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December, 2006 - Nr. 12


The Editor
Reason for the Season
Friedliche Weihnacht
Christbaum für alle
A Christmas Dream
An den Christbaum
Die Weihnachtsbäume
10th Christkindl Market Kitchener
Opera York's 10th
K-W & Beyond
Neuer Pastor...
Mozart Celebrations
Der November Vortrag
Remembrance Day in Kitchener
Martini Tanz
Carnival is Back
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Hausmann's New Film
Films Germans are watching
Deutsche Kultur...
National Ballet of Canada
Canada's Postal Elves
Private Schools in Germany
Cardiovascular Disease
Fuel Cells by VW
Mexico Honors Beckenbauer
Klinsmann Not Coaching
Blackout Baby Boom
Identity Theft
Ontario Human Rights
Ontario Benefits from Skills

Concordia Club Kitchener celebrates 133 years

  Werner Schlüter with Alexandria Thoene (l.) & Sarah AllmendingerEvery year in November a special invitation goes out to a limited number of individuals for the annual birthday bash of Kitchener’s oldest German community club. We have been going to this event for many years now, and admire tremendously the dedication and efforts that go into keeping this club a viable and vibrant venue.

Always after arrival there is a welcoming committee taking care of all the guests. Refreshments await the wary traveller - we come from Toronto - until it is time to sit down for dinner, which is always a delicious affair. We were informed that a past chef had returned from working in a hotel to take charge of the Concordia Club’s kitchen once again. All concurred, the food was delicious and plentiful.

M.C. Sarah AllmendingerSoon after that the by now familiar voice of Sarah Allmendinger began introducing the guest of honour, past presidents, and the many people that were to be Pinning on the membership pinshonoured for their long term dedication and memberships: 10 years, 25 years and 40 years, of which there were 14 this year. There even was one 50 year long member, Jack Kentel.

The 10-year members

10-year Members

25-year members

25-year Members

40-year Members
50-year member, Jack Kentel (2nd from right)

50-year Member

Honours for Robert Huschka
Honours for Robert Huschka

All eyes on conductor Alfred KunzThe much-admired Concordia Men’s Choir under Dr. Alfred Kunz was called on to make a musical contribution just before the big secret was revealed on who would become this year's Honorary Member.

The Concordia Choir

Congratulations to the new Honorary Member, Wilma Schmidt

From the many possible choices Wilma Schmidt was the happy recipient. She posed tirelessly for the many photos that were taken.


Wilma Schmidt, honorary member 2006
Honorary member, Wilma Schmidt

President Werner SchlüterOf course a new board of directors was sworn in again in March, and it appears not all that much changed since last year. Werner Schlueter gets to oversee again a very willing group of people that is enthusiastic about keeping the German heritage alive in its region. The Concordia Club is a major player among the many existing organisations that have enriched KW’s cultural menu. As long as the membership is growing with young people there will be many celebrations yet to be held.

Personalities we met

Werner & Angela Schlüter Paul Tuerr congratulates Robert Huschka (l.)
Werner & Angela Schlüter Paul Tuerr congratulates Robert Huschka (l.)
Danuta Grigaitis (l.) Sarah Allmendinger & company
Danuta Grigaitis (l.) Sarah Allmendinger & company
Maria & Robert Huschka Claudia & Peter Schöppke
Maria & Robert Huschka Claudia & Peter Schöppke
ltr.: Sybille with the Wettlaufers & the Kreitzers
Sybille with the Wettlaufers & the Kreitzers


The Euro Connection
The Euro Connection

The party ended with dancing to the music of the Euro Connection and we made our way back to Toronto, or so we thought. This time it took more than a bit over an hour to get home. It took us 4 long hours. For some unknown reason we were rerouted together with hundreds of trucks into a darkness off the highway, driving in walking tempo in a void for what seemed to be forever. The many lights of Toronto were indeed a welcome sight after a long time on unlit side roads.

This little adventure will serve to never let me forget the 133th birthday bash of the Concordia Club in Kitchener.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister


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