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Posted by [email protected] on December 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

GROW's Library has moved it's physical location, but is still in the German Haus building!

The Library is for GROW members ONLY, so what'cha waiting for, become a member today if you aren't already! Come check out the new library space and see what books might inspire you to read them! We have a W-I-D-E range of books and journals to check out; historical journals with personal stories, ship manifest records, novels, travel books and brochures, family trees, and many more....

The GROW Library is open for about 1 hour before the mmetings at the German Haus, 1-1:50pm & available by appointment if you contact the Librarians; [email protected] 

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

Posted by [email protected] 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 present, check out the NEWSLETTERS & MEETINGS tab for a recap of their photos that went along with their stories in the June Meeting Summary.

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

Posted by [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 related personal experiences.

2017 February Chpt Mtg - Randy Woehl's presentation

Posted by [email protected] 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 in Portland, Oregon, native of Kulm, North Dakota, will be the featured speaker at the GROW Chapter. Come and enjoy our common German roots, ancestry & heritage with a taste of home made Essen/food to really "feel" Deutsch and its culture!!

December 4th Chapter Meeting - Chrismas Program

Posted by [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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:

  • An interactive map (created by Dennis Bender and Sandy Payne), showing the locations of the German settlements in Russia, as well as a tutorial on how to use the map.
  • Biographical data on families which Sheila discussed from the book Conversations with the Elders: Personal Stories of Soviet Labor Camp Survivors. Instructions for ordering the book and other items from AHSGR can be found here.

May 15th Chapter Meeting - 2015 GRHS Convention Presentations

Posted by [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 here as a PDF, and to Larry for presenting it and adding a couple more recipes (see last two slides)!

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

Posted by [email protected] 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, here is the slideshow they presented.

February 28th Chapter Meeting - Presentation on German Wurst

Posted by [email protected] 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 Original Bavarian Sausage for their exhibits and samples and to Edelweiss for sending their samples with Adi Hartfeil. The slideshow presented by Ron Schauer and Renate Berry can be viewed here.

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

Posted by [email protected] 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 can view here, below is a list of websites, video clips, and articles which Robert showed us at Adi Hartfeil's recommendation (Adi has also noted the times of some particularly interesting segments of the videos):

      • 00:00–01:20: German Lutheran Pastor Hans Ulrich Schaefer
      • 01:50–02:00: German Christmas carol sung at the end of the church service
      • 10:00–11:30: Historischer Verein Wolhynien e.V. (Historical Volhynian Society) in the Ukraine celebrating its 40th anniversary, plus a picture of the very large Catholic church in Luzk/Lutsk
      • 14:00–15:30: Training of German teachers in the Ukraine
      • 00:00–02:50: Short background on Katherine the Great
      • 09:00–11:00: Germany's Federal Commissioner for National Minorities Christoph Bergner speaking at the main forum
      • 39:50–42:06: Russians performing some German music and dances

New York Times articles:

  1. "Months After Russian Annexation, Hopes Start to Dim in Crimea"
  2. "Crimea in Dark After Power Lines Are Blown Up"
  3. "E.U. to Extend Sanctions Against Russia, but Divisions Show"

November 22nd Chapter Meeting - Christmas Program

Posted by [email protected] 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 assorted four dozen cookies to eat and sell with each of the cans.

October 4th Chapter Meeting - Oktoberfest

Posted by [email protected] 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 15 Oktoberfest music video clips we watched.