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Jeff Williams


Jeff is serving his second year as President after serving two years as Vice President. He is married to Samantha Williams and they have two children, Beau and Stacey. Upon his marriage to Samantha, he began attending Swiss Club events. He enjoyed the events'comradery and family atmosphere that seemed to create stong bonds among the Valley's Swiss decendents. It is because of this that he has agreed to serve as President. He wants the Swiss Club to be a place where his children have fond memories and return to create memories for their own children.

Vice President


John Britschgi

2009–2011, 2017–2022

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.

V.P. Special Projects


Rick Buscaglia


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.



Rose Mary Locher


Rose served as a director for several years and is now serving her third year as treasurer. Rose is the daughter of Mary Jo (Bates) Locher and the late Werner R. Locher and Hedwig (Bingelli) Locher and John and Mary (Arnold) Smith, She was married to the late Micael D. Smith and has two two children, Derrick and Tori Smith. Rose works as a bookkeeper for West-Gro Farms, Inc. in El Centro.



Debra Fjeldsted


Debbie 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.



Stacy Britschgi


Stacy Britschgi has served several 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.


Andrew Leimgruber


Andrew isHe serving his second year on the board. He is a fourth generation Imperial Valley Swiss. He is the son of past club president Ronald Leimgruber is the great grandson of founding members, the late Walter & Berta Leimgruber and the grandson of the late Ernie & Jackie Leimgruber. Andrew works with his father in his farming operation in Holtville.


John Buscaglia


Johnny has joined the board again 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.


Alan Enz


Alan joined the board as a director three years ago. He is married to Marie. He is the son of Paul and Shirley Enz and the grandson of the late Walter Enz and Rosemary Enz Auf Der Maur.


Margie Stacey


Margie continues on as a 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.




Website Administrator


David Ritter


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.


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
  • 2011:    George Morris
  • 2012:    Susan Omlin
  • 2013:    Walter Britschgi
  • 2014:    Michael Johnston
  • 2015–2016: Ronald Leimgruber
  • 2017–2018: Justin Stacey
  • 2019–2020: Ben Abatti II
  • 2021–2022: Jeff Williams

* Deceased

Membership 2016

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