A special thanks to Cordula Grimes who put in so much time and effort for the
well-being of the club during her years of service on the G.A.S. Board. We
wish Cordula and Barry many years of happiness in their new home. They
have chosen to be move closer to their children and grandchildren.
2017 G.A.S. Board Member Nominations and Elections: The nominating
committee: Edgar Bueschke and Gustav Apsey, would like to inform you that at the
April 7th General Meeting candidates to fill the expiring positions on the G.A.S.
Board will be introduced. At that time, nominations from the floor will also be
accepted. At the general membership meeting in May, 2017, the membership
will vote for their choice of nominees. It is important that as many members as
possible attend these two meetings to involve a good representation of the
membership in this process. Please contact the nominating committee if you
are interested in running for an open board position. No further
nominations will be accepted at the May meeting. A special thanks to the
nominating committee for helping with this. The following members have
been determined to be in good standing and have been nominated.
|1st Vice President
||Hans Herzog (Cordula Grimes resigned)
|2nd Vice President
||(Maintenance) - John King and Bob Ware who has done this job
unofficially for several years. Thanks to both!
|Treasurer and Newsletter
||Mallene Herzog (up for re-election after filling in the end of John
|Food Service Trustee
||Renate Cross; willing to serve another term.
||Marc Connally; willing to serve another term.
||Open; Karen Austin - willing to server.
||Gary Puseman - willing to serve another term.
Clothing Drive: Remember to bring in any unneeded clothing and
small household items you wish to donate. Dan Ueller, our club member,
will take these items to Value Village. We will receive 5 cents per pound
for books and 20 cents perpound for clothes. All the proceeds go to
support our club.
Sunshine Report: Special prayers for our G.A.S. friends and family
who are in need of Love and Support because of illness or loss!
|Family of Jack Frost
|Paula DeWitt (Sonya's Mom)
|Elaine Shull and Helen Bruehl
THANK YOU'S -
Fasching Dinner: Judy Palrud and family for decorating, organizing
and entertaining us in a very special way! Wow!
March 11th Salmon Dinner: Ann and Russ Heaton and entire family for
donating, cooking, and serving the very tasty Salmon and Ham dinner, Augratin
potatoes, Apfel Kuchen!
New Tablecloths: Thank you Inge Cantu for dressing up our dining
room with the lacey white tablecloths you donated!
NEW FUND RAISER: Clothing Drive - Time for spring cleaning: Bring
your items with you to the club. A three-fold benefit: 1. The needy
of your town! 2. G.A.S. received $$ per pound donated. 3. Room in
our closets for our summer clothes! February and March only!
Glass Jar Night Review: Special thanks to Renate Cross for taking
reservations; to Hostess, Robin Campbell; to our wonderful cooks; Maria
Reissfelder Scharff, Inge Cantu and Dianna Kilgore; Kaffeestube, Susie Schmidt;
and the welcoming cashier, Gary Puseman. Thanks also to Maria
Reissfelder-Scharff and Hans Herzog for the potato salad they provided. Thanks
to Inge Cantu for the sausages she provided. The raffle queen was
Genevieve Schmidt. The raffle was fun and brought in some $$ to help run our
club. A great big THANK YOU to all who attended, and those of you who
brought the jars full of surprises, played the game, and helped to make this
evening a success!
Saengerfest in Kelowna, B.C. - The Concordia Choir is now starting with
rehearsals for the Spring Concert in April, and preparing for the German Song
Festival (Saengerfest) to be held this year in Kelowna, B.C. over the Memorial
Day weekend in May. Anyone interested in joining the Concordia Choir on
this four-day bus trip, hotel stay in Kelowna, and concerts, should contact
berhardt Schmidt at 509-928-2595 to arrange for accommodation.
A Quick Reminder - Membership dues are due now. Please send your
$50 to the club.
