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Official Publication of the Jasper DeutscherVerein

Summer 2005

May Meeting in Review 

The Deutscher Verein met Thursday, May 19, for a delightful evening hosted by Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.  

The evening was started in the For Heavens Sake gift shop, followed by a tour of the remodeled church and grounds by Sister Christine Kempf, Director of Tourism.   Members especially enjoyed seeing the beautiful work done in the church.   Monastery Immaculate Conception is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

After the tour, members and their guests met in the basement of Kordes Retreat Center for a short business meeting and an evening of socializing.   Gene Kempf and Bob Brosmer prepared the brats. Special thanks to Marlene Seger and Kathy Wanninger for taking care of the food table.

Prizes were won by:   Joan Knies, Pat Sermersheim, Dean Liniger, and Dellie Keusch.  

Membership was reminded to sign up to work at the Strassenfest.   49 visitors are expected to be here for the 20 th anniversary of the Sister City Partnership.   Various activities are planned in conjunction with the Strassenfest.

There are no meetings in June, July and August; so the next meeting will be Saturday, September 17, for the family picnic at Jasper Outdoor Recreation.

April Meeting in Review

The Deutscher Verein met Thursday, April 28, at the VFW Home in Jasper.   President Bob Dilger had Joe Wagner open the meeting with an old-time egg rattler.   Joe explained how and when it was used.   He still could recite the verse that the altar boys said when they went door to door on Holy Saturday, using the rattler.

Rita Egler gave the treasurer's report and also acknowledged Jim Corn for all the work he does to keep the Maypole corner at 6 th and Newton in such good shape.   Patti Goepfrich gave an update on the Strassenfest parade float.

Architect Ron Flick was present to show the latest changes and approvals on the Eckert Mill project by ROJAC.   Ground breaking ceremonies will be held during the Strassenfest with the German guests participating.

Henrietta Harder and Jim Corn won the attendance prizes.   Janet Kluemper won the special prize.   Special thanks go to Phyllis Ackerman and Jan Hulsman for their assistance.

Following the business meeting Hilary Begle and Friends entertained the membership for the remainder of the evening.   The 'Friends' are:   Clarence Waninger, Henrietta Harder, Ron Keusch, Laverne Begle and Charlie Dilger.

Members were informed of the death of Stephan Kiefer of Pfaffenweiler , Germany .

Next meeting is Thursday, May 19, at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

20 th Anniversary Partnership Dinner

Wednesday, August 3rd
See article later in this newsletter. 


Thursday, August 4 th - Sunday, August 7 th

Enclosed please find the booth worker schedule for this year's Strassenfest, including the crews for set-up and teardown.   If you are unable to work your designated shift, please find a replacement.

Remember to support the Strassenfest events sponsored by the Deutscher Verein

Log Sawing Contest - Thursday, 9:00 pm - Main Stage

Sheephead Tourney - Saturday, 1:00 pm - Beer Garden

Annual Fall Picnic

Date:  Saturday, September 17th

Place:   Jasper Outdoor Recreation Club

German Club Picnic Announcement

On September 17th, we will have our annual German Club Picnic at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation to celebrate hopefully another successful Jasper Strassenfest, but also to recognize the efforts of everyone throughout the year.   This year's menu will be a selection of sausages from Kroeger & Sons Sausage at Findlay Market in Cincinnati .

Michael and Mark Kroeger have one goal: to create and manufacture the most exciting taste combinations achievable. They are fifth-generation sausage makers. Their father was a master sausage maker who emigrated from Oldenberg , Germany , in 1962. Mike and Mark grew up working in the sausage kitchen. When their father retired in 1994, the brothers took over the business. They now offer sixty varieties of sausage. Every sausage is hand made. They never use binders, colors, extenders, or artificial preservatives. They only use natural casings.

Fresh pork is the main ingredient in most of their recipes, but they've also perfected several varieties of chicken sausage, as well as a duck sausage and a corned beef sausage. All of their fresh pork sausages are 83 to 87 percent lean. To make chicken sausage, they use only fresh whole chicken breasts.

