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June 2013 - Nr. 6

Mother’s Day is definitely one custom that even people with a staunch view on commercialism observe. Most families do their own thing: Breakfast in bed for mom made by the kids, a fancy brunch, and husbands buy flowers or other favorites, even special gifts like jewelry. The retail trade definitely benefits from a day like this, and there is nothing wrong with this, as long as the family budget can handle it.

President Toni Baumann with good newsIn some communities a cultural get-together is observed, as was the case at the Danube Swabian Club in Scarborough. President Anton Baumann welcomed the packed and festive hall cheerfully; he had some good news for the continuation of the club to report. Katie Schwemlein, head of the Woman’s Auxiliary, also welcomed the guests and shared thoughts of what it means to have a mother.

About mothers, poems, remembrance
About mother, poems, remembrance About mother, poems, remembrance
Katie Schwemlein Christina Galowitsch
About mother, poems, remembrance About mother, poems, remembrance
Gordon Brown Sybille Forster-Rentmeister
About mother, poems, remembrance About mother, poems, remembrance
Cheyenne Kertes Arianna Faller
About mother, poems, remembrance
Eric Galowitsch

Erika PartsisThe event was organised by Erika Partsis and started with a tasty 4 course meal prepared by Vienna Fine Foods before a parade of presentations with mothers and spring in mind commenced. Sprinkled in between the readings of poems and emotional stories we heard seasonal songs from the Donauschwaben Choir. Cheyenne Kertens enthusiastically reported on her mother-daughter relationship with her Oma and read a poem about grandmas. Miss Donauschwaben Christina Galowitsch and her brother Eric also performed, as did Ariana Faller, Gordon Brown and I.

The Audience
The Audience
  The Audience

The Danube Swabian Choir
The Danube Swabian Choir The Danube Swabian Choir
The Danube Swabian Choir The Danube Swabian Choir
The Danube Swabian Choir

Adrian Rock and the Swiss Pick BandTo the delight of all present children danced around the Maibaum adorably dressed in lovely dirndls, some of them as young as 4 years old. The music was provided by Adrian Rocks, Klaas van Graaf and Julio Cortez.

Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum Tanz um den Maibaum
Tanz um den Maibaum

It was a heartwarming and memorable event, impeccably planned and executed thanks to Erika Partsis.



Getting together

People of German heritage love getting together for all sorts of reasons. Watching a soccer game, especially if it is an important one, definitely qualifies. Clubs like the Danube Swabian Club in Scarborough put up a big screen and the people come to cheer. If they do not go to the club they organize something in someone’s home. The game for the European title in London England was one such game. Since for the first time ever the finals were between 2 soccer clubs of the same country, namely Germany, it was not difficult to interest people in the game. The big question was who to cheer for. Unless one had a favorite team it was difficult to decide between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München. Personally I worried and cheered for both teams.

But it does not have to be an important international occasion that brings us together, sometimes it is just the food and an opportunity to sit among friends and catch up, as is the case with the Schnitzel Friday at the Hansa Club. This tradition, long incorporated in the Concordia Club Kitchener as a weekly event on Thursdays, has made many friends in the Hansa Club. Besides schnitzel there was a veal ragout available and the best Herringsstip this side of the Atlantic.

Schnitzel Friday
The many volunteers
  Sybille with volunteers in the kitchen
Heidi, Loraine, Robert and Sybille ...and here our youngest volunteer
Heidi, Loraine, Robert and Sybille ...and here our youngest volunteer
Guests enjoying their dinner and drink
Guests enjoying their dinner and drink Guests enjoying their dinner and drink
Guests enjoying their dinner and drink Guests enjoying their dinner and drink

While outside the weather gods were running amok we sat inside cozily and congregating. There was a lot of laughter heard and everyone was already planning on the next get-together.



Retirement Party

Peter Pijet and President Karl BraunPeter Pijet, the long-time general manager of the Concordia Club was given a retirement party attended by over 200 people. As President Karl Braun mentioned at the President’s Ball, we are all hoping that he remains a friend of the club and will be available at times like the Oktoberfest to assist with the monumental task. There were yummy hot and cold appetizers and of course speeches by the current president, past president Elizabeth Rowsell on behalf of all the clubs groups and gifts of travel vouchers from the club, the groups, and people who had purchased tickets for the occasion.

Wish we would have been there but could not. Thank you Peter for a job very well done!

We are looking forward to working now with the new General Manager Ruth Rajna, who worked alongside Peter for a while.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

 
Sybille reports as a German-Canadian about culture, arts, entertainment, community events from her unique perspective as an artist.
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