07 Aug / 2013
The Saskatchewan German Council Inc. is proud to launch another “What is German about me? Contest”! Eligible submissions are a short film, a poem or a photo collage. All submissions will be categorized in two age groups – 14 to 19 years of age and 20 to 25 years of age. The best submission in each age category (a jury will decide) will be awarded with a $250 Amazon.ca gift certificate. For further information please download the poster and entry form. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2013. Please contact the SGC office if you have any questions.
25 Jul / 2013
Summer in Saskatchewan is full of outdoor activities and everyone uses the time outside as much as possible. Good thing is, you can read the postillion everywhere.
This edition has a lovely piece about the 2013 Sängerfest which was hosted by the Regina Volksliederchor Harmonie. There is also an article about the Saskatchewan German Council Treffpunkt Weekend, which took place in Estevan in June this year. Many of our members made the trip down south and it was a great get together.
The council underwent some changes with a new logo and new website. The President’s Report goes into some details as to what has changed. Alvin Knoll takes “The History of Germans from Russian” into its 13th part, be sure to read it. As usual, you will find the rolling calendar, a summer recipe, and a little peak into our library in the Postillion. There is also the “Kinder- und Jugendseite” on the last two pages, for the younger reader. It includes a little writing contest. Write a short story about your summer vacation or an imaginary vacation, send it in to the council and you could win a little prize.
Of course the Postillion wouldn’t be complete without the News from our Member Groups. Thank you to all who submitted articles, it’s always interesting to see what each group is up to.
We wish you a wonderful summer!
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16 Jul / 2013
On September 22, 2013 the “Bundestagswahl” will take place in Germany. Germans who live outside of Germany may be eligible to vote as well.
Please read the following announcement carefully.
für Deutsche zur Wahl zum Deutschen Bundestag
Am 22. September 2013 findet die Wahl zum Deutschen Bundestag statt.
Deutsche, die außerhalb der Bundesrepublik Deutschland leben und im Bundesgebiet keine Wohnung mehr innehaben, können bei Vorliegen der sonstigen wahlrechtlichen Voraussetzungen an der Wahl teilnehmen.
Für ihre Wahlteilnahme ist u. a. Voraussetzung, dass sie
- entweder nach Vollendung ihres 14. Lebensjahres mindestens drei Monate ununterbrochen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1) eine Wohnung innegehabt oder sich sonst gewöhnlich aufgehalten haben und dieser Aufenthalt nicht länger als 25 Jahre zurück liegt, oder aus anderen Gründen persönlich und unmittelbar Vertrautheit mit den politischen Verhältnissen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erworben haben und von ihnen betroffen sind; sowie
- in ein Wählerverzeichnis in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland eingetragen sind. Diese Eintragung erfolgt nur auf Antrag. Der Antrag ist auf einem Formblatt zu stellen; er soll bald nach dieser Bekanntmachung abgesandt werden. Einem Antrag, der erst am 02. September 2013 oder später bei der zuständigen Gemeindebehörde eingeht, kann nicht mehr entsprochen werden (§ 18 Abs. 1 der Bundeswahlordnung).
Antragsvordrucke (Formblätter) sowie informierende Merkblätter sind online auf der Seite des Bundeswahlleiters (www.bundeswahlleiter.de) erhältlich. Sie können auch bei
– den diplomatischen und berufskonsularischen Vertretungen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland,
– dem Bundeswahlleiter, Statistisches Bundesamt, Zweigstelle Bonn, Postfach 17 03 77, 53029 BONN, GERMANY, oder per E-Mail <email@example.com>,
– den Kreiswahlleitern in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Weitere Auskünfte erteilt:
Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Suite 704 – 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, B.C., V6C 3E1
604 684 8377
Vancouver, im Juni 2013
1) Zu berücksichtigen ist auch eine frühere Wohnung oder ein früherer Aufenthalt in dem in Artikel 3 des Einigungsvertrages genannten Gebiet (Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen zuzüglich des Gebietes des früheren Berlin (Ost)).
27 Jun / 2013
On the past weekend, June 22. & 23., the Saskatchewan German Council held it’s Annual General Meeting in Estevan. The weekend was organized by the Estevan & District German “Freundschaft” Society, in short, the Estevan German Club. The club and its volunteers did an amazing job to provide entertainment, delicious meals and the set up for out AGM.
During the AGM new Board of Directors were elected. We thank the outgoing Board Members for the time and input and welcome the new Board Members.
Our new Board of Directors for 2013/2014: (from left to right) Ulrike Hecker, Amanda Stehwien, Ray Fichter, Ilona Beck, Dr. Michael Zimmermann, Josephin Dick, Rod Gellner, Katharina Ulbrich, Andrew Grzesina, Marita Bray, Franziska Davies.
