Within the 50 years of our Club's life, there are three distinct phases with each phase spanning approximately 15 to 20 years.
The first phase starting in 1951 represents the founding of our Club by our families who immigrated to Canada with very little in a materialistic way, but were very rich in memories. They were filled with the willpower and the tenacity to make Canada their new homeland. They brought along and re-established our culture, our language and our spirit and set about to reassemble their lives and their families. Thus the first clubhouse was born.
Up to 1951, the Sick Benefit and Death Benefit Fund Group and the Ladies Auxilliary Group existed as individual organizations but they all met regularly at St. Peter's Lutheran Church where there was mutual participation in all manners of cultural activities.
The Transylvania Saxons' history is rich with culture and interest. Transylvania is a province in Romania, encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps. In 1141 A.D. the King Geisa II of Hungary promised generous portions of land and special privileges to the German (Saxon) people of the Rhine and Mosel regions, if they would settle on his land. The Saxons who are a hard-working, determined and proud people, gathered their families and emigrated to Transylvania, to become farmers and landowners. They inhabited half of the province as many small villages were built up. In 1224, the King's grandson, King Andrew II granted the Saxons the "Goldener Freibrief" the right to establish their own church. This has been described as the "oldest democratic constitution in Europe". Each village then developed its own dialect of the Saxon language, traditions and costumes. The first Transylvanian Saxons immigrated to North America at the end of the 19th century and another wave came in the late 1920's. Near the Second World War many were forced to leave their homeland, their belongings and families behind and flee the intruding army. Many made their way to Germany and Austria. In the 1950s a large number eventually immigrated to Ontario.
Here is a link to the Article on Wikipedia about Transylvania Saxons
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