Attached is the flyer for our dinner at the Surf Club. Plan on seeing you all there.
The Wilmington Senior Men’s Club (SMC) was created on October 7, 1988 when four men, who were relatively new to the Wilmington area met to form a men’s club for the purpose of fellowship, information exchange, concerns, and ideas. The four founding members were Theodore Hobbs (d:1997), David Oliver(d:2002),Lieutenant General James M. Lee (d:2017)(who retired to his home town after a distinguished military career, including command of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in Viet Nam) and Dickson Baldridge who relocated from Connecticut (d:2019). Theodore Hobbs was elected as the first president and served two terms. It was agreed that the club would meet on Friday mornings except for holiday weeks and the entire month of August.
The club began attracting new members and met in a number of locations before setting up at the downtown YMCA (around 1990) where it remained until 2010. In order to be eligible for membership, prospective members have to be age 60 or above and live in the Wilmington area. The club has never had any restrictions on race, ethnicity, or religion. Jasper Reed, the club president in 1999 was African-American. According to the club’s long time secretary, George Taylor, when he joined around 1990, there were about 30 members meeting in a small room at the YMCA.
The club’s format was, and still is, a coffee hour, a speaking program with Q&A and adjournment. Speakers have come from many different areas including the arts, public service, education, government and the military just to highlight some.
In 2010, the club moved to the Cameron Art Museum on Museum Drive where it remained until 2021 with membership nearly 200. However, in March of 2020, COVID shut down the Cameron and the club until September, 2021. John Gill had just assumed the presidency in January 2020. John remained as president through 2021 and was succeeded by John Weisz in 2022.
During this very difficult period for the entire country, the club lost a number of long time members to COVID and other illnesses. When the club resumed meeting at the Cameron in the Fall of 2021, issues with the museum caused the club to make an emergency move to another location, the Wilmington Senior Center on South College Rd. The SMC was happy to find another location but it came with some restrictions including not being able to meet every Friday and having to move the start time to 11 AM. These changes did affect the membership numbers negatively along with the lingering concerns from COVID. In June of 2022 thanks to Paul Zambuto, John Wiesz, and the gracious staff at Lifepointe Church, the club was able find a new home at the Church where we continue to meet every other Friday at 10 AM
The Senior Men's Club of Wilmington meets at 10 a.m. weekly at Lifepoint Church, 3500 South College Road, Unit A. Coffee, doughnuts, and fellowship networking at 9:30 a.m. Open to men 55 and over. Annual membership dues $25 per annum.
The mission of the Senior Men's Club of Wilmington is to promote fellowship and camaraderie for and throughout the membership. We will seek common interest by providing speakers to expand our social interest.
Our goal is to recruit new members while setting a standard of ethical, moral and senior leadership. We will drive growth within the community and build our awareness throughout the New Hanover County.
September 8th 2023: What Do You Know About the Respiratory System - Mr. Bill Bryan
October 6th 2023: Military Affairs - Mr Bill Kawczynski
October 20th 2023: UNCW Athletics
November 3rd 2023: ? - Mr John Russell
Files coming soon.
The Davis Center at Maides Park (the address is 1101 Manley Ave. -see the map), is hosting a meet and greet for all military veterans.
Date: November 8th from 11 AM to 1:00 PM.
What: Free Lunch to all veterans and meeting new and old friendships. Wilbur Jones will speak to the assembled
Must be “Pre-registered”
John Weisz will have a sign up sheet and will register in one whole group by 31 October 23. Be sure to sign up as soon as you can.
NOTE: For the 6 Oct meeting, John Melia will put up the sign up sheet.
Our Annual Dinner is scheduled for October 12 at The Surf Club.
Date: 10/12/2023 6-9 PM
The Surf Club
1 Mallard Street, Wrightsville Beach
COCKTAIL HOUR 6-7 PM
fruits, vegetables and cheeses with assorted flatbread, dips and bar snacks
CASH BAR (includes service charge and tax)
soft drinks $3.25
domestic beer $5.25
imported/premium beer $7.00
house wine $7.00
Petite Filet and Breast of Chicken with potatoes and sugar snap peas
Basket of rolls, muffins, biscuits and breads
New York Style Cheesecake with blueberry sauce
Theodore Hobbs * ^ 1988 Dave Pyle * 2006
Theodore Hobbs * ^ 1989 John Horton * 2007
David Oliver * ^ 1990 Tom White 2008
James M. Lee * ^ 1991 Chris Guenther * 2009
Dickson Baldridge ^ 1992 John Gangemi 2010
Omar Mardan * 1993 John Stewart 2011
Jack Miller * 1994 John Melia 2012
Edwin Olsson * 1995 Jim Watson 2013
George Houghton * 1996 Jerry Bagnell 2014
John Horton * 1997 Jim DeFrance 2015
Robert Ochs * 1998 Jon LeBlanc 2016
Jasper Reed * 1999 John Russell 2017
David Mitchell * 2000 John Melia 2018
Glenn Fincannon * 2001 Philip Brown 2019
HC (Bud) Gaffney * 2002 John Gill 2020
Leo Bednarczyk * 2003 John Gill 2021
George Ball * 2004 John Weisz 2022 Robert Barkalow * 2005 Philip Brown 2023
*Deceased ^ Founding Member