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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

BE IT KNOWN that whereas Geoffrey B. Lehy, David F. Tilley, William S. Youngman, Joseph C. Pelletier, Charles V. Dasey, Frank V. Thompson, J. W. Beatson, Edward A. Filene, Randall G. Morris, Henry Abrahams, Alfred E. Wellington, E. A. Grozier, Elwyn G. Preston, George Holden Tinkham, and Richard Waterman have associated themselves with the intention of forming a corporation under the name of


for the purpose of the establishment and maintenance of places for reading-rooms, libraries, or social meetings, and to bring together socially persons interested in the city of Boston, and in promoting its welfare, and have complied with the provisions of the statutes of this Commonwealth in such case made and provided, as appears from the certificate of the

President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Executive Committee of said corporation, duly approved by the Commissioner of Corporations and recorded in this office:

Now, therefore, I, WILLIAM M. OLIN, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that said Geoffrey B. Lehy, David F. Tilley, William S. Youngman, Joseph C. Pelletier, Charles V. Dasey, Frank V. Thompson, J. W. Beatson, Edward A. Filene, Randall G. Morris, Henry Abrahams, Alfred E. Wellington, E. A. Grozier, Elwyn G. Preston, George Holden Tinkham, and Richard Waterman, their associates and successors, are legally organized and established as, and are hereby made, an existing corporation under the name of


with the powers, rights and privileges, and subject to the limitations, duties and restrictions, which by law appertain thereto.

WITNESS my official signature hereunto subscribed, and the great seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts hereunto affixed, this twelfth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and six.

(Signed) WM. M. OLIN,

Secretary of the Commonwealth.


"Lest I be accused of political heresy, I think I will betake myself from the Republican side of the House with Senator Weeks and his cohorts over to the Democratic side where Congressman Gallivan and Governor Foss sit. (Loud applause.)

"Mr. President, Invited Guests, and Fellow Members. The Boston City Club dedicates to-night, on Beacon Hill, a monument to optimism, civic virtue, and real good fellowship.

"The success achieved by this great Boston institution was due to the optimism of Edward A. Filene and his early associates, to the desire

of the charter members to promote civic virtue in a safe and sane manner among all elements in the community, and to the practise of a liberal and unprejudiced good fellowship by all the members of the Club.

"One new building is close to the site of the beacon of long ago that served as a guide to mariners returning to their home port in the days when Boston ships sailed all the seas of the world, and let us hope that our Club House will serve as a landmark to attract all men in this community whose goal is honesty of purpose, square dealing, and right living. "In 1904, a few of the citizens of Boston were invited to assemble at the Hotel Bellevue to hear Mr. Filene relate his dream of an organization or club which would be a civic centre of Greater Boston, and would bring together all men interested in the promotion of the common welfare. As the dreamer talked his optimism and enthusiasm became contagious. Like a magician he waved his wand, and many willing hands came to help in the undertaking. A lively organization of public-spirited men came into being, and in 1906 the faithful six hundred who had enlisted in the cause marched victoriously up Beacon Hill, and took possession of the modest quarters that were to shelter them in two old-fashioned dwellinghouses.

"The membership increased with marvelous rapidity, and the family soon outgrew its first home. The Club decided to hold the hill, and the original six hundred, with ranks augmented to five thousand, and another thousand anxious recruits on the waiting-list, advanced to its new position on the hill, and erected this magnificent structure, which we dedicate to-night amidst pleasant and inspiring surroundings with the Courts of Justice on the east, and the gilded dome of the State House representing the 'Hub of the solar system' on the west, while to the north across the Mystic may be seen the immortal shaft on Bunker Hill, rising 'to meet the sun in his coming,' and on the south, at the foot of the hill, are the sacred precincts of Boston Common.

"I do not know what the future has in store for us, but it may be that in the course of time we may be obliged to extend our holdings to the west on Ashburton Place to Bowdoin Street, thence southerly to Beacon Street, thence easterly to the point of the beginning of the Boston City Club, and if that should ever come to pass it could hardly be considered more wonderful than the development of the present organization from the humble beginning of ten years ago.

