A history of the Officers' Club of Connecticut

The Officers' Club of Connecticut started with a lunch counter, a lounge and a small bar in 1947. General Reincke brought Jimmy Witkin over from the Heublein Hotel on Gold Street to run the lunch counter. A small group of officers kept the operation going. Louis 0. House served as treasurer for ten years with the famous "chit" system. General Russell V. Moore was the first president.

Later General Reincke brought in Louis Hefft from the Commodore McDonough Inn in Middletown to run the dining room with the Club operating the bar. That operation continued for many years and the Club flourished. When Louis Hefft left, several different operations were tried. John Vignone, a guardsman from a restaurant in South Windsor; Ray Galvin, from Cooke's Tavern in Plainville, a catering company from one of the insurance giants; Lois (Kilburn) Mosher and Kirn Clarke with At Your Service.

Bobby Moreau (recently deceased) served for a long time under the tutelage of Bill Reardon during both good and bad times.

After a few successful years, the club made major renovations to the bar adding the Lounge and moving the offices around. This was done under the guidance of Dick Lugli and Lois Nelson (Thorpe) who served as secretary, bulletin writer, House Committee, etc. for many years. We have received some new renovations as part of the upgrade of the building and some additions to our kitchen thanks to MG Dave Gay, Dana Compton and the late Col. Bob DeVeau. Most recently, a new dance floor.

The advent of the Legislative Office Building affected our parking area, particularly for lunches. The past few years have been a struggle for the Club financially, but we have survived with the assistance of a Board of Governors and officers who worked hard to keep things going. We are all here to celebrate 50 years of continuous service to active and retired officers, NCO's and associate members. Congratulations to the Officers' Club of Connecticut on your Fiftieth Anniversary.

James H. Throwe
MG (Ret) Army

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