Membership Dues for 2018 Now Due!
Hello from Inge: I wish all our members, and their families, a happy and
healthy New Year! May your 2018 be better than any other year before.
Hopefully,, it will be the biggest and most successful year for our German Club.
Please remember to send in your 2018 Membership Dues now! The cost is only
$50 per member. Make checks out to German American Society and mail to 25 W.
Third Ave, Spokane, WA 99201.
Thoughts and Prayers: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of
Theresa Reedy. She passed away this month and will be dearly missed by our
"Have a Heart, Give a Heart" -If you were a contributor to the "Have a
Heart, Give a Heart campaign, your name is now proudly displayed on a plaque in
the front entry of the club. Thank you for your generosity! Gifts such as
these make it possible for us to maintain our historical building in a manner
befitting of our building's heritage! If we missed someone, please let us
The G.A.S. Desperately Needs Your Help! You Won't Believe What the City
Requirements are for Our Building Now!!
An unexpected project, required by the City Fire Department, demands a retrofit
of the single anti-backflow valve on the fire suppression system. A double
valve is now installed! This valve is a part of the emergency sprinkler system
for the GAS building. This remodel of an old system creates a huge monetary
outlay for the club this month. The Board selected the best bid, which costs
the club approximately $6,000. The project is on-track to meet the mandatory
Jan. 31st deadline. This monetary
outlay has a devastating impact on your club’s 2018 budget. John and Hans,
are leading off a challenge and asking you to
consider contributing $200 per family, $100 per person, if you are financially
able, to help cover the costs of the $6000 repair. Our combined efforts
continue to revitalize this treasured building. Yes!! Our building is worth
Report on 2017 Events and Thanks to All Who
Helped Make Them Successful: Christmas time at our club was
especially festive this year. Edgar Bueschke bought the Christmas tree.
Eberhard Schmidt and Hans Herzog contributed money to defray the cost. Edgar
and Eberhard put on the lights and Heiderose Glass and Maria Reisfelder and
Melody Faris decorated the tree. Also displayed was the beautiful “Weinachts
Krippchen” (crib) donated last year by Gustav and Luise Aspey which now belongs
to the G.A.S. The Christmas sing-a-long added a nice touch to the dinner.
Two Metal Edelweiss
created by Karin Austin’s son and beautifully painted by Karin, installed
by Eberhard, now hang on either side of the German American Society sign above
the entrance. A much-needed new awning over the back lower-level stairway was
donated and installed by the President of U-Haul, Manny Mendez. He is a new
member of our club. We welcome Manny and his wife and thank them for their
go a long way toward keeping the G.A.S. of
Spokane alive and available for our personal and cultural enjoyment. Our dues
amount to $5 per month per member for each of the 10 months we are in operation
annually. Keeping our dues at $50 a year, per club member, $100 per couple,
assures that members can continue to belong regardless of their income level.
We also recognize the contribution of time and talent that keeps our club
vibrant and assures its existence into the future. There is great value in the
contribution of cooking dinners, serving at the dinners, being board members,
painting and repairing our historical building, cleaning, decorating, etc.
Donations in 2017, of new toilets and “Hearts” to cover painting and building
repair, helped balance our budget without drawing down the small G.A.S. savings
or E-bond reserves.
Octoberfest Income was $11,600.
Expenses were $8,760. Profits $2,840. Thanks to each of you who put in so
many volunteer hours to make a small profit, this first year at the new Valley
venue. The Board and Oktoberfest committee are looking at ways to improve
profits from this event in the future. Welcome to the many new members who
joined the German-American Society over the Oktoberfest weekend. We are looking
forward to getting to know each of you and hope to see you at the upcoming
Advertise in Our Newsletter:
Thanks to those community organizations which have agreed to place a
business-card-sized ad in our newsletters. For $100 per year, we will attach a
company’s business-card to our newsletters to let our members know of the
services these organizations offer. This revenue will help to offset the cost of
mailing our newsletters each month! The postage for and printing of newsletters
this year was contributed by a Board Member. We wish you a Happy New Year!!
