January 2017

Dear GR So Cal Chapter Members,

We thoroughly enjoyed the various strains of German Christmas songs presented by Frank and Renate at our December Christmas luncheon. Several of our members shared their talent in vocal solos on some of the verses!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 21, at 11:30 at the Phoenix Club. Our speaker, Karen Jensen, a former chapter member, has written a book about the migration of her mother’s family from Russia to the United States during the Bolshevik Revolution. She will be sharing the conditions and treatment of the family during that escape and will also have on display some family heirlooms related to those times. I’m sure you’ll want to join us for this informative presentation.

Thanks to all of you who have submitted your $13 chapter dues for 2017. If you haven’t done so, send your check, payable to “GR So Cal” to Carol Epp, membership chair. Unlike previous years, we are no longer collecting dues for AHSGR or GRHS. They should be mailed directly to the national office or you may renew your national membership online at the respective website.

We’re looking for chapter members who would be willing to serve on the chapter board. We have several opportunities and we’d encourage you to let us know if you’re willing to “jump in” and be an important part of keeping our chapter “alive and well.” Just let me know if you’d be willing to help us keep the chapter strong!

See you at the January 21 meeting!

Fröliche Weinhachten und Ein Glückliches Neues Jahr!

David J. Karber

March 2017


Your chapter has been able to have great speakers at our luncheon meetings. If you did not attend the last luncheon meeting on January 21st you missed a great presentation treat from our speaker, Karen Jensen, and her discussion on the Bolshevik revolution and her family’s trials and tribulations in fleeing to the United States. Now on March 25th you have the opportunity to hear Paula Garb, professor at University of California Irvine. Her thought provoking presentation will be “My Journey toward Peacebuilding: Navigating Volga German, Russia-Jewish Heritage”. Boy, what an effort to say the least. Let me take the liberty to share about Paula. After growing up in Colorado and California and completing high school in San Francisco, Paula married a Russian and lived in the Soviet Union with her family (two sons) for nearly 20 years in the ‘70s and ‘80s. On her mother’s side, she is a descendant of the Burbach and Nolde families from Baltser and Norka in the Saratov region, and on her father’s side, the Garb family, Jews from the neighboring Tambov region. At the University of California, Irvine, she is a lecturer and researcher in conflict resolution, reconciliation processes between citizens in several conflict zones of the former USSR, the Middle East, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, and Kosovo. This is a program you do not want to miss.

Other yearly activities planned include the chapter’s representation at the CDC meeting on February 25th and the Summer picnic at Bob Freeman’s beautiful home on the beach on July 8th, another venue that is a must on your calendar. You don’t have to swim; just come and have fun and eat. Thinking of fun and eating, don’t forget the upcoming annual conventions of AHSGR and GRHS; places to visit, meet, and greet your friends and ‘long lost relatives’. Yes, that happens.

We wish to thank all new and long-time chapter members and solicit your chapter interests and suggestions for future programs and activities. Again, we welcome our most recent new chapter members: Linda Finnerty, Tricia Tremper, Jeannine Stake, Helen Viviano, Marilyn Reed, and Stan & Marla Deines. If I did not mention your name, I apologize.

In closing, because of you, we have a great chapter and you all are invited to
all of our functions. See you at the March meeting.

Larry Stumpf
Co – President

September 2017


December 2017