Official Newsletter of the Swiss Society of Vancouver, B.C.
In this Issue:
In this Issue:
First of August at the Chalet
Busy Summer at the Outdoors Club
Vancouver’s Swiss Submarine
Knabenmusik Schaffhausen in Vancouver
Events at Swiss Clubs in Western Canada
Profile: Adventures on the High Seas
Swinglish – a New Swiss Language?
Official Publication of the Swiss Society of Vancouver, B.C.
Vol. 51. No. 2 -- Summer 2003
Outdoors Club Members Ski with Nancy Greene
July 13 -- Annual Program
July 15-16 -- Knabenmusik
July 19-20 -- Sunshine Coast Trip
July 20 -- Annual Program
July 26 -- August 1st Celebration
SSV, SCMRA, Dorfmusik, SCCC
Aug. 3-9 -- Kootenays
Aug. 17 -- Trophy Shoot & BBQ
Aug. 17 -- Canoeing A group of ten members of the Swiss Outdoors Club went skiing at Sun Peaks
Resort last March. They stayed at the Cahilty Lodge, owned by Nancy Greene and
Aug. 24 -- Needle Peak Hike Al Raine (centre), who provided a memorable reception, and also acted as guides
Outdoors Club on the slopes. Sun Peaks is modelled after a typical Tyrolean village.Story on page 12.
Aug. 31-Sept.1 -- Labour Day
Weekend at Cabin
In This Issue
President’s Notes 2 Herbstfest 2003 19
September First of August Celebration 3 News from Swiss Clubs 20
Sept. 2 -- BoD Meeting SSV AGM Meeting Report 4 European Festival 21
Swiss Crossbow Association 6 Profiles: Urs Boxler 22
Sept. 7 - Annual Program
Crossbow Association Swiss Outdoors Club Events 8 Mulvehill Creek Wilderness 24
Fraser Valley Bike Trip 9 Local News 25
Sept. 7 -- Hike to Mt. Whistler
Outdoors Club It Pays to Belong to the O.C. 10 Knabenmusik Schaffhausen 26
Sept. 21 -- Annual Club Picnic Outdoors Club Annual Picnic 11 This & That from Switzerland 27
Outdoors Club Skiing with Nancy Greene 12 Swinglish -- New Language 28
Sept. 21 -- Annual Program Seniors Page 13 In Memoriam 29
Crossbow Association Thank-you to our Volunteers 13 Teen Lounge 30
Sept. 28 -- Filmnachmittag Swiss Choir -- alliop, alliop 14 Classifieds, Letters 33
Seniors Section Swiss Submarine 15 2003 Calendar of Events 35
October Honorary Memberships 16 Advertisers’ Index 35
Oct. 5 -- Hike to Mt. Winchester Chamber of Commerce News 17 SSV Directors & Committees 36
Oct. 24 -- Herbstfest Cover photographs by Urs Boxler
Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 1
A Progress Report: Vol. 51, No. 2, July 2003
The SWISS HERALD is a quarterly non-prof-
Preparing the SSV for the it magazine published four times a year by
the Swiss Society of Vancouver under the
Next Generation direction of its President, Rolf Brülhart. It is
distributed free of charge to the membership
by Rolf Brülhart of said Society as well as through advertis-
ers’ facilities, the Consulate General of
Switzerland in Vancouver, the Swiss-
Dear members, Acapella Ensemble, and out of the 14 volun- Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and other
One third of the time mandated to your teers, not mention the many members of the areas.
Board of Directors (BoD) has already Choir, ten were under 20 years old.
expired! Only three regular meetings of the — A fourth indication is the very for- For all Swiss Herald editorial and
BoD left, and your president and probably mat and changing content of the “Swiss advertising information, contact
some other members of the present BoD will Herald” as well as attempts by the webmaster the editor:
step down. of the SSV website to integrate more young Ernst Naef
What would I like to see still implemented people. 50-8111 Saunders Rd, Richmond,
within our mandate? Currently, most of our — A fifth indication is the attempt by BC V7A 4L9.
energy and resources, our programs and serv- the Vancouver Swiss Choir to feature in this tel 604-207-0302, fax 604-207-0305
ices, recruitment of new BoD members and year’s Herbstfest a far wider range of musi- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
other Executives, planning and execution of cal contributions, including more young Assistant Editor: Nick Schwabe,
activities are focused on maintaining the sta- people and more children. tel 604-732-4471
tus-quo of an aging society. What I mean by — A sixth indication: the Committee for --------------------------------------------------
this is: We do everything possible and right- Childrens Programs under the leadership of 2003 Advertising
ly so to fulfill the expectations of an aging Valerie and Andre Fontaine, which became and Editorial Dates
membership. self-sufficient within one year, is ready to Issue Board Meeting Mailing Date
In doing so, most of us on the BoD have create more relevant actions for this age & Deadline
little energy, time or resources at hand and group. Congratulations. #1 January 28 March 3
little motivation left to reflect on what your — Let me add a final indication: recent- #2 June 3 July 2
#3 September 2 October 1
BoD is obligated to do: prepare the SSV for ly I was asked by one of our members why #4 October 28 November 24
the needs and expectations of the next gen- the SSV does not offer any kind of award
eration – the changing goals and objectives, program for young people. I asked myself Canadian Publication
programs and activities, services and bene- why not? and put it on my “to-do list.” Agreement no. 40788076
fits. I shall never forget the candid statement Please, let us know how you feel about Postmaster: Send address changes to:
of an active and intelligent 20-year-old SSV this and other issues. What do you think Swiss Society, PO Box 4468, 349 W.
Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6B 3Z8
member at last year’s Conference of the could or should be done to prepare the SSV The editors and publishers of the Swiss
Presidents of all Swiss Organizations in for the next generation? Herald do not accept responsibility for
Western Canada, who said: “we don’t need E-mail me at email@example.com if inaccuracies and/or omissions of materi-
the Swiss Societies, they need us.” you have children (3-12) who would like to als submitted by members and especially
information sent by e-mail.
Are there any indications that the SSV participate in our first attempt at starting a
has started to change course? I hope so. sing/dance group. We already have five
Here are a few indications: children interested in joining. We start in
— The latest indication that the status-quo June.
is opening up is “The Teen Lounge” in the I would like to thank Erwin Doebeli for For Swiss Review editorial and
last and this issue of the Herald. his restless enthusiasm and his concern for
advertising information, contact
— The second indication is the participa- the future of the SSV. I would also like to
tion of a Young Adult as advisory member congratulate him and his wife Josette for Elisabeth Reymond at
on the BoD. He informed us at the last meet- being highlighted in the Premiere Issue of the tel 250-549-1148 fax 250-558-6186
ing on June 3rd about the next three activities new Journal “Achievers, Journeys to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
the “Youth Group” is planning for Summer Success.” Advertising Deadlines:
and Fall. In my memory this is the first time The SCCC (B.C.) has changed its execu- Issue 2 -- Feb. 21 (mailing: end of April)
a person only 20 years old sits on the BoD. tive. I want to express our sincere thanks to
— The third indication is the direct par- out-going President Rick Wagner and his Issue 3 --June 1 (mailing: end of July)
ticipation of “Teens” and “Young Adults” wife Trish, and welcome new President Issue 4 -- Sep. 1 (mailing: end of Oct.)
in the recent Spring Concert of the Chuck Grossholz (see also page 17). We are
Vancouver Swiss Choir. By direct participa- delighted to further strengthen the coopera- Advertising costs:
Size 1 Issue Yearly
tion I mean not just as consumers of a great tion between our groups, which Rick started.
1 page $600 $2,400
cultural and social program, but also as con- I wish all of you a beautiful Summer.
1/2 page $300 $1,200
tributors. An enthusiastic, polite and profes- 1/4 page $150 $600
sionally versatile MC joined the Swiss Youth Herzlich Rolf 1/8 page $100 $400
2 Swiss Herald – Summer 2003
The Swiss Society of Vancouver
The Swiss Canadian Mountain Range Association
The Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Vancouver Dorfmusik
Consulate General of Switzerland, Vancouver
invite you to the
Swiss National Day
The Children’s Picnic
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Mountain Range Chalet on Quarry Road, Coquitlam, BC
Members and Guests only
Entrance Fee: $6.00 Children (under 14) Free
Afternoon Children’s Picnic
Fun and games from 1:00-3:00 pm. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Activities
are geared for ages three and up, with a scavenger hunt for the 7-12 age group and a
50-metre outdoor shoot for ages 14 and over (weather permitting).
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
Valerie and Andre Fontaine will be available to help until July 12 (please call us until then at 604-708-
5702), after that date, call Rolf Brülhart at 604-601-0070 for more information.
Parents: please let us know in advance if you plan to join us for this fun afternoon!
5:00-7:00 Grilled Schüblig, Bratwurst & Potato salad
7:00-8:00 Dorfmusik Concert
8:00 Dance Music
9:00 Official Ceremony including address by the Consul General
and performances by the Swiss Choir
9:30 Lampion Parade
10:00 Dancing until 1:00 am
Don’t forget to wear your Swiss National Costume, bring your First of August Lampions
and purchase a First of August “Abzeichen.”
(Camping available. For information, call 604-942-4434. No pets, please)
Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 3
Swiss Society of Vancouver
Annual General Meeting Report
by Marianne Suter idealism and hard work that Switzerland
The 2003 Annual General Meeting of the remained ‘on the map’ in Vancouver dur-
Swiss Society of Vancouver was held ing the last 55 years.”
March 23 at the Vancouver Alpenclub. He said that the biggest challenge is
The event was opened by SSV President to ensure that youth will take a more active
Rolf Brülhart, and chaired by David Varty. role in the SSV. “The future of the club lies
To start off the evening at the packed in the hands of our children, for the immi-
Vancouver Alpenclub hall, President Rolf gration from Switzerland has slowed down
Brülhart thanked the assembly for their over the last decade. However, the SSV
interest in the Swiss Society, and extended has made considerable efforts to actively
a special welcome to Robert Helfenstein, involve and interest many second-genera-
the new Consul General of Switzerland in tion Swiss in its activities.”
Vancouver. In closing, Mr. Helfenstein expressed
In his address, Rolf said he felt the his wishes that the support be continued,
biggest challenge facing the SSV will be and said he considers it of great impor-
the change in generations, with the tance to have a strong and active Swiss
younger generation showing less interest Society in Vancouver. He thanked the out-
in the Society. He said number one priori- going members of the board, the volun-
ty will be able to maintain the current sta- teers and the members of the various sub-
tus of the Society and secondly, to find groups.
meaningful structures for our younger In other association business, it was
Swiss members. Third priority, he said, is decided to keep the annual membership
volunteer recognition. fee the same as last year.
