It was the Steuben-Schurz-Society, the oldest German-American friendship organization in Germany, that handed over the certificate in Frankfurt on 28 January 2020, in the framework of its New Year’s reception.
The award was conferred upon the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft in recognition of the German-American city partnership Freiburg im Breisgau/Madison, WI, that has existed since 1988, with intensive personal and diversified official networking.
Here comes a photo chronology:
|Final touches on the president's speech|
|Cool and relaxed at the reception.|
|Our ladies and president at the table of honor|
|Welcoming address by SSG's President Dr. Johannes Beerman|
|Lieutenant Colonel Martin Lammert about a Bundeswehr|
partly ready for action but facing global challenges and requirements.
|The great moment. |
SSG's Vice President Claudia Pörings awards Toni Schlegel the certificate.
|Showing the document to an applauding crowd.|
|Toni's speech of thanks.|
During the biennial partnership market of Freiburg's 12 (!) sister cities in the heart of town, the booths of those special partnerships are placed close to each other, allowing for vivid conversations among the participating visitors.
|The final group photo|
|We wound up the historic evening at the hotel bar.|
A selfie with the ceiling mirror.