Janie Barner receives German-American Friendship Award

Aug 24, 2016

On Tuesday, August 23, Janie Barner received the German-American Friendship Award at a ceremony held in the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago, Illinois. Consul General Herbert Quelle presented the award on behalf of German Ambassador Peter Wittig. Mrs Barner was accompanied by her husband, Reimund Bongartz, and other family members.

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During her professional career Mrs Barner taught German language at the Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. In his award speech, Mr. Quelle highlighted her outstanding commitment to the German language and her constant efforts since 1993 in promoting student exchange programs between US and German High schools. These achievements combined make her a worthy recipient of the award. Her recent commitment as a voluntary German language teacher for refugees in Germany and Austria during 4 months early in the year was another proof of her dedication to fostering the bilateral relationship.

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Established by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1981, the German-American Friendship Award honors people who have rendered outstanding services to German-American relations.

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Armin Homann awarded German American Friendship Award

Armin Homann with his family and CG Quelle

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Walter Sommers with Consul General Herbert Quelle

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