The Men's Fellowship Club movement was founded in 1946. Before that time there had been various men's groups, but no organized men's movement. In such Corps as Greenville, SC, and in Kinston, NC, a need was felt for an effective program for reaching men with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During the early days of the formation of the "Men's Fellowship Club", the suggestion of a logo was made, and one of the group from Kinston, NC, said he had seen a picture of two men's hands crossed, and with that, Captain Alfred Cheney drew a picture freehand of a pair of men's hands clasped together with a circle around it. And then in the circle he wrote, "The Salvation Army: Men's Fellowship Club"... the logo was born.
From the beginning, an emphasis was on service. Some groups collected and repaired toys for poor children, drilled and rigged fresh water wells, etc. The first Divisional Men's Fellowship Camp took place in 1950 where services were held in tents, and the men cooked their own meals. By the end of that year, the Territory claimed 985 members. By the end of 1981 there were 736 clubs nationally with a membership of 9776.Now, in 2005 the club has 973 clubs with 12,810 membership.
The program has a three-fold purpose: EVANGELISM (reaching men for Christ), FELLOWSHIP (sharing in worship, social life, education, and recreation), and SERVICE (providing the satisfaction of making a contribution to the work of the Kingdom).
Annually, a "Club of the Year" and "Man of the Year " are selected by a committee. Below are the 2005 recipients:
TERRITORIAL 'MEN'S CLUB OF THE YEAR' 2006
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
The Men's Club of Raleigh, N.C., once again received the Men's Club of the Year award.. it was the third successive year the club has been awarded the honor.
TERRITORIAL 'MAN OF THE YEAR' AWARD 2006
MR. KEN KINGSURY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
Mr. Ken Kingsbury of Knoxville, Tennessee, received the Man of the Year Award from Major Willis Howell, the then Divisional Commander, and the K-T Divisional Men's Camp. Kingsbury has been a faithful soldier for 56 years.
OCTOBER 14, 2007
Theme: "EQUIPPING MEN FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT"