We are a non-profit, volunteer organization hoping to pass down our ethnic heritage, family values and culture to others.
Formal night complete with dinner and dances from our Jugendgruppe. Open dance floor for all guests with live music by the Fred Ziwich Band.
Please call Diane at 330-309-9486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$5.00 Dancers, Non-performing Dancers, & 12 and younger
This past year was a challenge for us all, but not as difficult as compared to 2020. The pandemic still impacted us for the first 5 months of the year and now again seems to be taking an unwanted turn with the latest variant. We have been able to successfully navigate through this unprecedented time with your help.
This coming year I know will be better and easier. This past year was a learning process for myself and other board members, new to their roles. We began and will continue to document what we do, how we do it and when we do it to provide a guide to future boards to follow. We will continue to look at ways to allow everyone to get back together, safely. Stay tuned to our newsletter, social media news reports and our website as we announce our up-coming events in 2022.
Here is a recap of 2021
Our board was eager to get things moving and we could not wait to see you all in person. We spent a lot of time working hard to get organized, coordinated and procedures/policies in place to allow us to open, and keep our people and guests safe! We tried new things this year to allow us to bring in some funds in addition to our festivals and usual functions.
In January, we decided and agreed to purchase an additional 3 acres of land behind the Reuther Soccer field. We also had discussions about selling memorial pavers at the Virgin Mary monument.
In February and March we held our first event in over a year! It was the annual fish dinner fund raisers. Due to the pandemic, we chose to make this a take-out only event. We had a customer and volunteer friendly setup. The event, for our first of this kind, was a great success. Thanks to the groups, the kitchen and all the helpers for making this run so smoothly.
Our other events were:
July 31st -August 1st:
August: We held our family picnic for all. We didn't have the largest turnout, but those that came enjoyed themselves. The activities for the kids was a big hit!
October: German Day and our Ladies 60th and Club's 65th anniversary. It was a nice evening honoring your contributions to our country, the anniversaries, and service of our membership to the board.
I would like to thank you and your family for continuing to make the German Family Society a priority in your lives and your children's lives. The comradery, friendships, and teaching we provide cannot be found anywhere else and last a lifetime; just look around. The dances we teach, the songs we sing, the traditions we share and the enjoyment we provide really make the GFS special. Our organization cannot survive without your help. Keeping our children active will only help to strengthen us for the long term.
I would like to say a special thank you to Fred Leipold who is stepping down from the board with over 30 years of service. Fred is here, probably from Betty's pushing, but is always willing to help out in any manner he can. He plays accordion for us and the groups, whenever needed. He plays for our sing alongs and helps with the grounds crew every week. In addition, I would like to thank Rudy Stagl who is stepping down from the board after 20 years of service this year too. Rudy has held many positions here on the board including VP, President and lastly House Manager. Thank you Rudy for your dedication to the club and helping me transition into President this year.
I wanted to thank Angie Charles and Carolyn Langenfeld for their help with the anniversary booklet, along with the groups and people that wrote articles for the book we put together. Without your help this would not have been possible. I would also like to thank Carolyn for her assistance this year as I took on this new role.
Lastly, I would like to thank the board and the GFS members who assisted us throughout this past year, helping to keep our club in repair and volunteer at our functions and festivals. Your hard work helped to save us a lot of money and make money at our festivals. It is your assistance that allows us to continue.
GFS President Awald Langenfeld pictured with his wife, Carolyn, the Jr. Jugendgruppe Co-Leader.
The GFS facility, events and more are ran entirely by volunteers and members.
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Our Hall is perfect for many occasions such as weddings, receptions, parties and more!
All German Family Society groups of all ages and interests.
Our club's history and the Donauschwaben.
All German Family Society Events photographed by our members David and Joan Hall.
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