Press Club FAQ

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What is the Albuquerque Press Club?
We are a private club, a disparate community of individuals with a common purpose. We believe that service to this community enriches us all in many ways.

We offer a non-threatening social venue providing opportunities to our members as varied as our membership. One might find card or table games, discussion groups, music groups, and professional development groups operating on their own within our organization. We offer opportunities to produce or participate in a wide variety of social activities.

Who owns the APC?

The membership owns the APC but maybe not in a manner that is immediately apparent.

The APC is a non-profit.  As such, it operates in the interests of the people of NM.  It is owned, operated, and managed by the current membership.  Every voting member is an owner and has an equal say in how we manage the club.

Our members own our building, free and clear.  However, we don’t own it in the sense that we members could sell the place and split the proceeds.  This goes back to the “operates in the interests of the people of NM” thing. Though we own it, operate it, manage it, and control it, we cannot personally financially benefit from it.

Is the staff paid or do they volunteer?

We have a paid bar staff, bartenders and club manager, and a very part time cleaning person who picks up where the bartenders’ duties leave off. We have a large volunteer staff of elected officers and directors as well as individuals who volunteer for occasional duty.

How is the APC managed and operated?
The APC has a Board of Directors that oversees the management of the club while providing valuable volunteer services necessary for the successful operation of the club. This board consists of officers who are elected to one year terms and have specific responsibilities. These positions include the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The president stays on for a single year after his/her term has ended as a director with the title of “past president”.

In addition to the officers, we have six directors, elected to staggered two year terms. These are the people who are expected to handle many of the regular operating functions of the club. Each director is expected to accept personal responsibility for one or more areas of club operations. Oftentimes they develop a committee to assist them in their endeavors which include: managing the membership database system, production of a newsletter, regular auditing of our books, building maintenance, directing social events, managing art shows, and more.

The Board of directors meets monthly to maintain currency and to approve changes as well as approving new memberships

How do I become a member?

Both professional press and social memberships are available. Applications are available in the clubhouse. Your completed application, submitted to the bartender with payment, will be considered at the next regularly scheduled (monthly) board meeting.

For more information on the types of membership we offer, go to our Membership page.

What are the benefits of membership?
  • You may participate in selection of the board that manages the club
  •  You may become part of the management of the club through election to the board of directors
  •  You may participate in the various committees that make our club operate.
  •  You get a $.50 discount on each of your drinks
  •  You participate in making both Albuquerque and our small APC community a better place to live and participate in life.
How do I get involved in the APC community?
Our club has a lot to offer, it also has a lot of continuing needs. The social events we put on don’t just happen, somewhere there is a volunteer behind the scenes putting the effort to make it happen. Maintaining our books, our membership roster, our records, are all done by members who volunteer their time and sit on our Board of Directors. Fresh paint, yard cleanup, repairs and maintenance, watering the yard or the plants, fixing the leaking pipes, replacing the bad electrical fixtures, patching the leaky roof, maintaining the evaporative cooler, and more, are some of the things done by our volunteers. If you’re willing to participate in any of this, we have a place for you.
APC House Rules

All members, their dependents and guests are subject to all house rules and regulations.  All house or Club rules are subject to New Mexico Liquor Control Statutes.  The Club Manager or designated representative (bartender on duty) is empowered to enforce all rules and regulations of the Albuquerque Press Club.

  1. The Club facilities are for the use of members of the Albuquerque Press Club or associated press clubs, and invited guests accompanying them.
  2.  Guests, (persons invited and accompanied by a Press Club member for the purpose of using facilities or attending social functions on the Club premises or designated activity site):
    1. Will be admitted only when accompanied by a member, and are required to leave when such member leaves.
    2. Must be registered by a member/host by signing the guest book.
    3. Will be allowed, as many as ten per member per visit.
  3. Private functions:
    1. No private party may utilize the Clubhouse without making prior arrangements with the Club Manager or  appointed representative.
    2. Any private function not held during regular Club hours is understood to be for the invited guests only.
  4. Conduct:
    1. Respectful conduct in the Club is required of all persons at all times.
    2. Members are responsible for the conduct, and bar-tabs, of their guests.
    3. Any individual may be required to vacate the Club premises for the following reasons: violations of law or house rules, misconduct, obscene language, intoxication,  destroying or damaging Club facilities or property.
    4. Any member or guest asked to vacate the premises may be reported to the Board of Directors for possible disciplinary action. Such person(s) so removed will remain off the Club premises until the next meeting of the Board of Directors.
    5. Any disciplinary action taken is subject to appeal to the Board of Directors or its appointed body.
    6. The Club will not be responsible for loss or damage to property of members or guests.
    7. Club property will not be removed from the Club house or premises without prior approval of the Club Manager.
  5. Persons under the age of 21:
    1. Must be accompanied by a member/host when in the Club
    2. Are not allowed in the bar area, which is the bar room and the flight deck.
    3. Must be at a table with parent or host during their stay at the Club.
    4. Will not “roam” the premises
    5. Will not obtain or consume alcoholic beverages.
    6. Will vacate the clubhouse and premises prior to 11:00PM, NO EXCEPTIONS
  6. No person will bring to, or take from the Clubhouse, alcoholic beverages.
  7. All members and guests will vacate the premises at the legal or designated closing time, or as instructed by the bartender.
  8. Bar payment methods and procedures:
    1. Payment may be made by cash, check, credit card, debit card.
    2. Bartender may allow individuals to run tabs that will be paid prior to leaving the Club.
    3. The bartender may, at his/her discretion, accept non-cash payments (10.a.) in excess of the bill and give change
    4. Dishonored non-cash payments will be paid by the Club member within 48 hours, with a $15.00 service charge.
  9. The “Great Room” in the front of the Club house is designated a NON-SMOKING AREA.
  10. Pets are not allowed inside the Clubhouse.

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