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March Meeting in Review
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The Deutscher Verein met Thursday, March 17, 2005 at the Jasper VFW with 74 members and 8 guests present.
Following the meal, Father John Boeglin introduced Cheri Brosmer Hartley, the local international exchange coordinator for the Exchange Foundation for Foreign Studies. Mrs. Hartley has been involved with the group, Education First, for the past 6 years. The home office is in Boston with the international office located in Sweden . The organization serves 51 countries, including all 50 states. They place students with families to attend high school from August to June. Each year about 3000 apply for this program and she places about 16 students locally.
Other foreign students in the area but, unable to attend the meeting were: Fabian Purps from Hamburg, Germany, attending Loogootee High School and staying with the Chris and Rozanne Hogan family; Nils Reinke-Dicker from Vechta, Germany, attending Heritage Hills High School and living with the Randy and Donna Haynes family; Andrea Bohnet from Werl, Germany, attending Pike Central High, living with the Terry and Darla Fullington family; Sandra Moerzacker from Germany, attending Jasper High School and living with Bob and Brenda Dietrich; Evelina Johansson from Sweden, attending Forest Park and living with the Shaune and Lisa Evitts family; Stephanie VanZoelen from Holland, attending Jasper High School and living with the Duane and Jane Flannagan family. Kariann Ness is from Norway , attending Northeast Dubois and living with the Pat and Cheryl Seger family.
The students introduced themselves and told the audience their local activities as well as their insight to local customs and differences between America and their home country. Club members asked questions about these differences and were very interested in the student responses. Members thanked the students and Mrs. Hartley for a very informative presentation and exchange.
Dan Wehr, Vice President of Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc. (in President Jim Gutgsell's absence) then gave the Annual Report on the activities of the Sister Cities of Jasper organization for the year 2004 and up to the
A copy of the 2005 Strassenfest button was displayed. President Dilger also updated those present on the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment.
Attendance prizes were won by Lowell Glendening and Ron Flick. Raphael Ackerman won the special prize.
Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!
April Deutscher Verein Meeting
Attendees will then receive a repeat performance by "Hilary & Friends". As you know from their appearance last April, this is a group of local folks who enjoy playing "down home" music like folks did years ago. They play old German waltzes and a few other toe-tapping tunes.
The group consists of the following folks:
The club is honored to accept an invitation to spend its May meeting on the grounds of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Several
different activities are planned.
Matt Hilger and his group are busy making plans for another great picnic!
Mark your calendars now for the date and location!
If anyone has any beer bottles from last year's picnic, please return them to Bob Sunderman as soon as possible. He will need them to make refreshments for this year's picnic!!!
20 th Anniversary of Jasper-Pfaffenweiler Sister
Updated Schedule as of 04-06-2005
Please note that there will be more updates in the coming weeks.
20 th Partnership Anniversary Celebration
5:00 Doors Open
Look for more information in the May newsletter and in the local media.
2005 Deutscher Verein Dues
A big thank you to all who have paid their Deutscher Verein dues for 2005. Rita Egler is still accepting membership dues for 2005. Membership dues are $5 for a single membership or $10 for a couple membership. Please send your check and appropriate information (see coupon on page 7) to Jasper DeutscherVerein, Attn: Rita Egler, P. O. Box 15 , Jasper , IN 47547-0015 . 2005 membership cards will be sent with the May newsletter. Due to bulk postal restrictions, all membership cards are sent at the same time.
THANKS JIM CORN!!!!
Check out the new landscaping around the May Pole at the corner of 6 th and Newton Streets. Jim coordinated the project which was funded by the Deutscher Verein.
Outdoor German Home Decorating and Lighting Contest
A feature of the 2005 Strassenfest will be an outdoor German home decorating and lighting contest sponsored by the Jasper Deutscher Verein and Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc.
The contest is open to all residents of Jasper and those living within two miles of the city limits.
The categories for the contest are most traditional German theme, best use of lights displaying a German theme, and most original German theme.
Prizes will be awarded to the top two winners in each category. A category placing sign will be placed in each winner's yard. This is a wonderful way to promote our German Heritage and a great way to decorate our community for the Strassenfest and Partnership Anniversary Celebration.
The entry blank for the contest will be published twice in The Herald. It will appear on Saturday, July 16, and Monday, July 18 th . Additional forms will be available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 302 W. Sixth Street , or by calling 482-6866, faxing to 482-1883 or e-mailing the chamber at email@example.com .
Entries must be received in the chamber office no later than Monday, July 25 th . Entries may be mailed to P. O. Box 307 , Jasper , IN 47547-0307 .
Judging will take place Friday evening, July 29 th . Lights should be turned on by 7:30pm .
Deutscher Verein to be Represented in German Life Magazine
Thanks to Kristen Seitz of the Dubois County Tourism Commission for including images of Deutscher Verein members in an ad which will be run in the June/July Issue of German Life Magazine. Check it out!!!!
Deutscher Verein Web Site Information
Each month, we get a report from PSC on how successful our web site is. The following is information that was received for the months of January, February, and March, 2005.
A "hit" occurs when someone accesses our web site via the internet. Our web site address is www.jaspergermanclub.org for those who wish to view it.
