Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids

About Us

The Edelweiss Club of Grand Rapids was founded in December 1980 by ten enthusiastic people: Theresa and Jack Arnold, Hildegard Diana-Herr, Martin F. Kroepsch, Maria A. Miller, Barbara and Erwin Rosenberg, Lydia and Dan Spidell and Beanca Zwarensteyn.

These German-Americans believed that a progressive, family-oriented club would be a welcome addition to the Greater Grand Rapids area.  Since those chilly December days, club membership has grown to over 160.  The club started to operate formally as a business in February 1981.

Past Presidents:

 Dan Spidell                  Dec 1980 - Nov 1982                                                                                  Martin Kroepsch           Dec 1982 - Mar 1983

 Ron Vander Till             Mar 1983 - Mar 1987
 Bernie Siehling             Mar 1987 - Mar 1991
 Theresa Arnold             Mar 1991 - Mar 1995
 Bernie Siehling             Mar 1995 - Mar 1997
 Maria Miller                  Mar  1997 - Jun 1998
 Ron Vander Till             Jun 1998 - Mar 1999
 Terry VanderLaan         Mar 1999 - Mar 2003
 Bernie Kleinselbeck       Mar 2003 - Apr 2005
 Ron Vander Till             Apr 2005 - Apr 2007
 Barbara Koning             Apr 2007 - Apr 2010
 Johanna Dean              Apr 2010 - Apr 2011
 Eilleen Wigen               Apr 2011 - Apr 2013
 Brian Vilmont               Apr 2013 - Apr 2017                                                                                      Kevin Neitzert              Apr 2017

 

Oktoberfest 2007