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German-American Society News

 

APRIL  2017

 

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 Stein's Term)
Food Service Trustee Renate Cross; willing to serve another term.
Bar Manager Marc Connally; willing to serve another term.
Social Trustee Open; Karen Austin - willing to server.
Rental 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!

 

MARCH  2017

 

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.

 

FEBRUARY  2017

 

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.

 

JANUARY  2017

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 healing!   

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.                                                                                          Meeting 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 MEMBERS                                                  

·          President - Karin King

·          First Vice President - Cordula Grimes

·          Secretary – Sonya DeWitt

·          Treasurer – Mallene Herzog

·          Trustee (Membership) – Inge Cantu

·          Trustee (Ways and Means): Eberhard Schmidt

·          Trustee Food Service – Renate Cross

·          Trustee (Social/Rentals)- Gary Puseman

·          Bar Manager-Marc Connally

·          Choir Liaison- Eberhard Schmidt

 

DECEMBER  2016

 

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

 

NOVEMBER  2016

 

    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 support.
    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 help@germanamericansociety-spokane.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 email to choir@germanamericansociety-spokane.org.

 

 

OCTOBER  2016

 

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.

 

 

SEPTEMBER  2016

 

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 at 509-413-6977.

 

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 help

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 additional information.

 

Reservation Person: The club is in desperate need of a reservation person for our events starting in September. Please contact Karin at president@germanamericansociety-spokane.org if you are interested.

 

For a list of the G.A.S. board members, please click here.

 

GERMAN TRANSLATION:
If you  need help with translation, please contact us at info@germanamericansociety-spokane.org 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.

GERMAN PASSPORTS:
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 started.

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.

Washington State: (By Appointment Only)
7853 SE 27th Street, Suite 180

Mercer Island, WA 98040

TEL: (206) 230-5138

Oregon:  (By Appointment Only)
200 SW Market St, Suite 1965
Portland, OR 97201
TEL: (503) 222-0490

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


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