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The Cambridge Club was founded in 1879, “to consider and discuss questions relating to the civic well-being of the City of Cambridge, and to promote literary, scientific and social culture among its member."
Six times a year club members meet at the Harvard Faculty Club, Sheraton Commander Hotel, or elsewhere in Cambridge, for conversation, dinner, and an after-dinner speaker. These meetings are an opportunity to keep in touch, get better acquainted, learn about other members’ efforts to improve opportunities and pleasures of life in Cambridge, and learn from the evening’s speaker.This season's speakers are listed here. Previous years are listed under the Programs menu.
Membership in the club is by invitation. Invitations go to people who live or work in Cambridge and have displayed significant and sustained leadership in improving the quality of life in Cambridge through their jobs or voluntary activities above and beyond the scope of their employment. Membership is limited to 150 persons by club bylaws. For more information about membership, click here.
Each spring the Club gives a cash award to a Cambridge high school junior or senior who has made major voluntary efforts to improve the quality of life for others inside or outside Cambridge. The award is named in honor of John R. and Ellen G. Moot, Club members who worked tirelessly and voluntarily for more than fifty years, in multiple capacities, to improve life for all Cambridge residents. The current awardees are listed here. Those from recent years are here.
Additional information is available, along with more recent club records, at the Cambridge Public Library’s Cambridge Room. The Club's early history is described, and its early records stored, at the Cambridge Historical Society under the heading ‘Cambridge Club and Harvard Lyceum Papers 1894-1939’. Please also go to the History of the Club page for a glimpse at Club speakers in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The membership in the Club is for people who live or work in Cambridge and have “demonstrated special concern for the health and welfare of Cambridge residents and institutions." Membership is by invitation.
Candidates for membership may display these attributes either through voluntary service, or in efforts above and beyond the scope of their employment, or both. In some instances, the Club may waive the requirement of residence or occupation in Cambridge to admit a person who otherwise meets the membership criteria.
While the Club itself is not a non-profit organization, all of its members are board members or otherwise active in the myriad of non-profit civic organizations in the city.
Currently, we have about 120 members. The Club holds six meetings a year (attendance optional) for members and their guests. We have a program that relates to the Club's mission and a dinner following. We meet each other, socialize, network, and learn from each other. We feel that our face-to-face meetings are a wonderful way to forge both personal and work related friendships and to learn about issues that directly affect the City.
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