HISTORY

Historyof the British Business Club Düsseldorf e.V.•       Ourclub founded on 8 July 1958, when a group of British businessmengathered at Friedrich-Lau-Str. 13 to form what was then called TheBritish Businessmen’s Luncheon Club Düsseldorf •       Thefirst official meeting did not take place until a year later, whenthe Club’s first committee was appointed, with Mr H J Bowe, HMVice-Consul as the first Hon. Chairman. The Committee was also madeup of an Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, a Catering Officer and aToast Master. While the post of Toast Master died out in 1963, theCatering Officer survived a further three years
•       Thefirst Honorary President of the Club was Her Majesty’sConsul-General in Düsseldorf, Mr R G A Meade, and this has become anunbroken tradition, with Rafe Courage the current President •       On4 December 1962, the Club was officially registered in theVereinsregister under VR4502 as -:“TheBritish Businessmen’s Club, Düsseldorf e.V”•       TheClub has a long tradition of close ties with the British Forces inGermany, first established in1965when Colonel F H Potter OBE, Station Commander, Düsseldorf, becamethe Club’s Hon. Vice- President. Sadly, with the departure of theBritish Army from Germany, the link has disappeared, although thereare still close contacts with the British Legion•         TheClub followed a regular format of a monthly meeting on the firstTuesday of the month, which included a meal and a guest speaker in anumber of locations, such as prominent hotels and the Industrie Club •       Aftermany years of debate, the Club eventually voted for businesswomen tobe permitted as members in 1997 . Thelma Matuk became the firstfemale member of the Club in 1997 and later the Club’s first ladychairman in 2012 •       Itwould take another ten years before the Club was renamed BritishBusiness Club Düsseldorf e.V. •       TheClub has been privileged to host many distinguished people as afterlunch or after dinner speakers in its first 60 years of itsexistence, as you will soon seeClubfounded on 8 July 1958, when a group of British businessmen gatheredat Friedrich-Lau-Str. 13 to form what was then called TheBritish Businessmen’s Luncheon Club Düsseldorf Thefirst official meeting did not take place until a year later, whenthe Club’s first committee was appointed, with Mr H J Bowe, HMVice-Consul as the first Hon. Chairman. The Committee was also madeup of an Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, a Catering Officer and aToast Master. While the post of Toast Master died out in 1963, theCatering Officer survived a further three years
Thefirst Honorary President of the Club was Her Majesty’sConsul-General in Düsseldorf, Mr R G A Meade, and this has become anunbroken tradition, with Rafe Courage the current President On4 December 1962, the Club was officially registered in theVereinsregister under VR4502 as “The British Businessmen’s Club,Düsseldorf e.V”
TheClub has a long tradition of close ties with the British Forces inGermany, first established in1965when Colonel F H Potter OBE, Station Commander, Düsseldorf, becamethe Club’s Hon. Vice- President. Sadly, with the departure of theBritish Army from Germany, the link has disappeared, although thereare still close contacts with the British Legion
TheClub followed a regular format of a monthly meeting on the firstTuesday of the month, which included a meal and a guest speaker in anumber of locations, such as prominent hotels and the Industrie- Club
Aftermany years of debate, the Club eventually voted for businesswomen tobe permitted as members in 1997 . Thelma Matuk became the firstfemale member of the Club in 1997 and later the Club’s first ladychairman in 2012 Itwould take another ten years before the Club was renamed BritishBusiness Club Düsseldorf e.V.
TheClub has been privileged to host many distinguished people as afterlunch or after dinner speakers in its first 60 years of itsexistence, as you will soon seeBBCDSpeakers from the World of Politics•               SirEdward Heath - Former Prime Minister•               DenisHealey - Former Defence Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer•               KenLivingstone - Former Mayor of London•               MichaelPortillo  - Former Conservative Minister and TV personality•               BaronessShirley Williams  - Former Labour Minister an SDP founder•               ClementFreud  -  Former Liberal MP and TV entertainer•               EdwinaCurrie - Former Conservative Minister and author•               OberbürgermeisterThomas Geisel - Current Mayor of Düsseldorf•               LordMichael Bates - Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of House of LordsBBCDSpeakers from the Media World•               SirPatrick Moore  -  Astronomer and TV Legend•               MichaelBentine  - Comedian and original Goon•               RayAlan  - Ventriloquist with Lord Charles•               DavidJacobs  - Veteran DJ, TV and radio personality•               MichaelFish  -  TV Weatherman•                          RogerMosey - Former Senior Executive at BBC and current Master of SelwynCollege,        
BBCDSpeakers from the Sporting World•               SirHenry Cooper -  British Heavyweight Boxing Champion•               FaroukEngineer - West Indian Wicket Keeper•               ChristopherMartin-Jenkins - Cricket Commentator•               SirTrevor Brooking - England Footballer and TV Pundit•               SirChay Blythe – Around-the-World Yachtsman•               FieryFred Trueman – Yorkshire and England Fast Bowler

BBCDSpeakers from the World of Business & Commerce•               BerndPischetsrieder – Former Chairman, BMW Group, Volkswagen Group•               ReinhardKünstler – Former Chairman, Jaguar Germany•               RichardNoble - Light Aircraft Manufacturer & holder of the World’sLand Speed Record•               SirRobert Stheeman - CEO of the UK Debt Management Office•               LordDigby Jones  -  Former Director General of the CBI and State forTrade & Investment•               DavidJ. Haynes, Former Chairman, Grohe AG, Düsseldorf•               RobertGreen, Managing Director of Klingenburg GmbH, Gladbeck

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