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Wanted: Judges Training Venues

The dance officers -- 1. & 2. Gauvorplattler and Gauvortaenzerin -- conduct judges training sessions once a year. The majority of the judges as well as the dance officers are located on the East Coast and in the Midwest, so locations in those areas are especially desirable to stretch the budget. The host Verein's members also house the out-of-towners on Friday and Saturday. The dance officers are currently looking for Vereine to bid on hosting one of the training sessions. The November session is typically held the second weekend  (November 11-13, 2016).

Lechgaufest & Bayerischer Löwe 2016 -- Who's Going?

Gauverband Nordamerika has been invited to participate in the 93. Lechgau Trachtenfest und Fahnenweihe on July 15-17. We'd like to let the host Verein know how many of us are coming so that they can plan on us marching with them in the Festumzug and so they can reserve seats for us in the Festzelt. If your Verein is planning on participating, please contact Rudy Leschke, 2. Gauvorplattler, at to let him know how many from your Verein are planning to attend.

2016 April 9 - Bayern Verein Newark's 86th Anniversary Dance

Bayern Verein Newark invites you to attend its 86th Anniversary Dance on Saturday, April 9, at the Kenilworth Veteran's Center in Kenilworth, New Jersey. See the flyer for more information.

Contribute to a Survey!

As chair of the Gauverband’s Communication and Education Committee, I’m asking for your input so we can learn from one another. Our request is for your Verein to take some time to go to this link and complete the survey as soon as possible. We hope to learn and share best practices around recruiting; Verein structure, purpose, and activities; rehearsal and dance performances; partnerships with other cultural organizations that are helping your Verein.

Where will the 2019 Gaufest be?

Planning for a Gaufest starts at least three years ahead of time! At this year's Delegates Meeting in May, the site of the 2019 Gaufest will be selected. Bids for the Gaufest are due by January 30, and so far, nothing official has been received. If your Verein will be bidding or is interested in bidding, contact Meetings Committee Chairman Joe Hubner ( The deadline can be extended accordingly. Don't be shy! After all, what would an "odd" year be without a Gaufest to celebrate?

Opportunity to Volunteer

The Gauverband's Beisitzer and the Media and Communications Committees are looking for volunteers to work on improving our social media presence.  If you're interested in helping, please email



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