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Want to have fun and keep the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center a thriving place for years to come? Lend your heart and hand.  Volunteering for an event is a great way to help, but participating in a committee is a wonderful way to deepen your engagement with the organization on a more long-term basis.  Committees are chaired by current Board members, and committee membership is open to both the membership and to those interested in supporting the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.  Most committees meet at 7:00 PM at the DANK Haus on a monthly or bimonthly basis, and serve to provide support and oversight to key areas of operation. If you would like to attend or participate in a committee, please contact its chair to confirm its next meeting date.


If your interests or skills seem oriented toward a particular committee, please contact the chair listed below.  If you would like help in choosing which area might be the best placement, feel free to connect with the Governance committee.


  • Education

    Purpose: Responsible for the planning and development of educational and enrichment programs. Meets every other 2nd Monday.
    Chair: Mary Owen
    Contact: E-mail the Education Committee
  • Museum & Archives

    Purpose: Responsible for planning and development of museum and library programming. Meets as part of the Education Committee.
    Chair: Mary Owen
    Contact: E-mail the Museum & Archives Committee
  • External Affairs

    Purpose: Responsible for public relations and marketing of the organization. Meets 1st Tuesday of every month.
    Chair: Joseph Schreiner
    Contact: E-mail the External Affairs Committee
  • Internal Affairs

    Purpose: Responsible for finances, membership retention, fundraising, facilities management, and personnel management. Building Subcommittee meets every other 3rd Thursday. Finance Subcommittee meets as needed.
    Chairs: Sigurd Kolemainen, Dagmar Freiberger
    Contact: E-mail the Internal Affairs Committee
  • Governance

    Purpose: Responsible for development and maintenance of all board procedures, nominations, bylaws, and parliamentary procedure. Governance Committee meets as needed.
    Chair: Mary Owen
    Contact: E-mail the Governance Committee
  • Programming

    Purpose: Responsible for programming of cultural and fine arts events and community outreach. Programming Committee meets 2nd Thursday of every month.
    Chair: Susanne Mickey
    Contact: E-mail the Programming Committee


Do you have a trade or skills that you can share to help improve the physical building?  The following are always welcome!

  • Painters, Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians
  • Graphic Designers
  • IT systems software and hardware
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Photography

German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

Connect with us

Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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