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Germania of Poughkeepsie, Inc.
37 Old DeGarmo Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603-2062
Phone (845) 471-0609
Fax (845) 471-0720
www.GermaniaPok.com
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GERMANIA NEWS * AUGUST 2012
Editor Karen Rose (845)471-7442 or [email protected]
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IN MEMORY OF JON J. WAGNER
The calling hours, funeral and burial were surreal. Afterward, Germania, beautifully decorated as
a Biergarten, was filled with so many of the people whose lives were touched by Jon; his Spaten
stein was filled and placed at the club’s entrance; his bar stool was draped with a Bavarian flag
cloth; the family and friends had a Jägermeister toast in his honor; and toward the end of a long
afternoon Das Boot was filled with beer and passed around the Hall in his honor. Memories,
laughter and tears were shared. Jon had the power of making a strong, immediate impression and
has left a void in the lives of his family and friends and in the community in which he lived and
devoted his life to, and there is a huge void at Germania. Jon served our club as President from
2007 until his death; in addition to holding his leadership position, he was the club’s webmaster, a
member of the Gala Committee, and Chairperson of the Germania Oktoberfest (an event he
molded and nurtured and was always looking for ways to improve it and have it be more successful year after year).
We will miss his thoughtful letters to the members submitted to your newsletter. Anyone who knew Jon at the club
knows he loved the German culture, and he was dedicated to the club and its purposes and respected its history of
162 years. Jon loved the German food, German beer, German bands, our club events, the members, the Kinderchor
and the Kindergruppe. Jon took the feelings, suggestions and concerns of Germania’s daughter clubs and all of its
members to heart, and he worked hard for success, transparency, unity and Gemütlichkeit at Germania. He knew the
value of the ‘volunteer’ and appreciated and respected each member that volunteered no matter how small or large
the job. Without ever having to quote it, he impressed upon the members that there is no “I” in “TEAM” and he lead
by example. When Jon looked you sincerely in the eye and asked you to take on a task at the club it was difficult to
say no; he had a way of making you want to help. You could always count on Jon to be playfully sarcastic, and he
loved to tell stories and share his memories. He had a boyish grin, and was young at heart, and he was young.
Anyone who knew Jon knows that he was extremely proud of his family and had overwhelming love for them.
During the news coverage many public figures remembered Jon fondly. Here are two commentaries taken from the
Poughkeepsie Journal: “Jon Wagner committed himself to a lifetime of public service,” Dutchess County Executive
Marc Molinaro said in a statement. “Jon served his community with decency and distinction. The Town of LaGrange
and all of Dutchess County was made better because of his service.” Also taken from the Poughkeepsie Journal, “His
impact was great,” Town of LaGrange Deputy Supervisor Joseph Luna said. “He was a fantastic leader.” We could
not agree more.
Melissa, Matt, Erin, Dan, Erik, Jeanne, Brian, Annette, and the entire Wagner family… thank you for sharing Jon
with Germania. We extend our deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time.
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EXECUTIVE BOARD
In Memory of Jon Wagner
President: Carol Ann Fischer 876-2592
Secretary: Evelyn Blatz 632-1555
Treasurer:
Sherwood Kreig 229- 8208
Financial Secretary:
Michael Reichert 635-1065
DAUGHTER CLUBS and COMMITTEES
Singers President:
Pat Kemmerer 454-8192
Soccer Club President:
Joe Ulrich 380-7925
Germania Almrausch President:
Christine Pattantyús 452-6219
Membership Chairperson:
Sylvia Reuter 914-882-0200
Building & Grounds:
Chris Blatz 702-7383
House:
Gerhard Stoetzel 914-474-5956
Bar: Melissa Wagner 635-9009
Aug
Aug
Aug
Sep
Sep
Sep
Sep
Sep
UPCOMING EVENTS
04 Sock Hop, 7-11pm, 845-797-7519
17 Sauerbraten Dinner 5pm – 8pm
22 Oktoberfest Volunteer Meeting 7pm
07 OKTOBERFEST, Friday 5-10pm
08 OKTOBERFEST, Sat Noon-10pm
09 OKTOBERFEST, Sun Noon-6pm
18 Membership Meeting 8:00pm
21 Friday Night Dinner 5pm – 7:30pm
See full calendar within this issue
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Reminders and notices, page 3
Soccer, page 4
Almrausch, page 4
Member News, pages 5, 6, 7
Oktoberfest information, pages 8, 9
Calendar of Events, page 11
Please see all the news we have within this
issue…
MEMBERSHIP DUES WERE DUE JULY 1, 2012. Please be
reminded to send in your payment for the 2012-2013 membership
dues if you have not done so already. Thank you very much to those
members that have already paid the dues, and to those who gave extra
as a donation to the club. The membership records that were turned
over to Sylvia are still being reviewed and organized. If you would
like to confirm that Germania has your correct mailing address and
phone number or would like to provide your birthday or email
address, please feel free to contact the Membership Chairperson,
Sylvia
Reuter
at
914-882-0200,
or
email
her
at
[email protected]
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012
50’S SOCK HOP
7 - 11 PM (This is a time change)
Please join us again this year at Germania Hall for a step back in time
and a good time. Ladies, Dig out your poodle skirts! Gentlemen, do
you still have those Blue Suede Shoes? Remember when you could
understand every word of the music played on your radio? Come and
dance or just listen to your favorite Oldies but Goodies. Remember
these 50’s foods? Sloppy Joe, Sausage and Peppers, Milk Shakes, Ice
Cream Sodas.