Here are just a few of their creations besides the basic Brat-, Knock- and Metwursts, all traditional and unique of which we will test some for our picnic:

Napa Valley : to make this sausage they start with fresh green bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and then marinate them in red wine, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Once the mixture is ready, it's combined with fine-textured sausage meat seasoned with fennel.

Linguisia: this Portuguese sausage is flavored with red wine, marjoram, and garlic.

Vidalia Onion: one of the brothers' all-time favorites, this sausage is mildly sweet, with parmesan cheese and chunks of fresh Vidalia onion.

Potato: this is a Swedish sausage variety with chives, coriander, and pieces of potato. Corned beef: finely-ground brisket is seasoned with garlic, coriander, caraway, celery, and fresh sauerkraut.

Chicken Tortellini: mildly sweet with pieces of fresh tomato, spinach, and tortellini pasta.

Along with the selection of sausages, we will be serving a slightly sweet batch of Sauerkraut and our homemade Spaetzle prepared the day of the picnic.

Please be prepared to bring a carry-in vegetable or dessert.   (More details later.)

Again we have been able to have the Doppel Adler Musikanten , from Indianapolis , IN , as our main attraction.

A fresh brew of Bob Sunderman's Pilsner and Wheat beer is bottled and stored at a cool place ready to be served for you at the picnic.

My mouth is watering already. This should be a lot of fun, and hopefully you all will have some strength left after the Strassenfest to dance some Polkas and Waltzes with the Doppel Adler Musikanten.

Special Invitation goes to the Strassenfest Committee, all Jasper High School German Exchange Students and their parents and any of your friends.

Bring your own beer steins

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
City Partnership 

7/29/05 Friday
Pfaffenweiler Group to land in Chicago

7/31/05 Sunday
Jasper Partnership Commission w/ German Club @ Jasper Outdoor Recreation Set up for Partnership Evening; 10:00 am ;

8/2/05 Tuesday
Arrival of Pfaffenweiler delegation 3:30 pm at Jasper Train Depot

Jasper Partnership Commission Planning 20 th Anniversary Celebration

The Jasper Partnership Commission with assistance from members of the German Club and Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc. are making plans for the 20 th Anniversary Celebration of the Jasper-Pfaffenweiler Sister City Partnership.   The Partnership Commission serves as the official liaison between the City of Jasper and Pfaffenweiler , Germany , their Sister City .

Fifty guests from Germany will arrive at the Train Depot in Jasper on Tuesday, August 2 nd .   Approximate arrival time is 3:30pm .   The guests will meet their host families at this time.   The guests from Germany will be staying in the homes of area family and friends.  

The dinner and program celebrating the 20 th Anniversary will be held on Wednesday, August 3 rd , at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation Club.   The doors will open at 4:30pm with dinner catered by the Schnitzelbank to be served at 5:30pm followed by Program with speeches, signing of the 20 Year Partnership document, and presentation of gifts to begin at 6:15pm followed by music and entertainment by Hillary Begle and Friends and the Mountain Harmony Blue Grass Band at 7:30pm .   The cost of the dinner is $10 and reservations can be made by calling Jasper City Hall at 482-4255 by July 25 th .

A western theme is being planned for the August 3 rd dinner and evening.   Dress in your best western outfit!!!   Deutscher Verein members are encouraged to bring your own steins and beer or wine.   Anyone wishing to share wine with the group is encouraged to have it at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation at 4:30 pm .  

Opening ceremonies of Strassenfest will be on Thursday, August 4 th at 6:15pm .   Pfaffenweiler Mayor Fritz Gutgsell and his wife, Brigitte, and this year's Grand Marshals, Franz and Baerbel Hilger of Pfaffenweiler, will be part of the opening ceremonies.   The Gutgsells and the Hilgers have visited Jasper many times.    

