Club History

On May 9th, 1967, Robert Welch (who had graduated from McMaster in 1949) in his capacity as Provincial Secretary and Ontario Minister of Citizenship, granted Articles of Incorporation (at that time a Charter was issued by Letters Patent) to ten members of the McMaster community to create a corporation under the name of the “Faculty Club of McMaster University”. The Club legally changed its name to “The University Club of McMaster” in the year 2000.

The original Letters Patent are just four pages long. The first page is taken up with legal recitals; the second page names the “applicants”. On the third page, it states the purpose of the Club: “…[to advance] the interests of McMaster University, to establish, maintain and conduct a club for the accommodation, recreation and convenience of the members…and to promote the interchange of ideas and information amongst the members of the Corporation and others…”. The last one and a half pages states at length that the Club is not to be used as a “common gaming house”, and woe betide the Club should it provide “any means or contrivance for playing any game of chance, gaming or betting…”

The applicants for the Charter were:

  • P.L. Newbigging, Professor of Psychology
  • J.W. Hodgins, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering (for whom the Engineering Building is named)
  • C.C. Potter, Professor of Commerce
  • G.S. Vichert, Asst. Professor of English
  • J.E. Thomas, Assoc. Professor of Philosophy
  • A.J. Jamieson, Assistant Librarian
  • M.L. Israel, Religious Education
  • D.J. Kenworthy, Assoc. Professor of Mathematics
  • R.H. Tomlinson, Professor of Chemistry
  • S.F. Semeniuk, Systems Analyst

In the Great Hall is a photograph of the “founding directors”, taken in 1992, on the occasion of the Club’s 25th anniversary. In the picture are:

  • J.D. Brasch, (English)
  • R.H. Tomlinson, Chemistry)
  • D.E.N. Jensen (Biology)
  • P.L. Newbigging (Psychology)
  • I.D. Brown (Physics and Astronomy)
  • D.W. Carment (Psychology)

The University Club has benefited greatly from the wisdom and guidance of these and many others who have played an active role in establishing, maintaining and advancing the Club for the benefit of its Members.

The University Club would like to thank the Canadian Baptist Archives of McMaster Divinity College for providing all historical pictures of Alumni Memorial Hall that are included within the pages of the University Club's website.


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