Brownstown, MI- On October 7th, Germania cele-brated
German-American Day in splendor. Denise Lucas and her family decorated the
hall beautifully in flag colors. Vice President Randy Krueger gave a warm
“Willkommen” and created a festive atmosphere playing typical German music.
Sabine Aytes introduced the Deputy Supervisor of Brownstown, Greg Mahar who
relayed greetings from the Brownstown office and thanked Germania for its
role Downriver. One of our youngest members, Simon Aytes, read the
proclamation from President Obama. Denise Lucas read about the meaning of
German-American Day and contributions made by German Immigrants in the
establishment of this great nation. Wendy Floyd was the perfect hostess and
welcomed guests at the door, and Steve Aytes took care of the “Ausschank.”
Membership Chairman Harry Pankratz presented Lenore and Kurt Kersten and Tom
Meyer with 25-year membership pins. Charter members Otto and Irmgard
Lichtfusz, Bill Lett and Vern and Ruth Speer were recognized. Ruth Speer,
Program coordinator, gave Distinguished Service awards to Mel and Lieselotte
Olsen and Sabine Aytes for outstanding service. There was a moment of
silence for members departed during the year.
Siegfried Rickert and daughter Sabine were responsible for the delicious
meals of Schnitzl, and Sausage dinners with all the trimmings. Ingrid
Derwoed and Irmgard Green, who also donated a very delicious fruit platter,
assisted them in the kitchen. Katie Baganz donated the vegetable trays and,
as usual, her baked goods were super delicious. Gisela and Walter Bayko
provided a beautifully decorated cake in the German flag colors. Scott Floyd
acknowledged and thanked all participants and spoke of upcoming events. Our
2013 Mardi/Gras/Karneval will be on Feb. 9th, so please mark your calendars.
The afternoon ended with entertainment by Dennis Malec and his band. The
celebration did not lack in spirit or Germania. Gemuetlichkeit.
Getting seconds for the great appetizers at the beautifully decorated table
are:far right is Gisela Bayko, next is Olga Meyer, then (in Dirndl) is
Irmgard Green, then far left in front is Gisela Hockenberry (digging in)