THE ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN-AMERICAN SOCIETIES
The Deutscher Sportclub (DSC) was founded in 1960. It is primarily a social club whose task and goal is to embrace all interested persons through sports, games, and social gatherings; to maintain the German language, German customs and traditions; and to serve as a connecting link between the old and the new homeland. The official languages of the Deutscher Sportclub are German and English. We are a fun loving group, enjoying German culture and festivities year round. A large part, but not all of our club members were born in Germany. Many other members join because it is a way of getting in touch with their roots. Our events are authentic with colorful ceremonies, dancing, music, and costumes in keeping with the old traditions. Some of these include our monthly Skat Tournament (German card game), Kappenfest, Children’s Christmas Party with Nicholas, New Year’s Eve Ball or New Year’s Eve Walk w/Potluck, Karneval Ball, May Dance, Brandermill Picnic, and Sommernachtsfest. In addition, the DSC, together with the Gesangverein Virginia, works through the Oktoberfest of Richmond, Inc. to put on the annual Richmond Oktoberfest, which draws approximately 5,000 party goers each October. It also has participated in the Richmond Folk Festival since 2005, one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront to enjoy all kinds of music, dance, and culture. The DSC Board meets every last Wednesday of the month at St. John’s Church in Highland Springs. Members are invited to attend whenever they like. Annual General Membership meeting with potluck is held every April. Membership is open to German born individuals and families, individuals and families of German ancestry, or to persons who show interest in the German language and culture. For more detailed information regarding the DSC, please visit our website at http://www.deutschersportclubrichmond.com .
President: Astrid Hicks, (804) 526-0471
Vice-President: Lotte Bach, (804) 732-5405
4416 Greenbriar Drive
Chester, VA 23831
The German Speaking Damenklub of Petersburg (now Tri-Cities Area, i.e. Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Chester), Virginia, was founded in March 1968 by Mrs. Ulrike Rogers who was persuaded by Mrs. Christine Franciscus to start a German Speaking Club. The idea was to bring German speaking ladies together and practice their native language and culture. The first meeting was held at Fort Lee outside Petersburg with only a few ladies present. Currently, the GSD has a membership of 60 ladies.
Annual events are held such as the Oktoberfest, attendance of plays at a Dinner Theatre, Christmas Party for members and spouses, anniversary dinner in March, and formerly trips to the Amish country in Pennsylvania, Busch Gardens, Atlantic City, etc. In 1971 the GSD made their first trip to the "German-American Festival" in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and continued attending this event for many years. Our club sponsored a Christmas Party and several other functions for the Veterans hospitalized at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond and the events were very well received. On May 31, 2008, many members were present at the dedication of the historic marker "First Germans at Jamestown."
For the monthly meetings we have a variety of programs - including white elephant, craft sales, and guest speakers on topics of fire prevention, nutrition, wills, estate planning, consumer law, travel, and others. We also like to discuss the different German States, their particular customs, and serve the special refreshments from these areas. We always have plenty of food (mostly home-made) at our functions.
Membership is open to all German speaking ladies. Guests are welcome anytime. Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at the Optimist Club, 916 Meridian Avenue, Colonial Heights, 23834, from hours to hours. There are no meetings in July.
President: Stephen Hudak
The Tidewater German American Society is a German ethnic fraternal organization which was formed for social and cultural purposes in December 1969 under the leadership of Dr. Rudolph Naurath. Membership is open to German born individuals and families, individuals and families of German ancestry, or to other persons who show sincere interest in the German language and culture.
T.G.A.S. has five general business meetings per year in addition to the monthly board meetings. All general meetings are concluded with an educational or entertainment program.
T.G.A.S. sponsors a Faschingsball and Oktoberfest which is open to the public. Other activities such as the Spring Dance, Picnic, and Holly Ball are usually reserved for members and guests. Volkstrauertag is observed annually at the Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia, where crew members of the submarine U-85 are interred.
T.G.A.S. assists numerous worthy charities with monitory contributions and has become increasingly involved with the German Student Exchange program at Denbigh High School of Newport News.
The T.G.A.S. Frauenklub is very active. Monthly meetings are held at the German Store and Café and the ladies hold a meeting every third Tuesday of each month, where German skits are presented, poetry is read and songs are sung.
T.G.A.S. members support the "German-American Volkssport Association" which conducts Volksmarches in the Tidewater area and the "German Volktanzers" who perform locally.
A.G.A.S. members are welcome to attend any T.G.A.S. function.
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