Celebration of 50th Anniversary of the Vienna Austria Club

In 1963, The Cleveland Kiwanis Club was asked to sponsor the first Club in Europe. A delegation of Cleveland Club Members made the trip to Austria 50 years ago. Last year, the Vienna Club asked that the Cleveland Club sponsor a delegation of its members to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.

In October 2012, The Cleveland Club enjoyed a special visit from Kiwanis International leaders and representatives of the Austrian Kiwanis Clubs. Alan Penn, Immediate Past International President brought Dr. Gunther Gasser and his wife Kristiana from the Austrian Kiwanis Clubs with a special invitation. [Gunther will be Kiwanis International President in two years.]

Gunther and Kristiana came to Cleveland with a personal invitation for members of the Cleveland Club to join in the 50th Anniversary celebration from March 15 - 17, 2013.

President Bill accepted the invitation and was draped in the Austrian Flag to honor his agreement to host the Austrians and put together a delegation from the Cleveland Club.

A wonderful program is planned in Vienna that includes the Vienna Boys Choir, The Spanish Riding School, Vienna Woods, and plenty of world famous Viennese food and wine.

President Bill Spring will led a delegation to the Vienna Club 50th Anniversary which was celebrated March 15 to 17. Joining President Bill, were Paul Alandt and his wife Julie, Bob Goll and his wife Lynn, Dwight Jordan and his wife Patricia. Also joining the group will be Division 15 Lieutenant Governor Shirley McDonald and Past International President Alan Penn.

The celebration will kick off with a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir on Friday followed by supper at a traditional wine stube. The gala celebration will take place on Saturday night at the Rathause (The Vienna City Hall). On Sunday, a gala champagne breakfast will wrap up the celebration.


President Bill Spring gave a proclamation from Mayor Frank Jackson as a gift to the Vienna Club along with a flag from the City of Cleveland.

Dwight Jordan and wife Pat wowed even the Viennese with their mastery of the Waltz.

Bob Goll and wife Lynn were enjoying their first trip to Europe.  Before coming to Vienna, they enjoyed Zurich, Innsbruck and Salzburg.



Paul Alandt and his wife Julie traveled to Rome before the Gala.  They were thrilled to be in St. Peter's Square to see the White Smoke followed by the first appearance of Pope Francis


The part that the Cleveland Club played in founding the Vienna Club in 1963 was memorialized in the Celebration Booklet as well as in a speech by the Kiwanis District Governor of Austria.



Wine is a big part of any Vienna Celebration. The first night was held at a Wine Restaurant in the Vienna suburb of Grinzing.

The Gala Celebration was held in the historic Rathaus (City Hall) of Vienna.  While the Rathaus is known for its Ratskeller, famous for fabulous Viennese food, a lesser known treasure is the grand ballroom which rivals any of the palace rooms of the Emperors of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The grandeur of the room was enhanced by a Viennese Orchestra with a wonderful singer. The music was interspersed between speeches. The orchestra then added beauty to our dinner and then support for our Waltzing skills.