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AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN COUNCIL WEST

CALENDAR ALERT  2021

PLEASE SAVE THE DATES  


SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2021

Annual Member Meeting of the Austrian-American Council followed by lunch. All Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors are invited to attend and hear about the activities of the council. Provided that the COVID-19 situation is at a stage wherein we can freely and safely congregate, the luncheon meeting will be held at the: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Admission by private invitation only.
This will be our first opportunity to see each other and renew and celebrate our good fellowship.


SUNDAY, November 7, 2021

Annual Austrian-American Day Gala Dinner. A festive evening celebrating 40 years of Austrian-American Councils of North-America. The Board is so very hopeful that the pandemic will have dissipated so that we can mingle and congregate in a regal manner to celebrate our 40 years. Our plans are for a memorable evening among friends. The dinner will be held at the:
Annandale Golf Club, 1 North San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

Please join us in celebrating
**AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN DAY**
**40th ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION OF THE FOUNDING**
NOVEMBER 7th


  Dear Members and Friends of the Council,

  We are pleased to inform you that thanks to your generosity together with a substantial contribution from your council, we were able to send $8000.00 to Direct Relief. These funds will be used for urgently needed hospital equipment including ventilators, in Southern California medical facilities. Together we were once more able to make a difference in our local communities. A heartfelt thanks to all.

  Fundraising Coronavirus (Covid-19) Relief

  Dear Members, Donors and Friends,

 We do hope that all of you and your loved ones are continuing to do well and staying safe in these challenging times. These times have occasioned countless examples of dire need. In the past few months our Council has been providing donations to local organizations to help those in need as a result of the pandemic. I know many of you have also been providing support for these relief efforts. We are now getting ready to send a substantial donation to provide Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief here in Southern California. We want to invite you to participate with us, if you would like to do so, in this organizational contribution in the name of the Austrian-American Council West and in honor of the long-standing friendship between the United States and Austria.

We channel all contributions through Direct Relief International, a Santa Barbara organization, whose mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.. This organization insures that our entire contribution reaches the intended target group, those who are truly in need. If you would like to join us in providing assistance for Southern California Coronavirus Relief, you may do so by sending your tax-deductible donation payable to:

 Austrian-American Council West

 Memo – Coronavirus Southern California

 In care of: Fred R. Reinelt

 2701 Forrester Drive  Los Angeles, CA 90064

 Sincerely,

 The Board of Austrian-American Council West

 For more information, call Lilliana (818) 507-5904

Highlights Since Our Last Annual Meeting

APPRECIATION LUNCHEON, NOVEMBER 1, 2020

On November 1, 2020, In compliance with the local health guidelines, the Austrian-American Council West arranged an appreciation luncheon for the Board Members and Special Advisers of the Council on the grounds of the Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, California.In compliance with the local health guidelines, the Austrian-American Council West arranged an appreciation luncheon for the Board Members and Special Advisers of the Council on the grounds of the Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, California.

On September 22, 2019, we celebrated the annual Austrian-American Day Gala at the exclusive Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena. This was a black-tie event highlighting the commencement of a perpetual scholarship endowment in honor of the friendship between Austria and the United States benefiting Herbert Zipper Scholars at the Colburn School of Music. We enjoyed live entertainment courtesy of Laszlo Czer. The violinist, Nanor Seraydarian, a very gifted student from the Colburn School of Music, presented a solo violin work by Johann Sebastian Bach and a spirited interpretation of Tzigane by Maurice Ravel. The Austrian Consul General, the Austrian Trade Commissioner and many other dignitaries were in attendance.

On October 12, 2019, members of the Austrian-American Council West (AACW) participated in the annual Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Mothers with Children "Forget­Me-Not Luncheon" at Wilshire Country Club and delivered a special donation to Sister Anne Lanh Tran, Director of the Good Shepherd Center.

On October 24, 2019, sponsor members were invited to attend the Austrian National Day reception at the residence of the Austrian Consul General in Brentwood.

On December 30, 2019, Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena invited members and friends of the council to a special, behind-the-scenes tour of the Rose Float Plaza, which included among 16 others the Shriners Hospitals for Children float as well as the City of Hope float.

On December 29, 2019, members and friends once again enjoyed the "Salute to Vienna" New Year's Concert at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Premium seating at greatly reduced prices was, as in prior years, provided by the council.

On February 23, 2020, AACW sponsors and guests attended the Colburn School Winter Honors Recital with a celebration honoring the AACW perpetual scholarship for Herbert Zipper Scholars in the Community School of Performing Arts. The festive event was held at the Zipper Hall where AACW celebrated the very first anniversary of Austrian-American Day in 1998. This hall is named after the Austrian composer and conductor Herbert Zipper. The concert was followed by a private reception, hosted by the council.

