Editors Mailbag

Greetings from Ulm

Hello everybody! Sunny greetings from Germany. While I am writing this article we have over 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) here in southern Germany. In general, we had a really enjoyable summer. However, it is not that humid as a summer in Minnesota.

I am quite sure that some of you still remember me, but let me introduce myself to those of you who didnt get to know me. I was Ulm’s Hans Joohs Sister Cities exchange intern from June 1 August 31, 2015. This time in New Ulm was definitely one of the best summers Ive ever experienced.

I want to send special greetings to my three hosts: Jack Minch, the Jim Bartels family and Les Schultz who all made this trip so good and unforgettable. I also want to send some special greetings to Bruce Fenske, who was the chairman of Sister Cities Commission. He organized the exchange program and took good care of me during my stay in New Ulm. I also want to say thank you Windings Inc. who were my employers during my stay in New Ulm. Finally, I send special greetings to anyone else who helped make my stay in New Ulm such a good time.

It is already one year since I left New Ulm. Time is running so fast. In September last year I started my studies in International Management at Reutlingen University. I finished my second semester the end of May. My studies also include practical experience. Thats why at the present time I am doing a six month internship in Sales Controlling at Daimler in Stuttgart. To be more precise, I am dealing with the budget, the forecast of the volumes and a lot of numbers in general. Its quite fun and I’m learning a lot.

The second part of my studies will take place at Dublin City University in Ireland. My two year studies in Dublin will start in September 2017. My area of responsibility will be exactly the same. However, the language will be English of course. I am looking forward to this phase of life.

In August, I spent one week with my friends in Berlin and one week in the United Kingdom. In Berlin we worked half a day voluntarily for the `Berliner Stadtmission eV,’ who cares for people in need, especially refugees and homeless people. Besides our work we had a lot of free time to explore Berlin. Two weeks later I attended `Soul Survivor,’ which is a festival in the United Kingdom. We had a lot of fun.

I hope that this gives everyone an update how things are with me. I often think about my friends in New Ulm and the good times we had together.

Thanks again to everyone who made this trip to New Ulm possible.

Best regards,

Stefan Schwenkschuster

Gem and Mineral

Society meeting

MORGAN – The New Ulm Gem and Mineral Society will meet Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Morgan Public Library lower level meeting room. Everyone welcome. Call for more information: Diane Rose 760-468-8028.

Civil War Round Table on Oct. 18

NEW ULM – What role did cotton play in the Civil War? How did the South manage to build iron clad ships?

Join us at the Oct. 18 Civil War Round Table meeting and learn about these and many other “oddities and unknowns” of the American Civil War with guest speaker Denis Warta.

Warta is a well known local historian and speaker on many topics and has presented two previous programs on this topic and seems to have an unending supply of information.

Round Table meetings are held at the New Ulm Library, Lower Level, starting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public.