A feature of the Strassenfest will be the Alpine Horn Blowers from Pfaffenweiler.   This quartet will perform the same folk songs which entertain the citizens of Pfaffenweiler and at other festivals in Germany .   This quartet will perform at 6:00pm on Thursday, August 4 th and 5:30 pm on Friday, August 5 th on the east side of the Courthouse.   The Alpine Horn Blowers will also perform at 8:30am on Sunday, August 7 th , at St. Joseph 's Catholic Church prior to the German Mass at 9:00am .   The German Club and St. Joseph 's Choir will host the Alpine Horn Blowers and German guests on their floats for the Strassenfest Parade.   

Tours for the Germany visitors are scheduled for August 4 th and August 5 th which include several manufacturing facilities, showrooms and churches.   They will also tour the Dubois County Museum on August 8 th .

Many of the original citizens from Pfaffenweiler are buried in St. Joseph Cemetery near St. Joseph 's Catholic Church.   The gravesites will be marked with a German flag during the anniversary celebration.

The visitors from Germany will take part in the Eckert Mill dedication along the Patoka River on Saturday, August 6 th , at 10:00am .   The dedication is being planned by the Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition.  

Additional information concerning the 20 th Anniversary Partnership Celebration may be obtained by calling Jasper City Hall at 482-4255.

8/5/05 Friday
WITZ Gary's Place ( 7:05am )   w/ Mayor Bill Schmitt and Buergermeister Fritz Gutgsell about 20 th anniversary of the Partnership.

8/9/05 Tuesday 
Guests will depart from St. Joseph 's South Parking Lot
10:15am Brief closing ceremony and rededication of Baumann Cross.    

St. Joseph Church Choir Performed in Pfaffenweiler

On June 18 th , a total of 42 people, most members of the St. Joseph Church Choir left from Jasper and flew to Germany for an extensive choir tour in Germany , Switzerland and Austria . They arrived at the Zurich , Switzerland Airport on Sunday June 19 th , took a bus tour of the beautiful situated city in the small European country and continued their travel to Jasper's Sister City Pfaffenweiler arrived in the evening.

After a heartwarming welcome by the community of Pfaffenweiler and a dinner at the Gasthof Engel (Restaurant and Hotel Angel) the 42 travelers parted to the homes of their host families or the Bed & Breakfast Jaspis.

On Monday they toured part of the beautiful Black Forest before joining the Pfaffenweiler St. Columba Church Choir for a combined and independent choir practice for a scheduled concert the following night at the St. Columba Church.

Joyce Knies and Paula Alles from Jasper planned this journey since the past winter with their counterpart, Rosa Guth, of Pfaffenweiler. Rosa is the current President of the St. Columba Church Choir. She was responsible for finding host families for their visitors and coordinated the schedule and program for the choir concert in the Snail Valley with the Jasper choir.

On Tuesday June 21 st , the Jasper group took a bus tour to the 2000 year old city of Strasbourg, one hour north across the Rhine River in Alsace Lorain, France.

The St. Joseph Church Choir was the main attraction of the concert in the Pfaffenweiler church on Tuesday evening.   The concert started with the Jasper choir singing a hymn in honor of the Pfaffenweiler church patron, "A Prayer to St. Columba."   Sarah Sergesketter played the organ, Joyce Knies gave a solo performance, and flutist Andrea Himsel accompanied the singing of "Amazing Grace."   Choir Director Paula Alles then invited the Pfaffenweiler choir - under the direction of Markus Spranger - to join in the singing of "Verleih uns Frieden" (Give Us Peace) by Feliz Mendelsohn and Frederic Bartholdi and "Gro B er Gott Wir   Loben Dich" (Greatest God We Praise You).   Musicians from the town's brass band also performed.  

A casual get together after the concert took place in the St.Columbasaal (St. Columba Hall) below the church including both choirs, host families and representatives of the community.

As Buergermeister Fritz Gutgsell from Pfaffenweiler stated, these three days together was the official start of our 20 th anniversary celebration leading up to the visit of a Pfaffenweiler contingency during the Jasper Strassenfest in August.