For more information call Helga at 845-797-7519
Please note: The antique car show that was being planned for this
same date, 8/4/12, has regrettably been cancelled.
GERMANIA’S GARDENS are a beautiful example of how our volunteers
are so vital to the club. We do not always know who they are so we can
thank them… they donate beautiful plants, soil and mulch; they come on
their own to plant and weed and water; and they do not seek recognition. I
would love to name all the volunteers that have brought the beautiful flowers
to Germania’s front yard and
entrance over the years so that you
could thank them the next time you
see them at the club… but someone
would surely be missed. So, for now,
we will just give them a generic
“thank you” in the newsletter.
However, one of these volunteers just
happened to be at the club when I
had my camera, so I am placing her
picture in this issue, although I know
she is not alone in the efforts to
Resi Kizina, July 2012, whose watering can
make us all feel at home when we
is almost as big as she is and I wish I had a
picture of her carrying it to show you!
walk by Germania’s gardens.
REMINDERS
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The Oktoberfest Volunteer Sign-up is at Germania Hall most days now through the end of August. Please sign
up, if you can, the next time you are at the club or you may call Karen Rose at (845)471-7442 with your name
and phone number and she will contact you the next time she has the book.
THERE IS NO MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN AUGUST… ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!
PICTURE THIS… If you would like to see more members or events pictured in the newsletter, please email
pictures you take to [email protected] and we would be happy to share them in the newsletter! It is
after all your newsletter, so send us your pictures and your news!
VOLUNTEER TODAY: If you can work a Friday dinner, a Biergarten or any of our other calendar events,
please call Virginia Wagner 845-462-0243 with your name, phone number and date or dates you are available.
Food service needs at these events include table & hall set up, clean up, cashier, plating food, food
preparation, waiter/waitress and dishwashing.
NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS are due no later than the 15th of January, March, May, July, September, and
November. News and photographs from our members are welcome! Email [email protected]
HEIMATSTUNDE MIT HELGA, a one hour program of German music, airs every Sunday from 2- 3:00pm on
WHVW, 950 AM on your radio dial. Contact the program host, Helga Nowak Razey, at [email protected] or
845-797-7519 with music requests or comments.
Wednesday Lunches will be closed annually during the week of the following affairs and holidays: GALLERIA
MALL BAKE SALE, EASTER, OKTOBERFEST, THANKSGIVING, CHRISTKINDLMARKT and the Wednesday
between CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR'S DAY.
25-Week Club: Two 25-week raffles each year that includes a dinner dance party that raises funds to pay the
club’s insurance premiums. For more information or to join please see Carol Ann Fischer at Germania Hall or
call her at (845) 876-2592.
Be on the lookout for the next Germania Tax raffle. Your $5/ticket donation gives you multiple chances to
win $100 and supports the club’s payment of the real property taxes we pay.
OKTOBERFEST WISH LIST: There will always be ways we can improve the festival grounds and the
Oktoberfest. If you have a connection for items that can be purchased inexpensively, donated or borrowed
please call 845-876-2592. We need hay or gravel for the festival and parking lot in case it rains, generators, light tower,
parking signs, traffic cones drums and/or barricades, pop-up tents, refrigerated truck, golf cart, gator utility vehicle,
bounce house, table top bakery display cases and cake covers, disposable table coverings (Oktoberfest colors) and more…
if you have other ideas and the connection please let us know.
