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Blondine Klimach received Menhart-Pecsenye Award of Merit

Evansville, IN (bm/hg) - Recently, at the 2017 Sängertag Meeting in Evansville, IN., the NASB (Nordamerikanischer Sängerbund) presented the Menhart-Pecsenye Award of Merit to Blondine Klimach. This first annual award was presented to Blondine in recognition of her tireless work in support of German-American cultural singing and preservation of German-American traditions. Blondine is President of the Michigan Sängerbezirk and a longstanding member of the Carpathia Club and Chorus.

The purpose of the Menhart-Pecsenye Award is to recognize that individual deemed to have made noteworthy contributions to the field of choral music and leadership. Such contributions may include the espression of new ideas, the creation of new choral groups, the development of better techniques or substantial efforts, which have led to further improvements in the NASB, or outstanding service to the profession of music, as evidenced by successful efforts in the educational, social, or administrative process affecting the NASB.

In 1984 Blondine Klimach became the MSB deligate to the NASB and was instrumental in 1988 in combining the NASB men choirs and lady choirs into one organisation. She became a Board Member of the NASB in 1988 and served as 5th, 4th and 1st Vice President. In 2006 she was elected as the first woman President of the NASB and reelected in 2008.

Blondine Klimach receives the Menhart-Pescenye Award of Merit from Gary Luther, current President of the Nordamerikanische Sängerbund.

Blondine Klimach‘s other recognitions include the German-American-Friendship Award from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1987 and 2008. She was also honored as German American of the Year by the German-American Cultural Club of Detroit in 1992.

In February 2010 Blondine was also made Honorary Life Time Member of the Carpathia Club and inducted into the Music Hall of Fame - Ethnic Division in April 2010.

She was also honored with the Order of the Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany at the German Consulate in Chicago on July 28, 2011.

Our picture shows Blondine receiving this once-in-a-lifetime award from Mr. Gary Luther, the current President of the Nordamerikanische Sängerbund, with the energetic applause from the members of the NASD Board of Directors.

Die Nordamerikanische Wochenpost joins those Boardmembers in their applause of the well deserved honour that was bestowed on Blondine Klimach.

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