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In this section, you can read our HISTORY which explains how and why the GAG was founded and what our aims and objektives are.

The current and past office bearers are listed in the WHO IS WHO part of the webpage.

The MEMBERSHIP part of the webpage explains how and why one should get involved in the GAG.

Dev Borem Korum.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Friday, December 15, 2017, 08:28 PM


HISTORY

How & why the GAG was founded

It was on 14th of Dec. 2002, a very cold & chilly evening, when a young and dynamic group consisting of Matano Gracias, Mariano Pereira, Renjula Noronha, Vito Oliveira, Brian Albuquerque and Jeronimo Simoes met at Matano´s residence. After the normal day´s discussions and deliberations, all spoke of a common topic and that was of the socio-cultural needs of the Goans. Here it was keenly felt to have an Association of its own to cater to these needs.

With a population of approx. 2000 Goans & those of Goan origin in Germany, mainly in the Rhein Main area, this young group took it in their hands to realize this very justifiable dream. Later Matano invited some 30 people at his residence for a very informal get-together with food & drinks. It was spontaneously decided to form an Association. A hat was passed around and an amount of €265.00 was collected in form of contributions.

We are proud to announce that on 31st Oct. 2003 GOAN ASSOCIATION GERMANY e.V (GAG) was formally founded. It is officially approved by the Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main under registration number VR 12625


Founders of the GAG e.V.

Aims & Objectives

  • To strenghten the unity of the Goan Community in Germany.
  • To collaborate internationally with other Goan Associations overseas.
  • To promote & encourage the use of the Konkani language.
  • To keep-up Goan traditions and folklore.
  • To uplift Goan cultures & heritage.
  • That the Association be of secular nature and open to all.
  • That GAG wishes to assure everybody very clearly that we will not celebrate another feast of `Goencho Saab` St. Francis Xavier, as that has been traditionally celebrated for over 4 decades by Goans in Rüsselsheim and will remain their exclusive event.

Who is Who of the GAG e.V.

The officially elected committee for 2016-2018

Avelar Nunes
Avelar Nunes
President
Reginaldo De Sousa
Reginaldo De Sousa
Vice President
Audrey Cabral
Audrey Cabral
Treasurer
Ashly Carrasco
Ashly Carrasco
General Secretary
Michael Mascarenhas
Michael Mascarenhas
Joint Secretary
Melanie DeMelo
Melanie DeMelo
Public Relations Officer

The officially elected committee for 2013-2015

Jeronimo Simoes
Jeronimo Simoes
President
Ashly Carrasco
Ashly Carrasco
Vice President
John Martins
João (John) Martins
Treasurer till 3. July 2015
Ashly Carrasco
Ashly Carrasco
Interim Treasurer
Maria Joanita Franke
Maria Joanita Franke
General Secretary
Sylvia Klafki
Sylvia Klafki
Public Relations Officer till February 2014
Audrey Cabral
Audrey Cabral
Public Relations Officer from March 2014
Gordon Ferrao
Gordon Ferrao
Joint Secretary from March 2014

The officially elected committee for 2010-2012

Vito Oliviera
Vito Oliveira
President
Jeronimo Simoes
Jeronimo Simoes
Vice President
Reginaldo De Sousa
Reginaldo De Sousa
Treasurer
Avelar Nunes
Avelar Nunes
General Secretary
Michael Mascarenhas
Michael Mascarenhas
Joint Secretary
Joanita Bach
Joanita Bach
Public Relations Officer

The officially elected committee for 2007-2009

Vito Oliviera
Vito Oliveira
President
Gordon Ferrao
Gordon Ferrao
Vice President
Jeronimo Simoes
Jeronimo Simoes
Treasurer
Michael Mascarenhas
Michael Mascarenhas
General Secretary
Avelar Nunes
Avelar Nunes
Joint Secretary
Joanita Bach
Joanita Bach
Public Relations Officer

The interim committee consisted of the following members: 2003 - 2007

Matano Gracias
Matano Gracias
President
Vito Oliviera
Vito Oliveira
Vice President
Mariano Pereira
Mariano Pereira
General Secretary
Renjula Noronha
Renjula Noronha
Treasurer (till October 2004)
Jerome Simoes
Jeronimo Simoes
Exec. Committee Member (till October 2004) Treasurer (from November 2004)
Brian Albuquerque
Brian Albuquerque
Exec. Committee Member
Michael Nazare
Michael Nazare
Public Relations Officer

Membership

Become a Member and get involved in your Association.

The Annual Membership fee is € 10.00 for a Single Person.

The Annual Membership fee is € 15.00 for a Family with Children upto 16 years.

You Can Download a Membership form in PDF Format.

Membership Form

Benefits of becomeing a Member of the Association

Among several other benefits, the most important benefit is getting to know other Goans while celebrating Goa's history, language, music, cuisine, cultural heritage and traditions.


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Next Upcoming Event

Xmas Get-Together

Venue

St. Christophorus Preungesheim,
An den Drei Steinen 42c,
60435 Frankfurt am Main.

Date and Time

2nd December 2017
18:00 hours
onwards

What's Updated:

Photos of the Picnic from 10th June 2017, Check the
Photogallery
Section. A Report of the Christmas Get-Together can be read in the
Reports
Section.