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December 2011 - Nr. 12
Merry Christmas and the best of Seasons from Echo Germanica

Burgenlaender Martini Dance

The clubs in our community were abuzz with activities for Christmas and other occasions. I will write up the Christmas markets and events separately and just report on other festivities here.

Toni & Inge BaumannThe Danube Swabian Club has attracted the Burgenlaendische Gesellschaft to its premises. Donauschwaben and Burgenlaender are very close to each other, as many of the displaced people ended up in Austria before they all came to Canada. As predicted, there was not a seat to be had in the house. Anyone who came late and had not reserved a place was out of luck.

Angelika & Helmut Gschösser with Rolf RentmeisterI do not know where the attraction to this organisation comes from. Perhaps the summer picnic made people aware of the fact that Burgenlaender have a great sense of hospitality, are easy going, fun loving and enjoy dancing.

Heidi & Paul SchneiderPeople come from all clubs in the area to the annual Martini Dance which is named after the St. Martin, who is much revered among Catholics as a clergyman, who after conversion to Christianity from being a roman soldier lived to help the poor and the needy.

People from all clubs
People from all clubs
People from all clubs People from all clubs

Of course the evening was a success. The food, organised by the club was delicious.

The Golden Keys played for everyone’s enjoyment so people could dance, and they did. The floor was always packed.

The Golden Keys
The Golden Keys The Golden Keys
The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance
The Dance The Dance

Outside in the hall there was a big table with door prizes to be won in a raffle with goods donated by every big name food provider in and around town that we associate with our community. People would congregate there to peruse the prizes and chat with friends.

President John BrunnerHowever, as President John Brunner explained, it is not just all fun and games. The non-profit organisation also does a lot of charity and a sizable amount goes to good causes, including stipends for young people entering college or university.

We can hardly wait for the next event of this organisation.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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Martini Dance

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