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Charlotte City Club Equity Statement 

Charlotte City Club believes that it is unacceptable to see violence and discrimintation aimed at the Black community. It is even more unacceptable that it has been happening for hundreds of years.
It must end. 
Charlotte City Club has a long history of advocating equality. Charlotte leaders met here in the 1960s to discuss how the city needed to voluntarily allow all races into restaurants, hotel, theaters and swimming pools – sparking a decision that won praise from President Kennedy. Later that decade, when a federal judge came under harsh attack for a ruling that desegregated Charlotte’s public schools, his friends hosted a City Club function to support him.
As leaders in the community, we must continue that legacy. Our members include people of all backgrounds. Some work in Uptown offices, others lead nonprofits that advance racial equity, helping people and communities reach business and societal goals. We’re proud of our diverse membership and staff, and we will work with all of them to push for progress.
We will facilitate forums on racial injustice and diversity, and we will not back down from open, frank discussions. Inclusion will remain a top priority as we recruit new members, and as our membership continues to become more diverse, we will continue our history of advocating equality.


The Charlotte City Club came into being on January 10, 1947. First envisioned in 1945 by Herbert H. Baxter, the Mayor of Charlotte, who envisioned a “quiet place with attractive surroundings where meals would be served and members could get together to discuss business.” Here Charlotte residents and other Carolinians would meet and know each other as friends.

The first location of the City Club was on two floors above the Union National Bank, which was then on the corner of Fourth and Tryon Streets. These quarters were remodeled and furnished to afford the membership the tastefully elegant setting that organizers had planned.

In 1962, the Charlotte City Club was moved to the second and third floors of the  Mutual Savings and Loan Association on the corner of Tryon Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

In the late 1980’s, discussions began anew concerning the relocation of the Club to the top two floors of the new Interstate Tower on the Square in the heart of uptown Charlotte. On November 29, 1990, the Club opened its elegant new surroundings with a formal Grand Opening Gala, and the members and their guests celebrated the dawning of an exciting new era for the Club.

In 2005 a member survey was conducted to determine what additional amenities the membership would like to see that would enhance their experience at the Club.  The membership clearly indicated they would like a larger bar and a casual dining area.  In 2006 the Club began construction on the Grill Room and major renovation of the Club. The Grill Room and renovations were completed in September of 2006.  The Grill Room and the main bar was well received by the membership and continues to be very popular today.

In 2013 another member survey was conducted to gauge the pulse of the membership and determine what additional amenities the membership would like to see.  The membership indicated more casual dining, soft seating, a wine and coffee bar as well as billiards.  In 2014 construction was completed on the "Hornets Nest" which provided casual dining, soft seating, a wine and coffee bar and outstanding views of the BB&T Ballpark, Bank of America Stadium and the North Carolina mountains.  The project also included the addition of a new Billiards Room.

The Strategic Committee was formed in February 2017 with a three-year plan to focus on the infrastructure and planning for the Club of the Future. Through the Committee’s work with Board approval, we administered surveys and focus groups in 2018, followed by the first Town Hall in January 2019. The Construction Committee was formed as a result to oversee the construction process. Construction of our new Upper Club level began in December 2019 and concluded in November of 2020. The project included over $7 million in improvements including adding 1140 sq ft of dining room space, creating a new Cigar & Billiards Lounge with an outdoor cigar terrace, the addition of a Business Center, and nearly doubled the square footage of the new Hornets Nest bar. The previous bar sat between 8-10 members. The new bar, with its panoramic view, seats 26 at the bar, and 40 more at surrounding tables.

Today, the Charlotte City Club reflects the highest aspirations of its founders. It provides a very special place for members to come and enjoy their social and business activities, from quiet luncheon meetings and small intimate dinners to social occasions and large private events.


The Platinum Clubs of the World is the leading recognition for Golf, Country, City, Yacht and Athletic Clubs across the world, and is compiled every two years by the Club Leaders Forum – regarded as the preeminent industry publication for Leaders in the Private Club Industry.

The Charlotte City Club is currently recognized as a Platinum Club of the World, meaning that it ranks among the top 100 of the world's private City Clubs, as distinguished by the Club Leaders Forum. 
The Platinum Clubs of America is the leading recognition for Golf, Country, City, Yacht and Athletic Clubs in the United States, and is compiled every two years by the Club Leaders Forum – regarded as the preeminent industry publication for Leaders in the Private Club Industry.

