January was a busy month with the Scholarship awards that reflect GAPA's commitment to the education of the children of our membership. $7500 was given out for grammar, high school, and college students with the team of Tim Schaefer, Tim Schoolmaster and John Huinker doing their usual outstanding efforts to make this a success. There were some scholarships where the winners or family members were unable to attend and be a part of our photos so we wish a special mention to Ethan Michael who won the Glunz family award of $500.
A small delegation of board members went to the HofBrau Haus in Rosemont in late Jan. and explored the possibility of having them host the GAPA Oktoberfest. This change of venue reflects a desire to arrange a more interesting event with the same wonderful atmosphere and food as we have enjoyed at the Elmcrest all these years. And of course at a price that will make even the most frugal GAPA member smile. I'm happy to report a successful outcome, the same price $70 as last year and with some new enjoyable experiences to come, all happening 10 Nov. 2017, more details to follow.
GAPA is sad to report that our associate member and Hofbraeu Bier rep from Frankenmuth (MI) Fred Schumacher has passed on. He was a good friend. Our prayers are with him and our condolences with his family. We are happy to hear that Judy Brumley, and Mary Ann Hartwig have made recoveries while unfortunately Darin Angel is still fighting his health problems and Joe Schreiner is at Swedish Covenant recovering from a broken femur. Best Wishes to all.
At the Feb. meeting Robert Issel Jr. was present with parents Bob and Marrianne and when lady luck visited during the raffle he was encouraged to take the "TURTLE WAX" which he was glad to do. This prize is available almost every meeting through the generosity of Tom and Dotty Moritz. Dotty worked for Turtle Wax for 30 years and Tom hopes to have his basement cleaned out by 2025. Also at the meeting was a special guest of Gerhardt Stadler from Germany ; Father Dietmar who has been spreading the good word at St. Benedicts Church.
My hopes for a healthy and happy spring season which will have many opportunities for gemutlichkeit and if the unbelievably good weather continues our upcoming events will be that much better.
Remember also to buy or sell some GAPA 1000 picnic raffle tickets when I send them out next month. This raffle subsidizes to a great extent our “free picnic”. Your participation is needed.