Late Breaking News

 

January 14, 2017

Laurel Hoffmann, Genealogy Committee, shared with us information about the upcoming International German Genealogy "Connections" Conference in Minneapois, July 28-30, 2017.  Click on the logo below to learn more.


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The following table shows the projected calendar for 2017 as determined by the board for your planning purposes.  Some dates still need to be confirmed.  All of these items will be loaded into the Events Calendar as well.

PVCW 2017 Calendar

January 4, 2017

Platt Tied

Pine Ridge

9 am

January 9

Board Meeting

Berlin Center

7 pm

February 5

Quarterly Meeting

Rib River

12 noon

February 6

Platt Tied

Bull Falls

3 pm

February 25

Fasching:

Jerry Schneider Orchestra  

Rib River Ballroom

 

1-5 pm

February 25

Marshfield Cultural Fair

 

 

February 27

Board Meeting

Berlin Center

7 pm

March 1

Platt Tied

Pine Ridge

9 am

March 11

Card Party

Berlin Center

1-4 pm

April 2

Quarterly Meeting

Rib River

12 noon

April 3

Platt Tied

Bull Falls

3 pm

May 3

Platt Tied

Pine Ridge

9 am

May ?

Max Kade Annual Meeting

 

 

May ?

Genealogy Conference

Wausau

 

May 6

Portage County Cultural Festival

Stevens Point Area High School

10 am-5 pm

June 5

Platt Tied

Bull Falls

3 pm

June 5

Board Meeting

Berlin Center

7 pm

June 25

Pommerntag, Pommerscher Verein Freistadt

Rotary Park

Mequon WI

Noon – 5:30 pm

July 9

Piknik Im Bush

Berlin Center

 

12 noon

July & August

Platt Tied Vacation

 

 

August 16-28

Roots VI & Reformation Tour

 

 

September 5

Board Meeting

Berlin Center

7 pm

September 6

Platt Tied

Pine Ridge

9 am

September 15-17

Oktoberfest

Chippewa Falls

 

October 2

Platt Tied

Bull Falls

3 pm

October 8

Annual Meeting

Rib River

12 noon

November 1

Platt Tied

Pine Ridge

9 am

November 6

Organizational Board Meeting

Berlin Center

7 pm

December 4

Platt Tied (Ugly Sweater)

Bull Falls

3 pm

 

Meeting dates at Rib River confirmed with Jack.

Pommerscher Library is open the second Saturday of the month, 9am-4pm.

All dates are tentative and subject to change.  Accurate dates will be posted in the calendars in the Quarterly Blatts.

 

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Roots Tour VI Being Planned

August 16-28, 2017

Germany and Poland

Emigration     -     Family Ancestral Home Visits     -     Reformation 500

visiting

Bremerhaven-Hamburg-Greifswald-Misdroy-Stettin-Schneidemühl-Wittenberg-Berlin.

Some PVCW members have been inquiring about our Verein having another Roots Tour.  The last "roots" tour was held back in 2008.  There have been 5 previous tours and many of our members have attended one or more.  But now, there are newer members interested as well as people who have learned more about their heritage and ancestral homes and want to go back  So, here we go, one more time!  The tour will be opened to members of the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin initially and then if there is space remaining on the coach, it will be opened to non-members after an organizational kick-off meeting on January 29, 2017. Should you be interested in receiving a detailed brochure when it becomes available, just email your request to donz@bullfallsbrewery.com.

 

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2017 PVCW Meeting Schedule Released

Board Meetings:  January 9, March 13, June 12, September 11, November 6 – Organizational Board Meeting

Quarterly Meetings:  February 5, April 2, July 9 - Piknik Im Bush, October 8 - Annual Meeting

February 25 – Fasching Ball at the Rib River Ballroom

March 11 – Neighborhood Schafskopf Card Party-Berlin Center

Board meetings are held at the Berlin Center in Naugart in the Pommerscher Verein Library and begin at 7:00 p.m.

Quarterly meetings are typically held at the Rib River Ballroom beginning with a dinner at noon followed by group singing, a speaker program, and the business meeting.  These are well attended with somewhere around 100 people.  The exception is the Piknik Im Bush.  The location for this year's picnic is still to be determined.

 

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Meyer's Gazetteer Now Online and Available on PVCW.org!

Meyers Orts und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs

"An extremely exciting development in German genealogical research has recently occurred.    Meyers Orts und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs (Meyer's) has now been indexed, put online, and coupled with the Karte des Deutschen Reichs.  Although versions of Meyer's have been online in various places for some time, this version has many features that set it apart from all others and make it an invaluable tool for German research."  

