American-German Club

The American-German Glovilla Club is a part of the GLOVILLA social network. Communication is in English. We invite friends and expats from all over the world to join us. We organize regular meetings in Munich.


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Latest Activity: Feb 18

We are glad to support the American-German Business Clubs

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Beerfestival in Munich

Started by Heinrich Hess Sep 18, 2011. 0 Replies

The Munich OKTOBERFEST 2011 is on!Since yesterday beer is gradually replacing blood in Munich... 5 friends from Glovilla had a great time with people from all over the world! You race a mob of lads…Continue

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Comment by Heinrich Hess on February 18, 2014 at 18:30

As you can see on the following photos we had a great evening last week with the AGBC (American German Business Club) here in Munich!

Comment by Jaqueline Dupont on October 27, 2013 at 23:28

Who will join our October Meeting of AGBC

in Munich?

Comment by Heinrich Hess on October 4, 2013 at 7:20
Comment by Heinrich Hess on October 2, 2013 at 9:47

Am Donnerstag, den 31. Oktober trifft sich die California Association of Germany zum spannenden Meinungsaustausch "über den Teich". Unsere Location ist sehr gemütlich - das Restaurant "Paulaners" im Westin Grand in München.

Wer Interesse hat, zu kommen, bitte bei mir melden!

Comment by Jaqueline Dupont on March 26, 2013 at 18:58

Dear Friends,

I would like to announce the addition of 4 new groups joining us for the Bavarian - American Friendship Day on 26th of April at the Hippodrom tent, Frühlingsfest.

Members and friends of the US Consulate General

The Munich International Ski Club

English Events in Munich

Alumni of the University of Southern California (USC)

If you have not signed up yet, please do so as soon as possible and let me know you are attending. We still have room, but seats are going fast.  Please pass this email along to anyone you know, who may be interested in joining us. 

Many thanks again to Tina and Sepp Krätz for making this big event possible.

Best regards,

Dave Dowdy



Bavarian - American Friendship Day

Dear Friends,

For certain big events during the year 12 different German-American groups have decided to join forces under a new umbrella called MING (Munich International Networking Groups). With this new possibility members in each group can now reach-out and network with all the other groups within our new MING organization. We are very happy and proud that this is now possible.

The following groups now comprise MING:

Amerikahaus Verein (AHV)

American Association of University and Professional Women (AAUPW)

American-German Business Club (AGBC)

California Association of Germany (CAOG)

Columbus Kommunikationkreis

Democrats Abroad Group (DAG)

Deutsch-Amerikanischer Frauenclub (DAFC)

Deutsch-Amerikanischer Herrenclub (DAHC)

Friends of Linda Jo Rizzo

German-American Business Association (GABA Caliornia)

Munich International Women's Club (MIWC)

Thunderbird Alumni Group (T-Birds)

Our first MING event will be the Bavarian - American Friendship Day being held this year during Munich's Frühlingsfest at the Theresienwiese.  On 26th of April we will be celebrating Bavarian-American friendship at the Hippodrom tent. Our hosts, Tina and Sepp Krätz, cordially invite all of us to this year's celebration, which we will now be enjoying for the third time- a new tradition in Munich. 

On the 26th of April tables will be reserved for us beginning 6 p.m. in the Hippodrom tent.  Each table will be specially decorated for us, and everyone attending will get a free pretzel as a welcome present from the Family Krätz. Also, their famous hamburgers made from Kobe-beef will be offered at a special reduced price just for us.  I have never tasted a hamburger as good as these. Beginning around 8 p.m. Linda Jo Rizzo will be performing a special show for us, and it is always wonderful to hear her singing rock, pop and soul.  She is truly a fabulous entertainer. Around 10 p.m. there will be a display of fireworks on the Frühlingsfest grounds. We cordially invite everyone to come dressed in Bavaria-look. We don't have very many occasions in Munich to dress-up in Tracht, and this is one of them. Please ensure that you arrive no later than 7 p.m.  After 7 p.m. any remaining empty seats will be lost. There will be no cover charge nor any advance payment for this evening.  Everyone pays for food and drink on a pay-as-you-go basis. 

