Mogal Goenkar Bhoinino ani Bhavano,

We would like to introduce ourselves, the current and past office bearers are listed in the WHO IS WHO part of the webpage.

A brief HISTORY which explains how and why the GAG was founded and what our aims and objektives are.

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

Dev borem korum.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Sunday, September 26, 2021, 11:58 AM

Committee for the years 2016-2018

Avelar Nunes

President

Reginaldo De Sousa

Vice President

Audrey Cabral

Treasurer

Ashly Carrasco

General Secretary

Michael Mascarenhas

Joint Secretary

Melanie DeMelo

Public Relations Officer

Committee for the years 2013-2015

Jeronimo Simoes

President

Ashly Carrasco

Vice President

João (John) Martins

Treasurer

Ashly Carrasco

Interim Treasurer

Maria Joanita Franke

General Secretary

Sylvia Klafki

Public Relations Officer

Audrey Cabral

Public Relations Officer

Gordon Ferrao

Joint Secretary

Committee for the years 2010-2012

Vito Oliveira

President

Jeronimo Simoes

Vice President

Reginaldo De Sousa

Treasurer

Avelar Nunes

General Secretary

Michael Mascarenhas

Joint Secretary

Joanita Bach

Public Relations Officer

Committee for the years 2007-2009

Vito Oliveira

President

Gordon Ferrao

Vice President

Jeronimo Simoes

Treasurer

Michael Mascarenhas

General Secretary

Avelar Nunes

Joint Secretary

Joanita Bach

Public Relations Officer

The interim Committee for the years 2003-2007

Matano Gracias

President

Vito Oliveira

Vice President

Renjula Noronha

Treasurer

Mariano Pereira

General Secretary

Jeronimo Simoes

Exec. Committee Member

Brian Albuquerque

Exec. Committee Member

Michael Nazare

Public Relations Officer



History

How and why the GAG e.v. was founded

It was on 14th of Dec. 2002, a very cold and 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 and 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

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Aims and Objectives

  • To strenghten the unity of the Goan community in Germany.
  • To collaborate internationally with other Goan associations overseas.
  • To promote and encourage the use of the Konkani language.
  • To keep-up Goan traditions and folklore.
  • To uplift Goan cultures and heritage.
  • That the association be of secular nature and open to all.
  • That GAG e.V. 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 5 decades by Goans in Rüsselsheim and will remain their exclusive event.

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.