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The President's Ball
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President’s Ball in Kitchener

Heavenly harpLike a pilgrimage we drive every March to Kitchener to witness the swearing in of the newest board of directors at the Concordia Club. It is always a festive affair that starts out with an ample buffet of delicious finger food and a champagne fountain. The latter produced this year especially drinkable bubbly.

Festive guests at festive tables


Miss Concordia & M.C. Sarah AllmendingerAfter that the MC, this year it was again the lovely and young Sarah Allmendinger, welcomed everyone before the dinner was served with wine.

Then the official part commenced and Miss Concordia, Miss Allmendinger, introduced the head table and all other special guests, of which there were many. Hardly any uninvolved people were present. President Werner Schlüter

Among the politicians were the MPs from Kitchener and Waterloo, and MPP Wayne Wettlaufer, as well as city officials and regional representatives like Ernst Friedel, President of the German Canadian Congress. No less then 6 Kitchener Waterloo presidents of German clubs were present, 2 Oktoberfest officials, plus 8 other noteworthy representatives of German Canadian organisations. Even nine past presidents were in the hall. All were acknowledged with hardy applause.

Swearing in of the new Board of Directors

Eventually President Werner Schlüter and 12 other board members were sworn into office for the next term by past president Elizabeth Rowsell.

The Concordia Choirs

In the meantime the Mixed Choir Concordia had assembled and warmed everyone’s heart with some rousing tunes under the direction of Dr. Alfred Kunz.

Wayne Wettlaufer (l.) - newest "Ehrenmitglied"But the official part was not over until the president gave an honorary membership to Wayne Wettlaufer for instituting the private members bill for the German Pioneers Day, who in turn also gave away some honours.

Ernst Friedel (r.) receives the German Pioneers Day proclamation from Wayne Wettlaufer (l.)Thus Ernst Friedel was commemorated for his part in the bill.

Some members who left the board after working for many years diligently for the club had Financial support for the German Language Schoolto be said good-bye to and thanked for their services, and Monika Matthaes received a cheque fro the Concordia German Language School. Finally President Werner Schlüter and his lovely wife Angela opened the dance floor.

President U. Werner Schlüter & his wife open the dance floor

One has come to expect a well organized evening and this year it went as well as all the other years before. This is part of the tradition. Perhaps next year there will be a surprise? SFR.


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