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February 2009

A Message from our new

DeutscherVerein President

I am deeply honored to have been elected your club president for 2009-2010. Judy and I are very much looking forward to working with all of you. We anticipate many enjoyable and fun times at our meetings and our work projects. As in the past, I ask for your continued support for your Jasper Deutscherverein Club.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing President, Virgil Gress, for all of his efforts during the past two years. His leadership helped make the past two years very successful. I would also like to personally thank Virgil for his mentoring.

Also retiring this year is Ruth Wibbels as secretary. I would like to thank Ruth for her service as secretary, help in table decorations and providing door prizes.

An additional thank you goes out to all the board members, with special recognition to Dan Wehr, Matt Hilger, Patti Goepfrich and Rita Egler. Finally, a very big Thank You to all of you for making our club successful and fun.

As we announced at the January meeting, Jim Corn is retiring as our "Maypole Man". For the past 24 + years, Jim has maintained our Maypole with great care. That care included the landscaping, cutting the grass weekly and painting the Maypole. He personally took the Maypole home and saw that it was properly painted. THANK YOU, JIM for all you time and efforts! We are now looking for someone to replace Jim..any takers?

Finally, I would like to encourage you to attend our monthly meetings and bring a friend. They are informative, fun and we share great food! We may even have a road trip or two within the next couple of years.

Happy New Year!

Al Bennett



The annual German Club Wine and Beer Tasting was held at the VFW on Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.

President Virgil Gress opened the meeting, welcoming all attending and thanking the welcoming table attended by Rita Egler, Judy Gress, Judy Bennett and Barb Schmitt.

President Gress introduced the slate of officers for the next two years which are as follows:

President  Al Bennett, Vice President, Birnie Jeffries, Secretary, Barb Schmitt, and Treasurer Rita Egler.

The German Club accepted the nominations of officers.

President Al Bennett then presented outgoing President Virgil Gress and his wife, Judy with a nutcracker cuckoo clock. He also presented Jim Corn with a wood carving for his past 25 years of maintaining the Maypole. Thanks! Jim. It was much appreciated.

He also presented Ruth Wibbels with a gift certificate for her past 4 years as secretary.

This year the chairpersons for the wine and beer tasting were Don and Ann Routson.

The judges were Kara Bodle, Dave Kluemper, Ray Lechner, Bonnie Wininger, Steven Dunn, and Pat Gress.

Winners of the Grape category were:

tie for 3rd place was Linda Wehr, and Joe Wanninger

Second place: Don Scherle

First place: Sam Schatz

Winners of the Non- Grape category were:

tie for 3rd place was Dan Wehr and Joe Wanninger

Second place: Norb Kreilein

First place: Kathy Wanninger

Winners of the Beer category were   

Third place: Zach Lichlyter

Second place: Steve Dills

First place: Sam Schatz

During the tasting, a table of various meat and cheeses along with Barley Soup was enjoyed by all present.

After announcement of winners, Erin White from the JHS German Club was on hand to present information about the upcoming Chili Supper fundraiser for the German exchange coming up in June. The Chili Supper will consist of all you can eat chili, hot dog, soft drinks, and dessert. It will be held Feb 6th from 5:30 to 8:00.

Gary and Marcia Schnell gave an update on all the exciting entertainment of the Strassenfest.

Members enjoyed jokes and stories led by Dan Hoffman.

Attendance prizes were won by Steve Schmitt and Ann Patterson. Special gifts were won by Bob Selser and Leo Eckerle.

The next German Club meeting is Thursday, February 19 with social hour starting at 6:00 p.m.at the VFW. A through L are asked to bring desserts and M through Z bring appetizers.

Bob Bleemel will give a Power Point presentation on his recent Flatboat experience on the Ohio River.

Barb Schmitt


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars

February Deutscher Verein Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009

Place: VFW in Jasper

Time: 6:00PM Social Hour

6:30PM Desserts and Snacks (provided by the members - members with last name A - L are asked to bring a dessert and those members with last name M - Z are asked to bring an appetizer. The club will provide canned drinks.)

7:00PM Club Meeting

Our program will feature Bob Bleemel's recent flatboat trip called the "Journey of Remembrance" that took place as part of the Spencer County Observance of the Lincoln Bicentennial.

The journey, which began Sept. 9, 2008 retraced Lincoln's 1828 flatboat trip from Rockport to New Orleans, when the then 19 year old future president transported a load of produce for a local merchant. It was on this trip that Lincoln witnessed a slave auction while in New Orleans, an event that cemented his anti-slavery views.

The 2008 trip was a joint effort by members of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau, Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Think Lincoln, Inc., and the Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Bob will be joined by Melissa Miller from the Spencer County Visitor's Bureau in presenting a fascinating power point presentation.

Looking for Host Families

We are looking for at least two host families for two 17 year old girls from the Staufen Gymnasium for the school year 2009/10. Anyone who wants to be a host family or knows someone who might be interested, please call Matthias Hilger at 661-0624. We might have another girl and boy as well.

Address Changes for Newsletters - Also for "Snowbirds" With Temporary Address Change

If a member has an address change, even a temporary change, please notify Rita Egler at P. O. Box 15, Jasper, IN 47547-0015 or call her at 634-9068. Let her know the dates of the temporary change and she will work with you so that you don't miss any issues of our newsletter.

