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.
Randy Braatz, Pres. Elect, 2017-2018, accepting gavel from Lyle Krohn, 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. he 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)
PVCW Officers, Boards, & Committees 2017-2018
President: Randy Braatz Secretary: Jalaine Woller
1st Vice President: DuWayne Zamzow Treasurer: Cindy Braatz
2nd Vice President: Tom Mueller
Term Expires 2018 Term Expires 2019 Term Expires 2020
Tom & Judy Mueller Randy & Cindy Braatz Janie Braatz & Tom Bogren
Willie & Karen Schult Reinie & Marlene Lenz Gary Gisselman
Carol Uekert Ralph & Rosemary Sturm Bob & Eppie Gruling
DuWayne Zamzow Earl & Jalaine Woller Lyle & Ellen Krohn
Committees are from 2017-18
COMMITTEE NAMES FUNCTION
History DuWayne Zamzow Historical facts
Carol Uekert Scrap Book
Bob & Eppie Gruling Wall of Honor
Willie & Karen Schult
Tours DuWayne Zamzow Platt Konferenz
Ralph Sturm and Other Trips
Programs Reinie & Marlene Lenz Arrange programs for Quarterly Meetings
Social Elgart & Eunice Baumann Fasching, Card Party,
Tim & Bev Baumann Piknik
Randy & Cindy Braatz
Bob & Eppie Gruling
Reinie & Marlene Lenz
Tom & Judy Mueller
Willie & Karen Schult
Ralph & Rosemary Sturm
Heritage Tom Bogren & Janie Braatz Educational tables at
Laurel Hoffmann events, traditions, food
Earl & Jalaine Woller
Library & Genealogy Laurel Hoffman Family research, displays,
Gary Klingbeil Maps, records
Language DuWayne Zamzow
Bob & Eppie Gruling Platt Tied, Teach & Preserve Platt Earl & Jalaine Woller
Don & LouAnn Zamzow
Sales & Merchandise Tom Bogren & Janie Braatz Maintain inventory
Reinie & Marlene Lenz of maps, books, etc.
Randy & Cindy Braatz
Membership Ellen Krohn Maintain membership list,
Cindy Braatz Dues, etc.
Music & Dance DuWayne Zamzow Danz Gruppe, Sängerchor,
Janie Braatz Singing at meetings
Photography DuWayne Zamzow Photo for Blatt, scrapbook, etc.
Dat Pommersche Blatt Gary Klingbeil Publish quarterly newsletter,
Tom Mueller Write articles
PVCW Website Don Zamzow Update and maintain website
Laurel Hoffmann with current information
Endowment Randy Braatz
The committee members consist of Board Members, Laurel Hoffman - Librarian, and Gary Klingbeil - Dat Pommersche Blatt Editor, and Don & LouAnn Zamzow - Consultants. Encourage and invite other members to assist with your committees.
Donald D Zamzow