Welcome to Democrats Abroad Heidelberg!



DA Heidelberg is a chapter of DA Germany, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Germany. We almost always meet on the First Friday starting at 6:30 P.M. of each month (exceptions are during the winter holidays), and our usual meeting place is the Zum Achter restaurant (Neuenheimer Landstraße 3a, Heidelberg). There’s a lot going on, so watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events, which we have year-round. If you are interested in joining us for discussion, or volunteering, please get in touch.


Nancy Schimkat, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad Germany - Heidelberg Chapter


DA Heidelberg Leadership:

Nancy Schimkat
| Heidelberg Chapter Chair; DPCA Representative
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  • News

    Democrats Abroad Germany Retreat 2019

    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.

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    25th Anniversary and Independence Day BBQ 2019

    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!

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, April 09, 2020 at 04:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Online Meeting via WebEx! in Heidelberg, Germany

    Heidelberg Chapter April Meeting Online

    While you are homebound, bring a cup of coffee to your computer and join us to discuss the Democrats Abroad Global Primary results as well as the Democratic Primary in general. Depending on time and interest, we can discuss some other topics of interest.

    When you RSVP, you will be sent the link to log onto the meeting, and general information about how this online meeting will be conducted.

    Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 04:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany

    Heidelberg discusses Suppressed, the movie

    The movie "Suppressed" documents how votes were suppressed in the 2018 Georgia election and how the general issue of voter suppression needs our attention. You can watch it on Youtube for free at this link

    After you watch it, we will discuss it online via WebEx on Saturday April 11th from 4:00 - 5:30. Bring a cup of coffee or teac or whatever, and join us. 

    When you RSVP, you will receive an email from Nancy with the link as well as basic information about how to use WebEx.

    Look forward to seeing you there!