President

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Justin Stacey

2014–2017

Justin Stacey is taking on his family's long tradition of service to the Swiss Club this year. As president he follows in the footstep of his grandfather, uncle, and aunts that have all taken turns serving on the board. Justin is married to Misty Stacey. They have three children, Tyler, Emily, and Katie. He is the son of Bill and Margie Stacey, and the grandson of the late Marguerite and Joe "Papa Joe" Muller, all long time workers and supporters of the club. He is employed by Duncan Family Farms.

Vice President

Ben Abatti Jr.

2017

Ben Abatti Jr. is our new Vice President. He is married to Judy Abatti and they have 4 children; Sarah Jane, Ben III, Braden, and Audrey Rose. Ben Jr. has been farming for 41 years. He is a 3rd generation Swiss and he has been involved with the Swiss Club for over 50 years starting as a buebe wrestler. He is the son of Ben and Loretta Abatti and the grandson of John Studer, one of the founding fathers of the club.

V.P. Special Projects

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Rick Buscaglia

2011–2017

Rick is our Vice Pesident in charge of Special Projects. Rick is a longtime member of the I.V. Swiss Club, and the son of the late Martha Ming Morris. Rick is a 1st generation Imperial Valley Swiss and for many years was found behind the bar as a bartender for most of the functions held at the Club. Rick and his wife Georgia have three sons Ryan, Justin (Season), and Garen (Aimee). Rick is in charge of maintenance, construction, and repairs done to the club. Rick is retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and spends his free time with his grandchildren and tinkering with anything he can fix.

Treasurer

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Rose Mary Locher

2008–2017

After serving as a director for several years Rose has taken over the position of treasurer. Rose has two children, Derrick and Tori Smith. She is the daughter of Mary Jo (Bates) Locher and the late Werner R. Locher. Rose works as a bookkeeper for West-Gro Farms,Inc. in El Centro.

Secretary

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Debra Fjeldsted

2015–2017

Debbie is serving her second term as secretary this year. She recently retired from 37 years of teaching and now has the time to fulfill the role of secretary for the club. Her duties include recording of the minutes and keeping track of the membership. Debbie's spouse is Gary Fjeldsted and they have five sons and eight grandchildren between them. Debbie is the granddaughter of Swiss immigrants Emil and Marie Schaffner, and the fourth in line of the late Roy and Marion Schaffner's seven children.

Directors

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Stacy Britschgi

2015–2017

Stacy Britschgi is serving her second year on the board as she continues keeping her family's long history with the Swiss Club going as a director. She is a great granddaughter to K. & Marguerite Omlin, and grand daughter to Joe & Roberta Omlin. She is married to John Britschgi and they have three children Anne, Colt and Emma Rose. They are all very much involved with the club. Stacey is also in charge of the kitchen.

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John Buscaglia

2012–2017

Johnny joined the board as a Director after many years of volunteering behind the scenes. John is a first generation Valley Swiss. He is the son of the late Martha Ming Morris and the grandson of founding I.V. Swiss Club members, Theordore and Christine Ming. Johnny was raised right down the road from the I.V. Swiss Club and spent the majority of his childhood at the Club as his mother, Martha, was the treasurer/reporter for over 50 years. John has volunteered his time as a bartender and by cooking his famous beans for Swiss functions since most can remember! Johnny is married to Shirley, and has four adult children, Lagina, Macie, John, and David. Johnny is retired from Mario Saikhon Farms, but keeps very busy in his "leisure" time.

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Chris Iten

2016–2017

This is the second year on the board for Chris as a Director. He is the son of Cassi Justice (Hogue) and Gary Iten. Chris was born and raised here in the Imperial Valley where he graduated from Holtville High School. He is excited to be serving on the board and looks forward to helping out the club as much as possible for years to come.

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Shelli Lyon

2016–2017

Shelli is a Director on the board again. She is married to Randy Lyon and they have three children, Wade, Emma and Clare. She is the daughter of Rodney and Maureen Strahm and the granddaughter of Ester and the late Ernie Strahm. She is looking forward to her new duties and keeping the traditon of the club going.

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Margie Stacey

2016–2017

Margie has rejoined the board as a Director after having served as treasurer for the club in the late 1980's. She is the daughter of the late Joe and Marguerite Muller. Joe served as meat chef for over six decades and Margie's husband, Bill, has continued in Joe's footsteps. Their children, Justin (Misty) and Samantha (Jeff) Williams are also active in the club. They have been blessed with granddaughters: Emily, Katie and Stacey, and grandson, Beau and Tyler.

