«Österreichisch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft Boston»
Founded in Boston in 1944 and incorporated in 1970, the non-profit Austro-American
Association was established to further the interest in Austria and Austrian culture and promote Austrian-American
friendship. Austrian and American members participate in a wide variety of social and cultural
In recent years, events such as lectures, concerts, holiday celebrations,
boat cruises, Stammtische1 and Heurige were frequently accompanied by fine Austrian cuisine.
A Scholarship Fund provides grants to scholars and artists in support of projects related to
1Table reserved for regulars; A monthly A-AA gathering with German conversation
News & Announcements
Monday, June 21, 2021
|The Austro-American Association is deeply sorry to announce that Bruni Fletcher-Koch has passed away on March 20, 2021. She was a very enjoyable and interesting member of the A-AA for over 18 years. Bruni was a great friend, and we will miss her at our events. She had a remarkable sense of humor and a wide range of interests including world affairs, politics, her culinary skills, travel, and music. Her conversations at our events were spirited and always remarkably interesting.|
Brunhilde Fletcher-Koch Bruni was born in Kirchheim am Neckar near Stuttgart, Germany on May 6, 1934, to the late Josef and Anna Rauschmaier. She spent her childhood during the war, and her adolescent years in its aftermath. She found work in retail clothing in Stuttgart and then in Heilbronn which eventually led to a brief modeling career. She also worked with her brother Kurt and his wife Anny who ran a catering service.
Bruni came to NYC from Germany in 1961, working as an au pair and personal assistant to noted Austrian-American psychiatrist, Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker. Later Bruni worked for several years as a staff travel administrator for British Airways (BOAC). During this time, her love for travel really began to blossom as she traveled to the Caribbean, Far East, and Europe. Bruni met her first husband E. Kennard Fletcher and moved to Westford, MA where she raised her three boys and made her home for 56 years. She was an avid gardener and a longtime member and past president of Westford Garden Club. She was also a member at First Parish Church United, Westford. She enjoyed helping at events like the Greens Festival where she would put her artistic talents to good use.
Bruni took pride cooking meals for family and friends, often using recipes from her German homeland, using her homegrown herbs. She enjoyed the ballet, symphony, and opera. Bruni married her second husband, architect, Carl Koch, and they enjoyed traveling the world together, skiing, sailing, and enjoying other cultures and cuisines until his death in 1998. Of all things, Bruni most loved celebrating the holidays with family and friends, honoring her German heritage and traditions, especially at Christmas time with her friends at the Austro-American Association.
Bruni died peacefully at her home with family by her side. She is pre-deceased by her brother Kurt Rauschmaier and his wife Anny, and sister Charlotte Maier and her husband Walter. Bruni leaves behind her three sons Christian Fletcher of Westford, MA; Dr. Steffen Fletcher and his wife Tracey, of Boca Raton, FL and their son Jack; and Julian Fletcher and his wife, Tracy Thomas, of Pasadena, CA., a nephew and many close longtime friends in the U.S. and abroad.
A Celebration of Life will be held by the family at a future date.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Scholarship Award announcement for 2021
|The Austro-American Association Scholarship Award Program will be delayed until the status of the current pandemic is better understood and applicants are able to travel and visit research facilities with a lower risk of contracting the virus. When our program is continued, we will contact the faculties of colleges and universities with our Scholarship Award Program consistent with our commitment to help students reach their academic goals.|
For further information regarding our scholarship award program, please visit the scholarship page on our website.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Austro-American Association President, Traude Schieber-Acker, receives Das Silberne Ehrenzeichen from Austria (The silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria)
On the occasion of the Austrian National Holiday (Staatsfeiertag) A-AA event celebration on October 22, 2016, our Consul General, Ambassador Dr. Georg Heindl made a special announcement to present Traude Schieber-Acker with "Das Silberne Ehrenzeichen f├╝r Verdienste um die Republik ├ľsterreich" (The silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria). He remarked that Traude has made countless significant contributions in support of Austria, as President of the A-AA, regarding multiple facets of Austrian culture, political situations and other key events to her members over the past 16 years as President.Traude was deeply honored to receive this special award from Austria and noted it was a distinct privilege to have the Consul General present it in person. She remarked that the award is very dear to her, and especially thanked Dr. Heindl for nominating her to the Austrian Government. While the award was given to her, she acknowledged and thanked the A-AA Board and all members and friends of the A-AA, who have supported her work for Austria through this organization over many years.
Consul General Ambassador Dr. Heindl with Traude Schieber-Acker, President of the A-AA
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Austro-American Association of Boston celebrates its 70th Anniversary
|The 70th jubilee was celebrated on June 21 at MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Mass. The Association was founded in 1944 with a main purpose to help Austrian immigrants to settle here in the Boston area. The A-AA, through its 70 years existence, has continued to provide cultural and social events for its many members and friends, and sponsors scholarship research programs on Austrian related projects.|
The festivities started with cocktails on the magnificent terrace with its historic park in the MIT complex. Guests of honor included the Austrian Consul General, Ambassador Dr. Georg Heindl with his family, Mrs. Juliana Belcsak, National Chair of the Austrian-American Councils, and Mr. Roland Pirker, president of the Austrian Canadian Council with his wife, Burgie. Musical delights were interpreted by Josef Porteleki and Dr. Emilian Badea and during dinner with a string quartet playing a beautiful selection of classical pieces. With 15 years in office, Mrs. Acker is the longest-serving president in the history of the association. The A-AA is also one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the USA.
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