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Swiss People in Sacramento

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Sacramento Swiss   Sacramento
                     Sacramento Helvetia Verein       
Founded in 1892

The Sacramento Helvetia
Verein's Monthly Meetings

First Wednesday of Every Month
(excluding February when we meet on Saturday - see
calendar; and in July we do not hold a meeting at all)

WHERE?  We meet at the Turn Verein Hall
3349 J Street,  
Sacramento/2nd floor

TIME: 6:45 PM arrival, 7 PM board meeting,
8 PM light dinner.

OTHER EVENTS: Visit the calendar page throughout
the year for current upcoming events.

Please Visit our Calendar Page
Calendar of Events  

Sacramento Helvetia Verein’s Mission Statement:
“To  cultivate friendship among its members and
to maintain and strengthen Swiss heritage,
the Verein will hold festivities of patriotic and
social character.”
Sacramento's Monthly Men's and Women's Swiss Heritage Club

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.
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~ Changing of the Guard ~
Congratulations to Sacramento
Helvetia Verein's first female
president, Anita Kassel.

Anita was sworn in as Sacramento's
Swiss Club's first female president on
February 6, 2016.  The Sacramento
Helvetia Verein was founded in 1892
as a Swiss Social Club in Sacramento
for men.  It remained a men's only
club until it merged in 2011 with the
Sacramento's Swiss Ladies' Society.   
Anita was unanimously elected president because of her extensive
background.  She was a member of the Sacramento Ladies' Society for 34
years and with the merge became a member of the Sacramento Helvetia
Verein for the next 5 years.  During her 39 years with the clubs she has
been an active member and held the office of president for the Ladies'
Society in the 1990s.  Anita volunteers on the Activity Committee and often
volunteers at the annual events.

Both of Anita's parents were very active in the Swiss Clubs and her father
Alois Peter is still an active member.  Her children, her husband, her
brother and sister-in-law along with several cousins and nieces are all

It is our pleasure and our honor to have such a distinguished member of
the Swiss community as our newly elected president.
Outgoing president, Bob Blattler,
thanked everyone for their support
during his two year term and couldn't
be more proud of the members and
thoroughly enjoyed getting to know
everyone.  "It was a great way to
serve this wonderful club and get to
know some great people along the
way," said Bob.
Above:  Outgoing President Bob Blattler, congratulating and thanking newly
elected President, Anita Kassel.  Anita's term as president is two years.
The General Meeting is held once a year in early February.    At this
year's business meeting our new president was sworn in along with her
officers and trustees (see below).  Members were greeted with
wonderful Swiss music, Appetizers and a Hosted Bar and later served
Bratwurst along with Swiss Alpine Macaroni, Fresh Fruit Salad, Dessert
and Coffee; all thanks to Accordion player Walter Grob, volunteers Marta
Allegrini, Paul Kiser, John Sweet, Louie Muller and Annelise Kaelin.  

And because people start thinking about College Scholarships right
around this time of year, I'd like to remind you of the opportunities
below.  All applications are due by April 2016.

Is there a Swiss Scholarship?
Swiss Benevolent Society offers Scholarship Opportunities to
those with Swiss descent:   
SBS Scholarship Info
Visit the Event Page
for Monthly Meeting
Information and
upcoming events.
Promote and Support
SHV Fundraiser
Members - Would you love a license plate
holder to show off your Swiss Pride? !!!
Here is your chance.
             2016 Officers
    Sacramento Helvetia Verein

Standing L - R
 Annelise Kaelin, Trustee;
 Karleen Darr, Recording Secretary;
Franziska Froriep, Financial Secretary;   
Anita Kassel, President;
 Sandra Wipfli, Vice President;
Gabi Wackerli, Treasurer;
arta Allegrini, Sargent of Arms;

Barbara Blattler, Trustee;
Martha Friedrich, Trustee.