In an effort to maintain a historical building, funded by membership, the Black River Valley Club in Watertown has opened their doors to the public.
The historical club, located at 131 Washington Street in Downtown Watertown, has been operating since the early 1900’s, solely funded on membership donations and fees.
“We want to keep this structure open and we think it’s a lovely addition to the downtown area, and we would hate to see it close,” said Dr. David VanEenenam, President of the board of directors at the Black River Valley Club. “So we are trying to get a broader spectrum of support in all of our activities.”
But now with a dip in the economy and membership down, the Black River Valley Club wants to invite non-profit organizations and community members to the facility to explore the historical building and encourage new members.
Dr. VanEenenam says that membership that used to be limited will no longer be structured that way. Membership is now open to any area resident, with no limitation of age or gender.
“We have an ongoing membership campaign. Obviously we need a core of members to support the building and its costs. It takes a lot of money to keep an older building open through the summer and of course the winter,” said Dr. VanEenenam.
According to Dr. VanEenenam, membership offers a unique opportunity for business and social networking. Members can hold meetings, events, lunches or dinners at the club as part of their membership fee. There are five private rooms, a Cabaret room, and a large banquet hall in the three story building.
“Everyone is talking about millions of dollars to save these buildings,” said Black River Club Manager David Boucher while speaking about the many historical buildings in Downtown Watertown. He says that it will only take thousands of dollars to save the Black River Valley Club, and he hopes by increasing membership that will be a possibility.
If you are interested in membership, can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-788-2300.
For more information, and to hear from Dr. David VanEenenam on why the club is seeking new membership, watch the complete video story.