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May 24th Chapter Meeting - Presentation on Russia Today

Posted by [email protected] on May 21, 2015 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday follow Adi Hartfeil's cruise through the Volga, from St. Petersburg down to Moscow, as he gives us a glimpse via PowerPoint inside today's Russia. See you there!


Post-Meeting Update: For those of you who missed Adi's presentation or would like to look through it more, the PowerPoint slideshow, including all his videos, can be found here.

April 26th Chapter Meeting - Genealogy Presentation (cont.)

Posted by [email protected] on April 9, 2015 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This next chapter meeting we'll have the pleasure of welcoming back Genealogist Susan Baird to continue her presentation from January. Afterwards we'll have our annual elections, so please come and participate!

March 22nd Chapter Meeting - Frank and Lyonie Gorsline

Posted by [email protected] on March 21, 2015 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello, all! We hope to see you this Sunday at our March chapter meeting, which will feature Singer Frank Gorsline and his wife Lyonie.

February 22nd Chapter Meeting - Presentation on German Dialects

Posted by [email protected] on February 20, 2015 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday Dr. Harley Miller, owner of Steck Medical, will be giving a presentation on German Dialects titled "Torturing the Kaiser's Tongue". We hope you join us!

January 25th Chapter Meeting - Genealogy Presentation

Posted by [email protected] on January 31, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you all for coming on Sunday to our first meeting of the new year, and a special thanks to Genealogist Susan Baird for sharing her vast knowledge and experience in genealogical research, including the use of resources such as FamilySearch. We look forward to hearing more from her in April or May.

December 7th Chapter Meeting - Christmas Program

Posted by [email protected] on December 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Ah, the holiday season has arrived, and we're ready to celebrate! That's right, this Sunday is GROW's Christmas program. Come share and enjoy some scrumptious food, traditional goodies, nostalgic stories, lighthearted music-making, German and English carols, and more. No business meeting this time; just fun and Gemütlichkeit. The more, the merrier, so bring family and friends!


There'll also be a cookie exchange fundraiser, so if you can, please bring 2–4 dozen cookies to eat and allow members to buy up to 3 lbs. of various cookies for $5. Bring any 3-lb. coffee can with a lid for members to make their purchases after your refreshments.


Post-Meeting Update: Thank you to all those who came for the Christmas program and helped to make it such a delightful time. For those who could not attend, GROW President Roger Haas's meeting summary can be found on the Newsletters & Meetings page as always, and here you can view the slideshow on the Belsnickel and St. Nicholas which Larry Kuntz shared with us.


Again, we truly appreciate your participation and look forward to seeing you all in 2015! Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!

October 19th Chapter Meeting - Kleinstädtlers and Oktoberfest Dinner

Posted by [email protected] on October 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday we'll once again enjoy the Bavarian-style dancing of the Kleinstädtlers, a dance group from Mt. Angel, as our own little taste of Oktoberfest, complete with sausage and beer! We hope you can make it!

September 21st Chapter Meeting - Presentation: 44th Annual GRHS Converntion

Posted by webmaster.[email protected] on September 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday, at our first chapter meeting since June, we'll get to hear all about the recent GRHS Convention from Larry Kuntz and other attendees. Hope to see you there!


Post-Meeting Update: Here you can view Larry's presentation on the convention, including a handout from convention presenter Donna Phillips on genealogical research.

GROW Picnic on August 24th at Willamette Park

Posted by [email protected] on June 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Come out and join us on Sunday, August 24th at Willamette Park in West Linn for this year's GROW picnic. Bring along your best foods and drinks (alcohol permitted) and share in some GROW Gemütlichkeit. This year we're also looking forward to the European Take-Out Band playing for us. We hope to see you there!


Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (members can come as early as 9 a.m. and stay as late as 8 p.m.)

Location: Willamette Park • 1100 12th St. • West Linn, Oregon.


Our exact location at the park will be the Wetland Shelter (far right on this site map), right by the parking lot.


Once you get to the park, take the main entry road all the way down into the park until you get to the main stop sign in the park (fairly close to the boat ramp to the Willamette River). Turn left and then go for about a block past a large restroom to get to the Willamette Wetland Shelter with its covered cooking and sitting area. You can park right next to the covered sitting area.


See this page for the park description, directions, and maps.

June 22nd Chapter Meeting - Webinar: German Internet Research

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2014 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday at our chapter meeting we'll be presenting a webinar (seminar via the web), called "German Internet Research: A Launching Place for Your Research", which you can preview here.


As we won't be getting together again until the August picnic (see announcement above), we hope all the more that you'll be able to come join us this Sunday!

May 18th Chapter Meeting - Speaker: Honorary German Consul Robert T. Manicke

Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2014 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Join us this Sunday at 2pm in the Deutsches Haus's Max Kada Auditorium for our May chapter meeting. We'll be having a guest speaker, Honorary German Consul Robert T. Manicke, and then refreshments. If you're able to come, we'd love to see you there!


Post-Meeting Update: Many thanks to Robert Manicke for sharing resources on as well as his insight into current Russian–Ukrainian affairs. For more details on that and the rest of the meeting, please see the May 2014 chapter meeting summary.

April 27th Chapter Meeting - Presentation: "Germans from Volhynia/Wolhynien"

Posted by [email protected] on April 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This Sunday Adi Hartfeil and Kurt Radtke will be giving a presentation on the Germans from Volhynia (German: Wolhynien). We welcome all who are interested to join us. We'll have refreshments after the presentation. See the Meeting Information on the Home page for the time and location.


Post-Meeting Update: Kurt and Adi's presentation slideshow on the Germans from Volhynia can be viewed here. If you have trouble playing the videos toward the end of the slideshow, please try this version.

Presentation on the Anton Tuchscherer Family

Posted by [email protected] on March 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We had another great presentation by Larry Kuntz last Sunday, this time on the repatriation of the Anton Tuchscherer family. Click on the following descriptions to view the media and resources from the presentation:


Kutschurgan Colonies Presenation

Posted by [email protected] on March 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We thank GROW Director Larry Kuntz for his very thorough presentation on the Kutschurgan colonies during our last chapter meeting. His presentation slideshow can be viewed here.

German Dialect Presentation

Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This last Sunday we enjoyed a great presentation on German dialects by GROW Treasurer Adi Hartfeil. If you were unable to attend, you can still view the presentation slideshow.

New Members

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2013 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We'd like to take a moment to acknowledge and welcome aboard GROW's four newest members: Russian singer Natalia Hougen, her friend Martin Hill, John McRae (friend of Jan Haberman), and Helga Schneider (Marcine Herinck's friend). Click each member's name to read their story.


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