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The Club began this with the Celebration of its Golden Jubilee (50th) Anniversary in 1976 under the Chairmanship of Bro. Dr. E. Olusoji Smith and this was followed by the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee (60th) Anniversary in 1986 under the Chairmanship of Bro. Dr. E.A. Olufemi Bucknor. The 70th Anniversary was celebrated in 1996 under the Chairmanship of Bro. Justice Paul Atilade.

We are celebrating now the 80th Anniversary of the Club under the Chairmanship of Bro. (Chief) Edmund Sehindemi Phillips. Thanks be to God for keeping us to this day.

 


Bro. Lydio Duro Emmanuel - FOUNDNG FATHER

 

The following improvements and extension were made to the Club:-

(i) Extension to the Second Club House, on Saturday, 18th November, 1978. A new building consisting of a two floors, was formally commissioned by the Chairman, (1978-1980) Bro. Chief W.A. Ladipo Thomas in the presence of members and distinguished guests. A Kitchen, a Sitting cum Dinning Hall and a Games Room occupied the ground floor. On the first floor were sited a Bar, a Hall for meetings and social activities and three other rooms.

(ii) The Commissioning of Bar II, the Library cum Reading room as well as the Chairman’s office of the new wing took place on Friday, 5th June 1987 under the Chairmanship of Bro. Dr. E.A. Olufemi Bucknor who was fortunate in being the first to enjoy the ambience and facilities of an office in the Club. We must however give thanks to the Past Chairmen particularly the late Bro. Chief W.A. Ladipo Thomas, Bro. Chief (Dr.) E. Olusoji Smith and Bro. Alhaji Femi Okunnu for the solid construction works done in raising this new wing of the Club. Bar II is named in memory of the first Chairman of the Club, late Bro. Victor Ade Allen, the Library cum Reading Room is named after late Bro. (Honourable Chief Justice) G. Sodeinde Sowemimo, GCON.

(iii) Commissioning of the Norman-Williams Pavilion: In fulfillment of the bequest to the Club of a sum of One Million Naira from the Estate of late Bro. Dr. (Chief) C. Modupe Norman-Williams (Chairman 1968-1971, Trustee 1968-1987, Vice Patron 1975-1987), his wife, Sister (Chief) Mrs. Yinka Norman-Williams, Vice Patron of the Club, ensured that a Pavilion was erected on the Club’s Grounds supplementing the amount herself in a very generous manner. Named Modupe Norman-Williams Pavilion, it was commissioned by Dr. (Chief) M.A. Majekodunmi, Vice-Patron of the Club, on Thursday 7th September, 1995.

As part of the same ceremony, the new Club Frontage, Reception Lobby and Manager’s office were commissioned by the donor himself, Bro. Chief Rasak Okoya. The building and opening of the edifices took place during the Chairmanship of Bro. (Chief) Bamidele Daramola (1994-1996).

(iv) GAMES:
(A) Regrettably the game of Lawn Tennis continued its decline during this period inspite of the newly refurbished Tennis Courts
(B) However Billiards and other games like Table Tennis, Draughts, Chess etc. enjoyed greater popularity and have contributed immensely to the comradeship in the “Games Village” as the Games Room is now affectionately called.

(v) GREETINGS HALL:

The Greetings Hall was formal commissioned on Saturday, 14th August 1999 during the Chairmanship of Bro. Dr. (Chief) Oluyomi Finnih and the Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the Chairman of the occasion while General Abdulsalami Abubakar GCFR, former Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was the Special Guest of Honour of the day.


In this brief historical sketch, an attempt has been made to trace the Club’s foundation, development and contribution to Nigeria and its peoples these past eighty years. One fact stands out, and this is that the Club was well intentioned, well-founded and has continued to grow on the twin principles of promoting a healthy development of the mind and body through the playing of games and lively exchange of views amongst its members.
Throughout the vicissitudes of its existence and of its environment the Club has continued and will continue to open its gates and its fellowship to those who deserve it irrespective of tribe, race, creed, religion and colour. With a well-spent eighty year behind it, the Club looks forward with confidence to the future.

May those who enter the portals of this Club, continue to prosper.

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