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From Our President!

Dear Members,

Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday with your family and friends. On December 10th our “club” family celebrated the Holiday with a pleasant dinner together while listening to Bob Orlowski sing.  Our 2023 Executive Board members were introduced and then we enjoyed and danced to the music by The Adlers.

Our volunteers of the year, Kathy Szucaik and Sue Peslin, were introduced, received plagues and will have their 2023 membership dues paid for their unconditional dedication to our Society.

Don Warner’s leadership once again made our 2022 Bierfest and Oktoberfest great successes.  Labor Day weekend we hosted the Donauschwaben Treffen with over 1,000 people each day coming from all over the United States and Canada.  

Thank you to the Board members, all the volunteers, both club and soccer, for all your hard work this past year.  You are always ready and willing to step up and lend a helping hand.  We would not be able to have these large events without your dedication.

Our Executive Board is looking forward to an exciting new year.  We still have some openings on our Board.  Please see me or any Board member if you are interested in one of these positions. 

We hope you will come out and enjoy the many events that we have scheduled for this year at “YOUR” club. 

I would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2023!  Frohes Neues Jahr !

Haben Sie eine wunderbare Neujahreszeit mit Ihren Familie und Freunden.  Ich wϋnschen Ihnen ein sehr glückliches Neues Jahr! 

Best Wishes,
Kathy Hoenisch,


Volunteers for Upcoming Events
We are looking for volunteers for our upcoming events. Please contact Shannon:

Articles Wanted
We want to hear from YOU!
If you have article you would like to submit for our monthly and/or quarterly newsletter, please contact us @

Types of articles wanted: German recipes, German Heritage and Cultural information, Soccer pictures/events, member birthdays, anniversaries and obituaries.   

Help Wanted
We are looking for servers for our catered events.  If interested, please contact Shannon at  for more information. 




The Executive Board of the German American Society kindly asks that all of our members make an effort to have their membership cards on them at all times when visiting the club for member or public events. If asked by an employee or staff member to show your membership card, we request that you politely do so. This is not meant as a slight toward you personally, we are a large club with a rotating staff and everyone does not always know each other.
It is very important for members to have their membership card on their person as it is required by law and keeps us in compliance with the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Not doing so risks penalties for our club and possible loss of our liquor license.

If you do not have your membership card or need a replacement, contact our Membership Secretary at

Please Willkommen (welcome)  

President...........................Kathy Hoenisch
Vice President...................Pete Lindauer
Secretary...........................Stacy Dean
Treasurer...........................Matthew Scranton 
Membership Secretary.....Leonard Wenzler
Entertainment Chair.........Open
Publicity Chair..................Open
Sports Chair......................Paul Bette
House Chair......................Steve Madola
Grounds and Fields.........Open
Trustees............................Donald Warner, David Papp, Tom Madola, Graham Raywood, Lauren Remboski, August Daesener
Volunteer Bookkeeper.....Steve Adams
Honorary President..........Heinrich Sawadski


German Culture & More 

Germany's huge almost impenetrable forests, forbidding mountains and medieval castles, like Burg Eltz in the Eifel, helped inspire the country's folklore and fairy tales.

On a 70 meter (230 ft) rock spur, and surrounded on three sides by a tributary of the Moselle, the Elzbach River, it is one of only three castles on the left bank of the river Rhine to have escaped destruction. Despite the many wars that raged through Europe over the centuries.

A fairy tale in stone, 12th century Burg Eltz 100 rooms have been "home" to branches of the Eltz family for 34 generations. Until 1815 it was a Ganerbenburg, a castle that belonged to joint heirs, and divided into several parts.

Only an exceptionally rich medieval lord could afford to build an entire castle for himself, and different branches of a family, or different families, used to pool their resources and jointly build a castle that they shared.

Without this, these families, despite being titled, would otherwise live in homes scarcely bigger than those of their tenants. And in this case, as space on the rock was limited, over the centuries the building work, and changes from Romanesque to Gothic to Renaissance, was mainly upwards.

Snow highlights the building's beautiful contrasting colors, but for the moment the snow has disappeared, and it is simply cold, wet and windy in Wierschem, Rhineland-Palatinate.

Photo credit: Burg Eltz im Winterschlaf Photographer and copyright Bernhard Jörgensmann via

Sending out Birthday Wishes
to our Membership


Andy Foden – January 12th
Annemie Morgenfruh – January 15th
Michael Schultz – January 18th
Kathy Huck – January 23rd
Albert Plummer, Sr. – January 31st  

Happy Anniversary
to our Membership


Condolences to the Family of:

Ralph Pfleger passed away on December 12th.  Ralph was a life-time member.  We will miss seeing him with his friends Charlie and Case in the bar on Thursday nights.  Our sincere condolences to Ralph’s family.

Adam Muller passed away on December 31st. Mr. Muller was a life-time member and helped with the construction of our main building.

