Kansas City Calendar of Events

GOAL: to help promote awareness and attendance for charitable, fundraising, civic, sporting and social events; to avoid scheduling conflicts on events and to help recruit new volunteers for some worthy causes.


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Please note a Special request at
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
of Jackson County
A not-for-profit organization that trains community volunteers. You do not have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome people from all walks of life. We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense; Jackson County CASA: 816-842-CASA (842-2272); info@jacksoncountycasa-mo.org; Jackson County CASA Website
As an ADVOCATE volunteer: you will be thoroughly trained and well-supported by professional staff, who will help you through each case to advocate for abused and neglected children. ADVOCATE volunteers become the voice for the children.
READ MORE about the requirements and the role itself.
Requirements include:
--Be 21 years old
--Be willing to complete necessary background checks (criminal and Child Protective Services), provide references and participate in an interview
--Complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training
--Be available for court appearances, with advance notice
--Be willing to commit to the program until your first case is closed
Not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer advocate?

Northland Infant Clothing Center
In the house of prayer behind The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7116 N State Route 9, Kansas City, Missouri 64152; MAP; A personal outreach to the youngest members of our community in need. The NICC has been helping families since 2004 by providing families with diapers, clothing and other personal care items. We offer FREE gently used clothing for sizes newborn to 5 toddler. We also offer underclothing, socks, shoes, coats, diapers and wipes, blankets, books and other infant personal care items.Facebook Page; Website
If you would like to volunteer an hour or two a month, please contact the center at 816-741-5101 or call Cindy at 816-682-7797.
Hours of Operation and Donations accepted:
First Monday of the Month - 10am-12pm
2nd Tuesday of the Month - 2-4pm (and Open Day to public)
3rd Wednesday of the Month - 5-7pm
4th Thursday of each Month - 2-4pm

FIND A FOOD PANTRY to make non-perishable FOOD DONATIONS: www.foodpantries.org
Paper goods cannot be purchased with food stamps. If you have notebooks, notepads, etc to donate, please ask if they are accepted.

EVERY 3RD SATURDAY 50 volunteers are needed to help distribute fresh produce from Harvesters to families in need in our community.
-Harvesters Mobile Food Distribution, meet at the Wornall campus parking lot, Colonial Presbyterian, 9500 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, Missouri; 8-10:30am;
🥕 Assist in distributing 250 boxes of food
🥕 A great service opportunity for families with young children, teens, seniors and life groups.
🥕 Dress for the weather as this is an outdoor event.
🥕 Please REGISTER HERE ahead of time!

2018 Special Olympics Missouri Volunteers
KC Metro Area Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are the foundation of Special Olympics Missouri. We depend on thousands of volunteers to help coach, conduct events and serve on organizational and fundraising committees.
Become a coach or volunteer and learn how you can make a difference!
Before volunteering at one of our events, take the time to watch this quick video where athletes, coaches, Unified Partners and volunteers will tell you what you need to know before you show up on event day!

American Red Cross, Greater Kansas City Chapter
211 W. Armour Blvd., Kansas City
(816) 931-8400 or www.kcredcross.org
Help in a variety of programs.

American Theatre Guild
Street Team Membership
Theater League is looking for volunteers to help with productions coming to your city. This is a perfect chance to be involved with theater productions and enjoy the thrill of live theater! If you think you might be interested in helping us on the ground, this would be the perfect experience for you!
If you’re interested in finding out more information about this program,
contact Theater League at 800.776.7469 or email info@americantheatreguild.org

Animal Response Team Volunteer
11936 Gillette St., Overland Park, KS 66213
Contact: JC Burcham, jcburcham@gmail.com
Your Pet Depends on You in a Disaster! One of our primary missions is to educate and prepare individuals to take care of their pets during disasters. In addition, we are able to assist with the following in the Johnson County, KS region:
* Setup of temporary animal relief shelters
* Evacuation of animals
* Rescue of abandoned or stranded animals
* Implementation of record keeping and identification system
* Limited transportation of animals
* Coordination of initial veterinary care for sick and injured animals
* Coordination of animal food and supplies
* Lost animal documentation
* Reuniting animals with caregivers

Arts Volunteer
David Pruitt, 816-561-1033, volunteer@phoenixfamily.org
801 Pacific Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Skills Desired: Writing, Crafts
Everyone loves art! Whether it's painting, sculpting, crafting, molding, or even a macaroni and glue combination made by a child, art is a wonderful release for all ages! At our communities, we are on the lookout for creative individuals who can work with groups of our seniors or youth and teach them a new way to express themselves. Why not share that love of writing or sketching or collaging with a excited audience? With as little as one time a month, you could share a love of art with our appreciative residents!

AseraCare Hospice
Kansas City: 11020 Ambassador Drive, Suite 305, Kansas City, MO 64153; MAP; INFO
• Volunteer Coordinator: Jennifer Carr: 877-878-3900; 816-880-3900
Lawrence: 3320 Clinton Pkwy Ct Suite 120, Lawrence, KS 66047; MAP; INFO
• Volunteer Coordinator: 855-532-8878; 785-840-0820
Volunteers to share:
• Public relations to recruit volunteers and assist public relations manager with referrals
• Administration for assisting with medical records
• Indirect care for phone calls to patients and families
• Bereavement care for follow up with families
• Direct care and companion care for friendly visits
• Vigil team to help with patient and family support during crisis management or active dying process

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Greater Kansas City Chapter (AAFA-KC)
(816) 333-6608 or 888-542-8252 or www.aafakc.org
Opportunities available to volunteer in programs assisting children, families, adults, and others in need. Office assistance also needed. Date and times will vary.

Jennifer Nigro, Volunteer Coordinator, (785) 864-4604, www.reader.ku.edu
7501 Prospect, Kansas City, MO 64132
This location is handicap accessible
Volunteers will choose content and read a variety of small town newspapers via closed circuit radio to people with vision loss and other disabilities that prevent them from reading normal printed materials. Daytime hours only, Monday-Friday.
All volunteers must pass a cold reading audition consisting of a 100 word pronunciation test and a series of reading samples.

The Barn Players Theatre Volunteer
6219 Martway, Mission, KS; Maphttp://www.thebarnplayers.org/support/
Dozens of people, mostly volunteers, come together to make our productions and our organization successful.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Ushering or selling concessions at performances
Building scenery for shows
Setting up displays in our lobby
Helping with the marketing of our shows
Special events planning
Fundraising initiatives...and many more!
If you've got the time and/or talent to offer, please contact our volunteer coordinator at theboard@thebarnplayers.org for more information

Big Brothers Big Sisters program. You can make a difference for a kid.
Call Scott at 816-561-5269 if interested in more details or filling out a BIG application.

Bishop Spencer Place (retirement community)
4301 Madison, Kansas City
(816) 931-4277
Work with residents on things such as gardening, visitation, reading, letter writing, playing board games and so on. (Contact: Judy Green, activity coordinator.)

The Borgen Project
Lynsey Alexander: 1-800-278-0747; www.borgenproject.org
5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110
Many Virtual Opportunities
Mission Statement:
The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that works with U.S. leaders to improve their response to the global poverty crisis.

Bridging the Gap (environmental agency that works to encourage local and global understanding of our interconnectedness)
435 Westport Road, Suite 23, Kansas City
www.bridgingthegap.org; Current Volunteer Opportunities
(816) 561-1087 (Volunteer line: 816-561-1061)
Work at community recycling centers, help with litter pickup and do other environmental projects and special events. (Contact: Laura O’Brien, volunteer coordinator.)

Brogeen's Brigade
Children's Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road, KCMO; Not everyone can come to the Parade; For more than a decade, members of the parade committee and entertainers such as clowns, Irish dancers and team mascots have brought the parade to life for the kids at Children's Mercy Hospital;
If you are a Bagpiper, a clown, an Irish dancer or you just have a heart for making a child smile…think about “Showing Us Your Irish”; Children's Mercy Hospital has a visitor protocol which we will absolutely follow; www.kcirishparade.com

C.A. Franklin After School Program
1-3 hours a week - 3:30-4:40pm; tutor kids in K-5th grades
the program is also looking for special guests to come in and share their experiences with the children
Bennie Avery 816-418-6792

Campfire USA Heartland Council
7930 State Line Road, Prairie Village
(913) 648-2121 or www.kc-campfire.org
Work with blind and visually impaired youths as they explore sports, including track/field, swimming and team sports, plus camping, art and community service. Be a coach or adventure fitness volunteer for four hours a month.

Camps for Kids
Volunteers needed to visit camps and make notes on facilities and activities.
www.volunteerkc.org (816-559-4622)

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Jackson County
a not-for-profit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Volunteers become the voice for the children
to become a volunteer contact Glenda Gish at 816-842-CASA


Catholic Charities, Kansas City Regional
2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
(913) 621-1504 or
Work and time commitment varies.

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph
1112 Broadway, Kansas City , MO
Opportunities available to volunteer in programs assisting children, families, seniors, homeless and others in need.
Visit the website to volunteer or call 816.756.1858, x 561

The Children's Museum of Kansas City
4601 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
(913) 287-8888 or www.kidmuzm.org
Work with children in the museum, repair exhibits, help at festivals and so on. Hours are flexible.

Children's Peace Pavilion
1001 W. Walnut, Independence
(816) 521-3033
Volunteers (15 or older) guide children through the museum and answer questions. Estimated service time is two hours a day.

Christmas In October
P.O.box 32108
K.C.Mo 64171
One Saturday volunteering with a crew can drastically improve the quality of life for some inner city folks on a fixed income. Be a part of this 25 yr tradition by showing up & having fun helping our own citizens.

City Union Mission
(helps build awareness of and compassion for homeless and poor people)
1100 E. 11th St., Kansas City
(816) 474-9380 or
Help those who are less fortunate. There are also tutoring opportunities.

Community Services League
300 W. Maple, Independence
Opportunities include sorting clothes and inputting data. Time commitment varies.

Community Blood Center of Kansas City
4040 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64109
Volunteer Services: 816.968.4079
Volunteer Opportunities:
- Donor Revitalization: Car for donors post-donation by distribution snacks and drinks and observing the health status of donors
- Driver for Life: Distribute lifesaving blood products to those in need as a volunteer delivery driver
Additionally, we are always looking for blood donations at any of our blood centers in Kansas City, Blue Springs, Gladstone, Overland Park, St. Joseph, and Topeka.

Community Employment, Inc., Assist with online applications and faxed resumes for disabled people, assist with data entry. www.volunteerkc.org (816-527-0724)

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS 66221
Volunteer Coordinator, 913-897-2360, Farmsteadvolunteer@opkansas.org; www.opkansas.org
Areas to volunteer include Greeter, petting pens, mining, educational docent, gardening, and Special Events. Be a part of Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Help us teach future generations about life on a turn-of-the-century Kansas farm.

Education, Travel & Culture (ETC)
Brenda Ferland: 877-222-9803; www.edutrav.org
1029 SW Washington
Kansas City, MO 64105
Good Match For People 55+
It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
Requirements & Commitment:
Driver's License Needed
Background Check
Must be at least 25
Orientation or Training
5 - 10 hours a week
Skills Needed:
People Skills
Cross-cultural Communication
Youth Services

Elder Helpers
help@elderhelpers.org; www.elderhelpers.org
Aims to match volunteers with elders in need of help within their own community.
It's Flexible! We'll work with your schedule
Requirements & Commitment:
Must be at least 18

Episcopal Community Services
Meals on Wheels drivers needed.
www.volunteerkc.org (913-484-5216)

Fox 4 Love Fund for Children
3030 Summit
Kansas City, MO
Opportunities available to assist in numerous fund raising events throughout the year. Working with third party professionals; the Love Fund assists children 18 yrs and under, in need when no other resources are available. For upcoming events, see www.wdaftv4.com, click on Love Fund Logo.

Girl Scouts of Mid Continent Council
8383 Blue Parkway Drive, Kansas City
(816) 358-8750 or www.girlscoutsmcc.org
A'Yanna Webster, ayannawebster@girlscoutsksmo.org
a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that cater to your skills and interests. Have fun by empowering girls while making an impressive addition to your resume. Opportunities abound for outdoor enthusiasts like you! As an Instructor For Girl Programs, you will show our wonderful scouts the beauty and majesty of nature while teaching them to value friendship and teamwork. All outdoor programs are guided by goals and objectives designed to empower our girls. We are excited to find individuals who would like to: Swim Sail/Canoe/Kayak Rappel/Zip Line Traverse Climbing Walls Horseback Ride Practice Team Sports Practice Archery Camp Outdoors Requirements: Potential volunteers must be at least 18, submit to a background check, and have skills in coaching, youth training, communication, and listening.