NEWS WANTED: Looking for a commentary on Wednesday lunches from any of our regular lunch patrons. Also, if
anyone is involved in any building or grounds projects, I would love to hear about it. Please email
[email protected]
“I’VE REGISTERED TO RECEIVE THE NEWSLETTER VIA EMAIL AND STILL RECEIVE A COPY IN THE
MAIL.” We are aware that the current system is not working, and ask for your continued patience while we figure out our
next plan of action. The notifications of member registration are sent automatically to an email address of our past
Membership chairperson, and without that notification we cannot maintain our ‘do not mail’ list. The system itself was
created and maintained by President and Webmaster Jon Wagner, who passed away very recently. Watch future
newsletters for information on receiving the newsletter electronically. Thank you.
GERMANIA BLUE & WHITE SOCCER CLUB
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All Germania's Soccer teams end their seasons as Champions! The Over 40 team has
once again won their league championship. The Over 30 team, in addition to winning
the State Cup Championship, has won its league title again. The Open team has won its
end of year league tournament and is currently in the Finals of the Champions end of year tournament.
This is a money tournament where the winner takes $3500! Good luck to the Open team!
The Soccer club's annual golf tournament was a great this year. Make plans to join us next year to play golf, eat good
food and win prizes. Be on the lookout for another big screen TV raffle coming up. Tickets will be available at the bar.
This year's winner was Jason Lipka who won the raffle during the final of the Euro 2012 finals.
Germania and the soccer club would like to thank new Open team player Colin Hodge for cleaning the beer line taps at
the club and also at the shelter. Colin's expertise in working on tap lines is greatly appreciated.
Pictures taken by K. Rose at the June 30th home game.
SCHUHPLATTLER NEWS
GERMANIA ALMRAUSCH SCHUHPLATTLER VEREIN would like to thank Dave Yearack
for all his dedication and hard work as our Vorplattler (Dance Leader) from January 2008 until this past
May 2012. Dave continues to be an active dance member and co-director of our Kindergruppe. Robb
Rose has assumed the duties of the Vorplattler of our group, and we welcome him back to that position, one he held
for ten years over a sixteen-year period of time. We have moved four Kindergruppe members into the adult group as
Junior Members and are very proud of the improvements we see in their performances as they learn…
congratulations Janneke Doedee, Alex Reichert, Rachael Rose and Gregory Wuytack. Even after their move, the
Kindergruppe still has five couples and one family making inquiry. Nothing makes us more proud than fostering an
interest in Schuhplattler dancing and German culture to the young kids, with hope that they will continue these
traditions and have richer lives because of the experiences they have and friendships they create. We welcome new
members of all ages and invite you to join us anytime to see what the dances are like and to meet us.
Germania held its annual meeting and elections this past June and Almrausch is proud to have representation on the
Board with Mike Reichert serving another term as Financial Secretary and Robb Rose is a new Trustee, a position he
also held a few years ago. Thank you Mike, Robb and the entire Germania Board, for making a commitment to the
continued success of our mother club, Germania of Poughkeepsie.
Although we do not currently have any rehearsals scheduled, we plan to start practicing soon for the Oktoberfest
season which will kick off this year with Germania’s Oktoberfest September 7 th – 9th. We are also anticipating our
entertainment of festival goers at Tymor Park, Barryville, Hunter Mountain and Mt. Carmel Church.
In closing, we extend our deepest sympathy to the Wagner families on the loss of Jon Wagner. He was a great
Germania President… strong, dedicated, committed, fair and honorable. He supported Germania Almrausch and
enjoyed our dancing; he was a friend to all of us, and he will be greatly missed, and never forgotten. Rest in Peace
Jon!
