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4 September 2007

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Quick reminder: Yale Club hike in the
Frankfurt area this Sunday afternoon

Dont forget the Yale Club family walk this coming Sunday afternoon, September 9. Friends, colleagues and family members welcome!

We will meet at 1:30 p.m. (not 2 p.m. as tentatively mentioned in the last newsletter) at the Eppstein train station, which is 26 minutes west of Frankfurt on the S2 S-Bahn line, or about a 30-minute drive from downtown Frankfurt.

We will then hike through the woods (about 1½ hours) to the Waldgasthof Gundelhard beer garden, have a beer/snack break, then hike back. Note that this destination is different from what was tentatively listed last time: the Waldgasthof Gundelhard has a children’s playground (although no animals) and is a more suitable hiking destination for families, as our fearless pioneer Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88) discovered when she and her son Patrick did a dry run two weekends ago. (Thanks, Laura!) In any case, this will still be a great Sunday afternoon for all ages. And those who would like to make it more challenging can do the trek at a faster clip, while the rest of us catch up with you at the Gasthof.

If you would like to skip the hiking and drive to the Gasthof, you can meet the hiking group when we get there at about 3 p.m. The address of the Waldgasthof Gundelhard is Münsterer Str. 65, Hofheim-Lorsbach, and you can download driving directions from the Gasthof’s website, www.gundelhard.de.

If you’re planning to come this Sunday afternoon, please send Laura an e-mail so she’ll know how many to expect. But if something happens and you can’t make your decision to come until Sunday, when it’s too late to e-mail her, then please call Bob Bonds at 0170-9720-168 after 12:30 on Sunday afternoon so that we’ll know to expect you.




Upcoming events: save the date

Details will follow in due course, but meanwhile please do mark your calendars: 

  • Thursday 27 September — Special Yale Club Stammtisch get-together at 8 p.m. for the Oktoberfest at the Heimer Entenbraterei in Munich. Reserve your place now with Alexander Mogg (Yale School of Management ’96) either by phoning him at tel. 0700-2255 6644 or by sending an e-mail.
  • Friday 28 September — Regular Yale Club 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch get-together at 7:30 p.m. in Frankfurt. Venue to be announced, but please save the date.




A warm welcome to the Yale Club’s latest member, Christine Weiss, who spent the 2003-2004 academic year at the Yale Graduate School doing research for her Ph.D. in American History. Remembering her year at Yale, she says “I very much enjoyed the stay and I get back to New Haven as often as I can — that is why I would love to meet other Yale alumni in Germany.” Christine is now living in Munich, working at the German Youth Institute.




Wartin summer festival a big success

Congratulations to Jochen Mengel (Yale Law School ’87) and Charles Elworthy (Yale Graduate School ’88), proprietors of Schloss Wartin northeast of Berlin, for the inaugural summer cultural festival they hosted at the Schloss the weekend before last. More than 60 people participated, some coming from as far away as Kiel, Munich, and Frankfurt.

Performances started on Saturday afternoon and continued through Sunday evening, offering everything from operatic arias and rock music to American spirituals and improv theater — and a dramatic reading from the “Harry Potter” books by Jochen, costumed as Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. The event also inaugurated the new Schloss Café, staffed for the festival by members of Wartin’s volunteer fire department, who served up delightful wines and dishes from the local region. The weather was perfect all weekend long, and the grounds of the Schloss provided a lovely backdrop for the festival. We hope this will become an annual event!




New book from World Fellow

Sascha Müller-Kraenner, a 2005 Yale World Fellow from Germany, has recently published a book on energy security based on the research he did during his time at Yale. The book, Energie Sicherheit: die neue Vermessung der Welt (Energy Security: the New Survey of the World), is now available in a German edition. An English-language version is planned for release next year.

Sascha currently serves as the senior policy advisor and European representative for the Nature Conservancy. In his book, he reviews the security implications of energy policies being pursued by the United States, Russia, China and other global powers, and he offers a geopolitical perspective on the importance of environmentally safe energy resources.

The publisher is Antje Kunstmann Verlag, and the book is available through Amazon.de and local bookstores.


Yale Club of Germany

David Ilten (Yale College ’60)
Tel. 069 622680 (Frankfurt)

Treasurer/Alumni Schools Committee
David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625 (Berlin)

Laura Sprague Sudhaus
(Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700 (Eppstein)

Newsletter/Mailing List
Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (Wiesbaden)

Membership: If you are an alumnus of any Yale school or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a member of the Yale Club of Germany. Welcome!

Mailing list: To add your name to the Yale Club’s mailing list, to change your address, or to notify the Club that you’re leaving Germany and should be removed from the list, please click here to let Laura and Bob know. You can also ask them who else is in your area, since they try to keep track of Yalies throughout Germany.

Interviews: The Yale Club is always looking for alumni to interview local high-school students who are applying to Yale College. If you would like to help out or learn more, please click here to e-mail our ASC director, David MacBryde.

Yale Book Award: If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, click here to let David Ilten know.

Yale Club of Germany Prize: We are in the “quiet phase” of a long-term program to raise at least €20,000, with an eventual goal of €100,000, to endow this award for presentation to exceptional high school students in Germany who have been accepted to Yale. If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to this worthy effort, please click here to let David Ilten know.

Contributions: The Club does not assess dues, but asks its members to make an modest annual contribution (€20 suggested, but any amount is welcome) to help fund Club activities such as the Yale Book Award. To contribute, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the Yale Club’s account. (For those of you new to Germany, this is the standard method for making payments here — as common in Germany as writing a check in the U.S.) Account details:


Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten):

Degussa Bank, Frankfurt


Bank Number (Bankleitzahl, or BLZ):



Payee (Begünstigten):

Yale Club e.V.


Payee’s Account Number
(Konto-Nr. des Begünstigten):

22 1278

If you have questions or need a receipt for the Finanzamt, please contact our Treasurer, David MacBryde (contact details above).