Wednesday morning the Jasper group departed from their Sister City and continued their trip to Colmar , France , on to Lucerne and Einsiedeln , Switzerland , through the dwarf country Liechtenstein over the Tyrol passageway to Innsbruck , Austria . A multi day stay Salzburg , Austria followed, before taking the bus to Munich , Germany , for their flight back to the US on June 27 th .

Upon on their return, Joyce Knies and Paula Alles appeared on WITZ on June 30 th on Gary 's Place and reported about their singing trip.

See comments after the trip from Joyce Knies and Paula Alles.

We had a great time on our trip and especially in Pfaffenweiler.  I know this was a highlight for many of us.  What wonderful people!! We truly enjoyed our time with them.  I wish we would have been able to spend more time there, but next time we will plan things differently.  Thanks again for everything!       Joyce Knies

It was a truly memorable experience. We met our host families on Sunday afternoon. By Monday morning, everyone was coming up to me quietly and saying that they had the best host family. It was really funny to hear it over and over from each person. We really were treated like royalty. From the beautiful Welcome ceremony to the concert and reception, it was a dream come true. All the Pfaffenweiler folks treated us very, very well. The stay in Pfaffenweiler was by far the high light of our trip. Paula Alles

German Display in  Hoosier Business Machines Windows 

In tribute to the 25 th anniversary of the Deutscher Verein and the 20 th anniversary of the Sister City Partnership with Pfaffenweiler, Hoosier Business Machines will be displaying items relating to these milestones and our German heritage in their windows at 808 Main Street beginning the week of July 25 th .   The display will be up until after the Strassenfest.

Thanks to the Lee Horney Family and Julia Hurst for this opportunity to show our German pride.

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 chamber@jasperin.org .

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.

Danke Schoen to Bob Sunderman

We, the German Club, want to express our biggest 'Danke Schoen' to our club member and Beer Brewer Bob Sunderman.

He has been making our home brew beer for our past three German Club Family Picnics as well as the coming batches. For each picnic he usually makes four batches of beer, one or two types, Wheat and a Pilsner. He has in the past increased his own inventory of bottles in the winter, to have the beer ready the following fall for our picnic. Many times, the full count of bottles did not come back to him. While the set up committee tried to keep track of the bottles and help reimburse Bob for any missing ones, some people have taken left over beer home but not returned the bottles to Mr. Sunderman.

This past winter, the German Club bought over 100 bottles for Bob to assure him, that the club is taking responsibility for the account of bottles.

Bob has almost tripled up this past winter in making beer for us in preparation for our September picnic, but also for the 20 th anniversary celebration of the Partnership between Pfaffenweiler and Jasper at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation. He must have made at least two hundred bottles of beer. ('Go count them on the wall')

Making the beer for us is the fun part and per Bob is a rather fast process, the tasting to assure the fermenting process in the bottles assuring us a good beer for the picnic is fun too. But the biggest and most time consuming job in all of the steps to get from the raw materials to the serving of the beer is the cleaning of the bottles and equipment.

There are three basic rules to making beer: High Quality Yeast, absolutely clean equipment and bottles and a consistent temperature to store the beer for the ripening process.

Once again, 'Herzlichen Dank Herr Sunderman' for donating your time, water, equipment etc. to make our picnics a great success.

If you still have any bottles from past picnics, please bring them to the next or drop them off at Bob's house or the next German Club Meeting.

This is just the right thing for you to do. 

General Information When Visiting Germany
Or Having Guests from Germany in Your Home!!!

Hey frau, I have a question. When our guest was here I remember her turning off the shower water in between shampooing her hair and stuff, so I was just wondering if they're really conservative with their water usage and if we should keep our showers really short?

You are very perceptive!  Yes, keep your showers very short, just as she did.   Not all German families are conservation conscious, but take your cues from what your guest did and you'll know what is expected in her home.  Water and electricity are very expensive in Germany (I figured out once that a hot bath costs about $6!), so they make every effort take short showers. 

