Letter from the President
The Holiday Season has arrived. The midterms are over in the USA, and Kanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel has announced that she will not seek another term of office following her current term. These events have activated political activity on both sides of the Atlantic, not to mention the ongoing combat on both sides of the English Channel over Brexit.
There has been an enormous migration of population in recent years causing an increase in prejudicial activity, mostly in Europe but in the United States as well. Simply to reiterate policy within the AAGBC, we don't condone prejudice in any form, not for race, gender, nationality, religion or any other reason.
In my many years with the AAGBC, I'm not aware of anyone suffering under any prejudice, but I wanted to remind everyone of our policy.
There are a number of wonderful events happening within the individual chapters in the coming weeks. Below please find a partial listing to review:
AGBC Munich: On Wednesday, 5 December, the International Business Council Munich (IBCM) is featuring a major event at the Marriott, with a speech from Prof. Dr. Felbermayr providing an update on the ever-evolving global trade situation.
On Monday, 10 December, the AGBC Munich Christmas party will take place on the first floor of Donis Wirtshaus. This is at the beautiful Marienplatz overlooking the Christmas market.
AGBC Wiesbaden: On 4 December there is a Stammtisch at the Wingert Vinothek.
Come on 13 December to a Politscher Salon for a book review meeting.
And on 17 January, there will be a general meeting to review all primary issues of the chapter.
AGBC Kaiserslautern: is featuring a Christmas party on 6 December with exit games adventures.
AGBC Bonn: We all thank our team members in Bonn for having hosted a very successful AGBC National Board meeting on 10 November. One of the critical and positive developments from this meeting is the rebuilding of our national AAGBC website. Our new site will be GDPR compliant. We trust it will provide enhanced functionality, efficiently helping visitors access specific chapter activities directly from the site main. Our current website contract is scheduled to terminate on 31 December 2018. And we express our collective appreciation to the board and the member of AGBC Bonn for providing hospitality for this meeting.
AGBC Heidelberg and Rhein Neckar: AGBC Heidelberg has its big traditional Christmas Banquet on Saturday, 15 December, at our beautiful old baroque Hotel Ritter located in the middle of the Christmas market. In addition to a magnificent feast, there will be lots of wine and Christmas caroling as well.
In mid-January 2019, there will be an annual New Year's networking event at the Hotel Marriott in Heidelberg.
AGBC Frankfurt: On 9 December, there will be a special Christmas jazz concert in the castle of Bad Hamburg. Seating is limited, and so pre-purchase of tickets is required.
19 December: Annual economics luncheon on the top floor of the Intercontinental Hotel.
EOT (Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow): This year's competition is evolving in an extraordinary fashion, with over 180 students initially registering for the potential scholarship prizes to be awarded late spring 2019 for the individuals or groups with the best new business ideas.
But now moving into December, we’ll have the return of the traditional music of the season and ever more frequent cheerful greetings like “Merry Christmas, Frohe Weinachten or Happy Hanukkah.”
We wish you these greetings as well, throughout this holiday season. In addition, we wish you a healthy, prosperous and especially Happy New Year.