Rolf paid tribute to the different com- Ms. Erna Schaefer, the newly-elected
mittees, including Markus Schaelle for his Swiss Choir President, thanked her prede-
contributions in organizing various Youth cessor for a great job and highlighted
outings last summer. He mentioned the Choir events during the past year: Spring
Seniors Committee, which started off the Concert, European Festival, Stockton, CA,
new year with great success through the Herbstfest, Christmas Luncheon, Benefice
efforts of Werner Rutishauser and Maria Concert at the Vancouver Alpenclub, and
Logan. A thank-you also went out to the an event at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens.
Editor of the Swiss Herald, Ernst Naef. In closing, Erna thanked the Conductor,
Rolf reminded the assembly that the Dubravko Pajalic and everyone involved
Board of Directors are always open to new for their interest and support.
ideas and welcomes any new functions of The Swiss Crossbow Association
the Executives. A special thank-you went report was presented by Hans-Joerg
out to out-going board members Heinz Mueller. He represented Elisabeth
Kuster (Membership and Treasurer) and Reymond, who was unable to attend. The
Trudy Feller (Auditor). Rolf also publicly club, he said, decided to discontinue the
thanked the Nominations Committee for Visitors Shoot usually held on Father’s
their assistance and for their great job. Day. The first shoot of the year was March
Robert Helfenstein, the Consul 24th with very respectable scores
General of Switzerland in Vancouver and achieved. The EASV (Swiss Federal
Honorary President of the Swiss Society, Crossbow Association) introduced new
informed the assembly that, as of last 10pt. targets last year and they are now
November, he took up duties as Consul mandatory for all Swiss shoots this year.
General here in Vancouver, “a dream post- Endshoot was great this year. The last and
ing” for him and his wife Nicole. He most important event was the Absenden on
expressed his respect for the achievements November 23rd at the Chalet of the Swiss
of Swiss-born immigrants and second- Canadian Mountain Range Assoc. Hans-
generation Swiss in building the SSV, Joerg conveyed the President’s thanks to
adding that “it is because of the Society’s everyone for his or her team effort
4 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
throughout the year. thanked the administrative team, the donors, the entertainers and
Swiss Outdoors Club President Joe Mueller presented his the Swiss Society. Joe stated to the assembly that the Outdoors
report starting off with a tribute to the many volunteers. Club’s way of reporting events involves posting photos on the
Particularly mentioned were the cabin team; the hiking club; website and in the Swiss Herald. He expressed his thanks to the
finance team and membership. He announced that Trudy Feller editor of the Herald, Ernst Naef, to Nick Schwabe, Hans-Joerg
has resigned from her position as membership chair. He also Mueller and Elisabeth Reymond of the Swiss Review.
Marianne Suter presented Volunteer Recognition Awards to
the following members for their contributions to the SSV: Helen
Schaelle, Nick Gübeli, Jakob Stäubli, Johnny Menzi, Sepp
Rinderli, Edi Kuenzli and Jeanette Kuenzli, Roesli Menzi, and
Vreni Huser and Andy Huser. Plaques were also presented to the
outgoing members of the Board of Directors with a special
thank-you to Trudy Feller and Heinz Kuster.
Nick Schwabe announced that Honorary Memberships were
RED ROOSTER being awarded to Elisabeth Reymond, Connie Morach, and Joe
Winery Morach. (See story on page 16.)
Erwin Doebeli expressed thanks to his Nominations
Beat and Prudence Mahrer Committee for the many hours on the telephone and for all the
910 Debeck Road, RR1, hard work his team put in for this year’s nominations.
After the committee reports, the floor was opened for nomina-
Naramata, B.C. tions. All nominees were voted in by acclaim.
SSV Board of Directors for 2003:
President: Rolf Brülhart
Vice-President & Legal Advisor: David Varty
Open daily 10 am to 6 pm
Treasurer: Beat Joehl
Membership: Hans-Joerg Mueller
Secretary: Marianne Suter
Advisory Members: Ernst Naef, Nick Schwabe, Marcus Schälle,
Andy Sigrist, Sascha Geiser, Barbara Wirsching.
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We are well underway with our shooting season and have ing the warmth along with a beautiful yellow striped garter
already participated in two postal matches with clubs who snake. On the other side of the building a Robin had built a
are celebrating their 50th anniversary. On the next couple of nest on the elbow of the downpipe and was busy feeding
shooting days we will be concentrating on our annual pro- her young. Sometimes we even get to see a black bear wan-
gram, trying to better our score over last year’s. dering around the trap shooting area. We appreciate the
Sunday was a perfect day for shooting: it was agreeably beautiful location of our range and make sure to also take
warm, slightly overcast hence no change in the light on the the time to observe and enjoy its surroundings.
targets and not a trace of a breeze. Some of us were doing
well until the concentration started to fade or the foot Our next shooting dates are: June 15 and 29, July 13
became numb! That is usually the signal to get up, take a and 20, August 17 and 24, September 7 and 21. Come on
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Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 7
Summer and Fall Program 2003
Saturday/Sunday, July 12/13 ment, and always great fun. And then there is Hamling Lakes.
Fun on the Sunshine Coast: Like last year, camping will be in Henry’s yard. If you think
you’d like to join us, please let us know. Or if you have ques-
Experience the Princess Louise Inlet! tions, please contact us, or ask the Husers or Kuenzlis. They
Summer begins with this weekend! We’ll spend one, two, three haven’t missed a year yet. Both Henry and Shirl plan to be
or more days on the sunshine Coast, in the Pender Harbor area, away a fair bit of the summer, so try us both re: messages. For
playing golf, tennis, paddling kayaks, hiking, whatever you like. Henry, phone/fax 250-226-6994, for Shirl, phone/fax 250-
The big thing however will be the boat trip to famous Princess 226-7543, or E-mail email@example.com. Hope to see you
Louise Inlet and Malibu Christian Camp. in August. Henry & Shirl
We’ll embark on the boat on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. in
Egmont (Egmont Marina Resort, home of Backeddy Sunday, August 17
Restaurant), cruise up through fascinating fjords to Princess Canoeing with Fritz Graf
Louise Inlet, watch the Chatterbox waterfall, have a BBQ lunch
and then head onward to Malibu Camp. This outing is for water sport enthusiasts and is geared to
Return to Egmont by 5:00 p.m. The trip is timed so that day- novice and expert canoeists. Exact destination of canoe trip is
trippers can come up from and return to Vancouver the same still to be determined depending on interest by applicants. For
day. But we urge you to spend a long weekend on the Sunshine details and additional information contact
coast. July is the best time of the year. Fritz Graf at Tel. 604-322-5434
Cost of the cruise trip is $100 per person, including lunch.
Another Special! Our Paul and Barbara Kaeppli offer “Swiss Sunday, August 24
discounts” for BBQ accommodation including generous break- Alpine Hike to Needle Peak
fast and afternoon tea at their Irvines Landing residence.
Reserve with them in good time at firstname.lastname@example.org or Needle Peak is south of the summit of the Coquihalla Highway.
Tel. 604-883-0587. A rough trail to the lofty peak (elevation 2,100 m) first leads
Since this trip is already almost sold out at press time, through a steep forest, then over a ridge with subalpine forest
please reserve ASAP with Joe Mueller, email@example.com and finally over rocks that require use of the hands. Numerous
or Tel. 604-732-6213. spots with great views allow stops for hikers who prefer the
easy, lower terrain and do not want to reach the peak. Elevation
gain from the highway to the peak: 850 m. Approximate time
August 3- 9 for the return trip: six hours.
Come and Explore the Kootenays
— an open Invitation by Shirl Bayer and Henry Hutter We meet at 9 a.m. at the Zopkios rest area (parking with wash-
Once again, for the eigth year, Henry and Shirl invite you to rooms) near the summit of the Coquihalla Highway. When
join them for a week of ???? in the West Kootenays. These coming from Vancouver, leave the highway at the top of the
question marks usually translate into great hikes into the steep hill and drive through the underpass to the rest area at the
Valhallas and other parts of the Southern Selkirks, possibly a opposite (north) side of the highway. The driving time from
canoe trip on one of our lakes or rivers, maybe a jass tourna- Vancouver is approximately 2.5 hrs. For information and regis-
tration call Peter Schaerer, Tel. 604-987-3716.
Note to SSV and Subgrpoup Organizers and Leaders: Sunday, September 7
If we do not receive the dates of your future events by the Hike to MT. Whistler
Herald’s deadlines (see page 2) your information will not We meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Whistler Gondola station in
appear in the respective issues. Please submit early! Whistler, ride up to the mountain and then start from there for
8 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
the 4-5 hour hike. There are several optional trails we can take Sunday, October 5
to accommodate various fitness levels. September is best for
hiking, so take advantage of this guided hike. In the evening
Hike to Mt. Winchester
you’ll have the option to recover over a glass of beer at the We’ll meet 9 a.m. at our Glacier Springs Cabin, transfer to 4-
Whistler Village. wheel-drive vehicles and then drive half way up to our mountain.
Cost for gondola ride: Adults over 19: $22.00; Youth, age The rest of the trip will be a 4-5 hour return hike; easy for most
13-18: $19.00; Children, age 7-12: $14.00.. people to handle. So, no excuse not to participate!
For more information contact the trip leader: Beat Joehl at Contact your trip leader Andy Huser at Tel. 604-731-4300
Sunday, October 19
Sunday, Sept 21 Hike to Mt. Strachan
Annual Picnic at our Glacier Springs We meet at 9:30 a.m. at the far end of the parking lot of Cypress
Bowl. The hike to Mt Strachan will be about two hours; allow an
Cabin, Wa. additional 1.5 hrs for the return trip. Easy to medium level.
Come and enjoy our cabin on this warm September Sunday. October hikes are very colourful and offer a last chance for a
We’ll offer an afternoon of fun, games, good food and Swiss good outing before winter rains set in. So, take advantage of this
folks music. Take advantage of this event to inspect our cabin, trip.
to familiarize yourself with the beauty of the area and to revital- Contact your trip leader Jakob Stäubli at Tel. 604-261-0070
ize old friendships. Bring your children along; we’ll have games
and competitive events for them. Don’t forget to bring prizes for
the tombola. Sunday, November 2
See special advertisement in this Herald, page 11. For Visit to Reifel Bird Sanctuary
more information contact Joe Mueller at Tel. 604-732-6213 Details in the next Herald. Contact Mary Brunold at
Bike Trip through the Upper
Fraser Valley Sunday, May 18
by Joe Mueller
A group of 15 bikers followed Max
Bissegger’s invitation to tour the Fraser
Valley, on Victoria Sunday. On the
first tour leg, Max lead us through lush
meadows, along freshly seeded wheat
fields and pastures to McDonald Park
on a side arm of the Fraser River, north
of Abbotsford. While some of us
lunched there, others watched keen fish-
ermen hook carps in the nearby slough. Above left: Our hosts, Urs and
The second half of the tour took us back Dorli Meier; Above: Max Bissegger
to Abbotsford, to Urs and Dorli Meier’s with Joe, Dennis and Greg; Below
farm where we recovered our strength left: Lou and Irene. Centre: Helen
prepares lunch. Below right:
over cake , fruit dessert, ice cream and
waiting for dessert.
coffee. A mighty “ Thank you” to Max
Bissegger for organizing and leading
the trip, and to Urs and Dorli Meier
for their hospitality.
Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 9
It Pays to Belong to
The Swiss Outdoors Club!
The Swiss Outdoors Club is an integral part of the
Swiss Society of Vancouver, B.C. It has 100 loyal How to Get Keys to Our Cabin
members, operates a 25-person capacity ski cabin in
Glacier Springs, Washington year-round, and organ- Call any trustee listed below for a key and instructions:
izes club weekends, hikes, bike trips and ski tours.
All Swiss and their friends in the region are wel- Elisabeth Gübeli, 10855-143 St., Surrey 604-581-2841
come to participate in any of our activities. We Vreni Huser, 3061 5th Ave, Vancouver 604-731-4300
Jeanette Kuenzli, 5681 Sunrise Cres. East, Cloverdale
believe in friendship, fitness and fun. So, join now
and sign up with our membership chair, Barbara th , Vancouver
Joe Mueller, 3605 W. 12 604-732-6213
Wirsching at 604-272-3571.
Andres Schneiter, 24705-108 Ave., Maple Ridge
Membership Fees: 604-467-1651
Single: $10.00 per year Ernie Weingand, 5191 Cambridge, Burnaby, 604-299-2943
Family: $15.00 per year Sepp Rinderli, 35737 Sunridge Place, Abbotsford
Cabin Rental Rates: Irene Fritschi-Neilen, #207, 5555-13A Ave. Delta
Members of Club: $11.00 per night Dorothy Meier, 36898 S. Parallel Road, Abbotsford
Members of Swiss Society: $17.00 per night 604-853-0890
Non-members: $22.00 per night Important contacts:
Membership Chair: Barbara Wirsching 604-272-3571
Children (6-16 years) $50% discount Cabin Manager: Jeanette Kuenzli 604-576-9617
Children under 6 years: No Charge or Vreni Huser 604-731-4300
Group Rates (for Weekends):
Winter Season: $450.00 Website: http://www.swiss-society.ca
Summer Season: $350.00
See map below for directions to our Cabin.
10 Swiss Herald – Summer 2003
The Swiss Outdoors Club
invites you to our
Annual Club Picnic
at the Outdoors Club Cabin at Glacier Springs, Washington
September 21, 2003
from 12:00 to 17:00
Come for a scenic drive to the Mt. Baker area which is at its best in the Fall. Meet old and new
friends, join in the games, go for a family hike up the trail; and then relax over a glass of wine
and Bratwurst as our Swiss musicians entertain you. This is truly a family event where young
and old can have a good time and enjoy themselves.
Everyone is invited!
Visit “The Lodge” Restaurant,
Lounge & Deck for Fine Food
and the Best View in the Pass
CHALETS • SPA • RV SITES • RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Crowsnest Pass, Hwy. #3 • 2 Km. West of Coleman
Toll Free: 1-866-562-7993 • Tel: (403) 562-7993
Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 11
Outdoors Club Members Ski with Nancy Greene
by Veronika Mueller-Sans
When you visit the Sun Peaks resort for the first time, you are in for a big surprise. You new to most of us) were on the newly
drive through the dry and arid countryside around Kamloops and then up the valley of opened Mount Morrissey. When you
Heffley Creek, still through more dry, brown cattle country, and suddenly you come have a smooth, newly groomed slope,
upon this beautiful little town, nestled in the snow along a mountain stream, surround- covered with a blanket of fresh, light
ed by dark green forests. powder, it is such a joy to make your
The style of the village and of all the hotels and townhouses, we were told,was own tracks between the groups of trees
inspired by a small town in the South Tyrol (Northern Italy). The big hotels look like that they have left standing on those
a series of townhouses, in different pastel colors, and you can stroll under arcades runs. We did not have sunshine all the
to check out restaurants and stores. And yet the ski slopes and the chairlifts that time during our stay, but we were
take you as high as 2,080 meters are right outside the hotels’ back door. treated to fresh powder on three occa-
sions. Our three racers (Andy Huser,
group of ten members of the and many photographs of memorable Sepp Rinderli and Edi Kuenzli ) most-
Swiss Outdoors Club went moments in her career. ly went off together, since they ski or
skiing at Sun Peaks for four For some of us, our first ski outing board about twice as fast as the rest of
days from March 23rd to 27th, 2003. consisted of a two to three-hour guid- us, and they often went up as high as
We stayed at Nancy Greene and her ed tour of the best slopes with Al or the chairlifts would take them, to
husband Al Raine’s Cahilty Lodge. with Nancy. To us grannies it seemed admire the view or the clouds and seek
The two of them gave our group a as if we had done a whole day’s work out challenging runs. We slower ones,
wonderful reception the first evening, by the time we stopped for lunch! But on the other hand, were very lucky to
answering all our questions over a it gave us a good idea of the runs we receive some valuable ski instruction
glass of wine. The hotel exhibits would enjoy most during the next few from our Outdoors Clubmembers
Nancy Greene’s medals and trophies days. The most enchanting ones (and Heidi and Joe Batho. They pointed out
some of our bad old habits, and if we
did as they told us the improvements
were quite astonishing. Unfortunately,
the Bathos had to leave after two days,
but our president, Joe, took good care
The Swiss Outdoors
group (left) ready to of us and kept reminding us to practice
take on the hills. the “Batho” style.
Group members had a The rides up on the quad chairs,
chance to ski with and the little stops on the way down
Nancy Greene and Al
were perfect for chatting and getting to
Below, the ski lift at know each other better. But we needed
Sun Peaks and a view more socializing than that, such as jass
of the picturesque games late into the evenings, and we
village. all went out for dinner together twice
and had a great time. And after a pic-
nic lunch together on the last day it
was time for good-byes. A heart-felt
thank-you to Joe for organizing this
wonderful holiday and a reminder to
him to make plans for next year.
12 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
We’re Here to Help!
Swiss Society If you know of a Swiss person who
has become ill, or a Senior who
Seniors Page needs a friendly telephone call
or a visit, please telephone Maria
Logan (604-736-6238) or Werner
Also, if someone has passed
Filmnachmittage für Senioren away, please contact President
Rolf Brülhart so that an
im Deutschen Haus appropriate gesture can be
4875 Victoria Drive (Ecke 33rd Ave) Vancouver made toward the family, and an
obituary can be placed in the
Datum Film Anmeldungen bis spätestens
Attention New Seniors
28. September Wachtmeister Studer 22. September Please let the SSV know when
26. Oktober Käserei in der Vehfreude 20. Oktober you reach that magical birthday
23. November Gilberte de Courgenay 17. November -- 65 years young! We will then
add your name to the Seniors list
6. Dezember Christmas Luncheon and you will be entitled to a
reduced membership fee in the
Kosten: für Kaffee und Kuchen: $5.00 Swiss Society. What better way
Anmeldungen bitte an: Werner Rutishauser Tel. 604-929-6923 to start your senior lifestyle and
Seniors Celebrate 90th Birthday A Thank You to Our Volunteers
We would like to express our thanks and apprecia-
tion to the volunteers at the recent European
Festival. A big Thank-You to:
Maria Logan Walter Kuhn
Susanne Wilson Walter Humbel
Gisela & Peter Sporrer Erika Humbel
Elisabeth Schüpbach Barbara Wirsching
Rosie Schüpbach From the Swiss
Helen Schaelle Claude Voutat
Nick Schwabe Bernadette Keel
Volunteers were also indispensable at this year’s
Spring Choir Concert. We thank them all for their
Two long-time members of the SSV Seniors Section -- dedication and committment:
Mina Holderer and Lydia Richter -- celebrated their 90th Carmen Alvarez Beat Joehl
birthday on May 19 with a luncheon in North Vancouver. Ingrid Andig Kevin Kirkland
The celebration was organized by Maria Logan (left), who
Karen Brülhart Jordan Lazaruk
also supplied the birthday cake. Mina Holderer still lives in
Rolfli Brülhart Helen & Peter Schaelle
her own home and Lydia Richter in her own apartment in
Heidi Chen Frieda Schuster
North Vancouver. Congratulations to both!.
Photo by Hansueli Haeberli.
Andre Chow Eva Ziltener
Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 13
“Es goht nüd übers Singe
Drumm sölls au fröhli chlinge
aliopp- aliopp- aliopp”
ords from the Swiss Choir of 150 people hoped their fate was to be a
Vancouver Annual Concert of by Melanie Crook winner that night (in fact a few of us at
May 23rd 2003. For those of us applause: They were so cool and so good the back were practically on our knees in
on stage this must be true or we would looking too — what a bonus! Eva pleading prayer) but only one could be
not be there. Yes! Even those of us who Ziltener not only sang beautifully but the lucky duck and that someone is
forget to smile! We get so intent in think- was also our fabulous MC. It was great known to most, Margaret (Reta)
ing of all the little nuances of sound and having so many younger people helping. Wacher. What a feeling it must be when
word, rhythm and cadence, we rarely It was nice just having them around: you realize you have THE ticket and you
remember that we are being looked at as Thank you all for a wonderful job. can plan an exciting trip – Wow!
well as listened to. At least I hope we are! Vancouver – Zurich/ Geneva – For the first time ever, we were less well
We did actually get many compli- Vancouver...........Courtesy of Lufthansa supported on the Tombola. We had many
ments on our performance: From those (Thank you so much). prizes remaining including fine wines and
who enjoyed some old favourites and the What a magnificent draw prize. At least gift certificates for restaurants and spas.
ones who found pleasure in hearing com-
pletely new songs. With our director of
two years, Dubravko Pajalic, we contin-
ue to grow both musically; and in reper-
toire: A real musician, he just loves play-
ing around with any piece he digs up
from his secret world archives: (reached
through the internet) – hidden Swiss
gems – which he cuts and polishes, then
works on unceasingly, to get us to shine.
Oh! The patience of this diamond in our
Not only the mixed choir enjoyed
singing but also our Event Men’s Choir
performed again and are becoming a
force of their own. The visiting choir
from Portland, Oregon “Jodelklub
Edelwyss“ were a pleasure to have as
guests. They sang in the traditional a cap-
pella yodel style and they brought along
their star performer Peter Rosenast who
is a great free-style yodeler. However it
was heard that Lisa Ward-Rieder was
missed even though she sang with the
mixed choir. We do have to ring the
changes so as not to stagnate.
Incidentally, who noticed that the
anthems were missing? Were they
missed? I have been advocating for many
years that we just get on with the songs
but others think we should not break with
tradition, so it may not be a permanent
change. (comments are welcome)
Undoubtedly the stars of the evening
were our new performing youth group.
