Germania Club Downriver, a traditional German-American Social Club, is dedicated to the appreciation of our German-American cultural traditions; the support of the German-American community and other civic interests in the Detroit Metropolitan area; and the improvement and support of our members' families and social activities.
Germania Club Downriver is a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation, and maintains for the enrichment of it's members and the community the Johann Peter Zenger Heritage Library, named for a German immigrant newspaper printer and publisher to whom we owe an incredible debt of gratitude.
In 1735, Johann Peter Zenger was imprisoned in New York for his unyielding criticism of the injustices imposed by the Government, which at that time was still the English Crown. Condemned to be publicly executed by burning, his successful and eloquent defense by Andrew Hamilton provided the ground-breaking precedent which established one of our highest privileges -- the Freedom of the Press in America. The Johann Peter Zenger Library is one of the area's leading resources for information on German-American heritage and culture.
Membership in the Germania Club is by application and is open to prospective members willing to support the Club's purposes and values, and who are willing to participate in the strong bonds of friendship among the membership. Further details on joining can be found at the "Membership Info" link above.
We look forward to seeing you soon whether at our Wednesday Night Dinners or other events throughout the year.
Please see our Calendar of Events on this website for more festival, dinner and event information.
The Oktoberfest on September 21 was a big hit again this year as a full house of members and guests were entertained with great music by Millie’s Polka Band, and enjoyed traditional German food prepared by Scott Floyd and his crew, with Katie Baganz again in charge of the Konditorei. Beverage master Steve Aytes was very busy at the Ausschank. Brownstown dignitaries were present to support the Germania Club Downriver and enjoyed German Gemuetlichkeit.
Members and friends in the cozy atmosphere of the Weinstube celebrated German-American Day on October 6th. Food and drinks were plentiful. Our junior members Austin Floyd, Julian Aytes and Simon Aytes participated in the program with readings in German and in English. Simon read the proclamation from President Obama.
Ruth Speer recognized new members, Jean Unger, Stephen Gross, William and Debbie Caines, John and Laura Lieb, Cindy Pool, and 25-year member Lisa Hughes; Charter and Lifetime members were also introduced with a special welcome to past President Alice Miletech. There was a moment of silence for departed members.
Election Chairperson Sabine Aytes conducted the Germania Elections on October 13th. The new board members are: President Sabine Aytes, Vice President/Membership Chair Ruth Speer, Secretary/Media Chair Deanna Buckingham, Treas. Scott Floyd, Asst. Treas. Siglinde Rickert, Kitchen Chair Alan Lucas, Bev. Chair Steve Aytes, Decorating Chair Wendy Floyd, 2-year Auditor Denise Lucas and 1-year Auditor William Caines.
The new president Sabine Aytes thanked and dismissed the previous board and welcomed the newly elected board members. She is looking forward to a successful year and great celebrations for young and old in the true spirit of friendship and camaraderie and that the Club continues to promote our German Heritage and Culture. She welcomes everyone to upcoming events in 2014.