SUNSHINE NEWS by Janett Frank
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Member Carol Meyer lost her father and our sincere condolences are extended to her, her mother
and her entire family. NELSON ANDREW MEYER (1916 - 2012), passed away on June 18,
2012 at the age of 95. He was the son of Christian C. Meyer and Minna Meyer. He served as a
Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, WWII, in the Pacific Theatre, and in the Korean War. He
worked for the US Fidelity and Guarantee Company in Syracuse for 25 years. He earned an
Associates Degree in accounting from Dutchess Community College. He married Elizabeth
Marie Hoffmann on November 27, 1948 in Syracuse, NY. He has resided in Pleasant Valley, NY
for 48 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and Conservationist and had a passion for geology, astronomy, and
Egyptology. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Pleasant Valley, Paul Meyer and Maria Meyer of Milford,
Carol Meyer of Pleasant Valley, Randall S. Meyer and Patricia Meyer of Hopewell Junction, Dr. Tracie DiMarco
and John DiMarco of Red Hook, and Kristin Meyer and Lucy Scala of Woodstock; seven grandchildren and his
brother. He was predeceased by a son Nelson E. Meyer. A Memorial Service with military honors was held on June
22, 2012 at the National Cemetery in Saratoga, NY.
For those of you who attended the Annual Meeting, we were thrilled to see Jon Wagner, President, once again
amongst us. Jon was unanimously re-elected President at that time. All who had the chance stopped by to say hello
to Jon and give him their blessings. However, not more than a couple of weeks later we were all sorry to hear of his
quick and untimely death. I personally cannot say enough about Jon and everything he did to make Germania a
better and stronger club. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Our sincere condolences go to
Melissa, his son Matthew, and his daughter and son-in-law Erin and Daniel Sommerville.
I would like to send sincere condolences to Mrs. Manfred Wagner on the passing of her husband Manfred in
December 2011. I regret that I missed this announcement in the paper.
TED WAGNER is at home recovering from his recent hip replacement operation. Get well soon Ted.
Please keep the following in your prayers: WERNER GROSS and HUGO FUEGLEIN.
EDWARD LEROY ROBERTSON, 82, died March 23, 2012. Born August 4, 1929 in
Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Frederick W. and Margaret Harlin Robertson. He was a
1947 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School. He proudly served in United States Army, in the 2nd
Infantry Division during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Sergeant. A draftsman, Mr.
Robertson worked his entire career in Poughkeepsie, starting at Daystrom, and then going on to
work for Weston Instruments, Oceanographics, and J. L. Petz, retiring in August, 1994 from
Atlantic Design. Edward was a lifetime member of the Dutchess County Pistol Association,
Southern Dutchess and Putnam Sportsman's Association, Vail Wolff - McKenna Frye VFW Post
#170, and Germania of Poughkeepsie. He was a medalist in the Empire State Games during the
1960s for marksmanship, and attained the designation of expert rifleman. On January 14, 1956, he married Louise J.
Thielke, in St. Joseph's Church, Poughkeepsie; she predeceased him on October 29, 1985. Mr. Robertson is survived
by his daughter, Cynthia L. Beahan and her husband, Joseph M., of Staatsburg; granddaughters, Sarah and
Stephanie; grandson, Daniel; a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins. Burial
with full military honors took place at the family plot in St. Joseph's Cemetery following the funeral service.
GOOD NEWS… Congratulations to the following Graduates: MATTHEW WAGNER, son of Melissa
& Jon, from Dutchess Community College; AARON SIMONSON, grandson of Fran Kalble, from
Poughkeepsie High School; DANIELLE KREIG, granddaughter of Anneliese & Sherwood, from
Plattsburgh Union College Cum Laude; ZACHARY DYMOND, grandson of Helga Nowak-Razey, from
Kingston High School; and MELISSA BELLERIN, granddaughter of Evelyn Blatz, from Pembrooke
Academy, N.H. (10th in her Class with High Honors).
SUNSHINE NEWS by Janett Frank, continued…
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A line of 2,569 enthusiastic people danced the Hokey Pokey for more than five minutes at Walkway Over the
Hudson State Historic Park on Saturday, June 9th to establish a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. Creating a line
stretching more than a mile across the world's longest elevated pedestrian park, a diverse array of dancers came from
throughout the country to participate in the whimsical fundraiser to support the nonprofit group, Walkway Over the
Hudson. Shortly after participants completed the dance, Guinness World Records adjudicator Danny Girton Jr.
emerged from a tent at the Walkway's Center Observation Area and pronounced a new world record for the longest
line of dancers! (the forgoing was taken from a Walkway News Press Release) Among the dancers were ELLEN
SCHOENFELD, KAREN SCHOENFELD and ANDREA MASRI (daughters of Karl-Heinz and Lore) and
JEANETTE LUMB (daughter of Daniel & Marie and granddaughter of Janett & Otto Frank), and Honorary
President, JANETT FRANK. Congratulations to the above that took a chance on the weather and had a real fun time
breaking the record.
