Womens’ club sponsors Pfennig Bazaar

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The German-American and International Women’s Club Kaiserslautern holds its annual Pfennig Bazaar Thursday to March 4 in the Jean-Schoen-Hall on the Kaiserslautern Garden Fair area.

“The annual Pfennig Bazaar is known as the biggest flea market in the West Palatinate,” said . Ulrike Reichardt, second vice president of GAIWC. “We are asking the community for a variety of donations such as clothes, shoes, household goods, linen, books, toys and computer equipment.”

Items should be packed in boxes which are not too heavy.
Donations can be dropped off 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Jean-Schoen-Hall. Donors can drive to the hall through the main entrance on Schoenstrasse and leave the area on the opposing side on Forellenstrasse.

The bazaar takes place for the 42nd time and is the biggest fundraising event the women’s club sponsors each year.

“We donate all profits to various German, American and international charities, and we support 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,” said Helga Bäcker, GAIWC vice president. “Last year we donated a remarkable amount to social projects, student exchanges and local youth projects.”

“The Pfennig Bazaar is our trademark,” said Ms. Reichardt. “We kept the word Pfennig in the bazaar’s name since it has such a long tradition.” The Pfennig was the counterpart of today’s Euro cent and is no longer valid since the Euro was introduced.

The German-American Women’s Club was established in 1956 with just American and German members. Today, other nationalities are included and the club’s 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.

GAIWC offers interest groups to include literature, international cooking, reading lessons, handicrafts, golfing and traveling.

The club also takes care of the kindergraves on Kaiserslautern’s main cemetery and supports the Fisher House at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Its annual program features evening events, concerts, trips and monthly get-togethers.

The Pfennig Bazaar is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and March 4 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5.

For more information on the Pfennig Bazaar and the club, visit www.gaiwc.com or call Ms. Reichardt at 0631-7501544.