I will get as many seats as we need.  It is very important to let me know by return email if you are intending to come and how many people will be in your party. I need to know how many are coming so I can give final attendance numbers to Tina and Sepp Krätz.

That is all for now.  I will keep updating as time progresses to the 26th of April.

Best regards,

Dave Dowdy

Comment by Jaqueline Dupont on December 20, 2012 at 8:30

Hirarchy - a talent distruction machine

I recommend this very bright article about promotions which are considered a reward but at the same time take away a person's job and what is much worse - his/her expertise! Is that the only way to reward somebody?

Comment by Jaqueline Dupont on September 25, 2012 at 9:06

Liebe Freunde der California Association of Germany,

Liebe Mitglieder der German-American Business Assocation (GABA, California),

Wie alle Jahre feiern wir unser deutsch/amerikanisch-internationales Oktoberfest am letzten Donnerstag im September ab 19 Uhr  (daher der Name "Oktoberfest") in "unserem" bayerischen Schmankerl- und Biertempel in Bogenhausen am Effnerplatz. Die Rede ist natürlich von "unserem" Stamm-Restaurant "Paulaners" im Grandhotel WESTIN GRAND.

Wieder einmal hat uns die Restaurantchefin Frau Bauer das Nebenzimmer "Stüberl" reserviert, in dem wir uns ab sofort und vorzugsweise immer an jedem letzten Donnerstag eines Monats treffen werden, es sei denn, es ergeben sich seitens des Hotel- und Restaurant-Managements andere Buchungs-Präferenzen für diesen natürlich sehr begehrten Nebenraum.

An diesem kommenden Donnerstag können sich unsere Gäste ganz der Kommunikation, der "zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungspflege" und dem Genuß von bayerischen Schmankerln und dem auch heuer wieder lecker-süffigen Wiesn' Bier hingeben.

Interessante Referate (von nicht minder interessanten weiblichen und/oder männlichen Freunden unseres Kreises; - also aus unsrer Mitte) wird es nämlich erst wieder Ende Oktober (25.10.) und/oder Ende Noverber (29.11.) geben.

So viel sei vorab hierzu verraten: Eines der Referate beschäftigt sich mit allen wesentlichen und wichtigen Aspekten zu den Themen-Komplexen "Elektro-Antriebe" bzw. "Elektro-Mobilität".

Wenn alle Freunde unseres Kreises, die diese Einladung erhalten, wieder so zahlreich auch zu unserem kommenden Treffen erscheinen, wie am letzten Donnerstag im August, müssen wir uns um den Fortbestand unsers "Columbus-Stammtisches"  sicher keine Gedanken machen.

In diesem Sinne freuen wir uns bereits heute auf Ihr/Euer zahlreiches Kommen zu unserem "Septemberfest" im "Paulaners" und verbleiben bis dahin mit den besten Wünschen und Grüßen

Wichtig: wenn nicht schon Mitglied, bitte am besten vorher kurz telefonisch anmelden!


Euer Columbus-Organisations-Team

Burghardt Burandt   und   Dorian Dave Dowdy

Burghardt Burandt
Wolfratshauserstraße 219
81479 München

Tel. +49 (89) 98 10 294

Comment by Heinrich Hess on March 27, 2012 at 15:16

Do you know the German-American Business Association (GABA California) in Munich? Maybe you want to join us?

Attached please find the latest information for our next event!

Dear Members of the German-American Business Association (GABA California),

This year we want to continue the tradition we started last year and celebrate Bavarian-American friendship at the  Frühlingsfest located on the Theresienwiese.  Again the celebration takes place at the Hippodrom tent, and the Family Krätz happily takes the opportunity to cordially welcome us to their tent. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. on Friday, the 4th of May.  Please be sure to arrive on time because we cannot reserve the seats after 06:30 p.m., and any seats not taken by then will be lost.  We have 300 seats reserved, but we can have more seats if enough people let me know they plan to attend.  So, I ask you to please let me know by return email if you plan to come and how many of you want to attend.

Again, Linda Jo Rizzo will be singing and performing for our listening and dancing pleasure.  Those of you who came last year can remember very well what a wonderful party that was and the fun we had dancing in the aisles! Also, we are expecting a "special guest".  Around 10 p.m. there will be a fireworks display.

