After his election in autumn 2017 it was a matter of honour that the spring meeting took place at the headquarters of Olaf Elias in Marwitz. What we experienced there and in Berlin was really worth the trip.
For the 52nd member meeting our new 1st board Olaf Elias and Nicole Wilken had thought up something very special. Even the accommodation in the "guest house of the police" was a category, which one does not encounter in normal life, although the Rittergut Endschütz is used to special standards.
The Guest House
Part of a large barracks complex from the 3rd Reich, which is now a listed building and used by the police and fire brigade, exudes a charm that is at best familiar from films. Our meeting began here in the conference room on Friday.
The Saturday programme
A perfect mixture of culture, education, professional discussion and conviviality, framed by a wonderful spring picture book weather, left nothing to be desired. What was most beautiful, is perhaps hard to say, for me it was the historical tour through the garden city Frohnau. It's nice when rich people also have good ideas.
The guided tour in the Hedwig Bollhagen workshops, designed by a fit employee from production, brought us closer to the production of the famous HB ceramics. Here, too, one could only be astonished.
The subsequent stay on the company premises of Historische Bauelemente was a self-runner. Great atmosphere, eating and drinking top, a casual auction of historical "objects" and the picture-book weather mentioned earlier. It couldn't be better.
The end of the day in Berlin-Mitte.
Clärchen's Ballhaus was the goal. It's worth reading the history of this unique establishment. Here a separate room in the style of a winter garden was reserved for us, where we had dinner. This room was rebuilt from historical building materials that O. Elias was able to supply. The name Ballhaus already betrays it, here we also dance. And indeed, some of our colleagues danced as well. But the next day it was clear that it was quite late for the usual hard core.
Sunday started with a round in the seminar room. Unfinished things of Friday were discussed, a run "News from the companies" followed and at 12.00 o'clock the official part was finished.