A new start in the Ahr valley: a lot has happened since the CAI donations
Dernau St. Martin's market 2023 – a milestone on the way to revitalizing the community
Dernau, December 20. The reconstruction work in the Ahr Valley, which is being supported by a donation from the "Club Allemand International de Monaco" (CAI), among others, is showing encouraging progress. Honorary Consul Bernhard Johannes Stempfle handed over a symbolic cheque for 10,000 euros to the municipality of Dernau in October 2021 – exactly three months after the flood disaster, which affected 90 percent of the 1,800 local residents – to help rebuild the village square.
A lot has happened since Stempfle’s visit. The square has been renovated and refurbished to such an extent that the Dernau St. Martin's market could be held there again in mid-November, for example. This marks a positive milestone on the way to revitalizing the community.
Resident Herbert Marner, Honorary Consul Bernhard J. Stempfle and Mayor Alfred Sebastian (from left to right) at the handover of the cheque in 2021.
The completely renewed paving, the new walls and flower beds as well as the lovingly designed planting show what the donations have already achieved. The reconstruction fund of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has made this possible, while the CAI's donation played a key role in speeding up the process.
The next steps are already being planned with a pergola (roofing) and a toilet room. The timetable envisages the square being fully completed in spring 2024. The new village square will not only become a central meeting place for the community, but also a symbol of solidarity.
Advent reception of the state parliament for the consular corps in North Rhine-Westphalia
The Consular Corps in NRW
Düsseldorf, December 6, 2023: An evening of international exchange: Bernhard J. Stempfle, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in North Rhine-Westphalia, took part in the state parliament's Advent reception for the consular corps. André Kuper, President of the State Parliament of NRW, emphasized the importance of such meetings in view of the numerous crises worldwide. NRW is committed to making a positive contribution through cooperation and community spirit. In this context, Kuper welcomed two personalities who are particularly committed to this goal: Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, former Minister for Federal and European Affairs, and Stefan Engstfeld, current Chairman of the State Parliament's Committee on European and International Affairs. The new Doyenne of the Consular Corps in NRW, the Consul General of Portugal, Lidia Nabais, expressed her thanks for the commitment of the state government and the state parliament, which is reinforced by many stable personal relationships.
Honorary Consul Bernhard J. Stempfle with Dr. Antonius Hamers, Head of the Catholic Office NRW
Vive le Prince! Vive la Principauté!
Spectacle Pyrotechnique on the evening of November 18, 2023.
Monaco, November 19, 2023: Selected diplomats and state dignitaries gathered in the Principality to celebrate Monaco's national holiday. Taking part in this year's "Fête du Prince": Bernhard Johannes Stempfle, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in North Rhine-Westphalia, and his wife Karin Stempfle.
The day before the celebrations, the focus was on German-Monegasque relations. The honorary consuls in Germany came together with the members of the International German Club of the Principality of Monaco (Club Allemand International de la Principauté de Monaco, "CAI") for a get-together. Saturday evening saw the official kick-off at the Yacht Club de Monaco with the traditional Spectacle Pyrotechnique, a large fireworks display over the marina.
The national holiday itself began with the "Te Deum", the hymn of praise followed by a prayer for the sovereign, in the Notre-Dame-Immaculée cathedral, followed by the "Prise d'Armes" military parade. The celebrations ended with a cultural highlight at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo: Jonas Kaufmann, one of the greatest tenors of our time, performed a tribute to Caruso, who was artistically active in Monaco.
Honorary Consul Bernhard J. Stempfle at the military parade "Prise d'Armes".
Mr. and Mrs. Stempfle at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
A wide range of representational activities
NRW State Parliament President André Kuper (centre) with Bernhard Stempfle (right)
Düsseldorf/Berlin, 8 August 2023: In his function as Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco, Bernhard Johannes Stempfle, Managing Director Finance & Infrastructure of Messe Düsseldorf, attended two receptions in the summer of 2023. The Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco, Lorenzo Ravanao, and his wife Claudia Ravano were invited to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Berlin on 7 July. The occasion was the anniversary of the accession of Prince Albert II of Monaco.
This was followed on 8 August by the premiere of the Parliamentary Summer Party of the State Parlia-ment of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf. The President of the Landtag, André Kuper, invited guests for the first time to this exchange between politics, culture, business and the international com-munity.
German Sustainability Award 2022 for Prince Albert II.
Visit of the Drei-Scheiben-Hochhaus in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf, December 2, 2022 - Prince Albert II has received the honorary award of the German Sustainability Award for his foundation, which also works with Messe Düsseldorf to promote marine conservation. The Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco is one of the world's largest and most effective environmental foundations and has supported 720 projects worldwide with around 92 million euros since its establishment in 2006. Together with the German Ocean Foundation and Messe Düsseldorf, it presents the annual "ocean tribute" award at boot Düsseldorf, which honors special commitment to marine conservation. Prior to the presentation of the German Sustainability Award, Prince Albert II visited the Drei-Scheiben-Hochhaus in Düsseldorf with Ambassador Lorenzo Ravano and Honorary Consul Bernhard Stempfle, among others.
Remembering the victims of the Holocaust
Bernhard J. Stempfle
Düsseldorf, January 27, 2022. Exactly 77 years ago, the Allied troops arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. On the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Bernhard Johannes Stempfle, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in NRW, is also making a statement against the forgetting and participates in the #WeRemember campaign of the World Jewish Congress. "Hatred and collective silence significantly paved the way to the Holocaust," says Stempfle. "During the Covid Crisis, we are seeing an increase in racism, far-right slogans and conspiracy theories. We must counter this to create a better future."
Donations handed over for flood victims in the Ahr valley
Resident Herbert Marner, Bernhard J. Stempfle and Mayor Alfred Sebastian (from left to right).
Dernau, October 14, 2021 – Bernhard J. Stempfle visited the municipality of Dernau exactly three months after the flood disaster in the Ahr valley. There he presented Mayor Alfred Sebastian with a symbolic donation check from the "Club Allemand International de Monaco" (CAI) in the amount of 10,000 euros, which will go towards the renovation of the village square.
"The damage is still considerable," Stempfle describes his impressions. According to the municipality, around 90 percent of the 1,800 inhabitants have been affected, and several people have died. "In the village itself, houses including beautiful half-timbered houses have been and are being demolished, especially when heating oil has leaked and contaminated the walls," Stempfle reports.
Beatrix Freifrau von Dellingshausen and Patrick Wetzel, co-presidents of the CAI, emphasize how important this commitment is to them and the entire association: "Charity is expressly one of our goals. As an organization that bridges the gap between Germany and Monaco, it is natural for us to help in this emergency situation."
Since its founding in 1973, the CAI has donated more than 3.5 million euros – including to various Monegasque institutions such as the Red Cross, the Prince Albert II. Foundation, the Princess Charlene Foundation, the Princesse Grace Hospital or humanitarian associations such as Mission Enfance or AMAPEI.