We are German-Americans located in Illinois who enjoy celebrating the German culture. We are very proud of our heritage, music, folk dances and good German food. In the past we have assisted and helped many who were not so fortunate and suffered terribly. We are grateful people and thankful to be living in this blessed country. Come join us in fellowship for the common good and for the support of our communities. Visit us at any of our festivities found on this website and enjoy real German "Gemuetlichkeit".
Welcome to the American Aid Society of German Descendants Website
This page was last updated: October 28, 2013
We are very happy to announce that the club has started a Frauengruppe (Women's group). To find out more and to see what the first outing was, click here!
The Jugendgruppe hosted this year's Jugendlager. The Jugendlager is held once a year at various Landes organizations. It is a four day event in which jugend from all over North America have the opportunity to learn more about their Donauschwaben culture. Everyone arrived on a Thursday evening and then set up camp. On Friday we headed downtown Chicago for a tour of the Willis Tour, a city tour on a double decker bus or trolley, walked around the city and then headed back to Lake Villa. On Saturday, the Jugend learned how to make wurst, potato salad and pretzels. They also learned about the history of our ancestors, received a tour of our museum and learned a new dance and new songs. It was a jam packed weekend but also a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who came and helped out. It was much appreciated!
Click here for some pictures.
So many events this fall and
so little time to enjoy them all!
Labor Day Weekend - Detroit
Thanks to the Carpathia Club for hosting such a fun weekend! Click here for pictures!
German Day Weekend
The club enjoys marching in the parade and the kids all love to dance on this great weekend! Click here for pictures!
Once again Oktoberfest has come and gone! Thanks to eveyone who supported the club!
Congratulations to Karina and Joey and Kelsey and Matthew on winning this year's Kirchweih strauss! Click here for pictures!