Club History

Chartered on June 15, 1940 as club number 43, The Apex Club of Toowoomba is one of the oldest Apex Clubs in Australia.

The Club holds a dinner meeting every fortnight. 15 of January 2022 marked the Club’s 2,000th dinner meeting.

The Association of Apex Clubs History

Apex is a non-party political and non-sectarian organisation for young people between the ages of 18 and 45.

Through the efforts of the three recognised founders of Apex- Ewen Laird, Langham Proud and John Buchan – a meeting of young men was held at Geelong, Australia, on 19 November 1930, at which it was decided to form a “Young Business Men’s Club”.

On 10 March 1931, a Constitution was approved and the name “Apex” – representing the height of ambition – officially adopted.

Expansion of Apex activities beyond Geelong was first visualised in May 1931, and Ballarat Club formed almost immediately. The early development and expansion of Apex owed much to the assistance of Rotary with whom Apex has always had a close link.

The first Apex Convention was held on 26 July 1931; representatives from Geelong and Ballarat adopted Ewen Laird’s design of an Apex badge, similar the present badge. With further expansion in mind, the Constitution was redrafted.

By October 1932, when a Convention was held at Geelong, there were five new Apex Clubs. The outstanding decision of the Convention was the formation of the Association of Apex Clubs under the guidance of a Board of Control comprising one representative from each Club. A Constitution and By-Laws for the Association and a Constitution and By-Laws for the individual Clubs were adopted.

For more information on the history of the Association of Apex Clubs, click here to visit the Association’s national website.