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Welcome to the Mercury Club website

The Mercury Club of Kansas City was originally founded in 1920 as a local Lions club.

The members soon grew tired of the rules and regulations imposed by the national organization and broke away, renaming the club the Mercury Club.

From its early days, the club distained rules and regulations. Although it was made up of business leaders in Kansas City, the business roles of the various members were down played considerably. One of the traditions of the club is the system of fines for mentioning your company's name. The treasurer, called the "revenuer", promptly presents himself to exact a $1 fine any time one mentions their company's name.

A Welfare Fund was originally established by the club in 1924 for the purpose of aiding handicapped children. About that time R.J. Delano was president of the club. The Delano school later became named after him and an annual beneficiary of the club's attentions. It is probably no accident that Mr. Delano's son in law, Herman Sutherland became involved with children's health issues and has served for many, many years as one of the guiding lights of Children's Mercy Hospital.

An Adjunct of the hospital itself evolved to be what was known as the Crippled Children's Nursery, which has been the principal recipient of Mercury Club funds for decades. Now it is known as the Children's TLC and there is strong consideration within the present day Board of the Mercury Club and the welfare fund to make it the exclusive recipient of our largesse.

The club remains today a worthy symbol of those who have gone before. The membership carries forward the traditions of community leadership and service. We must never forget, however, the duty we owe ourselves and our predecessors to keep the Mercury Club the most esteemed luncheon club in the city.

This information is derived from the History of the Mercury Club, written by Robert M. Beachy, Past President 

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