Congratulations to Treasurer, SHERWOOD KREIG, from his fellow Board Members as he
celebrates his 80th birthday on August 10th!
Our oldest 50-year Honorary Member, OSKAR THEODOR FINK, 97 years old, passed away and our
sincere condolences go to his daughter Madeline Grey and son Stephen Fink, their spouses, children and
grandchildren. Oskar died on June 8, 2012 at home in Lagrangeville, NY. He was born January 25, 1915
in Seiferts, Germany and was the son of Joseph and Justine Weber Fink. On October 12, 1952 he married
Emma Egert in Poughkeepsie, NY. She predeceased him on June 28, 1996. Oskar was a lieutenant in the
Germany Army during WWII. He came to America in 1948 as an agricultural student and was sponsored by Frank
Brothers Farm. He learned to shear sheep at a very young age while he was in Germany and continued with that in
America. He had the opportunity to shear sheep for Captain Kangaroo, Lady Bird Johnston and also did many
demonstrations including the Dutchess County Fair. Oskar was a machinist at Shatz Federal Bearing until his
retirement in 1981. He was a member of St. Columbia Church and was the eldest member of Germania. He is
survived by his daughter and son-in-law Madeline and James Grey of Poughkeepsie; son and daughter-in-law
Stephen and Maureen Fink of LaGrangeville; granddaughter Erin Peters and husband Thomas; grandchildren Erika
Grey, Bridget Fink, Keely Fink, Evan Grey; great-grandchildren Aryanna & Logan; his sister and six brothers in
Germany and many nieces and nephews in Europe. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 16 th at Blessed
Kateri Church in LaGrangeville with a gathering afterward at Germania Hall. Pictured below are some of Oskar’s
family members taken at the Membership Dinner in 2008 where Oskar was an honoree for 50-year membership.
If I have somehow forgotten someone, with either sad or happy news, please feel free to give me a call at 845-4711431 in order that I can get it in the next newsletter. From, Janett
MORE NEWS FROM AND ABOUT OUR MEMBERS
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Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Happy Birthday wishes to the following July celebrants: Ryan Cornish, Karen Rose,
Horst Schaffner, Ed Fikis, Fritz Lang, Dennis Zach, Brad Forrest, Pault Tetrault, John Kuklis, Rudolph J Meluson
Jr., Ronald Hummel, James Charkalis, HansHeinrich Franzen-Nicholson, George Gumbel, Jane Bernhard, Renate
Grosshans, Katherine Ulrich, Henry Page Jr., Mark E Delaney, George Engelhardt, Franco Motika, Paul Gross,
Douglas Jones, Ernst Schneider, Bill Kapogiannis, and Brian Wagner.
Our 75th birthday celebrants this year: Patricia Kemmerer, Janett Frank, Karlheinz and Lore
Schoenfeld, Richard Miranda, Fred Harold Siemer, Edeltraut Wegner, Betty Blanchard,
Rudolph J Meluson Jr., Nancy Stock Libolt, Paul Blauth, John Reifenberger and Werner
Lackner. May this year be extra special for you as you celebrate your 75 th birthday!
Kindergruppe member RACHAEL ROSE plays sports in the LaGrange Challenger division. The Poughkeepsie
Journal did a great article on June 20th in the Players section entitled “Challenger Baseball Programs Erase
Boundaries of Disability” covering a baseball game they had ‘against’ the Wappingers Falls league on June 9 th.
Rachael was not interviewed or captured in a picture, but the write up was worth the read. “Challenger baseball
programs provide special-needs players with opportunity for fun, camaraderie, free of limitations.”
Congratulations ALEXUS NICOLE DOMINGUEZ, age 8, on your First Holy Communion held on May 19, 2012 at
St. Mary’s Church in Poughkeepsie. She is the granddaughter of members Karoline Flick and Norberto Dominguez.
