Hamburg Chapter Chair; DPCA Representative

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  • is hosting 4th of July Celebration! 2019-05-15 10:16:47 -0400

    4th of July Celebration!

    It's the 4th of July, and even all the way over here in Hamburg, we want to celebrate! Join us at Old Mac Donald American Diner for some American-style delicacies and fellowship. Please RSVP at least one week prior so we will have enough seats reserved.

    July 04, 2019 at 6:30pm
    Old Mac Donald
    Stellinger Weg 33
    Hamburg 20255
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  • is hosting Final Friday Pub Night! 2019-05-15 10:04:52 -0400

    Final Friday Pub Night!

    It’s the final Friday of the month! You made it! Join us and celebrate as we wrap up the month of May with our Final Friday Pub Night at The Irish Rover. It's a great way to meet other Americans, talk about current events and politics, and maybe play a fun game or two. So put your thinking caps on and join us for a drink!

    May 31, 2019 at 7pm
    The Irish Rover
    Großneumarkt 8
    Hamburg 20459
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  • is hosting May Chapter Meeting and Dinner 2019-05-15 09:44:29 -0400

    May Chapter Meeting and Dinner

    Join us on Sunday, May 26 for our May Chapter Meeting. Hamburg's Chapter Chair, Chesney McKinley Severance, will be hosting this month's meeting in her home. Chesney will share details of her recent trip to Washington DC and the Democrats Abroad Annual Global Meeting. As part of our Get to Know the Candidates Series, we will be watching DA Germany's 2017 Annual General Meeting's guest speaker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's most recent town hall and discussing his candidacy over a pot luck dinner. (Chesney will be making carnitas.) So bring a dish and/or drink to share and join us for our May Chapter meeting. 

    RSVP is a MUST for exact address. 

    May 26, 2019 at 4pm
    Member's Home
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  • published An Evening with Author Claudia Clark in News 2019-02-06 17:44:15 -0500

    An Evening with Author Claudia Clark

    by Claudia Clark

    Bookclub Reading and Discussion

    22 January 2019

    When was the last time you heard a politician say: "It´s fun to work together"? It may seem like a lifetime ago, but those words were spoken by President Obama describing his relationship with Chancellor Angela Merkel. We were privileged to hear these and other revelations during the evening our Bookclub spent with Claudia Clark, author of My Partner, My Friend.

    Exhaustively researched, the book details a relationship that started with caution, progressed into trust, and grew into friendship. Especially in today´s polarized world, it seems almost quaint to observe the interaction between the two leaders who were able to relax with each other while tackling the world´s problems because of their own authenticity and their affinity and respect for each other.

    Claudia, a Democrats Abroad member, was compelled to write the book because, especially in light of what is happening today, it is instructive to re-examine how personal relationships between those in power contribute to peace. What has been lost—communication, working through differences, the willingness to compromise—should be a lesson for us all. We look forward to reading more when the book is published, both in English and in German.

    Text by Maryann Schmunk



    Tax Information Event for Americans Living Abroad

    Saturday, 2 February 2019

    Following a tradition of offering information for all Americans living Abroad, we were pleased that once again, certified public account David Opperman agreed to talk us through the responsibilities and potential confusions involved in tax filing from abroad. The room was packed to capacity on this grey afternoon as David patiently described what most of us found to be a confusing set of rules navigating between the German and American tax systems. There was plenty of time for questions and the attentive group was visibly relieved by the end of the afternoon, even finding comical moments despite the serious subject matter. After listening to what some people have gone through in the past, and how hard it is to receive answers, we can only express our gratitude to David for his advice once again.

    *The generous support of the SPD made it possible to hold this event in the heart of Hamburg.

    Text by Maryann Schmunk


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