If you were at the New Year Dinner on January 7th, tell your fellow German Club
members about the fun that was had by all! John King and his daughter
provided a wonderful dinner, with Schnitzel und Kartoffeln und salad. For
dessert, John King served his cheese cake, MELT IN YOUR MOUTH GOOD! This
delicious dessert was donated by John King and Karin King. Inge Bohnet,
Felizitas Martin and Renate Cross helped to serve. Norm Seeberger played and
many people danced... including the young people who had joined us for the fun!
Nice work everyone who jumped in at the last moment to make his dinner fun and a
great success! Gustav Apsey found the special rolls, and Gustav and Ron
Niederstadt helped John King in the kitchen. Let us know when the young
members of young family will be joining us for dinner. We can make sure
they at least learn to do the Chicken Dance!
Up-Coming Choir Trip to Kelowna, B.C. - The Concordia Choir is starting
the New Year with rehearsals for the upcoming Spring Concert in April. The
choir is also preparing for the German Song Festival (Saengerfest) to be held
this year in Kelowna, British Columbia, during the Memorial Day weekend in May.
Anyone interested in joining the Concordia Choir on this four day bus trip
should contact Eberhard Schmidt at 509-928-2595 for details about reservations.
Sunshine Report: Donna Kellams – Dec. 2016
We offer our support and
encouragement to the following members dealing with health issues: To Lisa
Brown, a get well soon wish! Quick healing for Dieter Dinse for his broken rib!
May all our ailing
members, those listed and those not, enjoy improved health, peace and speedy
Thank you, Donna Kellams,
for sending get-well cards to our club members!!
LOOKING AHEAD to SPRING: 2017 Nord-Pacific
Saengerfest in Kelowna, B.C.
The Concordia Choir Spokane
will participate in the Nord Pacific Song Festival in Kelowna, B.C. over the
Memorial Day weekend, 2017. Eight German choirs from Washington and British
Columbia will individually perform German folk songs and selections from
Classical music. At the end, all choirs combine in a mass choir on stage. If
you enjoyed the recent Pioneer Day event at the German Club, just imagine the
glorious sound of eight combined choirs.
The Concordia Choir will
travel by bus to Kelowna and there will be enough space on the bus for anyone
who want to join them. Motel accommodations for the 4-day trip can be made at
the Sandman Hotel and Suites in Kelowna at special room rates. Please get in
touch with Eberhard Schmidt (509)928-2595, or call Suzanne Capstick
(509)624-8025 for details about making room reservations. The cut-off date for
the special room rates is February 27, 2017. Kelowna is a delightful place to
visit, with its beautiful lake and mountains and vineyards. There are 700
wineries in the area, so of course, many tasting rooms. This is going to be a
lovely little trip; with a singing engagement you will always remember. You are
welcome to join us! Thank you! Eberhard Schmidt
Our Christmas Dinner, prepared by
Heidirose and Helga was a great success. Thanks to these marvelous cooks, and
to the women who served us all with such grace and efficiency, the evening was
filled with fun and laughter. We thank you all! It was a magical night of
German Weihnachstmusik und Gemuetlichkeit! To make the evening complete, Norm
Seeberger, band of one, played his new electronic accordian for our dancing
enjoyment! He makes it sound like an entire orchestra is playing. Thanks also
to Gae, who stepped up to help in the bar in Marc’s absence. Our dedicated
volunteers, without whose help we wouldn’t exist, make the German- American club
a special place to gather with friends and family throughout the year.
Mail dues to: German
American Society, W 25 3rd Ave., Spokane Wa 99201!
Happy New Year to all our
members and their families. I hope you all have a healthy and peaceful
2017. Please be reminded that our dues for 2017 are now due. Maybe Santa
gave your whole family a membership? What a great gift that would be. A
gift that lasts the whole year! Blessings to all of you! A special
thank you to those who have already paid from our membership chairperson,
Inge Cantu! Our President, Karen King reminds us that we voted to move
dues back to $50 from $75 per person in hopes that if you are signing up as
a couple, you will consider signing up each person separately to help the
club meet on-going operational expenses.
our annual costs to operate will require a little sacrifice on each of our
parts to be able to maintain the club as our beautiful historic gathering
place . We know many of you already contribute generously in time and
money. We thank you!
