I would like to thank all members and friends of the German Hungarians for their support this past year. I hope that you have enjoyed our events and I look forward to seeing you in the coming year. On behalf of the Board, I would also like to give a special welcome to all our new members. We invite you to continue to join us as often as you like so you may enjoy our camaraderie and fun.
As we approach the end of the year, I enjoy taking the time to reflect on 2022. We experienced some very good times this past year, socially, culturally and on the soccer field. Continuing our traditions while evolving and changing is important to our membership and the future of our Club. Whether it is a Ski Trip, Penny Party, our Kirchweih, Soccer Beef & Beer, A trip to Oktoberfest in Munich (Or South Street and the Armory), our Cultural Exchange Book club, or Ceramic Fun at a Club night the German Hungarians have a good time no matter where we go. It is not always where you are; but who you are with! It is the people who make a difference!
Our Schuhplattlers had a stellar performance at Gaufest in Atlantic City this past July capturing a well-deserved 3rd place after working so hard for several years now. We also had a few Einzel winners; along with a Meist Prize for bringing the largest group of people to the fest. To say I was proud would be an understatement. Congratulations to all the dancers, coaches and members for their support that weekend and for making it so memorable.
Our Men’s and Women’s soccer teams are both mid-season and doing well. The Men’s standings are currently at a very high placement in the league and can be very proud of being East Penn Amateur Cup Championship Finalists. The Women are highly competitive, strong, and transitioning some new young players onto their roster. Our Women are very well respected among the teams in the league and are proven to be a very good opponent!
This past Fall, we had the opportunity to see the Donauschwaben Landestreffen come back to the East coast over Labor Day weekend. It was hosted by the Trenton Donauschwaben, and we were able to make substantial contributions to the Austellung (Museum) and the Allgemeiner Kirchweih by working with our friends in Trenton and Philadelphia. Our three clubs have a very good relationship and working together makes the planning more enjoyable!
Embracing new opportunities has always been a German Hungarian tradition and we like to continue as such. Looking to the future, in 2025 The Enzian Volkstanzgruppe of Newark, Delaware & the United German Hungarians will host the 30. Gaufest at the Delaware Saengerbund, July 3-6, 2025! We are excited to work with our friends from EVTG and we are looking forward to this event. This is no small task, and an event of this magnitude will require everyone’s involvement. A time to unite, set and achieve goals, have fun and to enjoy the exhilaration of our accomplishments of our Club.
As we move into 2023, we will be busy with soccer, dancing, social activities and supporting the local German clubs and restaurants. Stay tuned and follow us on social media and our website for news, updates, schedules and be sure to follow “In the Kitchen” and “The Manhattan Club” for the latest with our foodies and “boozies.”
More importantly, we will be celebrating 100 years of soccer. This is a significant milestone and Soccer will be celebrated throughout the year. We will host a Special Cocktail Party on Friday; March 10th and our history will be highlighted throughout the year. I look forward to our traditions as well as other new and exciting events and opportunities with all of you in 2023.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and families a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, bright, and prosperous New Year.
Janet Fricker Malofiy