Now there are only a few days left and the long planned anniversary celebration on 16 March 2019 in the Musikomm Amberg will take place. Almost two years ago, when Karin Neumüller first mentioned the idea of such a big celebration in the board of directors, she not only received positive feedback.
Nevertheless and thank God, we decided to celebrate 20 years of club history in this way. In many meetings of the board crew the planning of the celebration was an item on the agenda. Working groups were formed and persons responsible for the various tasks were appointed.
Many helpers, including those outside the board team, worked together in advance. This was e.g. to prepare the elaborate chronicle of 20 years of association history in word and picture for movable walls, to send many invitations to all, which we wanted to welcome gladly on our celebration and to find the suitable external framework. We also cook food, buy drinks, organize cake and finger food, set up the stand of the association, make the hall and the foyer beautiful and inviting, provide enough helpers for the kitchen, drinks and cake buffet and much more.
Last but not least, an attractive program with an official ceremony had to be put on the feet. Karin Neumüller had already been able to win the award-winning vocal ensemble VOX AETERNA for a benefit concert as a highlight of our celebration at the very beginning of our planning. The Lord Mayor of Amberg, Michael Cerny, promised his patronage, District Administrator Richard Reisinger also announced his visit and, of course, many others, standing in the public life of Amberg and the district of Amberg-Sulzbach, promised to come.
And then it was there, the feast day. Many helpers came already at 10.00 o’clock in the morning into the Musikomm and started the many preparatory works. It was really a nice feeling and you could see how well the board team is working together. The helpers were assigned tasks in a very organized way, so that the usual confusion did not occur when preparing such a big event. Everything went like clockwork. It turned out: Good planning leads directly to the goal! Around 13.00 clock everything was prepared and one said goodbye, in order to refresh itself for the anniversary.
Only about one hour later they were back on site. One last time everything talked through, the helpers of the Pfadindern Ammersricht (without whom we would have been really thrown out) instruct in their tasks the technology again check and already the first guests came.
It was very pleasing that already in the afternoon so many people came to us and filled their time with following the really nice and informative designed club chronicle, to look at the woodcarvings and sewing shops from Gambia at the club stand and also to take one or the other piece home against a donation. So the foyer gradually filled up with invited and interested guests, one enjoyed coffee and cake or even a glass of sparkling wine. And they used the time to get into conversation with each other. A really informal and entertaining get-together, until then at about 17.00 o’clock, after a champagne reception, the official part of the celebration began.
The executive committee members as well as many of the aids exchanged the blue association T-Shirts against colorful Gambian garments and entered the hall only then, when all further guests had already taken place.
The executive committees Karin Neumueller and Christine Weigl welcomed all present ones and many by name and also not by name honorary guests mentioned and asked the patron mayor Michael Cerny, represented by second mayor Martin Prussia to speak a greeting word. Mr. Preuß took over this gladly, also in the name of the present district administrator Mr. Reisinger and the mayor of the municipality Gebenbach, Mr. Peter Dotzler. Of course, the board members gladly accepted the presented “flat gifts”. Then Conny Siebenbürger as representative of the “Projekthilfe Dr. Luppa e.V.” took the floor and expressed greetings and congratulations and thanked for the cooperation of both associations for many years.
Subsequently, Christine Weigl reviewed the 20 year history of the association from the beginning in words and pictures for all those present. It was impressive how the association managed over the years to build one school building after the other in Brufut and to expand the school more and more. Afterwards interns of the past years told very lively and entertaining about their experiences during the months in Gambia and at our school “Sannehmentereng”.
Afterwards, Christine Weigl reviewed the 20 year history of the association from the beginning in words and pictures for all present. It was impressive how the association managed over the years to build one school building after the other in Brufut and to expand the school more and more. Afterwards interns of the past years told very lively and entertaining about their experiences during the months in Gambia and at our school “Sannehmentereng”.
Again and again during the ceremony the many helpers and sponsors as well as members were highlighted who have been supporting us actively and financially in our association work for years and decades. Even a founding member from the 1st hour could be welcomed. He had not shied away from travelling from Munich for the anniversary. We very much hope that our thanks have really arrived with all of them.
After the ceremony the heads were full and the stomachs empty. One went to the bar to enjoy a good portion of the again delicious Domodas or also the vegetarian vegetable variant with a tasty slice of Tapalapa. And who did not want to eat warm had a large selection of finger food, which had something to offer for every taste.
Again there were many conversations and many beautiful moments and the feel-good level of all guests was very, very high in my opinion.
In the meantime, Lord Mayor Michael Cerny had arrived and had joined the guests. We were really very proud that the city of Amberg showed us by the presence of both mayors that our association in Amberg is perceived positively and that our work finds recognition. It was also a great honour that District Administrator Reisinger had taken time for our anniversary.
Now it was time for the musical highlight of the day:
VOX AETERNA had sung her way onto the stage with the song “Der Ewige Kreis” (“The eternal circle”) from the musical “König der Löwen” (“The Lion King”). An entertaining evening with brilliantly performed pieces from many different genres began. The singers are all former students of the Max-Reger-Gymnasium Amberg and each one of them has a solo voice. It was really great that these artists agreed to sing for us free of charge on this evening and that all donations they received were made available to the association. It’s a pity that our invitation to the concert was not accepted by even more listeners.
In the end, all that remained for the board members was to thank all the active people in front of and behind the stage and to say goodbye to the guests with the wish for further solidarity with our association.
When all the guests had left, they all helped together again, because the Musikomm was already booked the next morning again for an event. The evening ended with a small “drink with leftovers” and the board team and the helpers sitting together. Thank God it was done, it was worth the work and we have received enough donations that we do not have to burden the club’s cash with the costs for this celebration.
The meeting confirmed the executive committee shank in your work and energized to continuing. We have noticed that “Socialis for The Gambia e.V.” is now a well-known institution in Amberg which receives positive encouragement and support from many sides. We hope that this will continue to be the case.