Good Shepherd Hospice
Adeng DeWarabeck: 913-322-3297; www.goodshepherdhospice.com
• 11253 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, KS 66215
• 7611 State Line Rd
Kansas City, MO 64114
• 123 W. Kansas Ave
Independence, MO 64050
It's Flexible! We'll work with your schedule
Mission Statement:
Serving People With Compassion and Dignity

MoKan Greyhound Adoption
PO Box 234
Independence, MO 64051
933 S. Leslie, Independence
(816) 833-3920 or www.mokangreyhounds.org
Educate the public about greyhounds as pets at adoption events, do home visits, foster, help at fund-raisers and attend quarterly volunteer meetings.

Greyhound Support in Kansas City
3900 N. 99th St., Kansas City, Kan.
Assist in taking pictures of greyhounds that are ready to be moved into adoption groups or serve as kennel assistants, helping clean and care for greyhounds.

Goodwill Industries
1817 Campbell St., Kansas City
(816) 842-7425 or www.mokangoodwill.org
Help at all facilities, work on clerical tasks, teach, raise money, mentor and more.

Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
1423 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City
Kate Fields: (816) 924-1096 or www.habitatkc.org
Serve as construction volunteers; type of work varies. Workday is 8pm-4:30pm

3801 Topping, Kansas City
Click on for Many Ways to Volunteer
(816) 929-3000; volunteer@harvesters.org; www.harvesters.org
3801 Topping, Kansas City, MO 64129
Harvesters Community Demonstration Garden
Green thumbs not required! Here's a great opportunity for gardening enthusiasts every Saturday from May through September (we are closed September 3rd) from 9 a.m. - noon. As part of Harvesters' strategy to create long-term solutions to hunger, the food bank, Kansas City Community Gardens and Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City have developed a demonstration garden at Harvesters. All planting, watering, weeding and harvesting is done under the guidance of a Master Gardener.

Heartland Habitat for Humanity
1401 Fairfax Traffic Way, Suite 323D Kansas City, KS 66115
Shelly Bolling-Strickland: 913-342-3047
Fax: 913-342-4459; www.heartlandhabitat.org
Kate Fields:volunteer coordinator KS
Dana Byron is the volunteer coordinator KCMO
Have plans for Saturday? You can with Heartland Habitat for Humanity! We have a number of build sites in KCKS currently available (2007), and the upcoming Women Build and Building With Youth home building projects in September 2007; No construction experience needed, just a heart for helping low-income families fulfill their dreams of homeownership

Heart of America United Way
1080 Washington St., Kansas City
(816) 472-4289
The Web site lists a variety of service projects

Heart to Heart International
401 S. Clairborne, Suite 302, Olathe
(913) 764-5200 or www.hearttoheart.org
Help collect items from donations and organize and distribute clothing and toiletries.

Heartland Therapeutic Riding Inc.
(provides equine-assisted physical and occupational therapy)
19655 Antioch, Stilwell in Johnson County
(913) 897-3939
Help as side-walkers, leaders and attendants and help in the barn. One hour-per-week commitment for six weeks at a time.
(Contact: Vicki Brown.)

HELP Humane
511 Main Street, Belton, MO 64012
Must love animals! Dog walking, litter box scooping, filling food/water bowls, cleaning, laundry, and playing with the shelter animals.
Must attend orientation before volunteering. These are held on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Please call in advance to be put on the orientation calendar.
816-318-4357; diana@helphumane.org or shannon@helphumane.org

ACS Hope Lodge
Kansas City1120 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 842-6427
Contact: Amy Goldstein

The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge is a residence facility for cancer outpatients and caregiver in downtown KC. The facility helps outpatients by not having to make repeated long distances trips back and forth from their home, helping reduce expenses, stress and fatigue, during ongoing chemo, radiation and cancer treatment. Call Emily at Hope Lodge if would like more information or to help as a volunteer

Amerian Cancer Society Hope House
Drivers 18 and older needed to transport cancer patients to and from treatment facilities. www.volunteerkc.org (816-842-6427)

Horizon Academy (education center for children with learning disabilities)
4901 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park
(913) 789-9443
Help with bulk mailings (newsletters, annual reports, invitations and so on) by applying labels, stapling and sorting.
(Contact: Natalie Upp.)

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
5445 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.
(913) 596-1000 or www.hsgkc.org
Help socialize, exercise and groom animals, help with kennel clean-up and other activities. Volunteers must be 16 or older or be supervised by a parent or guardian.
Contact: Leslie, volunteer coordinator

Johnson County Health Partnership
8600 W. 95th St., Suite 100, Overland Park
(913) 648-2266 or
Johnson County Nursing Center
11875 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 200, Olathe
(913) 894-8383; www.hpcjc.org
Help the elderly, read to them, talk with them and so on.

Johnson County Task Force on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Inc.
8807 Monrovia, Lenexa
(913) 888-4297 or www.jocotaskforce.netfirms.com
Teens work to create and deliver alcohol/drug abuse awareness and prevention programs, serve as peer mentors and so on.

Kansas City Free Health Clinic
3515 Broadway, Kansas City
(816) 753-5144 or www.kcfree.org
Enter data or do office and receptionist work. (Contact: Suzanne Sutton Lammert, 816-777-2761.)

Kansas City Irish Museum and Cultural Center
Union Station, 30 Pershing Road, Suite 700, KCMO 64108
Contact: Mike Dugger : 816-474-3848
Hours needed:
Wed-Sat 10am-4pm
Sunday Noon-4pm
Duties: Meet and Greet Customers, Sell Gifts from Shop, Answer the Phone

KC MeltingPot Theatre
KC MeltingPot is the Anchor Company at Just Off Broadway Theatre. All performances are held on Keairnes stage at Just off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108 (in Penn Valley Park); MAP
Want to Volunteer? We will help you find the right job for you.
Other contact information:
Theatre: (816) 784-5020; Melting Pot: 816-226-8087; info@kcmeltingpot.com; www.justoffbroadway.org; KC MeltingPot Facebook Page; www.kcmeltingpot.com

Kansas City Missouri Animal Shelter
4400 Raytown Rd., Kansas City, MO 64129
Britton : 816-255-8058; brittonh@hotmail.com
Short training session each Sunday by appointment only.
Need volunteers to walk dogs waiting to be adopted at this high-intake facility. Without many volunteers to do the job, dogs remain in cages for days at a time without being walked. But, you can help!
Volunteers especially needed Mon-Friday (but can do weekends also). Help shelter pets by walking dogs for 1-3 hours a week. You will make these dogs’ lives a little better while they’re in the shelter and help make them more adoptable by giving them the opportunity for more socialization.

KC Repertory Theatre
Sign up ONLINE or email/call Sandra Rodriguez at 816-235-6399; kcrep.org/volunteer
Two theatres:
• Spencer Theatre, 4949 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64110; MAP to Spencer Theatre
• Copaken Theatre, 1 H&R Block Way, Kansas City, MO 64105 (13th St. and Walnut); MAP to Copaken Theatre
Volunteer opportunities include:
Coat Checkers
Ticket Takers
Lobby Shop Salespeople (sell merchandise and check out assisted hearing devices)
Special Projects Volunteers (fundraising and educational outreach)
Street Team (work fun events like First Fridays and Plaza Art Fair)
Volunteer Internships
All volunteers receive one free ticket to that night’s show for every shift worked (approx. 3 hours)

Kansas City Rescue Mission
1520 Cherry St., Kansas City
(816) 421-7643 or www.kcrm.org
Help with food service, clothing distribution and assisting needy persons

Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
www.kcirishparade.com or call 913-649-0269
Many volunteer opportunities year round: Shamrockin' concert, Golf Tournament, Lucky 17, Kick Off Luncheon, Gaelic Mass, monthly meetings, The Big KC St. Patrick’s Day Parade and much much more. Join us!

Kansas City Special Olympics
1 Lee Drive, Merriam
(913) 789-0347 or www.ksso.org .
Help with sporting games, holiday workshops, fund-raising and so on.

Kansas City Zoo
volunteer@FOTZKC.org; Website
Volunteer requirements:
• Be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate for adult volunteer programs, or at least 14 years for youth volunteer programs with a parent.*
• Be able to pass a background check.
Be able to pay the materials fee for training materials and shirt and background check.
• Be willing to contribute a minimum of 30 hours of service per year (5 hours per month minimum between May and August).
• Have an appreciation of wildlife and commitment to conserving our natural world.
• Enjoy meeting new people and providing excellent customer service to our guests.
• Be willing to complete any on-site training as needed.
*all youth volunteers must be accompanied by an adult volunteer in the same program.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Help with educational workshops.
4420 Warwick
www.kemperart.org (816-457-6100)

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now — KEEN Kansas City
P.O. Box 45381, Kansas City
(816) 460-2583 or
Meet 1 -4:30 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at the Gregg Klice Community Center and pair up with children and young adults with disabilities to play and have recreational fun.

KC Cares is a totally flexible volunteer opportunity serving 50-100 social service agencies and its members. KC Cares members may volunteer frequently or just a couple times a year based on their individual interest and time. Half an hour KC Cares new volunteer orientations are held twice a month. Please consider attending a member orientation or becoming a KCC project coordinator. Volunteer opportunities at www.kccares.org

KC Hospice seeks volunteers to spend time with the terminally ill. Volunteers could spend up to 4 hours a week giving caregivers a break or visiting a nursing home. Tasks would include reading aloud, also looking for services of beauticians, notaries and lawyers. Volunteer training sessions on Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 7. More info, call Kathy Fetters at 816-363-2600

Lakeview Village (retirement community)
9100 Park St., Lenexa
(913) 888-1900 or
Visit, socialize, and work with residents on National Family Volunteer Day, Spring Chore Day, activities, even Habitat for Humanity. We welcome groups for service or to share their talents in entertainment (Contact: Shellie Sullivan, Volunteer Coordinator, 913-744-2410.)

Lifeskills Management Center Inc.
413 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 254-0001
LMC Provides a continuum of services to at-risk youth and families in Johnson and surrounding counties. Volunteers interested in participating in our Skills Mentorship Program please call to make a difference.

Literacy Kansas City (provides reading help to adults and older teens)
211 W. Armour Boulevard, Third Floor
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 333-9332 and to contact please e-mail info@literacykc.org; www.literacykc.org
Tutors meet twice a week for 90-minute sessions with students.
There are tens of thousands of functionally illiterate adults and teens in the Kansas City area. They have people on their waiting list and are looking for volunteers to tutor.

March of Dimes
We are always looking for volunteers at March of Dimes events, if you would like more information on volunteering for the March of Dimes in general and would like to be placed on our volunteer list so we can contact you in the future, please e-mail harley@kc.rr.com.
the March of Dimes office: 913-235-9852; kmaxwell@marchofdimes.com

Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Gallery (offers after-school program for Latino families and children)
919 W. 17th St., Kansas City
(816) 221-2349 or www.mattierhodes.org
Help clean the area, prepare art classes and work with children. (Contact: Jenny Mendez.)

Meals on Wheels
Gia Simonie, 816-753-7039, gsimonie@westportcooperative.org
201 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
Volunteer - Delivery Driver
volunteer opportunities available during your lunch hour to serve mid-town Kansas Cities home-bound senior citizens and disabled. Delivery route will take approximately 45 minutes - 1 hr and approximate miles covered would be 5 R/T. Days available are Monday - Friday and volunteers must be available to begin their route by 11am. Volunteer once a week, once a month or more as your time permits.
Volunteer - Kitchen Help
volunteer opportunities available each weekday morning from 9:30am - 11am in it's Meals on Wheels kitchen. Successful volunteers will help with meal distribution prep for mid-town Kansas Cities home-bound senior citizens and disabled. There is no cooking involved. Volunteer once a week, once a month or more as your time permits.

