Early Petalumans were fortunate to have many community groups created over the years to meet their personal  needs and interests. Section “K” of the 1855-1955 Centennial Edition of the Petaluma Argus-Courier identifies and describes briefly various non-commercial groups serving the needs of local residents in many different ways. Many of them are no longer active today.  (Date established in Petaluma)

Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 30  (1854)

Masonic Order, Petaluma Lodge No. 180  (1855)

Royal Arch Masons, Chapter No. 22  (1858)

Order of Eastern Star, Morning Star Chapter  (1881)

Native Sons of the Golden West, Petaluma Parlor No. 27  (1884)

Petaluma Municipal Band (1890)

American Circle No. 155, Companions of Forest  (1892)

Danish Society (1893)

Royal Neighbors of America  (1895)

Order of Hermann Sons, Lodge No. 2  (1901)

The Danish Brotherhood, Golden West Lodge No. 143  (1901)

Danner No. 4  (1903)

Order of Elks, Lodge No. 901  (1905)

Pythien Sisters, Temple No. 104  (1907)

Knights of Columbus, Petaluma Council No. 1586  (1911)

Danish Sisterhood of America, Lodge No. 126  (1911)

Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 475  (1911)

American Red Cross, Petaluma Chapter  (1917)

Petaluma Council of Boy Scouts  (1919)

Parent Teachers, Petaluma Council  (1919)

Rising Star, Loyal Orange Lodge No. 537  (1921)

Camp Fire Girls (1922)

Women of the Moose, Petaluma Chapter No. 574  (1923)

Jewish Community Center (1925)

Rainbow for Girls, Petaluma Assembly No. 6 (1926)

Petaluma 20-30 Club, No. 30  (1928)

Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 333 (1930)

American War Mothers, Petaluma Chapter No. 35  (1931)

Canadian Legion, Sonoma County Post No. 57  (1934)

VFW Auxiliary, Post No. 1929  (1934)

Community Guild  (1935)

The Petaluma Associated Business Girls Club  (1937)

The Petaluma Business & Professional Women’s Club (1937)

Petaluma International Folk Dancers  (1944)

Golden Agers Club   (1945)

Rheumatic Fever Association  (1947)

Petaluma Community Concert Association  (1947)

Beta Nu, No. 978  (1952)

Helping Hand Association  (1952)

Petaluma Historical Society  (1953)

Kiwanis Club of Petaluma (1954)

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