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Updated: 29 November 2017

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Who is AACS?

The Austrian American Cultural Society (AACS) is a non-profit organization of Americans and Americans of Austrian ancestry residing in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, and others dedicated to the promotion of Austrian culture.

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What does AACS do?

In accordance with the Society's by-laws, the Purpose of the Society is to

~ "create and foster among its members a genuine love for Austrian culture and customs by establishing an Austrian Room among the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh in compliance with the rules of the Nationality Rooms Program of the University of Pittsburgh," [task completed]
~ "sponsor cultural programs which represent authentic aspects of Austria's cultural heritage," [ongoing]
~ "and to provide scholarship funds for studies in Austria..." [ongoing]

To these ends, the AACS participates in several annual activities designed to promote and preserve Austrian culture in the United States. Among these are

- the annual Viennese Ball, patterned after the Opernball held each year in February in the State Opera House (Staatsoper) in Vienna, Austria, bringing the elegance of old world Vienna to the Pittsburgh area, recently including in even-numbered years the presentation of debutantes along with their escorts

- the creation and maintaining of the Austrian Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh.

- the sponsorship of the Austrian Room Scholarship/Endowment Fund at the University of Pittsburgh, providing educational scholarships (usually two) to local Pittsburgh college students for summer study in Vienna in their chosen fields

- participation in the Gedenkgottesdienst, a Thanksgiving and Memorial service in German held at a local church in memory of the deceased members of the German Clubs of Greater Pittsburgh

- a general Membership/Dinner Meeting held in the Spring of each year

- an annual Christmas Dinner/Party, including Austrian Christmas traditions, readings, and the singing of carols in German, usually held in the Ratskeller of the Teutonia Maennerchor

- an annual Membership meeting and Election of the AACS Board of Directors, followed by the sharing of a wide selection of wines, cheeses, pastries, etc.

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President - Robert J. Tate
Vice President - Betty McDermott
Treasurer - George Mandl
Secretary - Irene Rosati

Austrian Room Committee - Edgar Braun, Chair; Robert J. Tate, Vice Chair
2018 Austrian Ball Chair - Donna Hudson
Webmaster - Vacant
Membership Secretary - Vacant
Friendship Secretary - Betty McDermott

Founder and Past Honorary President - Dr. Ivo Fischer (deceased), Bregenz, Austria
Pittsburgh Honorary Consul of the Republic of Austria - Edgar Braun
Consul General of Austria in New York - Dr. Georg Heindl

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~ ~ terms expire December 2017 ~ ~
Irene Rosati, Frank Weiss, Rebecca Cartus

~ ~ terms expire December 2018 ~ ~
Edgar Braun, Betty McDermott, Celeste Parrendo

~ ~ terms expire December 2019 ~ ~
Robert Tate, Patricia Flinn, Donna Hudson

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History of the Society
History of the AACS - detailed history of the Society, courtesy of Joseph Pandl
AACS Past Officers and Chairs - list of past AACS officers, chairpersons, support staff

Because the history of the AACS is so intertwined with the history of the Austrian Nationality Room, see also:
History of the Austrian Room. - as printed in Austrian Room Dedication booklet, June 9, 1996
People Who Created the Austrian Room - as printed in Austrian Room Dedication booklet, June 9, 1996

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Membership Information
Membership in AACS is open to any person interested in
supporting the purpose of the corporation, and in
participating in the Society's activities, and
who is at least 21 years of age.
Membership dues of $15 for individuals, or $20 for couples, are due each year by the end of January.
Free Youth and Junior Memberships are also available.
For more information about membership, please contact Membership Secretary

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For questions or comments, contact: AACS Webmaster