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.
The background is royal blue. The pale gold ribbon with the phrase in red:
“Freiheit, Glaube, and Familie” means Liberty, Faith, and Family
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.