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Ann Arbor Schwaebischer Unterstuetzungs-Verein celebrates 125 years!

The Verein honored President Arthur French (l).

Ann Arbor - On June 22. 2013, 130 Members  settled down for an Evening of Celebration,  this being the 125th Anniversary of our founding.  President Arthur French announced that the wine glass at each place was a gift from the Verein to each guest.  He also pointed out the red-covered booklet giving the club’s history.  The flowers on each table were to be given to the youngest lady at the table to take home at the end of the evening. The Reverend Orval L. E. Willimann was asked to give the Invocation.  However, before he did, he made a toast to all our members who had passed before.  Rev. Willimann is a life member of our Verein and a retired Minister from Bethlehem Church in Ann Arbor.The dinner was then served.  It started with Shrimp Cocktail, Goat Cheese Salad, then Prime Rib of Beef or Swordfish.  Followed by dessert.  After dinner the festivities resumed.  All present were asked to rise for the singing of our three National Hymns.  The Star Spangled Banner, The Deutsche National Hymne and Das Lied der Schwaben.

President French then asked each member to come forward to receive an Anniversary Stein.  He then asked the Ehrenmitglied to come forward and receive a Commemorative Drinking Boot.  There were then remarks by Frederick W. Hoffman, Honory Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany.  Wally Jarvis, Vice-President of the German Park recreation Club, and Maria Multzer President of the German-American Club of Plymouth.  Hubert Rosch, President of the Detroit Schwäbischer Unterstützungs Vereins   and Klaus Kummer, President of GBU #630 in Ann Arbor, each presented the Ann Arbor club with beautiful Banners from their respective clubs. Each head of visiting clubs also received an Anniversary Boot.   John Jarvis, Vice-President of Ann Arbor asked if he might say a few words.  He along with Secretary Walter Hahn then presented President French with a certificate from the Verein honoring him for servicing Ann Arbor as its President for thirty -five Years.  It is a humbling experience to be so honored.  This ended the formal part of the evening.  The rest of the time was spent in dancing, conversation and merriment.

In addition I would like to thank the Anniversary Committee, Hans Rauer, Chair, Andy Blum, John Jarvis, Klaus Kummer, Robert Loukotka, and Daniel Schumacher, for a job WELL done.  Also an extra Thank you to Klaus Kummer, who was in charge of our Anniversary Booklet.  

Also it is important to note, and thank Luise Kienzle and Marianne Rauer for many hours spent putting our pictorial history together.  It will again be displayed at our Kirchweihfest on November 6, 2013.

               Arthur French

 

 

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