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (The MET)
at The Warwick, 3927 Main, KCMO 64111; MAP
Step Right Up and Volunteer!
Volunteers are needed to help with:
· Costumes
· Paint and Pound for Sets & Props
· Front of House to Welcome Audiences nightly
· Join our Front of House Manager in house management duties
· Volunteers are also needed during the day to assist with answering phones. (This is also a great job for a theatre intern! And, we have technical internships available also!) .
Come on out and play a role in creating great theatre in the community. We'd love to have you on our team!
Join our volunteer family by sending an email to boxoffice@metkc.org with "Volunteer" in the Subject line. We'll get in touch soon.

MicroMentor, a Mercy Corps initiative
Loren Guerriero: 503-465-4181; www.micromentor.org/mentors
MicroMentor is a free online service that connects small business owners with business mentors. MicroMentor puts experience to work by offering business professionals meaningful volunteer opportunities and by offering entrepreneurs one-on-one advice to help build successful businesses. Our mission is
Extremely flexible. You set the schedule and the expectations with your mentee. Meanwhile, our support staff is by your side every step of the way to help you succeed as a mentor.
Requirements & Commitment:
Must be at least 21
3 hours a month for 3 months
Mission Statement:
To help small businesses grow faster, generate more revenue, and employ more people. We make it easy to be a mentor, find a mentor, and build a business.
Skills Needed:
Business Planning
Legal (General)
Sales Marketing
Product Development

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
5442 Martway, Mission
(913) 432-3926 or www.nationalmssociety.org/KSG/home
Help with various projects.

National World War I Museum
Play a vital role in the operation of the museum, which relies on the dedication and commitment of more than 200 volunteers each year. Volunteers contribute more than 30,000 hours of service each year, sharing their knowledge, skills and talents throughout the Museum.
• The Museum needs friendly people age 19 or older who can commit to at least 8 hours per month.
• Schedules are flexible and usually last 4 hours (sample: 9:30am-1:30pm or 1-5pm).
• All volunteers are required to attend a basic orientation, safety training and on-the-job training modules. Specialized areas require additional training.
• If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and meet the qualifications, please submit an application online today. Qualified applicants will be contacted. Basic orientation occurs 4-6 times per year.
If you have questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (816) 888.8115 or at volunteer@theworldwar.org

Niles Home for Children
1911 E. 23rd St., Kansas City
(816) 241-3448 or www.nhc-kc.org
Various opportunities such as mentoring.

NorthCare Hospice
2800 Clay Edwards Drive 10th floor, North Kansas City, MO 64116; MAP
Melissa Marsh: 816-691-5119; www.northcarehospice.org
Volunteers function in all settings of hospice care to meet the broadest range of patient/family needs. Volunteers especially needed for patient friendly visits, office support, and our lifetime legacy video program. We have many additional opportunities available, please feel free to contact us for more information.
Days and times are extremely flexible.

Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI)
in need of handy individuals to assist financially disadvantaged homeowners with minor repairs in the Northland.
Do you have an hour or two to help someone in need?
3015 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City 64119
(816) 454-2000

Northland Shepherd's Center
Brenda Dunn: (816) 452-4536; www.shepherdscenternorth.org
Mission Statement:
To promote the physical, mental, and social well being of older adults and to assist them in maintaining their dignity, continued productivity, and independence with a a goal of allowing to remain in their own homes as long as reasonable.
Skills Needed:
Respite Volunteers
Health Care Advocate
Handy Person
Personal Shopper

Olathe Health System
Various locations
(913) 791-4380 or www.ohsi.com
Work four-hour shifts in areas such as information desks, gift shop, mail and flower delivery, outpatient admitting, emergency care center, surgery family room, administration offices and the charitable foundation.

Operation Breakthrough
3039 Troost, Kansas City
(816) 329-5233 or
Opportunities include rocking babies, tutoring parents for the GED exam, reading to preschoolers, tutoring and mentoring school-age children and sharing hobbies.

421 E. 137th St. Kansas City, MO 64145
(816) 508-3600
FAX: (816) 508-3797
If you'd like to help, please contact Laura McDaniel at 816-508-3608 or lm3608@ozanam.org for more information
Learning Lab Tutors: Volunteers are urgently needed to assist Ozanam boys and girls in 9th and 10th grade with their homework on campus during the school year. Subject range from history, algebra and English. If you have a flair for academics and the patience to help others, then we could use your help!
Special Events Volunteers: Would you like to help with one of the most exciting fund-raisers in Kansas City to benefit the boys and girls at Ozanam? Sign up to help with Ozanam's . Lots of volunteers are needed to help with extensive silent and live auctions throughout the evening, and dinner will be provided.
Mentors: Become a good friend to a boy or girl in need ranging from 12 to 18 years old. Work closely with therapists and youth care staff to help the child through his or her recovery process. If you are at least 21 years old with a heart of gold and at least 2 hours a week to spare, then this might be the opportunity for you to make a difference. New ideas and suggestions for volunteers are always welcome! If you'd like to help, please contact Laura McDaniel at 816-508-3608 or lm3608@ozanam.org for more information.

Personal Shopper
Christine Baum, Volunteer Coordinator, (816) 452-4536, http://shepherdscenternorth.org
4805 NE Antioch Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119
Provide grocery shopping on a temporary or permanent basis for homebound older adults.
Sensitivity to the needs of older adults.
Willingness to give an hour or two not more than once a week to shop.
Able to carry groceries into client’s home.

Pets for Life
(816) 363-3665 or www.kcpetsforlife.com
Animals and their human volunteers help with therapy at many facilities in the KC area; Volunteers must visit at least once a month; A handler must be 16, but children can go along; The organization does not offer training but does test its volunteers. For example, dogs must be able to stay for one minute and stay down despite distractions. They must be able to deal with things such as loudspeakers, congested hallways and noisy medical equipment. And they must be able to handle one-on-one socialization

Purrfect Pets (a no-kill, non-profit rescue and adoption agency for cats and kittens)
95th Street and Metcalf Avenue, OPKS
Metcalf South Shopping Center, on the middle mall level, near The Jones Store
Hours: Thursday and Friday 12-7 Saturday 11-6 Sunday 12-5
(913) 652-6677 If you reach the answering machine, please leave a message!
www.petfinder.org/shelters/KS99.html and www.purrfectpets.org
Volunteers to staff the adoption center, foster our adoptable cats, help with computer and other office functions, and participate in outreach, fundraising and publicity.
Unlike most animal shelters, Purrfect Pets has a true, no-kill policy. No cat in our program is ever “put down” because of old age, treatable illness, lack of space, or low adoptability. From older cats and those with special needs, to young and healthy, well-socialized cats, Purrfect Pets has successfully placed hundreds of cats and kittens into loving homes. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, we rely on the generosity of animal lovers who also believe that every cat has the right to a safe and loving home. Donating your time is one of the best ways to help! Please join us! You’ll be glad you did.

Ronald McDonald House Charities
2501 Cherry St., Kansas City
(816) 421-1753 or www.rmhckc.org
Staff the house and assist in administrative and operational needs. Must be able to handle a variety of situations.

Rose Brooks Center (treatment center for victims of domestic abuse)
P.O. 320599, Kansas City
(816) 523-5550 or www.rosebrooks.org
Work with children, as bilingual interpreters or help with general office work.

Singles Available for Community Service (SACS)
Membership in SACS is limited to SINGLE ADULTS ONLY
Monthly meetings at St. Joseph Medical Center, I-435 and State Line Road. Community Center in Building D; While we take our volunteering very seriously, working together also provides volunteers with the opportunity to meet other singles and form quality friendships; Volunteer guidelines; Website

Safehome Inc
P.O. Box 4563, Overland Park
(913) 432-9300 or www.safehome-ks.org
Interact with children while mothers are in group sessions.

Lenexa Sertoma Club
Meetings 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 12:00 Noon
at Fire Mountain Restaurant
10810 West 75th Street
Lenexa, Kansas
Raises money to help fund speech and hearing scholarships, provides ASL interpreters at Theatre in the Park, provides funding for equipment for the Kansas School for the Deaf and various other community service projects

The Salvation Army
3637 Broadway, Kansas City
(816) 756-1455 or
Help with various projects. (Contact: Lesley Green, metro volunteer director, 816-968-0374.)

SHARE Inc. (national organization that provides food, clothing and so on for homeless people)
11 N. 15th St., Kansas City, Kan.
(913) 233-2511
Food kitchen opportunities include cooking, serving or cleaning at noon meal. Groups needed to provide one meal a month. Thrift store volunteers sort and price items for sale; food pantry workers sort and stock food donations, assist clients and answer the phone.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center
9100 W. 74th St., Overland Park
(913) 676-2000 or
Volunteers (minimum age 14) commit to one day a week for at least four hours weekdays, evenings and weekends. Assignments vary.

Sheffield Place
6604 E. 12th St., Kansas City
(816) 483-9927 or
Help watch babies from 6 to 8 p.m. during adult and children’s groups.

Spinning Tree Theatre Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to usher performances, distribute marketing materials throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and to assist in fundraising campaigns.
(816) 569-5277; volunteer@spinningtreetheatre.com

St. Mary's Food Kitchen
645 Nebraska Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
(913) 281-5638
Prepare and serve food.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan.
(913) 321-3535 or www.stpaulskck.org
Prepare, serve and clean after breakfast. (9:30–10:30 a.m.)

TurnStyles Thrift Store
9750 W. 87th St., Overland Park
(913) 648-6795 or
Sort donations (groups of five to eight volunteers work best) and staff the store. (Contact: Mary Kay Drees, 913-621-5255, Ext. 167.)

Heart of America United Way,
(816) 472-4865 Monday-Friday, 8:15am-5pm

United Way of Greater Kansas City
Host back-to-school collection drive at your company or church
www.unitedwaygkc.org (816-559-4667)

Urban Core Group (UCG)
Would you like to help with Urban Core events? We’d love to have you, just write to us at volunteers@kcurbancoregroup.org
Give us your name, number & email. We’ll be calling! www.kcurbancoregroup.org

Villa St. Francis (long-term care facility)
16600 W. 126th St., Olathe
(913) 829-5201
Talk with residents and help in activities.

Volunteer Center of Johnson County
9707 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park
(913) 341-1792 or www.vcjc.org
Work and time commitment varies.

Wayside Waifs (independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization)
3901 E. 119th St., Kansas City
(816) 761-8151, Ext. 331 or
Opportunities for teens 13-17 include smaller critter care, bathing and grooming animals, dog walking. (Contact: Caroline Krueger, volunteer coordinator.)
Do you love animals? Want to make new friends? Need to get more exercise? Discover the excitement of being a Wayside Waifs volunteer! Animal companionship has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels in humans. Plus, exercise isn't such a chore when accompanied by a four-legged furry shelter friend. volunteers walk dogs, socialize with the cats, help with special events and MORE! Every time you volunteer, you are giving yourself and the animals a gift that cannot be replaced - love and happiness

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Virginia Harris: 816-561-9622; www.kansascityymca.org
Our 14 locations serve a diverse membership with a mix of programs including Health & Fitness, Aquatics, Sports, Summer Day Camps, Enrichment Programs, Child Care and Adaptive Programs.
Mission Statement
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.


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German Ethnic Events

All things German in Kansas City!

