Aelpler Gruppe Swiss Club / Newark Swiss Park, Inc.
Dedicated to preserving Swiss German traditions, music and dancing
Location: Newark Swiss Park, Inc., 5911 Mowry Ave
Newark, CA  94560
Phone: 510-793-6272
Contact: Bob Fuchslin, Manager               510-793-6272
Officers: Aelpler Gruppe Swiss Club, Inc.
Arnold Ambiel, President           408-691-6446
Mariette Franke                          408-988-4351

Allgemeiner Deutscher Frauen-Hilfsverein
German Ladies' General Benevolent Society
Helping women and children of German descent in need.
The Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Address:  P.O. Box 27101, San Francisco, CA  94127
Phone: 415-391-9947
Officers: Ortun Niesar, President
Silvia Hildebrandt, Vice President

Almenrausch Schuhplattler (BGTEV)
Preservation society of costumes, customs, music, dance, and song of the Bavarian mountain region.
Dance for the public, wear authentic costumes, and join in the fun. We teach you; no partner needed.  Children are welcome!
Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave at Harrison
Oakland, CA 94612
Mailing: Barbara Clement, 1491 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA  94602
Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm.
James Zimmerman                                    925-212-4739
Barbara Clement                                       510-530-5229
Officers: James Zimmerman, Vorstand-President
Barbara Clement, Treasurer
Member of: German American Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

American Association of the Teachers of German
Northern California Chapter (AATG NorCal)
This is one of the 60+ chapters of the nationwide AATG organization, headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
AATG NorCal focuses on support & enhancement of learning/teaching the language, history & culture of German-speaking countries in our region. Our members (teachers & students in all the various institutions and all those interested in learning German) enjoy the benefits of professional development, award & grant opportunities, access to many resources, info on jobs, and collaboration & support on all levels.
Location: The Goethe Institute in San Francisco where we offer free workshops and catered lunch
Meetings: Twice a year (Spring & Fall) - flexible dates
Contact: Christiane Frederickson   510-339-2721
Specials: Annual projects are an Awards Ceremony honoring student success in AATG National German exams, and our German Immersion Day for German learners.
Newsletters & bulletins about local events are sent out to our membership. To join this FREE service, contact Christiane Frederickson or check our website.

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia - AHSGR
Mission Statement: An international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation, and dissemination of information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic Settlers in the Russian Empire, and their descendants.
AHSGR – Golden Gate Chapter
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church
468 Grand Street, Redwood City, CA 94062
Mailing: 12801 Glen Brae Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070 or
AHSGR, 631 D Street, Lincoln, NE 68502
Meetings: 2 p.m. on  3rd Sunday in January, March, May, September, and November
Contact: Susan Nakaji 
Website:  (under California chapters)
Officers: Patricia Yencho, President                              408-732-1452
Tom Brewster, VP                                          408-779-8743
Joan Scott, Membership                                 650-327-4930
Virginia Martin, Secretary                              650-322-0875
Darlene Robertson, Treasurer                         510-886-3268
Karen Martz, Newsletter Editor                      925-936-5485

Concordia Sport Club - Soccer Club
Location:  Concordia Sport Club
2355 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
Events: 1st Friday of the month, 8:00 p.m.
- General Membership Meeting
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
- "Preis Skat"
Club Hours:
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sundays (on Dinner days only)  4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Officers: Hans Merten, President                      650-344-8213
Otto Hofmann, Vice President           650-692-0338

Consulate of the Republic of Austria
Dr. Peter Fredericks, Honorary Consul
Location: 580 California Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA  94104
Hours: By appointment only

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Mr. Stefan Schlüter, Consul General
Location: 1960 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA  94109
Phone: 415-775-1061
Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Consulate General of Switzerland
Mr. Hans-Ulrich Tanner, Consul General
Location: 456 Montgomery St., Ste 1500,  San Francisco  94104
Phone: 415-788-2272
Website: and
Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon

Damenchor Liederkranz
Women's Singing Society
Neue Sängerinnen sind herzlich willkommen!
440 Taraval St., San Francisco, CA 94116
Rehersals: Weekly - for exact information call Astrid or Hannelore
Contact: Hannelore Hickey
Officers: Hannelore Hickey, President             415-664-7723
Gerda Beisel, Vice President             415-731-8521
Astrid Holder, Treasuer                     650-697 3982

Deutscher Musik Verein of San Francisco
German Band (Blaskapelle)
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco
1187 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA  94109
Mailing: 575 Columbus Ave, #2
San Francisco, CA  94133
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. unless cancelled.
For confirmation call president or vice president.
Officers: Alto Rechenauer, President                510-725-1084
Bill Bates, Vice President                   415-309-0953
Curtis Hollenbeck, Secretary              415-544-8882
Kit Bomar, Treasurer                          650-728-5908
Adrian Quince, Conductor                  415-717-7276

