In the nearly four decades since, the Society of German Culture has become a source of heritage, tradition, and community support within Nanaimo. The Society built a clubhouse in order to house the German language school, library, and card and pool clubs. The building has also hosted Oktoberfests, choir practice, and the annual club picnic in July. In recent years the Society sought to make a lasting difference to the community that members had adopted and raised their families within. As a result, the membership voted to make a substantial contribution to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for the benefit of the health and wellness of area residents. At their annual picnic on July 27th, 2013 the group presented a $25,000 donation to Jim Crist, the Vice-Chair of the Hospital Foundation. Society President, Ron Schuster, explained that “the membership wanted to make a difference to others living on Central Island, so we decided that helping the Nanaimo Hospital would be most beneficial to the Mid Island area.”
Crist was grateful that the Society directed “their donation to the Medical Imaging Department at NRGH. Specifically it will purchase two Automatic Blood Pressure Pumps for patients receiving scans like MRIs, CT scans, or biopsies. The pumps will provide an actual print out of blood pressure patterns of patients under ‘conscious sedation’ giving medical personnel a complete picture of how the patient is responding over time. The Foundation is extremely grateful that the Canadian Society of German Culture saw the importance and purchased the pumps.” To learn more about joining the Society of German Culture, contact membership secretary Ingrid Goldgruber @ 250-758-7042.