We had an impressive gathering in Heidelberg for Thanksgiving, with lots of good food and good fun. In addition to the “Red Book Exchange”, we had a slide show to look back at our many activities as a chapter. The Thanksgiving Potluck was a chance for people to get to know each other a little better and also to meet some new people. This was our last gathering in 2017, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2018 to help Get Out The Vote and turn things around in the November midterm elections! To see photos click Thanksgiving Photos 2017
With good food and fun, the 2017 4th of July BBQ was a success! Members and friends came to help celebrate our country’s independence. We had our annual reading of the Declaration of Independence by several members as well as two additional readings. John read about Thomas Jefferson’s 1778 visit to Heidelberg and his impressions, and Xander shared some of John F. Kennedy’s wisdom that applies still today. Then it was on to entertainment – Angie’s famous pub quiz, water balloon tossing contest and some singing of American folk songs. Here are some pictures. Hope to see you there again, or for the first time, next year!
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.
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.
We celebrated 4th of July like every year with a great potluck and BBQ. Of course we read the declaration of independence. Christopher Parker spoke about the rise of Donald Trump and the rise of American politics. Angie Johnson prepared one of her infamous quizzes which you can usually attend every Thursday at the Irish Pub "The Dubliner" in Heidelberg.
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