The next two monthly member meetings of the Austrian Singing Society “Donau” will be held at 7:30 Thursday, January 9 and February 13 please attend our meetings.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 incoming Singers officers: Secretary- Hallie Lehmann, Treasurer- Marnie Aucion, Vice President- Michael Sabel, President- Mona Starczewski.

SINGERS' MEMBERSHIP Singers’ dues are payable January 1, $20 regular members, $10 retired seniors over 65. Please pay by February 29 to remain in good standing as a late fee of $5 per month shall accrue each month dues are late. Please pay at the club by completing brown envelope (or slip in this newsletter) as you did last year and drop your cash or check in self-service RED LOCK BOX marked SINGERS. Or, mail completed slip found in this newsletter with your check to club- Attention: SINGERS TREASURER on envelope. Any questions phone 860-508-8236.

SICK BENEFIT MEMBERS may also pay dues at Club at self-service box on right marked "Sick Benefit."

SCHOLARSHIP Thanks to all the volunteers and participants who made the Scholarship Schnitzel dinner a resounding success. Go to to download the 2020 Scholarship application, or phone Candice Tabone at Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 860-229-6018, with any questions.

POST-HOLIDAY MEMBER PARTY Saturday, January 18th, 3pm. The Singers invite all Club members to come on down for merriment and live music from John Banker, some of you may have seen him recently at the Hartford Sängerbund! If you've paid your Singers dues you'll get your member card & key card on the spot. We'll provide some snacks and encourage you to bring something to share with us. Hope to see you there! Any questions,contact Mona Starczewski 860-508-8236.

GERMAN LANGUAGE School will start on Friday March 6th and meets at 6pm. Teachers are Bill McNamara and his daughter Megan McNamara. Contact Dennis Kern, 860-828-9950.. PLANNING MEETING January 23rd, 6:30pm (with snow date of January 30th). It will be beneficial to all groups to have a planning meeting again to discuss the 2020 Club calendar of events. We have a very busy schedule here at the Donau and cooperation between all groups will help things run smoothly by planning event dates together, reviewing 2019 events,offering help/suggestions, discussing kitchen issues and scheduling procedure,etc. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Mona Starczewski at 860-508-8236.

MEMBERS FUN NIGHT Stop by the club for a fun night of Karaoke, games, and snacks on Saturdays: January 11 and February 8, 7:30pm. See Kim Manulla or bartender Steve for detailsbring all your friends and a snack to share, if you wish! WEIHNACHTSFEST SUCCESS! Thanks to all who participated in our Christmas Fair December 7. The hall was filled with a great variety of holiday items and treats, as well as spirited music by Fred & Ron and wonderful Alpen food from the kitchen. Join Zac Cole’s organizing committee for the 2020 Weihnachtsfest, 860-402-3699 or die Überlieferung!

FREIWILLIGEN Tradition! Folks, we have an ongoing need for volunteers to keep upwith our various cultural activities! 2020 is upon us and we are planning numerous events- their success depends on people like you to volunteer! We’d love to see new faces get involved so consider yourself invited to pitch in. Suggest events you'd enjoy with your children and grandchildren. Participate in German language classes, Alpenland Tänzer adults’ and children’s dance groups, dinners, scholarship events, setback, darts, breakfasts and more. The Austrian Donau Club is happily flourishing, unlike other social/ethnic clubs in the area- however, our success will continue only with your participation and the generations that follow. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Mike Sabel 860-416-3255 or Mona Starczewski 860-508-8236 for info or sign up at the club.

STEFFI'S CULTURAL COOKING CLASSES continues at 7:00 on Fridays: January 25th and February 22nd. Call 860-508-8236 to reserve. It’s a fun time; all are welcome- it’s a great date night! All recipes are authentic Austrian-farmhouse tested, are elegant yet simple and made with the most basic ingredients you already have at home.

VARIOUS ITEMS The club is SMOKE-FREE Fridays 2pm-7pm on non-dinner nights, so please take
advantage. Opt to receive your newsletter via email by emailing including your
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as the Weihnachtsfest will be held Dec. 7.