Four young people who sang “Unchained
Melody“ and earned tremendous
14 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
Choir members work extremely hard to
find donations from very kind sponsors, Erna Schaefer, President of did. We got married in Naefels and lived
who are in short supply these days; plus, the Vancouver Swiss Choir in Staefa for four years.
each member buys gifts themselves, so Now it was his turn and he wanted
that we are able to still have quite a to return to Canada — back to Toronto! I
show. I personally have never been any- got a job with British Airways, since I
where were there are so many chances to had worked for six years with Swissair in
win. We don’t always get what we would Zurich, it was easy to get that job.
like, but it’s a gamble and it is meant to After two years I was offered a job
be a bit of fun. Thanks to all those who with Lufthansa. That was 28 years ago
helped us in our efforts.. and I am still working for them. Later on
Bill Kaelin’s Trio was our back- I asked for a transfer to Vancouver. I am
ground and dance music provider and living in this beautiful city since 1982
with a large group continually on the and never regretted it a minute.
dance floor, evidently did a great job. I joined the Swiss Choir in January
Much-work, music and melody… 2002. My husband sadly passed away
I would like to introduce myself as the-
Nussgipfli, Kuchen, coffee and klatsch... four months earlier. The singing and
new president of the Swiss Choir.
So is our concert a success. However, let togetherness with the Choir members was
I was born in Glarus, Switzerland
us not forget the ten youth volunteers very healing for me. I really enjoy our
and grew up in the beautiful, historic vil-
who, like last year, gave their best. I hope weekly rehearsals and the sitting together
lage of Naefels.
all who attended enjoyed it and will come afterwards. We are like a big family. In
At a young age, I went to Lausanne
again – it just wouldn’t be the same February of this year I was elected as the
and Lugano to practice French and Italian
without you! Thank you all. new President. I had my doubts about
and later on I travelled to Peru, where my
myself but everybody convinced my that
brother had a restaurant in Lima. I stayed
I could do it. So I accepted.
for three years with him and also attended
I am very proud of this position. It is
art school. After my return to
a bit of work but also lots of fun.
Switzerland, the travel bug struck again
I just hope that our choir will grow and
and I went to Toronto, where my sister
that we will be there for many years to
lived. I found a job with a Swiss lawyer
and worked for him for three years. At
that time I got to know my husband, who
was from Amsterdam. I convinced him to
come back to Europe with me....and he
Swiss-Designed Submarine at
Vanvouver Maritime Museum
Yes Virginia, there really IS such a thing as
a Swiss submarine, and you can see it any
time at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Ok, it is not a Swiss Navy submarine
(insert appropriate jokes here) but this sub
was nevertheless conceived and designed
by a Swiss expert – none other than a
member of the famous Piccard family. and is credited with charting the Gulf
Not only was the submarine conceived Stream in the late 1960s, and by using
by a Swiss scientist, is was at the time of state-of-the-art “Apollo” technology helped
construction the largest deep-sea research revolutionize the 1960s ocean research and
submersible ever built, and broke numerous space exploration, including the Apollo
records during its many dives in the late missions and the space station.
1960s. After its research assignment ended,
In 1965, Swiss physicist and sub- the sub was acquired by a North Vancouver
mersible expert Jacques Piccard , son of the company, who planned to use it for com-
Politicians are like diapers: famous Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard mercial applications. It never happened,
they need to be changed (1884-1962), received funding from the and the sub rotted away in a North Van.
Grumman Aircraft Corporation to design yard for over 30 years. The company final-
frequently -- and
the unusual craft. The 50-foot, 130-ton sub ly donated the craft to the museum, where
for the same reason. was used extensively for ocean research it is being restored to its former glory.
Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 15
Swiss Society Awards Two Honorary Memberships
By Nick Schwabe
There are a number of members who are outstanding in their enthusiasm and commitment towards the Swiss Society and its activi-
ties. These volunteers are to be found within the ranks, from advisor to president. Without these dedicated workers, no organization
could survive. In order to honor these individuals, the SSV bestows the Honorary Membership upon them. I quote from the
Constitution: “Any person, irrespective of nationality or residence, who has earned the Society’s recognition through exceptional
meritorious service or sympathetic and distinguished behavior, may be eligible for Honorary Membership.”
The Board of Directors has therefore awarded this award to two well-known personalities: Joe Morach and Elisabeth Reymond.
Joe and Connie Morach world championships, where he was win-
1981-1983: Arosa and Bad Homburg,
Germany. For more details see the 50th
Anniversary issue of the Swiss Herald,
1982: Joe became Jasskönig with
1989-1996: Joe organized golf tourna-
ments for the Swiss Society. Highlight
was the 50th Anniversary of the SSV on
October 3, 1998 at the Newland’s Golf &
Country club in Langley, B.C.
1989: Together with the Choir, Joe
Joe Morach arrived in Vancouver via Elisabeth Reymond arrived in Vancouver
started the first Christmas Brunch at the
New York from Switzerland on the fourth in the early 70s. She became a member of
UBC Golf Club.
of July 1957. The following year he the Swiss Society and a board member of
1991: Joe organized the Jass
joined the Swiss Society and the the Crossbow Association after attending
Tournament as a precursor to the Jass
Crossbow Association. In 1959 he also one of their visitor’s shoots in 1975. Most
World Championship in Beckenried,
found a job at the Shaughnessy Golf & of the events organized by the Swiss
Country Club as a waiter. Society were with the help of the sub-
2000: Joe competed in the Eidge-
In 1960 Joe met Connie at the Club groups and she spent countless evenings
nössische Rifle Shooting Competition in
and in 1961 they got married. Christian, volunteering at Choir concerts and
Bière by Morges, Switzerland.
born in 1963, daughter Colette and two dances. She was also an active member
Connie Morach’s accomplishments
grandchildren round out the family. of the Guggemusig and enjoyed helping
are: volunteering and assisting at many
In 1977 Joe joined the executive of to sew the various costumes each year.
children’s Christmas parties,
the Swiss Society and served in various In 1995 she was an integral part in
carnivals/Fastnacht dances, First of
capacities until 1998. In the Crossbow organizing the concert for the Harmony
August celebrations at the Chalet, Choir
Association, he became an executive in Band at the Plaza of Nations.
concerts and Dorfmusik events. Ticket
1985 and he is still active there today. Furthermore, she was not only fond of
sales, bar, kitchen, cleaning work was
Joe and Connie, his loyal companion, crossbow shooting, but succeeded in
never a toil, rather a joy for Connie, who
are also members of the Swiss Canadian becoming a top shooter. Numerous
is a super volunteer as Joe’s right hand
Mountain Range Association since 1985. awards attest to her competitive spirit and
and in her own right.
Of course we will not forget the many physical fitness – necessary for this
As the saying goes: Behind every suc-
golf and jass tournaments and Christmas demanding sport.
cessful man there is his woman!
Brunches they have organized over the In 1996 the Crossbowers travelled to
Joe Morach worked for the Shaugh-
years on behalf of the Swiss Society, the Switzerland to participate in the Federal
nessy Golf & Country Club for 37 years.
Crossbow Association and the Mountain Crossbow Festival in Frauenfeld. There
He became head bartender and food &
Range. Here is a list of their accomplish- she received on July 2 the Medal of Merit
beverage manager. His infectious smile
ments: For many years Joe served as for her 15 years of service in the
and unbeatable enthusiasm allowed him
range master and Connie as scorekeeper Vancouver Crossbow Executive. The
to rub elbows with the crème de la crème
at the Crossbow Association. group’s adventures in Switzerland were
of society – and after 37 years it shows –
1976-2001: Crossbow Canada events expressed in her wonderful story about
Joe surely has become the perfect gentle-
in various locations in Switzerland, the Frauenfeld trip in Herald #5, 1996.
including competing in six “Eidge-
nössischen” crossbow competitions and Continued next page
16 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
Securities Inc.; and Ron Rieder, First
New Directors at Swiss-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Associates Investments Inc.
The Consul General of Switzerland,
Chuck Grossholz was elected President the SCCC Board of Directors include
Mr. Robert Helfenstein, was named
of the SCCC during the association’s Rick Wagner, Maxwell Floors Ltd., Past-
Honorary Director of the SCCC.
Annual General Meeting, which was President; Bill Grossholz, CA Chandler
Chuck Grossholz is President of
recently held in Vancouver. Members of Development Group, Treasurer; and Paul
Optimum Strategies Inc., an independent
Weber, Secretary. Also on the Board are
financial services firm specializing in
Elisabeth Reymond, cont.from page 16 Ms. Debra Finlay, Borden Ladner Gervais
meeting the needs of business owners and
Then upon returning to Vancouver, Walter LLP; Thomas A. Zingg, Bank Vontobel
Bürki retired after 32 years as president, AG; Eric van Iersel, Lindt & Sprüngli;
Chuck was born, raised and educated
and handed Elisabeth the scepter to run Oliver Reuter, Pacific International
in Vancouver, and “I understand the
the Crossbow Association. unique opportunities and differences
Elisabeth’s shooting results at the within our community.”
Annual Championships of 1997 and 1998 His interests include coaching youth
culminated in her being the top scorer, in soccer as well as participating in a vari-
other words The Champion! She also ety of sports.
accepted the job of acting as liaison to the He is involved in many charitable
Swiss Review, which is printed in functions.
Switzerland. “As a First generation Swiss Canadian
Even though she moved to the one of my goals is to continue to
Okanagan Valley, Elisabeth is still an bring value to our existing members and
active member of the Swiss Society, com- to attract new members by working
pletes the yearly program of the Cross- SCCC President with the excellent people on our board to
bow Association, and participates in Chuck Grossholz create first class networking functions.”
Swiss Society events as much as possible.
Swiss Herald –Summer 2003 17
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October is coming soon
Summer is not yet over,
but watch out for our second successful
Featuring a variety of entertainment and young talents from within and outside
the Swiss Community!
Organized by the
Vancouver Swiss Choir
Friday, October 24, 2003, 8 pm
at the Vancouver Alpenclub
For more details, check the SSV website (www.swiss-society.ca)
and the next issue of the Swiss Herald
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Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 19
News from Other Swiss Clubs...
Interior Swiss Society Voegeli, Past-President: Jerry Paravicini, SCMRA News & Events
Eidgenossen in the BC Interior are lucky Treasurer: Paul Ehrler, Secretary: Peter by Marlies Baumann
-- they can celebrate the First of August Thut, Director: Hans Pfaeffli, Director: Our Spring Dinner Dance was a great
twice the same weekend. John Neilson. success – the food was excellent and
On the actual August first, Friday at 6 those Polynesian dancers made you feel
p.m., the Interior Swiss Society will hold Landsgemeinde in Alberta you were in Hawaii! You missed a great
its annual August 1st picnic at the In June, the Edmonton Swiss society held evening if you were not there. Thank you
Coldstream Creek Park in Coldstream. a weekend of “Landsgemeinde” near to all the organizers and helpers.
