It is with great sadness in our hearts that we have to report
that Wayne Wettlaufer has suddenly passed away. We saw him not
that long ago at a ball in Kitchener, where he and his wife
Marilyn looked splendid in their festive attire. We chatted and
laughed and never suspected that something was wrong. He and I
were of the same generation, as are so many of us in the German
Canadian Community. We shared a similar point of world
Commemorating his greatest achievement for our community is an
honor. Without him there would not be a German Pioneers Day in
Ontario. You will find in this issue a speech he held last year
at the Anna Tuerr Memorial, which will speak for him and what he
stood for and why we all revere him.
We have sung his praises since the year 2000 and we shall
continue to do so every year when we celebrate Pioneers Day in
Ontario on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving; this year that will
be on October 13. He will be missed by many for a very long
In other community news we can report on a meeting between the
various clubs and organisations by invitation of the Consul
General of Germany, Walter Stechel. The purpose was to exchange
information to further the success and longevity of the German
Clubs. While the meeting was very interesting it did not reveal
too many new insights.
Of course there was the Anna Tuerr Memorial event, which newly
elected Gerhard Griebenow reports about and Ingrid Oppermann
reports about the events in Burlington and Hamilton.
We attended the annual Midsummer Night Dance at the Hansa Club,
a Schnitzel Friday and a soccer game of the German Women’s team,
which seems to be doing quite well, but I am not an expert.
This ends the spring season in the clubs and summer will take
over, if only the weather would play along. Just now it is cold
and rainy and I cannot say that this is beach weather. Hopefully
that will change soon.
The summer always offers many picnics and we shall attend as
many as possible.