I was pleased to read The Leader-Herald's article "Concordia seeks to reinvigorate Oktoberfest" on?Sept. 16. It brought back many fond memories of the times spent at the Concordia Club, particularly during the '60s and '70s, when the city was thriving with the glove and record manufacturing (MCA) industries. It served then - as it does today - as a place where families can go and meet their friends, to socialize and to participate in all kinds of events. My father, Guido Borgolini, was not only a resident of Gloversville, but he was a longtime member and a former president of the Concordia Club. During his tenure, he embraced and encouraged the best of its German traditions, its sense of community and the American spirit of volunteerism. He oversaw much of the club's improvements in the 1970s, and later on, the construction of the Concordia Club Pavilion.
As I recall, during those years, the membership grew to reflect the ethnic diversity of the surrounding communities. Bringing back the Oktoberfest is but one small reminder of the rich history and culture that once invigorated the surrounding areas. Sadly, some of the other activities, such as The Singing Society from which Concordia derived its name, have been abandoned. Each new generation will forgo some of its past, but hopefully, the motivation to engage the community in a little bit of German tradition is a reminder that we all can participate. Any effort to foster involvement and active participation is always a welcome endeavor.
I wish all the best to President Tallon and the current members of the Concordia Club for a successful Oktoberfest and many more to come.