In addition, Germany families separate their trash and recycle as much as possible.  They have to by law, it's not a choice. Some pay per pound for the trash they do have removed.   So, when you get there ask what to do with trash and don't assume everything goes in the same container.  Ask them.  The word for separating is "trennen."  Trash is Abfälle (more like paper trash) Garbage is "Müll."   (Note:  Kitsch is artistic trash, like pink flamingos)

Batteries (Batterien) are a biggy.  You may be using quite a few with your CD players, cameras, etc. Never, NEVER, EVER throw a battery in the trash in Germany .  Give them to your family and they will dispose of them properly.  All supermarkets take batteries, usually in a little box at the front of the store.  "Wo kommen die alte Batterien hin?"

Etiquette In Germany 

Please read this carefully. Even though it's not likely you will be "dating" in Germany , it's important to you.  It applies to ALL personal relationships, especially with people you are just getting to know, and you will meet hundreds!!   When they refer to your "date" as "him," just think instead:  "friend." You'll get the drift.   Remember that you are going to Germany to learn about their ways, and you should be sensitive to differences.  In my opinion this advice is VERY accurate, and helpful.  For example, I've learned that Germans just don't talk about the weather.  They are not offended if you do, but they just don't talk about things they don't think really matter much.  

In general they tend to be much less superficial in their conversations, so don't be afraid to ask serious questions, state your own opinion, and talk about issues and events.  They won't think you are geeky.  They'll think you are interesting. 

Great minds talk about ideas.
Average minds talk about events.
Small minds talk about other people.

Denk mal daran!

Frau B

Etiquette in Germany

Dating in itself is a very personal and sophisticated matter. Any advice can hardly be appropriate here. According to Lynne, an American living in Germany, " ... if there's any genuine connection between two people, it'll survive whatever differences may arise in the early stages of dating, and if those differences seem too overwhelming and/or the relationship doesn't survive for other reasons, trying to make too many adaptations in the early stages is NOT going to help! The most that any such "advice" can normally do is perhaps to spare an occasional bruised feeling that might result from a minor misunderstanding. And where German and American cultures are concerned, the potential for culturally-based misunderstandings is relatively negligible, so if two people aren't open-minded enough to try to work through such insignificant differences, the relationship doesn't stand a snowflake's chance in hell of surviving anyway."

Germans and Americans have a few different standards regarding what constitutes "politeness". Americans tend to define politeness in terms of "friendliness": smiling, telling "white lies" to avoid hurting people's feelings, pretending to like people even if we don't, saying "Hi, how are you?" whether we really care how they are or not, etc. Germans, however, tend to consider "respect" to be the proper way to show "politeness", and "respect" assumes that the other person wants an honest answer, not some pretty little "white lie". So, if you're really wanting your ego stroked, DON'T ask him, "So, how d'you like my new dress?" You might not like the answer that he gives. Likewise, DON'T EVER say anything to him "just to be nice" if you don't really mean it; he is too likely to take you quite literally at your word and then be terribly hurt later when he finds out that you didn't really mean it.

Don't try to make too much "chit chat" or "small talk" with him. Most Germans know little or nothing of the art of talking about banal, superficial topics as a way of "breaking the ice" with new acquaintances; that custom belongs to American-style "friendliness" and is not part of German "respect". Germans also often react negatively to the shallow, superficial quality of casual friendships/acquaintanceships in the U.S. , and so he might react negatively towards you if you engage in much "light" conversation. If you're looking for good topics for conversation, try: politics, current events, philosophy, or any subject he's studying in school.

Don't be afraid to voice opinions that might be different from his; if your opinion is at least logical, well-reasoned, and well-informed, he will more likely respect you for having your own mind, rather than be offended by you for having a different opinion.

And if you DON'T know much about international politics, news, current events, foreign cultures, etc., then LEARN! FAST! Americans have an international reputation for being extremely ignorant about the rest of the world -- because most Americans ARE ignorant! Germans, however, usually are NOT!!!