2016-17 G.A.S BOARD
President - Karin King
Vice President - Cordula Grimes
Secretary – Sonya DeWitt
Treasurer – Mallene Herzog
(Membership) – Inge Cantu
(Ways and Means): Eberhard Schmidt
Food Service – Renate Cross
(Social/Rentals)- Gary Puseman
Liaison- Eberhard Schmidt
We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to JOHN STEIN for his
service to the G.A.S. as Treasurer. John resigned his position as
Treasurer effective December 1st. John will remain a member of our club,
and we are looking forward to continued visits with him at our future events.
Thanks, John! We welcome our new board member officers: Mallene Herzog,
Treasurer and Sonya DeWitt, Secretary. We wish them all the best in their future
work with our German American Society. Karin King, G.A.S. President
2017 Nord-Pacific Sängerfest
in Kelowna, B.C. - The Concordia Choir
Spokane will participate in the Nord Pacific Song Festival in Kelowna, B.C. over
Memorial Day weekend 2017. Eight German choirs from Washington and British
Columbia will individually perform German folk songs and selections from
Classical music. At the end, all choirs combine in a mass choir on stage.
If you enjoyed the recent Pioneer Day event at the German Club just imagine the
glorious sound of eight combined choirs!
The Concordia Choir will travel by bus to Kelowna and there
will be enough space on the bus for anyone to join them. Motel
accommodations for the 4-day trip can be made at the Sandman Hotel and Suites in
Kelowna at special room rates. Please get in touch with Eberhard Schmidt
(509-928-2595) or Suzanne Capstick (509-624-8025) for details about making room
reservations. The cut-off date for the special room rates is February 27,
2017. Kelowna is a delightful place to visit, with its beautiful lake and
mountains and vineyards. There are 700 wineries in the area, so of course
many tasting rooms. This is going to be a lovely little trip; with a
singing engagement you will always remember. You're welcome to join us!
Special Thanks to... - We were fortunate to have 2
very successful dinners in the month of October. The Sauerbraten Dinner on
the 15th and the Pioneer Day dinner on the 29th.
Special thanks go to Esma Hatkic and Donna Kellams and their
helpers for putting together a scrumptious Sauerbraten Dinner. They not
only donated their time, but also generously donated food. Linda Kiser
paid for all the meat - Thank you, Linda! Donna Kellams donated all the
desserts - Thank you, Donna! Vision Marketing donated their left over
commemorative beer steins for us to sell. All these wonderful donations
allowed the club to clear close to $1000 for that dinner. Considering that
our monthly club expenses are over $3000, this was a much-needed financial
In addition to that, we celebrated our famous Pioneer Day
with a special dinner provided by Renate Cross and Anne Heaton and their
helpers. A special thanks to Renate Cross who at the last minute stepped
up to help prepare this wonderful dinner. Close to 140 people came to celebrate
with us, including the Austrian Melody Choir, which benefited not only ur dinner
sales, but also increased our bar sales. These profits will be announced in our
next newsletter, after all the expenses have been recorded. The total bar profit
for October was $901. Nice work Marc Connally!
To add to the list of generosity by club members, we
recognize Inge Cantu's donation of all the food for the September Spaghetti
Dinner and thank her crew who served the dinner; and Mark and Debbie Connally,
whose donation of fudge, added to the dessert. This kind of generosity
helps to keep our club alive. Thank you so much!
Club Dues - Will be due in January 2017! Watch for the reminder in
the December newsletter.
