German - American Journal
Chapter Chatter DANK Chapter South Bend Oktoberfest at its best By Christine Weiss DANK Chapter South Bend DANK members met at Weiss' Gasthaus on October 24 to celebrate the Oktoberfest. John Tarwacki hosted the event and Mark Rydzinski entertained everyone with his accordion, playing Polkas, Waltzes, and sing-alongs. The room was decorated in traditional bavarian colors, resembling the sky and the clouds. During the evening we prosted many times to the happy occasion. A Yodel contest was won by a young lady by the name of Tricia. Six contestants entered the beer drinking contest with the anticipation of drinking a full stein of beer, however, six baby bottles were brought out instead. Clara Custers grandson finished first and received a beautiful felt hat, straight from Bavaria. The evening was filled with fun and was enjoyed by everyone. A big thanks to John and Mark, and everyone who came out to make it a special night to remember.
Pittsburgh Chapter partakes in raising funds for local Food Pantry By Erik Wittmann Pittsburgh Chapter President Emeritus As part of our Chapters ongoing effort to do projects to benefit the local community and support DANK’S St. Nicholas Project, the Chapter held its second annual “Bratfest” to benefit the George Steiner Food Bank. The one day event, held on October11 raised close to $700 for the Food Bank. This effort in its second year is done in conjunction with the Concord Presbyterian Church, the home church of our former vice President George Steiner. Funds raised with this effort and others on the part of the church provide resources for Food Baskets for the needy during both Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The Chapter will also be collecting funds at our annual “ Weihnachtfeier” to be held on December 4th at the Teutonia Männerchor. Donations can be mailed to DANK Chapter 58, P.O. Box 24563, Pittsburgh, Pa 15234 payable to the George Steiner Food Bank.