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John Britschgi

2009–2011, 2017

John is a third generation Valley Swiss and is a familiar face around the Swiss Club. He has served as vice president, director and as a bartender when needed. He is the son of active club member Walt and and the late Linda Britschgi, husband of Stacy, and the father of Anne, Colt and Emma Rose. John works as a zanjero for the IID.

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Joseph Muller

2017

Joseph is a new director on the board this year. He is a fourth generation Imperial Valley Swiss who is taking on his family's long tradition of service to the Swiss club. As a Director, he follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncle, and aunts that have all taken turns serving on the board. Joseph is the son of Tom and Cella Muller and the grandson of the late Joe and Marguerite Muller. He is employed by Helena Chemical.

Reporter

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Rose Von Flue

2003–2004, 2010 –2012;2016–2017

Rosemarie is a long time member of the Club and returns to serve as the Club's reporter again. In the past she has served as the Club's President. Rosemarie is the mother of Lynee' Pacheco (George), John Von Flue, Jr. (Desiree'), and the late Ricky Von Flue. She is also the proud grandmother of six.

Website Administrator

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David Ritter

2011–2017

David is the son of the late Fred and Mary Ritter who were the resident caretakers of the Swiss Club for twenty-two years. Fred also served as assistant treasurer and they were both honorary members. Grandparents John and Elise Ritter immigrated from Bern, Switzerland in 1914 and 1919. They were active in the formation of the I.V. Swiss Club and John also served as treasurer. David has been active in the Swiss Club since childhood and is a past Vice President. He and his wife Nora have two children, Jacob and Geoffrey. Geoffrey designed, developed and provides technical advice for the Swiss Club website while David maintains it.

Caretakers

Joe & Annie Diaz

2012–2017

Our caretakers Joe and Annie Diaz were both raised in Holtville and are graduates of Holtville High School. Joe is employed with Merten Machine Repair and Annie is with In Home Health Services. With sixteen years of marriage, they have two sons, Jessy a senior and an athlete at Holtville High School and Joshua who attends Pine School. Both boys are involved in Holtville 4-H and sports.

Past Presidents


  • 1921–1924: Schwingfests were held these first four years. However the I.V. Swiss Club had not yet been organized.

  • 1925–1927: Joe Enz, Sr.*
  • 1928:    Joe Groebli*
  • 1929:    Joe Enz, Sr.*
  • 1930–1933: Fred Strahm*
  • 1934–1938: Julius Hofer Sr.*
  • 1939–1944: Paul Eggler*
  • 1945–1949: Werner Hofer*
  • 1950–1952: Joe Enz, Jr.*
  • 1953–1956: K. Omlin*
  • 1957–1959: Clem Muller, Sr.*
  • 1960:    K. Omlin*
  • 1961–1962: Roy Schaffner*
  • 1963–1964: Ernest Strahm*
  • 1965–1966: Walter Enz, Sr.*
  • 1967–1968: Joe Muller*
  • 1969–1971: Clem Muller, Jr.*
  • 1972–1974: Julius Hilfiker*
  • 1975–1976: Jacob Kappeler
  • 1977:    Joe Omlin
  • 1978–1979: Walter Britschgi Jr.
  • 1980–1981: Tony Pitardi*
  • 1982:    Henry Felchlin*
  • 1983–1984: Carl Rubin*
  • 1985–1986: Fritz Heuberger*
  • 1987–1988: Jeanne Vogel
  • 1989–1990: Terry Martin*
  • 1991–1992: Bob Brandenberg
  • 1993–1994: George Morris
  • 1995–1996: Thomas Muller
  • 1997–1998: Mike Omlin
  • 1999:   Brooks Anderholt
  • 2000:   Gilbert Gourley*
  • 2001:    Walter Enz, Jr.
  • 2002:   Rudy Schaffner
  • 2003–2004: Rosemarie Von Flue
  • 2005–2006: Dale Ming
  • 2007:    Andrew Jaime
  • 2008:    Dale Ming
  • 2009–2010: Frank Van Der Linden III/li>
  • 2011:    George Morris
  • 2012:    Susan Omlin
  • 2013:    Walter Britschgi
  • 2014:    Michael Johnston
  • 2015–2016: Ronald Leimgruber
  • 2017–:   Justin Stacey

* Deceased

Membership 2016


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