Ehrenpräsident – Erich Himmel and wife Inge
Former RV president and now German Day Association president; Joe has retired to Marco Island but continues to preside over Chicago’s German Fest promoting the continuation of German traditions and heritage.
Ehrenpräsident – Joe Matuschka and wife Suzi
Joe Matuschka is a prominent member in the greater German Community founding (Gründer) RV’s Maifest festivities. Joe, former RV club president, has also been a distinguished and generous member in many additional German Social Societies. Stimulating German traditions, Joe (originally from Loerzeiler near Mainz) has opened two successful Hofbrauhaus Restaurants in Rosemont, IL and St. Petersburg, FL.
Karl Heinz Brockerhof and wife Erika
Karl Heinz is the co-founder of the Rheinischer Verein Fanfaren and is known for his achievements throughout the world of Karneval in the US and Germany. Here Karl Heinz (“Come to my office”) is shown with his equally dedicated wife Erika (Mother Superior). Also in the picture is Wilfred Gunterman, President of the Niedersachsen and Hans Wolf, Rheinischer Verein Marketing. Karl Heinz is being honored (in 2004) for 40 years commitment to the German community.