Kolping Represented at the United Nations
The International Kolping Society received Level II Consultative Status as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations in 1991. The consultative status provides our Society with a great opportunity to make the Kolping mission more of a reality to be better known around the world.
The initial thrill of being accepted into the UN soon gave way to the realization that the Kolping Society now had to find its niche there. It became clear that the International Office didn't have the staff necessary to take full advantage of this opportunity. At that point, International Secretary, Hubert Tintelott, sought out members, based on interest and location, willing to volunteer and serve the Society as representatives in Geneva, Vienna and New York.
In 1996, we found a willing and able Kolping member of the New York Kolping Family to serve in this position. John Reitter is that person. He has been member of the New York Kolping Family since 1975 and comes from a long line of Kolping members. He is currently the New York Family's National Board Representative and has held various positions, including Treasurer, in the local branch.
John has and continues to find this experience enlightening and rewarding. His reports have appeared our Kolping Banner beginning in November 1997. We thank John for his continued service to the Society.