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
Celebrating 150 years of service in 2020!
New members are always welcome!

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!
Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Mailing: Barbara Clement, 1491 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA  94602
Rehearsals: 1st & 3rd 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: Please contact Tom Brewster
Mailing: 16730 Oak View Circle, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 or
AHSGR, 631 D Street, Lincoln, NE 68502
Meetings: Please contact Tom Brewster
Contact: Tom Brewster                                                 408-779-8743
Website:  (under California chapters)
Officers: Tom Brewster, President                                 408-779-8743
open, VP                                                
Kerry Meech, Membership                             510-749-0661
Joan Scott, Membership                                 650-327-4930
Virginia Martin, Secretary                               650-322-0875
Erin Deis, Treasurer                                        559-473-8349
Karen Martz, Newsletter Editor                      925-936-5485

Concordia Sport Club - Social Club (former 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 (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
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
Neue Sängerinnen sind herzlich willkommen!
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              415-544-8882
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: Petra Specht, President       
Anthony J. Schaller, VP      
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
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 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

Germania Verein, Inc.
Social Organization:  
Gesangsverein / Tanzgruppe / 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: Tircia Nelson                               408-275-9308 or 408-529-8295
Officers: Carl Schmidt, President
Dennis Mueller, Vice President
Tricia Nelson, Secretary     

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/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
Officers: Wolfgang Weiss, President
Lisa Brinkmann
Hubert Brinkmann
Gunther Erich
Christine McLoughlin
Bill McLoughlin, Präses/Deacon
Cathy Vennemeyer

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
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)
Celebrating 125 years in California in 2019!
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
Theo Steinbach, President                         415-383-2642
Herbert Wandel, VP                                  707-762-4358
Ruth Scheuermann, Finance Sec.             707-794-7313
Karin Westphal, Treasurer                        415-897-0835
Maria Gutsfeld, Seretary                          707-778-8066
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
House of Germany Choir, San Diego
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 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: 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 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.

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 23rd, 2019
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: German Day Banquet - Sunday, September 29, 2019.
Annual German Day at San Francisco Oktoberfest
at Pier 48, San Fransisco - Sunday, September 22, 2019
Please see ad in the Patrons' section for details.
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, Marin County
Deutsche Schule, San Francisco
Deutscher Club, Santa Rosa
Deutscher Musik Verein of San Francisco
Freundschaft Liederkranz
German-American Society of Marin
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.