Additional philanthropy throughout the year was possible. Besides the major gift of the perpetual scholarship to the Colburn School of Music, the council, together with the generosity of its patrons and sponsors, was very pleased to make donations to the following very deserving charities, mostly benefiting children with special needs: Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children Goethe International Charter School and the German American School Association Shriners for Children Medical Center The Felician Sisters of Pomona, California

Southern California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief. The council was able to raise $8,000 through our special fund.raiser for this project.

Keeping in Touch during the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Board has come to mean reaching out to members via email, mail and telephone. We were able to send numerous on-line virtual tours of cultural events, including museums, concerts and other Austrian programs. Our heartfelt thanks go to all of our loyal donors. Your support enables us to make a bit of a difference in this world. We will meet again when the time comes and have a great opportunity to celebrate and enjoy good fellowship.

Future Plans

November 1, 2020, Austrian American Day at the Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, CA. This event will only take place if the COVID-19 situation is at a stage where both state and county health departments permit such a gathering and the Board feels that we can freely and safely congregate. This dinner will provide a venue to announce the possibility of the establishment of an SOS Children's Village in Los Angeles and the commencement of a pledge drive for this very worthy project.

January 3, 2021, "Salute to Vienna" New Year's Concert Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall. This event is also subject to the abatement of the COVID-19 crisis.



AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN COUNCIL WEST

CALENDAR ALERT  2021

PLEASE SAVE THE DATES  


SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2021

Annual Member Meeting of the Austrian-American Council followed by lunch. All Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors are invited to attend and hear about the activities of the council. Provided that the COVID-19 situation is at a stage wherein we can freely and safely congregate, the luncheon meeting will be held at the: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Admission by private invitation only.
This will be our first opportunity to see each other and renew and celebrate our good fellowship.


SUNDAY, November 7, 2021

Annual Austrian-American Day Gala Dinner. A festive evening celebrating 40 years of Austrian-American Councils of North-America. The Board is so very hopeful that the pandemic will have dissipated so that we can mingle and congregate in a regal manner to celebrate our 40 years. Our plans are for a memorable evening among friends. The dinner will be held at the:
Annandale Golf Club, 1 North San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
Invitation to follow.



CALENDAR ALERT  2020


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020

The Colburn School Recognition of the Austrian-American Council West for Establishing a Permanent Herbert Zipper Scholarship in the Community School of Performing Arts. Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors of the Austrian-American Council West are invited to attend the event. This is occasioned by the donation of $125,000 to establish the commencement of an annual scholarship program enabling a deserving student to study at Colburn School for one academic year. This event is in association with the Community School Winter Honors Recital. In addition to the Colburn School leadership and faculty, Andreas Launer, Consul General of Austria, will attend. He and Veronika Reinelt, President of AACW will deliver prepared remarks.


SUNDAY, July 19th, 2020

Annual Meeting of the Austrian-American Council West. This is a very important meeting and we urge all of our members to come and participate. The by-laws require that a vote be conducted for a new Board of Directors. Provided that the COVID-19 situation is at a stage wherein we can freely and safely congregate,the luncheon meeting will be held at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049.


SUNDAY, November 1st, 2020

Annual Austrian-American Day Dinner. Provided that the COVID-19 situation is at a stage wherein we can freely and safely congregate, the dinner will be held at the Annandale Golf Club, 1 North San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105.


SUNDAY, January 3rd, 2021

SALUTE TO VIENNA NEW YEAR’S CONCERT LOS ANGELES. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2:30 PM. All are welcome. The regular ticket price is $115.00. The Council has arranged for a discount price of $92.00. For discounted tickets and information call Lilliana Popov-Alexander at 818-507-5904.





CALENDAR ALERT  2019


THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon at the Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena. Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors of the Austrian-American Council West are invited to attend the event. This is occasioned by the donation of $18,000 for the purchase of a Saebo ReJoyce machine to assist in occupational therapy. In addition to the Medical Center Officers, Andreas Launer, Consul General of Austria, will attend. He and Veronika Reinelt, President of AACW will deliver prepared remarks.

SATURDAY, May 4, 2019.

SEEfest
– South East European Film Festival L.A. The North American Premier of “Zerschlag Mein Herz” (Crush My Heart) sponsored by the Austrian Consulate General. All Friends, Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors of the Austrian-American Council West are invited. The Director of this film, Alexandra Makarova, an Austrian, was awarded the “Bridging the Borders Award, sponsored by Cinema Without Borders for this film.

