What is the premise of the club?
We are a 90+ year old, non-profit organization that allows baseball fans to interact with their heroes. We have off-season meetings and bring in former, and sometimes current, Major League Baseball players to give attendees a chance to meet them. This hot stove event helps keep our baseball minds active throughout the cold off-season.
What does a typical meeting consist of?
Each meeting begins at 6pm (unless otherwise noted) and consists of a buffet dinner, a meet and greet, autographs, and photos. We then listen to the words that the guest of the night has prepared and then open it up to Q&A. Some guests prefer to say a few brief words and then answer questions. But the discussion (whether prepared by the guest or Q&A style) usually lasts about 1-1.5 hours. The night concludes around 9pm.
What type of food is served?
Menu may vary, but more often than not, there is a selection of pasta and sauce, roast beef, potatoes, green beans, sausage and peppers, salad, bread, and butter. Cake or ice cream is provided for desert. The VFW has a cash bar open for beer and soft drinks.
What is the autograph policy?
Each attendee is allowed 2 autographs. Additional autographs are not available for purchase. Attendees can bring in any item to be signed (at the guests discretion). The Club usually will be selling 8x10 photos of the guest for $5 apiece for the guest to autograph.
What is the cost to attend a meeting?
There are 2 different pricing plans for meetings. We have a member plan. Membership dues cost $35 for an individual or $50 for a household and are collected at the beginning of the season. Once dues are paid, members cost $30 per person for each meeting. Non-members can still attend meetings at a cost of $45 per person. Regardless of member or not, all kids ages 18 and younger are only $5.
What are the advantages to being a member?
Member advantages include access to Red Sox tickets (the club owns a weekend season ticket package). 2016-17 and 2017-18 members also received the opportunity to purchase Hartford Yard Goats opening game tickets before they went on sale to the general public. When larger crowds are expected, meeting registration opens to members first, while opening to the public only if space remains. This was the case at our Jim Rice and Jack Morris meetings in previous years. Other advantages may vary based on the year and the availability (i.e. in 2018, members were given the opportunity to get their picture taken with a Boston Red Sox World Series trophy).
Where are meetings held?
Meetings are currently being held at the VFW Hall, 83 South St, West Hartford, CT. But this may vary based on availability.
How long does a membership last?
Memberships last officially from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the following year (i.e. July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018). However, announcements for membership dues aren't usually announced until the first meeting of the year, which is usually around October or November of each year.