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, Germany
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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

    Sunday, July 05, 2020 at 11:00 AM · 8 rsvps
    Meeting point TBA in Heidelberg, Germany

    Heidelberg Independence Day Picnic Hike

    We will take a leisurely hike on the north side of the Neckar and finish at the garden of one of our members, where we can sit down and eat our BYO picnic. This event is limited to 20 people due to COVID-19, so participation will be based on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP here, or contact Nancy Schimkat by email. You will be given more specific details about the meeting/end points and the walk.

    Friday, July 10, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Online Meeting via Zoom in Mannheim, Germany

    Mannheim Reading Group (online)

    The book this time is "Dreams from My Father" by Barack Obama. Last time we read Trevor Noah's book, "Born A Crime", and we thought it would be interesting to compare their lives and experiences. If you RSVP, you will be sent discussion questions and the link.