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:
October 11 (possibly earlier, depending on needs before the 40th Celebration)
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.)
Some photographs from our holiday party at the Champlain Club in Burlington. Good foods, drinks, company, and some shuffleboard! (And of course Tom’s favorite – a circle-up for sharing good HP updates!) Click for larger impages.
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.