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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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: Dave Hinz, 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

October 9 Board Meeting 2pm

November 13 Membership Meeting

December 9 Members Adult Christmas Party 6:30pm Dish to Pass, $10 Gift

December 18 Board Meeting 2pm