Both a firework of congratulations and in real pyrotechnics was given for the chairman of the association friedrich (friedel) beck and the first wanderwartin ruth kuhn, which both lead and arrange the association for 30 years in leading positions. With around 260 members, the wanderfreunde is one of the largest clubs in the village.
"You don't seem to have any worries about new recruits", the deputy mayor, lothar saulich (SPD), was very pleased to start his greeting. Around 60 members attended the annual general meeting on saturday evening in the chimney bar. "The number and the age of the guests speak for the fact that the association is in a good condition", praised saulich. "Friedel beck and ruth kuhn have my deepest respect. Inwardly I take my hat off to you", the deputy mayor praised the all-round commitment of the two.
The second wanderwartin edith repky had itself in the apron of the honors some thoughts for a gebuhrendes thank you to the "team 30 plus" and came to the conclusion that all hiking enthusiasts should contribute something. Thus, in addition to a basket full of gifts, a unique folder of congratulations, memories and personal arrangements for ruth kuhn came out.
For friedel beck there was a short vita, whereby repky particularly emphasized: "with 23 years our friedel was elected the first time as chairman and since then further 15 times. Keep in mind also that he was already leading the association before as acting chairman." The smiling recognition reflexes in a show of contemporary images confirmed the laudator's words by the hiking enthusiasts in attendance. Memories were awakened in the audience and many an anecdote was given to the best. At the end there was a rhythmic ovation for beck. Modestly, but energetically, he waved: "halt! Reaches!" His rides know exactly what they have in him. Likewise, they know about the role of his wife, who fully supports him.
"Really amazing that such a young person with so much persistence and vision can lead and build such a rough association", also praised betty berdami, the district chairwoman of franconia, who in turn holds 98 hiking clubs together in her organization. It is not only on paper that the hiking friends are active: "week after week, I see many faces from rottenbach who take part in our hikes." She was happy to promise the hiking friends that she would help them organize the international volkswandertage (IVV) on 5 may. And 6. October 2013 to give a helping hand. This year's IVV also marks an association anniversary. Already for the 35th time. The marathons have been held for the sixth time and this year they shine with an anniversary marathon as well as the 17th anniversary of the association's founding. DVV junior hiking day.
From the report of the wanderwartin hoard the annual general meeting that in the year 2012 altogether 90 wander clubs were visited and one was on the way altogether with 2025 participants.
"With the merkers mine experience, the K+S group offers visitors the unusual opportunity to experience for themselves, many hundreds of meters below the surface of the day, what it is like to be a miner", advertises the city council of schmalkalden. And the rottenbacher hiking friends have undertaken to do so. The underground hike, which was only recognized by the german folkssportverband (DVV) in november 2012, is the first of its kind and runs at depths of 500 to 800 meters. First participants have already registered.
They are just as meticulous about maintaining the local hiking trails. For them, hiking is a sport in the community with a lot of fun, a balm for the soul and health care, according to their motto: "god to the pit, good to the fub".