"The great success of our organization has been possible only by reason of the untiring and unselfish efforts of its founders and those who have followed them in performing the work of the various offices and committees, and the courtesies of this occasion require that your attention should be called to them at this time. Let us, therefore, accord all honor and praise to our first President, Geoffrey B. Lehy (cheers and applause), and his successors, David F. Tilley, the second President (applause); Samuel J. Elder, of Yale (applause, cheers, and demonstration); and Frederick P. Fish (more applause and cheers); to the present incumbent, the dynamo of human efficiency; to the members of the early Executive Com

mittees and to their successors, now known as the Board of Governors; to the Club Secretaries, Messrs. Waterman, Wellington, Youngman, Bottomly, Barry, and Downey, and to Edmund Billings who acted as Secretary at all the preliminary meetings; to the Club Treasurers, Messrs. Tilley, Parker, Simpson, Minot, and Cooley; to the members of the House Committees, under the leadership of Messrs. Pelletier, Fee, Fuller, and Logue; to the members of the Entertainment Committees, under Messrs. Rothwell, Winship, Simpson, Doten, Fay, and Bennett; to the members of the Membership Committees, under Messrs. Falvey, Scannell, and Rogers; to the members of the BULLETIN Committees, under Messrs. Rothwell, Downey, Hubbard, and Coleman; to the members of the Art and Library Committees, under Messrs. Cox, Beeching, and Munroe; to the Special Committee of Five on Reorganization, which performed valuable work two years ago, under the Chairmanship of David A. Ellis; and to Messrs. Homer, Fay, Kirstein, Thurber, and Preston of the Executive Committee, who have done excellent work in bringing about the reorganization of the Club, and have relieved the Chairman of many of its burdens. "The President has been trying to steal my thunder at various intervals, and before he steals any more I am going to get something out of my system.

"Now, I have called the roll of some of the men entitled to great honor, and I am going later to come to the other five thousand members in this magnificent Club; but I desire to say at this moment, after the good father and founder of the Club had finished, he, like all great orators, thought that he had forgotten the best thing that he meant to say, and he whispered to me, 'Would it be agreeable to you to say a word of tribute and veneration and respect to another artist, Mr. Newhall, the architect of the Club?' (Cheers and applause.)

"He said, 'Now, if I were saying it I would say it this way. (Laughter.) Of course, what he meant, and I knew what he meant, was, that I was not a world power and did not have the dreaming qualification and I had not read the dream-book, like Governor Foss used to do. (Laughter.) But I said, 'I think I get your idea.' He wanted to pay a tribute of respect to the artistic temperament and ability of the man. with the polish, the intellect—he wanted to pay a tribute of admiration and respect to him for the magnificent manner in which he grasped the ideal and the spirit necessary to build a typical American men's club. And that is what he has done, and I am glad to pay your tribute of respect at this time, Mr. Filene, to Mr. Newhall. (Applause.)

"Of course on this occasion, we must pay a special tribute of respect and bestow the degree of summa cum laude upon the Building Committee which has completed successfully the work of erecting and furnishing this magnificent structure, and a great tribute of respect and appreciation should go down from the Boston City Club to its Building Committee, to its Chairman, James W. Rollins, Vice-President of the Club (cheers and applause), C. H. Blackall, J. A. Coulthurst, Carl Dreyfus, David A. Ellis, James M. Head, John S. Lawrence, James P. Munroe, Bernard J. Rothwell, and John R. Simpson.

"I have been asked to tell briefly the story of financing the new building. When the Club decided to purchase land and erect a new building, the Building Committee was appointed with full power to carry the project through to completion. An issue of $250,000 of debenture bonds, bearing interest at 5 per cent. was authorized and a call was made upon the members to subscribe within ten days for $200,000 of this issue to cover the cost of the land. The members responded with great alacrity and enthusiasm; ten teams of ten members each, working in cooperation with the Civic Secretary, obtained subscriptions amounting to $232,300 in seven days, and the subscription lists were then closed. The land for the new building was purchased for $230,000 and the work of planning and construction was begun at once.