Then revellers will have a second Stettler, AB. The event included crossbow Effective at the beginning of May,
opportunity to celebrate the Swiss nation- shooting, games for the kids, jassen, a we have welcomed a new caretaker.
al holiday, this time on Saturday and concert and a bonfire.
Sunday, Aug. 3-4, at Fischer’s farm in On August 30th, the Swiss Rifle Club Shooting Dates
Cache Creek. Tell will hold its Schützenfest in The shooting dates for the rest of 2003
Both events will be held outdoors, but Edmonton. are as follows:
the officials reportedly have ordered great July 13 - 50m & 30m Club
weather for the entire weekend. Championship Shoot
More information from the Society Swiss Club Saskatoon July 26 National Day Celebration
website: www.interiorswisssociety.bc.ca. The Saskatoon Swiss Club will celebrate July 26 50m & Childrens picnic
or Lilly Senn at 250-549-3711, e-mail: the first of August on Aug. 2nd at Rösli Sept 7 50m & 300m -- last day for
email@example.com. and Georg Nievergelt’s farm in Hepburn, Club Championship
Sask. with free sausages and buns, plus Trap “Cheese Shoot”
Swiss wines, and of course Swiss songs (a fun event)
Victoria Swiss Society and a candle-light parade.
The fourth annual Victoria Swiss Club Sept 21 300m Consul Cup
The Club’s newsletter also informs Oct 11/12 Schützenfest
Camp-Out will be held at the Qualicum readers that six of the 26 Swiss cantons
Bay Resort September 5-7. There will be Oct 26 Saushoot (members only)
celebrate their 200th anniversary this Check out our new website:
a Jass tournament during the whole week- year. They are: Aaargau, Graubünden, St.
end; dinner will be potluck at the club- www.scmra.ca.
Gallen, Thurgau, Ticino and Vaud.
house. Accommodations range from tent
and RV sites to luxury accommodations. Swiss Club Matterhorn,
Call 250-757-2003 or check www.resort-
bc.com for details. Calgary:
Due to the lack of funding there will
be no Swiss participation in the annual Theatergruppe Heimatstil to
Victoria Day parade in Victoria, the club Visit British Columbia
However, Peter and Tatiana Rösli- Das Schweizer Mundart
Komashko will offer a tour of Pendrith Theaterstück: Z’höch use! will
Farm on West Saanich Road followed by be presented by the Theater-
a Potluck BQQ on July 13. Anyone inter- gruppe Heimatstil during its 2004
ested should confirm with Darlene
tournee to British Columbia.
Burnell at 250-477-8578. The group will be in
The first of August celebration will
be held July 27 at Victoria’s Centennial Vancouver on Jan. 22 (James
Park. Cowan Theatre; tickets: Helen
Schaelle, 604-439-7338); in
Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir Vernon on Jan 24 (Halina Seniors
The Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir has Centre; tickets: Lilly Senn, 250-
announced its newly-elected executive: 549-3711) and in Calgary on Jan.
President: Al Eshpeter, 51 Glen 31( tickets: Brigitte Wilson,
Meadow Cr., St. Albert, AB T8N 3A2.
tel. 780-458-3357.Vice-President: Hans 403-288-8595).
20 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
European Festival 2003
by Rolf Brülhart
Over 4,000 visitors and hundreds of performers and volunteers celebrated on May 31st
this year’s 7th European Festival at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby.
Twenty-six European Cultural Associations provided a complex ethnic mix of peaceful-
ly coexisting linguistic, cultural and religious heritage. Many of them were accompa-
nied by their governmental bodies; the Swiss Consulate General of Vancouver had its
own table of impressive information. Monique Fontaine, Peter Schaelle, Marianne
Suter, Barbara Wirsching and Eva Ziltener deserve special thanks. The Vancouver
Swiss Choir together with the two Alphornbläser Gusti Zürcher and Abe Inniger enter-
tained the multicultural audience with traditional Swiss folk music. The “Switzerland
Coffee Shop” serving outstanding coffee and Nussgipfel was extremely popular, and
sold out before the end of the day. All in all, a perfect summer’s day event.
Photos E. Naef
Jacqueline Fontaine is well protected
by symbolic representatives of two
countries: the famous Canadian
Mountie and the Swiss Herald in the
person of Nick Schwabe. A. Fontaine photo
Econo Vans and Travel Vans
Rentals, Sales and Buybacks
We also rent canoes and mountain bikes
Reasonable Rates Wir sprechen Deutsch.
The Swiss Choir under the direction of Dubravko Pajalic
For information, call Walter Humbel at 604-327-3213, (above right). Volunteers at the “Swiss Coffee Shop” (left),
1598 S.E. Marine Dr., Vancouver, B.C. V5P 2R4 and Alphorn virtuosos Gus Zürcher and Abe Inniger enter-
www.travelbc.bc.ca email: firstname.lastname@example.org taining the visitors to the European Festival.
Swiss Herald - Summer 2003 21
Profiles of Notable Swiss:
pursue education opportunities and went
Urs Boxler – “Life is Just a Journey” back to school, getting his bachelors
Sailor, photographer, computer wizard, adventurer, valued member of the Swiss degree in California and an MBA at
Outdoors Club – Urs Boxler is all of the above and more. Urs and his wife Judy for Northwestern University near Chicago.
many years lived a nomadic life, but they found their Shangri-La in Vancouver and along Judy received her Masters in Computer
the coast of British Columbia. Story by Ernst Naef Science at the same university at the
A three-week vacation in Switzerland
hen Urs and Judy Boxler feel programming. Even before finishing the changed the Boxlers life again. Times in
like going on a trip, they sim- course, he was hired by a small consult- Switzerland were good, there was a short-
ply untie a few lines and ing company to create programs using the age of computer consultants, and so Urs
cables, start the engine and move their then-huge mainframe computers, which and Judy moved once again, settling in
living quarters wherever their fancy takes took up entire rooms, and had far less Zug and enjoying life in Europe. Urs
them – as long as it is on water, that is. power than even the smallest of today’s helped implement an early part of the
The reason it has to be on water is computers. Swiss military’s human resources system,
because the Boxlers’ home is a 46-foot The new job turned out even better (if you were living in Switzerland in
cutter-rigged cruising sailboat, the than expected: on his first day there he 1977, the program designed by Urs may
“Raven Song,” which during the rainy met his future wife, Judy, an American have sent you the dreaded ‘Marsch-
winter months is usually tied up in a citizen who was also starting out in her befehl’) while Judy was busy designing a
False Creek marina in Vancouver. But first computer programming job. With the sophisticated mathematical optimization
once spring arrives, the Boxler family full support of Judy, Urs continued to program for the SBB.
weighs anchor, hoists the sails and starts
But wanderlust struck once again and
another season of exploring the beautiful
soon the couple was off, travelling across
British Columbia coast.
Asia in their VW campervan. They even-
The nomadic lifestyle is nothing new
tually ended up in Australia, where they
to Urs and Judy. Urs grew up in the Swiss
worked and travelled for almost two
towns of Kirchberg and Wil, canton St.
years, exploring the country from one end
Gallen, served his apprenticeship as an
to the other. They sold their van in
electrician, and later went back to school
Sydney, then travelled across the South
to learn more about electronics and com-
Pacific, and arrived in Vancouver in
merce. But the “good old Abenteuerlust”
1980, after a trip almost around the
struck Urs and, at age 23, he emigrated to
Canada “just to go and see the world.”
The adventurous couple loved
He found work in the electronics shop
Urs and Judy Boxler and their beloved Vancouver and decided to stay. They
of DeHavilland Aircraft in Toronto and
cruising sailboat “Raven Song” bought a house, settled into good careers,
while there, took a course in computer
and stayed with the same employers and
in the same house for the next 20 years.
When Urs and Judy retired, they sold
their house and hired a builder of quality
steel hull yachts on Vancouver Island to
build their dream boat, designed to their
own design and layout.
Of course retirement, when you are
Urs and Judy Boxler, does not mean you
stop doing things. Quite the opposite.
When “Raven Song” is moored at False
Creek during winter, Urs keeps busy with
photography, a long-time hobby that has
turned into a sideline, actually a home-
based business. He is now selling some
of his travel and landscape photographs
as limited-edition prints on the web
is currently working on a book on pho-
tography – which is tentatively titled
22 Swiss Herald -- Summer 2003
“Photography for You.” ‘looking into the crystal ball’ is not The next Herald will be mailed at the
During the next few summers, Urs deceptive, we see ourselves living on our beginning of October
plans to add to his vast collection of pho- hilltop property on Pender Island, in a Please send in your materials by Sept. 2
tographs during trips along the Pacific small house with a Kachelofen, with per-
Northwest coast, possibly as far as haps a smaller boat down at the marina
Alaska. Handling the big boat in any for some local cruising.”
weather condition will be no problem – Urs and Judy Boxler may well fulfill
Urs has crewed on offshore sailboats in their dream and start on yet another
the Atlantic and Pacific. A man of many adventure, but that doesn’t mean it will
talents, he is not only an accomplished be their last one.
sailor, but also, in his younger years, flew After all as Urs, the philosopher, says,
aerobatics in the beloved Bücker open- “life is just a journey.”
cockpit biplane back in Switzerland.
