On Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, a group of 10 visitors will arrive from Melle, Germany representing the Melle Freunderskreis (Friendship) Group. The friendship program began in 1988 and will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary.
Over the past 30 years there have been numerous visits between people who live in “Old” Melle, Germany, and people who live in the New Melle area. As the Germans would say, “Wir sind Familie” – “We are Family”.
The group will arrive on Friday afternoon and enjoy an informal dinner that evening with their host families. On Saturday, a sight-seeing tour is planned in St. Louis.
On Sunday, a Norwegian Blue Spruce tree, a gift from the Germans to New Melle in honor of the 30 year Sister City Partnership, will be dedicated on the grounds of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, near the New Melle monument.
First the visitors will attend services at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Melle, to help kick off the church’s 175th Anniversary year. Following the service, at about 11:30 a.m., the tree will be dedicated, and the group will visit City Hall to sign an official register. A light brunch and reception will follow at St. Paul’s. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these activities (church service, if desired, Tree Dedication, brunch, etc.) as the city officially meets and greets the visitors.
Sunday evening, members of the Friendship Society, host families, and special guests will attend a celebration dinner and program at St. John’s UCC-Cappeln.
Thousands of Germans emmigrated to America in the 1800s. The Sister City Partnership between New Melle, Missouri and Melle, Germany has resulted in several people from our area reconnecting with relatives in Germany, and the development of some life-long friendships. Anyone interested in learning more about the Friendship Society or the planned activities, is encouraged to call JoAnn Hammel, 636-398-5952.