Not so important, but still...

For the most part, you don't need to worry particularly about any major differences, mostly because gender roles here aren't significantly different from what they are in the States. For the most part, you can treat him pretty much like you would almost any American man. For example, if you're the old-fashioned type, he's quite unlikely to complain if you expect him to pay for most of the dates; he'll probably half-expect it. But if you happen to be a supporter of women's rights (and the responsibilities that go along with that), feel free to pay for the dates sometimes or half the time. It might surprise him a bit, but he will most likely appreciate it, especially if he's on the pitifully low budget that most students are on. He'll probably try to pay the bill anyway, as Germans often fight each other for the "privilege" of paying the bills, but you can then secretly pay the next bill when HE's not looking. Or, if he's the real old-fashioned type, like some American men are, he might have the perverse response of thinking that his manhood's been insulted. But if he's as young as in his 20s, that's highly unlikely. So feel free to follow your normal instincts in this regard. If you feel unsure what his attitude might be about such things, feel free to ask him! Direct questions rarely offend Germans (assuming the question isn't too personal), and they're typically more than willing to give straight-forward answers.

Thanks to all those who helped clean and spruce up the Deutscher Verein Float for the Strassenfest Parade.  

Your help was appreciated.

Patti Goepfrich


Deutscher Verein and Sister City Golf Shirts 

Deutscher Verein and Sister City Golf Shirts may be ordered and purchased at Jasper Embroidery, 310 Main Street , Jasper.   They can also embroider the American Flag and the German Flag on shirts.   What a great way to display your German heritage.   These could also make great gifts.

German Heritage Day Program
and German Heritage Award 

The 7 th annual German American Day Program will be held on Thursday, October 6 th , at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant.   Social hour begins at 6:00 pm with the Program beginning at 6:30 pm .   The seventh annual German Heritage Award will be presented.   Cost for the German-style buffet dinner is $10.   For reservations, please call Patti Goepfrich at 482-4821 by September 30 th .

Thank you to the German American Bank for again sponsoring an essay contest open to all seniors in the four county high schools.

Past recipients of the German Heritage Award are Mary Jo Meuser, Claude and Martina Eckert, Dave Buehler, Linus and Sally Lechner, Joe and Irene C. Eckerle, and Danny and Linda Wehr. 

German Festivals Around the State

Berne Swiss Days - last 3 days of July
Evansville Germania Maennerchor Folksfest - 1 st week of August
Tell City Schweizerfest - 2 nd 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, 1st 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.

Radio Schedule
Programs begin at 7:05am

Tuesday 7/26/05    WITZ Gary's Place w/ Mayor Bill Schmitt and Matthias Hilger referencing the upcoming plans for the 20 th anniversary celebration.

Friday 8/5/05    WITZ Gary's Place w/ Mayor Bill Schmitt and Buergermeister Fritz Gutgsell about 20 th anniversary.

Monday 8/22/05     WITZ Gary's Place w/ Danny Wehr and Matthias Hilger about the future plans of the Partnership and the German Club.

Erinnerst Du Dich?

Deutscher Verein Meeting
November 29, 1984

President Ron Kieffner called the last meeting of the year to order.   The minutes were read and approved.   Treasurer Nancy Burton reported a balance of $6,355.

Ron stated the January meeting would be held in the home of Linus and Sally Lechner.   Home made wine and cheese will be served.   LaVerne Kieffner will demonstrate the making of Spatzle.

Ron gave a big thanks to all the following members for their help this past summer:   Al Astrike and Denny Fritz for co-chairing a very successful Strassenfest Food Stand.   Jim Corn for the float.   We took 1 st place at   both the Strassenfest and Holland Parade.   Roger Weisensteiner and Stan Englert for the Fall Pig Roast.   Dan Wehr for the bed race.   Karen Hourigan, the Dan Hoffmans, Stan Englerts, Jim Corns, and Ron Kieffners for the trip arrangements.  

