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Invitation Meeting September 19, 2014

Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der GPWA,

 wir laden Euch herzlich ein

zu unserem Treffen am

Freitag, den 19. September 2014
  um 18:00 Uhr im

Southfield Marriott Hotel
27033 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

Reservierungen und Fragen

bitte bis Dienstag, 16. September

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Kosten:  $28 pro Person (Mitglieder und Gäste) , ein reichhaltiges  warmes Buffet sowie Dessert sind inbegriffen. 

Bezahlung mit Scheck ist erwuenscht.  Scheck ausgestellt auf “GPWA” – Danke!

 

Sprecherin: Cilla Tomas

Thema: Women’s need for financial  planning and security – Workshop

Mein Name ist Cilla Tomas. Ich bin gebürtige Schweizerin und in Bern aufgewachsen. Mein ursprünglicher Plan war, nur drei Monate in den USA zu verbringen, aber  inzwischen lebe ich schon seit 31 Jahren in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Meine Famile besteht aus meinem amerikanischen Ehemann, Stieftochter, Sohn und drei Enkelkindern. Ich habe an der University of Michigan studiert und mit Magister abgeschlossen. Danach war ich als Sozialarbeiterin und Psychotherapeutin tätig.

Ich war 8 Jahre lang als Finanzberaterin fuer Schulpersonal und Lehrer taetig und habe insbesondere bei Finanzplanung fuer den Ruhestand geholfen. Danach war ich 13 Jahre als Finanzberaterin  bei “MassMutual”, einer bekannten Fortune 500 Firma, beschaeftigt.

Letztes Jahr habe ich beschlossen, mich selbstaendig zu machen und bald danach mein eigenes Buero in Ann Arbor eroeffnet. Es macht mir Freude, Seminare zu halten, in denen ich Mitgliedern meiner Gemeinde und Bewohnern aus dem Umkreis helfen kann, sich finanziell fuer die Zukunft und insbesondere auf die Pensionierung vorzubereiten. Das ist sehr wichtig hier in USA,  da die alten Sicherheitsnetze, wie Pensionen und moeglicherweise auch die “Social Security” langsam abnehmen oder voellig verschwinden werden. Nun muessen die Arbeitnehmer die Verantwortung und Planung fuer ihre finanzielle Altersversorgung selbst uebernehmen.

Hierbei kommt es vor allem darauf an, sich gegen die Volatilitaet des Aktienmarkts zu schuetzen, da die meisten Rentensparplaene der Firmen in “401Ks” und damit hauptsaechlich im Aktienmarkt angelegt sind.

 

Ich hoffe, euch in unserer Diskussion ueber diese Themen mehr Klarheit ueber die Vielfalt der amerikanischen Finanzplanung verschaffen zu koennen.

 


CillaThomasPortrait_s   Cilla Tomas, Finanzberatung

    Cilla Financial Services LLC

    2245 South State Street, Suite 1200 1G

    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Tel: 734-355-9398

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09 2014

German Unity Day – A Grand Celebration at Meadowbrook Hall

Fred Hoffman, Christina Griesser, Jim Stokes and Andy Griesser

The German Unity Day, marking the peaceful unification of East and West Germany on October 3rd, 1990, is celebrated not only in Germany but also during an annual event in Michigan at the beautiful, historic Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester. This special event was organized by the German Honorary Consul Fred Hoffman and his team and hosted by the German Consul General in Chicago and the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest and its Michigan Chapter.

This year’s celebration was very well attended by over 260 guests from the German-American community, including German companies, cultural clubs, German language students and teachers, politicians, and consular corps members. The official part of the program began with singing of the US and German national anthems by GBU Saxonia Rheingold and the Carpathia Mixed Choirs. The program continued with a warm welcome by Dr. Walter Maisel, President of the Michigan Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce, and Marianne Krenzer, President of the German-American Cultural Center.  Mr. Hoffman read an official statement by John Kerry, Secretary of State, commemorating the 24th anniversary of the German American Friendship Day.  Mr. Kerry also shared in his statement some of his personal experiences while growing up in Berlin, where his father worked as a Foreign Service Officer after World War II.

