Why join Observatory Parlor
177, Native Sons of the Golden West?
Firstly, this group extends an open
invitation to all who were born in California.
Found in our motto, “Friendship, Loyalty, and Charity”
is our social purpose. Observatory
Parlor was chartered August 13, 1891 and has served the greater
Santa Clara County area since it inception.
One will also find that it is subordinate to the Grand
Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West that is located in San
Francisco, CA. The Internal
Revenue Service recognizes Observatory Parlor 177, NSGW as a
community based non-profit fraternal & charitable organization
501 (c) (8). Annually we
solicit our membership and guest to donate to a trust fund held by
our parent organization that supports free surgery for children
afflicted with facial and cranial abnormalities.
In addition to the above charitable purpose Observatory
Parlor also participates in the erection & dedication of
historical interpretive monuments in an effort to perpetuate the
history of the State of California.
Observatory Parlor (named after the
Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton) meets at 6:00 P.M. for a
Business Meeting that is followed by a Social Meeting on the 3rd
Wed. of each month, except for the months of May and December.
Our Social Meetings (including dinner and drinks) start at
6:30 P.M. & might last to nine o’clock. The maximum
expenditure of time is the three hours that includes the enjoyment
of a dinner and one dollar drinks - currently $7.50 is being
assessed for the dinner. The
ten monthly meetings are held at the Willow Glen American Legion
Hall located at 1504 Minnesota Ave, San Jose, CA
Lastly, Observatory Parlor currently
consists of around sixty members ) who enjoy getting together & swapping stories of their
adult or common experiences.
One will find that the personality of the Parlor is low
key, come as you are, and is informal.
Again, you are invited to affiliate or first attend as a
guest. We do ask that you
might contact us by email
prior to your visit. Please
use "NSGW Membership" as the subject of your
transmission. For your convenience one will also find a membership
application available here. Our annual dues are currently
$40.00 and all checks should
be made payable to Observatory Parlor 177 NSGW.