German - American Journal
From The President’s Desk Mike Ianni, National President Growing up, you could always tell when the holidays were getting closer. My Mom would decorate the house in all its splendor. My Dad would get all of us excited to visit all of our relatives and the house would always smell like fresh pine. The holidays are an exciting time of year as we get ready to celebrate many timeless traditions. With all of your busy schedules, hopefully you will be celebrating the season with your chapters in true DANK style. As your newly elected President, it is a privilege to serve you and be part of such a wonderful organization supporting German Americans across the country. I'd like to thank Beverly for her service as President and for continuing on as Secretary. As my beautiful and much more intelligent wife has said many times that I don't know everything, I know there is much to learn and I am fortunate to have a great Board who will also be great teachers. Along those lines, it would be wrong to assume that I know how best to help all of you. The question I've heard for many years is "How does DANK National provide value to the chapters?" I'd like to ask all of you to think about this question as we'd like for all of your chapters to be as successful as possible. What can we do to help your success? The best part of all of these questions is that the answers come from all of you. You are the voice of the organization and we are eagerly listening. At our National Convention this year (Vielen Dank, Bay City, you were die Beste!), Consul General Quelle challenged us to become part of the modern Germany; to evolve as an organization. Our traditions have made us who we are and need to be continued, but just as the German immigrants came to America to be part of an ever-changing country, what could be stronger than all of DANK doing the same? All of you have that same determined heritage and passion to pass on your knowledge. After many years of volunteering and serving on the Board of the Chicago chapter and seeing it evolve as an organization, I know that change is possible and it helps everyone succeed. Another part of our mission is to support those in need, so please don't forget to support our resolution to support the refugee crisis that our friends and family in Germany, Austria and all of Europe are facing. If you'd like, head to this web site to make a donation: https://www.aktion-deutschland-hilft.de/en/spenden/ donation/ Lastly, I hope to meet each and every one of you during my term over a Stein, Kaffee oder Kuchen, and hear about your story, your chapter or share a laugh. As we all go through this journey together, I am honored to be part of it as your President. Ich wünsche allen DANK Mitgliedern, und ihren Familien und Freunden, eine Frohe Weihnacht!
DANK seeks to bring together Americans of German descent in the pursuit of cultivating and presenting their heritage and interests on local, regional and national levels. These were the primary reasons that the German American National Congress was founded in 1959 and they are still among the organization’s primary objectives today. DANK National Executive Board
President: Michael Ianni Vice President : Erik Wittmann Ronald Kabitzke Treasurer: Bob Miske Secretary: Beverly Pochatko Membership: Erik Wittmann DANK National Executive Office 4740 N. Western Avenue Chicago IL. 60625-2013 Phone: (773) 275-1100 Toll Free: 1-888-USA-DANK Office Hours: 9 am - 4 pm Monday, Wednesday-Friday
Executive Secretary Eva Timmerhaus Office Manager Russ Knoebel