The Yale Club of Tampa Bay, founded in 1964, offers a means for local rapport to alumni, current students, parents and friends of Yale. At the same time, the YCTB generates a variety of cultural, intellectual, sporting and entertainment activities for its members, and assists the University by conducting local student recruiting and interviews for admissions.
Among these endeavors are luncheon and dinner presentations by visiting Yale faculty, its President, and leaders from both the public and private sector; entertainment by The Yale Glee Club, the "Whiffs", other Yale musical groups and one or two of our own. Together with the Harvard Club, the annual fall football battle is televised to the alumni at one of our local pubs and in the spring, the Yale-Harvard group gets together with the Princeton alumni for a day at the races at Tampa Downs. Younger alumni are holding more outings of their own, and beer and brats are the known to have their place at what is now an annual baseball game against Harvard alumni. Our members also attend activities scheduled by the Ivy League Club.
The Club also sponsors a Yale College student for the Summer Community Service Program and offers summer intern work opportunities.
The Club is totally self-supporting. Our dues and Patron donations are the only source of income and are critical to pay for the Club's administrative and mailing costs of the notices and announcements of activities. We hope that through your participation in the YCTB, you will find the kind of friendships you enjoyed at Yale, along with stimulating activities from Yale and the local scene.
Yale Club of Tampa Bay History
According to the memories of the Historical Committee, our Club started in the fall of 1964 as the Bay Area Yale Club which was later changed to our present name to avoid conflict with that other Bay Area club on the west coast.
A small group of founding members, including Walter Decker, Ted Griggs, Sid Miner, Leo Nagle, Frank Preston, John Thomas and Win Wight met sporadically, and called the first meeting with Win Wight being nominated and elected the first club President.
After a long and extensive search of the archives, the following is a chronological list of Club Presidents to date:
YALE CLUB OF TAMPA BAY PRESIDENTS
Win Wight (1964-65)
Earl Quinneville (1965-66)
Frank Preston (1966-68)
Sid Miner (1968-69)
Garth Drewry (1969-70)
Leo Nagle (1970-71)
Hugh Clark (1971-72)
Robert Murphy (1972-73)
Eila Hanni (1973-74)
Dr. John Mann (1974-76)
Stan Benjamin (1976-78)
Frank Preston (1978-85)
Nat Noble (1986-87)
Frank Williams (1987-89)
Ted Griggs (1989-91)
Bill Tucker (1991-95)
Ted Hands (1995-99)
Ben Eason (1999-2002)
Barrie Rich (2002-present)
Activities of the early Club included spring break appearances of Yale singing groups, crew races, cocktail parties and dinner meetings. Over the years, the Club has had events involving the Yale Glee Club, the Bakers Dozen, the Spizzwinks, various Yale professors and Presidents including Yale's current President Richard E. Levin, as well as numerous local speakers at luncheons and dinners.
In recent years, the Club has maintained regular luncheons in Clearwater, and periodic luncheons in St Petersburg and Tampa with announced speakers and/or programs of local interest. In addition, Club members participate in events scheduled by the Ivy League Club of Tampa Bay and for many years we've met with members of the Harvard Club for a luncheon and closed circuit broadcast of the Yale-Harvard football game. This comradeship has expanded into a Day at the Races at Tampa Downs where members of Yale, Princeton and Harvard get together to bet the "favorites."
Of particular interest to many Club members is our participation in Yale's Community Summer Service program. This program, funded by Club members, compensates a student chosen by the University to spend eight weeks in our community in a local cause chosen by the Club. We have participated in this program for the past ten years. Currently, the fellow spends his or her summer assisting the Children's Home, a safe haven for abandoned and abused children.
Charter Members of the Historical Committee
Leo M. Nagle '46 (chair)
Hugh S. Clark '49
Theodore W. Griggs '37
Winfield E. Wight, Jr., Esq. '49
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