Lord Hear Our Prayer
Please take a moment to remember those members or family who have passed on or are struggling to return to health and normal activities. GAPA expresses condolences for the families of Dina Markham, James DeFina, Thomas Jensen (brother of Kris Hunger), Maria Vallely (mother in law of Brian Righeimer), Pauline Haas (mother of Mike Haas), Peter Marsalek (nephew of Diann Marsalek.
Our good friend and tireless pension advocate Ken Hauser underwent some serious heart surgery and while he is recovering it's at a slower pace than he would wish. Best wishes to Ken. George Volkl had some health issues and we were very glad to see him at the June meeting.
I wrote a series of articles a few years ago about the Eagle Scouts of GAPA, whether sons, other family, or our very own members in their younger days. In addition to the years of long serious efforts by these Scouts with the support of their families and friends it's the adult volunteers at all levels who encourage, guide, organize and keep everything on track. GAPA's own Chairman of the Board Paul Kurtzner is one such person who was this April honored with the BSA's highest award, the "Silver Beaver" for distinguished service to the troop (his son PJ is an Eagle) the local council, and his community. Recipients who are nominated represent many years dedicated to the ideals and practice of Scouting. It is specifically awarded to those who did not seek it ( would that our politicians had that attitude) . Paul's contributions, other awards , and activities are too numerous to list here, suffice to say they are truly impressive. Congratulations to Paul for this outstanding achievement.
The 2017 GAPA Golf Outing had an excellent turnout on a beautiful day for the golfing part, the rain held off until picnic time when we were under shelter. Great hospitality at the Renwood golf course in Round Lake Beach contributed to the fun and the wonderful dinner at the picnic served up by the ladies of the Donau Schwaben of Lake Villa along with plenty of cold beer from our friends at Glunz kept spirits high. The raffle table was so bountiful that I believe everyone (or almost) won something. Our thanks and kudos to Golf Meister Joe Kirchens along with Tim Schaefer, Jeff Schuck, Tom Moritz, and many others. Tom Hartwig hauled the GAPA store along and did a brisk business. Attendees also bought a good number of picnic raffle tickets with our thanks.
Von Steuben Day Parade
Don’t forget Chicago’s annual German Day Parade on 9 Sept.! Step-off is at 2pm. GAPA also offers a pre-parade brunch at Laschets Inn at 11 am. Consider this event our GAPA membership pride parade. The FOP float will be there for anyone unable to march. See ad inside!
My Best Wishes to all and hope to see you at the GAPA Picnic 14 July. Have a happy and safe summer.