Meet our Officers

Gerhard Meinzer


Gerhard Meinzer, President

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 Nanni


Eva M. Nanni, Honorary President

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 to President.

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 Service.

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, Vice President

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 Maryland.


Rudolph Becker, Treasurer

Rudy has 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 cooperative.

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


Gary Lefebvre, Treasurer Emeritus

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.