Random Acts of Living


Monday, January 30, 2017

Golden Wheat AHSGR Folklore Meeting


This was the Folklore meeting of Golden Wheat Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. This meeting many members bring traditional foods and share family history.






It wasn't a real big crowd but there was plenty of food and a good variety.


There were bierocks and sausage...



Zwieback..



A poppy seed pastry...


...Gooseberry pie and peppernuts.


We started off with a prayer as usual...


 and then Karen told everyone filled their plates.







We had the installation of officers. Karen C., Membership chair was out with the flu. Ella and Dennis traded jobs, other than that no change.


Officers stood as they accepted their positions.


Vail presented the budget for approval.


Mel presented the memorial service.


The program was member sharing about our ancestors coming to Kansas as part of Kansas celebrating it's statehood today. Ella F. started with a poem about Kansas written by Ella D. then she gave brief history of our coming to Russia and the reasons why we fled Russia, stories of the various Russian colonies and where in Kansas they settled.


    Alberta N. gave her family history of coming to Kansas.


Dennis shared his family migration history,


Karen shared an interesting book for teaching children and adults about our history using zwieback as a teaching tool (see picture of display table at beginning of post). As the meeting was ending Karen presented the plaque commemorating Rachel Smith for her contribution to the library and beyond.


Our Folklore meeting is always one of the favorites of the year because of the wonderful food and sharing of family memories. A Wonderful way to start a New Year!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women's March ICT

My daughter and granddaughter (the older granddaughter couldn't attend because she just had surgery on her ankle) walked with me in the Women's March in Wichita KS on Saturday, Jan 21, 2017.



  There were people there representing a very diverse array of humanity, Equal Rights for EVERYONE! Here's a copy of the schedule of events.





From time to time a group would break out with a chant and attention would turn their direction.




Many signs and many pink pussy hats.


The walk started out slow, it takes a while to funnel that many people down a sidewalk.


See the white dot to the far right in the picture below? That's a drone that circle above us for a while. I saw the guy land it on our walk to City Hall but don't have a clue who he was. Couldn't see that he was affiliated with any media. I have seen and pictures or video surface from it yet.



Carry Nation made a showing, hatchet and bible in hand.


We couldn't get in where we could hear the speakers and we were starting to get really hungry. So after hanging around a while we decided to head on back. The granddaughter does love the chocolate IHOP pancakes. 


I attempted to find video of the speakers. The Facebook events page has plethora of pictures from the march in the discussion section and someone said there was video of speakers there also. I have only found one.


In a Facebook post there were complaints from another state about the March not being focused enough. This is my response to that:

"In Wichita KS the only focused issue was RIGHTS... Equal Rights, Civil Rights for EVERYONE. We think this is focused enough. It's not ME, ME, ME! That's Trump. We had Rainbow groups, we had Suffragettes, we had BLM, we had Latinas with wonderful chants... and that's only a few. THIS is what the march was about. :)"

I am very proud of the unity shown at the Wichita Women's March. Would love to see this grow.

And now a message from the national organization:

Thank you to the millions of people around the world who, on January 21, came together by the millions to raise our voices. But our march forward does not end here. Now is the time to get our friends, family and community together and MAKE HISTORY.

Join us in launching a new campaign:
10 Actions for the first 100 Days.

Found a video at the Trust Women page:

https://www.facebook.com/trustwomen/videos/10153688996207185/
(I couldn't get the embed link to work)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Golden Wheat Chapter Christmas Party


The Christmas meeting of the Golden Wheat Chapter of the AHSGR began with Karen P. giving us God's Blessing. Everyone was invited to help themselves to all the wonderful snacks, sweets and punch. She shared with us a message from the Ukraine about their recent loss of religious freedoms.






Karen C. explained the cotton wrapped tree that she learned about at Round Up along with traditions that went with it.


Members shared stories about family ornaments.
Ella #1 read the Christmas gospel to us in German and then in English. Ella #2 read to us about the Christmas pickle ornament.

Then the drawings began for the door prizes.


Then it was time for our entertainment, Judy Wiebe Mace on her harp.

Judy read an audience participation story to us with a couple of the youth strumming the harp when they heard their cue.

Then who should appear! Why Santa Clause of course!

With gifts for the children.







Dennis read to us about the Volga tradition of Bells Nichols, quite different than our modern Santa. The Grand Finale was the drawing for the prizes from the fund raiser.

Another Wonderful Christmas Party for the end of 2016 
and Hopes and Prayers for 2017!