HUGO R. VONBURG, JR., born December 24, 1938, passed away on June 11, 2012 at home surrounded
by his loving family. His parents, Hugo Roland VonBurg and Hilda Claire Rollie VonBurg, immigrated
to the US from Switzerland in 1932; Hugo and his family moved to Wappingers Falls in 1950 where the
family raised beef on a farm on Route 9. Hugo was a graduate from Wappingers Central High School in
1957; he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1966. Hugo married Brenda Lorraine Diehl
on August 31, 1963 at St. Marys Church, Wappingers Falls, where he has been an active communicant
for over 60 years. After leaving the navy, Hugo worked for telephone companies for a total of 31 years. He was a
member of the Wappingers Knights of Columbus #1646, Dutchess County Electrical Contractors Association, Mt.
Alvernia Third Order lay Franciscans, Beacon Boat Club, and the St. Marys Respect Life Society. Hugo is survived
by his wife Brenda, four children: Catherine Maria VonBurg Friedman and spouse Michael, Susan Rolane VonBurg
Brought and spouse Eric, Hugo Roland (Chip) VonBurg and spouse Korce, and Sara Elizabeth VonBurg Jedlicka
and spouse Robert, several grandchildren, a twin brother and a sister. Hugo was a past member of Germania, and his
children danced with the Germania Almrausch Kindergruppe when the club was located on Church Street. Germania
extends its sympathy to Hugo’s family.
HELP WANTED: Germania member seeking companion for in-laws, who are Austrian and Hungarian and enjoy the
company of their fellow Europeans and attending events at Germania. They live in Mahopac, but spend time here in
Poughkeepsie; they both speak English and German; they are both quite able to walk, although father-in-law has
Parkinson’s and he is not as agile as he used to be, and needs someone to always be with him. Some driving may be
needed. This is a paid position, rate negotiable. Seeking persons interested in providing companionship and some
assistance in Mahopac and/or Poughkeepsie, and to attend Germania events with in-laws. For more information
please contact Xenia & Dennis Zach at [email protected] or 845-473-6407.
Congratulations to Hansheinrich Franzen (Nicholson) and Philip Nicholson (Franzen) who celebrated 25 years of
togetherness on July 12th. Sincere best wishes to both you gentlemen.
Special congratulations go to ELIZABETH A. KUDAN and CHRISTINE K. ULRICH as they were
joined together in matrimony under New York State Law on Friday, July 20th, amongst all their families
and friends. Christine is a 25-year honorary member since 2000, the daughter of past 50-year life
member Joseph Ulrich and 50-year life member Katherine Ulrich, and the sister of Soccer Club
President and Board Trustee, Joseph Ulrich. Liz and Christine, we are wishing you both many more
happy years ahead.
NOTICE TO OKTOBERFEST VOLUNTEERS:
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As we plan the 5th annual Oktoberfest we feel good that we now have a good idea what works and what still needs
improvement. You have a direct effect on the success of the festival. Germania cannot run the festival without its
volunteers. We have had in the past and NEED OVER 150 VOLUNTEERS, which is a lot to manage. So with that in
mind, we have put together this article of general information and club rules for the festival volunteers.
CHECK IN: All volunteers will check in at the clubhouse, not at the festival entrance as we have done in the past. All
volunteers, regardless of where work assignment is, must check in upon arrival so we know you have arrived so that the
committee may ascertain any shortage in coverage, and also so you can collect your wristband for free admission to the
festival and your food/drink voucher which is our thanks for your help. Vouchers can be used any festival day regardless
of which day earned.
Please ARRIVE at assigned work area 15 minutes before your shift starts to receive instructions and allow for a smooth
transition at shift change. For any member generously working double and triple shifts, please leave one area on time and
move quickly to next area so committee is not scrambling to find coverage for what appears to be a ‘no show’.
For the few that cannot commit in advance, you may sign up on any festival day to FILL IN VACANCIES but you may
not volunteer to hang around and help wherever.
Please TRAIN the next shift in your work area: review the how, where, when and why with them. Especially since at this
writing there will not be a coordinator overseeing the shift changes or briefing the volunteers of their duties.
DO NOT SEND COWORKERS AWAY from work area during slow times because crowds come suddenly and in spurts.
DO NOT ACCEPT CASH PAYMENTS for food or for beverage. Do not sell food or beverage unless guest has a
WRISTBAND; nicely direct guest back to the admission tent if they do not have a wristband.
SINGERS AND DANCERS may seek coverage during performance times from co-worker, floater or member that is not
working and must not otherwise leave assigned work area unattended or short staffed.
