December 2020

President's Message


Dear Member Societies, Singers, Officers, Directors, and Friends,

As we reflect during this Advent - Christmas - New Year holiday season we are reminded of all the adversity, difficulties, hardship, and yes blessings bestowed upon us this year. 2020 has brought us all both sorrow and joy.

We offer our deepest sympathies and condolence to all who have lost dear friends, neighbors, and loved ones during these trying times.

We offer our comfort and prayers to all who have suffered physically and emotionally from this pandemic, its restrictions and side effects.

And, we offer our hope and reassurance to all of us who must carry on and bring a sense of optimism, reality and normalcy to our families and friends.

One last bit of sad news - 2020 Continues: Last December at this time I was happy to report on a new German Chorus forming in the Capital District. Unfortunately COVID19 has claimed another victim; the Capital District Sängerverein. For various reasons Travis Sefzik the inspiring force of the chorus has had to return to his roots in Pittsburgh and due the lack of activity and participation the chorus has ceased its operation, for now. Travis will continue to follow our activities and hopes to join our celebration in June. Good Luck and God Speed!

Congratulations and well done to all who worked diligently to hold their local verein together. Vielen Dank for their commitment and dedication as they continue to build and grow so we may hope to celebrate our German heritage, culture, and customs once again.

There is still plenty of hardwork ahead. Hopefully we may realize and fulfill our plans and preparations for last June to celebrate our heritage and camaraderie at our 39th Sängerfest in Utica this coming June 2021. I look forward to working with all of you with renewed optimism that our efforts will lead to the rebirth and future success of our New York State Saengerbund.

May this holiday season of holy joy, touch your hearts and bring peace to your souls.   Zum bevorstehenden Weihnachtsfest senden wir Euch die besten Glück und Segenswünsche. Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr gefüllt mit Hoffnung, Friede, und Heiterkeit.   To the pending Christmas celebration we send you wishes of best luck and blessings. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with hope, peace, and serenity.

May we start the New Year with a refreshed determination that our German customs and ideals will continue to flourish and prosper.

Mit freundlichen Sängergruessen, Freundschaft,
und Kameradschaft, verbleiben ich
Euer Sängerbruder und Freund,

Hermann Alfons Koelmel




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