Women’s club holds annual bazaar

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

The German-American and International Women’s Club Kaiserslautern holds its annual Pfennig Bazaar Thursday to April 1 in Jean-Schoen Hall on the  Kaiserslautern Garden Fair grounds.

The annual Pfennig Bazaar is known as the biggest flea market in the West Palatinate. Its name originates in the former German currency, which was Deutsch Mark and Pfennigs − today euro and cents.

***image1***The Pfennig Bazaar is the club’s biggest fundraising event. All profits will be donated to various German, American and international charities, the Federation of German-American Clubs in Germany, the University of Kaiserslautern for their Student Exchange Program and the GAIWC’s Youth Program for American and German students.

“We also donate to the Youth Fire Brigade. That’s our way to help to keep youth off of the streets,” said Ulrike Reichardt, GAIWC second vice president.The club also takes care of the kindergraves on Kaiserslautern’s main cemetery and supports the Fisher House at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

“At Christmas, we sent two of our members to LRMC to present gifts to injured Soldiers,” said Ms. Reichardt.

The German-American Women’s Club was established in 1956. Meanwhile other nationalities are included and the name carries the word international as well. “Our goal is to promote tolerance within cultures and international understanding and foster friendship between German, American and other communities,” said Ms. Reichardt. “At the moment, we have 180 members.”

GAIWC offers interest groups to include literature, international cooking, reading lessons, handicrafts, golfing and traveling. Its annual program features evening events, concerts, trips and monthly get-togethers.

For the bazaar, the club is looking for donations to include clothes for men, women, children, shoes, household goods, books, toys, appliances, computers, collectibles and music media. Skis, ski boots and furniture will not be accepted.

Items should be in a good condition and packed in boxes, which are not too heavy.

Donations can be dropped off 1 to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jean-Schoen-Hall. Donors can drive to the hall through the main entrance on Schoenstrasse (across from the parking lot located at the corner of Burg and Mühlstrasse), drop off their items at the ramp to the left, and leave the area on the opposing side, on Forellenstrasse (toward Restaurant Casimir).

The Pfennig Bazaar is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and March 31, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1.

For more information on the Pfennig Bazaar and the club, visit www.gaiwc.com, call Ms. Reichardt at 0631-750-1544 or Pamela Miod at 06381-996868, or e-mail euroconn@hotmail.com.