Founded in 1946, the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (LAVMC) is a philanthropic §501(c)(3) nonprofit group of men, women and families dedicated to providing scholarships and funding to local students and support for Los Alamos youth and families. The spacious clubhouse located at 429 Leslie Street is available for rent for private events. The Club is supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, families, businesses and sponsors events including Los Alamos Old Days Celebration on the last weekend of September as well as hosting fundraisers throughout the year.
2019 Board Members: President, Charlie Gonzales; Vice President, Sheila Glaser; Financial Officer, Mary Anne Christensen; Bar Manager, Steve Soderquist; Secretary, Laura Beas; Steward, Gabriel Bustamante; Directors, Jim McCullar, Shirley Williams, and Shorty Rantz.
Web Site by: Deanna Hearth, Member and Sheila Glaser, Board Member
Newsletter Editor: John Traller, Member
A Little History...
(taken from the 9/2008 Los Alamos 62nd Old Days Book)
Late in the Summer of 1946, it was decided (as a result of informal discussions around the Post Office), that the area needed an organization to further community interests. A few days later, cards signed by Bill Drum, George Michalopoulos and John Bastenchury were sent to local residents inviting them to a meeting to see whether such an organization would meet with their favor. Meetings were held at the D&M Cafe (previously the Steel Horse Saloon; now Bell's), and plans for the formation of the Los Alamos Valley Men's Club were approved.
On October 26, 1946, with 88 charter members enrolled, the following regular officers were elected: W.F. Luton, President; Bill Drum, Vice President; Joe Aguirre, Secretary; George Michalopoulos, Treasurer, Charles Teague, Chaplain; Nicholas Moulton, Steward; Dale Douglas, Henry Dull and John Bastenchury, Trustees. A constitution was drawn up dedicating the organization to civic betterment, local recognition, closer cooperation with neighboring communities, and the promotion of social and welfare activities for youth and adults.
During the Fall and Winter of 1946-47, regular meetings and occasional social gatherings were held in Nick Moulton's Hall (another former business at the Steelhorse Location; now Bell's), which he generously allowed the new club to use. Soon the members came to realize that a clubhouse would have to be acquired if the organization was to grow and assume its useful position in the community. To this end, many suggestions were made and considered. However, all of these suggestions involved too great a financial burden for the newly-formed club. On January 9, 1947, a plan generously proposed by Angelo Grgich, a charter member, was accepted by the membership. This plan made it possible for the club to acquire two lots and the financial backing for construction of a clubhouse.
Up to this time, Los Alamos Valley Men's Club had been a loosely-knit social and betterment group, with elected officers, but having no legal standing. In order to acquire property and have financial and legal standing, it now became necessary to incorporate the club under the laws of the State of California. Jack Rickard, also a charter member, offered his legal services, and on the 3rd of March 1947, Articles of Incorporation and a new legally-worded set of bylaws embodying the original ideals of the club were filed with the Secretary of State. In due time, the club received its charter as an incorporated non-profit organization.
Los Alamos Old Days Celebration
SAVE THE DATE!!
April 11, 2019: Old Day's Meeting at 6:30pm
April 27, 2019: Cook Your Own
Members $15, Guests $20. Bar opens at 5:30pm
May 9, 2019: Old Days Committee Meeting at 6:00pm
May 17, 2019 : "The Queen’s Event” will be held in partnership with Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation
July 17, 2019: Old Days Committee Meeting at 6:00pm
September 27-29, 2019: Los Alamos Old Days
Friday, November 15, 2019: Turkey Bingo
CLUB FACILITY RENTAL
Our Facilities are equipped to host all of your special occasions, such as: weddings, quinceañeras, banquets, reunions, anniversary and birthday celebrations. The cost to rent the facility is $950 with an $850 deposit. The deposit holds your reservation. The rental fee includes the use of folding tables and chairs, the kitchen and outdoor barbecue area. There is indoor and outdoor seating available. The facility can accommodate 200 people.
Insurance requires security be hired from a licensed security company. This is the responsibility of the renter(s).
Photos by Jeffrey Bloom Photography©
73rd Annual Los Alamos Old Days Celebration
September 27th - September 29th, 2019
The Los Alamos Old Days Celebration honors and preserves the town’s authentic Western heritage.
Highlights of the weekend celebration include free entertainment, two-day Peddlers Mart, and Sunday morning’s Greatest Little Small Town Parade!
The 2019 celebration will take place on September 27-29 on Bell Street in Downtown Los Alamos.
SCHEDULE IS LOCATED BELOW!