Mission Statement (Leitbild)

 “The Mission of the Germania Society shall be to maintain and perpetuate German Heritage in the Greater Cincinnati region. Our purpose will be to uphold the customs and traditions of Germany.”

History (Geschichte)

The idea for a new Cincinnati-based German society was formed in 1960 by a group of immigrants to our city. This new society would celebrate all aspects of German culture, not just a specific region or cultural group. This society would also welcome members of all faiths and refrain from political involvement. The name Germania Society was chosen in 1963, and by the end of that year, meetings were held to ratify a Constitution. The Germania Society was officially founded on May 16, 1964 with August Schneider as its first President.

The Germania Society contributed to the formation of several German-American events in Cincinnati. First, a radio program called the “Over-the-Rhine Showcase” was started in 1963 by founding member Hermann Albers. The following year, the first Over-the-Rhine Day was held at LeSourdsville Lake. In 1967, Germania Society organized the city’s first Karneval Gesellschaft to celebrate the Karneval Season each year, which it has done every year since. Germania hosted Cincinnati’s original Oktoberfest in 1971 and even helped start Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in 1976. In 1977, the Society completed construction of its Klubhaus and in 1985 added a pavilion to the Wiesen, or “meadow,” at Germania Park. Cincinnati’s first Christkindlmarkt began in 1999 and has remained the largest in the city.

Today, Germania encourages all who share our affinity for German culture to join our Society and aid in our mission. We continue to host Oktoberfest and Christkindlmarkt annually along with semi-annual Volksmarches in the Spring and Fall. In addition to the Karneval Gesellschaft, our Society also sponsors several other cultural groups, including our Schützenverein (Shooting Society), Jagdhornbläser Gruppe (Hunting Horn Players Group), Prinzengarde (Royal Guard), and our  Genealogy Group.Germania continues to be a proud member of the German-American Citizens League of Cincinnati and supports several local causes.

We hope that you will visit! Who knows, you may even become a member!

Past Presidents (Ehemalige Prӓsidenten)

1963-1964 Gus Schider
1965-1966 Willfried Koellner
1967-1968 Fritz Kelmut Prochnow
1969-1972 Fred Mause
1973-1975 Helmut Mauer
1976 Pete Krimmer
1977 George Westendorf
1978 Max Bohem
1979-1980 Andy Dienesch
1981 Roger Schaller
1982-1984 Andy Dienesch
1985-1987 Steven Menyhart
1988-1989 Dietreich Lohff
1990-1991 Ernst Schwab
1992-1993 Dave Beiderbeck
1994-1995 Steven Menyhart
1996-1997 Helma Neubert
1998-1999 Dave Beiderbeck
2000-2002 Mark Geers
2003 Vicktor Hall
2003-2006 Mark Geers
2007-2010 Walt Pegram
2011-2014 Bernd Rau
2015-2018 Chris Marx
2019-2020 Chris Cartheuser
2021 Mark Geers
2021-2022 John Hollis

2023 – Present

Kevin Luken

Membership Meetings

Germania Society hosts a monthly meeting for our Membership on the first Friday of every month. The meeting is a way for our Members to socialize with each other while also staying up to date on the business of the Society. Guests are more than welcome to join us!

First Friday of Every Month

Meeting Schedule:
Doors and Bar Open – 6:00pm
Dinner Served – 6:30pm-8:00pm
Meeting Starts – 8:00pm
(Bar Closed During Meeting)

Germania Society Klubhaus
3529 West Kemper Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45251