"Let's do it, let's celebrate!": With these words, the foreman of the Oberland painters' and varnishers' guild, Robert Mateyka, welcomed the around 120 guests who had come to the jubilee celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the guild in the underground hall in Peißenberg.
– In his speech, Mateyka gave an overview of the 50-year history of the guild and also discussed its importance.
As an association of business owners with the same interests, the guilds are the successors of the 15th century guilds.
Despite their advanced age, according to Mateyka, the associations are "still up-to-date" because, as public bodies, they are still dedicated to "promoting skills" and thus contributing to the progress of the craft.
With a leap in time to 1972, Mateyka placed the founding of the painters' and varnishers' guild Oberland in history.
1972 was the year in which the German-Soviet trade agreement was concluded and the Olympic assassination attempt in Munich was carried out.
With the reorganization of the districts this year, the living conditions in rural areas should also be improved.
Today it has 170 members
The craftsmen also recognized that larger units could work more effectively and merged the guilds of Weilheim and Garmisch-Partenkirchen to form the "Painters' and Varnishers' Guild Oberland".
The constitutive meeting took place in the Hotel Vollmann in Weilheim, and a training workshop was set up in the Trifthof.
Today the guild has 170 members.
The guild has proven to be a stable institution.
In her 50 years she has only had four Obermeisters.
From 1972 to 1991 it was Hans Junker, then Hans Stechele until 1997, and then Franz Fischer until 2000.
Since then it has been Robert Mateyka.
Documents wanted for chronicle
The mayor of Peißenberg, Frank Zellner, paid tribute to the painter's work, which makes an important contribution to prosperity.
"Please keep it up, make our lives bright and colourful," he called out to the painters and varnishers.
So that the story is not forgotten, a chronicle of the guild is now being drawn up.
Mateyka is calling on those who have documents to help produce this work, which is due to be printed and distributed to all members by the end of the year.
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