THE HISTORY OF THE WARRI CLUB, WARRI
The Warri Club, Warri was originally a European Club founded by the European colonial masters in 1924 under the leadership of Mr. Page who worked in Shell Oil Company. That followed by the leadership of Mr. Kapela who was the then manager of SCOA and was later succeeded by Mr. D. Quinn of Shell Oil Company.
During the rulership of the Europeans, citizens were members of the club. These included Chief Isaac Jemide who was then Secretary and Mr. F. Arubayi who worked in Shell.
The African leadership of the club was in 1973 under Mr. Joe Maiki. The takeover of mantle of leadership by the African personnel also led to the increase of membership of the club by the black. However, an unfortunate incident led to the takeover of the club management by black. The incident occurred at the swimming pool section of the club. It was discovered that the whites were discriminatory of the black users of the pool. Each time a black user entered the pool, there was a massive exodus of the whites from the same pool and the black protested vehemently against this racist act, insisted on the black take over of the leadership of the club.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CLUB
The aims and objectives of the club are:
- To foster friendship and better understanding among the members in particular and members of the community as well as other clubs in the country.
- To create a social forum for its members and encourage social and recreational activities within the club.
- To encourage intra and inter club sporting competitions
SPORTS FACILITIES AVAILABLE
- An Olympic sized swimming pool
- Squash Court
- Table Tennis Hall
- Two pairs of lawn tennis courts
- Billiards and Snooker
- Children Playground
- Tombola (every Friday night)
Inter club sports competitions takes place in all the sports above with the club excelling in most cases. Sailing at the Water Front used to take place, especially when the whites dominated the club membership. Boat riding was also practiced.
The club has various types of membership, consisting the following:
- Grand Patron
- Full Members
- Affiliated Members
- Single Members
- Country Members
- Honorary Members
- Life Members
DEFINITION OF VARIOUS MEMBERS
- GRAND PATRON:
The grand Patron is the Olu of Warri.
A patron of the club will be a member of the club with proven integrity who is fifty years and above, has put in a minimum of 10(ten) years continuous membership of the club an is in a position to contribute to the development of the club.
A member shall become a patron is so nominated by the Management Committee and such nomination is approved by simply majority of financial members present at the Annual General Meeting to which the nomination must be presented for ratification.
- FULL MEMBER
a full member is a male adult over the age of 21years residing within a radius of 20 kilometers from Warri and whose application to join the club must have been approved by the Management Committee. He should be literate and without a criminal record. His membership confers membership on his wife (one only) and guarantees access to club facilities to his children.
- WIDOW OF A DECEASED FULL MEMBER
The widow of a deceased full member may continue her membership as a single member but shall forfeit such membership when she marries.
- SINGLE MEMBER
A single member is a male female adult who is not married and over the age of 21years, residing within a radius of 20 kilometers from Warri whose application to join the club must have been approved by the Management Committee. His/her membership covers himself or herself alone.
- AFFILIATE MEMBER
An affiliate member is a financial member of an affiliated club visiting Warri.
- COUNTRY MEMBER
A country member shall be any member resident within twenty (20) kilometers of the Club house.
- HONORARY MEMBER
Honorary members shall be drawn from personages resident in the locality and must be in a position render service to the club. They shall not be below fifty (50) years.
- LIFE MEMBER
Life membership may be conferred on any member as a reward for his good services to the club in any capacity provided such a member has attained the age of sixty-five (65) years and above and has in a minimum of twenty (20) continuous year’s membership.