Welcome to our sixteen new members. We are looking forward to getting to
know you! Please join us for the upcoming December events. Call in
your reservations today to Hans Herzog.
The Deutsches Haus will host ballroom dancing on the 2nd Friday of every
month, 7 pm to 10 pm beginning on Friday, January 12, 2018! German
Club members will dance free! Guests will pay $15 per person or $25 per
couple. Recorded music will be provided by Judy Palrud, the hostess for
this new club event. Dancers will be served light snacks and water.
Encourage your friends to come. Alcoholic beverages will be available for
purchase to guests signed in by G.A.S. club members.
A special thanks to William & Amy Luke for cooking our Pioneer Day
Dinner, to Heiderose Glas and Edgar Buschke for helping them, Kathleen and
Theresa (The Schreiner girls) for serving, and the choir members for the set up
and enjoyable choral performance. A good time was had by all at the
Pioneer Day celebration!!
The Deutsches Haus will host Ballroom dancing on the 2nd
Friday of every month, 7:00 to 10:00pm, beginning on Friday, January 12,
2018! German Club members will dance free! Guests will pay $15 per person or
$25 per couple! Recorded music will be provided by Judy Palrud, the hostess for
this new club event. Dancers will be served light snacks and free water.
Encourage your friends to come. Alcoholic beverages will be available for
purchase to guests signed in by G.A.S. club members.
Many thanks to generous donors who sponsored hearts for our renovation
project. Please notice the renovations we have made inside and outside our
building. Many volunteer hours went into prepping and painting, repairing and
cleaning. The materials were costly. At the Schnitzel Dinner, new wooden
hearts to replace damaged ones were displayed. Members were asked to sponsor a
heart, $50/family, or $25/single, with proceeds going toward renovations. The
members responded by raising $1075. 17 family sponsors and 9 single sponsors!
Soon there will be a new plaque in the entry hall, with all donor names
written on a separate heart for all to see who “gave a heart” for the German
American Society. If you missed the opportunity to sponsor a heart, there is
room for a few more sponsors. Please call Judy Palrud (509)202-7761 if you are
interested. New hearts have been added already to the repainted shutters on
the west side of the building. Northside replacements will be done next
Welcome to our sixteen new members who joined us over the Oktoberfest
weekend. We are looking forward to getting to know you! Please join us for the
The Oktoberfest weekend was a great deal of fun! We
will know more about the financial success of the weekend in the days to come.
Thanks to each of you who worked so tirelessly serving beer, welcoming guests,
selling wristbands, counting script, singing with the choir, dancing and
visiting with other guests, and involved in any way with the success of the
weekend. John King once again was a major player in the success of the beer and
wine sales and service. Thank you everyone! What a team!! (Did you see Karin
King dancing with the
PIONEER DAY AT THE DEUTSCHES HAUS! The
German-American Society will celebrate Pioneer Day on Sat. Nov. 4th
at the Deutsches Haus to honor German immigrants who settled in the Pacific
Northwest over a Century ago. The festivities will begin at 6:30pm with a
home-cooked dinner, followed by a performance of the Concordia Choir. Our
special guests will be the Spokane Horn Club playing German and American folk
tunes. After the concert, Norm Seeberger will be playing dance music in the
upstairs hall. You are all invited to attend this special event, meet old and
new friends, and enjoy the hospitality of the German Club.
Volunteering at Oktoberfest is a fun way to enjoy the music and fun and help
your club to make this important fundraiser a great success:
*Call John King at
to serve beer! (MAST license required to
serve alcohol! Still time to go on line to get the license.)
*Call Inge Cantu to assist
at the membership table. 509-435-7286
*Wear your best Oktoberfest
Tracht - (costume) and welcome guests, etc.
OKTOBERFEST: The biggest 2017 German-American event is
currently being planned! Save the dates: October 27, 28, 29th at
Center Place Regional Event Center in the Spokane Valley. Easy Free Parking!
Food & Beer sold (served by friends of the German American Society-Spokane).
Our choir joins in the presentation of German Music. German Food and Family
Friendly activities available all weekend long. Come for authentic German beer,
dancing and entertainment. When you come to the Krautwickel Dinner at your club
on September 16th, please pick up a notice of the SpokaneOktoberfest
that advertise this year’s event and pass it out to family and friends and at
your work place! Help make this a community building event for our
German-American Society. The Oktoberfest has traditionally been our club’s
biggest fund raiser. Because of the change of location, from Spokane City
Center to Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, we need every
member’s help to get the word out this year!! Thank you! If you would like to
help with this event, please let Karin King now!! If you want to serve beer,
let John King know!! If you are interested in buying wrist bands or selling
wrist bands that benefit the club, call Hans Herzog. This year, all GAS
members will be able to sell 3-day admission wrist bands to friends, family
and acquaintances for $10 each, with $5 going directly to the GAS! Wrist bands
purchased at the door only benefit the GAS through beer sales. A free wristband
will be given to each member who sells 25 wrist bands. Call Hans Herzog at
(509)456-7456 or (509)710-2130 and get on his list to receive wrist bands as
soon as they become available.
HEINZELMAENNCHEN UND HEINZELMAEDCHEN:
Little elves were visible all summer long improving and
beautifying our club to ready it for our upcoming events.
We want to thank each one of you who gave of your summer
days to make our club sparkle with cleanliness and true German charm. Although
much remains to be done, a definite improvement will be noticed by all members
as you enter your favorite club: Please let us know if we have left anyone
out! Each contribution of time, talent and materials helped to make this
project possible. Again, we thank all of you!! We couldn’t help but notice
Eberhard Schmidt’s name came up over and over! Thanks, Eberhard!!
Early July: New
Flooring in Upstairs Bar: Materials donated by Gina Cook of “Gina’s Design
costs and new floor mats donated by Hans and Mallene Herzog. Shampooing of
entryway carpets: Mallene
SPRUCING UP DAY:
July 22nd. Washing windows and light fixtures up and
downstairs: Melody Faris, Eberhard Schmidt, David Mahelona, Inge Cantu, Gary
Puseman, Karin King.
Prep and painting of Entry: Robert and Judy Palrud, and
Artistic Talents of Karin Austin for design for Outside
SKY FEST at Fairchild,
July 29-30: Helga Switzer, Waltraut Johnson, Eberhard Schmidt, Edgar Bueschke,
Heiderose Glass, and Tom & Karin Stebbins.
UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY,
August 19: Karin King and helpers: Elke Griffith, Eberhard Schmidt and
GERMAN CLUB ENTRY REMODEL,
August 20: Eberhard and Justin Schmidt: removed scalloped boards at entry way:
reinforced fluorescent light fixtures with 2’x6’x10’ boards and took boards to
Judy Palrud for creating and painting a new scalloped entry.
VALUE VILLAGE FUND RAISER:
(Sort & Transport) Eberhard Schmidt, Hans Herzog, Inge Cantu, Gary Puseman, Dan
and Roseann Ueller! Thanks to everyone who contributed their new and used items
to make this fundraiser a success. Profit: $360.00
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL
SOON!! G.A.S. Board Members
A heart-felt sympathy to Waltraut Johnson who recently lost her son in a vehicle
A giant THANK YOU to Cordula and Barry Grimes and their daughter, Nicole.
Cordula and Barry are moving to Puyallup. We appreciate this family's dedication
to our club in the past years, and the many hours of hard work they put into
improving the German American Society of Spokane. We hope they find a
German-American connection in their new home town.
