German Clubs and Associations
Plattduetsche Park was originally founded as a support system and social hall for local German immigrants in the late 1800s. While adapting to life in America, it was important for them to remember and connect with their roots, as well as celebrate and pass on their heritage and customs to new generations growing up in a foreign country.
To this day, we continue to proudly uphold these traditions by hosting a large number of German heritage clubs and organizations from around the area:
Otterndorfer Buelkauer Club
a not-for-profit social club/group that stems from two municipalities in northern Germany: Buelkau and Otterndorf. They meet to celebrate their German heritage and promote German-American relationships.
Brooklyn Schuetzen Corps
this is a not-for-profit German-American shooting club which originated in Brooklyn, NY. It promotes its heritage by participating in many events and activities in and around the tri-state area.
a not-for-profit club that celebrates German-American heritage and is made up of members from the municipality of Cadenberg, Germany.
German-American Cultural Club
a not-for-profit club established to organize and produce German-American cultural events throughout Long Island, such as German-American night at Eisenhower Park and the German-American flag raising in Mineola. The club is also a contributor to the German-American Day Parade in Manhattan.
Original Schuhplattler Vv Enzian
this not-for-profit organization is comprised of a group of German/Bavarian-speaking immigrants that came together for the purpose of fostering the traditions and culture of their former homeland through music and dance, as well as blending with new ones from America.
Lamstedter Damen Circle
a not-for-profit women’s club established in the municipality of Lamstedt, located in the district of Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany, that continues to celebrate their German-American heritage.
Foehrer Musik Freunde
a not-for-profit brass ensemble that cultivates the German/American heritage through music.
New Generation German-American Club
a not-for-profit club established in Franklin Square to maintain and cultivate the German-American heritage for the younger generations.
New York Hota Soccer Club 1922 Inc.
a not-for-profit club established to develop, enhance and promote the skills and abilities of talented young soccer players through the provision of quality training by a squad of top-quality coaches. In addition to developing individual skills, emphasis is also placed on teamwork, sportsmanship, respect for others and loyalty to the club and its members.
Ladies Society of the Plattduetsche Home
founded in 1915, this group has strived to provide the Home and Renken Apartments with various comforts. They socialize with the residents by celebrating special events, which include monthly birthday parties, bingo, Mother’s Day and Christmas celebrations. Monthly membership meetings have programs to entertain and educate the residents. They also hold fundraisers to assist in providing new furnishings, equipment and repairs to the Home and Renken Apartments. The club joined the PVV in 2014 and participate in Volksfest, Ompahfest and Christkindl Markt.
a not-for-profit club organized for social purposes to create a meeting area for German-Americans from the capital of Germany, Berlin.
Sieverner Plattduetsche Club
a not-for-profit good and welfare club established in Brooklyn with members originating from the town of Sievern in Germany.
Foehrer & Amrumer K.-U. Verein
this social group, which is not-for-profit, began as a Ladies Club committed to fundraising and charitable work. Today, the members, both female and male, hail from the region known as Amrumn, as well as the tri-state area.
this not-for-profit social club consists of natives of Bederkase, Germany.
Grand Council of Steuben Association
this not-for-profit group is comprised of German-Americans serving on the NYPD, FDNY, PAPD, NCPD, SCPD, Rockland County PD, N.Y.S. Court Officers and U.S. Customs & Border Protection.
Cuxhavener K.-U. Verein
a not-for-profit club that celebrates the German-American heritage established in the independent town of Cuxhaven, located in the Lower Saxony, Germany.
Koelsche Funke Rut-Wiess
a not-for-profit organization established to assist in preserving the German traditions of celebrating Karneval, known here as Mardi Gras and celebrated all over Europe and the Americas.
GTVd Gemuetlichen Enzianer
this not-for-profit group was founded in 1931 by a group of German immigrants in New York City who sought to uphold the traditions, dance (Schuhplattler) and costumes of Bavaria (Germany) and Tyrol (Austria). Today, the club is 100+ German-American members strong with the fourth generation of members beginning to dance.
Die Norddeutschen Brueder
this not-for-profit group represents a brotherhood from the northern regions of Germany. It celebrates the heritage and complements the relationships of the German-American community.
a not-for-profit choral group that consists of natives from the municipality of Bremoverde in Germany and celebrates German musical culture.
G.T.E.V Schlierachtaler Stamm
the G.T.E.V Schlierachtaler Stamm is a non-profit cultural arts and educational institution established in 1928, which is primarily supported by donations received from its membership and from corporate and private benefactors. The mission of the G.T.E.V. Schlierachtaler Stamm is to preserve and promote Bavarian Folkloric traditions through art, dance, music, and German language. Donations are used to support the primary mission and community projects of the organization.
Plattduetsche Home Society
Founded in 1923, the Plattduetsche Altenheim, or Home Society, has almost 100 years of experience in elder care. The Plattduetsche Home and Enhanced Living Apartments are operated independently and one of the finest senior living centers on Long Island.
Located on seven beautiful acres with many large trees and sprawling lawns, the park-like setting provides a serene, restful area where residents and their visitors can use our outdoor porch or gazebo for socializing with friends and family or playing shuffleboard under a lovely vine-covered arbor. The administrator’s office is always open during business hours, and adheres to the management policy that nothing is more important than the wellbeing and tranquility of our residents.
Rock Out Cures
The mission of Rock Out Cures, Inc., a 501C(3) non-profit corporation, is to perform charitable services and host fundraising in our local community for a variety of organizations that provide necessary research, support, and resources to families. We rely on the generosity of the community to help reach our goals which is why “giving back” is an essential part of what we do! In seven years, Rock Out Cures has raised over $250,000 for charity and those in the community in need through events like Rock Out Cancer, a concert benefit, toy drives, disaster relief drives, and assisting NY Says Thank You to rebuild homes for first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Rock Out Cures, Inc. is an ALL volunteer organization.
“Helping others, that’s what WE do!”
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Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen
The Plattduetsche Park Restaurant & Caterers can trace its beginning to the year 1883, when the Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen of Brooklyn and vicinity was formed. This society of immigrants from the flatlands of northern Germany (which is the meaning of plattduetsche) was created out of necessity for the welfare and support of its members. The society adopted as its motto “Eendracht makt Macht” or “In Unity is Strength” and the symbol of the beehive – although each individual bee is small, together they can accomplish amazing things.
To finance the organization, yearly beer festivals were held at various restaurants and beer gardens with raffles and shooting contests. In the early 1900s, the real estate boom in Brooklyn wiped out many of the restaurants that had large beer gardens and open outdoor areas. This made holding the yearly fund-raising festivals difficult, so members of the Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen began to look east for property to buy. A German farmer in Franklin Square sold them his land, which they divided into two parcels. One was designated for an “old folks’ home” and the other for a building and beer garden for the society. The Plattduetsche Home and Renken Apartments are operated independently by the Plattduetsche Home Society and are one of the finest senior living centers on Long Island.
The cornerstone of the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant was laid in 1939 and local residents have been able to enjoy German specialties here ever since. Today, the Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen still exists and yearly fund raising festivals are held, much as they were in the late 1800s. Over the past 40 or 50 years, the society has become more of a German-American club that includes members from other areas of Germany including Bavaria and the Frisian islands. Find out more at www.plattduetschevolksfestvereen.org.