Random Acts of Living

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Golden Wheat AHSGR Fall Meeting

We didn't have a large group for today's meeting of the Golden Wheat Chapter AHSGR which made it more relaxed and intimate.
I didn't get pictures of the wonderful food because I was busy with my helpers (grandkids) setting up the media equipment. We had a wide variety of food considering the small number of participants. 
There were get well cards passed around to be signed. 
All set up and ready for the program.
Conversations and fellowship...

Any time to take the opportunity to get lost in a book.
Karen started the meeting and Ella oversaw the installation of officers.
Starting the video went off without a glitch...
...and played all the way through.
There was a Q&A afterward.

It was another good meeting. The video from Headquarters is available to members for loan in our Chapter library. The library is open from 1:30 to 4 PM on the second Friday of each month.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Golden Wheat Chapter AHSGR Picnic

There was a pretty nice turn out for the annual picnic of the Golden Wheat Chapter AHSGR.
After registration we gathered for a prayer then lined up for the feast.
The food is always wonderful and in abundance.
One thing we are not short of is good cooks.

Sorry I didn't get a picture of the desert table but you can see it was a popular place.

Karen began the meeting.
Karen and Dennis gave brief reports from the Convention and Headquarters.
(*Note Ella sitting on the end here.)
Joan brought her grandmother's cross.

Ella read *Ella's story for her.
 Melvin shared his grandfather's contract for the sale of Schönhorst (Scheromet).
The contract and translation.
Fay brought a picture of her as a little girl.
She said she still has parts of the teddy bear.
Vail brought a German bible with family history.
Some of it is a mystery that needs more research.
Ella brought passport, ship's list and info on the ship when her grandmother came over.
Karen shared history from her husband's family.
The piece of material they believe was a front piece to a wedding dress belonging to the women pictured. Her husband's great-grandmother.
Dolly brought a key-chain she recently received from her older sister.
She believes her grandfather carried it for many years.
Dennis brought a few items. The trunk was the "suitcase" that was brought over from Russia.
The paper was a parish "shcein" (document). Used to transfer from one church to another. Also used as ID.
Lastly he held up the little wooden piece and asked if anyone knew what this was...
I was the last to present (no picture of me). I brought a New Year's Greeting for 1829 written in German, a letter written in 1877 from Russia, fabric that my great-grandmother brought over from Russia and a receipt for a newspaper written on the back of a political ticket for Grover Cleveland.
Oh, the little wooden object Dennis had? It was his grandmother's noodle board, for cutting noodles.

What a fun and enjoyable meeting. If you'd like to hear the full stories the DVD for the meeting is in the Golden Wheat library. The library is open from 1:30 to 4 PM on the second Friday of each month.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Debt Collection

April 6, 2015 I received a letter from Collect Pros (see picture below) claiming that I owed money to Elite Coupon Deals.

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Never having done business with Elite Coupon Deals that I recalled I went online to see what I could find out. I had no luck finding any previous interaction with any such company. I proceeded to research what I needed to do to handle the situation. 

I found legal advice gave my next step as sending the collection agency a letter which I copied and inserted my information in to. I sent this off immediately.

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On May 14, 2015 I received my response:

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Fraud? Maybe. I did not find either company listed as known scammers.

If you receive collection notices that are questionable it is best that you don't just ignore them, a simple letter can resolve all doubt. Make copies of all written interaction and make note of phone #, date & time, and names for all verbal communication. Cover your bases. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Rachel Smith Memorial Folklore Meeting

The Golden Wheat Chapter of the AHSGR was scheduled to have its annual Folklore meeting on January 24, 2013 when only days before we receive news of the passing of one of our more active chapter member and member of the board. The loss of Rachel Smith has left a big void in not only our chapter but our hearts.

Rachel Elizabeth (Borecky) Smith passed away on Jan. 24, 2013 at Wichita, KS. Born on May 30, 1920 in Ellsworth County, Kansas to Edward and Rachel Heinze Borecky. Married Robert Enos Smith on September 27, 1941 in Larned, KS. He passed away April 11, 1974. Also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Carol Ann Smith Lyne; brother, Roy Borecky; nephew, Ronnie Borecky and niece, Elaine Borecky Scoggins. Rachel worked for the Midwest Air Procurement District, the Office of the Price Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service for thirty-five plus years, retiring on May 2, 1979. Genealogy became her hobby, and she researched and prepared several Family Histories. Rachel is survived by two granddaughters, Denise Ann (Mark) Kalmer, Chandler, Arizona and Julie Kay (Christopher) Jennings, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; two great grandsons, Keifer Jennings and Quentin Jennings; and many relatives and friends. Service will be Tuesday, Jan. 29 1:00 p.m. at the Mission Chapel Mausoleum, 3424 E. 21st Street, Wichita, KS. Visitation will be Monday 4 to 8 p.m. at Old Mission Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that contributions be made to AHSGR Golden Wheat Chapter, 822 N. Cypress Ct., Wichita, Kansas, 67206.

For our meeting we shared our traditional ethnic covered dish dinner. Just to name a few, there was Pluma Moos...

...I don't know the traditional name for this but it was poppy seed rolls and they were delicious!

Two different pots of Borscht...

...and always have to have a bowl of vareniki...

...German sausage and some sauerkraut...

...something new to the table...

...and some bierocks to sample for a change in seasoning for our next bierock fund raiser.

Karen brought some of her family history to share, letters from her grandmother to a son in Texas...

...and her grandfather's song book that he wrote that used numbers instead of notes.

There was time for leisure visiting before the meeting.

After the usual meeting and installation of officers we began our program with Harold playing Amazing Grace on his trombone accompanied by his wife, Vicki.

Joel gave the memorial and then members were encouraged to share memories of Rachel.

The meeting closed with Harold, accompanied by Vicki, playing a German Medley on his trombone.

We will all miss you Rachel. You leave a large hole to fill in our chapter, you filled many shoes not only in your research work but also as our main greeter with the registration book & name tags and chief librarian who was always on call to anyone to open the doors for research. Godspeed!