Toledo Club offers reciprocal privilegesWritten by Sherry W. Shaw | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The reciprocal club policy at The Toledo Club could be one of Toledo’s best-kept travel secrets.
Members of the club, located at 235 14th St. and Madison Avenue, are entitled to reciprocal privileges at unique, private clubs all around the world for dining, athletics, overnight accommodations, golf and boating. Private clubs such as the New York Athletic Club across from Central Park in Manhattan are rich in history. The Lansdowne Club, commissioned in 1763 in the heart of Mayfair in London has a collection of antique sculpture. The Cape Town Club, a mid-19th century manor house, is a national monument in South Africa. These travel experiences are not available to every accidental tourist, and are usually priced less than the nearby hotel.
”There are some great deals out there,” said Lara David, The Toledo Club’s membership and marketing director.
The Toledo Club, originally incorporated in 1882 as The Draconian Club, changed its name in 1889. Portraits of the club’s pioneers — Blade Publisher David Ross Locke; industrialist Edward Drummond Libbey; John North Willys, president and founder of the Willys-Overland company; Michael Joseph Owens, who with Libbey founded the Toledo Glass Company; and Morrison R. Waite, Seventh Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — hang in the Main Dining Room.
Dramatic artwork throughout the late Georgian Revival building, fine examples of Audubon prints and a collection of glass add to the club’s old-world elegance. ”Lady With Red Rose” by H. Rondel on the third-floor hallway and the glass display case in the Red Room are member favorites. United States presidents who have entertained at The Toledo Club include McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.
There are 150 clubs domestically that offer The Toledo Club members guest privileges.
”There are clubs in Florida, right on the beach,” David said, ”and I’ve heard amazing things about the Army-Navy Club in [Washington] D.C.”
She recommends a short drive to Canton where the Glenmoor Country Club hosts a Jack Nicholas-designed golf course and resembles a Scottish estate. The recent addition of the nearby Detroit Yacht Club to The Toledo Club’s reciprocal list has yielded great benefits for The Toledo Club’s nautical members.
Internationally, about 20 reciprocal clubs exist. If a member finds a private club that is not yet affiliated, The Toledo Club can try to establish reciprocity, David said.
There is an initiation fee of $1,000 to join The Toledo Club if you are over age 36, $500 for those 28-35 and $250 for 21-27 year olds. A membership covers a spouse and any children up to age 21. Monthly dues range from $191-$95 depending on one’s class of membership. A monthly service charge of $20-$40 (this is a no-tipping club) and a quarterly capital assessment from $15-$50 also applies. Three sponsors are required. David said she ordinarily makes introductions for anyone who is interested in joining what she calls ”a great club community.”
There is currently a 90-day trial membership drive to check out the club for free.
A few reciprocal destinations:
The Army-Navy Club, Washington, D. C.
Beverly Hills Country Club
Los Angeles, Calif.
Country Club of Coral Gables
Coral Gables, Fla.
Dataw Island Club, Dataw Island, S.C.
Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit, Mich.
Glenmoor Country Club, Canton
Harvard Club of Boston, Boston, Mass.
Houston Club, Houston, Texas
The Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.
The Pacific Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Union Club, Cleveland
The Union League Club, Chicago, Ill.
The Union League of Philadelphia,
Wrigley’s Mansion Club,
American Club, Sydney, Australia
The Cape Town Club,
Cape Town, South Africa
The Lansdowne Club,
London, England www.-club.co.uk/
Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
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