Thinking of You - Get Well Soon

Nothing to report at this time

January 2023 UPDATE


Please Welcome the GAK Executive Board for 2023 is as follows:

Sports Chairman/President: Paul Bette
Vice President: Dave Papp
Secretary: Tom Caruso
Financial Secretary and Treasurer: Jason Wittkamp
Registrar: Jerry Siracusa
Technology Director: Zeke Castro
Directors (5) : James Dean, Jenn Cordone, Gary Britton (New Director) , Frank Walter, Jason Wiener. Gary is a former GAK player and coach.

All teams are active Indoors at various locations. The GAK has secured space at the LifeCenter indoor facility in Burlington Township for the month of March so we can spare our fields from premature destruction this spring.

We have one new confirmed team coming next fall (U8 Boys "TORJAEGER"). We also have a Junior Kickers program starting in the spring for 5 to 7 year olds which will be run by Nicole Russomanno and Marisa Cohen.

Our Dinner/Dance Tricky tray and GAK HOF Induction will take place Saturday March 4th at 6:30 PM. $40 per person, see Paul Bette for tickets and to reserve tables.

VfB Stuttgart partnership is back this January with coaches training starting this Sunday at 10:00 AM via Zoom call with Germany.

GAK Hall of Fame selections will be announced first week of February (or sooner).

The 3rd Annual GAK German International Soccer Camp will take place from July 10 - 14th this summer, facilitated by our partners Schaechter Sports - (more info to come).

We are currently looking into a GAK Golf Outing this Spring - (more info to come).

Please help support the GAK Men's Team by registering for our Amazon Smile account in support of the GAK Men's Team. The account is registered under our German American Society 501c3 account. For  each purchase you make on Amazon (after registering), a portion of the proceeds will go to support the GAK Men's Team. The Men's team needs sponsors and financial support to compete in the Garden State Soccer League Super Division, the highest amateur adult soccer league in the state. Thank you in advance for your support!!

Registering is fast and easy, and there is no financial obligation or credit card information required. To register, please follow the following link:

Here's what we have going on  for  2023 (so far)
Upcoming Events


Friday: 6pm - 11:30pm CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Check the FB page for updated events and entertainment for the
2023 season
Click here for more info about events on our FACEBOOK Page
For Members and Member's Guests
unless stated "Open to Public"

No Outside food or drinks will be permitted!


January 12th – Quarterly Membership Meeting – 7:30pm

The Quarterly Membership Meeting will be held in the Main Hall. 
~All members are invited and encouraged to attend.
Tickets on Sale Now
Tickets - Click Here

Facebook Event Info Link - Click Here

Come join the legendary Sensational Soul Cruisers as they perform the very best of 60',70's & 80's Classic Soul,R&B, Motown & Disco at the Aurora Ballroom located at the German-American Society of Trenton. 

Friday January 27, 2023
Showtime 8:00pm, (Doors open 7:00PM)

Adm: $25
Members $20 (Must Show Membership Card)

The Aurora Ballroom at the German American Society of Trenton
215 Uncle Pete's Road.
Trenton, NJ 08691
Save the Dates for these events!
(More information can be found on our website for these events)
or our
Facebook page

If any our members would like to advertise something that helps another member or have something published here that helps other members (ie. Health/Service programs), please email: for submission to our newsletter.
~All submissions must be approved
~You must be a member in good standing to have something submitted in our newsletter

(more events to be added soon)


January 12th – Quarterly Membership Meeting – 7:30pm
January 27th – Soul Cruisers Doors open at 7:00pm – Admission $25 (members $20)

March 4th – Soccer Banquet & Hall of Fame Inductions
Doors open at 6:00pm – Admission $40
March 16th – St. Patty’s Day Celebration – 6:00pm
March 26th – Schnitzel Feast – 12:00 noon to 5:00pm
April 13th – Quarterly Membership Meeting – 7:30pm

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – 6:00pm

 June 3rd & 4th – Bierfest Saturday 12:00pm to 9:00pm / Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Beer, Food and Music
July 13th – Quarterly Membership Meeting – 7:30pm
July 15th – Euro-American Auto Show
10:00am to 3:00pm

August 20th – Siftung – 12:00noon
Live Band and Dinner

September 9th – Southern Rock Steel Band – Picnic Grove
Charity Event 
More information to follow
September 23rd & 24th – Oktoberfest Saturday 12:00pm to 9:00pm / Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Beer, Food and Music

October 12th – Quarterly Membership Meeting – 7:30pm
Children’s Trunk or Treat – Date TBD

November 5th – Schnitzel Feast – 12noon to 5:00pm

December 9th – Christmas and Anniversary Dinner/Dance
More details to follow
December 10th – Children’s Breakfast with Santa Claus
More details to follow
German Christmas Show - TBD


(Please check our website for updates to these events as this
schedule may change if needed)



Don't forget to check out our website for current information:

For membership information please contact our membership secretary at:

For hall rentals and information please contact our banquet manager at:

The German-American Society of Trenton, NJ, is a 501c3 Organization and is the largest German Club of Central New Jersey with a large program of events year-long.
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