Jasper Deutscher Verein

The Deutscher Verein met June 16 at the Moose Lodge in Jasper. President Paul Siegel opened the meeting by welcoming 80 members and guests. He then led the group in the pledge of allegiance, and VP Landen Weidenbenner sang “God Bless America,” and the Ein Prosit.

Van Ziegler updated the club on preparations for StrassenVORfest. EJ and Dots, Ivy Manor, and Zax’s Creamery have all signed on to sell items at the event. There will be games and coloring for kids, dancing, and the Moose will have food and drinks for sale.

Birnie Jeffries gave a small speech on the importance of donating/selling old clothes. He owns several German items that were passed on to him by former members and not only does he appreciate the items he’s received, he also considers wearing the clothing as a way to keep the memories of club members that are no longer with us alive. A very nice thought! So, if you do have some old German clothing in your closet that is no longer being used, please consider giving them new life by selling them at StrassenVORfest. Contact Bridgette Bartley at 812-309-9424 for more information. All clothing must be tagged with your name, sale price, size of item, and your telephone number. Please do not bring items the day of StrassenVORfest.

Mike Ackerman gave the treasurer report and everything looks good.

Paul introduced the Chairs of the Strassenfest booth, Mike and Ann Ackerman and Mike and Bridgette Bartley. If you have not already, please contact Ann at 812-630-7241to claim your spot in the booth! We still have quite a few positions open. We will also need volunteers to help tear down the booths after the fest on Sunday!

Laura Grammer provided an update on opening ceremonies for Strassenfest. Also, this year, instead of printing a photo of the performer in the paper, a group photo will be displayed on the electronic billboard off of 231, July 6 through Aug. 5.

Landen announced dinner and Father Schmitt from St. Joseph Church led the prayer. During the meal, Mike showed a video “German American Landmarks in Dubois County.”

After dinner Mike announced that members can now contact Barbara Mohr in Ferdinand if they are interested in purchasing a club vest. Vests won’t be done in time for Strassenfest, but can be made for future club meetings.

Paul introduced our guest speaker, Clayton Boyles from the Community Foundation (celebrating their 25th year!) Clayton gave an inspiring speech on the needs of our community and what we as community members can do to help.

Gary Schnell announces halfpot tickets for Strassenfest are on sale, and will be available at StrassenVORfest.

Mary Leah Siegel had several Sister Cities announcements:

First, T-shirt sales for Strassenfest, pre-order for a discounted price.

Host families are needed for the artist exchange with Pfaffenweiler. Artists will most likely be here before Thanksgiving through the middle of December.

The 2022 partnership trip details are coming together. Stay tuned for more information.

Finally, a big thank you to Ross Halvorsen for putting in the time and effort needed to coordinate the four German student’s exchange in Jasper.

Paul introduces Ace Newman and Michelle Reller from the Moose. They give a small presentation on their organization, what it means to be a member, and how to join.

Attendance prizes were won by Donna Humbert and Bob Bleemel.

Halfpot prizes were $55 each and won by Pat Hochgesang and Mike Hochgesang. A free membership to the Moose was won by Pat Hochgesang.

Paul wraps up the meeting by announcing that nominations are open for the German Heritage award. If you have someone in mind, please consider nominating them!

Don’t forget: StrassenVORfest is July 11, Noon to 3 p.m. Hope to see you all there!

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