ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
NORMALLY WE WOULD BE HOLDING THIS MEETING IN APRIL, BUT OUR PLANNED SPEAKER FOR THIS NIGHT IS UNAVAILABLE AND WILL PRESENT HIS TALK IN APRIL
TONIGHT WE WILL REPORT ON OUR PREVIOUS YEAR'S ACTIVITIES, ELECT OUR COMMITTEE FOR THE FORTHCOMING YEAR AND DISCUSS PROPOSED TALKS/EVENTS FOR THE COMING YEAR
NON-MEMBERS ARE MOST WELCOME
TO ATTEND AT THE AGM
Notgeld (Emergency Money)
Notgeld (emergency money) will be the topic of our February 6th meeting, when member Jacquie Madge will bring along and talk about her collection of early 20th century German banknotes.
During WW1 and up to 1923, people hoarded coins and small change disappeared, so paper banknotes were printed en masse, usually by cities and towns, but also companies and even private individuals. People collected these notes, whose face values exploded up to several trillion marks with the hyperinflation of 1921-23. The designs of these notes reflect local, political, or religious motifs ranging from the deadly serious to the darkly humorous.
To find out more, watch the YouTube video “What is Notgeld?” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8-16x7VLyg
After Jacquie’s presentation, our conversation topics will touch on some of the places depicted in the Notgeld (smartphones will be handy here) and collecting in general.
ein frohes Neues Jahr 2020 und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahrzehnt wünschen wir allerseits!
We’ll keep the festive spirit going at our next meeting on Thursday, January 9th with games and conversation activities in German/English.
On the conversation side, we’ll play Suchen Sie jemanden, der.. / ‘Find someone who’… and Sicherheitsfragen/’security questions’, which were hits last year. By way of games, we’ve got the ever popular StadtLandGenuss/’Words of a letter’ and, new this year, a simplified quiz board game from Erlangen
(no special knowledge required) and Tabu/Taboo in German and English.
And if you’d like to introduce your own activity we can run bi-lingually or a game, maybe a German card game,
you’d be most welcome (numbers-wise, we get up to 10 people on the night).
We’ll round things off with a showing of the Freddie Frinton comedy sketch “Dinner for One”
(a traditional fixture of German New Year’s Eve TV).
We’ve still got a bottle of Glühwein and plenty of Lebkuchen to polish off from the Adventabend
so please come and help us finish them!
'Es war halt eine schöne Atmosphäre' - our December 5th Advent evening brought the German Christmas spirit to North Staffordshire. Jane led us in making lanterns to hang on the Christmas tree then Insa, Richard, Jenny and John read Christmas poems in German and English chosen by Walter. We lowered the lights for Christine's reading of 'Vier Kerzen im Advent' from the website www.weihnachtsstadt.de. The buffet delights included Jane's pastry and pesto Christmas tree and Lesley's Rumtopf (begun last May). Wir wünschen frohe Festtage und alles Gute für's Neue Jahr 2020!
Club Chair Christine Conlin appeared on BBC Radio Stoke's Breakfast Show with Sophie Calvert on November 9th, giving an interview marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
You can hear Christine talking about her five years in West and East Germany back in the 1970s, what she was doing on November 9th, 1989 and giving a plug for the Club's wall-themed meeting on November 14th.
Her interview at around 07:10 starts at 1:10:00 into the recording of the Breakfast Show of 09/11/19 on https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07rsx60.
"Ja, mir sind mit'm Radeln da!" 3 Stoke cyclists biked 900 miles from Stoke to Erlangen last summer raising thousands local charities. Alex Findler of Fenton and Matt Kerr of Basford told our October meeting about their 11-day ride with Mark Allman of Meir Park to Stoke's twin city in Northern Bavaria. From the Glebe pub in Stoke, where the idea first started as a joke, their route took them through France, Belgium and the Netherlands to the German border near Düren. They cycled via Koblenz, Mainz, Frankfurt, Würzburg to Erlangen where they raised the Staffordshire and Bavarian flags by the market place fountain. Said organiser Alex, "None of us were experienced bike riders, but we cycled on average 70 miles a day. We only got four punctures!" Thanks go to Stafford-based fixings manufacturer Scell-it® who arranged their accommodation and Tunstall-based Tile Mountain who has provided financial support and cycling wear.The trio raised £5K for Douglas MacMillan, The British Heart Foundation, and child bereavement charity 4Louis. Their justgiving page is still open at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stoke2erlangen and Stoke2Erlangen
ALL ABOUT PILATES
WITH AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!
Pilates - the name of the body-strengthening exercises and the German-born man behind them was the theme of our September meeting. First we learned about Joseph Pilates' lifestory as gymnast, boxer, circus artiste, self-defence teacher, WW1 enemy alien in an Isle of Man internment camp, his move to New York where he founded his exercise programme and invented many pieces of exercise equipment. Then Pilates tutor Avis Hopkins put us through some of the 34 Pilates moves. Probieren geht über studieren, und hoffentlich gibt's keinen Muskelkater!
The story of NOTGELD
A presentation by Jacqui Madge at the February 2020 Meeting