The Evansville Downtown Quarterback Club started meeting at the old Lamplight Inn on 2nd Street, in downtown Evansville, in 1937. The first board of directors was elected in 1939 with Forrest Condit named President in 1940. One of the founding members, Bruce Lomax, remains an active member. The Quarterback Club has a lot of history and not just in years. Many of our members have been attending for years, all for the passion of the game. Some played football, some coached, but all love the game.
Many founding members were associated with the Evansville College Football program and later University of Evansville Purple Aces Football. The Club helped fund many UofE football scholarships. Historically, there was always a strong UofE connection with the Quarterback Club. Each Monday, Aces head coaches and/or assistant coaches would speak about the previous Saturday’s game, until UofE dropped their football program after the 1997 season.
One event the club is responsible for is putting together is the High School All-City Team. It’s an offensive and defensive team and a coach of the year. Members from the board meet with all the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference School’s coaches and put together a list of “worthy” candidates from their teams. Then, the lists are given to the high school teams, and the boys vote the players. Only the players get to vote, and they cannot vote for members from their own teams. So it truly is a group of guys selected by their peers. It is a huge honor for these boys and at every All-City Team meeting former All-City Team members get to stand and be honored, and there are lots!
Weekly meetings consist of football related speakers from all levels; former players, coaches, writers, officials, administrators, you name it. Some names from through the years include: Don Hansen, Larry Stallings, Bob Griese, Joe Rider, Deke Cooper, Rodger Bird, Dick Butkus, Paul Hornung, Sam Ball, Anthony Thomas, Andy Benes, Ken Dilger, Bob Lamey, Mike Keith, Terry Hoeppner, Bill Lynch and Kevin Wilson, Joe Tiller and Danny Hope, DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Hardy, Bob Kravitz, Art Schlichter, Johnny Lattner, Raymond Berry…..All football, all the time.
Luncheon Meetings are held each Monday at the Scottish Rite, 203 Chestnut Street, Evansville, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. beginning the Monday after the NFL Season Kicks off and runs through Mid November. Lunch is catered by Kokies for $11. Annual dues are $30. During the summer months there is typically a “picnic” held at the Scottish Rite for $15 that includes dinner and cocktails. The public is always welcome to attend any of the luncheons. Membership is open to men and women of all ages!