The evening continued with the recognition and distribution of Deutsche Sprachdiplom Level II certificates to students. Afterwards, five students aged 7 to 16 from local language schools presented their essays for a writing competition organized by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA). The topics ranged from “Umwelt” to “Meine Deutsche Bratwurst”, which had the crowd in stitches. The main speakers of the evening were fascinating public personalities with very different backgrounds, Eitel Dahm of Eitel Dahm Motor Group and L. Brooks Patterson, County Executive of Oakland County. Mr. Dahm, an achiever of the American Dream, explained that in order to succeed, one should take only one step at a time, and although an elevator can take you to the top quickly, it can crash down even faster. The charismatic Mr. Patterson took us back in time and reminded us all of the immensity of the task of reuniting East and West Germany and how it was ultimately accomplished despite all initial problems.

At the end of the program, Mr. Hoffman presented his prestigious annual “Golden Angel Award” to Christina Griesser, who is very well-known and appreciated in the German American community. Her life’s work is dedicated to promoting German-American friendship. Christina’s mother ran a successful German school for many years, and she instilled the love of the German language and culture in her four children from childhood on. Christina founded the German Professional Women’s Association in 1997 and started the Deutsche Schule Metro Detroit in 2006. She works tirelessly with numerous organizations, businesses and individuals in her quest to continuously promote German-American culture. Together with the GPWA, DSMD and other organizations, she organizes and coordinates events such as networking fairs, Kinderfasching, Sankt Martin Laternenläufe, theatre performances and dances by children at Christmas events and at the Strauss Ball, as well as various group outings and trips. The award caught Christina completely by surprise, but she recovered quickly and warmly thanked Mr. Hoffman for this great honor. Her genuine thanks also went to her very supportive husband and family, as well as to the GPWA Board, and the board and staff of the Deutsche Schule Metro Detroit.

A big thank-you to Fred Hoffman for organizing this annual event! This memorable evening demonstrated true unity within the German-American community by bringing together the different worlds of business, education and culture under one roof.  It was an evening to cherish and remember!

Gisela Blevins

Julia Griesser reading essay

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11 2013

Invitation Meeting September 27, 2013

Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der GPWA,

 wir laden Euch herzlich ein

zu unserem Treffen am

Freitag, 27. September 2013
  um 18:00 Uhr im

Southfield Marriott Hotel
27033 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

Reservierungen und Fragen

bitte bis Mittwoch, 25. September 
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Cost:  $27 per person (member & non-member price) includes delicious dinner buffet and dessert

 

Sprecher: Kai Blum
Thema: Fettnäpfchenführer USA

Kai Blum wanderte 1994 in die USA aus und wohnte anfangs in Washington, D.C. und später in Virginia sowie South Dakota. Seit Ende der Neunziger Jahre lebt er in Michigan. Beruflich war er bisher u.a. im Buchhandel, in einer Bibliothek und vor allem im Internet-Bereich tätig.

Anfang 2006 erhielt er die amerikanische Staatsbürgerschaft.

Bisher sind vier Bücher von ihm erschienen:

– Alltag in Amerika: Leben und Arbeiten in den USA
– Immobilien in den USA: Ratgeber für alle zukünftigen Wohneigentümer
– Fettnäpfchenführer USA: Mittendurch und Drumherum
– Hoffnung ist ein weites Feld (Auswanderer-Krimi)

Mit “Hoffnung ist ein weites Feld” beginnt eine Reihe von Auswanderer-Krimis, die dem Leben der Familie Sievers sowie ihrer Verwandten, Freunde und Nachbarn von den 1880er Jahren bis ans Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs folgen.


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08 2013

Invitation Meeting June 7, 2013

Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der GPWA,

 

wir laden euch herzlich ein

zu unserem Treffen am 

Freitag, 7. Juni 2013
  um 18:00 Uhr im

Southfield Marriott Hotel
27033 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

 

Reservierungen und Fragen

bitte bis Mittwoch, 5. Juni
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Sprecher: Tom Borg
Thema: How to Delegate Effectively
 

Tom is president of Tom Borg Consulting, LLC. He is a business consultant, trainer, coach and author. He works with his clients to improve their sales, marketing, customer service and employee performance. His innovative and creative approach helps his clients become more successful and profitable. He helps them learn how to think outside the box and develop strategies that allow them to adapt to and thrive in a rapidly changing business climate. As a result his small business clients consistently decrease customer and employee complaints, increase sales, decrease costs and increase their net profits.

