A Cape Coral community organization as iconic as Big John and the historic Yacht Club is turning 50.
The German American Social Club of Cape Coral, founded in 1964 by a tiny group led by the club's first president, William "Willy" Gruetzenbach, held its golden anniversary celebration this past weekend.
We congratulate the organization and commend its organizers for the phenomenal efforts that have led the small club of 34 original members to one of the largest -and most popular - organizations in the city.
We also thank both current members and those of the past for their generous efforts on the part of our community.
Not only does the German American Club hold one of the Cape's best attended events - the six-day, two- weekend Oktoberfest held each fall on the club's grounds, they donate each year an estimated $20,000-$30,000 to other organizations.
Efforts through the years have placed the club in the top tier of community contributors, a fact little publicized by the members who do so much.
For those who would like to say thank you, see what the club has to offer, or just enjoy some great food and an ice-cold beer or two, the club is holding one of its regular Bavarian Gartenfests this Sunday, Feb.16, from noon to 5 p.m. on the club's grounds at 2101 Pine Island Road.
Brats, potato pancakes, schnitzel, beer and wine will be available and live German music will be featured.
Parking is free; admission only $3.
Those interested in membership may also want to check out the club's Friday night dinners. According to the club's website, gasc-capecoral.com, they are offered 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (except the first Friday of each month when the hours are 5-7 p.m.) with live music and dancing from 7 p.m. until closing.
German dinners are, of course, featured, but "Steak, shrimp and fish dinners always available in addition to the German special dinner," the site states.
The entry fee is only $4 for non-members.
Again, we thank the club and its members and volunteers. They have done a lot for our city.
May their 50th be merely a milestone marking continuing success.
- Breeze editorial