The newly donated toilets have arrived and are currently
being installed by our most generous maintenance volunteer, John King. Several
have already been installed in the upstairs woman’s bathroom. If any member is
willing to offer John a hand in these installations, or in the tiling of the
walls behind several of the toilets, John would be most appreciative. THANK YOU
JOHN!! What a gift to our club to have such a talented mechanic in our
Our hot water tank finally broke, a new tank has been
installed by John King and one of his plummer friends. It is running and giving
us lots of hot water. This was a costly purchase. We will have to access our
memorial fund to help pay for this, $1400 project. Take a look at the completed
installation. Nice work John! Any donations to the club for this project would
be greatly and happily accepted.
REPORT ON RECENT EVENTS and THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL:
Both of our recent events, Spring concert and
Mexican Fiesta were fun and each brought in additional funds for the needs of
the German American Society.
Special Thanks for the generosity of our members
in making these Events a success.
to the Choir for their many hours
of practice and the wonderful concert they provided for our enjoyment.
to the Schreiner girls, Ann, Teresa
and Kathy, for being the servers for the Spring Concert dinner.
to Maria Reissfelder-Scharff for
all the wonderful decorations and setting up the beautiful fresh flower
arrangements for downstairs as well as upstairs.
to Susie Schmidt for always
volunteering to help ready the desserts in our Kaffeestube
Susie is often assisted by her
granddaughter Genevieve. Thanks Genevieve.
Dan Ueller, who every Monday night
pushes our heavy trash container out to the street for the garbage day pick up.
To the tireless maintenance work of
John King who has been especially busy this month with many repairs, and now the
installation of a new hot water tank and ten new toilets.
To Karin King for the energy and
enthusiasm she puts into her job as President of our club. She is an
inspiration to us all with her ideas and drive to keep our club alive and
Our Club Clothing Drive is still in
full swing. Please feel free to bring in any items you no loonger need. The
choir is usually singing on Tuesday nights, so the club is open to receive your
donations then and at any one of our dinner events.
There are other helpers not
mentioned here, but we know that each of our contributions go a long way toward
keeping the G.A.S. of Spokane alive and here for our personal enjoyment.
March dinners were a success and a lot of fun! A special thanks to our
March cooks! Thanks to our fine chefs, Helga and Heiderose, the April 8th
birthday dinner and cake raffle, and bar receipts, brought in quiet a bit after
all the bills were paid. The gulash dinner was superb! We know how
hard our chefs worked to keep the costs down, often donating much of the cost of
the dinners themselves, and shopping for the best meat prices. Thanks you
Thanks to John King for cleaning the graffiti off the front and side of our
The clothing drive is in fullk swing! We need a lot more donated items to
make our goal of 1000 pounds: dishes, shoes, books, small furniture, etc., will
If you have ever "Fallen to the porcelain" in our outdated club bathrooms, you
will be pleased to know that ten of our club members have each offered to
purchase one, new, taller toilet, handicap style with new style seats, to
replace the outdated ones in all bathrooms at the German American Club! A
special thanks to these families for their generosity: Aspey, Bueschke, Connally,
Herzog, King, McKeirnan, Puseman-Cantu, Reissfelder-Scharff, Schumacher, and
Schull. Hans Herzog will do the purchasing with a special deal from a
long-time business connection, and John King will take charge of installation,
asking for help as he sees fit.
With the help of the board, Karin King, our President, has completed the annual
reporting necessary to assure the continuation of the Tax-Exempt Status of the
German American Society of Spokane. The work done this year will help
streamline the process going forward. Thanks Karin!
NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT: The following board members are not up for
re-election: Karin King, President; Inge Cantu, Membership; Eberhardt
Schmidt, Ways and Means; Sonja DeWitt, Secretary. No nominations will be
accepted the evening of the meetng.
Edgar Bueschke and Gustav Apsey, our Nominating Committee,
announce the following nominations for new or expired terms for the election to
be held on May 12th at the general meeting:
|1st Vice President - Hans Herzog
||Bar Manager: Marc Connally
|2nd Vice President of Maintenance - John
||Social: Karin Austin
|Treasurer: Mallene Herzog
||Kitchen Committee: Renate Cross
APRIL APRIL 2017
A special thanks to Cordula Grimes who put in so much time and effort for the
well-being of the club during her years of service on the G.A.S. Board. We
wish Cordula and Barry many years of happiness in their new home. They
have chosen to be move closer to their children and grandchildren.