Excelsior German Center at the Altenheim
Connecting with German language and culture.
Please see ad in the Patrons' section for information, events and dates
Location: 1699 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
Membership Meetings: Every Spring and Fall (call for exact dates)
Contact: Hannelore Avalos, Secretary
Officers: Marie Hoffmann, President  
Tony Schaller, Vice President
Hilde Lorentz, Treasurer
Member of: German American  Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Freundschaft Liederkranz
Männergesangsverein / Men’s Chorus
Neue Sänger sind immer herzlich willkommen!
Loaction: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
3281-16th St., San Francisco,  94103
Mailing: Freundschaft Liederkranz
3281–16th St., San Francisco, CA  94103
P.O. Box 326, Millbrae, CA  94030
Every Monday, 6:45 to 8:45  p.m.
Contact: Gerhard Holder
Officers: Karl Eisele, President                     650-593-6985          
George Hoeser, VP                         925-798-6723
Steve Scholz, Music Director
Member of: German American  Heritage Foundation, Washington DC
United German American Societies of San Francisco

German-American Heritage Foundation
Washington, D.C.
Please see ad in the Patrons' section for information.

German American School Association of Northern California (GASANC) Nordkalifornischer Schulverband
Umbrella organization for Saturday Schools providing German language classes for children and adults.
Contact: Please see ad in the Patrons' section for information.
Mailing: P.O. Box 10394, San Jose, CA  95157
Member Schools: German School of the East Bay
German Language School of Marin
German-American School of Palo Alto
German School of San Francisco
German School of the South Bay
German School of Fremont
San Ramon Valley German School
Officers: Pamela Scholz, President                           925-226-0680

German-American Society of Marin, Inc.
(GAS-Marin)     Cultural and social club
Star Restaurant
1700 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94947
Mailing: P.O. Box 1276, Novato, CA  94948
Meetings: Every 1st Wednesday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Fritz Richter, President                      415-892-7385
Member of: German American  Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Germania Verein, Inc.
Social Organization:  
Gesangsverein / Skatgruppe / Schützengruppe / Sprachgruppe / Kaffeeklatsch / Karnevalgruppe
Location: Germania Hall
261 N. Second  St., San Jose, CA 95112
Mailing: 261 N. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA  95112-4016
Meetings: First Friday of every month, at 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Ute Nelson                               408-275-9308 or 408-241-2926
Officers: Albert Zimmermann, President
Dennis Mueller, Vice President
Ute Nelson, Secretary     

German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)
Please see ad in the Patrons' section for information.

Golden Gate Bavarian Club
The Bay Area's largest Trachtenverein, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of traditional Bavarian culture.  Our dancers and musicians perform for the public.  Regularly scheduled activities include wearing traditional clothing (Tracht), Folk Dancing, Singing, playing authentic, regional Music; Camping and BBQ's; fun excursions and travel promoting the lifestyle & culture of the Alps.
Weekly Stammmtisch. Youth Group activities.
Family friendly! No previous knowledge of German required.
New members are always welcome!
Location: Alameda Elks Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Mailing: BHTV Golden Gate, P.O. Box 6374, Alameda 94501
Dance Group: Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Winter break from Thanksgiving through Jan. 6.
Music Group:
Meets monthly at member's home
Contact: Fritz Sheffler, President                            415-741-1447
AnnMarie Mittelbuscher, Secretary          925-818-4141
Facebook: Golden Gate Bavarian Club
Member of: Gauverband Nordamerika, Inc.

Heimatchor Stockton
German mixed chorus
Many social events throughout the year
St. Anne's Church,
1020 W. Lincoln Road, Stockton, CA 95207
Mailing: Gela Wachholz-Yee
10753 Hollow Tree Lane, Stockton, CA 95209
Rehearsals: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
703-309-6839 or 209-475-8508
Officers: Angela Wachholz-Yee, President          703-309-6839
Horst Boehm, VP                                   209-368-3102
Gabriele Boehm, Secretary          

Kolping Society of San Francisco
Dedicated to promoting the development of the individual and family. We foster a sense of belonging and friendship through our programs of spiritual, charitable and social activities.
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
440 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116
Activities: Monthly potlucks (3rd Fridays). Mass/brunch, art class, Casino trips
Phone: 415-381-3989 or 650-692-3630
Contact: Lisa Brinkmann, President
Cathy Vennemeyer, Treasurer
Officers: Wolfgang Weiss
Lisa Brinkmann
Hubert Brinkmann
Bill Luque
Cathy Vennemeyer
Raymond Rolfes
Ursula Younger

Nature Friends Oakland Branch
Cultural and social club with common bonds of appreciation of the outdoors.  Above all, we are conservationists.  Our activities include hikes, excursions around the area, socials, picnics, fests, holiday banquets, and scheduled weekends at Heidelmann Lodge near Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Our facilities are well suited for weddings, anniversaries, and other private events.
Location: 3115 Butters Drive, Oakland, CA  94602
Phone: 510-531-2930 - general information
510-575-8021 - wedding information
Member of:
German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

Oakland Turnverein Gemischter Chor (OTV)
German mixed chorus
New singers are always welcome!
Location: Bjornson Hall
2258 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland 94602
Mailing: 6149 Ruthland Road,  Oakland, CA  94611
Rehearsals: 3 Wednesdays per month, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Christine E. Beam                           510-653-6564
Officers: Christine E. Beam, President                   510-653-6564
Ingeborg Junginger, Vice Pres.                510-836-0735
Waltraud Wiest, Treasurer                       510-482-1072
Sid Quinsaat, Music Director
Member of: German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
Pacific Sängerbund, Inc., Deutscher Chorverband

Order of the Hermann Sons (O.d.H.S.)
Großloge des Staates Kalifornien
Das Hermanns Denkmal im Teuteburger Wald ist das Wahrzeichen des Ordens.
Der Orden wurde 1840 in New York gegründet und besteht seit 1870 in Kalifornien.
Der Orden ist eine humanitarische Vereinigung, frei von Politik und religiösen Einwänden.
Unsere Aufgabe: Deutsche Sitten, Gebräuche und Kultur zu pflegen, die deutsche Sprache in den Schulen unseres adoptiven Vaterlandes zu fördern, und danach zu streben, dass die kulturellen Güter unserer Väter erhalten bleiben.

Prinzipienerklärung des Ordens der Hermann Söhne:
Wir wollen deutsche Sitten, den deutschen Geist, das deutsche Wissen fördern, wir wollen uns gegenseitig bilden, heben und unterstützen.
Wir alle umschließen den einen, der eine umschließt alle.

Heinz Lehrach, Großsekretär
841 S. Rose St., Lodi, CA 95240
Member of:
German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
Logen des Ordens:
Bakersfield      661-837-2486
Berkeley          510-786-4549
Fresno             559-297-7750
Nicolaus          530-674-8382
Petaluma         707-778-8066
Sacramento     916-225-0226
Santa Rosa      707-328-1823
Stockton          209-952-2238
OdHS Member Lodges:
Berkeley Lodge, No. 21 (OdHS)
Location: 1699 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m., afterwards Bingo
Guests and new members are always welcome!
Contact: Edeltraud Kalder                510-786-4549
24889 Kay Ave, Hayward, CA 94545,
Bärbel Steensen                  510-531-4861
Petaluma Lodge, No. 26 (OdHS)
Location: Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952
Mailing: 1261 Kresky Way, Petaluma, CA 94954
Meetings: Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Maria Gutsfeld, Secretary                     707-778-8066
Karl Scheuermann, President                707-794-7313
Manfred Gruener, Vice President         707-664-0375
Ruth Scheuermann, Finance Sec.          707-794-7313
Rosie Barker, Treasurer                        707-795-1845
Santa Rosa Lodge, No. 25 (OdHS)
Location: Quail Inn Restaurant of Oakmont Golf Club, Santa Rosa
Mailing: John Padilla
513 White Ash Court, Windsor, CA 95492
Every 4th Tuesday of the month, at 12 Noon
Guests and new members are always welcome!
Sommerpicknick, Weihnachtsfeier, Musik, Tanz
John Padilla, Secretary        707-546-1577
Erika Reck, President                                    707-539-2630
Michael Van der Boon, Vice President         707-260-2788
Ingrid Van der Boon, Treasurer                    707-260-2788

Pacific Sängerbund  -  Pacific Singing Societies, Inc.
Umbrella organization for German choirs in California.
Mailing: PSB, 1120 Warfield Ave, Piedmont, CA  94610
Music Director: Dietrich Erbelding
Contact: Marie Hoffmann, President                     925-372-6665
Ingeborg Junginger, Secretary                510-836-0735
Member Choirs: Damenchor Liederkranz, San Francisco
Freundschaft Liederkranz, San Francisco
Germania Chor, El Cajon
Germania Gesang Verein, San Jose
Heimatchor, Stockton
Oakland Turnverein Gemischter Chor, Oakland
Phoenix Gemischter Chor, Anaheim
Sacramento Turner Harmonie, Sacramento
Member of: Deutscher Chorverband
German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

