Minneapolis (11-14-03): -- Twenty-six past presidents of the Hennepin County Bar Association return to the facilities of their old private membership club at the Crowne Plaza Northstar on Tuesday, November 18 for an 11:30 - 2 p.m. luncheon. At the invitation of current president, John Dornik, all living past presidents are invited for a recognition luncheon, a time to reminisce, and the opportunity to share their wisdom on issues of significance to the profession today.
The club opened its doors to the membership in 1963, 40 years ago, after the Northstar Building was constructed. The club provided business and social facilities for the association, with catering and bar service provided through the hotel. In 1983, after 20 years, the club closed its doors as the association moved to new facilities. But some of the original build-out of club space is still a part of the Crowne Plaza facilities, where it will host returning past presidents this week.
John McNulty, the most senior living past president (1966-67), was also the chair of the committee that directed the club project. McNulty will speak briefly, sharing memories of the old club days. He notes that the club filled the very practical needs of the association, particularly on Tuesdays, which were designated "Bar Day." But he also emphasizes that the club reflected a bygone era where camaraderie and collegiality were hallmark characteristics of a slower-paced professional life.
Association staff have collected various items of nostalgic interest to help recreate the club atmosphere for participating past presidents. Most living past presidents will be present; with some, who no longer live in the area, unable to attend. A group photo will be taken at noon.