Meet our Officers
Mr. Gerhard Meinzer was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. He immigrated to
Canada and ultimately moved to Washington, D.C., where he participated
in the construction of various architecturally noteworthy buildings such
as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Presbyterian Church. He
was awarded the Certificate for Exceptional Craftsmanship by the
Washington Building Congress and the Crafts Award from the International
Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen.
For many years he has been a member of many German and American
social clubs: Rheinlaender Social Club, the Washington Ski Club, the
Concord Club, the Washington Saengerbund, the German Heritage Society;
since 1990 he has been president of the Arminius Social Club. In 1995 he
was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Medal of Merit) of the Federal
Republic of Germany.
He holds many Masonic awards and titles, including Knight Commander
Cross of Honor and Inspectors General Honorary 33rd Degree Mason of the
Scottish Rite. He is a member of the International Relations Committee
of the Grand Lodge in Washington, D.C. In 1997 he was made an Honorary
Member of Youth Leaders International, for which he currently serves on
the Advisory Board of Directors.
Eva M. Nanni,
Mrs. Eva M. Nanni was born in Kiel, Germany. She came to the United
States in 1969. Eva has been involved with several German-American
Organizations in Virginia and Washington D.C. since 1978. Within these
organizations she held numerous positions of responsibility from Trustee
Eva led A.G.A.S. for 20 years, until 2006. Under her leadership
A.G.A.S. founded the German-American Day Festival in the Nation's
Capitol in 1988. Eva also is credited with putting the German-American
Friendship Garden on the Visitors Map published by the National Park
Eva was awarded the "Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award" in
1986. She is also the recipient of the prestigious German "Bundesverdienstkreuz,"
awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany in March 1990.
Hans Endrikat has been
singing with the Washington Saengerbund since 2008 and is now beginning
his second year as its president. Born in Hannover, Germany he came to
the United States with his parents in the 1950ís. He grew up in Oak
Park, Illinois and became a US citizen in 1969. Winning a Navy
scholarship in 1971, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology
where he earned a degree in Physics with honors. After college he moved
to Virginia and served in the United States Navy as a submarine officer.
Most of his active duty was aboard the USS Flying Fish SSN-673. He then
spent fourteen years in the Naval Reserve leaving the Navy as a
Lieutenant Commander. Hans spend 33 years in defense industry working
for IBM, Loral, and Lockheed Martin with roles as a systems engineer,
chief engineer and program manager. His varied assignments took him to
the United Kingdom and Spain and around the world on international
business development pursuits.
In his free time Hans
enjoys singing with both his church choir and the WSB, cycling, sailing
his Compac 16, and managing his unique collection of pocket knives from
around the world. He is enjoying the opportunity to relearn his native
language skills with the WSB where he hopes to encourage new membership
and growth in the club.
James Schaub, Secretary
Jim is Past President of The German Society of
Rudolph Becker, Treasurer
served for nearly 45 years on the boards of directors and trustees of
German-American organizations in the Washington Metropolitan area. He
currently serves as treasurer of the Washington Saengerbund, Prospect
Hill Cemetery, and AGAS, and as trustee of the Concord Club. He has been
an active singer in the Washington Saengerbund since 1967. He also
serves as treasurer of the 2530 Corporation, a Florida residential
Rudy holds a
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in
Engineering Management from The Catholic University of America. He
retired after a 40 year career in the planning, design, and construction
project management of municipal and corporate facilities, with a 25 year
focus on high-availability data center facilities.
Rudy resides with his wife
Elisabeth in Virginia and Florida.
Gary Lefebvre was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After serving in the
U.S. Navy for 25 years, he retired in 1979 as a Senior Chief Electronics
Technician. Settling in Arlington, Virginia, he obtained a business
degree in 1984, majoring in accounting. He completed a second career as
a government accountant in 1998. Gary has been involved with the German
language club of the Northern Virginia Community College and has served
as AGAS Treasurer since 1987. He is also a recipient of the Federal
Republic of Germany Friendship Award.