January 2018

Dear Members of the GR Chapter of Southern California,


We hope that you had a good time celebrating with family and friends and that your new year is off to a good beginning. We are so blessed to live in a country where we have so many precious freedoms and one of those freedoms is to celebrate various religious holidays like Christmas.

All of us certainly enjoyed the festive music provided to us by the Glassando Bells at our Christmas Party! The trio of bellringers inspired us with their delightful Christmas music.

We are planning a number of informative programs for the chapter meetings this year and look forward to your joining us on JANUARY 27 at the Phoenix Club. Because of conflicts we had to reschedule the meeting to a week later than our usual meeting weekend in January.

At the January meeting we will view an interesting video, “John Biel Returns: A Visit to the Volga German Villages.” This video tells the story of John Biel, a German-Russian man living in Chicago who returns to his home village of Enders, Russia, in 1930 to film village life and the “progress” (according to the Soviet government who sanctioned the film” under Communist rule. The film shows Mr. Biel’s family and friends who remained in Russia. It covers the Volga River villages of Enders, Reinwald, Rosenheim, Krasnojar, Reinhard and Grimm. I’m sure that you will find the video very informative giving an insight as to what life was like under the Soviet regime in the years after many Germans had emigrated to other countries.

Many of you who have already renewed your membership for 2018. If you have not already done so, please do so now. The dues remain unchanged at $13 and details for renewal are given in this newsletter.

We look forward to another good year and we’ll see you on Saturday, January 27!


David Karber


March 2018


Dear Chapter Members

Just to say that it is an honor and pleasure for us, the co chair presidents to share a few words about your chapter. I first want to thank all of you for your support not only in dues support, but in meeting attendance. Thank you all.

As you know and are aware, we had a great turnout for the last luncheon meeting to see the video, `A Visit to the Volga German Villages` by John Biel provided by your co president, David Karber. It was a tremendous presentation to say the least. Now once again, you will have the opportunity to see and review another outstanding presentation, `Life in Berlin During the Soviet Invasion` by Ingrid Radke-Azvedo, - what life was like living in Berlin after the Soviet invasion, at our next luncheon meeting on Saturday, March 17. This should be a great information and informative piece of documentation that should be in every one’s `personal library`. I personally am anxiously awaiting her discussion and presentation.

Now, how about the chapter`dues` issue. We are still waiting for your dues commitment for the year 2018. I know that it is just like I have done in not forwarding my dues because I thought I had accomplished that task before, but it `fell thru the crack and did not get to the treasurer, David Karber. Anyway, I looked at my records and realized that I had not completed the task. So, please look at your records and forward your dues commitment to David Karber as soon as possible to keep you on the membership rolls. It is so important that we not `lose` you.

Some other activities since we last met, included the gathering of our CDC meeing at Bob Freemans’s home scheduled for 24 February. I will keep you informed of the information of the outcome of that meeting – it is so important that we keep you informed and in the loop.

Once again, we would like to hear of your thoughts on our lunch menus and hope that you will forward your recommendations on future meals. We need your inputs.

I want to thank you again for all your support and hope that you will let us know of your desires and wants as this is your chapter and we hope you enjoy all the benefits it brings to all of us.

Larry Stumpf
September 2017

Dear GR Members,

It’s been a long time since most of us have been together!  Some of us enjoyed the summer picnic in July at Bob Freeman’s beachside home.  As you can see from the pictures in this newsletter, it was a beautiful day and we enjoyed good food and good conversation with fellow-GR’s.

Barbara Horn has written a children’s book entitled, “Sophie’s Grandma,” the first in a series of four books Barbara plans to write.  It tells of a grandma and her relationship with her grandchildren.  Of course, Sophie’s grandma is a German from Russia.  In one of the pictures in this newsletter you can see Barbara presenting a copy to Bob Freeman. The book is dedicated to Bob’s late wife, Margaret, who was a very
active member of our chapter.  Kudos to Barbara for her authorship!

Some members attended the GRHS convention which was held in July in Bismark, North Dakota, and others attended the AHSGR convention in Madison, Wisconsin during the last week of August.  We will have brief reports of the conventions at our September 16 meeting.

You won’t want to miss the September 16 meeting when a recently released, highly-acclaimed video, “Waiting for Waldemar,” will be shown.It tells the story of four children’s lifelong search for their father who disappeared during their harrowing escape from Ukraine to Germany during WW II.  The film was produced in Canada and has been shown in numbers of theaters with very positive reviews.

Also, be sure to put December 2 on your calendar when we will have our annual Christmas luncheon and enjoy the beautiful music of the bell choir of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange.

We look forward to seeing you at both the September 16 and December 2 meetings at the Phoenix Club!


David J. Karber

December 2017


Dear GR Members,

Happy Holidays to all. Yes it is that time of year that we give thanks with turkey and the thought of toys for tots from Santa. We almost didn’t think it would come with the summer heat some of us experienced a couple of weeks ago. However, fall looks like it has arrived and hopefully maybe winter will be upon us soon.

If you missed last meeting in September, or if you were one of the 35 who attended, the video program of “Waiting for Waldemar” was something to behold. Also at this meeting was the unveiling of Barbara Horn’s (a chapter member), children book titled “Sophia’s Grandma”. Some of us had the opportunity to purchase a copy at the last meeting. Information to purchase this book, one of four in the series, is described elsewhere in this newsletter.

Our next time to meet is Saturday, December 2 at the Phoenix Club. In addition to the great food, we will be entertained by the bell choir, “Glissando Bells” in their “Ring Christmas Bells” presentation. This should be a great program for the holidays that you will not want to miss. So make your reservation now.

Also, in addition to the raffle tickets for the white elephants, (yes, bring a white elephant if you choose to do so), will be the opportunity to purchase “Stollen”, that German Christmas coffee `cake`. So, have I wet your appetite to be one of the guests at our Holiday meeting? I hope I have. As I opened this message, summer is gone (I hope), fall is here, and winter is upon us for a festive holiday season. We hope to see you at the Phoenix Club on December 2.


Larry Stumpf Co-President

P.S. It is that time of year – dues are due.