The Charlotte City Club is currently recognized as a Platinum Club of America, meaning that it ranks among the top 235 of America’s 6,000 private clubs, as distinguished by the Club Leaders Forum. Most notably, in the highly competitive group of city clubs, the Charlotte City Club ranks as one of the top 35 city clubs in America and the number one City Club in the Carolinas.

The characteristics of America’s 235 most highly admired private clubs that distinguish them from 6,000 others are as follows:


1. A History of Excellence

The top private clubs have been around for a long time. Many were founded over a century ago. Some, from their inception, and many others through accumulated passage of time, have been recognized by all who know them as being domiciles of excellence. Whether this heritage is perpetuated in a formal mission statement or informally passed along within its membership and staff, it is deeply imbued in the fortunate who belong or work there. The membership and staff alike consider the perpetuation of this history of excellence as a mission. 

2. The Quality of Membership

No club can be great without having great members. This means a membership that represents the best qualities of those communities in which the club exists. Acceptance and compatibility transcend all discriminating issues. Members like each other and the staff that serves them. They are knowledgeable about matters that affect the club and treat the facilities as though they were their own – which, in a real sense, they are. Great members care so much about their club that they work hard to attract prospective new members who are equally great. 

3. The Condition of its Facilities

A magnificent clubhouse does not make a club great. Rather it is the total array of facilities, their general excellence and fulfillment of member needs in every area of function and activity. These clubs invest on a regular and planned basis in the maintenance, supervision, and replacement of the grounds, plant, and equipment. They ensure that each piece of equipment and every facility is well maintained. 

4. The Caliber of its Professional Staff

Many is the club with rich heritage and renowned amenities that does not qualify as a great club. Without a staff of equally high quality, such a club is missing on its most important cylinders. This excellence must be as well exhibited by the newest dishwasher or waiter as it is by the club’s longest tenured staff. The club will be recognized in its community as a good place to work, where the pay, benefits, environment of work, and job security are attested to as excellent year after year. Ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen is a maxim of the finest clubs. 

5. Enlightened and Consistent Governance

Great clubs are led by Presidents and Board of Governors who understand that their roles are strategic and policy setting. It is the professional staff that carries out the policies and day-to-day operations. Boards of this caliber work hard at ensuring that there is continuity of effort and direction, term after term. The nominating committee takes their work seriously, ensuring that the best qualified members serve on the board – and that the board itself is broadly representative of the club membership as a whole. 

6. Adaptable to Changing Times

As social institutions, clubs themselves undergo change – gradual as they will be. A club that resists this, sometimes because of restrictive by-laws or the resistance of elements on the board or in the membership, will slowly wither and eventually perish as members join more vital clubs or quit. Great clubs work at anticipating their members – and prospective new members – needs and interests. Such clubs have a mission statement that says who they are and a strategic plan that says where they want to be. Great clubs view this plan not simply as a document to put on the shelf and refer to periodically but as a road map that they are now moving along.  

7. Member Devotion to their Club’s Distinctive Culture

Great clubs celebrate their heritage and religiously observe their time-honored traditions. There is pride and togetherness in observing traditions and practices handed down through generations of members – oftentimes the older and more non-sensical they seem, the better. There is a true cult of culture in great clubs and it is stringently observed.  

8. A Spirit of Generosity in its Community

Many of America’s premier private clubs were founded around a spirit of giving to its community or the nation.  Their motivations for acts of generosity are not done to generate overt publicity for themselves but in the spirit of genuine care – with as little publicity as possible.  

9. Prudent Fiscal Management

No institution of any kind can go through decades and generations without from time to time encountering serious financial challenges. Many a great club barely survived the Great Depression or the dues deductibility issue of the late 1980’s. Great clubs have had the wisdom to plan well and invest well. 

10. Universal Acknowledgement of Greatness

Great clubs are widely known as such by the strata of American society that frequent private clubs and are well traveled. They tout them universally. This perception extends well beyond a club’s community or the venue (i.e., a great golf course, etc.) for which it is best known. They possess the wisdom to progress, cope, and have fun being together. The future for any great club is what it always has been: The ability to attract and retain the greatest new members it possibly can.