January February 2020 Newsletter

To all of our Members and Family, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year! Frohes neues Jahr!

A new Decade  has begun, and the year 2020 has a very nice ring to it! But just for a moment, I'd like to go down memory lane and review "some" of the highlights from last year, 2019, as it was a very special and actually truly amazing year for our Club....

 With our elevator project completed, I'm still in awe how our senior members had the guts to attempt a project like this. - and not just the elevator, but also the addition to the building!, So in honour, we held a Fundraising Gala Dinner which turned out fantastic. The food prepared by Margaret and her helpers, the donated gift baskets that were raffled off, the many Members who bought tickets and supported us, all made for a beautiful and memorable evening that also generated good fundraising dollars towards the projects costs. We were then thrilled to receive a Government grand which helped us, as well as the Bausteine our Members bought. Having the elevator has been a major wish for years, and in 2019 it was achieved! And it must be said, again and again, that without our volunteers, it would never have been possible.

 Another highlight was our 55th Anniversary & Beerfest Celebration, which we planned after the Members Picnic over the summertime (no rest for the wicked :). This wonderful Club has been an active part of the community for 55 years - and we are still going strong! We were interviewed by Global news and we appeared in two newspapers - one local paper, and one international paper. Our always dependable volunteer crew built us an outside dance floor and we had a great party! It was a huge success with over 250 people attending, and it gave the club a lot of recognition for what we are all about.

- Our Oktoberfest  celebration is always a highlight for us and Sold Out again this year - thank you! The great music - thanks to the EUROPA band, as well as the food and celebration of our traditions was so much fun and just a fantastic evening!

Another event that Sold out quickly was our Members Christmas Party. We feel badly for some members that we couln't accommodate, and we will look for solutions so that everyone can attend this year... The food as always was excellent, and the planning of the meal for so many people and the preparing takes days of hard work and cannot be mentioned enough. Big, huge thanks goes to Margaret and all of the helpers. Also, our entertainment was magical with the talented musicians playing the beautiful German Christmas Carols that we could sing along to. Thank you to Alois for briging this great group together. We also had three donated baskets (thanks to Gisela & Holger, Petra & Keiven, and myself) for putting these together and raffling them off to our members.

We then finished the old year with a lovely New Years Eve Celebration with appetizers and shrimp cocktail, fabulous prime rib or salmon dinner, dessert, as well as a pre-midnight buffet. So much delicious food!!As well we had live music, and with friends, we danced into the new year.....

These are just a few of our highlights, as we also enjoyed the following terrific Events: two Gemuetlichen Abends, always well attended and totally enjoyable with food available to purchase and Werner and Gerhard always entertaining us with music. - A Spring Dance, with excellent music and food. - Easter, Mothers Day and Fathers Day Brunches, very popular and delicious. - Our Annual General Meeting - Members Picnic, always a huge success. - Schnitzel Dinner, so deliciously popular that we may hold it upstairs this year....

Looking back to all of the things that we accomplished in 2019, we can be very proud of ourselves. With 14 Event dates behind us...Wow! Thank you to the members for continuing to come out and support the Club, and Thank you to all you wonderful volunteers!! Like I said before, it could not be done without you!

Wishing you all happiness, and looking forward to another amazing year in 2020 :)

Sincerely, Christa Gendemann, President


Feb 15th  Gemuetlicher Abend. - a casual evening filled with music and fun.

Food is available to purchase. p


More spring events will be in our March/April newsletter ....

 (And "Save the Date" early event notifications can be found on our Events Page on our website)

**Please also note:

Membership Dues are now being collected.

Please pay your yearly membership due of $35/ person at the Club on Sundays between 1pm - 4pm.

If you would like information about the Liedertafel contact Luther at 778-484-1770

If you would like information about the Shooting Club contact Leni at 778-754-0150

If you would like information about the Ogopogo Skat Club contact Manfred at


Executive Responsibilities

President - The President shall supervise all the business of the Association and be the presiding officer of the Board of Directors. He/She shall be a member ex officio of all Committees and perform such duties as the office requires.

Vice President  - The Vice President shall assist the President and in his/her absence shall take their place.


Treasurer - The Treasurer receives and keeps true record of all monies of the Association and deposits in the bank. He/She is responsible for the payment of all accounts, and shall be a signing officer, together with the President.


Second Treasurer  - The Second Treasurer assists the Treasurer and receives and keeps true record of monies of the Association as per the direction of the President.

Secretary - The Secretary keeps a true account of the proceedings of the monthly meetings and carries on correspondence for the club.

Directors  - The Directors are members of the Board and Vote in the meetings. They assist the Executive in their duties of managing the affairs of the club.

In addition to these specific duties….. The members of the Executive meet for a monthly meeting and volunteer their time approximately every nine weeks for Sunday Cake and Coffee, and for our Dances and Events.

***** Please remember 2020 Membership Dues must be paid at least one week BEFORE the Annual General Meeting. Please see below the official Agenda of the Annual General Meeting. *****


Annual General Meeting

German Canadian Harmonie Club

April 28th, 2020 at 1:00 pm



1.  Establishment of quorum.

2.  One minute of Silence observed for Members Passed.

3.  Reports read:    - Secretary’s minutes of last Annual General Meeting.

                                 -  Presidents Report.

                                 -  Treasurers Report.

                                 -  Book proofers Report.

4. Presentation of 25 Year pins and 50 Year pins.

5. Dissolve present Executive

6. Election of new Board – Chairperson – Annemarie Phillips

7. Introduction and Installation of new Executive

8. New Business

9. Proposed expenditures - Vote may be required.

10. Meeting adjourned    (coffee and cake to follow meeting)