Volunteers are asked to take a MEAL BREAK BEFORE OR AFTER SHIFT, not during. For any member generously
working double and triple shifts, please utilize the floater to take a quick meal break or consult with committee to plan a
meal break.
Volunteers are asked to consider the club’s liability risks and impression given to guests and not drink ALCOHOL during
their shift. A volunteer absolutely may not drink alcohol while working the beer truck, parking cars, or operating a utility
vehicle or kitchen equipment.
HELP OVERSEE your entire work area. For example, bake sale volunteers should refill the nearby condiment and utensil
table as needed; everyone should clean messes and garbage found around work area; and if supplies run low seek out a
committee member for assistance.
KITCHEN volunteers will be required to wear rubber gloves. Please do not wear an open toe shoe, and long hair must be
tied back. The club will have disposable aprons and limited cloth aprons, so feel free to bring your own kitchen apron if
you have one and want to.
Thank you to everyone for volunteering your time to the club’s most important annual fundraiser, and taking the time to
read through this article. Thank you also to the members in past years who have jumped in to help when needed during
busy or chaotic times even though they were not signed up to volunteer.
Please attend the Oktoberfest Volunteer Orientation Meeting on August 22, 2012 at 7 pm at Germania Hall.
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OKTOBERFEST
Germania Festival Grounds
51 Old DeGarmo Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
“Willkommen!”
Friday, September 7th
Doors Open 5PM
The Schwarzenegger Connection 6-10
Saturday, September 8th
Doors Open 11AM
Schachtelgebirger Musikanten
aka Scha-Musi 12-4pm
Spitze! (7-piece band) 5-10pm
Sunday, September 9th
Doors Open Noon
The Mountain Tops 1-6pm
German Food, Munich's finest Beer, Baked Goods, Bavarian
Pretzels, Live Music, Schuhplattler Dancers, Singers,
Vendors, Balloon Entertainment for the kids, Raffles, and
more… Gemütlichkeit!
$6 daily admission (Kids 12 and under Free)
www.GermaniaOktoberfest.com
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Germania Blue and White Soccer Club
Celebrating “54” Years 1958 - 2012
President - Joseph Ulrich
Vice President - Jeff Contelmo
Treasurer - Mark Woyner
Secretary - Scott Grimes
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Germania Men & Ladies Singers
and “Children’s Chorus”
President - Patricia Kemmerer (845)454-8192
Adult Rehearsals 7:30 PM every Monday
Kinderchor Rehearsals 10 AM every Saturday
1850-2012 * 162 Years
Proud Hosts of the 2012 Sängerfest
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
97 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-454-0340
Celebration of the Eucharist
Weekdays 8AM
vigil (Sat) 5:00PM
Sunday 8:00, 10:00, 11:30 AM
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GERMANIA ALMRAUSCH
SCHUHPLATTLER VEREIN
Traditional Bavarian Dancing
Founded 1970 Poughkeepsie, NY
Vorstand:
Christine Pattantyús (845) 452-6219
Vorplattler:
Robb Rose (845) 471-7442
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In Memoriam: Heidi
The Clausen Family
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24 Hour Towing
Late Model Wrecks Bought & Sold
MATT’S AUTO BODY
1930 Salt Point Turnpike, Salt Point, NY 12578
Bob Beckmann
Matt Lawlor
(845) 266-5450
www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com
[email protected]
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MOUNTAIN BRAUHAUS RESTAURANT
7 Miles West of Thruway Exit 18
3123 Route 44/55 (at Jct. 299), Gardiner, NY 12525
(845)255-9766 • Closed Mon & Tues
www.mountainbrauhaus.com
Sit long • Eat much • Laugh often
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SHANGRI-LA TRAVEL, LLC
Your Full Service Travel Consultant, Rita Frei/Owner
Honeymoon & Group Specialist
"WE'VE BEEN THERE"
Tel: (845)229-8748 Fax: (845)229-8748
Email: [email protected]
www.shangri-latravel.net
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Come Home to Unconditional Love
Sunday at 10 AM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
325 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845)452-6050
Lunch and Listen: 1st Wednesday 12 PM
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT GERMANIA
CLUBHOUSE/BAR IS OPEN Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WEDNESDAY LUNCH 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Except Holiday, Bake Sale & Oktoberfest weeks)
Aug 04
Aug 17
Aug 22
Sock Hop, food and music, 7-11pm, for info call Helga 845-797-7519
Friday Night Dinner (Sauerbraten) 5pm – 8pm (an extended hour!)