 

Over the past 29 years, he and his associates have worked with small and mid size businesses and organizations and helped them to run institutions and practices that are more successful and profitable.

 

His client list includes organizations such as Virginia Tile Company, Meadowbrook Insurance, Greko Printing, AT&T, Evans Distribution Systems, St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals & Health Services, Inch Memorials,  Wayne State University, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Crain’s Small Business, Pulte Homes, Michigan Association of Cemeteries, Apartment Services and others.

 

 Over the span of his speaking career, Tom has trained thousands of his program participants in Canada, Saudi Arabia and throughout the United States.

 

He is author of two books, Making Service Count, and his second book, How to Keep a Positive Attitude in a Sometimes Negative World. He is author of the white paper The 13 Fatal Mistakes that Small Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them.

 

His business articles have been published in over 47 countries and have appeared in local publications such as Crain’s Business, the Detroit Free Press, and national publications such as Marketing for Success, Customer Service Manager Magazine, Corp Magazine, Office Line Magazine, and in the Michigan Retailer magazine. He is currently published on the Small Business Association of Michigan’s magazine and regularly appears on their radio show. Tom also publishes his own monthly e-newsletter and blog.

 

Tom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

 

Tom Borg has been married to his wife, Elizabeth for 24 years and they have a miniature schnauzer named Tegan. In his spare time, he likes to polish his 55 Chevy, garden, exercise and read. 

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06 2013

Euro-American Celebration in May

THURSDAY MAY 9TH – EURO WINE
An essential part of many cultures, wine is very distinctive to its place of origin. Don’t miss this opportunity for a taste of the finest vineyards of Europe.
When: 6:30 to 9:00 pm Admission: 21+ event, $25/person + Michigan sales tax 6%
Location: Plum Market, Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
In partnership with Plum Market – Cru Winebar

FRIDAY MAY 10TH – EURO ART
A free guided tour of the visiting European Art Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
When: 1:00 to 7:15 pm; Six tours, lasting 1 hour 15 minutes each
Location: DIA, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; the Prentis Court by the Cafeteria
Admission: Free (open to the Public) In partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts>

FRIDAY MAY 17TH – European Delegate visit
Special guests: Mrs. Eva Horelova, Deputy Head of Press and Public Diplomacy at the Delegation and Deputy Delegation Spokesperson, will join this panel discussion about Europe, touching upon co-op jobs and/or employment outside the US. Students will share their experiences in Europe. Mrs. Betina Schlossberg, immigration lawyer and board member of the Dante Alighieri Society will also be part of the panel. Presentation of the Volterra program at University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture
When: 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Architecture building, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
Admission: Free and open to the public.
– In partnership with University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Dante Alighieri Society.

SATURDAY MAY 18TH – Euro 313 Detroit (a Detroit – Europe link)
8:00pm to 2:00am Dance and celebrate Europe.
When: 8:00 pm to 2:00 am the next day
Location: Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI
Admission: $45 per person, $80 per couple In partnership with Creative Cultural Weavers (CCW) – contact Sandra Senatore (865) 712-2946

THURSDAY MAY 30TH 6:30 pm – EURO AMERICAN CELEBRATION
A grand culmination of all Euro-American events and participants, including speakers, cultural activities and folk dances. Guaranteed to be a celebration to remember, this cocktail and dinner reception is all about embracing cultural diversity and celebrating similarities. See you at the Cranbrook Science Museum for the official ‘Europe day’ event. Special guests: Leopold Eyharts, Astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Michigan’s Former Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry
Where: Cranbrook Science Museum, 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills
Admission: $45
In partnership with European Association of Detroit and Detroit Area European Organizations.

FRIDAY MAY 31ST – EURO MOVIES
Presenting LAUGH IN EUROPE. The 4TH Euro channel Short-film tour. The fourth annual Euro film tour guides audience through the screening of a series of short films set in Europe. The films will be shown in their original languages with English subtitles.
Where: Detroit Film Theater, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
In partnership with Detroit Film Theatre. Save the dates, more to come in June:

Monday June 3rd – Euro Golf
19th Annual Swedish American Chamber of Commerce-Detroit Golf International-Scalawags Golf Club Location: Chesterfield
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SUNDAY JUNE 8ST – Euro Petanque
Location: Royal Oak In partnership with Club de Petanque Ann Arbor. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for details.

