Akron German Family Society

Akron German Family Society

Thursday, September 22, 2016

German American Day Saturday Oct 8, 2016 ......Akron German Family Society

We are pleased and honored to have as our guest speaker Kristen Misbrener!
Kristen will present on what German American Day means to her and why her German culture, heritage, and friends at the Akron German Family Society are so meaningful to her. Pictures of the Youth Group's Germany/European Trip will be showed as well.
 *** Reservations are required. Please Call Renate at (330) 633-3949. Dinner starts at 6pm and entertainment is provided by Eintracht Band.

I asked Kristen to share a little about herself.....

"At the German Family Society, I have had the privilege to spend time dancing and enjoying the company of my vast amount of family members and close friends for nearly all my life. My grandparents on my mother’s side, Anna Stagl and the late Rudy Stagl Sr., as well as my grandparents on my father’s side, Fred and Veronica Misbrener, were some of the founding members of the Akron club. I would even go so far as to say that without the German Family society, I may not exist—my parents Bob and Annette met in the Jugendgruppe many years ago (the rest is history). Throughout the many changes and continual upheavals of life, the club has remained a constant for me. There are many instances wherein I look back and think about how different my experience of growing up might’ve been without the GFS always providing long-lasting friendship, fun, and happiness whenever I needed it most.                                             Though I am now “all grown up” with a job and responsibilities of my own—I am an English teacher at GlenOak High School in Canton—I can always find time to support the German Family Society and to learn more about the origins of my culture. I am still a member of the Jugendgruppe, and am currently serving on this group’s board as secretary. Our group’s trip to Europe this past summer was a long-awaited one for me; I chose to forego the 2010 trip due to my commitment to varsity volleyball at the time. This detail only made the trip more special to me, coupled with the fact that I just graduated from Kent State University this past May. Our Europe trip was my last hurrah before I embarked on the next chapter of my life—my professional career—and I could not have asked for a better group with whom to spend those nearly three weeks."

*** Reservations are required. Please Call Renate at (330) 633-3949. Dinner starts at 6pm and entertainment is provided by Eintracht Band.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Wedding in Hungary....One of the best memories of my entire life! By Madeline VonStein

For those of you who don't know, our youth group from the German family society of Akron had the absolute privilege to participate as guests for an amazing historical reenactment of a "Wedding" in Hungary. The day was complete with ceremonies, parades, a church service, followed by a dinner reception with toasts, dancing, traditional moments for bride and groom, gypsy wedding crashers, and much fun. It was extra special to spend the evening with some of our best friends from the North American groups too. It was one of of my favorite moments from our tour this summer, and honestly one of the best memories of my entire life!

Thank you Maddie for sharing this wonderful experience! I bet the entire Youth Group has the same sentiments! Maddie was secretary for the youth group in 2014 and 2015. Due to studying abroad she was not able to continue the secretarial position she so loved. She enjoyed writing a number of articles for the German Family Society newspaper, as well as presented a video for the club's recent 60th Anniversary. Maddie has become comfortable and willing to I make small speeches or present and accept GFS awards for the Youth Group during festivals. She was a member of the board representing the Youth Group and made a collective effort to travel and represent the youth at various events such as at Oktoberfest's, German Day, national meetings in multiple cities including Milwaukee, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Chicago. 
Again, thank you Maddie for sharing "one of your best memories"! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Order your Sausage Now!.......Akron German Family Society

Yes, it's that time.....Sausage is now on sale at the Akron German Family Society!
Sausage making, twice a year, has been a truly successful and unique event for our Youth Group members, our club, and for all those that enjoy this delicious homemade sausage!
Available in regular or hot, in casing or in ground bulk. The sausage is wrapped fresh in 3 lb packs and sells for $13.50  ($4.50 lb) per pack. ***NO price increase
Orders Due by: Sunday Oct 2
Sausage pick-up date: Sunday Oct 16 from 4-7pm.

Made by the hands of the "Youth Group members"!

* Fresh with no additives or preservatives.
* All proceeds benefit the Youth Group.
* The ground bulk is great in spaghetti, lasagna, meatloaf, and for burgers on the grill!
* Regular or hot is available!
*For those that like to smoke or dry their sausage, it's outstanding!

Please, place your sausage order now with a Youth Group member. Otherwise, you may place your order with Carri or Steve Sensius, our Youth Group leaders, by calling 330-899-9848.

Thank you so very much for your support!!!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oktoberfest 2016, "Gert the Goose", and Kindness....Akron German Family Society

Oktoberfest is a time for celebration among friends, family, and in turn making new friends, sharing stories, and creating memories.....
This video adds a bit of "behind the scenes" look at the meaning and depth of the Akron German Family Society. Prior to Sunday's Oktoberfest opening, Steve Sensius saw that our resident goose "Gert" may be in danger of the cars coming in and out of the fest. He quickly took action to shoo our friend to a safe place on our grounds. The humor of the chase, the chair, and the "eloquent dance by Steve" is something profound and memorable....Sure, pretty darn fumy too!
Steve knows all to well that Gert, our Club Goose, is loved by so many including and maybe mostly by Gert's foster father and House/Club Manager Mike Petzker. Mike found this goose on our grounds injured and saw that it couldn't fly South for the Winter. Mike provided such great care in feeding and making a house close to our pond for it to survive.
It's moments such as these that we see the true kindness and care that makes an organization a "family" club. Steve cares for his Youth Group dancers, of whom he and his wife Carri lead, with the same love and support. Well done Steve, Mike, and the entire Akron German Family Society in fostering the attitude of..."to do what is right, because it's the right thing to do". This sort of attitude spreads!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Mosbach Germany Group Performance Wed. Aug 17th ......Call now to make your reservations! Akron German Family Society

The group from Mosbach Germany have begun their travels to the US and Canada and plan to visit many Donauschwaben clubs for performances and enjoyment! They will arrive at the Akron German Family Society on Monday August 15th and stay in club members homes through Thursday August 18th.
Much fun is planned in touring our area and a special welcome with a Mosbach performance event is scheduled for Wednesday August 17th with dinner beginning at 6pm and their singing program to begin at 7pm. This will be a very enjoyable evening!

 Follow the Mosbach Group on Facebook at Landsmannschaft Donauschwaben Mosbach

We kindly ask that you make your reservations one week in advance by calling Eva Lehner at 330-335-8985 or Renate Moellmann at 330-633-3949.  Call now to make your reservations and plan to attend!

Welcome Mosbach!