This quote from the Fritz Juengling Ph.D, A.G. article appeared in the most recent issue of Der Blumenbaum.  We have received permission to reprint this important piece in our newsletter and to publish it on our website.  We send our appreciation to Dr. Juengling and to Shirlely Riemer, Editor of Der Blumenbaum for publishing this article about this powerful tool.

The origin of putting the Meyer's Gazatteer online and tying it together with the maps goes all the way back to 1994.  Dr Juengling states, "As early as 1994 Marion Rainey felt inspired to index Meyer’s.  So, she set herself to the task and for the next 20+ years has spent countless hours indexing the multi-volume work—without any compensation or indexing help.  After some time, Brad Coleman, a computer programmer, volunteered to help with the technical and computer aspects of the project. The result of their work is a powerful tool for German research. Their desire is to have this new tool online and free for all researchers forever."  You will also find the menu item for accessing Meyer's Ort under the Immigration Menu on our home page.

You can also reach it by clicking on this link.  Meyer's Ort.

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POMMERSCHER VEREIN CENTRAL WISCONSIN

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rib River Ballroom

The day began with registration at 11:30 A.M. This was followed by DuWayne Zamzow singing the dinner prayer to the tune of “Edelweiss.” We were then treated to one of Jack’s famous German dinner buffets. While we were eating we were treated to music played by our traveling musician, Ron Machel, on his new accordion that he recently purchased while on a trip to Germany. Next we enjoyed a performance by the PVCW Danz Grupe. They did three very nice dances, accompanied by Jim Pekol.  DuWayne told us the story of each dance before they performed it so we knew what to watch for. He also told the history of the “tracht” the dancers were wearing. Next a trio – DuWayne, Sue Zastrow and Randy Braatz – sang a beautiful song in Plätt titled “Nu Kumm Un Loat Uns Wannern”  (“Now Come and Let Us Wander”). To finish off the entertainment we all joined in to sing “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” in German and “Das Pommerland.”

 

Reinie Lenz introduced our speaker, Teresa Ciejka (pronounced Jãkä). She had a very interesting story to tell of what she went through to emigrate from Poland to the United States. She also told how the borders of the countries would change and all of a sudden they would be ruled by a different government. Thank you, Teresa!

 

President Ralph Sturm called the Business Meeting to order and asked us to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the USA. A motion was made, seconded and carried to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the last meeting. Cindy Braatz presented the Treasurer’s Report with a total of $32,157.53 in the checking/savings accounts.

A motion was made, seconded and carried to accept the report as given.

OLD BUSINESS: 

1-      Ralph reported that the PVCW website is a work in progress and is starting to take great shape with thanks to Don and DuWayne Zamzow. He encouraged everyone to check it out and to share any stories anyone has to put on the website and give them to DuWayne.

2-      Ralph asked for comments on the Piknik im Bush. There were several comments that it was very nice.

3-      Ralph asked for comments on the interviews by the students from Madison on the Plätt language. Lorraine Kleinschmidt reported that there were 24 people that were interviewed for 1 ½ hours each and they all enjoyed the experience.

4-      DuWayne reported that there are several families that want to have tiles made of their immigrants. This offer is only good until October 2017 – and it is first come, first served. When that date arrives the offer will expire and not be reopened again.

5-      Tim and Beverly Baumann now have the PVCW hat pins for sale at $2.00 each.

NEW BUSINESS:

1-      The terms of several Board Members expire this year. They are: Randy & Cindy Braatz, Ralph & Rosemary Sturm, Reinie & Marlene Lenz and Earl & Jalaine Woller. All have agreed to serve another three years if need be. Ralph called for nominations from the floor with no response. There was then a motion for the secretary to cast a unanimous ballot to retain the above named for another three years. There was a second and the motion was carried.

2-      Social: Marlene Lenz reported that she and Reinie have several leads for future speakers, but none of them are set in stone at this time, yet.

3-      Genealogy: Gary Klingbeil showed us a puzzle map of Duetchland that he bought at an auction at First English Lutheran Church. His sister and her daughter put it all together and Gary had it framed and is donating it to the PVCW Library. Thank you Gary and family!

4-      Library: Gary reported that the Library is a very busy place on the Saturdays it is open. People from several different states have come to look for family records and say we have a very nice facility.

5-      The Blätt:  Gary reported that the cost of mailing the Blätt is very expensive. It gets mailed four times a year and costs $1400.00 each time. He asked if it would be alright to add $5.00 onto the membership dues. A motion was made, seconded and carried to add that amount on. This will not go into effect until October 16, 2017.