The listing below is shown in numerical order on the page

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1. German Ethnic Events
2. German Klubs / Organizations In the KC Area
3. German Klubs / Organizations In Other Cities Close by
4. German Food In the KC area
5. German Clothing
6. German Books
7. NEW - German Design
8. NEW - German Movies
9. German Bands, Dancers and Singers
.........Need a ENTERTAINMENT for your Wedding or Party?
10. German Passport / Visa Information
11. What do the Feathers mean?!?
12. Why is Oktoberfest in September?!?
13. Final Goodbyes

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Take a seat in Bavaria (video)


Ongoing - Social Gatherings at The Kansas City Bier Company, 310 West 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114; MAP; whenever you can - get there! There may be signs reserving our tables. This will give you time to order a drink and/or food and settle down with your friends before the great music starts

CLICK ON KC Bier Company Events for the latest info.
LIVE MUSIC: with Bram and Jürgen aka "Polka on Steroids"
Authentic German music
Bram Wijnands, a world-renowned slide piano jazz musician (he also plays the accordian), is from Holland. Jürgen Welge, on Drums, is a native of Germany who came to the US more than 20 years ago. They play regularly at the Majestic Jazz club downtown as a Jazz band "The Bram Wijnands Trio" (With another member)
**Wear tract, traditional ethnic cloths from your region if you have them. Let’s make it a fun festive occasion.
**This is a great event for those who cannot drive in the dark. We are thinking of you.
BIER: The bier is just like that of Munich, but American made and very fresh!
FOOD: "My first time there I had Weisswurst, White sausage. In Munich you can only get this in the morning. But, I had it here in the evening with mustard. If you have not eaten one, ask Steve or Juegen how to eat one." - Mel Miller
BUNDESLIGA SOCCER WATCHING: (plural: Bundesligen), meaning Federal League, is within several sports the name of top division in Austria and Germany: In English, the term most often refers to the top division of men's association football in Germany, the Bundesliga (full native name Fußball-Bundesliga), which has operated since 1963; KC Bier Company Events
KIDS ARE WELCOME: Playground equipment set up outside in the Biergarten.
STAMMTISCH: German Meetup groups occasionally meet; Become a member of this private group; Website

Ongoing - Learn to speak German - FREE!
Learn one of 30 languages, including German, using your Johnson County Library card! Best of all, it’s FREE! Click HERE or HERE
Stretch all of your language-learning muscles: listening, reading, writing and speaking! The Rosetta Stone Library Solution teaches through context clues rather than grammar and translation. Learn new material in core lessons, do activities to reinforce what you've learned, and wrap up units by chatting in a simulated conversation. Speech recognition gives you interactive feedback, plus your progress will sync across all of your devices!


Through Mar 20-
AUSCHWITZ - Not long ago. Not far away. Union Station
For the first time, 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, a touring exhibition dedicated to the historical significance of the camp is being presented to a U.S. audience.
This exhibit goes to only 2 US cities. An international exhibition of unprecedented importance. A story to shake the conscience of the world - unparalleled opportunity to confront the singular face of human evil.
This groundbreaking exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world; unionstation.org/event/auschwitz

Through Mar 21 - War Remains: An Immersive Memory, in the National WWI Museum and Memorial’s Memory Hall.
This is not a game. This is History. Live through the war to end all wars unlike ever before. an immersive virtual reality experience that sends visitors to the Western Front of the First World War. Stunning visual effects, powerfully designed sound and tactile elements transport the viewer into the trench during an active battle scene.
A solitary active, not passive, experience, allowing one user through approximately every 15 minutes. VR headsets and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between users. Due to the graphic nature of the content, viewers must be at least 14 years of age; Tickets are $24 (Members $18); theworldwar.org/war-remains



Germania Club
The Club presents KARNEVAL - The tradition in was initiated in 1967. THIS is the German version of Mardi Gras, which is unlike the French or Brazilian versions! Each Karneval season, the Elferaat (Council of Eleven) elects a PRINZ and PRINZESSIN (prince and princess - together they are called the Prinzenpaar.) It begins on November 11 (or the Saturday closest to the 11th) with a CORONATION Ball for the club's new Prinzenpaar. During this season, several TRIPS to other klubs in/and out of state are made by chartered bus or other means of transportation.
The Germania Club promotes close relations with German organizations in other communities. We have been pleased to exchange visits with sister clubs in St. Louis, Chicago, Topeka, Wichita, Omaha, Tulsa and Houston, as well as in Germany. Karneval culminates with MASKENBALL a grand masquerade ball in Kansas City on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday.
In addition to great DANCING music, entertainment at the balls is provided by the hilarious ELFERRAT / MANNERBALLET (imagine men in tights doing ballet?) and the funloving SOFISTICATED OMAS (grandmas). Ambassadors from other clubs and the Blauen Elfen (Blue Elves) are always around to help.
The Royal Entourage includes Court Jesters, Adjutanten and Hofdamen (Adjutants and Ladies-in-waiting) and a Hofmarshall (Lord) to lead the entrance parade where the beads fly! Orden (medals) of The Prinzenpaar are bestowed to guests. The attire is exquisite and fabulous!
The William E. Gruening Award is presented annually to an American born person who distinguishes himself through continued, significant contributions in the promotion of German culture, heritage and traditions in the United States of America.
The club also sponsors DINNERS, DANCES, classes to LEARN GERMAN, KNIT, CROCHET, explore GENEALOGY and maybe an occasional GAME NIGHT.
The club also participates in Kansas City's annual Ethnic Festival, and has participated in the annual Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City.
New members are always welcome. All that is required is an interest in German culture and customs, a willingness to participate and a desire to have fun! A regular monthly newsletter is sent by mail to all members and inform them of club events and other matters of interest.
Our goal: To promote consciousness and appreciation for the German heritage, to further the social interests of its members and to create a strong bond of friendship among the members.
Yearly dues are $30.00/single person and $50.00/family, payable June 1. Make checks payable to Germania Club of Kansas City and mail to Germania Club of Kansas City, P.O. Box 2582, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201; Various activities sponsored by Germania Klub may have additional fees; Please feel free to ask questions! www.germaniakc.org; Facebook Page
Club President, Roger Abbott: TheresadinRodger@gmail.com
The Directors for the Board for 2014-2016 are John Driscoll, Anita Johnson, Stan Loughery, Karola Luckett, Inge Richter, and Helga Theoharis.
KARNEVALS GESELLSCHAFT (KG) (translated = carnival society) consists of 5 groups:
The Elferaat (Council of Eleven) - The purpose of the Elferaat is to perpetuate Karneval (Fasching, Mardi Gras) in the community and to establish and maintain relationships with other organizations with similar goals. The Elferaat is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of Karnival traditions within the scope and guidelines established by the Board of Directors
The Blauen Elfen - current members of the Club and will assist the other Karnevals Gesellschaft groups as called upon to ensure the Karneval Season is as productive as possible
The Ambassadors - current members of the Club who live in other cities and are to help spread the fun of Kansas City Karneval throughout the Heartland
The Prinzengarde - past Prinzen and Prinzessin who will make themselves available to the current Prinzenpaar as advisors to ensure the continuation of Karneval taditions and procedures
The Mannerballet - Maennerballet will be current members of the Club and will honor the current Prinzenpaar's reign by presenting a dance/performance at their Maskenball
KG dues are due and payable by November 1, 2013. To be in the KG, you must have paid your Member and KG dues by Coronation
Dues are $25.00/single person and $40.00/couple.
Make checks payable to Germania Club Of Kansas City. Note on the check: KG Dues
Mail to Germania Club of Kansas City, P. O. Box 2582, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201; Barbara Will: (913) 492-3725; bwont@everestkc.net;
Elferrat Leader Hank Stitt: 816.303.9936; hstitt@sls-law.com
The Germania Klub event space is at The American Legion Hall, 7500 West 75th Street, Overland Park, Kansas; Map; In the spring of 2013 the Klub moved from the location it had previously used since November 4, 1994 (in North Kansas City)
This new location gives our organization a considerably larger social and cultural meeting place. Dinners and various other activities will be held at this location and are open to all members as well as members of the American Legion. The American Legionnaires are enjoying partnering with Germania and we are enjoying them as well; Go to their website http://kspost370.org/ to check out, enjoy, support and participate in some of their other functions.Click here for more pictures of the event space

The German American Citizens Association (GACA)
The Club presents dance parties, which are an excellent entertainment value, with several hours of German and popular dance music performed by a band. Often these dances have a theme, such as Kappenabend (crazy hat dance), Oktoberfest, Weinfest and a New Years Eve Party. Food is usually available, catered by a business with knowledge of German food preparation.

In the spring, the Club has a Maifest
In the summer the Club has a Picnic and Schuetzenfest for members and guests. There is entertainment and contests for adults and children. Prizes are awarded, along with lots of food and drink. The club takes part in the August Ethnic Enrichment Festival, which is sponsored by the City of Kansas City, MO.
In the fall, we have Kristkindlmarkt which is the Christmas Craft Fair.
A particular favorite is our annual Children’s Christmas Party where they are encouraged to sing or display a special talent. Saint Nikolaus visits this event, and his bag of stockings filled with surprises.
From time to time the GACA sponsors a visit by groups or a bands from Germany who come to share their talents and experience America.
The Ladies Auxiliary meets monthly to socialize as well as plan and conduct fund raisers for charitable contributions to Truman Medical Center East.
Officers are elected at the annual General Membership Meeting in November. The President chairs monthly Board Meetings all year to conduct the business of the Club. These Board Meetings are open to all members. A regular monthly newsletter is sent by mail to all members and inform them of club events and other matters of interest.
Yearly membership dues are $25.00 per family and $20.00 for singles. GACA is a Tax Exempt/NonProfit Organization. Various activities sponsored by GACA may have additional fees. Click to access our Membership form for you to print, fill in the information and mail it
Please feel free to contact any GACA member for additional information; Patté Klaus Schreihofer, president: 816-331-3184, 816-560-6666; pklausschreihofer@yahoo.com; Mel Miller: 816 444-4224; mpmiller7@kc.rr.com; www.gacaofkc.org

The Kansas City Turners...The oldest German Club in Kansas City Founded February 14, 1858 with the motto of: "A Sound Mind In A Sound Body"
ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES: Adult Bowling league, Tumbling and Dance for children; Dance recitals; Dinner/dances; Pool Parties
MENTAL ACTIVITIES: Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournaments; Monthly Poker Game Night; chess matches, online games
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: Sunday NFL Watch Parties; NASCAR Watch Parties;
KC Turners is a family-oriented social organization, which is looking to grow its membership, and we would love to have you and your family.
It is easy to become a member. Currently there are no fees to join the Kansas City Turners, but all KC Turners members have to belong to the American Turners.
Yearly dues for the American Turners are $25.00 per family and due by Jan. 31 each year. Various activities sponsored by KC Turners may have additional fees. To join the American Turners, contact Jean Zarker, membership chair: 816-373-0986; zarkerjean@aol.com; www.americanturners.com; National Office: 1127 E. Kentucky St. PO Box 4216 Louisville, KY 40204, (502) 636-2395
American Turners Records, 1853-2004
The Fourth of July in Early Kansas 1858-1861
American Turners Local Societies, 1866-2006
Kansas City Turner Society (Socialer Turnverein) Records

German American Edelweiss Society, A social club that holds a meeting once a year to schedule events Yearly dues are $15.00 per family and $10.00 per single with a one time $10 initiation fee Various activities sponsored by the club may have additional fees No clubhouse, but some of their events take place at: St Mary's-St Anthony's Church 615 N 7th St, Kansas City, KS 66101; MAP;
German-American Edelweiss Society (GAES) Membership Dues for 2019
Memberships may be renewed at the April Dance (April 27, 2019) or send to: Janet Roberts, 12803 Sloan Ave., Kansas City, KS 66109
Please make checks payable to German-American Edelweiss Society or GAES
For New and Returning Members:
Individual Membership (Yearly) - $10 Family Membership (Yearly) - $15; Facebook Page; Website

German American Club of Shawnee
The purpose of the Shawnee German-American Club is to promote a consciousness and appreciation for the German heritage, to further the social interests of its members, and to create a bond of friendship among the members. The Club’s functions include social and community activities and is open to all persons willing to support the German-American Club’s purpose. The Club is neutral in matters of politics and religion and was founded in June, 2003.
Shawnee German-American Club hosts the Shawnee Octoberfest on the first Friday of October. The club supports the Shawnee Sister City and their German sister city of Erfurt. The Club also takes part in the annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, which is sponsored by the City of Kansas City, MO in August. From time to time the club sponsors a visits by groups or bands from Germany who come to share their talents and experience America.
For any dancers, the Blautaler Schuhplattlers, an affiliated group, welcome anyone interested in taking up German folk dancing; www.blautaler.org
Officers are elected at the annual General Membership Meeting in November. The President chairs monthly Membership meetings to conduct the business of the Club. All club members and guest are welcome to attend.
Annual membership dues are $25.00 per family and $20.00 for singles. We have special dues for current college students under 25 years old of $5.00; For information on joining the Shawnee German-American Club contact Ken Sherfey: 913-631-6811; klskms@aol.com; www.shawneegermanclub.org; Facebook Page

UMKC German Club There aren't any club fees, but in order to be a member, you must be a UMKC student; Michael J. Stobaugh: mjszp4@mail.umkc.edu; UMKC German Club Website; Facebook - UMKC German Studies

Hannover-Kansas City Sister Cities: The Sister City Association of Kansas City is an international citizen’s diplomatic organization. We support and promote cooperation and understanding for innovative programs in commerce, tourism, education, and cultural awareness. - Hannover, Germany, is represented in Kansas City by the Hannover Committee of the Sister City Association of KC; Website; chaired by Traute Kohler, Ph.D.: tkohler@ku.edu

Ethnic Enrichment Commission
4600 East 63rd. Street Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64130
816-513-7553; Ethnic.Enrichment.Commission@kcmo.org ; http://eeckc.org/

The Kansas City German
Language Meetup Group:, Founded: Feb 17, 2006 Membership dues:  $5.00 per year; Ute: cutieute@yahoo.com; KC German Language Meetup Group
• If you live in the Kansas City area or surrounding towns, we would love to have you join our group!
• Meet and mingle with fellow German Speakers near you!
• Come to a German Language Meetup to practice speaking, build vocabulary and finally figure out those verb conjugations!
• All ages and levels willkommen!
• The meetings of this group will be tailored to all who learned German at some point and would like to keep it up.



