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From: "Steichen" <>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 18:34:45 -0400

THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS - No. 186-S (Special Edition)
May 15, 2009
(c) 2009 - The Burgenland Bunch - all rights reserved

Our 13th Year, Editor: Johannes Graf and
Copy Editor Maureen Tighe-Brown

The Burgenland Bunch Newsletter, founded by Gerry Berghold (who retired in
Summer, 2008, and died in August, 2008), is issued monthly as email and
available online at

Current Status Of The BB:
* Members: 1718 * Surname Entries: 5535 * Query Board Entries: 4112
* Newsletters Archived: 186 * Number of Staff Members: 14

EMAIL RECIPIENTS, PLEASE READ: You are receiving this email newsletter
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be read, downloaded, printed or copied from the BB Home page. There is also
an archive of previous newsletters.

This "special edition" 1-section newsletter concerns:


The President's Corner
- Tom Steichen

This short "Special Edition" BB Newsletter has two goals:

First, to inform you that the Burgenland Bunch will be holding its
second-ever in-person staff meeting on Saturday, June 27th in the Lehigh

Second, to invite you to join us on the Sunday, June 28th at the Coplay
Sängerbund to meet the BB staff and enjoy the festivities of their 92nd


The BB was formed in 1997; however, it was not until 10 years later, in
April of 2007, that a first, formal staff meeting was held. For me, it was
my very first time to meet another BB member in person, much less to meet
another staff member or founder Gerry Berghold. For some of the staff, it
was their only opportunity ever to meet Gerry (he passed away just 16 months
later). It was at this meeting that Gerry established the current structure
of the BB to ensure its future.

For our second meeting, nine of the thirteen staff members, one emeritus
staff member and two guest BB members will come together in Allentown, PA,
on June 27th. A special treat for us is that BB Newsletter Editor, Hannes
Graf, of Vienna, Austria, will be present. Hannes is making his first ever
visit to the United States so he can see New York City,meet the BB staff and
BB members in the Lehigh Valley, and visit relatives in the Midwest (his US
family is planning a huge 4th of July gathering in Indianapolis in his

While we have a fairly full agenda already, I am, nonetheless, soliciting
your thoughts on issues or ideas that you think the staff should consider.
If you have a complaint, less us know. If you have a particular service the
BB should add, let us know. If you think we should stop doing something or
change something, let us know. We will not promise to implement your idea,
but we will consider it. Please email me, Tom Steichen, at
or Margaret Kaiser, at (she's
drafting our agenda) and let us know your thoughts.


We are also inviting those of you near the Lehigh Valley to join us on the
28th for Stiftungfest at the Coplay Sängerbund (at 5th St. and Schreiber
Ave. in Coplay). The Bund has kindly agreed to let us invade their premises
and share in their festivities. We plan to "reserve" some tables for our
staff, spouses, and for those BB member who tell us they plan to join us.
The admission fee is a mere $2 and the kitchen will be open for food and
drinks. To have us save space for you, please contact Ed Tantsits at
or Frank Paukowits at to be added to
our list.

The Sängerbund door opens at 1 pm and the choral concert, featuring the
Coplay Sängerbund Mixed Chorus, the Hianz'nchor, the Reading Liederkranz
Mixed Chorus, the Lehigh Sängerbund and another Chorus from Reading, PA,
will start at 2 pm. The Emil Schanta Band will play dance music in the
pavilion in the adjoining grove from 4 to 8 pm.

The Bund is a private club and guests usually have to be sponsored by a
member for the day. However, this rule is relaxed for Stiftungsfest because
of singers and their supporters coming in from out of town. Member Bob
Strauch says to just mention "BB" and/or his name or that of members Ed and
Frank Tantsits. We look forward to seeing you!


NOTICE (Terms and Conditions): The Burgenland Bunch (BB) was formed and
exists to assist Burgenland descendants in their research into their
heritage and, toward that end, reserves the right to use any communication
you have with us (email, letter, phone conversation, etc.) as part of our
information exchange and educational research efforts.
* If you do not want your communication to be used for this purpose,
indicate that it is "confidential" and we will abide by that request.
* Correspondents who communicate with the BB without requesting
confidentiality retain their copyright but give a non-exclusive license to
the BB allowing us to forward to BB members, publish in our monthly
newsletter or on our website, and/or subsequently and permanently archive
all or parts of such communications.

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