The club is in the process of moving locations, so there's a lot happening right now. We'll keep all the updates posted here on this page.
Semi-Annual Membership Meeting
The semi-annual membership meeting was held Sunday, September 10th, 2023, from 2PM - 4PM. Hard copies of the financial reports and investment reports were available for all attendees.
After a call to order and then a moment of silence, the board began the meeting with the previous minutes, the treasurer's report, and opportunities for board member and Untergruppen reports. This was followed by the President's report.
Since Carpathia Club has sold its Utica Road property, the Future of the Club Committee (the committee looking for our next location) has looked at hundreds of lease and for-purchase properties this year. Carpathia has discussed offers on lease options and made bids on two for-purchase properties (a Foss Road property by 24 Mile and the former Macomb Lion's Club property on North Avenue) but neither bid went through. But the Future of the Club Committee has learned so much during this process. They explained why we’re no longer looking at lease properties. Also, they have met with Mark Hackel’s office at the county level as well as meeting with local city and township boards.
The committee reviewed four of the latest property options and gave their recommendation. The board ran a straw poll which showed overwhelming support of the recommendation. The committee has researched zoning issues, contingencies, parking requirements, property border landscape requirements, and utility issues with the property. They have an estimate on annual property taxes. Based on the February 2023 vote, the board is authorized to purchase property. Based on the meeting's straw poll, the committee will pursue the recommended property.
The president's report also reviewed the Ameriprise investment and allowed time for questions and a very good discussion. The board feels they have a well rounded portfolio.
Website subscribers will get the monthly event list and club updates sent directly to their email. The board will plan the 2024 calendar of events by December 1st. The annual Generalversammlung (General Membership Meeting) is scheduled for February 25, 2024. Please see this website's Events page for past and upcoming events. Paul Schwalbe is retiring as youth group leader. The Blas Road Trip was a huge success. Seventy (70) kids participated in the Carpathia Kickers camp, and the Kickers have added even more teams. The board thanked the Future of the Club committee for their commitment and countless hours of work, thanked Keith McVettie for his many years of service with the Carpathia Kickers, thanked Paul Schwalbe for his many years of service with the youth group, and thanked the family of John F. Mueller who gave a generous donation to the club.
Detailed minutes, financial statements and investment information is available to all members by contacting the board directly at email@example.com.
Verband der Donauschwaben USA (National Meeting)
The annual Landesverband meeting was held April 29th and 30th in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Verband is the association of the Donauschwaben clubs across the United States. Thank you to the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society for hosting our annual national meeting this year.
Every April, Carpathia Club meets with our fellow clubs to discuss the state of our organizations, how we can improve, and what the future holds in store. The meeting also includes breakout sessions that cover many areas: Praesidenten, Frauen, Kultur, Kinder, Jugend, Fussball, Literatur und Kunst, and Website/Marketing. Each club came home with good ideas, renewed energy, and much hope for our future.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our board at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Generalversamlung (General Meeting)
The annual Generalversamlung (General Membership Meeting) was held on Sunday, February 19, 2023, from 2PM-4PM at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church on Chicago Road in Warren. The meeting reviewed the club's finances in detail including a comparison of 2022 to 2021 line items. The Bier & Brat fest and the Oktoberfest did very well financially but property taxes was one of our biggest expenses in 2022. The board also reviewed the sale , reviewed the status of the move, and elected new board members which are listed on our Club Board and Officers page of this website. The membership renewed the board's ability to bid on new properties for sale or lease. Coffee and cake was served afterwards.
If you have any membership questions, please contact Brigitte, our membership secretary, at email@example.com. Thank you!
We're Moving Locations!
Carpathia Club has been part of Metro Detroit for over 100 years. That's not changing. But we are changing locations. The club is looking for properties in Macomb County: 2500+ square foot building with land (10 acres) or vacant land. Depending on availability, a building with land is preferred. Click here to see some of the current listings.
Identifying Meeting Rental Space
Until the new location is ready, Carpathia Club is looking into a few options for meeting spaces. Untergruppen have an immediate option with the Fraser Lion's Club for $130 for 2 hours or $160 for 4 hours. Club will pay, up to the dues collected in 2023.
The GACC will charge us $40/hour with a two-hour minimum. GACC leased space in a strip mall on Hayes and 17 Mile.
Letters, Notes, and Correspondence
During this moving process, please send correspondence to:
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
Future of the Club Committee
Thank you to our volunteers who are helping move this process forward. If members have questions, ask anyone on the committee or any board members - they're here to support our membership. And as always, feel free to contact the club directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-978-2242.
Future of the Club Committee Members: