The German Club
The German Canadian Cultural Society (Victoria Edelweiss Club) is a non-profit society registered under the BC Societies Act.
The purposes of the Society are:
a) to foster and preserve the German language, heritage and traditions;
b) to promote relations amongst and between Germans and Canadians by encouraging cultural and social activities;
c) to operate and maintain clubhouse facilities on behalf of the members;
d) to receive donations and bequests, and to hold and administer property of every kind and description whether real or personal for the benefit of the members and the society;
e) to encourage individual and group initiatives, within the Society, that educate, entertain and give artistic expression.
Bill Prindl (Vice President), Treasurer (vacant), Natalie Kuehn (Secretary), Bill Buckley (Director at Large), Willi Fahning (Director at Large), John Fear (Director Building & Grounds), Sam Iseli (Director Buildings and Grounds), Mona Jane (Director at Large), Monika Von Selz (Director at Large, Phone and Program Committee), Elfie Quay (Director Program Committee)
The Board encourages all members (and guests) to participate with events and activities. Please support your Society and contact us if you have feedback, suggestions, or would like more information.
The German Canadian Cultural Society (aka Victoria Edelweiss Club) was founded in 1970 to preserve the cultural practices of the German speaking immigrants of the Victoria area, and to help integrate them to the Canadian way of life. It was hoped that Canadians would come as guests to social events and learn about German culture too - and they did!
The founding members wanted their own hall from the very outset, and found a suitable property and building at 108 Niagara Street. The building was a former rollerskating rink, and volunteer labour soon transformed it into a dance hall and kitchen. The exterior was given a Bavarian-style facade.
With the clubhouse in place, all kinds of activities started: monthly dances took place; a Ladies`Auxiliary cooked, baked, sponsored fashion shows, and made crafts for the bazaar; the Carnival Group planned lavish festivities; the Folk Dancing Group organized Oktoberfests; and the Harmony Choir, which had operated independently for ten years, joined the club.
Ten years later, in 1980, the club building was enlarged by means of a second storey which contains a members' bar, a library, a games room, and a meeting room on the third level. Again, the work was done by volunteers whenever possible.
The Victoria Edelweiss Cub has been a member of the Victoria Inter-Cultural Association (ICA) since its early years, with the Dance Group, Harmony Choir, and a food kiosk taking part in Folkfest. More recently, but equally rewarding, the club participates in the popular Saanich Fair and other local Victoria events.
Helga Traylen in the LibraryThe Edelweiss Club Library on the second floor offers a large collection of German books for borrowing. We have a great and wonderful array of books, old and new, covering a wide variety of subjects including some English books.
During Literaturkreis: 1:30 - 4:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
During Afternoon Movie: 1:30 pm on the 4th Sunday of the month
Contacts: Literaturkreis Elfie Kirstie • Librarian Helga Traylen