Michael Ott is simply taken by surprise and called onto the stage. The City Fire Inspector prefers to work in the background, so doesn’t like being in the glaring spotlight. But at the Fürstenfeldbruck New Year’s reception, particularly dedicated citizens are traditionally honored on a voluntary basis. And that’s why District Fire Councilor Christoph Gasteiger takes advantage of the moment to finally get Michael Ott right in the middle of the limelight and to attach the silver cross of honor to the commander of the Brucker fire brigade in recognition of his commitment to the firefighters for outstanding achievements. Ott grumbles a bit on principle, but of course he’s happy about the recognition of his work.
Before the jazz musicians of the youth string orchestra Bluestrings set the tone again, two people are called onto the stage without whom such a reception would not be possible: Raff’s “right hand” from the mayor’s antechamber, Gabriele Liebl, and the one for city events Responsible Daniel Brando.
The dimmed town hall is festively prepared on Thursday evening. The invited guests sit at round tables with white tablecloths. Among them are former mayor Sepp Keller with his wife Magdalena, politicians from the state parliament, district council, district council, city council, representatives of the city advisory boards and the banks as well as the churches. And the prince couple of the carnival friends and the child prince couple of the home guild.
Many of the guests are also called onto the stage and receive a voucher from Raff’s home credit and a high-percentage gift. For the mayor, who is framed on stage by two red and white flags with the city coat of arms, it is the last New Year’s reception in this function. The CSU politician calculates that the elections will take place in March and thus “in 38 days”, in May and thus “in 116 days” the handover will take place.
The celebratory mood is clouded by the global crises. Raff accuses Putin of “megalomania”, Turkish President Erdogan for expelling the Kurds and the mullahs in Iran for an unworldly image of women. After all, the world in Fürstenfeldbruck with its 38,300 inhabitants from 142 nations is still reasonably in order – even if it is becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate the refugees.
These citizens were honored for their voluntary commitment: Anton Schlichterhas been a member of the board of directors of the singer circle for 27 years; Andreas Fabisch has been involved with the carnival friends since 1994, in 2018 he was elected vice president; Antonie rest has been a member of the Oberland Alpine Club for 55 years and has been treasurer for 46 years; Alexander Stoelzle has been treasurer of the beekeepers’ association since 2020 and supervisor for young beekeepers since 2012; Rainer Goretzki was a member of the board of the Ecumenical Neighborhood Aid for 34 years, including 26 years as chairman; Michael “Butch” Dohrman joined the Fursty Razorbacks of the TuS American Football department in 1987 and has been a youth coach since 1993. Edigna Kellermann is a founding member of the Edigna Association Puch, has been on the board for 50 years, 44 of which as chairman. She has been promoting cultural exchange with Ukraine for around 35 years and has organized the Edigna Festival five times since 1979; Maria Engelshall was responsible for the city’s Golden Book and calligraphic script entries from 1998 and continued to do so after retiring in 2012; Manfred Ulmer has been involved in the state association for bird protection since 2012 and takes care of combating balsam in the course of biotope care; Valentin Eckman has been involved in the city youth council since 2019 and for more climate and environmental protection; Suzanne Poller has been a district home caretaker for 15 years and is committed to monument protection; Markus Eisele received the Free State’s film program award for the 2022 cinema; Rainer Perzlmaier has supported the THW local association since 1972; Christine Freihart has been a member of the water rescue service for 25 years.