Melville & District German Heritage Club


Arnold Issel

(306) 728-3191



To promote and preserve the culture, language, customs and traditions of the people in our area who have German-speaking backgrounds.


“Mit Gott fang an; mit Gott hör auf – das ist der ganze Lebenslauf.”

“Begin with God; end with God – that is how to live a complete life.”

History and Activities:

The German Heritage Club was formed on April 14, 1983. Erna Litzenberger was the first president with Nick Rogalski serving as vice president. Dr. Soorya Basynat enthusiastically managed the establishment of the club and was a strong supporter for many years. A club constitution was drafted on April 28, 1983 and the name was changed to “Melville and District German Heritage Club”. The annual fee was set at $20 per adult member. The first choir practice was held November 7, 1983. Since then the choir has been the inspirational heart of the club.

The club held its first Charter Nite celebration in December, 1983 at the Prince William Hotel. Nick Rogalski signed the official charter on behalf of 99 members. In 1983-84 Hilda Hill and Lil Besler made the club banner. Our first Oktoberfest was held on September 29, 1984. We staged our first Spring Fling dance on April 27, 1984, and have honoured this tradition every year since then. In December of 1985 we held our first St. Nikolaus Christmas tree lighting ceremony at City Hall. This tradition continues every year; 2005 marked our 20th St. Nikolaus ceremony. In 1986-87 we made the Cuckoo Clock float for use in city parades. On June 10, 1993 we staged our 10th anniversary parade and celebration. Over 350 people attended, many of them from other German clubs in Saskatchewan that we invited. The planning committee, under the leadership of Ed Welka, spent a year organizing the event. The Saskatchewan German Council held its Annual General Meeting in Melville that day. Greetings were received from the Council, the City, the German Consulate and other dignitaries. On June 27, 1993 we purchased a hall for use as our club house. On June 19, 1998 we held our 15th anniversary celebration and Dr. Basynat appreciation night, and on November 8, 2003 our 20th anniversary Charter Night celebration was held at the Prince William Hotel.

Our choir participated in Sängerfest 2003 and 2005 in Regina. These events always create wonderful weekends of fellowship and music.