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Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin 


c/o Berlin Center

11248 Berlin Lane

Athens, WI 54411 

This address is not located in the Village of Athens.  It is located at Naugart in the Township of Berlin, Marathon Co. on the corner of  Naugart Drive and Berlin Lane.

Where is Naugart?

The aerial photo below shows the Township Garage in the upper right corner of the the intersection, the former Naugart Post Office and Store in the lower right corner of the intersection.  Immediately across the road in the lower left corner of the intersection is the former Naugart Elementary School and further to the left is the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetary.  Across the road from it in the upper left corner of the intersection is the Berlin Center., formerly the Berlin consolidated elementary school, now housing the Township Offices, a meeting hall, the 4-H club, and the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin.



The Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin exists to preserve the language and heritage of its member's ancestors who immigrated primarily from the Prussian Provinces of Pomerania, West and East Prussia, and Posen as well as Mecklenburg (not a province of Prussia); to record the rich history of the settlers; and to be a resource for genealogy research. A further objective is to provide opportunities for fellowship, friendship, and gemütlichkeit for members and the community at large.  

DuWayne Zamzow, Pres. Elect, 2018-2019, accepting gavel from Randy Braatz outgoing Pres.


The Verein has 4 membership meetings per year with a typical attendance of about 100, including a meal, group singing, a speaker or presentation of interest, and a business meeting. The current President is Ralph Sturm who conducts the meetings.  The annual meeting is held in October and meetings in February and May. The summer gathering is a picnic called "Piknik im Busch". It is usually held at the Berlin Center in Naugart, Township of Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin. 

The Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin is a non-profit 501(c)(7) heritage society.



Membership in the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin can be an interesting, educational, and fun experience, depending upon your areas of interest and motivation.  Membership is inexpensive and and easy to obtain.  There are regular family and single memberships as well as associate non-voting memberships.  Membership qualifies the member to a subscription of Dat Pommersche Blatt,  our quarterly newsletter which contains information about upcoming activities and events, interesting articles about Pomeranian history, genealogy,and stories contributed by our members and friends at large,  There are also 4 quarterly meetings which are typically attended by 100-plus people with a noon meal and with a featured speaker on a variety of topic, a Pomeranian Sing-a-long, and a business meeting which hears committee reports.. Once a year there is a Piknik im Busch  (Picnik in the Woods) 

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President:  DuWayne Zamzow                                                                   Secretary:  Jalaine Woller

1st Vice President:  Tom Mueller                                                           Treasurer:  Cindy Braatz

2nd Vice President:   Jane Braatz

Term Expires 2019                           Term Expires 2020                           Term Expires 2021

Randy & Cindy Braatz                   Jane Braatz & Tom Bogren           Tom & Judy Mueller

Reinie & Marlene Lenz                 Gary Gisselman                                 Willie & Karen Schult

Ralph & Rosemary Sturm             Eppie Gruling                                     Carol Uekert     

Earl & Jalaine Woller                     Lyle & Ellen Krohn                           DuWayne Zamzow 

COMMITTEE                                                       NAMES                                                                 FUNCTION

Dat Blatt                                               Gary Klingbeil, Chr.                                         Publish quarterly newsletter,    

                                                                Tom Mueller                                                      Write articles

                                                                DuWayne Zamzow

                                                                Don Zamzow

Endowment                                       Randy Braatz                                                      Promotion and growth of

                                                                Cindy Braatz                                                  Pomeranian culture through

                                                                Jalaine Woller                                               the study of history, music,

                                                                DuWayne Zamzow                                      food, language, and dance

                                                                Tom Mueller, Chr.

                                                                Earl Woller (Member-at-large)

Heritage                                               Jane Braatz & Tom Bogren                           Educational tables at

                                                                Laurel Hoffmann, Chr.                                   events, traditions, food

                                                                Earl & Jalaine Woller

History                                                  DuWayne Zamzow, Chr.                               Historical facts

                                                                Eppie Gruling                                                     Scrap Book

                                                                Willie & Karen Schult                                      Wall of Honor   

                                                                Carol Uekert

Language                                             Eppie Gruling                                                     Platt Im Sak,

                                                                Ralph Sturm, Chr.                                            Platt Tied, Teach &                                                                                          Earl & Jalaine Woller                                       Preserve Platt

                                                                Don & LouAnn Zamzow

                                                                DuWayne Zamzow

Library & Genealogy                       Laurel Hoffman, Chr.                                      Family research, displays,

                                                                Gary Klingbeil                                                     Maps, records                                                                                                   Don Litzer

                                                                Lynn Meier                                                                                                                        

                                                                Gary Gisselman

                                                                Darlene Weidman

Membership                                      Ellen Krohn, Chr.                                              Maintain membership list,

                                                                Cindy Braatz                                                       Dues, etc.

                                                                Gary Klingbeil

Music & Dance                                  DuWayne Zamzow, Chr.                               Danz Gruppe, Sängerchor,

                                                                Jane Braatz                                                         Singing at meetings

Programs                                             Gary Gisselman, Chr.                                     Arrange programs for                                                                                                                                                                     Quarterly Meetings

PVCW Website                                  Don Zamzow, Chr.                                           Update and maintain website

Laurel Hoffmann                                              with current information            

                                                                Tom Mueller

                                                                DuWayne Zamzow

Photography                                      DuWayne Zamzow, Chr.                               Photo for Blatt, scrapbook, etc.

                                                                Judy Mueller

Sales & Merchandise                      Jane Braatz & Tom Bogren, Chr.                Maintain inventory

                                                                Reinie & Marlene Lenz                                   of maps, books, etc.

                                                                Randy & Cindy Braatz

                                                                Tom & Judy Mueller                                                       

Social                                                     Elgart & Eunice Baumann                             Fasching, Card Party,

                                                                Tim & Bev Baumann                                       Piknik

                                                                Randy & Cindy Braatz                                                                    

                                                                Eppie Gruling

                                                                Reinie & Marlene Lenz, Chr.

       Bill & Rita Mueller

                                                                Tom & Judy Mueller

                                                                David & Bonnie Radtke                 

                                                                Willie & Karen Schult

                                                                Ralph & Rosemary Sturm

                                                                DuWayne Zamzow

Tours                                                     DuWayne Zamzow, Chr.                               Platt Konferenz

                                                                Ralph Sturm                                                       Max Kade and Other

                                                                Gary Gisselman

The committee members consist of Board Members, Laurel Hoffman - Librarian, Gary Klingbeil - Dat Blatt Editor, and Don & LouAnn Zamzow - Consultants.  Encourage and invite other members to assist with your committees.  Committee chairpersons have forms to complete annually for past activities and consistency.

Webmaster  Donald D Zamzow  donz@bullfallsbrewery.com