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 2015
Brian Vilmont              Apr 2015

 

Oktoberfest 2007