Lawrence, Kansas
German School Of Northeast Kansas (GSNEKS)
, Bishop Seabury Academy, Reese Hall, 4120 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, Kansas 66047; MAP; The mission is to create a German-speaking community in which children and adults experience "Sprachvergnügen," the joy of learning German, through a variety of age-appropriate learning activities in a friendly and supportive environment; accepts students from pre-school age through adulthood; Michael G. Windheuser, Ph.D., Executive Director; mwindheuser@gmail.com; 785.218.9700; www.lawrencegermanschool.org

Topeka, Kansas
The German American Club of Topeka (GACOT)
, 5715 SW 21st St, Topeka, Kansas (Lawyer's Title of Topeka Inc.); MAP; gacottopeka@gmail.com; Facebook Page
We are a local group of German Americans promoting and passing on the German traditions of our families here in Topeka, Kansas
If any one is interested in German American Club of Topeka, we have our meeting every first Thursday of each month. All are welcome to come! Meetings are at Lawyer's Title of Topeka Inc.
The Board meets first at 6pm
General meeting at 7pm
There will be no meeting in December. We will meet again in January.

Omaha, Nebraska
German-American Society of Omaha, Nebraska
, Clubhaus, 3717 South 120th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68144; Map; (402) 333-6615; germansoc@msn.com; Facebook Page; www.germanamericansociety.org

St. Louis, Missouri
The St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, Inc. (SLSSC) organization
; Susanne Evens: sevens@aaatranslation.com; 636-530-1010; www.slssc.org

St. Louis, Missouri
The German Cultural Society of St. Louis
, 3652 S Jefferson Ave St Louis, MO 63118; dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the German culture, customs, and language; (314) 771-8368; www.germanstl.org

Chicago, Illinois
The German American National Congress, also known as DANK
(Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress), 4740 N. Western Avenue, Suite 206, Chicago, IL 60625; the largest organization of Americans of Germanic descent; 773-275-1100; toll free: 888-USA-DANK; fax: 773-275-4010; office@dank.org; Facebook Page; www.dank.org
Actively works to preserve German culture, heritage and language in the United States. It is our aim to inspire people with Germanic heritage and those interested in German cultures and language to recognize and celebrate the culture in a number of exciting ways.
We always love to hear from our members or people interested in learning more about DANK. Feel free to contact our National Office in Chicago as we would love to hear from you.


4. GERMAN FOOD/BIER in the KC area:

(in alphabetical order)

Affäre, 1911 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108; MAP; German, Seafood; Master Chef Martin Heuser from Bonn, Germany, competed at the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, where he earned a Bronze Medal; a contemporary german restaurant - modern german cuisine; small plates and appetizers; all natural, farm fresh, seasonal food, supporting local producers as much as possible; (816) 298-6182; www.affarekc.com
Parking is available in the Felco Printing Parking Lot located 1/2 block east of Main Street between 19th and 20th Street.
Every Wednesday is Wine Night! Taste some new and exciting wines every Wednesday from 5pm - 7pm at no cost.
Every Monday night is Industry Night! - 25% off for our co-workers in the restaurant industry!
Monday - Thursday - 11:15 - 22:00
Friday 11:15 - 23:00
Saturday 17:00 - 23:00
Happy Hour
Monday - Thursday 15:00 - 19:00
Friday -Saturday 21:00 - 23:00

In addition to offering top of the line chocolates and pastries, Andre's also serves gourmet lunches at it's two restaurant locations in the Kansas City area. Come experience a 50 year old Kansas City tradition in fine dining; www.andreschocolates.com
Andre's Tearoom in KCMO
5018 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112; MAP
Tele: (816) 561-6484, or Toll-free 1-800-892-1234
Fax: (816) 561-2922
Lunch Hours:
11:00 - 2:30
Coffee, tea & pastries served before & after lunch until 4:00
Store Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 - 5:30
Saturday 8:00 - 5:00
Open Mondays Thanksgiving through New Year's
Andre's Rivaz Tearoom in OPKS
4929 West 119th Street,Overland Park, KS 66209; MAP
Tele: 913-498-3440
Fax: 913-498-3442Lunch Hours:
11:00 - 2:30
Coffee, tea & pastries served before
& after lunch until 4:00
Store Hours:
Monday thru Friday: 10:00 to 5:30
Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00

Beethoven's 9th Restaurant, 2 W Piankishaw St, Paola, KS 66071; MAP; Homestyle German fare in a colorful, relaxed space with high-ceilings, folk art & a patio; 913-294-3000; beethovens9.com
For over twenty years, Beethoven’s #9 has been more than just a German restaurant for people, we’ve been a family. Owned and operated by mother daughter duo Jeanie and Linzi, all of our food is cooked just like your grandmother would make it!
$2.00 off our schnitzels.
After 4pm, all of our German Beers are $3.00, and Draft Beers are $1.00 off.
We are open:
Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 8:30pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 8:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64114; MAP; 816-548-3870; info@bierstation.com; http://bierstation.com/
Monday - Thursday: 11am-11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am-Midnight
Sunday: Noon-8pm
We're here to share our love of beer, not judge. That's why we call ourselves "Beer Enthusiasts," not "Beer Snobs," and it's reflected in all we do. It's why we love to match draft beers to people's individual tastes and gladly hand out a sample to make sure you're happy with your selection. When you're grabbing a 6-pack to-go or a bottle to enjoy in The Station, we feature detailed information on our shelf labels, so you can be an informed brew shopper. Most importantly, we hope it's evident when you experience in person the chill vibe we strive for, meet all our fantastic customers and see why they come back. Everyone has a place at Bier Station and we hope you'll join us too.
We'll save a seat for you at the bar.
28 rotating taps
Dedicated session and sour/wild ale taps
Proper glassware
Large mix six-pack selection
Fresh inventory rotation
Bottles to enjoy "Here" or "To-Go"
Locally sourced whenever possible
Handmade bratwurst by James Beard Award finalist chef
Soft pretzels, rustic sandwiches, cheese & charcuterie
Social media event participation
Tap invasions
Friday firkins & inline flavor infusions

PERMANENTLY CLOSED Jan 21, 2017 - Dietrichês Modern German Cuisines and Biergarten, 1313 NE Douglas Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086; www.dietrichsrest.com; Facebook Page
Keep checking back as you may soon find us at a new location in the future!

Grünauer, at the Freight
House, 101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64108; MAP; 816.283.3234; www.grunauerkc.com
Mon-Thur 11:30am - 10pm
Fri & Sat 11:30am - 11pm
Sun 11:30am - 9pm
Wünderbar 11:30am - 1am
Happy Hour 3-6pm & 10pm - Close

The Kansas City Bier Company, 310 West 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114; MAP; (816) 214-8691; kcbier.com
Engage in the traditional German communal bier drinking experience in the outdoor biergarten and sample traditional German bier styles in our tasting room. Enjoy traditional German sausages, cheeses and breads that compliment our variety of German bier styles served in appropriate glassware.
An outdoor oasis on the historic Trolley Trail in Waldo will be Kansas City’s newest summer destination. Our biergarten will offer a chance to taste tradition german bier right in “their own back yard.”
Biergartens originated in Southern Germany and are still common there.  Come visit and discover for yourself how we put the i back in bier; open as long as the Missouri weather cooperates, usually from May-October.
The Kansas City Bier Company brews authentic German beer styles from imported German malts and hops using traditional German brewing methods. Our beers are unpasteurized and unfiltered to deliver maximum flavor and freshness.
“Helles” means “light or bright”, which refers to the beer’s pale color; a golden, Munich-style lager,
“Hefe” means yeast and “Weizen” means wheat; an unfiltered-wheat ale that still contains the yeast.
“Dunkel” means dark; copies the traditional brown Munich lager that was the most widely drunk beer in Bavaria at the turn of the 20th Century; made from amber colored Munich malt. Germans approach dark beer from a different direction than their Belgian and British neighbors.
A pale Doppel wheat bock similar in taste to our Hefeweizen, but with intensified flavors and body to the higher starting gravity
Hopfen Doof means “hop stupid”; American interpretation of a high gravity German Alt; we have given it the designation – Double Alt. Alt means “old” and refers to the old style of warm, top-fermenting beers (i.e., ales) that were predominant before cold, bottom-fermenting lagers became the predominant beer style in Germany. Our yeast strain comes from Dusseldorf, the epicenter of Alt brewing.
T-F - 4 to 11
Sat - 11 to 11
Sun - 12 to 7

Rheinland Restaurant, 208 N Main St, Independence, MO 64050; MAP; Authentic German Cuisine! (816) 461-5383; http://rheinlandrestaurant.com/
"I'm full blooded german and I can say this is the best german food I've had in the states." - customer comment

Werner's Specialty Foods (Meats, Sausages, Catering and Deli), 5736 Johnson Drive, Mission, KS 66202; MAP; Fax 913-362-5955; wernerswurst@yahoo.com; www.wernerswurst.com
Monday 9am-2pm
Tuesday - Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Closed Sunday



Bergland Trachten
547 E Grand Ave. Ste 5, PO Box 52
Haysville, KS, USA, 67060
316-522-0019; www.berglandtrachten.com

Bavarian Superstore; www.bavarian-superstore.de

German Fashions: International Fashions by Ingrid
4710 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; Get directions; (773) 878-8382; www.fashionsbyingrid.com



Opa and Me, Written by Kevin Donovan, a member of the German American Cultural Society of Rhode Island; the first in a series. Publication Date: March 23, 2013
The next in the series, "Opa and Me Go To The Zoo" will be published early this summer;
For ages 3-9... Two best friends: a little girl and her German grandfather. Opa loves his granddaughter and enjoys sharing all things German with her, especially the German's favorite pastime of going for a good walk. The little girl loves her Opa and really enjoys their long walks together along with Opa's German mini-lessons:
"Opa tries to teach me German; A new word every day; Today the word is weiss; The color of the Schnee"; She wants to let her Opa know that the time they spend together is very special to her... but she's just not sure how to say it.; Now available at Amazon.com

by Annemarie Timmons
Keynote speaker, storyteller and musician; has inspired audiences with stories of starting over again and again, realizing every moment is a new opportunity. How to discover, develop and nurture your own hidden untapped potential, is Annemarie's life lesson. Years of experiencing life in a free world caused her to realize that true freedom is awakening to an inner path. Greater understanding of ourselves precedes acceptance of people around us.
Annemarie speaks from the experience of starting over again and again,
including what it was like to:
• Move from foster home to foster home
• Escape from the communist sector of Germany
• Start over in the American sector of Germany
• Create a new life in the United States at 21 years old
• Learn to read and write English along with her 5 children
• Work nights as a waitress, tending to her children’s needs by day
• Become single after 35 years of marriage
• Entertain audiences with music for 40+ years

Back by popular request, we have received a new printing of the Germania Club Cookbooks.
These Germania Cookbooks make an excellent gift for friends and relatives that will be enjoyed for years.
How about a copy for you?
To obtain copies of the Cookbook, contact
Chrissy Stambaugh: (816) 929-5195; chrissyrichter84@yahoo.com

Do you like to read stories, travel to other countries through reading?
Eilhard Becker has a lot of very interesting German Books for your enjoyment. If you are interested and would like to find out about these books, give Eilhard a call (913) 268-6550

Endearing Ruins/Liebenswerte Ruinen, by Walter Bargen: It is bilingual in German and English. Unfortunately, it’s not really available in this country. It’s published in Germany. If anyone might be interested in purchasing a copy, they can go to Walter's website: www.walterbargen.com and order it there. It’s $18.00 which includes postage



The Bauhaus Movement Turns 100, considered one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century
Combining FORM and FUNCTION; School slogan "Art Into Industry."
Named after the Bauhütten, or masons' lodges
• In 1919, architect Walter Gropius founded the school in Weimar. It remained there until 1925, when it moved to Dessau. It was forced out of Dessau after the Nazis became the dominant political force in the city. It moved to Berlin in 1932 and remained opened only until April 1933, when it officially dissolved under pressure from the Nazi regime.
• In 1937, László Moholy-Nagy created the New Bauhaus in Chicago. The school, which remains open, has since been renamed the IIT Institute of Design.
• The Bauhaus curriculum is still being taught in art schools around the world.
1923 - Door Knob by Walter Gropius
1925 - Lub Chair or The Wassily Chair; Artist: Marcel Breuer
1927 - Teapot and Tea Infuser; Artist: Marianne Brandt
1929 - Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich

Bauhaus inspired architecture:



In German with English subtitles

The true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to life in the multi-award winning drama. Sophie, her brother Hans, and their friend Cristoph had the faith and fortitude to stand against the Nazi regime at the height of its power during WWII.
Sophia Scholl was a German student, active in the White Rose – a non-violent resistance group to Hitler and the Nazi party. In 1943, she was caught delivering anti-war propaganda and, with her brother Hans Scholl, was executed for high treason.

