Who we are

Our History

The German American National Congress, also known as D.A.N.K. (Deutsch Amerikanischer Nathional Kongress), is the largest organization of Americans of German descent.  It has some 30 chapters and over 100 associated member societies from coast to coast.

In 1987 D.A.N.K. was instrumental in the adoption of the Congressional resolution declaring October 6th "German American Day", which has been observed since then on a national level.

D.A.N.K. Mission Statement - D.A.N.K., a society of German Americans Today, was founded in 1959, and is active from coast to coast, with the purpose and goal to represent all German Americans in the United States.

D.A.N.K., a nonprofit organization, supports German cultural landmarks and events, sponsors German American student exchanges and the study of the German language and the culture.  It promotes harmony and goodwill among German American clubs and societies across the United States.

D.A.N.K.'s cultural almanac, with its many programs and suggestions for local events and its German American D.A.N.K. Journal are the visual and communications links between its members and friends, chapters, associate chapters and its corporate headquarters in Chicago.

D.A.N.K. also acts as an information center and exchange on a variety of subjects concerning the German American community at large. We welcome your inquiries, contributions and donations for a United German America.

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Community Events

We love to partner with our community! Halloween 2021, we collaborated with the Sodus Fire Department as well as other local organizations and individuals to hand out candy, and serve hotdogs and drinks to over 400 local children. Stay tuned for more details on our Events page about a community rummage sale in May and A Fun Fest in August.

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Dank 13 Merchandise

We now have t-shirts available at the Dank13! Check out the selection and show your DANK13 Pride! Don't see your size? We can special order just what your want! We are also starting an order for Polos, Tank Tops, Sweatshirts and Hats! Pre Pay and be the first to have these new items! Have an idea for more Dank 13 merchandise? Let us know what you would like to see! Thanks for supporting the Dank13! You can order at the bar whenever we are open.


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Share your memories

Do you have photos or stories about your family at the D.A.N.K.13? We would love to hear about it. Our history is made up of your family memories!

Contact us

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Meet the Board

President: Bob Clark, 1st Vice President: Al Trowbridge, 2nd Vice President: Mike Boozer, Secretary: Pat McCann, Treasurer: MaryAnn Hinz, Public Relations: Lori Gowin-Brewer, Auditors: Kevin Gillette, Pat McCann, & Lori Gowin-Brewer, House Community: Bill Hendrix, Tim Mance, Scott Olofsson

Memebers only dates to remember

  • Saturday October 28 Members Only Bonfire
    • 7:00pm
    • Bring a Dish to pass
  • Sunday November 12 Members Annual Meeting
    • Consider a board positions! We need YOU!
    • 2:00pm
    • Chili will be served
    • Enter through the double doors
    • New member's welcome
  • Friday December 8 Members Only Adult Christmas Party
    • 6:30pm
    • Bring a Dish to pass
    • One $10 wrapped gift per person.
  • The Board meets monthly
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