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019

LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.
The United States Premiere of “Walter Arlen’s First Century” sponsored by the Austrian Consulate General. All Friends, Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors of the Austrian-Council West are invited. Following the film, the Director of the film, Stephanus Domanig, an Austrian, participated in a Q. & A. with Andreas Launder, Consul General of Austria, Walter Arlens and Randy Schoenberg.

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019

INAUGURATING THE YEAR LONG CELEBRATION MARKING THE AUSTRIAN CONSULATE GENERAL’S 50 YEARS IN LOS ANGELES.
Reception at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel at the invitation of the Consul General of Austria. The Austrian-American Council West is one of the sponsors supporting the 50th Anniversary Events throughout the anniversary year.

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019

ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON

All Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors are invited to attend and participate in voting and hear about the activities of the council.



SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

ANNUAL AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN DAY GALA.
This will be a very special Gala and everyone is welcome. We are looking forward to a fabulous Black Tie crowd for our 39th Anniversary on September 22nd, 2019. Invitations will be sent.



SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2019

SALUTE TO VIENNA NEW YEAR’S CONCERT. Location, ticket price and time to be announced.
All are welcome. For information call Lilliana Popov-Alexander at 818-507-5904.




Austrian-American Day

 

In 1997, responding to an appeal initiated by the Austrian-American Council with support from then Austrian Ambassador to the United States of America Dr. Helmut Türk, the President of the United States Bill Clinton designated September 26 to be known nationwide as Austrian-American Day. In recognition of the friendships between the two countries and the contributions Austrians have made in so many fields to this great country, annual celebrations are organized and are attended by Ambassadors, members of the Diplomatic Corps, prominent local business leaders, and elected officials of Los Angeles City and County as well as members of the Austrian-American Council West and friends.



Proclamation 7027 - Austrian-American Day, 1997
September 25, 1997

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

For more than 200 years, the life of our Nation has been enriched and renewed by the many people who have come here from around the world, seeking a new life for themselves and their families. Austrian Americans have made their own unique and lasting contributions to America's strength and character, and they continue to play a vital role in the peace and prosperity we enjoy today.

As with so many other immigrants, the earliest Austrians came to America in search of religious freedom. Arriving in 1734, they settled in the colony of Georgia, growing and prospering with the passing of the years. One of these early Austrian settlers, Johann Adam Treutlen, was to become the first elected governor of the new State of Georgia.

In the two centuries that followed, millions of other Austrians made the same journey to our shores. From the political refugees of the 1848 revolutions in Austria to Jews fleeing the anti-Semitism of Hitler's Third Reich, Austrians brought with them to America a love of freedom, a strong work ethic, and a deep reverence for education. In every field of endeavor, Austrian Americans have made notable contributions to our culture and society. We have all been enriched by the lives and achievements of such individuals as Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; Joel Elias Spingarn, who helped to found the NAACP; psychiatrist and educator Alexandra Adler; lyricist Frederick Loewe, who helped to transform American musical theater; and architects John Smithmeyer and Richard Neutra.

Americans of Austrian descent have also helped to nurture the strong ties of friendship between the United States and Austria, a friendship that has survived the upheaval of two World Wars and the subsequent division of Europe between the forces of East and West. On September 26, 1945, a conference was convened in Vienna among the nine Austrian Federal States that helped to unify the nation and paved the way for recognition by the United States and the Allied Forces of the first postwar Provisional Austrian Government. Setting the date for the first free national elections, this important meeting laid the foundation for the strong, prosperous, and independent Austria we know today.

In recognition of the significance of this date to the relationship between our Nation and the Federal Republic of Austria, and in gratitude for the many gifts that Austrian Americans bring to the life of our country, it is appropriate that we pause to celebrate Austrian-American Day.

Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 26, 1997, as Austrian-American Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize and celebrate the important contributions that millions of Americans of Austrian descent have made—and continue to make—to our Nation's strength and prosperity.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-second.


WILLIAM J. CLINTON



Information

ANNUAL MEETING: Members are hosted to a luncheon or buffet supper with fine wines--often with entertainment. These meetings present a wonderful opportunity to enjoy good fellowship and sharing of mutual interests.

AUSTRIAN-AMERICAN DAY:  Yearly on or near September 26, the Council celebrates the friendships between Austria and the United States at a more formal gathering with a special theme, such as a lovely dinner party with music for listening and dancing. The Council selects a special charity for its annual contribution.

VIENNESE HEURIGEN:  This popular event is held at an attractive setting such as the Residence of the Austrian Consul General or the garden of a member’s estate. The Heurigen is a Viennese tradition featuring Austrian foods and music partnered with specially selected Austrian wines.

SPECIAL EVENTS:  Members are invited to cultural and social events often not available to the public.

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SPONSORS:  An elegant luncheon exclusively for Sponsor level members is given annually at a private location, such as an oceanfront home in Malibu.