The offering given during services at the Pig Roast was donated to the Patoka Valley Center .

The German Club of JHS led by Mary Jo Meuser entertained with a selection of German songs.   Guy Hurst, Sandy Schwenk, and Kris Hildenbrand talked about their stays in Germany .  

Dave Buehler stated Pfaffenweiler , Germany has been chosen as our Sister City .   Claude Eckert consented to chair the program.   Also, a group from Pfaffenweiler will visit Jasper in April.

There being no further business, Claude Eckert, Larry Hanselman, Mike Hochgesang, and Linus Lechner showed slides of the Deutscher Verein trip to Germany .

Respectfully submitted,
Rita M. Corn, Secretary

(found in the Deutscher Verein Records) (Beginning in the next Die Zeitung, a series of articles written by A. T. Rumbach which appeared in The Dubois County Daily Herald in the 50's will be featured.)

Beer Punch



400 g   preserved sour cherries
1 untreated lemon
250 g sugar
3/8 l   grain spirit or rye whisky
2 ½   l light Exportbier


Put the cherries in a colander to drain.   Peel the lemon.   Mix the juice of the cherries with the sugar and the lemon peel, bring to the boil and leave to cool.   Mix the cherries, alcohol and the cherry and lemon juice with ½ l of beer.   Leave to cool for 1 hour.   Then fill up with the rest of the beer, which must be ice cold.  

The Benedictine monks of the monastery of Andechs drink beer punch on New Year's Eave and during carnival.  

(taken from Cooking and Healing with Beer - Secrets from Germany's Famous Andechs Monastery )

Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment
Recent Gifts to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment


Gary and Rita Egler in memory of Kurt Eckerle

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.  

Name: _______________________________________

Address: _____________________________________

City/State/Zip: _________________________________

I want my gift to be in memory of/in honor of:


Please acknowledge gift:

Name: _______________________________________



Sister Cities of Jasper
Jasper Partnership Commission
Jasper Deutscher Verein

"Honoring those who promote our German Heritage"

The annual German Heritage Award is presented to an individual or group who has contributed generously his/her or their time, talents or resources to maintaining, improving or building upon our German roots in Dubois County. Sister Cities of Jasper and the Jasper Partnership Commission created the award in 1999. The Jasper Deutscher Verein is sponsoring the award.

This recognition is open to all individuals, not just residents of the City of Jasper , who give what they can in order to make a difference.

Because the efforts of these individuals are sometimes known only to a few, a nomination will recognize the work of those who generously support our German Heritage.

A committee, consisting of the Presidents of the Jasper Deutscher Verein, Sister Cities of Jasper, and the Jasper Partnership Commission, will judge all nominations.   The Presidents will present the German Heritage Award during the German American Day celebration on October 6 at the Schnitzelbank.

How you can nominate:

The nominee must be an individual or group, nominated by any individual or group. Please submit the official form below (copy is accepted), along with the following:

•  A letter of up to one page listing your reasons for the nomination.

•  A biography, up to two pages, listing the service or efforts of the nominee.

•  Mail or deliver your nomination to: Jasper Deutscher Verein

                                                         German Heritage Award
                                                         P.O. Box 15
                                                          Jasper , IN 47547-0015

Nomination for the 2005 Jasper German Heritage Award

Person Nominated   Person Submitting Form
Nominee's Name:______________________ Nominator's Name:__________________
Home Address:________________________ Home Address:_____________________
City:______________State:_____ZIP:______ City:_____________State:____ZIP:_____
Nominee's service is:           voluntary    /    paid      (circle one)

(Remember, nominations need to be postmarked to the address listed above by August 30, 2005 )

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please contact Matthias Hilger or Patti Goepfrich.

Deutscher Verein

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Directors :

Bob Dilger - President
Virgil Gress- Vice President
Rita Egler - Treasurer
Ruth Wibbels - Secretary

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Phone: 482-4821
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