September 2017

President’s Report

Was that really Canada’s Sesquicentennial summer that flew past in a blink? Now we welcome the cooler and colourful fall days.

We have many great events scheduled at Hansa Haus. Please plan early, and secure your tickets so that you don’t miss out. We are are planning to have the German Spring Show here at the Hansa Club again during March 2018. We are working with Donau Schwaben Club to make our Schlachtfest a greater success.

The facilities require more tender loving care now. We had the main hall floor refinished, some maintenance done on the HVAC, and will be purchasing new drink glasses to replenish our stock.

I would like thank all the volunteers who donate their time to the Hansa Club. Many of you assist us: those who are visible at our volunteer events; and others whose precious time and skill is in the background. We owe all of you a big “thank you” for giving to the club.

Many small details, personalities, personal issues, and old issues distract the Board. We manage to keep the club operating. We are a hands-on Board; members have many tasks assigned to them which requires a fair bit of time which they devote to the Club.

We are facing some challenges, primarily that the City wants to extend Vera Drive from Hurontario to Martiz Drive. As members who visit the club can see, the developer has not yet started the road. The club property lost some trees this spring, and also the income we had received from the billboard, which is now gone. We will keep you posted of any new developments.

Like many European ethnic clubs of our vintage, Hansa Haus is coming to a fork in the road where we face some decisions on the shape of the club’s future. We will present two options at membership meeting for the future of the club. Details on these options are in the Hansa Post and will be presented and voted on at the Fall General meeting.

We also invite you all to visit our Weihnachtsmarkt/Christmas Fair from November 10 to 12. The Hansa kitchen will serve food and refreshments in the Schenke all three days. We will also serve a pancake breakfast for the early birds on the Saturday and Sunday mornings, starting at 8:00am. Please come and join us to really get into the holiday spirit in traditional German style.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we welcome our new members; wish a speedy recovery to members that are ailing and offer our sincere condolences to families who have lost a loved one.

It is an honour to serve as President of the GCC Hansa and I thank all of you for your support.

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