Lodge No. 1 members celebrate Groundhog Day
It was a night of fun and reminiscing at the Germansville Fire Hall recently.
Approximately 215 people gathered to celebrate the 77th annual Versommling of Grundsow Lodge Nummer Ains an da Lechaw.
Members were serenaded by The Rhine-landers, a group who plays German songs popular with the patrons.
They topped off their repertoire with the timeless classic, "Schnitzelbank."
Dennis Hartman administered the oath to the members after the Rev. Russell Heintzelman gave the invocation.
After a wonderful meal served by the Germansville Fire Company, Patrick J. Donmoyer gave a report of last year's meeting.
Bill Meck, in appropriate groundhog costume, roamed around the room and later introduced the members of visiting lodges. President Bill Williams conducted the meeting.
He introduced the speakers and various officials of the lodge when it was time to give their reports.
Next was the annual prediction on the weather. Punxsutawney Phil is all wrong according to this grundsow.
There will be six more weeks of winter with more snow and more cold.
Grundsow Patty Pagoda in Reading, Berks County, however, agreed with Phil, so it's two against one.
A short humorous skit was presented on home life for the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Members taking part were Bill Mantz, Bill Meck, Brenda Williams, Anna Breininger, Patrick Donmoyer and the Rev. Russell Heintzelman.
Guest speaker was Will Hahn, who told several stories and jokes to those present.
Bill Williams had the distinction of having the closing word.
As it was a cold evening, many left immediately to go home. Those who stayed behind, swapped stories and discussed relevant topics.
There were very few younger people attending the festivities. The majority celebrating King Grundsow were older.
If this current generation doesn't take an interest in the grundsow, the tradition will disappear.
Seventeen lodges in the area celebrate the grundsow.
As the entire meeting takes place with only Pennsylvania Dutch dialect spoken, there are fewer speakers to attend these Pa. German events.