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2017 June Chpt Mtg - Heartfelt Stories by the Hartfeil Brothers!

Posted by webmaster on July 10, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A Special thank you to the Hartfeil Brothers for your stories of your journey to America. We enjoyed laughing & crying with you about your experiences both here & abroad. We were blessed to have you be able to tell your stories from your heart and enjoed seeing the many pictures that helped us get a sense of what it must have been like to come to America at such a young age. If you are willing, we're sure to enjoy more stories again some day!


If you were unable to be...

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2017 delayed May Chpt Mtg - Introduction to the MEDIA side of GROW by Joni Jundt

Posted by webmaster on May 31, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Joni will be walking you through the website to familiarize you with where to find information & answer questions. There will also be information about our Facebook Group & Twitter accounts. Finally there will be an introduction to our Online Library. Looking forward to seeing you there!

2017 April Joint Chpt Mtg with AHSGR - Presenter: Lea Duda

Posted by webmaster on April 2, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

On Sunday, April 23 at the GAS Deutsches Haus, GROW and AHSGR will hold a JOINT meeting with Lea Duda giving a presentation of "My Donau Schwabian Family".  Steve Schreiber, the AHSGR President, will introduce the speaker.

2017 March Chpt Mtg - Joe Baney discusses Deutsch Marine Navy

Posted by webmaster on April 2, 2017 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)
On Sunday, March 26 at the GAS Deutsches Haus, another new GROW member Joe Baney wanted to give Power Point presentation of the history of the Deutsche Marine (navy) from its Hanseatic times to after WWII. Unfortunately, the equipment didn't work as planned. However, he was still able to give his speech portion and we have his Power Point presentation added in the Newsletter & Meetings for your viewing pleasure. Joe served on the very first West Deutschland destroyers and discussed some relat... Read Full Post »

2017 February Chpt Mtg - Randy Woehl's presentation

Posted by webmaster on March 20, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Here is your chance to see and hear a professional presentation by one of GROW's recent members, Randy Woehl. Randy will provide a Power Point slide and Video presentation of his Russland's Deutsche Grossmutter (from Bessarabia) on a large screen at the newly rebuilt GAS Deutsches Haus on 57th & Sandy in Portland. Randy's Powerpoint of his interview with his Grandmother, "Life and Journey to America: Borodino (Bessarabia), South Russia to North Dakota". Randy Woehl currently lives i... Read Full Post »

December 4th Chapter Meeting - Chrismas Program

Posted by webmaster on December 10, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks so much to Allen and Nancy White for putting together another wonderful Christmas program for us!

November 20th Chapter Meeting - Presentation on German Music

Posted by webmaster on December 10, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to Fran Maddox and Joe Baney for playing their accordions for us during our November meeting as well as to GROW's new president, Adi Hartfeil, for his presentation on German music. You can play all the videos he showed by clicking on the links on this page.

October 23rd Chapter Meeting - Guest Speaker Joe Baney

Posted by webmaster on December 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Many thanks to Joe Baney for sharing his life experiences growing up in Germany! You can read an overview of his story in the October meeting summary.

In Loving Memory

Posted by webmaster on December 10, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In loving memory of former GROW President Roger Haas, who passed away on 23 July 2016:



 

September 25th Chapter Meeting - Overview of 2016 GRHS Convention

Posted by webmaster on October 21, 2016 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to all who came to our September meeting! You can view Larry Kuntz's presentation on the 2016 GRHS Convention here.

June 26th Chapter Meeting - Presentation on Germans held in Russian work camps in WWII

Posted by webmaster on June 25, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday Sheila Winkler will be giving a presentation on Germans held in Russian work camps by Stalin during and after WWII. We hope to see you there!


Post-Meeting Update: Thank you to Sheila for putting together a fascinating presentation! Here are some resources which she has provided us with:


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May 15th Chapter Meeting - 2015 GRHS Convention Presentations

Posted by webmaster on May 13, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday Larry Kuntz will be showing us the best of the 2015 GRHS Convention presentations.


