50 YEAR TIMELINE

50 Years of the San Francisco Vegetarian Society

1968
1968

SFVS is Born

1968

Frederick Baldus places add “Vegetarians Unite” in SF Chronicle. Mr. Baldus and his wife hosts 34 people in his home in which would eventually be known as the first unofficial meeting of the San Francisco Vegetarian Society (SFVS).

1969
1969

First President Elected

1969

SFVS Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws created.
Frederick Baldus elected as president (68’-74’)

1970
1970

Newsletter Created

1970

Dixie Mahy proposed creating a newsletter to promote the Society and its goals: primarily to promote the education of a vegetarian diet, and from there the “Vegetarian Calendar” was born. This idea was adopted. Dixie was immediately voted vice president.

1974
1974

SFVS becomes incorporated

April 9, 1974

SFVS becomes incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit in the State of California.

1975
1975

SFVS Goes to World Vegetarian Congress

August 16—28, 1975

SFVS President Dixie Mahy joined 2000 people and spoke at the first North American-based 23rd World Vegetarian Congress of the IVU (International Vegetarian Union) held in Orono, Maine.

1975

Dixie Mahy President

1975

The SFVS president, Dixie Mahy was a speaker at the 1975 IVU Congress in Maine. Dixie would go on to lead SFVS for 40 years.

2000
2000

First Annual World Veg Day Festival

October 1, 2000

First Annual World Veg Day Festival.

2006
2006

World Vegetarian Day San Proclamation

October 1, 2006

Mayor Gavin Newsom declared October 1, 2006 “World Vegetarian Day” in San Francisco with a City Proclamation.

2010
2010

Honored by the SF Board of Supervisors

February 12, 2010

Honored by the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors.

2012
2012

International Vegetarian Union’s 40th World Veg Fest

2015
2015

New SFVS President

January 2015

Greg Rohrbach is elected President of SFVS

2015

Updated logo, look & website

2015

With new administration, it was time to update the visual and web profile of SFVS so we developed a new logo, a new website and our newsletter went entirely email-based.

2018
2018

50 Year Anniversary of SFVS

October 27, 2018

19th Annual Veg Festival and 50th year Anniversary


Over the years, SFVS has hosted most movers and shakers in the movement, including John Robbins, John McDougall, Dean Ornish, Howard Lyman, Ann Wigmore, Helen and Scott Nearing, Bill Shurtleff, and many others. Many speakers had their first experience in front of a vegetarian audience with SFVS.