THURSDAY JUNE 20ST – Euro Chambers of CommerceWine Tasting at the Lark
Coordinated by the French-American Chamber of Commerce
Location: West Bloomfield

This series is made possible with support from the Delegation of the European Union in the USA.
Visit our web site www.frenchinstitute.org,
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COME CELEBRATE AND HAVE FUN WITH US !!!

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05 2013

Invitation Outing on April 13, 2013

Opernhaus Tour

 Liebe Mitglieder und Gäste,

zu unserer nächsten GPWA-Veranstaltung sind auch Familienmitglieder  und  Freunde herzlich willkommen.  Wir treffen uns

am Samstag, 13. April um 10 Uhr morgens

am Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway Street, Downtown Detroit, 

zu einer privaten, zweistündigen Führung mit Blick hinter die Kulissen.  

Für diese Tour werden vor Ort Spenden für das Opernhaus ($10 in bar pro Person) eingesammelt.

Die Wikipedia bringt die wechselvolle Geschichte des 1922 eröffneten Theaters:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Opera_House

Wer Lust hat, kann anschließend zum Mittagessen ein paar Häuser weiter mitwandern, zur zünftigen Detroit Beer Company an 1529 Broadway Street. Hier kann man das Menu einsehen: 

  

Zu den Preisen auf der Webseite kommen bei Gruppen-reservierung nebst 6% Verkaufssteuer vermutlich 20% Bedienung dazuDas Mittagessen wird im Restaurant individuell von den Gästen bezahlt, und jeder erhält seine eigene Rechnung.

 

Die Geschichte der Detroit Beer Company ist übrigens auch in der Wikipedia erwähnt:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Beer_Company

 

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Anmeldung bis spätestens 7. April  per Email an email hidden; JavaScript is required – bitte gleichzeitig mitteilen, wer zum Mittagessen mitkommt, damit wir im Restaurant genügend Plätze reservieren!   

 

 

Liebe Grüße,

 

euer GPWA-Team 

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03 2013

Invitation Meeting February 8, 2013

Dear Members and Friends of the GPWA,

our next meeting will be on

Friday, February 8, 2013 
at 6pm 
Marriott Hotel Southfield, 
27033 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

Speaker: Mary Jane Mapes

Topic: You CAN Teach a Pig to Sing: Create Great Relationships…with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

 

Create a more positive, powerful work environment.  In this insightful, entertaining, and motivational presentation, you will discover the secrets to building extraordinary relationships with employees, colleagues, customers (or members of your own family), all of which contribute to a life of less stress, more influence, and greater productivity and satisfaction at work.

 

 

Mary Jane Mapes, MA, CSP, founder and president of The Aligned Leader Institute, a leadership development training and consulting organization, is an award-winning leadership/communication strategist with a track record of success.  She has spoken for organizations like Duke University Medical School, Trinity Health Systems, Farmers Insurance, Avon Products, Inc., and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, helping their leaders create great relationships and develop a culture of excellence. Mary Jane knows that leadership begins on the inside, so she focuses on changing perceptions and beliefs through the use of stories and her own brand of humor that will help you remember her message for years to come.

 

 

 

For reservations and questions, please contact us by February 6th:

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Cost:  $27 per person (member & non-member price) includes delicious dinner buffet and dessert

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01 2013

Invitation Brunch December 2, 2012

Please join us for GPWA’s

Christmas Gathering

Brunch in Downtown Detroit at

The Whitney
Sunday, December 2, 2012

at 11:30 am
4421 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Telephone: (313) 832-5700

 

For this year’s Christmas gathering, you are welcome to bring your family and friends for an unforgettable Brunch at Detroit’s fabulous historic “The Whitney” restaurant.

