Economy Club of Cambridge Pages

Founded in 1872 by four young men who wanted to form a "Debating Club" to better prepare them for the world they faced, the club soon grew to over 40 members in the 1890s and reached a peak in the late 1940s when the club had over 100 members.

Although initially they wanted to master such topics as parliamentary law, improve their social skills and their knowledge of literature, the club soon became a forum where Cantabridgeans could meet over dinner to discuss current events and listen to a debate about immigration, women’s rights or the like.

Although the word "economy" is part of our name we focus on finding speakers who can address any relevant world issue ranging from art to zoology.

Today the club meets six times a year at the Gran Gusto restaurant, 90 Sherman St. in Cambridge on the first Monday of the months of October, November, December, February, March and April. All meetings start at 6:00 PM with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:00 PM and a featured speaker at 8:00 PM.

Wine is available at $9.00 or $10.00 per glass, soda at $3.00 or beer at $6.00. Dinner is served at 7:00 PM and typically includes two choices (a three course Italian dinner at $36.00 or a pizza and salad dinner at $20.00.) Our featured speaker takes over after coffee is served for 30-40 minutes and a Q&A session follows.

Current Club Officers:

President: Les Hellenack,
Vice-President: John Kernochan,
Secretary: Evan Nelson,
Treasurer: Alice Kidder,

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October 2011 Meeting September 30, 2011 10:27 AM former member
About Economy Club of Cambridge January 14, 2014 3:29 PM John K.

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