Club News and Upcoming Events

Dear Members and Friends of the German-American Club of the Carolinas,

I hope you have had a great summer and are getting ready for the fall.  Here are a few announcements to keep you in the loop for future events.

Please save the date.  The Spartanburg International Festival will be on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The German-American Club will again have its brats/cake and culture booths.  Requests for assistance will be coming soon.  

Please save the date for the TEASE art exhibition, October 1, 2016, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. You can find more information regarding this on the Calendar.

In addition, we have a couple of other nice events planned for the rest of the year.  Please stay tuned for further announcements.

Please send items for the next newsletter by Friday, September 2, to William Gray (  The Board has made the decision to send out a newsletter four times a year instead of monthly.

Best regards,


EVENT: GAC/Spartanburg Hispanic Alliance Fun Day! (May 22, 2016)

Dear Members and Friends of the German-American Club,

The German-American Club and the Spartanburg Hispanic Alliance have organized a  *F U N * D A Y * on Sunday May 22nd.  SAVE THE DATE!  

We have reserved the picnic area right at the lake of Croft State Park (450 Croft State Park Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29302) for Sunday, May 22nd.  The correct picnic area has been circled on the attached map “Croft State Park Map 1.png.”  You will find more details on Croft State Park in the attached flyer and the second map.

The event will start at 1:30 pm and end around 5:30 pm. This will be a pot-luck.  Everybody can bring a dish from his/her home country. Remember to bring camping chairs, games, and canoes. When entering the park area a nominal fee to enter the park is required. Fees are $2 for an adult, $1.25 for SC seniors, and free for folks of age 15 or younger.

Hope to see everyone there.

Dirk Schlingmann, President

German-American Club of the Carolinas

New Date for 2016 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Dear Members and Friends of the German-American Club of the Carolinas:


We have found a new date for the club’s 40th anniversary dinner.  It will be on Friday, February 19th, 2016, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., at the Piedmont Club, 361 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.


By Friday, February 12th, please let Marlies Welsch know whether or not you can attend.  Marlies's contact information is phone: (864) 590-9230 or email:  


If you cannot come on February 19th and you have paid already, we will be happy to reimburse your money.


The event will be a private buffet dinner.  The cost to attend is $20.00 per person for members and students, and $30.00 per person for non-members.  The money will cover the cost of food and drinks.  Business attire required.


I hope to see you all there to celebrate this special occasion. 


Best regards,


Dirk Schlingmann, President
German-American Club of the Carolinas

EVENT: Thuringian State President at Draexlmaier & First Stammtisch of 2016

Dear Members and Friends of the German-American Club of the Carolinas,

We recently enjoyed everyone's company at Draexlmaier Automotive of America as Thuringian State President Christian Carius spoke on the topic of economic progress in Germany and the opportunities for international collaboration that exist today.

We also hosted our first Stammtisch of the year at Bangkok 2 Restaurant in Boiling Springs. Tim Meade, President of the Hub City Co-op Board joined us to give a special presentation. 

Pictures from both events are available below:

If any of you have pictures you'd like to see added to these galleries, let us know!

All the best and a Happy New Year,