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James Valley Chapter
Jamestown, ND

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General Information

Meetings are generally held the first Friday of the month, except during the summer months. The availability of the programs, presenters, or holidays may necessitate an alternative date. Announcements of meetings are usually printed in the newsletter or local newspaper. Each meeting generally consists of a program focused on our German Russian heritage. This is accomplished by inviting individuals or groups to present oral, musical or video programs or doing a demonstration reflective of German Russian customs. Visitors are invited to attend the programs. There are several committees within the chapter. The following are some of those committees: newsletter, nominating, membership, music, genealogy, food, float, culture, and audit.

No specific requirements are necessary for membership. Anyone who has an interest in learning about German Russian history, customs, culture, or heritage, is invited to become a member.

Chapter History

The James Valley Chapter was organized in 1977 to help residents in the area learn about the German Russian culture and what influence it has on the area. This area is one of the areas where the Germans from Russia settled, established homes, became employed, and remained as residents.

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Chapter Organization

Chapter Officers are:    
President: Betty Brosz  
Vice President: Odella Mathias  
Secretary: Lillian Schlect  
Treasurer: Yvonne Wegner  
Board Members: Paul Janke Doreen Larson
  Lucille Kennedy Helen Hillius
  Eugenie Lang Lavina Kleese

Meetings & Activities

13 February 2009 – Jamestown Arts Center. Theme (Show Love to Others).
Bring paper products to give to safe shelter. Bring a valentine and show and tell
about it. Hosts: Paul and Alice Janke, Alvin Graff, Dave and Linda Janke.

3 April 2009 - 7 pm – Jamestown Arts Center. Jamestown High School German Club
under the direction of their instructor Cody Mickelson will have the program.
Hosts: Odella Mathias, Yvonne Wegner, Don and Verna Wirrenga, Christine and Dennis Witt.

1 May 2009 – 7 pm - Jamestown Arts Center. Video or speaker and election of officers.
Hosts: Julie and Kevin Wayne, Evanda Krenzel, Arlene Hofland.

5 June 2009 - Klaus Park, Jamestown, ND. Potluck picnic at 6 pm. Doreen Larson in
charge of games.

9-13 September 2009 - GRHS Convention, Rapid City, SD.


A chapter newsletter is published during September. It contains a schedule of events for the coming year and other notable events and newsworthy items. Upcoming events for the remainder of the year 2009 are listed above.

Chapter Contact

Mrs. Betty Brosz
909 12th St NE
Jamestown ND 58401