LAKE MERRITT BREAKFAST CLUB
Sponsor of Children's Fairyland and the Necklace of Lights, LMBC is a social/service organization promoting and preserving Lake Merritt, the surrounding Lakeside park and Oakland's unique history. First meeting was January 5, 1933. This the 90th Anniversary of the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club. The 2023 LMBC President is Abel Guillen.
This year the club is trying a hybrid schedule which alternates meeting in-person or on Zoom each Thursday from 7:00-8:30 a.m.,. Check the club website for more info https://www.lmbclub.org
When meeting in-person members and guests meet at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue in Lakeside Park. Members are from the professional, civic and business community and gather to exchange greetings, network, and hear local, national or international speakers discuss topics of significance - today's economy, environment, culture, Oakland, and the world. LMBC is one of Oakland's ultimate boosters, its members play an active part in Oakland and its continuing growth. Members sharing breakfast and animated conversation are deeply involved in the business and good works of this “City on the Sunny Side of the Bay.”
Lake Merritt Breakfast Club Charitable Foundation
Founded in 1973, The mission of the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club Charitable Foundation(LMBCCF) is to develop, manage and disburse charitable funds in support of programs, maintenance projects and capital projects in and about Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park. In 1948, the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club (LMBC) sponsored the creation of Children's Fairyland in Lakeside Park. The LMBCCF provides continuing financial support for the world famous children's attraction. In the 1980s, the LMBC and LMBC Charitable Foundation raised over $1.6 million for the restoration of the landmark, "Necklace of Lights" surrounding Lake Merritt. The foundation has also supported The Sensory, Japanese, and Mediterranean Gardens; The Oakland Municipal Band concerts; the replacement of the 17th Street Dock on Lake Merritt, and the restoration of Robert Winston's Mid-Century sculpture in Lakeside Park among other projects. The Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (Federal I.D.), and allocates 100% of all contributions in support of its mission and as directed by donors making restricted contributions. An eleven-member Board of Directors governs the Foundation.
An overview of its history, traditions and projects.
Commentary by Rob Stewart, Executive Director.
Photos, songtracks, interview & video by John Kirkmire.
19:33 min. 1920 x 1080. CC. ©2021 lakemerritt.org
00:01 History, Traditions, Projects Intro
03:39 Beginnings, Water Golf
05:02 Children's Fairyland Creation
08:15 Necklace of Lights
10:35 17th St. Dock restoration
11:10 Gardens at Lake Merritt Projects
12:40 Mid-Century Monster restoration
14:07 Meetings Highlights 17:29 Credits Plus
LM Lamppost Project sponsored by the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club. Billy Wilkes, project organizer. Project involved clearing graffiti, cleaning poles and bases, and painting 176 pedestals of the ornate 1925 lampposts that support the "Necklace of Lights" around Lake Merritt. Photos, music and video by John Kirkmire. © 2021 lakemerritt.org
LM Lamppost Project volunteers. ©2022 lakemerritt.org
5 Decades of LMBC Volunteers: 1968 Leland Douglas; 1975 Steve Hanson; 1982 Billy Wilkes; 1997 Aileen Frankel; 2002 Lise Pearlman
2020 Guest Speakers (in-person meetings stopped after March 12, 2020)
2019 Guest Speakers below