Off we go again with an unsolicited history lesson from the dim recesses of an ex-salesman's burned out brain.
The Hammond Organ Society concept was a not so thinly veiled sales tool from a simpler more naive time. Much like the Lowery clubs of today. But truly less pressure (usually).
A bubbling cauldron of hot coffee (8 O'clock brand in our case, and the only one I still like), some donuts or pastries from the favorite local bakery. Plus the occasional minor talent local supper club organist or teacher for a guest appearance. The ne plus ultra of '50s social events-food, fellowship, and fun. And the opportunity to stir up prospects from referrals, or step-up existing owners to newer bigger units.
Some of these took on a life of their own, with folks having meetings at home and elsewhere, not sponsored by a store or salesman. Vestiges of these can still be found around the country, though most gravitate to a theater organ core interest. I read of a society in the northeast centered on the X-66. I am sure there are others.
I believe it would be difficult to bring this concept back. No Lawrence Welk, Ethel Smith, Eddie Layton, or Lenny Dee to plant the widespread interest, and no network of dealers to provide the fuel to drive the engine. That is not to say that defined interest clubs could not be formed or still exist. Like sewing circles. We all have a lot on our minds these days........................