estonian background.
As a second generation, Canadian I always felt somewhat connected to my roots, I could speak the language (to an extent), I had the Estonian name and look, but when I was asked if I have ever been to Estonia all I could say was “no”. How can a person feel so tied to a place in which you have never been?
At the age of 26 all this changed for me and I was finally able to go and explore the land I know that my family had come from as well as some of my family still reside in, thanks to the rahvuskaaslased program put on by the Seiklejate Vennaskon. In this program 30 individuals from ages 18-26 were invited to join in this program from around the world. We were fortunate enough to have Estonians from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Chile, and much more. In this program, we spent 2 weeks immersed in what it meant to be Estonian by learning about language, culture, political and economic factors and of course Estonia’s history.