11 Jun / 2013
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the Saskatchewan German Council Inc. (SGC) Annual General Meeting.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Estevan Community Centre (Nicholson Centre)
701 Souris Avenue
Estevan, SK S4A 2T1
Proposed Bylaw Change
The property and business of the Council shall be managed by a board of eleven (11) directors, including the Past–President. The terms of office of the Directors shall be two years and shall be staggered, so that at each Annual Meeting of the Council three Directors shall be elected for a two-year term. No more than two individual members shall serve on the Board of Directors at any time.
The property and business of the Council shall be managed by a board of eleven (11) directors, including the Past–President. The executive officers are President, Past President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The terms of office of the Directors shall be two years and shall be staggered. No more than two individual members shall serve on the Board of Directors at any time.
All Executive officers (with the exception of the Past President) may be elected to a limit of two consecutive two-year terms. The Executive officers are Past President, President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Members of the Board of Directors with exception of the President, Past President and Treasurer, can serve on the SGC Board for no more than eight (8) consecutive years. A person elected as President can serve 3 terms regardless of the previous time on the board. A former Board member may be reelected to a director’s position after being retired for at least one year from the board.
No member of the Board of Directors with exception of the Past President and Treasurer, can serve on the SGC Board for more than eight (8) consecutive years. No member can serve for more than four (4) years as a regular Director. However, a maximum of another four years may be served as an Executive Officer. A person elected as President can serve 3 two-year terms regardless of the previous time on the board. A former Board member may be reelected to a director’s position after being retired for at least one year from the board.
Signing authority shall be vested in the following three members of the Board of Directors of the Council: the President, the Treasurer; and the Secretary, any two of whom are empowered to sign in the name of the Council.
Signing authority shall be vested in the president, treasurer, and a third person, either the secretary or vice president. The third person to be chosen by the Board of Directors at the first board meeting after the AGM. Any two of whom are empowered to sign in the name of the Council.
Voting at the AGM
Each group or society having Organization Membership may appoint two voting delegates to the AGM. (Bylaws: 4.1) Each member association can substitute another person for one of its regular delegates. If the second delegate also is unable to attend, his/her vote will be lost. (Bylaws: 6.7.3) Individual members, Supporting members, Honorary members and Associate members shall not have voting rights. (Bylaws: 4.3)
Audited Financial Statements
The audit was conducted by Jensen & Stromberg. The audited financial statements are available from the SGC office upon request as printed or pdf version and will also be available at the AGM.
Nominations to the SGC Board
Elections to the SGC Board of Directors will take place on June 23 during the AGM in Estevan. Notwithstanding anything contained herein, nominations will be accepted up to 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. (Bylaws: 6.8.2)
A Board Nomination Form is available directly from the SGC office as well as the SGC Election Protocol.
25 Mar / 2013
Asparagus is a spring vegetable and mainly due to its short growing season, a highlight for many food lovers. While in Canada mainly green asparagus is common, white asparagus, also called the “royal vegetable” is the most popular kind in Germany. A variety of dishes can be prepared with asparagus, ranging from simply boiling to soups and even desserts.
The German Harmonie Society in Regina has been organizing a Spargelfest (asparagus fest) for a number of years. The club’s chef will prepare a 4-course menu with asparagus being the main ingredient. In past years Spargelfest has been so successful that the club will have it two days in a row this year on April 25 and 26. For tickets contact the German Harmonie Society (1727 St. John Street) in Regina at 306-352-8597.
For the first time this year, the German Cultural Centre (160 Cartwright Street) in Saskatoon will be having a Spargelfest as well. The club’s chef will prepare a delicious meal with asparagus. For tickets to the club’s 1st annual Spargelfest on May 9 contact them at 306-244-6869.
19 Dec / 2011
We are half way through December and everyone is rushing to get Christmas shopping done. Cookies and Christmas baking needs to be done, setting up all the decorations, the Christmas tree and preparing for family and company for Christmas Eve.
Take some time though to relax and grab a copy of this Winter Postillion 2012. It is once again filled with interesting news, stories and updates from the clubs. This edition as articles about various German Christmas traditions, or those to believe being German. You will also find a write up about a Biosphere partnership between Saskatchewan an German. Don’t miss the interesting piece about the scissor cuts which you found throughout this year on the Postillion. Take out the old ones to look at them again!
We once again included a Kinder- und Jugendseite, for the kids and teens. It included short poems about Christmas, a word grit and a picture to colour. Furthermore, you will find short write ups about a book and DVD that you can find in our library. If you are interested in reading the book or seeing the movie, come by the office and you can get it from out library.
Of course we also included a winter salad recipe for you to try. This concludes the 2012 Recipe Corner series and we are thinking about next years theme already. If you have and suggestions, please contact the office by phone or email.
As usual, you will find interesting articles about our member groups and their activities. Don’t miss them!
The Saskatchewan German Council, its Board of Directors and office staff would like to wish Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Hannukha to everyone and a Happy New Year!
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