"On December 24, 1913, the Building Committee, in a report to the Executive Committee expressed its desire to be relieved of the responsibility of further financing the proposition, so that it might confine its function to directing the building operations. Respecting this request the Executive Committee asked the Finance Committee to report a plan for financing the completion of the work.

"The Finance Committee accepted the responsibility and on February 17, 1914, submitted its plan to the Executive Committee. The Finance Committee estimated that the total cost of the building, including land, equipment, fittings and furnishings would be $867,336.75, which included a reserve fund of $25,000 for contingencies. Of this sum $156,940.81 had already been paid. The funds on hand and other available funds amounted to $192,290.69, leaving a balance of $518,105.25 to be raised.

"To meet these requirements the Finance Committee recommended that the balance of $17,700 of the first issue of debentures be sold, that a second issue of $150,000 of debentures be authorized and sold, and then the Finance Committee would endeavor to place a first mortgage on the building of $350,000. This plan was approved by the Executive Committee and adopted by the Board of Governors.

"The second issue of debentures was authorized and a campaign for subscriptions was made similar to the one used for the sale of the first issue of debentures. The balance of $17,700 of the first issue of $116,000 of the second issue was subscribed by members in ten days and to obviate the extension of the time limit of the campaign, club pride and loyalty prompted a group of members to underwrite the remaining $34,000 required, of which amount more than one-half has since been subscribed by members who had not previously had an opportunity to do so.

"The debentures having been disposed of, the Finance Committee undertook the task of placing a $350,000 first mortgage at a time when such a mortgage was very difficult to negotiate. The committee's efforts were successful, and with the cooperation of a Boston Savings Bank, which had the faith and public spirit to invest its funds in a Boston enterprise, the mortgage was placed and the Building Committee went merrily on with its good work.

"The Boston City Club is deeply indebted to the Finance Committee for its important share in the work of financing safely the completion of the new building, and the sincere gratitude of the Club is due to Chairman Robert H. Gardiner, Jr., and his associates on the Finance Committee, Nathan L. Amster, Edward A. Filene, Laurence_Minot, James J. Phelan, and James J. Storrow; and also to the Home Savings Bank of Boston and its President, our fellow member, George E. Brock, for their hearty cooperation. (Loud applause.)

"The building task is finished well within the estimates of the Committees, and there is glory enough for all in this grand achievement. To the three thousand members among whom the subscriptions to the debentures are distributed, and to the others who gave their patronage and paid their dues and assessments, credit is due for the success of the undertaking. I hope that all the members will continue to give their hearty cooperation to the officers in their efforts to promote the welfare of the Club, and trust that the officers will merit your confidence in the future as they have in the past.

"It is with the greatest gratification that I join with you in the dedication of this new home of the great institution that has done so much in this community to tear down the wall of prejudice and ignorance that existed in the past and prevented men from recognizing that their neighbors and fellow citizens were their friends, prevented them from seeing the worth of men working side by side with them every day in their own way for the common welfare. May the Boston City Club continue for all time as a place where all honorable men can meet and discuss in a friendly and practical and successful way those matters which are for the benefit of us all." (Prolonged applause and cheers.)

The President. "My friends, the Chairman of the Executive Committee ventured to suggest that I had stolen some of his thunder. It is pretty clear that he tried to steal a good deal of the little thunder that I had left, for he thought that he had said all there could be said in introducing the next speaker, who is the Chairman of the Building Committee. What is there left for me to say?

"Well, gentlemen, there is a good deal, and I don't propose to say it all, because it is getting late. I will simply add to the complete and extended discussion of that subject which Mr. Fitzgerald presented to you, out of revenge on the others, the simple statement that the Building Committee has had its hand on the job, its mind on the work, without cessation from the beginning. That there never was a group of men who were more devoted to their program, which was, that when this building was erected it should be the best Club in the world, and that is the committee whose names Mr. Fitzgerald has read to you.

"And as to the Chairman of that committee, we all know that he is a great builder. A little thing like this City Club is nothing to a man who builds at the rate of a dozen or fifteen a month, as he does. (Laughter.) But all the same, it was a great thing for him to neglect his regular business and spend his days and nights and Sundays on this

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