6-      Membership: Ellen Krohn reported that our membership is at 480.

7-      DuWayne asked that we keep our members, Bob Gruling and Delmor Hoffman, in our prayers.

8-      DuWayne announced that the next Plätt Tied will be at Pine Ridge Restaurant on Wednesday, November 2, at 9:00 A.M.

9-      Our next Board Meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 7, at the Berlin Center.

The last thing to take place was for out-going President Ralph Sturm to pass the gavel to our new president, Lyle Krohn.  Lyle then thanked Ralph for the good job he did the past year!

 

There being no other business there was a motion, and a second to adjourn. Motion carried.

 

Secretary, Jalaine Woller


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22nd Annual Annual Meeting Notice

Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin

Rib River Ballroom, Marathon, WI

October 16, 2016 12:00 Noon

The featured speaker for the Annual Meeting is Teresa Cidjka.  Her grandparents are from Latvia, it is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.  It is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the southem, and Russia to the east.  After WW II, they escaped from there to begin a new life in southern Poland.  She was born in Poland which was run by Russian Communists and their soldiers.  Many unpleasant events influenced her decision to leave Poland and build a new life elsewhere.  She arrived in the USA in 1988.  She met her husband, got married, and went to school to be a Dental Hygienist, her current occupation.  Her husband is a Rheumatologist with Aspirus, and her son graduated from college in April 2016.  She also works as a hygienist in various nursing homes helping to bring oral health to the nursing home health.

AGENDA

  1. 11:30 Registration
  2. 12:00 Pledge of Allegiance; Table Prayer – Dinner
  3. 1:00 Pommern Sing-A-Long
  4. Call to order – Welcome, recognize visitors and new members.
  5. Program:  Reinie/Marlene Lenz to introduce guest speaker – Teresa Ciejka – immigration from Poland
  6. SECRETARY’S REPORT: 
  7. TREASURER’S REPORT 
  8. OLD BUSINESS.
    1.  PVCW Website - www.pvcw.org
    2.  Review of Piknik im Bush
    3.  Platt Interviews
    4. Further updates on Immigrant Marker tiles/bricks – DuWayne Zamzow.
    5. Verein hat pins are now available for sale $2.00 each – see Tim & Beverly Baumann.
  9. 6. NEW BUSINESS.
    1. Election:  Board members whose terms are expiring this year are:  Randy & Cindy Braatz, Ralph & Rosemary Sturm, Reinie & Marlene Lenz, and Earl & Jalaine Woller.  All have agreed to serve another three years.
  10. REPORTS:
    1. History.  DuWayne Zamzow
    2. Tours.  
    3. Social/Programs.  Any suggestions to Reinie & Marlene Lenz
    4. Heritage.
    5. Genealogy:  Gary Klingbeil
    6. Language:  Platt Tied
    7. Sale & Inventory
    8. Library:
    9. Membership:  Ellen Krohn
    10. Blatt:  Gary Klingbeil
    11. Music:  DuWayne Zamzow.
  11. OTHER BUSINESS:  Next membership meeting:  February – to be announced.
    1. Reorganizational Meeting for Board of Directors – November 7, at 7:00 p.m. at Berlin Center
    2. Any other business?  
    3. Passing of gavel to new President, Lyle Krohn.
  12.   Ralph Sturm, President
  13. ENTERTAINMENT – DANZ GRUPE


22nd Annual Piknik Im Busch

Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin

July 10, 2016 12:00 Noon

Register with form provided in the Newsletter, Dat Pommersche Blatt.  If you do not have access to a form, contact Cindy Braatz, 1102 N 136th Ave, Marathon, WI 54448. The cost is $12 per person, $5 children 4-12. Jack's Famous Pommern Picnic Dinner at Noon.  Check in will begin at 11:30 a.m. 

The Bull Falls Refreshment Trailer will be available for purchase of beer and sodas. Water will also be available.

There will be a concert of German music by the Bull Falls Blasmusikanten complements of the Bull Falls Brewery.

Again, this year will feature the 4th Annual Volksmarsch through 15 minute nature trail, walking sticks provided. Participants will receive treats and a 2016 Volksmarsch medallion.

Start flexing your biceps and join the Beer Stein Contest. The winner is the one who can hold a filled one-liter beer stein the longest.

Karen Thell will be there to demonstrate rug making on her loom.

Also on-going throughout the day viewing and exploring will be happening in the Library, Museum to see the many display boards and exhibits.  Also you may spot that one-of-a kind gift for sale by Tim & Beverly Baumann that the PVCW has for sale.

Come early and stay late for a great and memorable day.

 

 

 


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