2017 G.A.S. Board Member Nominations and Elections: The nominating
committee: Edgar Bueschke and Gustav Apsey, would like to inform you that at the
April 7th General Meeting candidates to fill the expiring positions on the G.A.S.
Board will be introduced. At that time, nominations from the floor will also be
accepted. At the general membership meeting in May, 2017, the membership
will vote for their choice of nominees. It is important that as many members as
possible attend these two meetings to involve a good representation of the
membership in this process. Please contact the nominating committee if you
are interested in running for an open board position. No further
nominations will be accepted at the May meeting. A special thanks to the
nominating committee for helping with this. The following members have
been determined to be in good standing and have been nominated.
|1st Vice President
||Hans Herzog (Cordula Grimes resigned)
|2nd Vice President
||(Maintenance) - John King and Bob Ware who has done this job
unofficially for several years. Thanks to both!
|Treasurer and Newsletter
||Mallene Herzog (up for re-election after filling in the end of John
|Food Service Trustee
||Renate Cross; willing to serve another term.
||Marc Connally; willing to serve another term.
||Open; Karen Austin - willing to server.
||Gary Puseman - willing to serve another term.
Clothing Drive: Remember to bring in any unneeded clothing and
small household items you wish to donate. Dan Ueller, our club member,
will take these items to Value Village. We will receive 5 cents per pound
for books and 20 cents perpound for clothes. All the proceeds go to
support our club.
Sunshine Report: Special prayers for our G.A.S. friends and family
who are in need of Love and Support because of illness or loss!
|Family of Jack Frost
|Paula DeWitt (Sonya's Mom)
|Elaine Shull and Helen Bruehl
THANK YOU'S -
Fasching Dinner: Judy Palrud and family for decorating, organizing
and entertaining us in a very special way! Wow!
March 11th Salmon Dinner: Ann and Russ Heaton and entire family for
donating, cooking, and serving the very tasty Salmon and Ham dinner, Augratin
potatoes, Apfel Kuchen!
New Tablecloths: Thank you Inge Cantu for dressing up our dining
room with the lacey white tablecloths you donated!
NEW FUND RAISER: Clothing Drive - Time for spring cleaning: Bring
your items with you to the club. A three-fold benefit: 1. The needy
of your town! 2. G.A.S. received $$ per pound donated. 3. Room in
our closets for our summer clothes! February and March only!
Glass Jar Night Review: Special thanks to Renate Cross for taking
reservations; to Hostess, Robin Campbell; to our wonderful cooks; Maria
Reissfelder Scharff, Inge Cantu and Dianna Kilgore; Kaffeestube, Susie Schmidt;
and the welcoming cashier, Gary Puseman. Thanks also to Maria
Reissfelder-Scharff and Hans Herzog for the potato salad they provided. Thanks
to Inge Cantu for the sausages she provided. The raffle queen was
Genevieve Schmidt. The raffle was fun and brought in some $$ to help run our
club. A great big THANK YOU to all who attended, and those of you who
brought the jars full of surprises, played the game, and helped to make this
evening a success!
Saengerfest in Kelowna, B.C. - The Concordia Choir is now starting with
rehearsals for the Spring Concert in April, and preparing for the German Song
Festival (Saengerfest) to be held this year in Kelowna, B.C. over the Memorial
Day weekend in May. Anyone interested in joining the Concordia Choir on
this four-day bus trip, hotel stay in Kelowna, and concerts, should contact
berhardt Schmidt at 509-928-2595 to arrange for accommodation.
A Quick Reminder - Membership dues are due now. Please send your
$50 to the club.
