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German-American Club holds inaugural ball

By Staff | Dec 16, 2014

CHUCK BALLARO Top from left, Gerhard Veith, Hubert Prem, Robert Kraft, and Bob Hildebrand. Bottom row, the board of directors, Mary Pakusch, Barbara Wilken, Dorothy Tamadel, Teresa Kohl and Heinz Theuretzbacher. Chris Pilsbury is not pictured.

It was an evening to wear your best at the German American Club Saturday as the organization held its annual inaugural ball, which served not only as a day to install the new board of directors, but also to hand out donations to favorite charities.

Six members, two re-elected and another who served more than decade ago, were sworn in by club president Hubert Prem.

The board of directors are Mary Pakusch, Barbara Wilken, Dorothy Tama-del, Teresa Kohl, Heinz Theuretzbacher and Chris Pilsbury, who could not attend and will be sworn in at a later date.

Kohl, who was elected to her second, two-year term, said the main goal is to continue to grow the membership with younger people (while preserving the same traditions) and perform maintenance on the aging building.

“We want to be sure the club will be here for a long time, so we have to do repairs. We have a lot of expenses coming up, including the water and sewer,” Kohl said. “We not only want to preserve the values of our club, but open up for the future with new, young membership to assure us a future.”

Theuretzbacher, back on the board after a 14-year absence, agreed with Kohl, adding that with new board members come new ideas.

“I think I have some good ideas to make things better for the club and change with the times,” Theuretzbacher said.”Not much has changed. We’re set in our ways, but we have to change course a little bit to make it attractive to younger people.”

Following the swearing in ceremony, Prem presented numerous charitable organizations with checks totaling $22,500. The organizations included;

Cape Coral Caring Center, $2,000; Cape Coral Historical Society Museum, $1,000; Cape Coral Police Explorers, $6,000; Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary, $500; Hope Hospice $5,000; Pine Island Food Pantry $1,500; the Power Squadron, $2,000; and the Southwest Florida Public Academy, $500.

Representatives of the latter two did not attend, after which Prem took the checks and put them in his pocket, as if he would keep them for himself.

“They obviously don’t need money. This gives $2,500 to me,” Prem laughed, before lamenting that everyone should have come to accept the checks in person.

“This is not just about the German American Club, it’s about the organization, the charity that is supported and uses this money and gives it to needy people, animals or whatever living soul is in need,” Prem said.

The money will be mailed to the recipients.