Welcome to Democrats Abroad Heidelberg!

DA Heidelberg is a chapter of DA Germany, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Germany. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Heidelberg, please contact us.

Nancy Schimkat, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad Germany - Heidelberg Chapter


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    New Chapter Chair for Democrats Abroad Heidelberg!

    Nancy Schimkat is the new Chair of the Democrats Abroad Germany Heidelberg Chapter. While interested in our always animated political discussions at monthly meetings, she is also looking for people willing to help with the Democrats Abroad Germany organization. You can help by being part of one of the Democrats Abroad Germany caucuses, including Women, LGBT and Minority Caucuses. You can also help by signing up to help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for upcoming elections. This is the most effective way you can help the Democrats take back control in Washington. Please get in touch with us if you are interested.

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    DA Heidelberg Chair Candidate Statement

    My name is Nancy Schimkat. I’m 54 years old, and made Germany my adopted home in 1997 when I joined my now German husband. We have two teenaged children. I have a M.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics. Besides running the household, I teach business English part-time and have also been an active member of our local school parents’ association for several years.  I’ve been a member of the DAHD Chapter since 2009.

    Democrats Abroad is a way for us ex-pats to stay in touch with goings-on back in the U.S., find support among like-minded people, and it provides a chance for us to actively support the party and its candidates come election time. We are now entering uncertain times as Donald Trump takes over as the 45th U.S. president, and both houses of Congress are under Republican control. Now, more than ever, we need to find ways to help the Democratic Party regain its foothold in Washington and in the fifty states. As a group, we should continue to share ideas and educate ourselves about current issues. In addition to our DA activities here in Germany, we should also be writing to our representatives, communicating with our local parties stateside and encouraging more participation in the political process. With the internet at our disposal, there is a lot we can do from overseas. With this in mind, I ask that you give me the chance to work as Chairperson of this fantastic Heidelberg group.

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 12:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Eppelheim Grillhütte in Eppelheim, Germany

    Independence Day BBQ

    Independence Day BBQ


    Our annual Independence Day BBQ is around the corner! Instead of our usual First Friday meeting, we are meeting on Sunday July 9th at 12:00 at the Grillhütte in Eppelheim . Please join us for a fun afternoon and some interesting activities.


    We will have a reading of the Declaration of Independence, one of Angie’s famous Pub Quizzes, and sharing of a few short history-related stories to get us in the mood. In addition, we will have brand new resistence-themed postcards so we can write to our U.S. Representatives about an important issue or several issues if you want (I will have all the contact addresses there). And Finally, get a resistence T-Shirt fresh off the press! Money from T-Shirt purchases will be considered a donation to our chapter. The Grillhütte has a sandbox and plenty of room for kids to play in, so bring the family. There is also an inside area and a covered area in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. And, importantly, there are bathrooms.


    Please RSVP me (nancy.schimkat@englishmatters.de) so that we have an idea how many people are coming.


    Also, we need to wipe everything down at the end, so if some of you can stay for 20 minutes at the end and help with clean-up, it would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you can do this.


    Where: Eppelheim Grillhütte (Am Sportplatz in Eppelheim) Bus 22 from Bismarckplatz will get you 1 Kilometer from the Grillplatz. Let me know if you need a shuttle from there and I’ll give you my mobile number.


    When: 12:00


    What to bring: Bring a dish to share (eg. salad, dessert), your favorite beverages, and something for the grill. It would be nice if you bring your own dishes, but paper plates and some plastic utensils and cups will be provided as needed.