Film awards: The movie received three Lolas (German Oscars) including the Audience Award and Best Actress Award to Julia Jentsch for her brilliant characterization of the title role. The film also won two Silver Bears for Best Director and Best Actress at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.
2006 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
List of Nominations and Awards

In German with English subtitles (for subtitles click on cc)

The Edelweiss Pirates formed in the late 1930’s when teens that avoided membership in the Hitler Youth, a gender segregated organization, formed a loose association of male and female teens that rejected governmental intrusion into their lives.
Regional chapters sprang up, such as the Navajos, the Roving Dudes, and the Kittlebach Pirates.
Other government resisting German youth groups of World War II include the Swingjugend (Swing Youth, or Swing Kids) and the White Rose, two groups that had some cross relations with each other.
Edelweiss Pirate Background Info

HaDira - The Flat (2011 film German); Documentary
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a dense mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger documents himself undertaking the arduous process of making sense of a lifetime's accumulation of possessions. In the process, he begins to uncover clues that seem to point to a greater mystery, and soon a complicated and shocking family history unfolds before his camera.
What starts to take shape is the troubled and taboo history of Goldfinger's grandparents' lives in Germany in the tumultuous and difficult years before World War II, and the unexpected yet inevitable ethical ambiguities and repressed emotions that arise when everyday friendships suddenly cross enemy lines. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints his grandparents left behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravel the mystery of their painful past.



Polka Band / Dancer / Singer List
(in alphabetical order)

Alpenrose Band
Josef Diethelm
300 White Street,
SE Watertown, MN 55388
jodler@soncom.com www.alpenroseband.com
Excellent band, very entertaining

The Alpine Spielers
913-888-4706; Website
Plays midi accordion and specializes in ethnic music. Has alpine horn player; Likes to get crowd involved

S. V. (Schuhplattler Verein) Blautaler
Kansas City's Original German Dancers

Authentic traditional dances and clothing including lederhosen, Hats with feather and the ladies in beautiful dirndls (dresses) Shoe, thigh, hand slapping Alpine dances Shows feature alpine bells, woman "flying", musical saw, yodeling as well as the familiar intricate figure dances where the men Novelty dances: bench dance, miner's dance, whips, stick dance, maypole.

Bram Wijnands and Jürgen Welge
aka "Polka on Steroids"
and as a Jazz band "The Bram Wijnands Trio" (With another member)
Bram Wijnands, a world-renowned slide piano jazz musician (he also plays the accordian), is from Holland. Jürgen Welge, on Drums, is a native of Germany who came to the US more than 20 years ago.
They are currently (as of May 2017) playing regularly at:
Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 3-5pm at The Kansas City Bier Company, 310 West 79th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114 as the Polka on Steroids
Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm at the Majestic Restaurant as the Bram Wijnands Trio
"I first saw this band when we, the The Blautaler Schuhplattler of Kansas City, performed at the KC Bier Oktoberfest last year. The bandleader, Bram, is tall and slender, wore loose farmers’ bib overalls. I was surprised as I know all the ethnic bands in the area, but not this one. After listening I was astounded how great they played. These farmers fresh off the field or so I thought. The trio (with David Chael) does this for fun." - Mel Miller
"Jürgen Welge who is probably one of the best drummers in KC." - Tony's Kansas City

Brian McCarty Band
1200 SW Madison Lee's Summit, MO 64081
Good beat for dancers and has loyal following

Don Lipovac Orchestra
1840 North 41st Terrace
Kansas City, KS 66102
913-287-2081 ~ or try
8004 Arcadia Court
Kansas City, KS 66112
(913) 299-2792
Can play a wide variety of music; Has loyal following; Other polka band leaders and musicians across American hold Don in high respect. U. S. Accordion Champion in 1958 and represented U.S. in Brussels, Belgium at the World's Fair. Polka Hall of Fame Award in 1992 at Iron World in Chisholm, Minnesota; Slovenian, Croatian, Ballroom, etc

Ed Grisnik
Croatian band and plays variety

Die Festhaus-Musikanten
Gary Richmond
German style brass band dedicated to the performance of German folk music authentic polkas, marches, waltzes, schottisches, and landlers playlist includes Rosamunde (Beer Barrel Polka), In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus, Liechtensteiner Polka, Schneewalzer and many more music from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia

The Happy Wanderers
We're a German band that plays traditional and some not-so-traditional songs from the beer hall, beer garden and all around Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Oompah, waltzes, and marches? Sure! But there are some familiar tunes that fit the occasion as well.
Most of our arrangements are customized for our ensemble, so we always have a full sound that keeps the audience happy, engaged and entertained. Do you need a specific song for your event? Tell us. With enough lead time we can likely create an arrangement for your event.
Our usual lineup includes a tuba, euphonium, tenor sax, alto/soprano sax and clarinet, but we mix things up once in a while.

The Kansas City Liederkranz Singers
Elfriede Jass, 7621 Englewood
Raytown,MO 64138
Cindy Pearson
9900 Johnson Dr.
Merriam, KS 66203
913- 262-2291 (Home)
A small informal group of about 20 people who get together for the love of singing their native songs.
The singers belong to the North American Singers Association, which includes German people from all over the United States who get together every 3 years for a songfest. At the songfests about 3,000 voices are joined together to sing their songs "from the heart". The Liederkranz Singers also belong to the Missouri Singing Society and participate in their Annual Singing Fest in Cole Camp, Missouri. They have become a part of the Holiday Tradition at Strawberry Hill Museum in Kansas City, Kansas

Die Lustigen Musikanten
Terry and Marilyn Loehnig
20 Scharnhorst Lane,
McKittrick, MO 65041
Native Germans; Authentic clothing; Yodels Excellent Buttonbox player, their nephew, now in his twenties, had recordings when a teenager. Ask if he will be playing

Matthias Wagner
Work: 816-679-1004
Native German; Plays everything; Tunes into audience and observes their reaction to the music to see what they like. Plays to the crowd. Plays keyboard and sings; sounds like a small band; Also a composer.

The Naggabazis...They live in Germany... and well worth the air-fare!
website: www.noggabazis.de
email: Josef "Sepp" Pielmeier sepp@noggabazis.de
Anton Tony Multerer done@noggabazis.de
Hans Korherr hanse@noggabazis.de

Pat Auberry Band
Pat or Anna Auberry
3812 Secluded Meadow Dr.
Byrnes Mill, MO 63051
4 piece; Excellent sound; Guitar

Featuring Ted Lange & Mollie B (Mollie Busta); With a repertoire of over 600 songs
solid vocals in English, Polish, German and Czech
Able to play "something for everyone"; As of May 2014, they have made over 600 appearances in 23 states.
Mollie B was born in Dubuque, Iowa, grew up in Spring Grove, Minnesota in a musician’s family with versatility on several instruments, talented vocals, announces, and dances with members of the audience. She has fans in over 25 states and eleven countries.
The Mollie B Polka Party is on RFD (Rural Free Delivery) channel 297 on Time Warner/Spectrum or FIND RFD IN YOUR AREA two evenings a week, Wednesday at 6:30pm ET and Saturday at 10:00pm ET. Each TV show will have portions of different locations and different bands; Couples dancing have their own unique style - You may recognize the regulars! It currently airs in over 55 million homes
The show will soon be available on Farm and Ranch TV, a streaming network that can be viewed on all devices linked to the internet.
➤ In 2017, Wisconsin Public Television released the documentary called "POLKA!" Mollie is the host of this 90-minute long documentary about
celebrating life with polka music in the state of Wisconsin.
Featured in the Clint Eastwood movie "The Mule." In 2018, Mollie B appeared as “Mollie B” in a scene of the Warner Brothers movie, “The Mule,” directed and starring Clint Eastwood. In this scene Mollie plays piano, trumpet, sings, has one line, and dances with Clint Eastwood.
➤ The new Toby Keith music video, “Don’t Let the Old Man In,” used clips from the movie. Clint Eastwood, several dancers, and Mollie B made it into one of those clips.

Mark Karasek
815 N 35 St, Omaha, NE
402-551-8106 or 402-932-8107
Stan Galli
5130 S. 20th St. or 8042 Maywood St.
Omaha, Nebraska 68017-2929
Omaha, NE 68127-3730
Musicians Mark Karasek and Stan Galli have put together a polka band that blends favorite ethnic songs with a touch of hot sauce and a pinch of humor. After listening to this band you will proudly claim you have been - UFF-DAized; Excellent small band

Willie Kirst German Band
807 S. Turner Independence, MO 64056
816 796-8581
German Polka and Dance Band that performs a wide range of lively music-from Polkas to folk songs. They are considered one of the Best Midwest German bands and Willie was Bavarian born and raised; has been performing in and around the Kansas City area for parties and events for many years. Entertaining!

The alphorn or alpenhorn or alpine horn is a distinctively long horn instrument carved from solid softwood, generally spruce but sometimes pine and used by mountain dwellers in Switzerland and elsewhere. Similar wooden horns were used for communication in most mountainous regions of Europe, from the French Alps to the Carpathians. This is a footage of the World Record with 508 alphorn players on the Gornergrat, Switzerland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p40JKimMINQ



To apply for a German Passport/Visa (Passport extensions are no longer possible): www.germany.info for fees and forms. Notarized copies of original forms accepted (except for expiring or expired passport)
Once you have all your information assembled, you can make an appointment with Consul Snyder.
Rolf D. Snyder-German Consulate in Kansas City
To make an appointment:
8014 State Line Road, Leawood KS
Tel: 913-642-5134; Fax: 913-642-5348
Districts: The state of Kansas and counties of Buchhanan, Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri; ALSO, the area of jurisdiction of the Chicago Consulate General


11. What do the Feathers mean?!?

It's a Karneval tradition - and a parody of the aristocracy. They come from an african variety of pheasant - and are very expensive! Please do not fold, spindle or mutilate! You will see lots of them at Karneval festivities...The Prinz wears 3, a past prinz wears 1, a past prinz who holds an elected office in the klub wears 2


12. Why is Oktoberfest in September?!?

The question is asked every year, and the answer is marriage. Royal marriage.

The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The celebration lasted a full week. The Royal Wedding was on October 12, 1810 and the festivities ended on October 17 with a horse race.
The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's fields") in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".
The city fathers of Munich assumed responsibility for festival management in 1819, and it was decided that Oktoberfest be made an annual event. Later, it was lengthened to several weeks and the date pushed forward because days are longer and warmer at the end of September (Bavaria tends to get chilly in October). The horse race continued until 1960, and the agricultural show still exists today and is held every four years in the southern part of the festival grounds.
Münchner (Munich) Oktoberfest
Today, Germany's Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 21th century: some 6 million visitors from all around the world converge on the Oktoberfest each year.
And since the Oktoberfest is still held on the Theresienwiese, the locals still refer to the event simply as the "Wies'n". So "welcome to the Wies'n" means nothing other than "welcome to the Oktoberfest"!
Oktoberfest traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.


