I grew up with the Methodists (my mum's family) and we sang this hymn. Here are a few lines from it: Yes we'll gather at the river; the beautiful, the beautiful river; yes we'll gather at the river. Your proposed gathering sounds exciting and scary at the same time. We can all have t-shirts made with Ontong splashed on the front and each with his/her country's flag on it. If I sum you guys up correctly, you might just arrange something like that.
We also had our major elections on April 14, but I cannot imagine what you had to endure. All I had to do was make the cross where I deemed fit, hoping that I have made the right choice.
I agree with you,that Krispin did a fantastic job with what he set up. Trust an Ontong to go beyond the call of duty (as usual). I uploaded my photo to the Friedster web site. Cheryl promised me a photograph as well.
We are in the same boat over here. If it not Anton then it is either Onton, Antony or Antong; same story. Whenever someone asks for my surname I go: Ontong, O-N-T-O-N-G. It sounds as if I am participating in a spelling bee.
As far as the photograph is concerned, you can always darken it if you do not wish to be mistaken for an Anglonian. Is the lady in the photo your wife? You never mention her. I hope she is included in the Ontong clan activities. We need all the help we can get. Even though my mum is not a real Ontong, she acts like one. I tried searching for her ancestors as well, but if you thought the Ontongs were an ants nest, you should try looking for Normans. They are everywhere and you do not know where to start linking them together. We are lucky that we are sort of on one side of the world. And I am speaking under correction as we have not yet opened the can of worms completely.