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Democrats Abroad Germany leadership met for the weekend of September 6 – 8, 2019 for a retreat in Schladern to get energized and solidify our plans to Get Out The Vote in 2020. It was not only a chance to share information and ideas, it was also a great opportunity for us to socialize and find out what’s going on in other chapters and precincts around Germany. As our organization grows and becomes more complex, this is a fantastic way for us to stay in sync with each other and for leaders, old and new, to learn how they can maintain a successful chapter or precinct. If you see yourself getting more involved with helping Democrats Abroad, you are welcome to join us at future retreats. Just let your Chapter Chair know.
Nancy Schimkat published 25th Anniversary and Independence Day BBQ 2019 in News 2019-07-19 05:46:13 -0400
The Heidelberg Chapter Independence Day BBQ and 25th Anniversary had a great turnout! Our chapter was founded in June 1994 and, with only two exceptions, has met in one form or another every month since then. Germany Chair, Candice Kerestan, along with former Germany Chairs Ron Schlundt, Amy Peaceman and John McQueen were also in attendance. John is a co-founder of the Heidelberg Chapter, and had a humorous anecdote to share with us called “Invasion of the Meeting Snatchers”. Former Heidelberg Chairs Niki Vonderwell, Charles Keene and John McQueen were also in attendance as was current Chair Nancy Schimkat. As per our tradition of reading notable political speeches, we had a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Angie Johnson, Pub Quizzer Extraordinaire, gave us an American-themed quiz, and younger visitors brought their favorite games. The food everyone brought was excellent, and fun was had by all. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this happen!
We're starting up a reading group in the Mannheim area. For now, this will meet just from time to time to see what interest there is. Our first book for discussion is "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance. This get-together will take place in October and will be hosted at the home of one of our members, with the exact date TBA (probably the weekend of October 11th or 12th). If you are interested, please contact us at email@example.com and we will keep you informed of the meeting details.
On May 11th, runners arrived in Mannheim from around Germany to Run for Democracy in the Mannheim Half-Marathon and 10K runs. Not only that, but they collected sponsors to support them, and in the end, we raised over $3,000 in pledges for global Democrats Abroad (DPCA) to use in its Get Out The Vote efforts in 2020. Nancy Schimkat organized the event and hopes that other Chapters and Country Committees will be inspired to do something like this in the future.
Thanks to the runners:
Taryn Williams Feroze Mohammad Jack Miller Gretchen Chojnacki-Herbers Stephen Holmes Beverly Seebach Niki Vonderwell Candice Kerestan Justin Burstein Kelsey McLendon Matt LeMieux
Nancy was injured this year. However, she, along with Daniel Hoever-Eckardt, Angela Fobbs, Anne Johnson-Zander, Aileen Dinin, and, Barbara Lutes cheered on our runners.
A special thanks to everyone who sponsored our runners and thanks to our members who hosted runners at their homes. Thanks to everyone who came out even though the weather was chilly and windy!
Thanks for supporting Democrats Abroad at the Running for Democracy event.The race is over and you should have received an email telling how your runners did - and what your donation amount should be.If the amount matches one of the boxes on the left, just click on that box and then complete your donation information. If it doesn't match one of the boxes, then enter the amount in to the "Other" box and complete your donation information.By sponsoring our Running for Democracy event, you are helping Democrats Abroad finance our very important GOTV efforts for the 2020 Election. So feel free to donate a larger amount than what you pledged. It WILL make a difference!Donate
Nancy Schimkat published Chapter Elections and Executive Committee Elections 2019 in News 2019-03-06 10:07:29 -0500
The Heidelberg Chapter had its bi-annual elections in early February 2019, resulting in Nancy Schimkat being re-elected Chapter Chair, and Daniel Hoever-Eckardt being elected Chapter Vice-Chair. At our April meeting we will discuss possibly creating a few “at-large” positions, which would strengthen our already active team. These positions include Volunteer Coordinator, Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) Coordinator, and Treasurer. If you are interested in filling any of these roles, please get in touch with Nancy (firstname.lastname@example.org). At the end of February, Heidelberg hosted the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Germany, which was a big success because so many members pitched in to help! Aside from bringing members together for the weekend, the bi-annual Executive Committee elections for DA Germany took place. Congratulations to the 2019 team:
Candice Kerestan, Chair
Kenton Barnes, Vice-Chair
Andrea Schwab, Secretary
Ron Schlundt, Treasurer
And your Chapter Chair, Nancy Schimkat, was also elected along with 11 others in Germany to be a DPCA Representative. This means that she will represent Germany at the international level of Democrats Abroad.
Nancy Schimkat published Democrats Abroad Once Again A Big Presence at the Women's March in News 2019-02-01 03:49:56 -0500
Heidelberg was once again the location for one of the many Global Women’s Marches, with about 400 marchers showing up in 2019. Democrats Abroad members from Stuttgart and Wiesbaden came over and joined us, adding to the enthusiastic support by Democrats Abroad in this March. The Global Women’s March theme this year addressed “Violence Against Women” as a major and ongoing issue, and Democrats Abroad, while supporting that theme, also focused on efforts to finally get the ERA ratified in the United States. Speaking to that topic at the Women’s March was Democrats Abroad Communications Coordinator Amanda Mohar (pictured here).