Post-Meeting Update: You can find the PowerPoint on the convention here. Thank you, Larry!

April 24th Chapter Meeting - Speckkuchen & Elections

Posted by webmaster on April 22, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Bring your appetite to the chapter meeting this Sunday, as Jane Radtke will be giving a presentation on Speckkuchen (bacon quiche). Also on the agenda is our annual election of directors. See you there!


Post-Meeting Update: Vielen Dank to the Radtke, Hartfeil, and Schlapps families for the recipes they contributed to Adi's slideshow, which you can find

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March 20th Chapter Meeting - Presentation on Latvia and its Relationship with Germany

Posted by webmaster on March 18, 2016 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The first day of spring is this Sunday, and so is our chapter meeting! Ron Schauer and Kurt Radtke will be giving a presentation on Latvia and its unique relationship with Germany (research provided by Adi Hartfeil). See you there!


Post-Meeting Update: Thank you, Ron, Kurt, and Adi, for the great presentation! For those who missed it,

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February 28th Chapter Meeting - Presentation on German Wurst

Posted by webmaster on February 26, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday come and enjoy a mouth-watering presentation by Ron Schauer and Renate Berry (info provided by Kaye Kuntz-Igoa and Adi Hartfeil) on German wurst as well as wurst products from Edelweiss Sausage & Delicatessen and Original Bavarian Sausage Delicatessen.


Post-Meeting Update: A big "Thank you!" to the owners of

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January 24th Chapter Meeting - European Take-Out Band and Update on Russia and Ukraine

Posted by webmaster on January 24, 2016 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

For those who missed the email, please note that our chapter meeting today begins at 1:30pm, as we have the pleasure of having the European Take-Out Band come and perform for us from 1:30 to 2:00. Afterwards, our guest speaker Honorary Consul Robert Manicke will give us an update on German minorities in Russia and Ukraine. See you at 1:30!


Post-Meeting Update: In addition to Robert Manicke's PowerPoint slideshow from last Sunday, which you...

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November 22nd Chapter Meeting - Christmas Program

Posted by webmaster on November 21, 2015 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday GROW is holding its annual Christmas program, featuring plenty of music and food (including a goodie sack for each attendee courtesy of our very own Weihnachtsmann) among other festivities. So bring family, bring friends, and come celebrate this special holiday with us.


Cookie Exchange Fundraiser

Please bring five 3-lb. or 1-gal. coffee cans wrapped prettily for filling with Christmas cookies to be sold for $5 as a fund raiser. Also bring asso...

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October 4th Chapter Meeting - Oktoberfest

Posted by webmaster on October 2, 2015 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday at our chapter meeting (the first of two this month) we're having our Oktoberfest celebration, so come on over a join us for some good German music and food!


Post-Meeting Update: For those who missed the meeting, Adi Hartfeil has provided this list of links to and descriptions of the...

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GROW Picnic on August 23rd at Willamette Park

Posted by webmaster on August 9, 2015 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In a couple weeks we'll be having our annual GROW picnic at Willamette Park. Please bring along your best food and drinks (alcohol permitted) for us to enjoy while we listen to live music from the European Take-Out Band and share in some GROW Gemütlichkeit. From the park description, you can see that there are a number of...

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June 21st Chapter Meeting - Eyewitness Accounts of Nazi Occupation of Ukraine

Posted by webmaster on June 18, 2015 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday at our chapter meeting, GRHS and AHSGR members Alex & Nancy Herzog will be giving us their eyewitness accounts of the Nazi Occupation of Ukraine (1941–1944). Remember that after this, we won't be meeting until our August picnic, so we hope to see you this Sunday!


Post-Meeting Update: Many thanks to AHSGR Oregon Chapter President Steven Schreiber and other AHSGR members for joining us on Sunday. It was wonderful having...

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