The Honorary Consulate of Austria

in Seattle, WA

For Washington, Idaho, and Montana

World Trade Center Seattle,

2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98121

(meetings by appointments only)

Tel: +1 425-395-4382

austrianconsulateseattle@yahoo.com www.austrianconsulateseattle.org

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Temporary Closure: July 20 - August 28. For assistance during this time period please contact directly the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles : www.austria-la.org. I am looking forward serving the Austrian community again upon my return from my visit to Austria.


Austria Club of Washington:

For events and meeting friends of Austria, please contact the Austria Club of Washington:               www.austriaclubwa.com

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Please click here for the July 2015 issues of "Informationen aus Österreich"

Juli (1) - 13/15              Juli (2) -14/15   

A service of the Bundeskanzleramt to keep all Auslandssterreicher updated on what is going on in Austria. For all archived previous issues please go to:

http://www.bundeskanzleramt.at/site/7805/default.aspx

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Past Events:

July 16: Special Movie Night  "WOMAN IN GOLD" organized by the Austria Club with gemuetliches get-together afterwards

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Honorarkonsulartagung in Wien , Reflections

End of May I had the privilege to participate in  the Honorarkonsultagung in Vienna, a get-together of Honorary Consuls from around the world arranged every 10 years by the Aussenministerium. Out of the 300 HCs world wide about 1/2 of them could join.  It was very well organized, we got a thorough update on what is happening in Austria and our duties as HC. We were treated with delicious authentic Austrian food, an elegant dinner at the Naturhistorischem Museum with a nightly view of the glistering city from the roof top of the Museum, a trip to the Wachau, and many more exciting moments. Highlights included a visit with the Austrian President Dr. Fischer and the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. It was an inspiring and fun time we could spend in Vienna deepening our commitment to Austria and to serving all Austrians in our region.

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VISIT OF HONORARY CONSUL TO YAKIMA, WA, May 14-15, 2015

It was a pleasure to follow an invitation by IWAY (http://www.iway-yakima.org/), arranged by longtime Austria Club member Freya Burgstaller, and to give a presentation about Austria, that was preceded by delicious traditional Austrian cuisine, Goulash and Kaiserschmarrn!  Austrian wines, provided graciously by Freya rounded up a very enjoyable evening. A visit of the German language class at West Valley High School provided another possibility to promote highlights about Austria. Freya and the small but vibrant Austrian community in Yakima is hoping for a follow-up visit organized by the Club!

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Visit to Seattle of a Delegation from the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles: March 11-15, 2015:

Speaking for the Austrian Community of the greater Seattle area I want to express gratitude to the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles, for extending a complete consulate service during the Amtstage March 12-13, 2015. The huge demand showed how much appreciated this service was. Especially we want to thank Ms. Andrea Mais-Siffert for her patient, helpful and professional support to Austrians to get their “paper work” in order.

Busy days included a meeting with the Lt. Governor Brad Owen who arranged thoughtfully that the Austrian Flag was raised during our visit at the Capitol. Trade Commissioner Dr. Rudolf Thaler joined to emphasize the importance of in the economic exchange between Austria and Washington State.

The Österreicher Dinner at the Salmon House was a lovely evening where we could get to know our Honorable Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger.

A luncheon on Friday provided GC Ritzinger the opportunity to meet with other members of the Consular Association of Washington.

Definitely the highlight of this visit was the presence of GC Ritzinger at the 15th Viennese Ball. Her charming, yet natural personality was admired and no icebreaker was needed for many to talk to her, get a photo shoot, or even to dance with her. She brought a piece of “Heimat” to the Northwest.

Herzlichen Dank!

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Aktuelles – News for July 2015

Happy Summertime - Genießt den Sommer

Probably some of you have the opportunity to visit Austria this summer! Have a wonderful time and bring back a lot of amazing memories.

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It is a pleasure to introduce the new

President of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American Council

MICHAEL BRANDSTETTER

With enthusiasm he will lead this not-for-profit organization fostering good will and better understanding between the people of Austria and the United States,  and supporting cultural, economic, educational, and personal exchanges between the two countries.

Mr. Brandstetter (michael.brandstetter@gmail.com) has his background in business and education (he was fundamental in the development of the SAGA school as long term Board President) but also in art and cultural dialog.  His very approachable personality and love for “Gemuetlichkeit” will help him to get to know all of you!

Our longterm president of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American Council, Claire Rood, decided to step down after many years of dedicated work to promote Austria, the Austrian culture and the Austrian-American friendship. She definitely deserves her retirement and we greatly appreciate all that she has done.

We will honor Claire and introduce Michael at the upcoming Austrian-American Day Celebration on September 27 from 2-5 pm at the German House. 

Please mark your calendar!

Looking ahead::

Saturday, September 12, 7:30pm at the Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, Seattle: Soprano Christine Menschner and Tenor Derek Sellers accompanied by pianist Jason Suchan will perform musical pieces guided by the theme: "Vienna to Broadway: A Musical Metamorphosis". Many of you have heard the beautiful voice of Christine as she entertained us at the Viennese Ball. It is exciting to see the career of this young, very talented artist evolving and hopefully many of you can join in her first major performance since she moved to Seattle. For more information and tickets please see attached flyer.

September 23-27: Visit of Vienna Region- Marketing office of the City of Vienna www.viennaregion.at to promote Vienna as attractive business location. If you know of any businesses or companies that might be interested in opening a location in Vienna please contact myself or Andrea Seyfried (A.Seyfried@viennaregion.at)

Sunday, September 27: Austrian-American-Day Celebration: Honoring retiring Claire Rood and introducing the new president of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American-Council, Michael Brandstetter. Guest speaker: Bruno Kracher, CEO Vienna Region, office of Marketing of the City of Vienna.

 With all my best wishes for a happy summertime wherever you are and looking forward assisting all friends of Austria again after my return from my travel to Austria.

 Herzliche Gruesse             Eva Kammel

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70 years since the End of World War 11

60 years of Independence for Austria

On May 15, 1955, after 10 years of occupation, in a rare moment in history, America, Russia, France and Great Britain signed the declaration of Independence, and Bundeskanzler Leopold Figl declared form the balcony of the Belvedere:

Österreich ist Frei!!!

It took 6 further months until the last foreign soldier left Austrian territory. We will celebrate this final step towards freedom at the National Holiday  Celebration on October 25. Mark your calendar!

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Für Reisepass und Visa Angelegenheiten oder in Notfällen bitte kontaktieren Sie das Österreichische Generalkonsulat in Los Angeles unter +1 310-444-9310 oder auf 
www.austria-la.org

For passport and visa matters, or in case of emergency, kindly contact the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles at 310-444-9310 or consult www.austria-la.org

Herzlichst    Eva Kammel

Honorary Consul