Texas German Society convention in Yoakum on Saturday
Feb. 29, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2012 at 8:29 p.m.
About 400 visitors are expected to descend on Yoakum Saturday as the Texas German Society holds its annual state convention at the Yoakum Community Center.
"We have a big day planned," said Charles Soehnge, president of the Lavaca-DeWitt Texas German Society, the host organization. "There will be good speakers, good entertainment and good food."
Among those expected to be in attendance are Klaus-Jochen Gueblcke, deputy consul of the German Consulate General in Houston and Robert Herridge, state president of the Texas German Society.
Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast.
Starting at 9 a.m., welcoming addresses will be given by Soehnge, Herridge, Gueblcke, Yoakum Mayor Annie Rodriguez, DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, and Lavaca County Judge Tramer Woytek.
Speakers include Judy Soehnge on her family's immigration to Texas, Don Kaspar on the history of Kaspar Wire Works, and Patsy Hand on the Indianola database.
Entertainment follows the speakers at 10:15 a.m. with the New Braunfels Village Brass Band, followed by Die Rathkamp Deutsche Volkstanz Gruppe who will perform German folk dances.
A traditional German lunch of roast pork, sausage, German-style potatoes and red cabbage will be served starting at 11:40 a.m.
After a short business meeting at 1 p.m., entertainment will include the Houston Saengerbund Choir, more German folk dances and the Houston Shanty Choir.
Charles Soehnge will conclude the convention with closing remarks about 3 p.m.
The day's events include a silent auction and tours of the Stage Coach Inn in Hochheim and the Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum in Schulenburg.
On Friday afternoon, tours will be conducted at Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner and the Yoakum Heritage Museum.
Soehnge said the Lavaca-DeWitt Texas German Society has grown to more than 45 members during the last two years.
"We try to rekindle and keep our German heritage alive," he said.