Sacramento Swiss Club
Sacramento Swiss Heritage Club
Sacramento Swiss Culture Club
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John Sutter started the city "The New
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                                     HOW IT ALL  BEGAN
                                    From the original Bylaws, 1892


Founding of the Sacramento Helvetia Verein on March 1, 1892.

    Three able, strong and healthy men with names:  
    Johann Schärer from the canton Aargau;  
    Albert Bürgi from the canton Aargau;
    Karl Schilter from the canton Schwyz.
  They took the courage to gather signatures to establish a Swiss Club in   
Sacramento.  It took much effort and honor to find 20-30 signatures,
which agreed to found a Verein.

  We are thankful, that these three Swiss, accomplished the founding of a   
club.   Thereafter every registered candidate, was notified to have a
small meeting on March 13, 1892 at Ebner’s Hotel to discuss any further
business.

                         LADIES' SOCIETY 1922 - 2011

    1922, May 11th the Swiss Ladies' Society officially opened their first
    meeting, to cultivate friendship and sociability and to strengthen the
    appreciation of Swiss heritage in Sacramento.  

    When the men and women's clubs merged, the society dissolved on
    December 7, 2011 when the Ladies held their last meeting at the Turn
    Verein Hall and joined the men for the first official Men's AND
    Women's Helvetia Verein Meeting.  

                                         December 2011
  With a majority vote, Ladies' Society President, Kathy Omlin and Men's  
SHV President Ed Lambert merged the two separate clubs into one.
The Sacramento Helvetia Verein is a club for both men and women with  
Swiss Heritage or married to a spouse of Swiss Heritage.
PURPOSE of the Club:  

    To  cultivate friendship among its members and to maintain
    and strengthen Swiss heritage, the Verein will hold festivities
    of patriotic and social character.

    A  regular meeting of the Verein shall be held on the first Wednesday of
    each month.

    A  general meeting shall be held annually on the first Saturday in February
    for the purpose of electing officers, annual reports of officers and committees and
    transaction of other business.
    A  “Book Committee” of three members shall be appointed by the President
    at the January meeting, whose duty it shall be to audit all ledgers and records of
    the Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Trustees and submit
    a written report at the general meeting in February.

    Other committees, standing or special, such as the "Social Committee", shall
    be appointed by the President as the Verein or the Executive Board from time to
    time deems necessary to carry on the work of the  Verein.  The President shall be
    an ex-officio member of all committees.

    Annual Festivals open to the public include Spring May Picnic, Summer
    Dinner Dance, Fall November Metzgete and a Winter December Christmas Party.  
    Lots of music, lots of food and lots of fun!   
    A special meeting may be called by the officers of the Verein or by written
    request of seven members in good standing.

    A  permanent “Sick Committee” consisting of the President, Vice
    President and Financial Secretary shall take care of all business relating to
    disabled members as established in the Bylaws.
    From our Bylaws:

    About the Sacramento Swiss Helvetia Verein
    This Swiss organization shall be known as SACRAMENTO
    HELVETIA  VEREIN.

    The headquarters of the Verein shall be located in the City and County
    of    
    Sacramento, State of California.  

    Purpose
    The purpose of the Verein is to cultivate friendship and sociability
    among its members, maintain and strengthen understanding and
    appreciation of Swiss  heritage and provide comfort and aid in sickness
    and at death.
Picnic in the 1940s
More About
The Sacramento Swiss Ladies Society (SSL)


The SSL was an organization originally called Sacramento Helvetia Frauen and
Toechter Verein. The organization was established in 1922 “to cultivate mutual
sociability among its members and rendering financial aid in case of sickness.”  The
Society was open to women of Swiss ancestry.  From its original establishment the
SSL cosponsored large-scale cultural, social events with the men’s Sacramento
Helvetia Verein. The Ladies Society also hosted the Jass parties until the event
became less attended.  The SSL used their funds to support local charities and
worthy causes. The SSL volunteered to adopt and beautify a Swiss heritage plot at
the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. The SSL initiated the annual donations of
canned goods, financial and children’s gifts to the Sacramento Food Bank.  Naturally,
the Ladies Society included cooking and baking traditions. The annual Christmas
Cookie Exchange was always a popular event. The SSL also managed assembling
the 1996 publication of the “Swiss American Favorites” cookbook that includes
numerous traditional Swiss recipes.

The goals and activities of the SSL were always closely linked to the men’s SHV. Over
the years the topic of merging the two clubs repeatedly arose. Financial and
decreasing membership considerations led the two clubs to combine loyalty and
commitment to their Swiss heritage into a single, united organization. The SSL joined
with the men’s Sacramento Helvetia Verein in 2012. The SSL enjoyed an 89 year
history. The final meeting for the SSL under President Katherine Omlin was December
2011 and the first meeting of the combined SHV was held January 2012 with Ed
Lambert as the President.

Together the SHV continues to offer fantastic activities and events to maintain links
to its common Swiss heritage. It aims to keep Swiss traditions and culture alive
through solidarity and sharing with its members for years to come.