If you were at the New Year Dinner on January 7th, tell your fellow German Club
members about the fun that was had by all! John King and his daughter
provided a wonderful dinner, with Schnitzel und Kartoffeln und salad. For
dessert, John King served his cheese cake, MELT IN YOUR MOUTH GOOD! This
delicious dessert was donated by John King and Karin King. Inge Bohnet,
Felizitas Martin and Renate Cross helped to serve. Norm Seeberger played and
many people danced... including the young people who had joined us for the fun!
Nice work everyone who jumped in at the last moment to make his dinner fun and a
great success! Gustav Apsey found the special rolls, and Gustav and Ron
Niederstadt helped John King in the kitchen. Let us know when the young
members of young family will be joining us for dinner. We can make sure
they at least learn to do the Chicken Dance!
Up-Coming Choir Trip to Kelowna, B.C. - The Concordia Choir is starting
the New Year with rehearsals for the upcoming Spring Concert in April. The
choir is also preparing for the German Song Festival (Saengerfest) to be held
this year in Kelowna, British Columbia, during the Memorial Day weekend in May.
Anyone interested in joining the Concordia Choir on this four day bus trip
should contact Eberhard Schmidt at 509-928-2595 for details about reservations.
Sunshine Report: Donna Kellams – Dec. 2016
We offer our support and
encouragement to the following members dealing with health issues: To Lisa
Brown, a get well soon wish! Quick healing for Dieter Dinse for his broken rib!
May all our ailing
members, those listed and those not, enjoy improved health, peace and speedy
Thank you, Donna Kellams,
for sending get-well cards to our club members!!
LOOKING AHEAD to SPRING: 2017 Nord-Pacific
Saengerfest in Kelowna, B.C.
The Concordia Choir Spokane
will participate in the Nord Pacific Song Festival in Kelowna, B.C. over the
Memorial Day weekend, 2017. Eight German choirs from Washington and British
Columbia will individually perform German folk songs and selections from
Classical music. At the end, all choirs combine in a mass choir on stage. If
you enjoyed the recent Pioneer Day event at the German Club, just imagine the
glorious sound of eight combined choirs.
The Concordia Choir will
travel by bus to Kelowna and there will be enough space on the bus for anyone
who want to join them. Motel accommodations for the 4-day trip can be made at
the Sandman Hotel and Suites in Kelowna at special room rates. Please get in
touch with Eberhard Schmidt (509)928-2595, or call Suzanne Capstick
(509)624-8025 for details about making room reservations. The cut-off date for
the special room rates is February 27, 2017. Kelowna is a delightful place to
visit, with its beautiful lake and mountains and vineyards. There are 700
wineries in the area, so of course, many tasting rooms. This is going to be a
lovely little trip; with a singing engagement you will always remember. You are
welcome to join us! Thank you! Eberhard Schmidt
Our Christmas Dinner, prepared by
Heidirose and Helga was a great success. Thanks to these marvelous cooks, and
to the women who served us all with such grace and efficiency, the evening was
filled with fun and laughter. We thank you all! It was a magical night of
German Weihnachstmusik und Gemuetlichkeit! To make the evening complete, Norm
Seeberger, band of one, played his new electronic accordian for our dancing
enjoyment! He makes it sound like an entire orchestra is playing. Thanks also
to Gae, who stepped up to help in the bar in Marc’s absence. Our dedicated
volunteers, without whose help we wouldn’t exist, make the German- American club
a special place to gather with friends and family throughout the year.
Mail dues to: German
American Society, W 25 3rd Ave., Spokane Wa 99201!
Happy New Year to all our
members and their families. I hope you all have a healthy and peaceful
2017. Please be reminded that our dues for 2017 are now due. Maybe Santa
gave your whole family a membership? What a great gift that would be. A
gift that lasts the whole year! Blessings to all of you! A special
thank you to those who have already paid from our membership chairperson,
Inge Cantu! Our President, Karen King reminds us that we voted to move
dues back to $50 from $75 per person in hopes that if you are signing up as
a couple, you will consider signing up each person separately to help the
club meet on-going operational expenses.
our annual costs to operate will require a little sacrifice on each of our
parts to be able to maintain the club as our beautiful historic gathering
place . We know many of you already contribute generously in time and
money. We thank you!