13. Final Goodbyes

Harrison "Bud" Billy
MAY 2, 1941 ~ MAY 20, 2019 (AGE 78)
•  Harrison Billy, 78, passed from this life in St. Louis, Missouri May 20, 2019. Harrison was born May 2, 1941 to Martha Billy in Antlers, Oklahoma.
•  After graduation, He served in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, Harrison moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he spent most of his life. He enjoyed traveling and seeing other countries. Among his favorites was France, Canada and Germany. Harrison learned about the German culture and enjoyed being a part of it that he later joined the German American Community in St. Louis, Missouri. He served as their secretary for many years. Harrison worked as an accountant his entire life and worked for the St. Louis Globe and for Pitzman's Surveying until his retirement.
•  Harrison was preceded in death by his mother: Martha Billy; sisters: Benita John, Janet Taylor; brothers: Clarence Billy and James Ben; along with 5 nephews.
•  He is survived by his sisters: Jean Middleton of Seagoville, Texas and Sue Barnett of Seminole, Oklahoma; Jimmy Jones, who was like a brother to Harrison; along with numerous other relatives and friends.
•  Memorial service for Harrison will be held 10 AM Saturday June 1, 2019 at the Serenity Funeral Service in Antlers, Oklahoma. Reverend Jimmy Jones will be officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny John, Clifford Barnett, Robert J. Taylor, Jonah Billy, John Baggs and the German American Community of St. Louis, Missouri. The Choctaw Singers will be providing the music and U.S. Air Force will be performing TAPS. Inurnment will follow at the Antlers City Cemetery.

Lane Wyman
AUGUST 17, 1924 – MAY 10, 2019
Lane Wyman, 94, passed away peacefully at his home in Olathe, Kansas on Friday, May 10, 2019.
•  Lane was born August 17, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota. After living in Minneapolis, Minnesota for his first 16 years, the family moved to Kansas City. He graduated from Paseo High School, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served with the 75th Infantry Division in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was extremely proud of being a member of the Greatest Generation.
In 1946, Lane married Shirley Hurelbrink who preceded him in death in 2008 after 61 years of marriage. Lane and Shirley had a wonderful life together, including a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks where they entertained family and many friends. They took many trips abroad. They were very active in many aspects of the Lutheran Church, especially at Bethany and Atonement in Overland Park, KS. They were members of the Germania Club of KC and represented the club as Prinzenpaar in 1985-1986. Lane also served as President of the club for three years.
•  Lane had a long career as a manufacturer’s rep in the automotive business, retiring in 1989. He was known for his sharp wit, love of limericks (bawdy and otherwise), keen memory and could entertain a room of people with his anecdotes.
•  Lane was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, parents Claude and Doris and brother Winn. He is survived by daughters Kris Wyman and her husband Dr. Michael Dix, Pat Woelk and her husband Ron, Susan Sundby and her husband Paul. Grandchildren: Kirk Brown, Jeff Brown (Lois), Tom Ainsworth, Dr. Josh Woelk (Casey), Hanni Woelk, Dr. Annika Sundby. Great-grandchildren: Lily, Ella, Levi, Lane, Hugo, Oskar and a baby boy due in September. He is also survived by his faithful and loving companion, Lyn Ganzer and her three daughters Leslie, Heather and Stephanie. The family wishes to thank Phoenix Hospice for their loving care, especially Sara Smotherman, RN.
•  Visitation at 1:30pm followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 8 at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri.
•  In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made in Lane’s name to: Honor Flight Network of Kansas City, PO Box 46718, Kansas City, MO 64188; honorflightkc.org or Metro Lutheran Ministries, 3031 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64109; mlmkc.org.
Claude Wyman (deceased), Father
Doris Lane Wyman (deceased), Mother
Shirley (Hurelbrink) Wyman (deceased), Wife of 61 years
Winn Wyman (deceased), Brother
Kris Wyman, Daughter
Dr. Michael Dix, Son-in-law
Pat Woelk, Daughter
Ron Woelk, Son-in-law
Susan Sundby, Daughter
Paul Sundby, Son-in-law
Kirk Brown, Grandchild
Jeff (Lois) Brown, Grandchild
Tom Ainsworth, Grandchild
Dr. Josh (Casey) Woelk, Grandchild
Hanni Woelk, Grandchild
Dr. Annika Sundby, Grandchild
Lily, Ella, Levi, Lane, Hugo, Oskar & baby boy due in September, Great-grandchildren
Lyn Ganzer and her 3 daughters Leslie, Heather & Stephanie, Faithful & loving companion

In Loving Memory of
Russell "Jack" Willbourn
1935 - 2019

Russell “Jack” Willbourn, 83, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Atria Hearthstone Senior Living Community. He was born on June 16, 1935, in Topeka, the son of Russell J. and Alice Czirr Willbourn.

Russell graduated from Topeka High School, and studied engineering at Washburn University and the University of Kansas. He worked many years for the State of Kansas Department of Transportation, holding several positions including Supervisor of Accident Analysis and Statistics, Fiscal Manager of Federal Funding, and Manager of Federal Programs.

He also served on the Governor’s Child Safety Task Force, on several committees of the National Safety Council, the Traffic Records Committee, and as Chairman of the Data Users Committee. Additionally, he served on the Board of the Kansas Head and Spinal Cord Injury Association, Kansans for Traffic Safety, Traffic Safety for Older Adults, and Kansas Safe Kids. For his services he received the Governor’s Award of Merit, and recognition awards from the US Department of Transportation and Kansas MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).

Russell was a US Army Veteran, serving during the 1950s with the 601st Field Artillery Missile Battalion, stationed principally in West Germany. There he met his future wife, Louise Gries, and they were married in the US on August 31, 1959. Both were active members of the Topeka German-American Club (Edelweiss Verein), where Russell served as ambassador of its Carnival society, as he also did for Kansas City’s Germania Club. In 2005, he was presented the William E. Gruening award for his significant contribution in the promotion of German heritage and traditions in the United States.

An avid sportsman and Dallas Cowboys fan, Russell, in his retirement loved NFL football on the weekends. He was equally fond of birdwatching. In his younger days he enjoyed playing golf and tennis, and participated in bowling leagues. He won a number of local Best Ball golf tournaments, and bowling and tennis trophies. He and Louise also were avid Bridge players, but the activity they were most passionate about was Polka dancing, which saw them traveling to events throughout the country.

Louise preceded him in death on November 20, 2017. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Merdith. Russell is survived by a son, Dr. Dieter K. Kuntz and his wife, Anne of Montgomery Village, Maryland; two grandchildren, Rudi Kuntz of London, England, and Emma Kuntz Jones (Jeffrey) of McLean, Virginia; one great-grandchild, Margaret Jones; and a cousin Colleen Winner, Etowah, Tennessee.

The family will receive friends during a visitation at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 28, 2019, at Mount Hope Cemetery & Funeral Chapel, 17th & Fairlawn. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will host a reception immediately following the graveside service.

Memorial contributions may be made to CAT Association, 1719 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS 66604 or to Helping Hands Humane Society,5720 SW 21st St, Topeka, KS 66604.

Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is handling arrangements.

In Loving Memory of
Louise J. Willbourn
1929 - 2017
Louise J. Willbourn, 87, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017 at a local hospital. She was born on December 27, 1929, in Zweibruecken, Germany, the daughter of Alfred and Emma (Bender) Gries.
•  Louise came of age during World War II in Germany and endured the hardships of life during the war, including evacuations, air raids and bombings, and injury and loss of family and friends. She attended primary, secondary, and business schools in Germany, where she acquired fluency in the English language. During the 1950s, Louise worked as a secretary for the U.S. military forces in Pirmasens, Germany. She met her future husband, Russell J. Willbourn, in 1957 in Zweibruecken, Germany where he was stationed as a young G.I. In 1959, she joined him in the United States, moving to his home in Topeka, Kansas. They were married on August 31, 1959.
•  After coming to the United States, Louise worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Topeka Mill and Elevator, Co., and later was employed in accounting by the Kansas Lottery. Louise was an active member of the German-American Club of Topeka, in which she served as an editor of the club’s newsletter, helped organize club functions, and enjoyed activities such as the club’s annual masquerade ball, Oktoberfest, and polka dances. Louise also took part in the Karneval (Mardi Gras) festivities of the Germania Club of Kansas City. Louise frequently spoke to local church and school groups about Germany, its culture, and her experiences during World War II. Louise loved animals and supported numerous animal welfare groups, not infrequently taking in or providing care for needy strays.
•  Louise is survived by her husband Russell of Topeka, Kansas. Other survivors include a son, Dr. Dieter K. Kuntz and his wife, Anne, of Montgomery Village, Maryland; two grandchildren, Rudi Kuntz of London, England, and Emma Kuntz Jones (Jeffrey) of McLean, Virginia; one great-grandchild, Margaret H. Jones; a niece, Gisela Groll of Remscheid, Germany and a nephew, Manfred Gries of Zweibruecken, Germany; and many other relatives in Germany.
•  In 2015, Louise and Russell moved to Atria Hearthstone senior living community. There, Louise easily befriended other residents and endeared herself to the staff thanks to her warm and bubbly personality. She quickly gained a reputation for her sense of style, sharp wit, and especially her silly jokes. According to her husband, Russell: “Sunshine followed her wherever she went.”
•  The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Avenue.
•  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Mount Hope Cemetery, Funeral Chapel & Reception Center, 4700 SW 17th Street. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will host a reception in the chapel immediately following the graveside service.
•  Memorial contributions may be made to the CAT Association of Topeka, or to the Helping Hands Humane Society.

Joseph D. Randolph
Mr. Joseph Daniel Randolph, age 82, of Grandview, MO went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 3, 2017, at St. Joseph Medical Center surrounded by his immediate family.
•  Joseph was born October 8, 1934 in Vernon, TX, the son of Floyd and Ida Mae Randolph. He was married on February 11, 1959, at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Trier, Germany, to Ute Randolph (Dühr). He enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving from 1955 to 1977 serving in Satellite Communications. He attained the rank of Technical (TSGT) Sergeant. He was a member of Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church. He loved visiting with German friends and he sang with the Kansas City German Club Liederkranz Singers. He also enjoyed having breakfast with Ute at McDonalds and spending time talking with the locals there. He thoroughly loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in sporting and music events, plays, and was part of every milestone celebration. Most importantly he cherished his time with his family and friends.
•  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ute Angela Randolph (Dühr); two daughters: Diana Otto (Dale), and Irene Clements (Alan) of Jefferson City; two sons: Ted Randolph (Melissa) of Greenwood, and Tom Randolph (Carolyn) of Lee’s Summit; three sisters: Vivian Johnson of Fresno, CA; Martha Anderson, and Ruth Shepherd of Blackwell, OK; six grandchildren: Danielle Stammer (Andrew) of Jefferson City; Dalenna Giles (John) of Diamond; Brittany Schaben and Jonathan Clements of Jefferson City; Mekaela Mauzey and Taylor Randolph of Greenwood, MO; seven great-grandchildren: Emily, Ethan, Elise, and Emmett Stammer; Suzie and Annie Giles; and Eli Schaben. He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Ida; sister, Lois Ramsey and brother, David Randolph.
•  Visitation begins at 9:30am, Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church at 13000 Bennington, Grandview, MO 64030; MAP
•  Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 11:00am with Father Stephen Hansen officiating. Following Mass, the Graveside service and interment with full military honors will be conducted at Longview Cemetery at 12700 SE Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO 64149; MAP
•  Flowers can be sent to the family at Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church at 13000 Bennington, Grandview, MO 64030. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in Dad’s honor to Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Longview Funeral Home. www.longviewfuneralhome.com.
Longview Funeral Home Obituary
Legacy Obituary

