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25 March 2009

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Yale Day of Service

Saturday 16 May: Yale Day of Service

As most of you know by now, the AYA has designated May 16th this year as its annual worldwide Alumni Day of Service. This tradition began in a few Connecticut towns in 2007, spread to more locations last year, and now has been embraced by the University on an official and enthusiastic basis.

On May 16th, thousands of Yale alumni, family members and friends all over the globe will gather to volunteer for meaningful events and projects stemming from the laborious (neighborhood clean-ups, sprucing up parks, planting gardens, painting) to the socially helpful (working in food banks, blood drives, soup kitchens) to the more intellectually stimulating (reading books to children, assisting with job applications).

Schloss WartinIn Germany, our Day of Service will be carried out at Schloss Wartin. For those of you who are new to Germany, Schloss Wartin is the lovely 18th-century country mansion about about 1½ hours northeast of Berlin owned and restored by Charles Elworthy (Yale Graduate School '88) and Jochen Mengel (Yale Law School '87), which hosts academic conferences, concerts, art shows, and other cultural events. It also has a working farm and accommodations, and hosts an officially recognized educational foundation.

The Schloss and its campus are always in need of volunteers to help out with routine matintenance, and we’re all invited to pitch in and make a fun weekend of it! The "Day of Service" work will be on Saturday 16 May, but you can come earlier and stay longer if you like. Wartin is not far from the Polish border, and the town is quite rustic.

Here’s the basic schedule and other information for the weekend surrounding the Yale Day of Service in Germany.

Friday 15 May 2009




High tea.


Tour around the Schloss and its gardens. Get to know the Pomeranian geese and the Skudden sheep.


Joint cooking effort.


Dinner. After dinner: music, poetry, etc.

Saturday 16 May 2009


Breakfast in the park.


You have a choice of activities. The main one will be the first of two group brainstorming sessions on how Schloss Wartin can be useful to the Yale community and vice versa. If this doesn’t interest you, there are other opportunities for service: helping with the gardening, maintenance, cooking, cleaning, etc.




Again, a choice of activities: either participating in the second of two group brainstorming sessions, or helping out around the Schloss with the gardening, maintenance, cooking, cleaning, etc. There will also be opportunities for anyone with special skills — music, architecture, photography, art, library knoweldge, IT/computers, etc. — to help out!


High tea.


Stories about Yale. Leisure time.


Joint cooking effort.


Dinner. After dinner: music.

Sunday 17 May 2009




A walk in the Blumberger Wald, one of the most beautiful forests in Germany, created by Oberförster Schmidt.


Joint cooking effort.




High tea. (For those who haven’t had to depart already.)

How do I sign up?


To sign up, you need to do two things:


1. Register through the AYA

Go to the Yale Day of Service website (www.yaledayofservice.org), click on “Service Sites,” and locate the link to the Germany sign-up page. Just follow the instructions there to register yourself and any friends/family members who will be participating. This registration, which is free, is simply for Day of Service participation. (Note: if the Germany link has a message that says “Please check back; site information coming soon!”, please re-visit the site a few days later.)


2. Reserve accommodations/meals at Schloss Wartin

Please send an e-mail to Bianka Klaar at Schloss Wartin (bianka.klaar@wartin.com) to let her know (1) your name and the names of any friends/family members coming with you; (2) about when you expect to arrive and depart; and (3) how many nights you will be staying, and how many rooms/beds you will need. She will then tell you how much you owe, and you can transfer the payment to the Schloss Wartin account ahead of time. Costs are shown below.

How much does it cost?


Participation in the Yale Day of Service is free. The only costs will be modest ones to help Schloss Wartin defray the cost of food and lodging for those who will be coming:

  • Single room: €30 per person per night
  • Double room: €20 per person per night

  • Triple or larger room: €15 per person per night

  • Children under 10: €10 per child per night

  • Meals and coffee/tea etc.: €15 per person per day

Account details for Überweisung bank transfers to pre-pay for your accommodations and meals:

Europaeische Akademie Wartin
Sparkasse Uckermark Prenzlau
BLZ: 170 560 60
Konto Nr: 3424009694

How do I get to Schloss Wartin?


The village of Wartin is about 130 km northeast of Berlin. The nearest station is Casekow, and the trip from Berlin takes about 1½ hours by train, or about the same amount of time if you drive. If you come by train, the station is about 6 km from the Schloss, but someone from the Schloss can drive down and pick you up.

It’s too early to say, but it’s quite possible that some of us may get together in Berlin and make the trip up to Wartin in one or more groups. If you’re interested in joining a group, please let our Berlin coordinator, Summer Banks ’08, know.




Get-together in Frankfurt this Friday

FrankfurtAs previously announced within the Frankfurt community, the Yale Club’s next Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night, March 27, at the Fidelio Weinkeller wine pub (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758). Come and enjoy a relaxing hour or two — and perhaps have a bite to eat if you’re hungry — with Yale friends new and old.

Fidelio’s is a short walk from the S-Bahn’s Taunusanlage station (one stop from Frankfurt Hauptbanhof on any S-Bahn line) or the U-Bahn’s Alte Oper station (on the U6 and U7 lines). If you’re driving, Fidelio is diagonally southwest across the intersection from the Alte Oper, and there are several parking garages nearby. For a scalable Google map showing the location that you can zoom in on for more detail, or print out, click here.

As always, no sign-up is required. Just come! Even if you’re just visiting the Frankfurt area from elsewhere in Germany or the world, we’d love to see you. (Questions? Send an e-mail to Laura Sprague, Yale College ’88.)




Reminder: contributions welcome!

The Yale Club of Germany 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 below).




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
(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. Meanwhile, thanks to those who have contributed recently!