The popularity of the web site is something the members of the Deutscher Verein should be very proud of. Congratulations!!!!!
Deutscher Verein Food and Pastry Booths Sign Ups
It is that time of year again! We are already gearing up for our annual Strassenfest. Remember that this is our only fundraiser during the year, so we need the support of our large membership.
To sign up for a work shift, please contact Ed or Sarah Zoglman at 482-2886. Sign up for working in the booths will also take place at the April and May German Club meetings. Please sign up for the shift of your preference.
German Festivals Around the State
Terre Haute Strassenfest - 4 th week of April
Montgomery Gasthof Springfest - 2 nd weekend of May
Fort Wayne Germanfest - 1 st and 2 nd weekends of June
Haubstadt Sommerfest - Celebrating 150 Years 2 nd and 3 rd week of June
St. Henry Heinrich's Dorf Fest - 2 nd weekend of June
Oldenburg Freudenfest - 2 nd week of July
Berne Swiss Days - last 3 days of July
Evansville Germania Maennerchor Folksfest - 1 st week of August
Tell City Schweizerfest - 1 st week of August
Vincennes Germanfest - 2 nd week of August
Anderson Octoberfest - last Thursday of September
Huntingburg Herbstfest - 4 th week of September
Indianapolis Octoberfest - 1 st and 2 nd week of September
Indianapolis Germanfest - 1 st and 2 nd week of September
Kokomo Octoberfest - 4 th weekend of September
LaPort Octoberfest - 1 st week of September
New Harmony Kunstfest - 3 rd weekend of September
Seymour Octoberfest - last week of September, 1 st week of October
Marion Octoberfest - 1 st weekend of October
Terre Haute Octoberfest - 1 st and 2 nd week of October
Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt - 3 rd weekend of November
Fort Wayne Christkindel Market - 4 th week of November
Jasper Tannenbaum Days - 1 st weekend of December
Thanks to Ralph Ruppel of Vincennes for gathering this information. For more information on German Heritage in Indiana , contact the Indiana German Heritage Society at 317-464-9004 or www.ighs.org.
Indiana Sister Cities with Chosen Sister Cities
Anderson - Bernburg
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German Ambassador to attend Strassenfest
By Martha Rasche
Herald Staff Writer
The West German ambassador to the U.S. , Dr. Jurgen Ruhfus, has confirmed that he will be in Jasper, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, for the Strassenfest. The ambassador will be the grand marshal of the parade August 7.
The ambassador has not said what time he will arrive in town, so it is uncertain which other Strassenfest activities he will be able to attend, according to Rick Stradtner, chairman of the Strassenfest Committee.
Stradtner said Mayor Jerome Alles and Congressman Lee Hamilton were responsible for telling Ruhfus about the Strassenfest and for inviting him to attend it.
Apparently, Hamilton and the ambassador are good friends, Stradtner said, and Hamilton mentioned to Ruhfus that he had in his district a town that was "very proud of its German heritage" and that it hosted an annual German festival.
Hamilton called Alles last month and asked if Jasper would be interested in having Ruhfus attend the Strassenfest. The next step was for Alles and Stradtner to write separate letters to the ambassador. "It was a matter of a formal invitation," Stradtner said.
Jerry Cacciotti, Hamilton 's press secretary, said from Hamilton 's office this morning that is the congressman's habit to support invitations from his district to heads of state and other dignitaries.
"We're very pleased to have the main representative from the Federal Republic of Germany to attend our fest," Stradtner said.
(Found in The Deutscher Verein Records - July, 1988)
CURING COMMON COLDS
There is nothing really that can cure a commons old but the following three recipes can make you feel a little better.
Mix the egg yolk with the beer. Drink before going to bed so that it can work over night.
UNCLE TONY'S DRINK FOR COLDS
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 l water
1/3 l beer
Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to the boil. Pour this sugar water into the beer and drink while hot. This drink helps combat a common cold and bronchitis.
½ l beer
4 tablespoons honey
Heat the beer and add the honey. Drink while warm. This mixture helps cure coughs.
(taken from Cooking and Healing with Beer - Secrets from Germany's Famous Andechs Monastery )
Recent Gifts to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment
In memory of Ardella Humbert
In memory of Kenneth Schaefer
In memory of Dorothy Turner
Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment
A gift to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation is a wonderful way to remember that special someone. A gift in honor of someone or in memory of someone may be given. The Dubois County Community Foundation will send a letter of acknowledgment to the individual being honored or to the family of someone being remembered. Send your gift along with the information below to the Dubois County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 269 , Jasper , IN 47547-0269 . Appropriate envelopes are also available at the greeting table at each club meeting.
Enclosed is my gift of $___________. Please direct my gift to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment.
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Please acknowledge gift to:
Information from the Germany In US List Serv
There is a competion for learners of German as a Foreign Language (only for adult learners/those OVER 18) running at the moment. (Deadline: 30th April, 2005 ) You may like to pass this information on.
It's that time of year again! Please submit your dues for 2005 as soon as possible by completing and sending in the following form. Thanks!
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please contact Matthias Hilger or Patti Goepfrich.