Oktoberfest Volunteer Orientation Meeting 7 pm
Sep
Sep
Sep
Sep
07
08
09
15
Sep
Sep
Sep
Sep
18
21
23
29 & 30
OKTOBERFEST Friday 5-10pm
……. Vendors wanted and should call 845-797-7519
OKTOBERFEST Sat Noon-10pm
OKTOBERFEST Sun Noon-6pm
55th German-American Steuben Parade, 11:30am on Fifth Avenue, NYC
Tickets for Bandstand or Oktoberfest: http://www.germanparadenyc.org/store.html
Membership Meeting 8:00pm
Friday Night Dinner 5pm – 7:30pm
Union Vale Oktoberfest at Tymor Park
Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest
Oct
Oct
Oct
Oct
Oct
Oct
06
07
12
16
27
28
Mt Carmel Church Oktoberfest
Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest
Friday Night Dinner 5pm – 7:30pm
Membership Meeting 8:00pm
Children’s Halloween Party, 1:30pm, Reservations Required
Steuben Society Anniversary Dinner Dance
Nov
Nov
Nov
Nov
Nov
Nov
04
09
17
20
25
30
FALL CONCERT
Biergarten 6:30pm – 10:00pm – music by Joe Unger
Schlachtfest / Bauernball (two annual events combined… a pork and wurst feast and farmer’s dance)
Membership Meeting 8:00pm
25 Week Club Party – RSVP to 845-876-2592
Christkindlmarkt (a traditional style Christmas Market) ……. Vendors wanted and should call 845-797-7519
Dec
Dec
Dec
Dec
Dec
Dec
Dec
Dec
01
07
08
09
15
16
20
31
Christkindlmarkt (a traditional style Christmas Market) ……. Vendors wanted and should call 845-797-7519
Biergarten 6:30pm – 10:00pm – music by Joe Unger
Soccer Club Christmas Party
Children’s Christmas Party, Reservations Required by 11/30/12
Germania Christmas Party
Weihnachtsmesse, First Lutheran Church, 2pm
NO MEMBERSHIP MEETING – ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, and there have been calendar changes.
ALL EVENTS ARE RUN BY MEMBER VOLUNTEERS - THESE EVENTS CANNOT TAKE PLACE WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!
Pictured is a gathering of friends at Germania’s Friday
dinner July 13, 2012: sitting are Otto Clausen, Herby
Puberl, and Grete Licis; standing are Gary & Ursula who
reside in Vermont, and Karen Rose.
Editor’s note: After the 2010 Christkindlmarkt, a small 4x6”
photo album was donated to hold pictures from the event and is at
the clubhouse. If anyone has duplicate pictures from any event at
Germania, no matter what year, please bring them to the club and
put them in the photo album as there are several pages available
that need memories for sharing! Many thanks.
GERMANIA OF POUGHKEEPSIE, INC.
37 Old DeGarmo Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603-2062
Clubhouse Phone (845) 471-0609 Fax (845) 471-0720
www.GermaniaPok.com
www.GermaniaOktoberfest.com
The oldest singing society in New York State * Founded May 1, 1850
Dedicated to promoting German culture through song, dance and sport!
Enjoy German foods and baked goods at our parties, dinners, Biergarten & picnics!
Rent Germania Hall or the Festival Grounds for your next party!
President Carol Ann Fischer (845) 876-2592
Germania Men & Ladies Singers, Pat Kemmerer (845)454-8192
Germania Blue & White Soccer Club, Joe Ulrich (845)331-5139
Dr. Charles Gilbert Spross Unit #167, Steuben Society of America, (845)876-2592
Germania Almrausch Schuhplattler Verein, Christine Pattantyús (845)452-6219
Der Gemutliche Tanz Verein (Beginner Ballroom Dancing), Horst Schaffner (845) 229-9013
Newsletter Submissions: [email protected]
Germania membership applications: Sylvia Reuter 914-882-0200 or [email protected]
Kinderchor (Children’s Singing Group) - Saturday mornings at 10:00am
Helga Baker (845)454-6572 or [email protected]
Germania Almrausch Kindergruppe (Children’s Bavarian Schuhplattler Dancing)
Friday evenings at 7:30pm (call for schedule)
Dave & Faith Yearack (845)452-6360 or [email protected]