At the last Annual General Meeting the members of the club elected me President of this great institution, the leading club of the country. I am conscious of the honour and privilege that you have bestowed upon me. I am aware of the legacy of this club, when I think of all the eminent personalities who have been my predecessors-in-office.
The Bengal Club, founded 187 years ago on February 1, 1827, is the oldest surviving club of its kind in India, the second being The Madras Club, founded in 1831. In fact, The Bengal Club is reckoned amongst the oldest clubs in the world along with such famous London Clubs as Oriental (1824), The Athenaeum (1824), The Oxford and Cambridge (1830), The Garrick (1831), The Carlton (1832) and The Reform (1837).
The Bengal Club exists primarily to provide high quality club facilities to individuals with a standing in society, for socialising, dining, relaxing, entertaining, edifying and interacting with peers at a central location in an ambience that combines traditional graciousness with contemporary comforts ~ conveniences, amenities and facilities. The Club also provides furnished residency and business centre services for the use of Members and their Guests. All at reasonable costs.This guide, outlining the Club’s policy, protocol and procedure for selecting and electing new members, aims to safeguard the quality of the Club's membership. Induction of new members rests with the Membership Subcommittee insofar as screening, previewing and selecting and with the Committee for electing new membership candidates.
Though the guide is designed to be a permanent document, it is a living one. It may be updated, expanded and enhanced as required from time to time after due consideration.
Policy & Protocol
1. A Membership Application Form will be issued after receiving and screening a completed proposal in the prescribed form from a member of five years’ standing and, where applicable, checking the background of· the organisation to which the candidate belongs. The overriding question at this stage should be: Is this candidacy consistent with the Club’s core character and concomitant with its mission? A Member may not propose or second more than four candidates during the annual tenure of a Committee.