Native Sons of the Golden West
Tournament of Roses Parade
A Link to the Past with an Eye to the Future” You have to go back to 1980 or 1981 to have seen the Native Sons of the Golden West in the Tournament of Roses Parade. On October 20th an opportunity was presented to the NSGW Board for the Native Sons to join forces with the Gold Rush Fire Brigade from Pilot Hill in El Dorado County for entry to this event. The Fire Brigade had applied early and was accepted in September. By the way the Gold Rush Fire Brigade has 3 members who are members of the Native Sons.
By then many of the deadlines had passed. There was no budget and Grand Parlor gave $2000.00 from the Infor-mation Services Committee, but the rest was on the parlors and members. The Fire Brigade was looking for a sponsor and it seemed like an opportunity for the Native Sons. The Brigade had the wagons, firemen, teamsters and a brass band. The Brigade also had access to the fire ladder wagon which is owned by Auburn Parlor #59 and is stored at the Pilot Hill Fire station. The Native Sons had thoughts of returning to the Rose Parade.
Obviously the first order of business was set about raising cash from parlors and, not surprisingly 29 parlors kicked in and money is still coming in to bring the total to just over $25,000 in 8 weeks. Simultaneously the other important business was to turn the sponsorship around to reflect that it was the Native Sons of the Golden West featuring the Gold Rush Fire Brigade even though it was after most deadlines. The changes showed up in most places, but it was not that easy to control what is said by announcers. It was decided early to have Native Sons members dress in attire of the day while the Fire Brigade was in fireman at-tire, which included the Brass Band.
There was some chatter that the Native Sons weren’t mentioned properly or wouldn’t be recognized enough. At the Equest Fest on Saturday December 29th, people were able to hear good presentations of both groups and see Native Sons banners and logos. Concerning the parade and announcers, there were at least 5 different television outlets broadcasting and they all had the same script which included a lot of information on both groups. Some were spot on and others were someplace else. They all picked and chose what they wanted to say. Remember the Chinese American Historical Foundation float caught fire just ahead of us and we had a fire brigade with us so that is a natural for broad-casters to emphasize. But, as we rounded the corner on to Colorado Blvd our name was proudly displayed on the bot-tom of the TV screen and our logo on the back of the ladder wagon was very visible. As a side note, most people don’t realize that members from our entry which included Native Sons and retired firemen acted quickly to assist and remove people from that disabled float.
After several thousand miles of travel and innumerable phone calls, the entry succeeded beyond its wildest dreams and generated a very positive outcome. The term ROI was mentioned in various forms by some individuals. The pref-erence is to think that ROI is an acronym for Real Out-standing Individuals who made this happen. That included a group of Southern California Parlors and members who saw the value and the Grand Officers who recognized this as an opportunity. Let’s not forget the 29 parlors and individual members who stepped forward to support this en-deavor. Because of the magnitude of this parade, millions of people, which also included the events surrounding the parade and the people along the parade route, and a national and international television audience witnessed the return of the Native Sons of the Golden West to the Rose Parade.
Join Sonoma Parlor #111 for a Delicious and
Tender Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner.
Where – Vintage House, 264 1st St. E, Sonoma, CA 95476.
When – March 16th 2019
Time – 6:00 pm No Host Bar 7:00 pm Dinner
Cost – $15 per person.
Seating – Is limited to the first 130 people.
Tickets available at Eraldi’s in Sonoma or contact Mark Curtis email@example.com
Send checks and the names of those attending to:
P O Box 111
Sonoma, CA 95476
Sonoma #111 will NOT have a meeting in November, Please have safe travels and a Wonderful Thanksgiving, looking forward to seeing everyone at the Anniversary Dinner – December 1st and at our next meeting December 10th
Destination Race Healdsburg
Sonoma 111 will be helping with the Healdsburg Destination race again this year. We could always use your help, if you’d like to find out more about this parlor fundraiser contact Dean – 707-337-9119.
Anniversary Dinner Set-up
Our Anniversary dinner is coming up December 1st, and the best part of this dinner is the Sonoma brothers aren’t doing any of the cooking or serving. But, we will need some help setting up the Vintage House dinning room.
Shrimp Skewer for Surf and Turf
The Surf and Turf dinner is one of our busiest fundraisers, on Saturday night January 19th we will serve about 300 dinners of Steak and Jumbo Shrimp. That means on Friday night the 18th we will need plenty of hands to help skewering the shrimp and making them ready for the barbecue. With extra hands this task goes very quickly, and a pizza dinner is always supplied for all the help.
Celebrating Another Successful Native Son Year
As a Native Sons parlor we work hard, contributing continually to our families and community throughout the year. Making sacrifices of our time to help others seems to never be questioned at Sonoma 111, all our parlor has to do is ask and it’s members step-up and do the job(s) required to make still yet another event successful.
Well, take the night off, come down and sit with your friends and fellow brothers and enjoy a wonderful evening of, good food, (that we don’t have to make or serve) wonderful friends, fun conversation, and a great Native Sons parlor
Where – Vintage House, 264 1st St. E, Sonoma, CA 95476.
When – December 1st
Time – 6:00 pm No Host Bar 7:00 pm Dinner is Served
Cost – $10 per person (only members in good standing may attend and invite one guest), or $50.00 for nonmembers
Seating – Is limited to the first 130 people. Reservation Deadline – November 28th 2015
What’s on the Menu
Prime Rib, Chicken Marsala, Ravioli, Salad, Roll and Desert
- This is our annual party and a time to reconnect and celebrate another successful Sonoma Parlor 111 year.
- Rose Catering will prepare our banquet so all our brothers can sit down and celebrate together.
- We will be honoring our 25, and 50 year pins as well as our 500 hour club members
Please Note: As every year we ask your consideration in making and keeping your reservation. The actual cost per person is over $50.00 (fifty dollars) and if you can’t make it, please let us know. Otherwise, you may be taking a spot from someone who would like to attend.
Please print the form below and send it in with your check for $10.00 per person to reserve your dinner.
Anniversary Dinner Registration Form
Sonoma Parlor 111
P.O. Box 111
Sonoma, Ca. 95476
For more information contact Dan Eraldi 707-996-2013 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicasio #183’s Annual Turkey Feed
Wednesday evening, November 7th,
Hermann Sons Hall, Petaluma.
Every year our Petaluma neighbor’s Nicasio parlor puts on one of the best Roasted Turkey feeds you could find, and every year Sonoma 111 brothers take advantage of their great hospitality. Come join us for a wonderful get-together.
- Price is $20.00 in advance $25.00 at the door.
- Reservation due by November 4th call Larry Schork 707-571-8177 or Kris Nelson 707- 332-2376
- Menu features roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and salad.
- No host beer and cocktails starting at 6 p.m.
- Buffet style dinner at 7, after which will be the very anticipated announcing of raffle ticket for a ton of door prizes.
4th of July Parade
Brothers – We love having as many of you walking with us as possible, please mark your calendar and spend the morning with your fellow Native Son Brothers caring the American flag. Named one of the ten best 4th of July celebrations in the country by Travel+Leisure Magazine & Yahoo News,
Sonoma’s parade is a tradition that brings the community together in celebration of all that makes Sonoma great.
The parade traverses the Plaza. After the parade, enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with food, drink and game booths run by Sonoma’s non-profit organizations. All proceeds raised from the celebration benefit Sonoma’s nonprofit community.
WHEN: July 4, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
WHERE: Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building Parking Lot 126 1st Street West
CONTACT: Dean Zellers – 707-337-9119