Arts, Culture, and Humanities

German Heritage Society

  • Seattle, WA
  • http://germanheritagesociety.org/index.html

Mission Statement

GHS is an educational and cultural organization; to preserve and foster German language, music (choirs for male and mixed voices), dance (Schuhplattler) and culture through our various clubs. Most of our events take place in the historical German House, which is a designated landmark. GHS promotes an atmosphere to appreciate and understand German heritage for both Germans and non-Germans. It is a gathering place for social get-togethers and helps immigrants, interns, exchange students and others get acclimatized and maintain German culture.

Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

Greater Seattle and Tacoma areas

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer

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Mr. Manfred Bolender

Keywords

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German, culture, heritage, Schuhplattler, Enzian, germany, cultural, education, ethnic, Maennerchor, male choir, language, retirement, German-American, Seattle, Bellevue

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Also Known As

GHS

EIN

91-1319233

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Music (A68)

Singing Choral (A6B)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

The GHS umbrella consists of various clubs and organizations including the Continental Club which manages the Berghaus and hosts activities such as skiing, snow-shoeing, hiking and mountain-biking, the Plattdeutscher Verein, Austria Club, Enzian Schuhplattler Folk Dance Club, the Männergesangverein Frohsinn , a male choir, the Gesangverein Arion a mixed choir, German United Church, Hermann's Lodge, German Retirement Home. Both choirs sponsor two concerts each a year and also participate in the North Pacific Song Festival. The Schuhplattler travels and performs regularly in Washington state, as well as occasional performances in other states and internationally. The GHS hosts regular cultural events and dances such as Maifest, Fasching, German-American Day, Oktoberfest, Weihnachtsfeier, and New Year's party. We also facilitate other cultural exchanges such as wine-tasting tours. Other programs include Gisela's Original German Hour, a German Radio program. Preservation and usage of the German House which has been registered as a National Historical Monument since 1972 and became a City of Seattle Historical Landmark in 1983.

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Service Areas

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Washington

Greater Seattle and Tacoma areas

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GORRIAN HERITAGE SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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German Heritage Society

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Principal Officer

Mr. Manfred Bolender

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Corinna Bolender

German Heritage Society

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?