2016-17 G.A.S BOARD
President - Karin King
Vice President - Cordula Grimes
Secretary – Sonya DeWitt
Treasurer – Mallene Herzog
(Membership) – Inge Cantu
(Ways and Means): Eberhard Schmidt
Food Service – Renate Cross
(Social/Rentals)- Gary Puseman
Liaison- Eberhard Schmidt
We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to JOHN STEIN for his
service to the G.A.S. as Treasurer. John resigned his position as
Treasurer effective December 1st. John will remain a member of our club,
and we are looking forward to continued visits with him at our future events.
Thanks, John! We welcome our new board member officers: Mallene Herzog,
Treasurer and Sonya DeWitt, Secretary. We wish them all the best in their future
work with our German American Society. Karin King, G.A.S. President
2017 Nord-Pacific Sängerfest
in Kelowna, B.C. - The Concordia Choir
Spokane will participate in the Nord Pacific Song Festival in Kelowna, B.C. over
Memorial Day weekend 2017. Eight German choirs from Washington and British
Columbia will individually perform German folk songs and selections from
Classical music. At the end, all choirs combine in a mass choir on stage.
If you enjoyed the recent Pioneer Day event at the German Club just imagine the
glorious sound of eight combined choirs!
The Concordia Choir will travel by bus to Kelowna and there
will be enough space on the bus for anyone to join them. Motel
accommodations for the 4-day trip can be made at the Sandman Hotel and Suites in
Kelowna at special room rates. Please get in touch with Eberhard Schmidt
(509-928-2595) or Suzanne Capstick (509-624-8025) for details about making room
reservations. The cut-off date for the special room rates is February 27,
2017. Kelowna is a delightful place to visit, with its beautiful lake and
mountains and vineyards. There are 700 wineries in the area, so of course
many tasting rooms. This is going to be a lovely little trip; with a
singing engagement you will always remember. You're welcome to join us!
Special Thanks to... - We were fortunate to have 2
very successful dinners in the month of October. The Sauerbraten Dinner on
the 15th and the Pioneer Day dinner on the 29th.
Special thanks go to Esma Hatkic and Donna Kellams and their
helpers for putting together a scrumptious Sauerbraten Dinner. They not
only donated their time, but also generously donated food. Linda Kiser
paid for all the meat - Thank you, Linda! Donna Kellams donated all the
desserts - Thank you, Donna! Vision Marketing donated their left over
commemorative beer steins for us to sell. All these wonderful donations
allowed the club to clear close to $1000 for that dinner. Considering that
our monthly club expenses are over $3000, this was a much-needed financial
In addition to that, we celebrated our famous Pioneer Day
with a special dinner provided by Renate Cross and Anne Heaton and their
helpers. A special thanks to Renate Cross who at the last minute stepped
up to help prepare this wonderful dinner. Close to 140 people came to celebrate
with us, including the Austrian Melody Choir, which benefited not only ur dinner
sales, but also increased our bar sales. These profits will be announced in our
next newsletter, after all the expenses have been recorded. The total bar profit
for October was $901. Nice work Marc Connally!
To add to the list of generosity by club members, we
recognize Inge Cantu's donation of all the food for the September Spaghetti
Dinner and thank her crew who served the dinner; and Mark and Debbie Connally,
whose donation of fudge, added to the dessert. This kind of generosity
helps to keep our club alive. Thank you so much!
Club Dues - Will be due in January 2017! Watch for the reminder in
the December newsletter.