“Living on board a sailing vessel is no
hardship at all,” he says, “the boat is spa-
cious and comfortable, and we have all Did you notice…
the tools we need – while at the dock: … that the last Swiss Revue,
high-speed internet, e-mail, telephone, published by the Swiss
cable tv, and while cruising: voice and e- Government, was mailed in
mail connections via short wave radio – France? The plastic cover
so we can work from anywhere.” sported a postal
The next phase in Urs and Judy’s busy return address in Rossy, France.
lives is already under consideration. “The First effects of EU or just
cruising lifestyle should last for a number
cheaper postal rates?
of years, but plans are already being for-
mulated for what comes after that. “If
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Wilderness and Comfort in Mulvehill Creek
t has everything to do with dreams of Hidden B.C. (“one of its kind”), Best
majestic mountains, impenetrable What does a Swiss psycholo- Northwest (“3 stars”). Vancouver
forests, breathtaking views and undis- gist, and a big-time communica- Magazine rated them among the top ten
turbed wildlife – dreams that changed the tions consultant with an retreats in B.C.
lives of Cornelia and René Hueppi, and Honorary Doctorate in philoso- Today, Mulvehill Creek Wilderness Inn
brought them from big-city life in Zurich and Bed & Breakfast is a four-season
phy, have to do with a remote
to a remote wilderness area of British destination, popular with outdoor enthusi-
wilderness resort in asts throughout the year and offering
British Columbia? numerous activities, including hiking,
The search for a different lifestyle
ended when the Hueppi family – horseback riding and fishing in summer,
the property and allows them to heat all downhill and cross-country skiing as well
Cornelia, René, their two-year-old son
buildings as well as the resort’s swim- as snowshoeing and tobogganing (800 m
Tobias and their Bernese Mountain dogs,
ming pool and hot tub. run with Davosers) in winter. It has also
found their paradise in Mulvehill Creek, a
Because of these efforts to save the become a major destination for manage-
picturesque area on Upper Arrow Lake,
environment, Mulvehill Creek in only its ment retreats and seminars.
some 20 km south of Revelstoke, (which
second season received the “First One of the more recent attractions is a
was recently chosen as one of the top-ten
North American adventure locations). romantic wilderness chapel that doubles
“One of the things that attracted us to this as a schoolhouse for seminars. The attrac-
area” says René, “is the climate and tive cedar chapel has proven to be a pop-
scenery, which is very reminiscent of the ular place for weddings and anniver-
Engadine.” saries, with outdoor dining for up to 100
They purchased a 100-acre peninsula guests.
complete with an historic hydro power
plant and, after many delays because of
New Year’s Eve at Mulvehill Creek
Wilderness Inn. The Wilderness
Chapel (below) is a popular place for
weddings and reunions. It also doubles
as a schoolhouse for seminars and
conferences. Berner Sennenhunde are part of the
Mulvehill Creek Resort.
Cornelia and René Hueppi are proud
of their achievements and love to let
Cornelia (Conny), Tobias and René J. other people share in their happiness.
Hueppi traded big-city life in Zurich for “When you leave the highway, you
new adventures in the British should come into another world,” they
Columbia wilderness. declare. It is a world of their own, and
they enjoy every moment of it.
“red tape” were able to open a modest And if you get to talk to Cornelia or
three-unit Bed-and-Breakfast in 1996. René they might say: “Mier redet wie-n-
Word about the Mulvehill Creek B&B eus de Schnabel gwachse-n-isch.
Environmentally Responsible Tourism Härzlich willkomme!
got around and soon the Swiss entrepre-
Award” and the “Power Smart Green
neurs were able to add more space to
Hotel Plus Award” among others. During How to get there:
accommodate the steadily increasing
the following years, the resort received Mulvehill Creek Wilderness Inn and B&B
number of customers. One of the major is located off 4200 Hwy. 23 South,
enthusiastic reviews from several major
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24 Swiss Herald – Summer 2003
new president, elected during the club’s
Open House at the This & AGM on May 30, is Andy Zlok, (604-
Swiss Consulate That from 321-3424) with Eric Wutschnik serving
On Saturday, April 5, 2003 the Con-
sulate General in Vancouver opened its British Columbia as vice-president.
The Swiss Choir will perform on
doors for local Swiss and their families
to come and have a peek behind the November 27 at the Austrian Club as
Two Swiss Restaurants guest choir.
scene. After being welcomed by the
Consul General, the guests moved
Among the Best
freely amongst the rest of the staff Two Swiss restaurants have been named The Ultimate for
members and listened attentively to among the top eating places in the area in Chocaholics: Lindt Wine-and-
their explanations and descriptions of Vancouver Magazine and the Vancouver
Sun’s “Best Restaurants 2003” survey. Chocolate Tasting Event
their respective work. Many an interest- The ultimate in delectable chocolate
ing question was asked and – hopefully The William Tell Restaurant was
named “Best Swiss” and La Belle desserts, sinful concoctions made with
– answered satisfactorily. A table with chocolate combined with premium wines,
Swiss refreshments like Bündnerfleisch Auberge received “Best of Burbs” as well
as “Best in Ladner” awards. was presented by the Lindt Boutique this
and Swiss cheeses along with some past April. The mouth-watering “Lindt
Swiss wine was waiting for the guests Austrian Club Celebrates Chocolate-and-Wine Pairing Evening”
before leaving. 32th Anniversary took place at the Vancouver Wall Centre
All in all there were 47 visitors
Some 250 invited guests enjoyed Hotel and was organized by store manag-
counted, and it seemed that they did not
Schnitzel, good music and meeting old er Eric van Iersel. Master chocolatiers
regret having paid us a visit that day.
friends on May 24, when the Austria Dominique and Cindy Duby created the
Thanks to all for the interest shown.
Vancouver Club celebrated 32 years as a unique desserts.
club at its Richmond clubhouse. During Wine-and-chocolate pairing events are
The staff of the Consulate General of
the evening, club president Hans very popular in Europe, and are just
Switzerland in Vancouver.
Potomak announced his retirement. The becoming known in North America.
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formances during Calgary Stampede.
Knabenmusik Schaffhausen Visits Western Canada After the Stampede closes, the group
travels to Vancouver, staying overnight at
Three-Valley Gap and two nights at
One of the largest Swiss bands ever to almost half of the musicians are girls. Manning Provincial Park.
visit Western Canada will bring their The repertoire presented by the Sunday, July 13 – Victoria: two-hour
unique brand of music to Calgary, young people from Schaffhausen ranges concert at Beacon Hill Park at 13:30.
Victoria and Vancouver in July. from traditional Swiss folk music such as Monday, July 14 – Victoria: concerts at
The Knabenmusik Schaffhausen, a “Ländler”, Alphorn, “Löffeln” and Market Square at noon, and in front of
band made up of musicians between the “Talerschwingen” to marches, rock, and the Legislature Building at 15:00.
ages of 12 and 22, arrives in Calgary on classical pieces plus solo performances Tuesday, July 15 – Visit to Butchard
July 2. It is followed a day later by a by the drummers – a different and unique Gardens, return trip to Vancouver, concert
group of some 50 people made up of kind of music for Canadian audiences and at the Mountain Range Chalet begin-
family members, friends, and fans. a welcome reminder of home for the ning at 18:00, followed by dinner.
The band will entertain audiences dur- Swiss community. Wednesday, July 16 – City Tour, fol-
ing the Calgary Stampede, then travel to During its stay in Victoria, the band lowed by one-hour concert at Granville
Victoria and Vancouver before returning will stay at the University of Victoria, the Market beginning at 14:30. Last concert
to Switzerland. escorts at Laurel Point Inn. In Vancouver, of the Vancouver visit will be later that
Consisting of an impressive 97 people, accommodation for the band will be pro- evening at the Kitsilano Show Boat.
the Knabenmusik Schaffhausen is large vided at UBC, while the accompanying Thursday, July 17 – Return of the
by any standards: 75 wind-band members group stays at the Georgian Court Hotel. accompanying group to Switzerland.
(trumpets, saxophones, trombones, clar- Band members enjoy a free day in
inets, flutes, etc, and15 drummers, plus Itinerary, July 2-18: Vancouver, including visits to Capilano
seven conductors and assorted officials. Wednesday, July 2-12 – Arrival in Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.
Although named Knabenmusik, which Calgary, followed a day later by accom- Friday, July 18 – Knabenmusik returns
can loosely be translated as “Boys’ Band” panying group of 50 people. Various per- to Switzerland.
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26 Swiss Herald - Summer 2003
This & That were planning to stay at the Dolder Grand
Hotel in Zurich this summer, you’re plum
from Switzerland out of luck.
The 100-year-old hotel -- part
medieval fortress, part Renaissance
Switzerland can be applied across chateau -- used to be one of the grandest
Switzerland Considered Best hotels in Europe, but lately it has fallen
Test Market for Europe on hard times and guests stayed away in
Germany, while also offering many
The U.S. Department of Trade has chosen droves. Now, new Swiss owners have
of the same advantages, has been found
Switzerland as the best country to intro- decided to close the hotel for a year and a
to have a high degree of regulations and
duce new products to Europe. half to restore it to its former glory, and
bureaucratic procedures, complex regula-
It cites the country’s highly devel- make it into one of the ten most beautiful
tions, and protection of local suppliers.
oped multi-lingual market, its location in hotels in the world – at a cost of 140-160
France gets a more positive assess-
the centre of Europe, and a well-educated million Swiss Franks.
ment from the U.S., but companies plan-
and affluent population as some of the Here’s a little tip: If the closing of
ning to test market there are warned of
reasons. Liberal trade and investment the Dolder should interfere with your hol-
high taxes and a 35-hour working week.
policies, a skilled workforce, and an iday plans in Zurich, don’t despair. We
absence of labour unrest are also men- know of another friendly little hotel that
tioned as positive factors. Dolder Hotel to be Restored
you might enjoy. It’s called the Baur-au-
Two American chains already in Einstein stayed there, so did Winston
Lac. Just bring plenty of cash.
Switzerland, Starbucks and McDonalds, Churchill, Toscanini, Henry Kissinger
have found that lessons learned in and countless other dignitaries, but if you See Troubles on page 31
The Old Bavaria Haus
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Here are some examples of our extensive Menu:
With wild mushrooms and red wine sauce
Bavarian Pepper Steak
With our special black and green pepper sauce
Spätzle “Hunter style”
Made from scratch, with wild mushrooms
Parties of up to 70 Schnitzel Cordon Bleu
Delicious filling of ham and cheese Open for Dinner
people are welcome Tues-Sun from 5 pm.
for lunch and dinner. Rouladen
Specialty of the House “Schnitzelabend”
Reservations required. every Wednesday
233-6th Street, New Westminster, BC
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It’s worth the drive to New West!
Swiss Herald – Summer 2003 27
Swinglish -- the New Fribourg University. “People feel more at
liberty to be creative with a language For advertising information,
Swiss Language? when it is not their own. They don’t contact:
Native English-speakers living in much care if it’s proper English or not. Ernst Naef, Tel 604-207-0302
Switzerland are becoming increasingly They’re creating these words for a pur-
aware that their language is widely spo- pose.”
ken in their adoptive country, but they The rise of this “Swiss English” or
may sometimes wonder about English “Swinglish” has been driven principally
expressions they had never encountered. by large Swiss companies with interna-
The Swiss have invented a whole tional connections, many of whose meet-
series of “Swinglish” words that baffle an ings are conducted in English, even when
English-speaker, or they use existing no native English-speakers are present.
words in an idiosyncratic way: “handy,”
for example, does not mean practical or English as the Common Language?
convenient, but a mobile phone. A English is becoming not just a way for
“recordman” is a record-holder in athlet- the Swiss to communicate with foreign-
ics; “controlling” is management account- ers, but also with each other. It is the
ing, and a “dancing” is a disco, or night- multilingual nature of Switzerland that
club. A track suit is called a “trainer.” The has helped to spread the use of English.
photograph in the new Swiss passport Swinglish should however not be mis-
will no longer be glued onto a page, it is taken for the real English that is increas-
instead “gescannt” and “gelasert.” A new ingly thrown into sentences Swiss people
car (or the lady of the house) gets a use. Words like “know-how”, “insider
“facelifting.” And so on. tip”, “ticket”, “meeting”, or “weekend”
“We can’t blame the Swiss for this. It’s are used daily. “Sorry” has even replaced
a European phenomenon,” says Peter “es tut mir leid” on the rare occasions
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Do you need
Fritz Bollier, 1944-2003
Fritz Bollier was born in Basel on April 11, 1944. He served a four- LEGAL HELP?
years apprenticeship as electronics technician,
and trained with the Swiss Army before start- We can help with:
ing employment as aircraft mechanic with Contracts, Litigation,
Swissair. Immigration, Personal
Fritz immigrated toVancouver in 1967, Injury, Collections
where he worked as a mechanic and then, in a
complete change of careers, started training as
an optician. He worked for London Optical DAVID VARTY
until 1972, when he started his own optician’s
business, which he operated for some 20 years.
