Written by Kushner Stuart

85 Years and Going Strong

STAR 150x150Washington, DC — The Amity Club of Washington, a philanthropic and social club for active and retired businessmen serving the Washington DC area, celebrated its 85th birthday this year. The group started in 1924 as a small, card playing club and has evolved into one of the premier men’s clubs in the Washington DC area.

For its members, golf outings or dinner/speaker events are held monthly. This year’s golf tournaments included Hunter’s Oak Country Club, Montgomery Country Club, Chartwell Country Club, Hunt Valley Golf Club and Lake Presidential Golf Club. At these events, members enjoy new and unfamiliar premier golf courses, camaraderie, and the opportunity to support worthwhile charities. Dinner events often feature prominent guest speakers from politics, media and sports. This year’s slate of speakers includes Washington Post Sports columnist Tom Boswell, Yaron Sfadyah from the Israeli Embassy, and ESPN baseball analyst Tim Krirkjian.

Amity also supports numerous organizations through its charitable foundation. For 2009 and in recent years, the Amity Club of Washington was proud to have made donations to numerous charities, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • American Friends of Magen David Adon
  • American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ
  • American ORT Federation
  • Autism Speaks
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Children’s Inn at NIH
  • Jewish War Veterans
  • Friends of Allison Atlas
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Council for Aging
  • Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
  • Jewish Social Services
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Montgomery Child Care
  • Montgomery County Stroke Association, Inc.
  • National Holocaust Museum
  • Volunteer Braille
  • Whitman Walker AIDS Clinic

Members are kept up to date on all club activities through our monthly newsletter, which also makes mention of member birthdays and wedding anniversaries as well as any “good and welfare” news. Our website also features a business directory of member services and “in memoriam” tribute pages to members that have passed away.

Past President Ralph Rothstein, who was born the same year that the Amity Club was founded, fondly recalls, “My Dad was one of the Founding Fathers of Amity in 1924. His enthusiasm for the Club rubbed off on my brother and me – we both joined Amity in 1946 and have been active members ever since. My two sons have been members for over twenty years. We have all made life long friendships.”

Added current President Adam Warshavsky, “Amity’s roots run deep in the Washington DC region. The club’s rich traditions of fellowship, camaraderie and charity are alive and well in all of its members”.