Sacramento Turnverein
Cultural, Sports and Social Club
Please see ad in Patrons' section for event dates.
Location: Sacramento Turner Hall
3349 'J' Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-442-7360
Officers: Walter Zacharias, President
Robin Little, Vice President
Karla Diringer, Secretary

San Francisco Schwabenverein, Inc.
Mutual benefit fraternal organization. Einwanderer von Baden-Württemberg und ihre Nachkommen sind als neue Mitglieder herzlich willkommen. Wir laden Sie als Gast zu unserer nächsten Versammlung ein!
Location: Concordia Sport Club, 2355 Ocean Ave., San Francisco, CA 94127
Mailing: 11 Creek View Court, Novato, CA 94949
Meetings: Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Kevin Gruener, Treasurer                      415-234-6609
Officers: Tom Denzler, President                        530-368-2564

San Francisco Stammtisch
Wir laden Sie und Ihre Freunde und Gäste herzlich ein zu einem gemütlichen Mittagstisch, zur Unterhaltung und gelegentlichen kurzen Vorträgen. Unser Stammtisch hat eine lange Geschichte. Der Ursprung liegt fast 100 Jahre zurück! Wir sprechen alle Deutsch.
Location: Unser Stammtisch-Lokal ändert sich gelegentlich
Mailing: 50 Ivy Drive, Orinda, CA 94563
Meetings: Every last Wednesday of the month (except Nov. and Dec.)
925-360-9348 for reservations
Contact: Dieter Bluhm

Schlaraffia Franciscana California
Social club (worldwide)
Location: 620 Tennyson Road,  Hayward, CA 94542
Mailing: 36022 Blair Place, Fremont, CA  94536
Meetings: Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. from October to May
Contact: George Kuestermann, Treasurer              510-793-6192
Officers: Burkhard Finck, President                       510-475-7927

Schwäbischer Frauenverein
Mutual benefit society and social club. Einwanderer von Baden-Württemberg und ihre Nachkommen sind als neue Mitglieder herzlich willkommen. Wir laden Sie als Gast zu unserer nächsten Versammlung ein!
Location: Concordia Sport Club, 2355 Ocean Ave., San Francisco, CA 94127
Mailing: 121 Essex Court, San Bruno, CA 94066
Meetings: Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Toni Bock, President              650-952-8269

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
Please see ad in the Patrons' section and events in "Events" sections.

Swiss Park    
(see Aelpler Gruppe Swiss Club / Newark Swiss Park, Inc.)

United German American Societies of the East Bay (UGAS-EB)
Umbrella organization promoting cooperation between various German-American clubs in the East Bay
Location: Excelsior Building of  The Altenheim        
1699 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA  94602
Mailing: UGAS-East Bay, P.O. Box 20742, Oakland,  CA 94620
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of selected months at 7:00 p.m.
Events: Christmas Bazaar/Christkindlmarkt at the Altenheim in Oakland on Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
See ad in the Patrons' section for details.
Contact: Christine E. Beam, President                 510-653-6564
Inge Junginger, Vice Pres.                     510-836-0735
Officers: Christine E. Beam, President
Inge Junginger, Vice President
Uschi Mahlstedt, Treasurer
Teri Finklea, Secretary
Barbara Albrethsen-Keck, Web Master
Member Organizations: Almenrausch Schuhplattler
Deutscher Musik Verein
German School of the East Bay
Oakland Turnverein Gem. Chor
OdHS, Berkeley Lodge, No. 21
Member of: German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

United German American Societies of San Francisco and Vicinity, Inc. (UGAS-SF)
Umbrella organization promoting cooperation between various German-American groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Location: Concordia Sport Club
2355 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
Mailing: 14 Seamast Passage, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Meetings: On the 1st Monday of every other month at 7:00 p.m.
Events: German Day Banquet - Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Annual German Day at San Francisco Oktoberfest
at Pier 48, San Fransisco - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Please see ad in the Patrons' section for details.
Contact: Astrid Holder                                      650-697-3982
Officers: Wolfgang Hirdt, President                  415-924-5530
Member Organizations:

Allgemeiner Deutscher Frauen-Hilfsverein
Concordia Sport Club
Damenchor Liederkranz
Deutsche Schule, Marin County
Deutsche Schule, San Francisco
Deutscher Musik Verein of San Francisco
Freundschaft Liederkranz
German-American Society of Marin
Germania Verein, San Jose
Harmonie Singing Society, San Mateo
OHS Petaluma Lodge #26
OHS Santa Rosa Lodge #25
San Francisco Schwaben Verein
Schwäbischer Frauenverein

Member of: German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.