The influx is enormous: The "99 Narrical Würmtaler" gained 14 new members in 2022.
Neither the farewell from Planegg nor the corona virus could harm the regulars' table.
Rejuvenated, he prepares for his 55th anniversary.
– When the Heide family decided in spring 2021 to close their inn near Planegger station forever, the “Club der 99 Foolish Würmtaler” – founded in 1968 in Heide-Volm – also lost its favorite bar overnight.
Klaus Schwab, President since 2018, went in search of a new home.
He found what he was looking for in the Augustiner Schützengarten in Munich-Sendling.
That's where the 99ers, all of them men, meet on the first Tuesday of every month, like they always have, exchange ideas, plan activities and fundraisers.
32 visitors in December
Whether it's the change of location, the increased need for social contacts during the corona pandemic, or simply word of mouth: the regulars' table is growing.
14 new members joined last year.
"When someone comes along, they are welcomed with open arms," says Schwab.
"80 percent want to stay with us." 32 visitors came to the December round table, in the months before always between 25 and 28.
At the end of the year, the 99er counted 62 members, the youngest is 26 years old.
At the other end of the scale are the five 85-year-olds.
"Loud Fitte", says Schwab, among other things a former German champion in tap dancing with his own dance school.
Above all, the seven to eight members between 30 and 39 years lower the average age.
"Boys attract boys," says Schwab.
About a third from the Würmtal
According to the Stammtisch website, around a third of the 99ers come from the Würmtal, the rest primarily from Bavaria.
Even though the Würm is now further away, Schwab is certain: "We don't want to change the name.
We were founded in the Würmtal.” And the new ones should continue to be baptized with Würm water, even if the ceremony takes place in Sendling.
Last year, 99er member Georg Schreiber invited to the christening of the seven newcomers from 2021 to his Kraillinger Würmgrundstück in August.
Then it was off to the gentlemen's excursion to Lake Starnberg.
In 2023, Schwab is planning two separate events.
In addition to cheerfulness and the maintenance of Bavarian customs, the 99ers have made it their mission to do good.
349 euros have now been collected for the “Sternstunden” charity campaign by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
They come from the sale of a homemade sweet mustard that the club owes to a newcomer's hobby.
In 2023, not only will the anniversary be celebrated, then a WhatsApp group will also be introduced, as a supplement to the monthly invitation by e-mail and the website.
Long gone are the days when there was a list of appointments once a year and nothing else.