Sunday Brunch at The Whitney is a sumptuous affair.
The elegant buffet includes :

all non-alcoholic beverages and endless mimosas (Champagne mixed with fruit juice),
Assorted Pastries and Breads,
Mixed Green Salad with your choice of Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cucumber,
Roast Beef Carving Station,
Seasonal Quiche,
Shrimp and Grits,
Seared Salmon with Dill Beurre Blanc,
Scrambled Eggs,
Grilled Chicken with Whole Grain Mustard,
Salad of the Day,
Potatoes O’Brien,
Grilled Vegetable Medley, Bacon, Sausage,
Shrimp Cocktail, and House Made Dessert Assortment.

 After brunch, you will have the opportunity to get together with other interested guests from our group to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts and see the famous Fabergé Exhibit or attend the 1:00 PM holiday music performance by the Vanguard Chorale which includes music from Handel’s Messiah.
Attendance of this performance is included in the DIA entrance ticket, but tickets to the Fabergé Exhibit should be purchased ahead from the DIA to avoid disappointment, if this exhibit should be sold out.
Please note that a museum visit is up to each individual and not organized by GPWA.

 

Reserve your spot by November 12th – Seating is limited!

The costs for the brunch including tax and gratuity are $45 for adults and children over 10 and $18 for children under 10.

 Please fill in and detach the Form and mail it together with a check issued to GPWA Inc. to the following address:

GPWA Inc.
P.O. Box 476
Lake Orion, MI 48361-0476

 

Please note that cancellations are not reimbursable after November 23, 2012

 

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11 2012

Invitation Meeting November 9, 2012

Dear Members and Friends of the GPWA,

our next meeting will be on

Friday, November 9, 2012 
at 6pm 
Marriott Hotel Southfield, 
27033 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

Speaker: Mary Kay Shelton, RN, BA 

Topic: How big business has taken over farming, how they mass produce genetically engineered crops and have industrialized meat production

 

About the Author:

Mary Kay has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years. Her Nursing background includes critical care nursing and pharmaceutical clinical research. For the past nine years she has been a legal nurse consultant specializing in the areas of mass tort, nursing home litigation and pharmaceutical claims. Mary Kay received her BA from California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Science.

It was through her undergraduate work in San Francisco that led her to her interest and passion in activism involving the politics of food and food sovereignty.

 Her specific interests involve activities dedicated to education about and the passage of Prop 37 – California’s “Right to Know” labeling initiative. Her activist work includes disclosing Monsanto’s pervasive marketing presence in the seed industry, their spread of GMO crops, and the call to label all food in the United Sates containing GMO ingredients.

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For reservations and questions, please contact us by November 6th:

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RESERVATION REQUIRED, OPEN TO MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS

 

Cost:  $27 per person (member & non-member price) includes delicious dinner buffet and dessert.

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10 2012

Invitation Meeting October 19, 2012

Dear Members and Friends of the GPWA,

our next meeting will be on

Friday, October 19, 2012 
at 6pm 
Marriott Hotel Southfield, 
27033 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

Speaker: Geertje Tutschka

 

About the Author: 

I lived with my family as a German expatriate in Metro Detroit from 2008 to 2012.  During this time I wrote monthly newsletter to our family and friends back home – these were the original Love Letters.

Today, I am working as a Cross Cultural Specialist, Lawyer and Coach in my Business Coaching for Legal Professionals (www.coachingforlegals.com) in Salzburg, Austria.

 

 

Book Description:


“Detroit, Michigan – Love Letters from an Alien” is a story about an ordinary German expatriate family. The adventure starts, when they leave their northern German suburb to move to Detroit and live there for one year. But Detroit isn´t just like any other American city: it is the time of the automotive industry crisis and the collapse of the city.
Twelve monthly letters describe the fear and anxiety of the German family and the array of feelings that go along with leaving their home and arriving in a new country, of connecting with neighbors, adjusting to a strange environment.
It is the story of any expatriate in the world: to feel like an alien and to be a legal alien. And it is the story of the love of a lifetime.
More info at:  www.geertje-tutschka.com, available also at amazon.com.

 

"Detroit, Michigan - Love Letters from an Alien"

 monthly e-book in English or German starting in September 2012

- available at www.amazon.com and www.amazon.de

 

For reservations and questions, please contact us by October 15th:

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RESERVATION REQUIRED, OPEN TO MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS

 

Cost:  $27 per person (member & non-member price) includes delicious dinner buffet and dessert.

 

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09 2012