From Harrison Billy:
Safe journey my rock and partner.
Roy E. Leimberg
passed peacefully on October 22, 2016, at the age of 79. Survived by Harrison Billy and Carol Leimberg (nee Pelly); children Diane Watson (Steve), Carolyn Rooney (Jim), Robert (Kalen), Marybeth, Kathleen Garazin (Scott); 15 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren; brother to Gloria Zacher (Raoul), the late Carl (Annemarie); born to the late Fred W. Leimberg, Jr. and Elizabeth Leimberg-Reeff (nee Brach) nephew to the late Friedel Garza (nee Leimberg).
•  Roy will be remembered with a Brunch/Reception on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Deutscher Kulturverein Halle, 3652 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118 (MAP) from 1:00-4:00pm.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Louis Family Resource Center or St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities are requested.
•  A summary of Roy’s successful life and career:
He was born and raised in North St. Louis and lived his entire life in the City. His father and grandparents immigrated to St. Louis from Germany in 1928, under the sponsor–ship of the Krey Packing Company. Until the late 1950’s the family operated Leimberg’s German Style Sausage Company. His maternal grandfather, Wm. J. Brach, operated an Apothecary/Pharmacy at the corner of 14th and Market Street, where the Kiel Opera House now stands.
In February, 1955, he began working as a draftsman for Pitzman’s Company of Surveyors & Engineers, which was established in 1859, and is the oldest surveying/engineering firm in St. Louis. The company was purchased by several employees in 1970. In 1972, Roy became majority stockholder and President of the company. He continued in that position until 2005, when he decided it was time to move into retirement and sold the company. At that time he became President Emeritus and subsequently President Emeritus-Retired on June 29, 2007. Although retired, he consulted on several projects for the company. Roy has served as president of the Municipal Engineers & Surveyors Association of Greater St. Louis; the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors; and served for MSPS as past Governor of the National Society of Professional Surveyors.
Roy got involved with the St. Louis – Stuttgart Sister Cities in 1977 when he volunteered to host a father and son, who were members of the Weingarten Musikverein, performing at the annual Strassenfest. In 1985 Roy was invited to serve on the St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities board of directors and at the first meeting was elected Vice-President, four years later was elected President and served for 8 years. During his term as President, the organization has undertaken various annual events such as The Winter Ball Karneval; a Christmas Reception (as a benefit for children); bus trips to the Kansas City Maskenball, Chicago Maskenball and the Germanfest in Milwaukee. Also during his term The Volksmarsch Club was organized and continues to function for the enjoyment of walkers and hikers.
Roy always considered the Winter Ball Karneval to be his greatest achievement, which is an annual celebration of Germany’s 5th Season and for 29 years he brought together friends from near and as far away as Germany. Please ask Harrison if you have not heard the story on how Winter Ball got started.
In 1991, Roy was awarded the William E. Gruening, Jr. plaque from the Kansas City Germania Club; and in 2012, at the St. Louis–Stuttgart Sister Cities’ 25th anniversary, he received The President’s Award. He was also proud to be a member of the Chicago Rheinischer Verein Karneval Club.
He also served on the Board of the German American Heritage Society. Roy was one of the rare recipients of both the Carl Schurz Award (in 1999, for his dedication to the preservation of the history and heritage of our German forebears), and the Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award (in 2007, for his assistance in the promulgation of cooperation and understanding between Germany and the United States).
On July 20, 2000, Roy received his greatest honor, The Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award, from Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, conveyed through the efforts of Honorary Consul Anna Mayer Beck.
We will miss our Volksmarsch Trailmeister, Karnevalist Extra Ordinaire, Tour Guide and Goodwill Ambassador for the City of St. Louis.

June 9-10-2016
From the German American Edelweiss Society in Facebook:
Heaven has A New Angel! We love you and will miss you!
Published in Kansas City Star on June 5, 2016:
Christa Kump-Timmons, 77, of Kansas City, Kansas went home to our Heavenly Father on June 3rd, 2016. She was born May 5th, 1939 in Bad Kissingen, Germany to Georg Eduard StrOlein and Erna Eugenia, nee Rinker, StrOlein.
Christa enjoyed mixing and mingling with people and was a member of several social groups such as The Edelweiss Club, German American Citizens Association and Bethel Community Center.
Christa belonged to various church groups and organizations, even serving as a Parish Council member. She was a devoted member of St. Mary-St. Anthony Catholic Church for more than 50 years, and while her children attended school, was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Christa was a loving daughter, mother, and grandmother (Oma). Christa was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Giuseppi Ponturo, husband John Timmons, and her sister Karin Swofford.
Christa is survived by her 4 children: son Thomas Kump, Phoenix, AZ; son Alexander Kump (Kathy Steele), KCK; son Norman Kump (Michele Collins), KCK; and daughter Heidi (Kump) Huenergarde (Aaron), Whitesburg, TN.; 14 grandchildren: Geoffrey, Andrew, Audrey, Erich, Charles Kump; Savannah, Annabelle, Thatcher, Winston, Eleanor, Rosemary Kump; and Morgan, Jennifer and Kyle Huenergarde; former husband Erich Jakob Kump, several brothers-in- law and sisters-in- law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
•  Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 5 pm – 7 pm at St. Mary-St. Anthony Catholic Church, 615 N. 7th, KCKS; MAP; with the Rosary at 7 pm.
•  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary-St. Anthony Catholic Church on Friday, June 10th at 9:30 am.
•  Interment will take place that afternoon at 2:30 pm in the Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, KS; MAP
•  In lieu of flowers, Christa and family would like to request contributions to St. Mary-St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Arrangements: Skradski Funeral Home, KCK, 913-371- 1404;  www.skradskifh-kc.com
Online Obituary at legacy.com

Aug 28 2015-
Anni (Anna F.) Bargen
Dear Friends of the German Community, Klubs and Friends,
We have lost a dear lady Anni (Anna F.) Bargen. Walter’s Mom and a fellow supporter of the German Communities in the Kansas City area for many many years. Anni passed away early Tuesday morning Aug 18, 2015, at the Katy Trail Manor in Pilot Grove, MO.
Anni was an integral partner, supporter, and member of the Blautalers (The German Dance Group) for 30+ years, and The German Liederkranz Singers of Kansas City, as well as an active member with the German American Citizens Association since the 1950’s, the Germania Klub and the Kansas City Turners. She was a super volunteer and hard worker at the Turner-German American Hall, German Celebrations, and her church.
She was also an avid GOLFER all of her life, as well as a very-frequent viewer of the golf channel, and enjoyed bowling. She was a long-time member of St. Sabina Catholic Church in Belton and helped with the Turkey Dinners at the Old Church.
Anni and her husband Bill (retired Army) were very active in the military community at RG, as well members of the Air Force Sergeants Association. Bill and Anni were one of the original family residents at RG, when the first original base housing was built in 1954, as the status of the AFB grew with the addition of the 326th FI Squadron mowing into RG. Bill was involved in many areas of the base, including helping with location of military families in housing in the late 50’s in the Belton area. He and Anni were ardent supporters of Belton/RG Communities Activities. Anni worked at the RG Base Day Care Center for many years.Anni would have been 93 years old on October 5th of this year.
Her Visitation will be on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 11am in the Chapel at the Longview Funeral Home located at 12700 S. Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO (just east of Grandview and east of Longview Lake); MAP; Services will follow at 11:30am in the Chapel.
Burial will follow at 12:35pm, with a motorcade to Fort Leavenworth Cemetery with graveside services at 2:30pm.
Also, Walter would like 6-8 volunteers to act as pall bearers, it would be nice to have one from each of our German Klubs/Organizations, please call me ASAP, if you would like to be a pall bearer, so I can let the Funeral Home know.
A pot-luck gathering of family, friends, military friends, neighbors, and the many friends from the different communities that Anni was so involve in, are invited to the TG Hall (on the old RG AFB) at 512 Bong Avenue, Belton, MO, after the graveside service at Fort Leavenworth, approximately around 4pm or so, depending on rush hour traffic coming back from Leavenworth.
We will eat about 5pm or so on Friday or when the family arrives back from Leavenworth.
Patté Klaus Schreihofer
P.S. If you are coming to the Pot-Luck Gathering at the TG Hall, PLEASE bring a covered dish, or salad or dessert (meat will be provided by the TG Hall). This was one of Anni’s favorite things to participate in.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you are coming for dinner, by emailing me at (pklausschreihofer@yahoo.com) or call me or text me on my cell phone number at 816/560-6666 or contact Joy Pena at C#816/918-8805 or Ute Randolph at H# 816/765-2938. Thanks!!!!!

Donnell L. “Don” Ganzer
, 73, of Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully September 25, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born July 25, 1936, at his family home in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from East High School.
Don loved to participate in the new and old traditions of the German/American heritage, and was a member of the Germania Club of Kansas City and the German American Citizen's Assoc. At one time Don served as the reigning Prince of Karneval. He enjoyed fundraising for the restoration of Union Station and was an avid Meals-on- Wheels volunteer. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church.
After 32 years of service for GM, Don retired and enjoyed his hobbies of travel, golf, music and with his friends, enjoyed 20 years of companionship on Saturday afternoons at Kelly's Roundtable, where he served as one of the board members.
All will remember his love of practical jokes and his kind heart. His legacy will be carried on by all that knew and loved him.
Don was preceded in death by his father Fred Ganzer, mother Ruth Bosker, sister Roselyn Gray and infant son Jamie Craig Ganzer.
Don is survived by his beloved wife Lyn (Fisher) Ganzer of the home; son Scott D. Ganzer of Minneapolis, MN; daughters Linell R. Gibson and husband Dave of Olathe, KS, Leslie D. Scott of Kansas City, KS, Stephanie L. Carvajal and husband Ricky of Stillwell, KS and Heather S. Miller of the home; sister Linda Thompson and husband George of West Plains, MO; brother-in-law Roy Gray of Belton, MO; grandchildren Chris, Carrie, Jessica, Katie, Ashley, Maxwell, Courtney, Ava and Tyler; and great-grandson Mason. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Hank and Evelyn Stephens of Overland Park, KS, brother-in-law Jim Fisher and wife Kathy of Shawnee, KS and their families.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS. Interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. It is the families' wish to thank those of Sunflower Hospice who cared for Don with such compassion: Ginny, Carol, Jill, Martin, your kindnesses will never be forgotten. (Arr.: Mt. Moriah & Freeman, 816-942-2004.)
Published by Kansas City Star on Sep. 27, 2009.



May 1-2-SQUEEZEBOX BAND, Windstone Entertainment Center, 2425 Industrial Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109; MAP; Come and enjoy dancing on Windstone's wooden dance floor; food available at the event; WindstoneEntertainment.comwww.mollieb.com
TICKETS: Tickets are $15.00 on Friday, $15.00 on Saturday, or $25.00 for both days. Contact Charles Stone for tickets or questions: (573) 636-2850; JeffersonCityDance@yahoo.com
FRIDAY - 6-10pmTICKETS ONLINE, $16.50 Add Saturday Dance Ticket for $11.00?
SATURDAY - 3-7pmTICKETS ONLINE, $16.50 Add Friday Dance Ticket for $11.00?

May 2-Mayor Quinton Lucas and the Ethnic Enrichment Commission's
The 2020 Diplomatic Ball, Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, Grand Ballroom, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64108; www.eeckc.org
DRESS: Formal or Ethnic Attire
“A Celtic Fling” - Hosted by England, Scotland and Wales
5:30pm Cash Bar
6:30pm Seating & Grand Entry
7:00pm Single Entrée Dinner featuring
an 8 oz portion of Salmon with Creamy Chardonnay Sauce or Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce
Cultural Entertainment: Host Countries
Ballroom Dancing: Saucy Jack
TICKETS: $80.00 per person
RSVP by Monday, March 6th if you want to sit at the German table.
Otherwise you can RSVP by April 6, 2020 and still get a ticket to get in.
Contact Cindy Pearson at 913-262-2291 or Rosemarie Hedrick at 913-722-5308

Ongoing - 3rd Tuesday every month - Stammtisch, Affäre, 1911 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108; MAP; 5-9pm; 816-298-6182; affarekc.com
$4 draft beer, $5 homemade brat & fries, plus a special German dish for the occasion
If we find enough people, maybe we can discuss Skat or Doppelkopf
PARKING Street parking.
If you come past 5:45 PM, Bob Jones parking lot a good option to park (provided the business is closed)