Allgemeiner Deutscher Frauen-Hilfsverein
German Ladies' General Benevolent Society (GLGBS)
Helping women and children of German descent in need.
The Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Please see ad in the Patrons' section

Board directors meet monthly to discuss cases, review applications for assistance and visit with clients. Members are invited to the Annual Member Business Luncheon in the spring, an especially festive Christmas luncheon and other events to meet and greet, help raise funds, support our mission. All work is done by volunteers.
New members are always welcome!
Join us for our 150th Anniversary activities in 2020!
Officers: Silvia Hildebrandt, President
Heike Harrison, Vice President
Anneliese Miller, Finance Chair
Board of Directors: Friederike Buelow, Karen Forsthoff, Silke Gurlich, Sigrid Heidenreich, Doris Linnenbach, Ortrun Niesar, Irene Reich, Maria Theresia Treadway, Uta Wagner
Mailing: P.O. Box 27101, San Francisco CA 94137
Emergency Contact: 415-391-9947

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!
Member of the German American Heritage Foundation, Washington DC
Officers: James Zimmerman, Vorstand-President
Barbara Clement, Treasurer
Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Rehearsals: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm.
James Zimmerman925-212-4739
Barbara Clement 510-530-5229
Mailing: Barbara Clement, 1491 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA  94602

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.


Concordia Sport Club - Social Club (former Soccer Club)
Location:  Concordia Sport Club
2355 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
Events: General Membership Meeting
1st Friday of the month, 8:00 p.m.
Preis Skat
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
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 (message)
Otto Hofmann, Vice President           650-692-0338 (message)

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. Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, Consul General
Mission Statement: As the official branch of Germany in Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho and Montana, we are helping Germans in the matters of visa, passport, citizenship questions, family law and other legal matters concerning Germans.
Location: 1960 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA  94109
Phone: 415-775-1061
Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Consulate General of Switzerland
Mr. Hans-Ulrich Tanner, Consul General
Location: Pier 17, Suite 600,  San Francisco  94111
Phone: 415-788-2272
Website: and
Visiting Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon

Damenchor Liederkranz
Women's Singing Society
Wir hoffen auf Neue Sängerinnen!
Kolping House
440 Taraval St., San Francisco, CA 94116
Rehersals: Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Contact: Hannelore Callon
Officers: Hannelore Callon, President              415-246-7903
Gerda Beisel, Vice President             415-731-8521
Astrid Holder, Treasuer                     650-697 3982

Deutscher Musik Verein of San Francisco
German Band (Blaskapelle)
Please see ad in the Patrons' section for information, events and dates
Location: Randall Museum
199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94144
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
Walter Keller, Vice President             925-699-7834
Curtis Hollenbeck, Secretary              415-544-9883
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: Petra Specht, President       
Anthony J. Schaller, VP      
Hilde Lorentz, Treasurer
Member of: German American  Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

Freundschaft Liederkranz
Männergesangverein / Men's Chorus See our ad on page 23.
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
Every Monday, 6:45 to 8:45  p.m.
Contact: Gerhard Holder, P.O. Box 326, Millbrae, CA 94030
Officers: Karl Eisele, President                                 650-593-6985          
George Hoeser, Vice President                   925-798-6723
Dietrich Erbelding, Music Director
Member of: German American  Heritage Foundation, Washington DC
United German American Societies of San Francisco

German American Association of Southern California
The purpose of this organization is to further German cultural and intellectual understanding, (i.e. Germany is more than Bavaria ..... ). Help our German speaking members with questions of emigrations (or return to Germany).
President: Andrea Anderson
Contact: Klaus Kindel 760-682-8474
Patricia Holk 760-473-1824
Mailing: 81 Trinity Street, Oceanside CA, 92057

German Club Stammtisch Rossmoor
Gegründet Februar 2019 zur Pflege deutscher Sprache und Kultur in der Senior Community of Rossmoor/Walnut Creek. Wir treffen uns monatlich in geselligem Rahmen zu deutscher Konversation und verschiedenen Aktivitäten und Programmen. Wir freuen uns über deutsch-sprechende Gäste, neue Mitglieder sind herzlich willkommen. Zu unserem Sommerpicknick und zu der Weihnachtsparty sind nicht-deutschsprachige Gäste eingeladen.