Want to help in the kitchen - Looking for someone to cook or serve at the
club dinner. Send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Want to join the Concordia Choir - Join the Concordia Choir and sing the
songs that were part of your childhood. If you're interested, send an
A Heartfelt thanks to each member who helped at Oktoberfest! On
behalf of the membership of the German American Society, who will benefit from
the hard-work of all of the volunteers, the G.A.S. acknowledges our appreciation
and thanks for the Members and Concordia Choir who contributed to the success of
Oktoberfest on the River! Some members went above and beyond by spending
the majority of their weekend working to support the success of the beer
operation and the promotion of the German-American Society. Members of the
Board and choir could be seen serving beer, welcoming guests at the registration
table, mingling with the crowd, leading the dance, and helping with the set-up
and tear-down of the bar. Thanks to each of you! A special thanks to
John King who transported all of the supplies needed for the bar, recruited,
organized and trained 80 volunteers to work the bar, and spent each day
supervising his crew. Karin King, our President, Barry Grimes and Cordula
Grimes, Vice President, worked with the organizers of the event on the set-up
and throughout the entire weekend. Inge Cantu and her team worked the
registration table, and signed up six new members. John Stein and his team
handled finances. Mark Connelly, our batr manager, and Debra, worked with John
King at the bar. So as not to kiss any of you who helped, we want to take this
opportunity to sincerely thank each and every one of you who worlked so hard to
make this event, our second Oktoberfest at the River, a success.
Non-Profit Property Tax Exemption Status: In August of 2016, The
German-American Society received a letter from Linda Yeomans congratulating our
club on receiving a non-profit-property tax exemption status. The G.A.S. will no
longer be required to pay property tax. The hard work and dedication of
Karin King, our president, and her committee members, Eberhardt Schmidt abd
Edgar Bueschke, paid off. The money saved from this non-profit designation
and tax exemption will help us meet annual costs of operation and pay for the
upkeep of our GAS taxes previously paid.
OKTOBERFEST AT THE RIVER! Put September 23rd through the 25th 2016 on
your calendar and volunteer for a 4 hour shift at the membership table or
registration table at the biggest city-wide German event in Spokane -
Oktoberfest at the River. Call Inge Cantu at 509-467-7389 to volunteer at the
registration table. There is still plenty of time to get involved! Get the word
out! Tell family and friends! Bring friends and family to this event and join
the Oktoberfest spirit.
● The G.A.S. is selling orange wristband Oktoberfest
tickets, good for all 3 days, for you, your family and your friends for only $10
each. Five dollars from each of those sales goes to the club. These wristbands
can be purchased from board or choir members. If tickets are purchased at the
door, the cost is $15 for three days. Children under 12 are free. Buy ahead of
time, save money and benefit the German American Society.
● If you have any questions, please contact John Stein
Pour Beer at the Oktoberfest and meet a lot of fun People! The
German-American Society i sresponsible for and benefits from, the sale of
Oktoberfest Paulaner beer, as well as other beer, at this event! We need your
to make this money-making opportunity for our club success. A fun way to get
involved is to volunteer to pour beer for a 4 hour shift either on Friday, the
23rd, 12 noon to midnight; Saturday, the 24th, 12 noon to midnight; or Sunday,
the 25th, 11 am until 2:30 pm. Contact John King at 509-499-7989 for
Reservation Person: The club is in desperate need of a reservation person
for our events starting in September. Please contact Karin at
email@example.com if you are interested.
For a list of the G.A.S. board members, please click here.
If you need help with
translation, please contact us at
and we will try to find a member that can assist you. We are not set up for
formal or lengthy translation services. We gather your information and find
a member who can help with small projects. It is up to them if they want to
charge for their services; some of our members have formal translating or
teaching experience, so if we are able to help you, you can be assured that
you will get accurate translation.
While the German-American
Society does not have the resources to help you obtain a passport, we are
very happy to direct you to the German Consular information to get you
For residents of
Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, your consular offices are located in
Mercer Island, WA or Portland, Oregon.
They can assist
you, but appointments are required.
State: (By Appointment Only)
SE 27th Street, Suite 180
Mercer Island, WA 98040
TEL: (206) 230-5138
Market St, Suite 1965
Portland, OR 97201
TEL: (503) 222-0490