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GBU/Saxonia - Rheingold Gemischter Chor
The German-American Cultural Center
Edith Kuplent, nee Leuschner, escaped 1948 as a 10year old with her family from Dresden (the former East Germany), finding refuge in Wetzlar / Hessia, where she attended school. She sang in the School Choir, later-on at the Union Choir of Wetzlar; both times under the musical director Hugo Lotz. She immigrated in 1958 to the United States, went to work and was asked by a friend to join the GBU Choir and Fraternal Organization. Edith married to Franz Kuplent in 1957. From 1972 till 2002 Edith worked as a Real Estate Broker and, during that time received many awards. She has been the Vice-President of the Michigan Sängerbezirk since January 1998. She has been on the Board of Directors of the GACC (German American Cultural Center) for many years. On April 12 th, 2003 Edith was chosen German-American of the year. She also is a member of the Carpathia Club and the Austrian Club. She was the GBU Chorus Treasurer for 25 years and at this time (2011) has been President of the Choir for 27 years. In 2008 Edith received the MVP Award from the NFCA (National Fraternal Congress Association. Edith organized several choir trips to Germany. The first trip was in 1983. The choir participated in Krefeld, where the 300year anniversary of German immigration to the United States of America took place. The choir also sang at the Song Festival of the German Sängerbund in Hamburg. The second trip was organized in 1993, when about 40 singers went to Germany, visiting many cities with the final stop in Rockenberg, where Edith received the "Hugo Lotz Plaque", which is a very prestigious honor. In 1995 Edith was awarded a Plaque for German American Friendship for furthering German Culture from the Mayor of Gau-Algesheim, Germany. In that connection she received recognition from the Redford Twp.-Sister City Commission for dedicated service and outstanding, individual contributions. In July 1997 Edith organized a bus trip for the choir to Lake Placid, NY for a cultural exchange. The choir sang in a Park and, during church service in Jay, NY. In 1998 the Deutsche Sängerbund gave Edith an honorary document for 50 years of faithful membership and promoting choir singing. At the end of May 2000 the choir went on its 4 th trip to Germany. In September of 2003 Edith organized the 5 th Choir trip to Germany. The tour included Weiterstadt/Braunshardt, Kassel, Hann.Münden/Oberode, Halberstadt, Brocken/Wernigerode, Rüsselsheim, Brombachtal, Rossdorf, Traben-Trabach and Nierstein/Rhein River. In September 2006 the 6 th Choir Trip started in Hammelburg, Würzburg, included a boat ride on the Main River, Lana (South Tyrolia), from there bus trips to the Dolomite Alpine Range, Meran, Castle Schenna, Salzburg, singing with the Adnet Singkreis, last stop Bad König. Edith is instrumental in organizing the well-known and loved Karneval (Mardi Gras) proceedings (Prize Masquerade Balls) which are held each year. In 1996 she and Gerhard Schiller were elected Princess and Prince. She has also initiated the annual Old World Christmas Market, held every November and now in its 16 th year. Edith Kuplent continues to be active in the GBU Choir, Karneval events and Christmas Market. It is very fitting, that she receives this State's highest honor for all her accomplishments.
Edith Kuplent receives MVP Honor
Nordamerikanische Wochen-Post Edith Kuplent receives MVP Honor Edith Kuplent Pittsburgh The National Fraternal Congress of America (NFCA) is proud to recognize Edith Kuplenta member of Greater Beneficial Union of Pittsburgh (GBU), District 821 Sterling Heights, Michiganas a Fraternal MVP (Most Valuable Participant) for the week of April 21, 2008. Fraternal MVPs are "Fraternalists-in-Action" who volunteer their time and energy to strengthen their communities through participation in local lodge activities and other charitable endeavors. For 50 years and counting, Edith Kuplent has been singing the fraternal spirit. Through her involvement with the GBU Saxonia/Rheingold chorus, she has performed not only for the pleasure of others, but also to raise the spirits of those less fortunate. Serving as treasurer for 25 years and president for the past 24 years, Kuplent has organized countless concert tours for the choir to sing, and not just locally, but several trips to Germany as well. Whether singing to raise funds for a local charity or performing for retirement homes and shut-ins, Kuplent has always been willing to volunteer her time. Since its 1999 charter date, Kuplent also has served as president of GBU District 821 Sterling Heights, Michigan. It is under her leadership that District 821 brings fraternalism to its local community. Annual fundraising events are held with proceeds donated to local food pantries, as well as organizing community beautification projects. On a personal level, Kuplent makes visits to the elderly and those who are bedridden. A retired real estate agent, Kuplent enjoys time spent with her two daughters and three grandsons. Her dedication to GBU, along with her loyalty to the German culture and her service to the community, make Edith Kuplent a most worthy "fraternalist-in-action."
This year's winner was none other than the President of the GBU Saxonia/Rheingold Choir and GBU District 821, Edith Kuplent.
Ms. Kuplent who resides in Troy, Michigan began her service to the district and choir in 1958. She has served as the Treasurer for 25 years and President the past 22 years. In addition to fulfilling her duties as an officer and choir member, Edith has organized countless concert tours for the choir to sing in Germany. The GBU Saxonia/Rheingold Choir performs not only for the pleasure of others, but also performs to raise the spirits of those less fortunate. As President of GBU District 821 in Sterling Heights, Edith has lead her district into performing many worthy community projects over her tenure. Her dedication to GBU along with her loyalty to the German culture and her service to the community made Edith Kuplent a most worthy recipient of the Louis Volz Award.
This year's winner was none other than the President of the GBU Saxonia/Rheingold Choir and GBU District 821, Edith Kuplent.Ms. Kuplent who resides in Troy, Michigan began her service to the district and choir in 1958.She has served as the Treasurer for 25 years and President the past 22 years. In addition to fulfilling her duties as an officer and choir member, Edith has organized countless concert tours for the choir to sing in Germany.The GBU Saxonia/Rheingold Choir performs not only for the pleasure of others, but also performs to raise the spirits of those less fortunate.As President of GBU District 821 in Sterling Heights, Edith has lead her district into performing many worthy community projects over her tenure. Her dedication to GBU along with her loyalty to the German culture and her service to the community made Edith Kuplent a most worthy recipient of the Louis Volz Award.
The national anthems of Germany and the United States were sung by the GBU-Saxonia Rheingold Chorus, Mrs. Edith Kuplent, president.