On April 26, 1894, when Los Angeles was a dusty small Western town, a group of men who shared his ideologies gathered at the Hollenbeck Hotel and formed the “Jonathan Club.” A year later, it segued into a purely social club – one that still vibrantly exists today in downtown Los Angeles and on the beach of Santa Monica, thanks to its focus on patriotism and community.
The 123-year-old iconic Club was named after “Brother Jonathan,”’ the pre-Uncle-Sam youthful personification of Americans between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Brother Jonathan considered himself “as valued a citizen as an aristocrat, but independent with a heart of gold.”
This strong social glue – love of humanity and democracy – shared by “Jonathans” at the Jonathan Club today, is the same social glue bonding members of many clubs across the country, and all Americans who thrive on love of country. It’s also the secret of sustainability in Eloquence magazine. Our social glue (not the sticky stuff in the binding, LOL) is our quality content that values humanity, the fine arts, philanthropy, and sportsmanship, as well as getting the most out of life through healthy living, travel, entertainment, gastronomy, entrepreneurship and fellowship with friends, family and colleagues.
As the official lifestyle publication of the National Club Association, we welcome members of the more than 400 affiliated memberships clubs across the nation, as well as their families, friends and colleagues, to enjoy this inaugural issue. I invite you to share your thoughts and story ideas with me at [email protected].
On behalf of the team at Eloquence, welcome to the Club!
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Eloquence is the official lifestyle publication of the National Club Association.