Donations

Would You Like To Help?

The Penngrove Social Firemen depend on fundraisers, donations and community support.  The funds we collect go directly to maintenance, repairs, and equipment purchases for the Clubhouse.  Funds also support Penngrove 4-H, Penngrove School and Ranch Adobe Fire Fighters Association.

We have a number of events through out the year including dinners, raffles and other community festivities.  Your attendance to these fundraisers is what keeps us financial solvent. 

If you would like to make a donation or request information regarding membership,

please phone us at:

707-795-3298

or write us at:

P.O. Box 264

Penngrove, CA  94951

History

History of Penngrove Social Firemen

In 1946 following the end of World War II men returned home to communities all over the nation, Penngrove was no exception.

Families were reunited and eager to work and enjoy the freedom that many American’s had sacrificed to protect this great nation. One thing that was popular in Sonoma County was baseball. It did not take a huge financial investment to put a team together.

The Penngrove Volunteer Fire Department members formed a team as they had prior to the WW II. The big hurdle, where to play? The team played at Penngrove School but the field was too small and designed for children which made it hard for teams to play regulation hardball. The volunteer firemen looked at the Purrington property (now the park) to purchase for a ball field and park.

The volunteers needed to raise money. They thought of dances, raffles, Bar BQ’s, etc. but the then Fire Chief, Harold Sinclair was not in favor of the volunteers using the departments name to raise money in this fashion and using that money for other than fire protection equipment and services.

The volunteers eager to have a new ball field combined with a park for community formed an auxiliary organization and named it Penngrove Social Firemen. They jumped on the opportunity to buy the property from the Purringtons. They held auctions that sold used donated farm equipment and other items of value. They secured no interest loans from local ranchers, business owners and residents and the project was well on its way.

The park was built by volunteers who brought equipment ranging from bull dozers to shovels. The new park quickly became an icon for family gatherings, Bar BQ’s, play ground and of course the ball field.

This new organization, Penngrove Social Firemen, had proved itself as an able body, self supporting organization.

Penngrovian, Clyde Watts, recognized the potential of the new Penngrove Social Firemen organization and put together a set of by-laws and filed for a non-profit status with State of California and the Federal Government which was approved in 1951.

The Penngrove Social Firemen still gets confused by many as part of the fire department, it is not. Although the Social Firemen still have strong ties with Rancho Adobe Firefighters Association, we are not fire fighters and never have been. Years past many Social Firemen were also members of the volunteer Fire Department.

 

Our Mission

To build pride in our community and to lend strong support for the community by providing children's playgrounds in the park in safe surroundings, and by sponsoring events to provide opportunities for gatherings where residents can meet their neighbors and friends from Penngrove, as well as surrounding towns and cities.   These popular events include dinners at the clubhouse and the famous Parade and Bar-B-Que in the Park, held on the first Sunday in July.

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Welcome

Penngrove Social Firemen was started over 50 years ago by volunteers of the Penngrove Fire Department, hence the name.

While the Social Firemen no longer have strong ties to the fire department, they have grown with the community into an organization numbering almost 150 members.  Members include carpenters, contractors, artists, attorneys, mechanics, truckers, ranchers, and painters, among many other professions.

The primary focus of the Social Firemen is support of the community.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 264, Penngrove CA 94951

Penngrove Park, 11800 Main St, Penngrove, CA

Penngrove Community Club House, 385 Woodward Ave., Penngrove, Ca

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