Dedicated to community
service, fellowship, and intellectual stimulation. The Club seeks to promote
continued education and to cultivate educational, artistic, scientific,
philanthropic, literary and historical interests.
University Club was founded in 1934 by a small group of college
graduates who sought a forum where people of diverse business,
professional and academic backgrounds could meet, exchange information,
ideas, and experiences. The unique appeal of the University Club's
purpose accounts for its growth, so that today some 650 men and women
member’s enjoy a mutual bond of intellectual curiosity and fellowship.
Shortly after organizing
and occupying several temporary quarters the University Club met in the
clubhouse of the present Winter Park Golf Course. In 1948 a new clubhouse
by Gamble Rogers (also the designer of Casa Feliz) was occupied at Webster
and Park Avenues. There have been expansions and improvements since. The
University Club is listed in the Winter Park Register of Historic Places.
The University Club of Winter Park is proud of the community in which
it resides, and demonstrates that pride by funding projects that contribute
to local cultural and educational advancement, by providing scholarships
to needy students and providing grants to worthy community organizations.
Members are made available to professors at Rollins College as a classroom
resource. The University Club is also available for rent by the public
for wedding receptions, etc. and by non-profit organizations.
Daytime Activity Groups are based on member interests for intellectual
stimulation. Volunteers administer them and all are open to the
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Summer schedules for
some activities are subject to change May through August. It is suggested
that the office be contacted at 407-644-6149
(By invitation only)
A large number of the Club members are retirees, fresh from distinguished
careers in universities, industry, government, the military, and a wide
spectrum of the professions and arts, who have joined the University Club
seeking continued intellectual stimuli.
A recent survey indicated
that members have attended some 250 colleges and universities in the United
States and in other nations. Over 40 percent have more than a single degree
and many are listed in the various Who's Who editions and like publications.
While an academic
degree is the primary basis of eligibility for membership, the Club recognizes
that many motivated individuals pursued their cultural interests outside
the traditional university environment. Therefore, the lack of a formal
degree is not a bar to membership for those men and women whose experience
and achievements would enhance and strengthen the Club. A limited number
of memberships are open to such qualified persons.