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November 2006 - Nr. 11


The Editor
At Lake Huron
German Gala 2006
German Pioneers Day 2006
An Evening in Vienna
KW & Beyond
SOS-Herwig Wandschneider
Bitzer Event 2006
Diaspora Conference
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
German Christmas Cookies
Heaven or Hell
TSO November Listings
Christmas at the TSO
Forte in Formal
Despite Kyoto Rift
Eggs Can Be Good
Schumacher's Farewell
Canadian Ski Areas
After the World Cup
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Canadian Holiday Stamps

German Pioneers Day Celebrations now in two Cities

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

Wayne Wettlaufer, his wife & James BreithauptWhoever said that a good thing would take a while was correct. The German Pioneers Day was celebrated for the first time in November of 2000, thanks to the diligent efforts of Wayne Wettlaufer and a group of Kitchener community volunteers, who would not give up until this much deserved recognition was pushed through at Queen’s Park. Ever since then this annual event has taken on bigger and better challenges to make German Pioneers Day better known.

The ladies of the Transylvania ClubAt home in Kitchener that is also wereAugust Popp & Sybille most of the celebrations have been held so far, with the exception of one year when it was held in Unionville and Markham.

The Transylvania Brass Band

Almost every seat is taken 2 hours prior to the start of celebrations in KitchenerSince the first celebration there have always been special ceremonies honouring the contributions of German Pioneers in any given field. This year The Kitchener-Waterloo Record was hailed as an early Pastor Robert ParksGerman Canadian Publications. The long history of how the paper was founded and how it changed hands and developed into what it is today makes for most interesting reading.

The Speakers

Ken Seiling, Chairman Region of WaterlooCarl Zehr, Mayor of Kitchener





Dr. Klaus Rupprecht, German Consul GeneralDr. Karl Schmidt, Austrian Consul





Anton Bergmeier, President G.C.C. NationalDr. Ulrich Frisse, President G.C.C. Ontario





Gerhard Griebenow, ChairmanAt hand were all the local politicians who share in the glory of the past and love to celebrate their diverse culture in public view. Our picture gallery, especially on the web will tell the story. ( Chairman Helga KesselGerhard Gribenow and the directors of the Pioneers Day Committee had again planned and executed with the help of Helga Kessel a perfect event. After the introductions of all the many important public figures and special guests, after the readings of messages from OntarioJ. Fred Kuntz, Publisher of the Record’s Prime Minister and addresses by the various consular representatives the real purpose of the event was fulfilled. We heard from keynote speaker J. Fred Kuntz, who is the current Publisher of the Record and was also given a commutative plaque for his work at the paper.

Paul J. Motz, The RecordPaul J. Motz, as a direct descendent of the founder of the publication was also honoured and totally surprised to receive his ancestors Church songbook from a member of the local church.


Dr. Frisse presents Paul J. Motz a plaqueA special gift





Full houseThroughout the program there was of course entertainment. During the after noon already folks could listen to the wonderful Transylvania Brass Band, conducted by Jeremy Frim, while walking through City Hall to look at the exhibits, which reflect German Custom and History, including an inteAngelika Werner, Conductor Children Choirresting storyboard on The Record.

During the proceedings some children of the Concordia German School performed under the direction of Angelika Werner.


The German Language School Concordia
Children's Choir


Conductor Lawrence RowbothamAt the end the Schneider Male Choir performed under the direction of Laurence Rowbotham, including the last of the anthem, O Canada.

Schneider Male Choir

Kitchener's PrincessesOnce again it was a great event, worthy of the many contributions German settlers have made in Canada.


Flag Raising Ceremony at Queen's Park

Tony Ruprecht, M.P.P.Some of those exploits we heard about after a flag raising ceremony at Queen’s Park, Toronto, where Tony Ruprecht hat organized the first official recognition. The German Consul General Dr. Klaus Rupprecht was on hand, also Gerry Meinzer, Founding Father of the National German Canadian Congress, and other Community leaders.

German Consulate General Dr. Klaus Rupprecht

Frank Klees, M.P.P.Gerry Meinzer, Founding President of the G.C.C. National





Raising of the flagAfter the ceremony Tony Ruprecht invited anyone who was interested into the house to sit in the gallery. There was time for lunch in the fabulous restaurant downstairs. Gerry Meinzer generously invited all present. After the session opened MPP Frank Klees and Tony Ruprecht both addressed the Speaker of the House on the subject of The German flag flies at Queen's ParkGerman Pioneers Day. It was a proud moment having those that came before us acknowledged in such a fashion. I felt that we live in a democracy and that we are indeed a part of it.

You can read the 2 speeches at another spot in the publication:

Tony Ruprecht, M.P.P.

Frank Klees, M.P.P.


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