Personal development and responsible environmental behavior are the goals of the 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program. One of the groups that participates in this program meets in New Germany each year.
Participants in the program must complete 16 hours of instruction in a specific discipline to qualify for the state competition. The group that meets in New Germany has an advantage, because they are able to practice indoors during the winter months in city hall.
“We are able to complete more than half of the required hours before the start of summer, which makes it much less stressful for the participants,” lead volunteer Kim Bartz said.
For more information, contact Bartz at (612) 501-7960.
The New Germany American Legion was formed in 1946. It provides color guard assembly for funerals and parades, commemorates Memorial Day, and hosts turkey bingo at Thanksgiving. Roger Sauerbrey is the post commander.
The Legion Club regularly meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New Germany City Hall, the first Monday of the month, beginning in September, through May. The club also hosts a banquet in June for its members.
The post has available for purchase 3-foot-by-5-foot and 4-foot-by-6-foot American flags, and also has wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers to loan.
For more information about the Legion, contact Roger Sauerbrey at (952) 657-2431.
The New Germany Commercial Club was first organized by local businessmen in 1934, and later opened up to community members in the ‘70s. It is a volunteer organization created to advance community interest and civic participation in providing area residents and visitors with recreational facilities and family-oriented activities.
The club is active in maintaining a men’s softball league during the summer months. If interested in joining a softball team, call Eric at (952) 353-2285.
The New Germany Commercial Club also co-hosts a men’s state softball tournament with the Hollywood Sports Complex.
The club hosts a Belgian waffle breakfast the second Sunday in October each year.
It also hosts an annual Halloween party at city hall, with games and treats for all the children in the community. A pancake breakfast with Santa takes place at city hall in December, and an Easter event, which includes an egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny, takes place in spring.
Meetings are scheduled as needed.
For more information, call Shirley Jaeger at (952) 353-2208.
St. Mark Youth Ministry Board, formerly the PTFL, operates as a support for St. Mark Lutheran Church’s Youth Ministry program. Participants volunteer time and energy to raise money and provide activities for the church and community of New Germany, as well as St. Mark’s sister school, Zion Lutheran School in Mayer.
For more information, contact the church and school office at (952) 353-2464, or Mary McManus, director of Family Life Ministries, at (952) 353-2223
Regular general Watertown Lions Club meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting locations varying from month to month.
The Watertown Lions Club has pull-tabs at Hollywood Sports Complex and Riverside Bar & Restaurant, and meat raffles take place at both locations during the winter months. Some club events include Rails to Trails Festival, Super Bowl Sunday pancake breakfast, and vintage snowmobile show concessions.
For more information, contact Lions Club President Richard Raymond at WatertownLionsMN@gmail.com or on Facebook.
The 4-H organization, more than 100 years old, enables youth to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals. Youth learn by doing, and receive an award for a project. Members range in age from kindergarten through one year past high school. The 4-H clubs offer 101 project opportunities, from llamas to robotics, and creative arts to horses.
Area 4-H clubs include clubs in Mayer, Watertown, Norwood/Young America, and Waconia.
Anyone interested in joining should call the University of Minnesota Extension, Carver County, 11360 Highway 212 Ste. 4, Cologne, MN 55322-9019, at (952) 466-5300. More information is also available at www.extension.umn.edu.count/carver/, or email the extension office at firstname.lastname@example.org.