Rosi gehr humbly thanked her family and her "comrades-in-arms" for their support of the catholic women's association. "You can't do anything on your own, you have to work together to achieve something, and your family has to be behind that, too, explained the woman from herzogenaurach, who had just received the bavarian minister-president's badge of honor for services rendered by women and men engaged in voluntary work from the hands of district administrator eberhard irlinger (SPD). "Take it as a sign of appreciation that today not only your husband walter and your son klaus, but also women of your club and members of the city council have come", said mayor german hacker (SPD).
Rosi gehr has been a member of the catholic german women's association since 1974 and was its chairwoman from 1997 to 2009. Her special commitment was and still is to the cafe run by the women's association at the herzogenaurach old town festival, which sells coffee, cakes and pies. The coffee hours in the parish garden during the old town festival are becoming more and more popular every year. "In the meantime, the coffee circle has become a popular international meeting place, not least because of the guests from the partner cities, and it is impossible to imagine life without it, the mayor praised the commitment of rosi gehr and the members of the women's association.
But the women's association is also active at the christmas market, where home-made goods are sold. The proceeds of these and other activities have always benefited people in need – for example, a baby hospital in bethlehem or aid organizations from bosnia and algeria. Rosi gehr attaches great importance to the fact that no distinction is made in the distribution between denomination or nationality.
Rost gehr lieb also revives a tradition for mary himmelfahrt. In the catholic areas it was customary to make bunches of various flowers and herbs and to have them consecrated during a church service. For more than 20 years rosi gehr and the women of the association have been cultivating this old tradition again and collecting flowers and herbs in god's great outdoors. After the consecration, these bunches of herbs will be sold to those attending the service. "Since then, the 15. August in herzogenaurach has taken on a new meaning and is not just a holiday", third mayor and district curator of local history manfred welker () explained during the ceremony.
A rough motivator
In his laudation, irlinger particularly emphasized rosi gehr's christian and social commitment, which already began in the honoree's youth. With around 200 members, the catholic women's association in herzogenaurach plays a significant role. For rosi gehr, it was and still is important to raise money through volunteer activities that benefit local needs as well as many projects around the world. Her ability to recruit and motivate additional helpers proved to be particularly helpful for this project.
In addition to social activities, the social part of the club's life was not neglected. During her time as chairwoman, she organized a large number of lectures on topics ranging from health to genetic engineering and local politics.
Not only day trips and musical visits, but also visits to herzogenaurach's partner cities provided variety. Rosi gehr is still involved in the leadership circle of the women's association, organizes housekeeping activities in the parish and also plans a wide variety of trips and excursions.
"Following your christian attitude, you, dear mrs. Gehr, support social and charitable actions whenever you can", irlinger explained at the award ceremony. Rosi gehr is also a special person for mayor hacker. "There are few people in herzogenaurach who do as much for others as you do", hacker explained and praised the great community of the women's association. In this way, the honored woman is able to motivate other women and integrate them into this community.
With a warm embrace, the current chairwoman of the women's association, ille prockl-pfeiffer, also offered her congratulations. "We are very, very proud of you and feel honored with you." the chairwoman also expressed her thanks for the many, many hours of volunteer work and the time spent together. The city of herzogenaurach had already honored rosi gehr with the silver city medal in december 2005 at a festive meeting of the city council.