Stay Up-to-Date: Sign up for Emails

Hi everyone! You might get our occasional emails via the gmail address (uvmhpaa@gmail), Facebook, or this blog. All are good options. But, now, we have a simpler email solution.

Sign up for our email list via mailchimp. Nice, clean emails sent to your inbox. Sign up here: It will only ask for your name, email, and class year.

Thank you! Stay tuned for exciting news about the 40th Anniversary celebration. In the meantime, mark your calendars and plan your trip to Burlington for October 13-15, 2017.

And, please ask your friends + classmates to sign up, too, so no one is left out of alumni news. We want everyone to be in the loop for the 40th!

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Board Meetings 2017

Hi everyone! If you’re interested in our board meetings, let us know! The meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm-7:30/8:00pm, usually in Barre, Montpelier, or Burlington (or via Skype if you’re not local). The dates for this year are:

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11 (possibly earlier, depending on needs before the 40th Celebration)
  • November 8
  • December 13 (possibly the week before, depending on Holiday Party)

Events & dates are recorded on the UVM HPAA Google calendar and should appear on the sidebar. (Sometimes the times take a while to sync, but the meetings are always 6:30pm.)

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[EVENT] Annual Holiday Party

The annual UVM HPAA Holiday Party will be on Tuesday December 13, 2016 (6:30pm) at the Champlain Club, 20 Crowley Street, Burlington, VT.

Please save the date and plan to bring an appetizer, snack, or dessert to share. Cash bar. Shuffleboard. Holiday music. Historic building. Good company. Families & HP friends welcome!

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Hope to see you there. If you have questions, email Kaitlin –

A brief history of The Champlain Club (from the Club’s Facebook page):

The Champlain Club was formally established as GOETHE LODGE 592 D.O.H. in 1891 as the Vermont Chapter of Der Deutsche Orden der Harugari (D.O.H.), or the German Order of Harugari, a national German-American mutual benefit and cultural association founded in New York City in 1847. Early meetings took place in members’ homes until the building at 20 Crowley Street was built in 1905. Located in the heart of what was the German immigrant community in Burlington, The Goethe Lodge was part of a national organization that included 30,000 members in 300 lodges in 27 states. It was one of the first secret societies to admit women, starting in 1890, and its no longer secret (just shy of being really famous).

The Germanic nature of the club and neighborhood changed in the post-war years and the development of television did much to lessen the draw of neighborhood social clubs. The Goethe Lodge continued and adjusted to the changing cultural landscape and neighborhood, eventually removing a German-descent requirement for membership and changing its name to The Champlain Club. In the 1960s, the local membership hovered around 60-70 people. The club’s bar and lounge areas were open to members several days a week and regularly hosted dinners and other social gatherings. Research indicates that The Champlain Club is likely one of two remaining former-D.O.H. lodges still primarily functioning as a social club for members, the other one being the Harugari Singing Society & German/American Club in West Haven, Connecticut.

The building is home to one of the few remaining wood-floor ballrooms in Burlington and is often used for instruction and events by local social dancing groups, including Vermont Swings, First Step Dance and TangoWise. The kitchen is leased to a local caterer.

Members of The Champlain Club share responsibilities for the care and maintenance of the building and grounds and enjoy access to the club spaces for private party rentals and larger social events. Members meet twice-monthly to discuss club business and enjoy each other’s company in our increasingly technologically-enhanced world.