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May, 2004 - Nr. 5


The Editor
Meiner Mutter
Vorsicht Satire!
Rachel Seilern
Zurich Connection
A World of Contrast
Dear Mom
KW & Beyond
The Ritchie Boys
Hansa Club's 40th
Anniversary Celebration
Unter dem Motto
Concordia Choir Concert
A lose-lose Ending?
At the CKWR Studio
Toronto has the Sound
Youth Culture
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Health Newsletter
German Heavyweights
Tafelmusik in Parry Sound
Harbourfront Centre Events
Nature's Perfect Gems
Support for Shaw Festival
MoMA in Berlin
Brothers Grimm Movie
Lessons from Dresden
Frauenkirche nears Completion
Lufthansa News
"Radio Goethe"
Rudolf Stussi Exhibition
Biography - A Game
Snow Sport Show
Schumi Continues Sweep
Germany against Canada
Travel 'Smart'
Building Bridges
Most Contented Germans
Population Dwindling

Gala Anniversary
at the Hansa Haus

  President Reiner Walter"The anniversary dinner is an event where we celebrate our accomplishments in keeping the German Traditions alive" said Reiner Walter, President of the club in his opening address. He also congratulated former president Henry Bunge on his recent 86th birthday and explained how Henry has kept the club financially afloat despite many difficulties during his term in office. The guests were then asked for a minute of silence to honour those who passed away during that last year. It was also on this very date – April 24th 2003 that Irmgard Bunge passed away. This was one of the reasons for the whole Bunge clan to attend this anniversary, in her memory.

MC Sybille and the Hansa Choir

Conductor Wolf ScheppReiner Walter then turned the microphone over to Sybille Forster-Rentmeister – the publisher of this newspaper – and that night’s Master of Ceremonies, who introdAccompanyist Inge Scheppuced the Hansa Choir, and the conductor Wolf Schepp, to open the proceedings with the Canadian and German National anthems, Inge Schepp at the keyboard.

The Hansa Choir Brampton

Surprise guest singer SybilleThe choir continued with a medley of well-known German folk songs. Afterwards Reiner Walter presented seven members with the 25-year pin for their loyalty followed by the introduction of former president Henry Bunge to say ‘Grace’.

Almost all honorees

Now it was time for the fabulous Russian style dinner prepared by the Hansa kitchen. The initial course was a mixed salad of greens, carrots, and red cabbage etc., to get the digestive juices flowing. A succulent pork roast with mashed potatoes, baby carrots, red cabbage and delicious gravy to complement the meal followed the appetizer. Second helpings were available for those that still felt that they had room for it. Red and white wines from the Reif Estate Winery were served with dinner. Dessert consisted of Coffee, Tea and a large slice of delicious cake that some guests were unable to finish completely.

Some of the Guests





Kudos to the ‘elves’ in the kitchen and the very attentive staff that tactfully and virtually unobtrusively served the guests.

Lou Wegner with Dietmar & Gerda LeinThis was also a rare opportunity to meet people that one infrequently sees at these functions. Seated at our table, for example were Gerda and Dietmar Lein from Lein’s Delicatessen, and Heidi and Reiner Nagy froVice Consul Marianne Bath & her husbandm George Jewellers in the German Corner, at Markham and Eglinton. Another dignitary was German Vice Consul Marianne Bath with her husband.



The Oberkrainer BandAfter the introduction of the visiting dignitaries, by the MC, the Oberkrainer Band began to play dance music for the guests who quickly filled the dance floor.

Multi-generational Dancing

Always a great pleasureThe Weiss-Blau Bayern Junior and Senior Schuhplattler Groups and the Almrausch Folkdance Group - including the beloved cowbell performance - always crowd-pleasers - and a "lantern dance" at the end of the evening - in memory of a member who had passed away that very day - provided additional activities during the evening.

A plaque from Brampton's Mayor Susan Fennell (c.)Brampton’s Mayor Susan Fennel later on also joined the celebrations to present a plaque to the club. This was her third stop this evening and Hazel McCallion, the intrepid Mayor of Mississauga, and staunch supporter of the Hansa Club, arrived even later - after her fourth stop, to join the festivities. Congratulations Hansa Club on a well-organized and very festive event.


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