There is a lot of news that we are being swamped with and most
of it is not pleasant. I do not feel like rehashing it, it is
too depressing. I would rather point out some of the more upbeat
stuff. In our community we had a few Oktoberfest’s already and
the one in Kitchener, the second largest, (or is it biggest?),
is still ongoing while I write this. They have a new Vice
President and a new Maypole and we have a report on it. Gerhard
Griebenow, crazy busy as he always is, made time for us to write
O.K. Berlin with Marianne Schmidt also has something to report
that you might not find in your regular news coverage. Our
report from Kitchener on performances comes this time from a
real Jazz aficionado, and we thank him, Allan Johnston, who
usually writes such pieces for the Waterloo Chronicle.
And then there are of course our regulars, such as Pastor
Matthias Mayer, Irena Syrokomla, Eberhard Kurt Walter and
Bernard, the poet Chef, who we cannot thank enough for their
dedication. Thus we feel we have a really interesting
representation of our local community that contributes to all of
our wellbeing in so many different ways.
I also want to stress that anything you cannot find in the
paper, especially photos, but also some reports, you will find
on one of our websites sooner or later:
the latter being topped up regularly with upcoming events of
general or specific interests. We are working on making it more
exciting too. We are just asking for just a bit more patience,
Sadly we also had to say good bye to a very good friend of our
community. Lou Wegner passed away quite unexpectedly. He was
such a good friend to so many people in our community and well
There was a celebration of life at the Hansa Club, where
he also served many years on the board of Directors. We have
Eulogy and will post it online.
There will also be another part of the Story Mr. Eibisberger
wrote about his friend and we truly welcome such stories. We
have done it before and if you have such a story, we would
gladly consider printing it. Get in touch with us to discuss it.
The future has a few really wonderful events in store for us
that I hope we can celebrate together. Do not forget to come to
the Hansa Heimat Nachmittag, with Dieter Wütherich and his Hansa
Choir. I will be reading poetry again and another German ballad.
See you around, perhaps among the colours out there in our
glorious Autumn landscapes.
Until next time