Varty & Company
Sadly, taking drugs caused Fritz to lose his health, wife and work,
but fortunately, rehabilitation through the Salvation Army helped him Telephone 604-684-5356
renew his faith and life.
He worked as a caretaker in Vernon and, although physically
weakened, last year managed to take a trip to the U.S. and Mexico.
After his trip, he returned to Vancouver to stay with his mother, then
returned to Vernon, where he died on April 8, 2003, just three days
before his 59th birthday.
Fritz was predeceased by his older sister, Pia, who died six days
before his birth, and by his father, Fritz Bollier, who passed away in
Fritz is lovingly remembered by his mother, Rosa Zumbrunn, and
by his extended family and friends.
A memorial service took place at he Martin Luther Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Vancouver on April 16.
Ich danke Allen, welche Fritz Bollier die letzte
Ehre erwiesen haben.
Ganz speziellen Dank an Erika und Walter Humbel
für ihre Hilfe und Beistand in Vernon und Vancouver in
meinem Leid. Speziellen Dank auch Max Bischof für die
tröstlichen Worte während der Abdankung, sowie herzlichen
Dank dem Athletic Club, und der Familie Doebeli vom
William Tell Restaurant für ihre grosszügige Spende. Auch
Ulrich Bleiker, Franco Azzolini und Kurt Freiburghaus für
ihre Alphornklänge, sowie Lisa Rieder-Ward für ihr Yodel-
Lied, meinen aufrichtigen Dank.
Einen herzlichen Dank allen Frauen, welche die guten
In meinem grossen Leid habe ich gespürt wie viele
aufrichtige Freunde während meiner schweren Zeit mir
Gott segne Euch Alle. Rosa Zumbrunn
Von Herzen danke ich der Swiss Society für die
Anerkennung vom Volunteer Work meines lieben verstorbenen
Er war immer bereit, und es machte ihn glücklich, mit
seinen Kentnissen anderen zu helfen.
Ich wünsche dem Verein weiterhin viel Erfolg.
Elisabeth Gübeli, Surrey
Swiss Herald – Spring 2003 29
THE TEEN LOUNGE
A Forum for communication between our young people
Points of view contributed by a young member of the SSV
Topic: Legalize Marijuana every little thing that is said in rap songs
affect the way we think then obviously
Karen B. we do not understand the concept that
I don’t think marijuana should be legal- these artists are trying to deliver, and I’m
ized. There are enough deaths from alco- telling you now, it is not violence.
hol and other things already, why bring in
another drug? I know that pot is pretty Topic:What causes teens to go bad?
easy to get so why are people making
such a big deal out of legalizing it? Karen B.
Unless you are hardcore addicts who
need the substance to function, why I think that, when people talk about how
worry so much? As for those who are a teen has turned bad, they don’t exactly
addicts, then there is obviously a reason know what they are implying. Teens
that it is ILLEGAL. All of you people Karen Brühlhart, don’t turn “bad”, they probably just go
who think it should be legalized probably through a change in their lives that has
don’t have much of an opinion on the been different from the normality of it
I have started a forum on common top- before. I do not agree that Christian kids
matter anyways, because if it were legal-
ics that have been discussed in the news aren’t as likely to change because of the
ized it would probably be something like
and at school. My goal is to have as way they’ve been brought up because I
cigarettes that you have to be 19 to buy.
many replies as possible in response to know a lot of religious people who have
Topic: Street Racing my topics and opinions. If people would changed and I don’t think that the reli-
like to reply to some of my gion factor had much to do with it. I do
Karen B. topics they can simply agree that parents can be a big factor and
With the amount of street racing that e-mail them to me at that the environment and people that you
goes on and from everything that you firstname.lastname@example.org or if they want spend time with will affect you, so people
hear on the news about it I think that the to voice their own opinions on something should choose wisely about who they
government should just build a track. If else then they should do the same. Any spend their time with and what the conse-
people are going to be racing regardless opinions or statements are welcome. quences will be.
of laws and other peoples lives are at risk
then there should be something done to
Special thanks to Kira for e-mailing me
prevent innocent peoples lives being at what is in their head. It’s them writing
about our teens lounge and expressing an
stake. If a track is built it should be about feeling and EXPERIENCE. If you
interest in getting to meet new people. I
placed somewhere convenient away from think that someone can be influenced by
hope that next year more young people
residential areas so that no one gets dis- violence in rap or games then you should
will become involved and I encourage
turbed, but close enough so people don’t think about all the other things that they
you all to mail me some things you
race TO the track. could be influenced by and then think
would like to see in the next issue. Have
twice about your judgments. If we let
Topic: Rap and Games = Violence? a great summer!
Bis zum nächsten mal,
Karen B. Do you have comments or opinions
about any of the above topics, or any Karen
Violence is everywhere. Rap is simply a others? We’re looking forward
form of expression. Rappers are not to your answers or ideas!
telling people to go and act on what they Get in touch with Karen at
are saying, they are simply letting out email@example.com.
30 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
A Swiss Student’s Impressions of Vancouver What do you think of the Canadian
By Karen Brühlhart, Grade 9 ladies?
They are great… I am wondering about
I recently had an opportunity to interview I have to go back! The longer I stay in how they can wear short skirts in
Peter Mattis, 20, a Swiss student who is Vancouver the more pleasure I have here. the cold season.
staying in Vancouver in order to improve On the other hand, I’m looking forward
his English. Peter, who is from the to seeing my family and my friends in If you had one day left to live, what
Toggenburg, just finished his four-month Switzerland, but think I could live here would you do?
language school program in Vancouver. for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t have enough time to do
Before returning home, he plans to hike What do you think of the Canucks? everything and hope I will never know
the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. I love the people here!!! They are so when my last day is! I would play music,
I asked him about some of his impres- friendly. be together with my family and enjoy
sions of Vancouver. the day.
If you could change something in
What do you enjoy most about Vancouver what would it be? What is the thing that scares you most?
Vancouver? No rain when I am visiting Vancouver. A new world war and the president of
For me the environment here is the great- U.S.A.
est! Mountains, ocean and sun... I have If you could take only one thing back
never seen a city like this before. with you, what would it be? What is the craziest thing you have ever
The no smoking bars. done?
What are some of the differences between I came to Canada… but I would do it
young people in Switzerland and the What one thing would you miss the most again.
youth in Canada? about Vancouver?
In my opinion the young people are The Ocean. Have you met anyone famous? If so who?
friendlier here in Canada. That means that No, but Michael J. Fox was in the same
they will always take you in as a friend; What is your favourite sport? class as my teacher!!!
in Switzerland this is not always com- Ice hockey, curling and soccer.
Would you live in Vancouver after finish-
Not a Member of
ing your studies or would you move back theSSV yet?
to Switzerland? Join Today! Swiss
Troubles in Paradise... on Display in
English soccer fans disgraced themselves in Zurich in late Vancouver
March, running riot during the early hours of Saturday, March Creations by Swiss cartoonists
29th. Five men were hospitalized — three with gunshot wounds, residing in Switzerland will be
two with knife wounds — after a night that ended with 25 arrests. on display at the Emily Carr
Police used teargas to break up the fight, which broke out in the Institute on Granville Island this
Niederdorf, the city’s historic centre. The hooligans were venting summer. Named “Töpfer &
their frustration at not being able to get tickets for a soccer match Cie.”, the exhibit will open with an inauguration ceremo-
in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, where the English team played in a ny on July 17, and run until August 17. It is organized
European Championship qualifying match. jointly by the Swiss Consulate General, the Alliance
All of Switzerland watched in horror as protesters in Française and the Emily Carr Institute.
For more details contact the Consulate General of
Geneva and Lausanne went on a destructive three-day spree,
Switzerland (www.eda.admin.ch/canada) tel. 604-684-
lighting fires, blocking roads, smashing windows, looting stores
223, the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (604-844-
and throwing Molotov cocktails. The protests took place in Swiss
3800) or Alliance Française Vancouver (604-327-1144).
cities because they were closest to the G8 summit at Evian,
France, which was sealed from the public. “Jacques Chirac was a
clever man,” said one agitated man from Lausanne. “He brought
the presidents and prime ministers to France and left the shit to Not a Member of the Swiss Society yet?
us.” Swiss taxpayers spent 40 million SFr on security for the Why not join up and participiate in the many activities offered --
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millions of francs to clean up the wreckage.
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René, Tel. 1-877-837-8649 or e-mail: tion and work experience. My education I would like to gather some work
firstname.lastname@example.org. includes secondary school and an appren- experience outside Switzerland and
ticeship in electromechanics. I received improve my language skills. I’m open to
For Sale: Large comfortable swivel any kind of work opportunities.
training in robotics and pneumatics, and I
office chair; rosewood arms; brown Markus Zbinden, Liebefeld,
leather seat and back; adjustable height graduated in computer applications, as
process specialist, and as engineer in Switzerland, tel. 0041 31 972 82 77, cell:
and tilt; $50.00.
business processes. 0041 79 617 29 88. e-mail:
David, 604 669-5249.
