About us

CLUB HISTORY

In January 1951 a group of German immigrants met at the Hilltop Hotel and Restaurant, which was located on north Tamiami Trail across the street from the present Van Wezel Hall.

In March, twenty-three interested people attended a second meeting with the idea of founding a club. At this time a charter was drafted and by-laws written. The "German American Social Club" was founded.

Alfred Klein, the owner of the Hilltop Hotel, was elected to be the first president. He provided the group with a meeting room where they could enjoy the good old German "Gemuetlichkeit". The idea of the club was to promote the German culture and traditions.

In 1999 the membership founded the Otto Springman Scholarship Fund in honor of one of the original charter members. Since 2001, the golden anniversary year of the club, an award has been presented yearly to a deserving student from the Sarasota or Bradenton area studying German in a post-secondary institution.

BOARD MEMBERS

Rosemarie Herke

 President

941-350-1738

herke2@msn.com

Leaf Wanless

Vice President

941-349-7343

lewanless@gmail.com

Trudy Katstra

Treasurer

941-383-2094 trudykatstra@gmail.com

Andre Herke

Secretary

904-318-6478

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Fred Lauerwald

Director

941-778-9133

elkeandfritz@yahoo.com

Dorothea & Peter Sieling

Director

941-355-1071

sieling.peter@gmail.com

Helmut Sauter

Director

941-922-7241 helmutsauter@verizon.net

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German American Club of Sarasota

GASCoS

PO Box 8162

Longboat Key, FL 34248

USA

 

Phone:

+1 941-350-1738

 

E-mail:

herke2@msn.com