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Our humble beginnings. . . . . 

Germans from Russia Oregon Washington (GROW) is located in Portland, Oregon and is affiliated with the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) which was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. Since GROW’s founding in 2001, our goal has been to collect, publish, and preserve our heritage as Germans from Russia, with a focus on those from the Black Sea region.

   Our Mission Statement:

The GROW Chapter functions as a non-profit, non-political, non-denominational, organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of North Dakota. Its aims are educational and social. Its purpose is to bring together people who are interested in discovering the common history unique to Germanic-Russian ethnics and to preserve the many elements of their rich heritage. We welcome all those who are interested in their heritage, whether directly or indirectly related to the Germans from Russian Saga.

   Meeting    Attendees:

* Visitors
* Members
* Guest Speakers

        Membership Benefits:

*  Access to the On-line Library & items in our Library
*  Meet friendly “Leute” (people)
*  Learn about the Germans from Russia
    through presentations at our meetings.
*  Enjoy German-related:
       - folklore                      - history
       - stories                        - literature
       - songs                          - works of art
       - photos                        - genealogies
       - documents                - recipes
       - family history support with local
               genealogists & much more...

More Info:

We actively support the involvement of our membership and youth who are interested in researching their genealogy. Now is the time to take advantage of all the new resources available to our generation not only in the form of books and maps we have at our disposal in our ever-expanding GROW library but also online. Our parent organization, GRHS, offers its members access to its extensive online research databases, including genealogical records and a letters archive.
GROW's Banner / Flag
The GROW Chapter Banner was designed in 2003 by Jan Prunier, with assistance from
Maxine Daily, who did the quilting and sewing of the banner. It tells the story of our ancestors:

The background is royal blueThe pale gold ribbon with the phrase in red:

Freiheit, Glaube, and Familie” means    Liberty, Faith, and Family 

On the left side is the state of Oregon outline to represent our Oregon Members with a jumping salmon, fir trees, and a rose (Portland’s nickname is the Rose City).

The bottom left of the banner is to honor our ancestors for working the land; there is a windmill, furrowed field, iron plow, and shocks of wheat.
The center is
an oval, wood-toned 
frame  is  a photo  of Maxine’s grandparents
John Lutz from Greenway,
SD, and Carolina Roesler
Lutz Webefrom
Eureka, SD.
At the center
of the banner is the
GROW logo, a circle with
blue mountains (Mt. Hood &
Mt. St. Helens) to represent
both states, Oregon &


On the right side is the state of  Washington outline to represent our Washington members with the apples, fir trees, and the Space Needle.

The sod house is in tribute to the last standing sod house in Greenway, SD.

Just to the right of this at the bottom of the banner is a farmer leading oxen (to honor our farming ancestors) that are pulling a wagon full of the fruits of their labors.

~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  In Erinnerung an  ~  In Memory of . . .  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

Passed but not forgotten members:
Harold Lang
Leona Hix
William Schachterle
Alice Summers

Marcine Herinck
Ken Beeler
Rosalie Schachterle

Agnes Wagemann

Gisela Tunger
Gerald Lobb
George Dunn
Alma Greenwood
Curt Bechtold
Roger Haas
John Hix
Oscar Geiszler

2015 & earlier
Violet Lang
Roberta Haas
Larry Kiesz
Maxine Daily
James Baird
Clifford Haberman
Robert Majhor
Ed Weber
Hattie Ketterling

. . . we will be adding others as they are made known.