We plan to have many groups join the party.  Right now the German-American Women's Club and the American German Business Club have signed on, and I will keep updating you as we go on.  The tables will be especially decorated for us with a free round of pretzels for the start.  All other drinks and food will be on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Best regards,

Dave Dowdy

Comment by Heinrich Hess on November 9, 2011 at 9:28

As the global economy forces belts to tighten across every sector, there’s a public desire for a different way of doing business.

The Occupy Wall Street protests from Oakland to New York underscore – in bright red ink — the growing discontent with business practices as usual. According to the Pew Center,  47 percent of Americans currently think Wall Street’s impact on the economy “hurts more than it helps.”

A new ethos is emerging to take the tenets of corporate social responsibility to the so-called little guy, as an increasing number of small businesses integrate a mission of social impact into their profit motive.

B Corporation – which created a set of CSR standards –reports that the number of certified “B companies” increased by 75 percent from 2009 to 2010 alone. As B Lab founder Jay Coen Gilbert told Businessweek, “There’s never been more interest from a more diverse group of investors in impact investing than there is now.”

Despite widespread economic woes, investing in impact-driven companies appears to be sexy, meaningful and highly profitable. “Impact Investments: An emerging asset class,” a 2010 report from J.P. Morgan, defines  “impact investing” as both viable and distinct from other asset classes.  The report heralds a more level playing field for these small businesses.

Increased opportunity and scope bring new challenges particular to these impact-driven firms. There are, however, small businesses trailblazing the way: showing how to make an impact and a profit, grow and evolve while staying true to their core missions.

With products as diverse as geo-spatial technology and emission-cutting stoves, these companies have attributes in common:

  • Commitment: There’s no such thing as a quick buck in impact-driven business. For companies like Equal Exchange, it’s all about the long view. Launched in 1996, the coffee-roasting distribution company is expanding its reach and refining its efforts, as it works to improve the food system and make business practices therein more equitable for farmers. Better World Books launched in 2002 when three friends from college formed a socially responsible, book-selling enterprise. Nearly a decade later, the organization has donated more than 5 million books and raised more than $10 million for literacy programs, according to its website.
  • Innovation: For cause-driven small businesses, an innovative approach can mean life or death in their battle against established brands. BioLite stoves launched in 2006 with one product — the BioLite HomeStove –  that would “provide clean, carbon-reduced cooking for developing-world consumers.” Their enviro-friendly BioLite CampStove, designed for outdoor enthusiasts,  is the brand’s attempt to reach into developed countries (and camping sites) worldwide.
  • Measuring success: When a company’s goals extend beyond the bottom line, measuring impact reinforces effectiveness and legitimacy to build consumer trust., offering a petition platform to launch or join campaigns for any cause, can point to victory after victory.  This raises the company’s profile and sets the foundation for more active participants and more future victories.
  • Promoting success: Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and shouldn’t be too complex to understand. Companies can make their missions tangible with self-promotion designed as quick takeaways. The approach of Dalberg, a social responsibility-driven consultancy, offers a template for companies with otherwise-opaque products and services. The company website invites visitors to peruse its past and ongoing success stories (without compromising client trust). Called “case studies,” they are easy to navigate, offering snapshots of the company ethos, proven successes, and possibilities.
  • Community: Shared purpose is vital for companies that strive for social impact. leverages user comments, petitioners’ stories, and infographics to cultivate a sense of community and accessibility. Equal Exchange offers tips on how to connect the company to the local community, provides tools for students who support the company mission, and offers tours of its coffee-roasting facility in Western Massachusetts.

There is no magic secret of success for any company — much less those with diverse social missions and unique challenges. But a careful look at impact-driven small companies can serve as a great starting point on the path to impact, profit, and a solid stake in the evolving ethos of modern business.

(Source Forbes Magazine)

What is your opinion?

Comment by Marc Daniels on September 19, 2011 at 17:45
Horst, based on my own unique research and analysis, we must first take action to place our inner "garden" in order. To mix a metaphore...we cannot see the forest through the weed patch and this is what my global peace campaign is all empower the children to weed out hate in their hearts as they tend to the garden.

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