Heidelberg Chapter had a busy summer 2018. In July, we had our annual Independence Day BBQ, with good weather, a great turnout and plenty of good food and drink! In addition to water balloons and a pub quiz, we took turns reading the Declaration of Independence aloud, and then we had a lively discussion about it. In August we went to Mannheim and marched in the Christopher Street Day Parade. An estimated 120,000 bystanders were there! We had lots of fun and supported our LGBTQ friends at the same time. Twice we had street stands in Heidelberg to register U.S. voters and help people request their absentee ballots. Meanwhile in Karlsruhe, some dedicated members formed a phonebanking group to call Americans in Germany to encourage and help them request their absentee ballots. And naturally, we also had our First Friday monthly meetings at Zum Achter Restaurant. Come join us if you haven’t already! Here are some photos . . .
Members of our Heidelberg Chapter at our GOTV (Get Out The Vote) table on Bismarckplatz. We helped some overseas Americans with information about requesting their absentee ballots, and we could request and print out a ballot request for someone right on site with our tablet and portable printer! Also, the chocolate chip cookies were a hit. Our next GOTV table is going to be at the Bunsendenkmal (Hauptstr. 47-51) on the pedestrian zone June 9th. Come on by and say hello. Oh, and if you have not done so already, please request your absentee ballot at www.votefromabroad.org !
Our DA Heidelberg Teams ran in both the Half-Marathon and the 3.1 K Team runs to raise awareness of and money for Democrats Abroad Germany. We raised over 700 Euros! Thank you to all the donors. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us. Thanks to Irisita and the Carpenters (sounds like a band) for making great signs. Thanks to all the 3.1 K runners: Xander, Luisa, Charles (not pictured), Katie, Melisa and 9-year-old Liliana, and a HUGE thanks to Mandi Larsen and Niki Vonderwell, who ran the Half-marathon! This is one of the hardest half-marathons in Germany, with one uphill part 4 K long, and temperatures got up to 29 degress Celcius. Democrats Abroad Heidelberg rocks!
Nancy Schimkat published Virtual March For Our Lives Emailing Party in News 2018-03-27 06:54:47 -0400
Our Virtual March For Our Lives event in Heidelberg was a success!! We were 21 people who met for a few hours on Saturday afternoon, the 24th March, with our laptops, tablets and even a typewriter. Together we wrote about 250 emails (plus 3 typewritten letters!) to our Members of Congress, encouraging them to vote for sensible gun laws, and we also wrote to businesses, either thanking them for standing up to the NRA, or shaming them for standing with the NRA.
Many thanks to Irista Azary and Roger Lee for hosting the event, and especially to Irisita for the idea in the first place! Thanks to all the people who came to make their voices heard, particularly the young people. Thanks to those who brought snacks, and hotspots.
We were one of 844 events across the globe. I think we should be proud that we both stood up to be counted in solidarity with all the other marches and events, and already took the next step with focused action.
The Women’s March in Heidelberg attracted marchers from far and wide, with nearly 500 in total turning out. The cold rain didn’t dampen spirits. On the contrary, spirits were high and motivation to stay engaged was even higher. The March marked the beginning of this crucial election year as Democrats Abroad seeks to have as many overseas U.S. citizens as possible request their absentee ballots. Be sure to request yours if you haven’t already at www.votefromabroad.org. Here are some of our photos from the Heidelberg Women’s March.
Nancy Schimkat published Heidelberg Chapter Thanksgiving Potluck 2017 in News 2017-12-13 08:21:44 -0500
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
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Nancy Schimkat posted about All Covered #DAresists #Medicare4all on Facebook 2017-09-20 14:04:03 -0400
As an American living in Germany, I’ve never had to worry about my healthcare. We could choose our insurance company, with half of the cost being covered by us and the other half by my husband’s employer. I gave birth to two children, and had fantastic follow-up visits from the midwife to make sure the babies and I were healthy and to be sure I knew what I was doing with my newborns. When I broke my elbow, I went to the hospital and had it set, and then had the necessary follow-up visits. When I recently had a big operation, I could choose my surgeon, my hospital, and had great follow-up care. One of our children has a dustmite allergy, and the insurance not only paid for desensitization shots, but also the mattress and pillow covers. And so on. Germany has a modern industrialized economy like the United States, but there is this idea of “solidarity” here which means that citizens understand the moral obligation to take care of their fellow countrymates. And while people may have some things to worry about, whether or not they can afford healthcare is not one of those worries.
Nancy Schimkat published Heidelberg Chapter Annual Independence Day BBQ 2017 in News 2017-07-23 12:13:24 -0400
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 published New Chapter Chair for Democrats Abroad Heidelberg! in News 2017-03-13 12:46:20 -0400
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.