My experience includes four years in email@example.com.
automation, two years in robotics, one
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2003 Calendar of Events
July January 2004
2 Swiss Herald #2 mail-out Jan New Year’s Brunch William Tell
12/13 Princess Louise Inlet trip Outdoors Club Jan 17-18 Ski Weekend at Cabin Outdoors Club
13 Annual Program Crossbow Assn.
26 AGM Outdoors Club
19-20 Sunshine Coast trip Outdoors Club To check on the latest dates for Events, check
20 Annual Program Crossbow Assn. the SSV website at: www.swiss-society.ca
26 1st of August Celebration SSV,SCMRA,
26 Children’s Day Junior’s Shoot SSV,SCMRA Advertisers’ Index
A&K Sausage 34 Market Place Deli 32
Advantage Travel 5 Maxwell Floors 20
August Alpine Masonry 32 Metric Floor 34
Artisan Bakeshoppe 28 Old Bavaria Haus 27
3--9 Explore the Kootenays Outdoors Club
Brief Psychotherapy 33 Optimum Strategies 32
17 Trophy Shoot and BBQ Crossbow Assn. Brulhart Insurance 18 Patisserie Bordeaux 32
17 Canoeing with Fritz Graf Outdoors Club Brumm Dentistry 17 Properties Victoria 34
24 Needle Peak hike Outdoors Club Cahilty Lodge 23 Qualicum Beach Resort 33
24 Deadline for Oberdurnten & Sulgen Crossbow Assn. Calvin’s Cafe 23 QCS 28
Calvin’s Bistro 32 Red Rooster Winery 5
Chalet Helvetia 4 R&M Construction 34
September Chez Michel Rest. 25 Rechsteiner Notary 35
Aug 31- Clearwater Lodge IBC Steiger’s Swiss Cafe 33
Sept 1 Labour Day Wkd. at Cabin Outdoors Club Crowsnest Resort 11 St. Hubertus Winery 17
Edelweiss Imports 7 St. Moritz Pastry 26
2 Board of Directors meeting SSV
Edmonton Choir 33 Suter Real Estate 28
& deadline for Swiss Herald #3 Edward Jones 6 Swiss Bakery 34
7 Hike to Mt. Whistler Outdoors Club Eyes for You 34 Swiss Deli 34
7 Annnual Program Crossbow Assn. Fraserview Deli 26 Swiss Gourmet Rest. 25
21 Annual Club Picnic Outdoors Club Go West IFC Swiss Italy Rest. 34
21 Annual Program, Last Day Crossbow Assn. Griesser Spoon IBC Time & Gold IFC
28 Filmnachmittag Seniors Section Jacque’s Tapas 32 Travel BC 21
28 Catch-up Day Crossbow Assn. Kaegi Travel 32 Vancouver Alpen Club 32
La Belle Auberge 6 Varty & Co. 29
Lindt Chocolate 18 William Tell Rest. IBC
Lufthansa Airlines 19 Wild West 29
1 Swiss Herald #3 mail-out
5 Hike to Mt. Winchester Outdoors Club
11-12 Schutzenfest Crossbow Assn.
19 Mt.Strachan hike Outdoors Club Elisabeth Rechsteiner
24 Herbstfest Choir & others Notary Public
26 Endshoot Crossbow Assn.
26 Filmnachmittag Seniors Section My office is pleased to provide
TBA Luncheon Speaker SCCC you with the following professional
2 Reifel Bird Sanctuary Outdoors Club Real Estate Transfers – Mortgages – Wills –
4 Board of Directors meeting SSV Powers of Attorney – Statutory and Sponsorship
& deadline for Herald #4
Declarations – Affidavits – Notarizations –
22 Awards, Dinner-Dance Crossbow/SCMRA Certified Copies. (Thought for today: Is your Will up
TBA Jass Tournament SCMRA to date? Do you have Power of Attorney in place?)
1 Swiss Herald #4 mailout
Notaries … A trusted Tradition
6 Seniors Christmas Luncheon SSV 100-5050 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4C2
7 Children’s Christmas Party SSV Tel 604-433-1911 Fax 604-433-8970
14 Waldweihnacht Mt. Seymour Outdoors Club e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
31 New Year’s Party SCMRA
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production, T: 604-207-0302, F: 604-207-0305, email@example.com;
SSV Board of Directors 2003-2004 Nick Schwabe: assistant editor, T/F: 604-732-4471; Hans-Joerg Mueller:
Please note: Contact information for all SSV Board of Directors can be multimedia T: 250-558-1867, firstname.lastname@example.org,
found under the appropriate headings below. www.swiss-society.ca.
Swiss Website & Webmaster: Hans-Joerg Mueller T: 250-558-1867, F:
Honorary President: Robert Helfenstein, Consul General of 250-558-6186, email@example.com, SSV-Website:
Switzerland (604-684-2231); President: Rolf A.Brülhart; Vice- www.swiss-society.ca;
President: David Varty; Treasurer: Beat Joehl; Membership: Hans-Joerg
Mueller; Secretary: Marianne Suter; Entertainment chairperson: Swiss Review: Elisabeth Reymond, contact person for the “Swiss
Peter Schaelle; Children’s Program C’tteeChairs: Valerie & Andre Review”,
Fontaine; Teens Activity Liaison: Peter & Marcus Schaelle; Young T: 250-549-1148, F: 250-558-6186, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.revue.ch.
Adults Programs C’ttee Chair: Marianne Suter; Seniors Programs
C’ttee Chairs: Maria Logan, Werner Rutishauser; Swiss Herald C’ttee European Festival Committee: Peter Schaelle, T: 604-439-7338;
Chair: Ernst Naef, Editor, Advertising and Production; Nick Schwabe, Marianne Suter, T: 604-321-4509.
Assistant Editor; SSV Website C’ttee Chair: Hans-Joerg Mueller,
Webmaster; Councillor for Swiss Abroad: vacant; Auditors: Urs Boxler SSV Sections
(604-876-6478), Joachim Kundert (604-948-3461); Advisory mem- SWISS CHOIR VANCOUVER: President: Erna Schaefer, T:604-734-
bers: Nick Schwabe, Ernst Naef, Marcus Schaelle, Andy Sigrist, 2689, email@example.com; Past-President: Karl Hochstrasser, T: 604-943-2942,
Barbara Wirsching, Sascha Geiser; Legal Advisor: David Varty (604- firstname.lastname@example.org; Vice-President: Lisa Ward-Rider, T: 604-875-6836;
684-5356). Secretary: Melanie Crook, T: 604-448-0422, email@example.com; Treasurer:
Liselotte Frowein, T: 604-987-0715, F: 604-985-5406, firstname.lastname@example.org;
SSV Committees Equipment & Advisor: Margaret Spengler, T/F: 604-541-2499; Membership
Executive Committee of the Board of Directors: Chair: Annemarie Bellucci, T: 604-263-3969; Auditor: Heidi Legere, T:
President: Rolf A.Brülhart, T: 604-601-0070, F: 604-224-4381, rbrul- 604-420-4464; Music Committee: Dubravko Pajalic, Lisa Ward-Rieder,
email@example.com; Vice-President: David Varty, T: 604-684-5356; Rolf Brulhart. Musical Director: Dubravko Pajalic, T: 604-251-6344,
Treasurer: Beat Joehl, T: 604-596-4605; Membership: Hans-Joerg Mueller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
email@example.com; Secretary: Marianne Suter, T: 604-321- SWISS CROSSBOW ASSOCIATION: President: Elisabeth Reymond,
4509, firstname.lastname@example.org; Entertainment: Peter Schaelle, T: 604- T: 250-549-1148, email@example.com; Past President: Walter Buerki, T:
439-7338. 604-274-2094; Secretary: Edvige Weingand, T: 604-299-2943; Treasurer:
Beni Merkli, T: 604-324-1405; Equipment Manager: Beni Buergler, T: 604-
Entertainment Committee: Chairs: Beat Joehl, T: 604-596-4605, beat- 324-1405; Range Master: Joe Morach, T:604-581-7065; Auditors: Ruedi
firstname.lastname@example.org; Members: Rosi Schuepbach, T: 604-939-1824; Margaret Buechi, T: 604-263-9864; Heinz Kuster, T: 604-924-6213.
Spengler, T/F: 604-541-2499, email@example.com; Marianne Suter,
T: 604-321-4509. SWISS OUTDOORS CLUB: President: Joe Mueller, T: 604-732-6213,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Vice-President/Trip Coordinator: Peter Schaerer, T:
Committee for Children’s Programs: Chairs: Valerie & Andre Fontaine, 604-987-3716; Secretary: Mary Brunold, T: 604-228-1307; Treasurer: Beat
T/ F: 604-708-5702, email@example.com; Members: Fiona & Joehl, T: 604-596-4605; Membership: Barbara Wirsching, T: 604-272-
Roland Bircher, T: 604-581-5494, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Josefina & Karen 3571, email@example.com; Cabin Manager: Jeanette Kuenzli, T: 604-576-
Brülhart, T: 604-224-6718, F: 604-224-4381; Nicola & Konrad Iten, T: 9617 or Vreni Huser, T: 604-731-4300; Advisory Members: Andy Huser,
604-461-5398, F: 604-949-1227, firstname.lastname@example.org; Andre Kaufmann, T: T: 604-731-4300, Sepp Rinderli, T: 604-850-1323, Nick Schwabe, T: 604-
604-581-3923; Gisela & Peter Sporrer, T/F: 604-530-9866; Susanne & 732-4471, Jacob Staubli, T: 604-261-0070, Helen Plasounig, T:
Steve Wilson, T/F: 604-888-6949, email@example.com ; Theresa Weltzin, T: Urs Boxler, T: 604-876-6478 and Fritz Graf, T: 604-322-5434.
Affiliated Swiss Oranizations
Committee for Teens Activities: Liaison Persons: Peter & Marcus CONSULATE GENERAL OF SWITZERLAND, VANCOUVER:
Schaelle, T: 604-439-7338; Sasha Geiser, firstname.lastname@example.org. Consul General: Robert Helfenstein, T: 604-684-2231, F: 604-684-2806,
email@example.com, 999 Canada Place, Suite 720, Vancouver;
Committee for Seniors Programs: Chair: Werner Rutishauser, T/F: 604- Deputy Consul General: Juerg Siegenthaler.
929-6923, firstname.lastname@example.org; Honorary Chair: Maria Logan, T: 604-736-
6238; Members: Veronica Huser, T: 604-731-4300, email@example.com; SWISS CANADIAN MOUNTAIN RANGE ASSOCIATION (SCMRA):
Elisabeth Rechsteiner, T: 604-420-5661, F: 604-433-8970; Blanche President: Rene Zollinger, T: 604-944-0503, firstname.lastname@example.org ;
Rutishauser, T/F: 604-929-6923, email@example.com; Helen Schaelle, T: SCMRA, P.O.Box 288, Surrey, B.C., Canada, V3T 4W8.
604-439-7338; Verena Siegenthaler, T/F: 604-738-1462, firstname.lastname@example.org.
VANCOUVER DORFMUSIK: President: Urs Fricker, T: 604-274-0802,
Volunteer Recognition: Marianne Suter, T: 604-321-4509, email@example.com.
SWISS CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (B.C.) INC.:
Membership Benefits & Services: Rolf A.Brülhart President: Chuck Grossholz, T: 604-689-1777, info@swisscanadiancham-
Pg: 604-601-0070, F: 604-224-4381, firstname.lastname@example.org . ber.com. Website: www.swisscanadianchamber.com.
Councillor of the Siss Abroad for Western Canada: vacant.
Swiss Herald Committee: Ernst Naef: Editor, advertising and
36 Swiss Herald –Summer 2003
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349 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 3Z8