Golden Wheat Chapter History
The Golden Wheat Chapter was organized in 1978 to help us discover our heritage and to pay tribute to our German-Russian ancestors. It was the second local chapter organized in Kansas. There are now three active chapters in the state.
The name Golden Wheat was chosen because the Germans from Russia were largely farmers whose wheat helped to make Kansas a great state. Turkey Red Hard Winter Wheat, introduced over 120 years ago into South Central Kansas by Mennonite pioneers, produced abundantly on the Great Plains and gradually turned the "Great American Desert" into the Nation's "bread basket".
Activities attempt to provide a balance between social and historical research and inspirational activities. The general meetings provide speakers, slide presentations, musical programs, historical documentaries or reports on travel in Russia by our members. Many of our Golden Wheat Chapter members have published family histories and other books.
Ours is a diverse membership with many religious groups and vocational areas represented. We work on a variety of fund raising activities to continue our support of AHSGR national headquarters and assist in the preservation of our heritage.
2016 Golden Wheat Chapter Membership Form:
Click on the link below to download a membership form for the National Society and for our chapter. Fill out the form, enclose your check for the dues and mail to the address given on the form. Make out checks to "Golden Wheat Chapter of AHSGR."
2016 MEMBERSHIP FORM
Golden Wheat Chapter Calendar of Events
General membership meetings are held four times a year. The January/February, April/May, August Family Picnic, and October Chapter meetings are held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 909 South Market in Wichita. A potluck dinner precedes the meetings and program. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Convention reports are given during the picnic meeting.
The annual Christmas Party is a festive event for families and friends and is also held at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Finger food, cookies and punch are plentiful during the social hour beginning at 2 p.m. Special music is provided, and Christmas Carols are sung in both German and English. Santa Claus makes his visit with gifts for the children. The chapter should be advised in advance of the names and ages of the children (up to and including 12 years old) attending so Santa will be prepared to greet them.
Contact the President for times of the events below.
2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Jan. 31, Folklore and Ethnic Dinner
April 10, Genealogy
July 13-16, AHSGR Convention, Concord Calif.
Aug. 13, Family Picnic
Oct. 16, General Meeting and Election of Officers
Dec. 4, Christmas Party
Golden Wheat Chapter Library and Genealogy
Our library contains many books, AHSGR Journals, Clues, and other resource material. Chapter members are invited to browse through the material and are able to check out books for their research projects. The Library is open on meeting days and the second Friday of every month. Members and non-members may make appointments to use the library at other times. A genealogy workshop is held yearly to assist our members in their areas of research. Golden Wheat Chapter members are always willing to answer questions and offer suggestions on research projects throughout the year.
Karen (Suderman) Penner
Newton, KS 67114
1st Vice President/Program Chair
2nd Vice President/Ways & Means
Photography & Video
Karen Calkins &
Pat & Ralph Engelken
other Ad Hoc