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Franz Pelvay honored

Franz and Margrete Pelvay

Carpathia Club 100 Year Anniversary Banquet and the dedication of the Main Hall to “Franz Pelvay Halle”

Sterling Heights - On July 20, 2013 The Carpathia Club in Sterling Heights, MI celebrated their 100 year anniversary.  During this celebration the hall was dedicated to Franz Pelvay by naming the main hall, the “Franz Pelvay Halle.”

Franz Pelvay has been a very influential member of the Carpatha Club since the 1960’s.  Franz started his 35 year journey at the Carpathia as  an assistant to the treasurer.

He was  then asked to be a teacher for the Deutsche Schule at the Carpathia.  With his gentle approach as a German School teacher, he easily earned the love and respect of the children he taught. After 8 years teaching the German language he was once again asked to take the next step with the children and become the Jugendleiter.

He lead as Jugendleiter for the largest Youth group that the Carpathia has ever had. 152 children attended the Sunday practices from  1974 to 1981 where Franz lead them in dance, songs, and skits that he composed.

After giving up the Jugendgruppe he was asked to run for 1st Vice president . He held that position from 1981 – 1989.

In 1989 he took on even more responsibility by becoming President of the Carpathia Club. During the 12 years that he held the position as President he became the driving force in pushing for the construction of a new Hall to be built on the current location in Sterling Heights, Mi. He also formed a building committee to take on the huge endeavor of building a million dollar building.

Through the 35 years that Franz Pelvay was on the Board of Directors he also found  time to start the Chess Club and also the Volksgruppe (Young Adult Group.)

After endless years of dedication and contribution to the Carpathia Club and the Donauschwaben the honor is absolutely fitting for a great Carpathia legend. Mr. Pelvay is always open to a discussion and always has time to tell you a story of his life back in the Alte Heimat or his new home in the United States. He is known as a great negotiator and speaker. Franz is a humble man that believes strongly in our future….. „Die Jugend ist unsere Zukunft”

Franz Pelvay is the only current living Honorary President and is always seen at many, if not all of the functions at the Carpathia Club. Franz Pelvay ended every speech with “May God bless you and may the good Lord be with you forever”.

 

 

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