University Club of Orlando: New look, same traditions

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Have you noticed a new, distinctly modern, 22-story high-rise on the corner of Central and Rosalind on your walks around Lake Eola? Most of the new building consists of luxury apartments, called Modera Central, featuring high-end sophisticated apartment homes. You may recall that in this spot was a very modest and simple building home to The University Club of Orlando. The University Club existed in this location since 1960, but opened its doors back in 1926. Soon it will continue to serve the Orlando community in this beautiful new building.

The University Club is a private membership club that oozes with history and tradition. It was founded in 1926 by a group of young men whose main interests seemed to be continuing the fraternal spirit they had enjoyed at the colleges they had recently attended. As the years progressed The University Club was up against its image of a “men only” club. Around 1992 it began to soften its approach and caught up with the times. The Club no longer restricted who could join. However, it never truly lost its reputation as a “good-ol’ boys club”…until now. In fact, two amazing women held the office of president of The University Club during the past seven years.

2018 is turning out to be a pivotal year for The University Club—a new building, a new year, a new beginning. In early 2019 it will open its doors to a stunning new clubhouse spread out over 25,000 square feet on the first four floors of the new building. This exclusive space will provide members with the opportunities to socialize, dine, stay fit, and share ideas. The facility houses a two-story, state-of-the-art athletic facility which includes cardio, weight training, racquetball, basketball, yoga and more! An outdoor terrace overlooks the vibrant city streets of downtown Orlando. There is also a variety of dining spaces including a lively main dining room, private dining and patio terrace. Or if you just want to pop in for a drink there is a private bar and lounge with beautiful interior designs and luxurious touches.

The University Club will keep its tradition and its purpose which is a place where members can escape everyday pressure, relax and reconnect with friends. As a sanctuary for business and community leaders, The University Club will prove to be a premier civic gathering for downtown Orlando.

It is an outstanding venue to foster business relationships and lifelong friendships as well as the ideal venue for private and charitable events. The University Club also supports education through scholarships for local colleges and universities. The University Club Foundation has donated over $2 million dollars in scholarship funds to institutions of higher learning.

The University Club continues to be very focused on diversifying its membership and revitalizing this exclusive club. One thing that holds true: The University Club, after nearly a century of serving members, is dedicated to just that: the members. The immediate past president Karen Connors remarks, “Even though we are going to have a brand new facility, the heart and spirit of the club have never changed. It has always been about the people.”

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