Want to help in the kitchen - Looking for someone to cook or serve at the
club dinner. Send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Want to join the Concordia Choir - Join the Concordia Choir and sing the
songs that were part of your childhood. If you're interested, send an
A Heartfelt thanks to each member who helped at Oktoberfest! On
behalf of the membership of the German American Society, who will benefit from
the hard-work of all of the volunteers, the G.A.S. acknowledges our appreciation
and thanks for the Members and Concordia Choir who contributed to the success of
Oktoberfest on the River! Some members went above and beyond by spending
the majority of their weekend working to support the success of the beer
operation and the promotion of the German-American Society. Members of the
Board and choir could be seen serving beer, welcoming guests at the registration
table, mingling with the crowd, leading the dance, and helping with the set-up
and tear-down of the bar. Thanks to each of you! A special thanks to
John King who transported all of the supplies needed for the bar, recruited,
organized and trained 80 volunteers to work the bar, and spent each day
supervising his crew. Karin King, our President, Barry Grimes and Cordula
Grimes, Vice President, worked with the organizers of the event on the set-up
and throughout the entire weekend. Inge Cantu and her team worked the
registration table, and signed up six new members. John Stein and his team
handled finances. Mark Connelly, our batr manager, and Debra, worked with John
King at the bar. So as not to kiss any of you who helped, we want to take this
opportunity to sincerely thank each and every one of you who worlked so hard to
make this event, our second Oktoberfest at the River, a success.
Non-Profit Property Tax Exemption Status: In August of 2016, The
German-American Society received a letter from Linda Yeomans congratulating our
club on receiving a non-profit-property tax exemption status. The G.A.S. will no
longer be required to pay property tax. The hard work and dedication of
Karin King, our president, and her committee members, Eberhardt Schmidt abd
Edgar Bueschke, paid off. The money saved from this non-profit designation
and tax exemption will help us meet annual costs of operation and pay for the
upkeep of our GAS taxes previously paid.
OKTOBERFEST AT THE RIVER! Put September 23rd through the 25th 2016 on
your calendar and volunteer for a 4 hour shift at the membership table or
registration table at the biggest city-wide German event in Spokane -
Oktoberfest at the River. Call Inge Cantu at 509-467-7389 to volunteer at the
registration table. There is still plenty of time to get involved! Get the word
out! Tell family and friends! Bring friends and family to this event and join
the Oktoberfest spirit.
● The G.A.S. is selling orange wristband Oktoberfest
tickets, good for all 3 days, for you, your family and your friends for only $10
each. Five dollars from each of those sales goes to the club. These wristbands
can be purchased from board or choir members. If tickets are purchased at the
door, the cost is $15 for three days. Children under 12 are free. Buy ahead of
time, save money and benefit the German American Society.
● If you have any questions, please contact John Stein
Pour Beer at the Oktoberfest and meet a lot of fun People! The
German-American Society i sresponsible for and benefits from, the sale of
Oktoberfest Paulaner beer, as well as other beer, at this event! We need your
to make this money-making opportunity for our club success. A fun way to get
involved is to volunteer to pour beer for a 4 hour shift either on Friday, the
23rd, 12 noon to midnight; Saturday, the 24th, 12 noon to midnight; or Sunday,
the 25th, 11 am until 2:30 pm. Contact John King at 509-499-7989 for
Reservation Person: The club is in desperate need of a reservation person
for our events starting in September. Please contact Karin at
email@example.com if you are interested.
For a list of the G.A.S. board members, please click here.
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translation, please contact us at
and we will try to find a member that can assist you. We are not set up for
formal or lengthy translation services. We gather your information and find
a member who can help with small projects. It is up to them if they want to
charge for their services; some of our members have formal translating or
teaching experience, so if we are able to help you, you can be assured that
you will get accurate translation.
While the German-American
Society does not have the resources to help you obtain a passport, we are
very happy to direct you to the German Consular information to get you
For residents of
Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, your consular offices are located in
Mercer Island, WA or Portland, Oregon.
They can assist
you, but appointments are required.
State: (By Appointment Only)
SE 27th Street, Suite 180
Mercer Island, WA 98040
TEL: (206) 230-5138
Market St, Suite 1965
Portland, OR 97201
TEL: (503) 222-0490