Member of the German American Heritage Association, Washington, DC.
Meetings: Every first Tuesday of the month in one of the
Rossmoor club houses, usually from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Inge Knight, President
phone 925-954-7478 or cell 217-819-8926
Mailing: 1516 Golden Rain Road #3, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

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 the North Bay
German-American School of Palo Alto
German School of San Francisco
German School of the South Bay
German School of Fremont
German Language Academy
Officers: Pamela Scholz, President                           925-226-0680

Germania Verein, Inc.
Cultural, Language and Social Organization: Gesangverein / Tanz Gruppe / Skat Gruppe / Schützengruppe / Sprachgruppe / Kaffeeklatsch / Karnevalgruppe / Kinderkarneval Please see ad in the Patrons' section
Location: Germania Hall
261 N. Second  St., San Jose, CA 95112
Officers: Carl Schmidt, President
Carina Frazer, Vice President
Patricia Nelson, Secretary
Contact: Carl Schmidt, President, Tel. 408-718-5413
Meetings: First Friday of every month, at 8:00 p.m.
Mailing: 261 N. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA  95112-4016

Goethe Institut San Francisco
Director: Ms. Noémie Njangiru
Location: 530 Bush Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Contact: 415-263-8760
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm,
Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

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.
Please see ad in the Patrons' section.
440 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116
Activities: Monthly potlucks/bingos (3rd Fridays). Easter and Christmas Mass and brunch, art class, Casino trips, rummage sale
Contact: Lisa Brinkmann                  415-381-3989
Cathy Vennemeyer             650-692-3630

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
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: 1491 Excelsior Ave,  Oakland, CA  94602
Rehearsals: 3 Wednesdays per month, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Officers: William Smith, President                   510-612-1540
Barbara Clement, Vice Pres.              510-530-5229
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
OdHS logo Das Hermanns Denkmal im Teutoburger Wald ist das Wahrzeichen des Ordens.

Der Orden wurde 1840 in New York gegruendet und besteht seit 1870 in Kalifornien.

Der Orden ist eine humanitarische Vereinigung, frei von Politik und religioesen Einwenden.
Unsere Aufgabe: Deutsche Sitten, Gebraeuche und Kultur zu pflegen, die deutsche Sprache in den Schulen unseres adoptiven Vaterlandes zu foerdern, und danach zu streben, dass die kulturellen Gueter unserer Vaeter erhalten bleiben.
Prinzipienerklaerung des Ordens der Hermann Soehne:
Wir wollen deutsche Sitten, den deutschen Geist, das deutsche Wissen foerdern, wir wollen uns gegenseitig bilden, heben und unterstuetzen. Wir Alle umschliessen den Einen, der Eine unschliesst uns Alle.
Heinz Lehrach, Gross-Sekretaer
841 S. Rose St., Lodi, CA 95240
Member of:
German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
Logen des Ordens: Neue Mitglieder sind herzlich willkommen!
Bakersfield 661-837-2486
Berkeley 510-786-4549
Fresno 559-297-7750
Nicolaus CLOSED
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
Baerbel 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
Officers: Herbert Wandel, President
John Wiedwald, Vice President
Ruth Scheuermann, Finance Sec.
Karin Westphal, Treasurer
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
Klaus Ernst, President             707-539-8633
Christl Ungaub, Vice President                      707-383-2642
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: Ingeborg Junginger, President                510-836-0735
Christine E. Beam, Secretary                 510-653-6564
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 (OTV), Oakland
Phoenix Gemischter Chor, Anaheim
Sacramento Turner Harmonie, Sacramento
Member of: Deutscher Chorverband, Berlin
German American Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

Sacramento Turnverein
Cultural, Sports and Social Club
Location: Sacamento Turner Hall, 3349 'J' Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-442-7360
Officers:Freddie Diringer, President
Emily Via, 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 Gaeste 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: Basque Cultural Center
599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Mailing: 50 Ivy Drive, Orinda, CA 94563
Meetings: Every last Wednesday of the month (except Dec.)
Dieter Bluhm                     925-360-9348 for reservations

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 naechsten 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.

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, Nov 21st, 2020
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
Teri Finklea, Secretary
Birgit Steensen, Web Master
Member Organizations: Almenrausch Schuhplattler
Deutscher Musik Verein
German School of the East Bay
Oakland Turnverein Gem. Chor
OHS, 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: 6920 Fairview Drive, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Meetings: On the 1st Monday of every other month at 7:00 p.m.
Events: 130th German Day Banquet
Sunday, October 4, 2020
at the Basque Center
599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco
Contact: Astrid Holder                                      650-697-3982
Officers: Alto Rechenauer, President                  510-725-1084
Member Organizations:

Allgemeiner Deutscher Frauen-Hilfsverein
Concordia Sport Club
Damenchor Liederkranz
Deutsche Schule of the North Bay
Deutsche Schule, San Francisco
Deutscher Club, Santa Rosa
Deutscher Musik Verein of San Francisco
Freundschaft Liederkranz
German American School Assoc. of Northern California
Germania Verein, San Jose
OHS Petaluma Lodge #26
OHS Santa Rosa Lodge #25
San Francisco Schwaben Verein
Schwäbischer Frauenverein

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