GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The president of the KONTACT Club here was recognized March 4 by local and state officials for his accomplishments in promoting German-American friendship over the past 25 years.
The county commissioner of Neustadt County, Andreas Meier, presented the “Honorary Dedication of the Bavarian Minister President for Special Accomplishments” to Walter Brunner, the president of the German-American KONTAKT Club at Grafenwoehr, at a festive recognition ceremony, held in the historical chapel inside the Neustadt County Office.
“You are one of the best ambassadors and promoters of German-American friendship,” Meier said to Brunner. “Countless relations were established by you. You also brought German, Bavarian and local Oberpfalz culture and lifestyle closer to many Americans, and the American way of life closer to the Oberpfalz residents. People like you make our region to one of the best locations to be.”
Walter Brunner, who is with the Grafenwoehr German-American KONTAKT Club for almost 25 years, has served as its German president for 21 years.
During his tenure, Brunner — supported by his spouse Anni — touched the lives of countless U.S. Soldiers and civilians and established, maintained and promoted numerous German-American relation events at all levels.
“It always was and still is his very special heartfelt desire to integrate German and American members of the KONTAKT club also into the Grafenwoehr city events,” said Grafenwoehr’s mayor Edgar Knobloch.
“People like [Brunner] make our region to one of the best locations to be,” said Andreas Meier, Neustadt county commissioner said. “[He] provide our American friends a home, far away from their home in the United States.”