Any help you can give in maintaining postage costs is appreciated!!!! The Post Office's goal is to handle mail one time. The German Club Newsletter is a bulk mail item and will not be forwarded by the Post Office to your winter address. The German Club is charged return postage when a newsletter is returned.

The expiration date of your dues is listed on the mailing label. Please note this date. The mailing labels will be updated with 2009 dues on the March newsletter label.

Address Changes for Newsletters

If a member has an address change, please notify Rita Egler at P. O. Box 15, Jasper, IN 47547-0015 or call her at 634-9068.

Any help you can give in maintaining postage costs is greatly appreciated!!!!

Potential New Club Members

If someone knows of a potential new club member and would like information about the Deutscher Verein forwarded, please contact Rita Egler at 634-9068.

Membership Dues

It's that time of year again! Please submit your dues for 2009 as soon as possible by completing and sending in the following form at the back of the Newsletter or by attending the February or March meeting. Rita Egler, Treasurer, will be accepting dues at those meetings.

We would like to wrap up our collection of 2009 dues by March 31, 2009.

Single membership is $5.00 per year and a couple membership is $10 per year. What a deal!!! What an opportunity to experience our German heritage on a monthly basis.

Renew your membership now OR give a membership for a family member or someone new to the area. What a welcoming gift!!!!

News from Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc.

Through the general grant process of the Dubois County Community Foundation, Sister Cities of Jasper received a $700 grant in December of 2008 for the JHS Student Exchange Program. This grant will help offset expenses of the eleven students who will be traveling to Germany in May, 2009.

Earlier in the year, $220 was received from the Claude and Martina Eckert Sister Cities Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation. This Endowment provides support to Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc. to support the Jasper/Pfaffenweiler relationship.

Jasper Coasters

The set of four wood coasters depicting the Jasper City Hall, Jasper Eckert Mill, St. Joseph Church, and the Jasper Train Depot are for sale at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Dubois County Museum, and City Hall. The cost is $20 for the set. These would make excellent gifts to host families of students or adults going to Germany. All proceeds benefit the JHS Student Exchange Program.

The Cottage Schnitzel


2 whole smilin' large eggs
2 teaspoon flour
2 teaspoon parmesan cheese; grated fresh
1/2 cup milk
1 salt, white pepper, nutmeg,
1 & freshly chopped parsley
1 to taste
2 lb pork tenderloin; trimmed
1 flour, to dust
1 butter, to saute
1 freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 as needed


To prepare batter: place eggs, flour, Parmesan cheese, milk, and seasonings in a blender container and blend together at high speed for 2 minutes. Slice the
pork tenderloin and pound each slice into an approximate 3-inch (8-centimeter) thin medallion. Dip each medallion first in flour, then place in batter. Melt enough butter to cover the bottom of a heavy frying pan. Quickly saute the medallions in the butter until browned on each side. Remove to a serving tray and quickly deglaze the frying pan with lemon juice. Pour the juices over the pork medallions and serve immediately.

(taken from www.derdeutschemichel-online.de)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!

Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gemut-lich-keit, Ein Prosit

Ein Prosit, der Gemut-lich-keit, Eins Zwei, Drei.G'suffa

A toast, A toast, To happy times, A toast, A toast, To happy times, One, two three. drink up

A Picture From the Past....

Endowments at the

Dubois County Community Foundation

Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club)

German Heritage Endowment

A donor-advised endowment to benefit generations in ensuring that our German heritage is preserved and enriched in Jasper and Dubois County.

Claude and Martina Eckert

Sister Cities Endowment

A designated endowment to provide support to Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc. to support the Jasper/Pfaffenweiler relationship.

A gift to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment or to the Claude and Martina Eckert Sister Cities Endowment 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 appropriate information to the Dubois County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 269, Jasper, IN 47547-0269. Envelopes are also available at the greeting table at each club meeting.


Enclosed is my gift of $__________________________

to the________________________________________

(Please specify appropriate Endowment)

Name: _______________________________________

Address: _____________________________________

City/State/Zip: _________________________________

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


Please acknowledge my gift to:

Name: _______________________________________

Address: _____________________________________

City/State/Zip: _________________________________

Membership Dues

It's that time of year again! Please submit your dues for 2009 as soon as possible by completing and sending in the following form. Thanks!


SEND TO: Jasper Deutscher Verein, ATTN: Rita Egler, P.O. Box 15,

Jasper, IN 47547-0015


Name(s): ___________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

City, State, ZIP: ______________________________________________________

Home Phone ( ) ______ - ___________ E-mail: ___________________

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Single Membership ($5.00) or Couple Membership ($10.00)

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New Membership or Membership Renewal

Please indicate the year which dues are to be applied: ________________________

Deutscher Verein



Al Bennett - President


Birnie Jeffries - Vice President


Rita Egler - Treasurer


Barb Schmitt - Secretary


Die Zeitung

Editor: Patti Goepfrich

Phone: 482-4821

e-mail: pmgoep@fullnet.com

Deutscher Verein Website:


Fr. John Boeglin

Dave Buehler

Bob Dilger

Raymie Eckerle

Patti Goepfrich

Virgil Gress

Dan Gutgsell

Jim Gutgsell

Matthias Hilger

Janet Kluemper

Linus Lechner

Danny Wehr


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