The Early Beginnings...
The club was founded in November 1982, by a core of six foundation members. SK Fabamwo conceived the idea.
Aims And Objectives Of The Club
Other Early Members
Maiden Executive Members And Club Chiefs
Evolution Of The Club
At the beginning, we used to disagree a lot amongst ourselves during meetings and it was always difficult to reach a consensus. This used to lead to excessively long meetings. This was partly due to youthful exuberance and perhaps members going beyond their limits. It could also be explained by the fact that we did not follow rules of parliamentary procedures at the time. Several of our members belonged to the JCs at the time and we imbibed some of the good practices of the JCs into our own conventions.
We have several conventions, which were unwritten in the constitution. Initially membership was restricted to Ibadan residents, as time went on, we had to have distant members within and outside the country due to mobility of members. Membership was very selective and was restricted to professionals only initially later, this convention was removed.
The meetings were fixed for the 1st Thursday of every month to avoid clashes with weekend activities and to allow our members in the building industry to attend our meetings hoping that the first three days would have been sufficient for their travels. Food items served at our monthly general meetings varied from “Garri” with something to chew to pounded yam and “moin-moin” at different members’ homes.
Several innovations came into being along the way to improve our social activities and the way we handed over to successive administrations. At the end of every year all Principal Officers of the Club gave a mandatory End – of – Year report of their stewardship. In the year 2001, a Social/Welfare document/charter was drafted and put into operation to guide the club as to what was expected of members at each other’s functions and the club as a body. This document covered areas such as weddings, funerals, birthdays and other landmark events. The introduction of Club caps to be worn in unison at such events predated this document. The latter is in the process of being reviewed.
Achievements And Challenges
The Club has always had a powerful body, the CMDC, saddled with the maintenance of law and order during meetings, safeguarding the Constitution and ensuring the good behavior of members generally. Fines were imposed at meetings against erring members and suspension or expulsion from the Club was a procedure that was available but rarely used. The Club hence maintained a high level of discipline and this has helped to shape the character of members. Also, the recently introduced 15 – minute talk has helped in sharpening the presentation skills of our members. Several less privileged members of the Society have also benefited from our donations.
Members have generally behaved as their brother’s keepers in line with our Constitution and the formulation of the Welfare and Social support guidelines have helped in making our responses to be measured and equitable.
Sadly, in October 2003 we lost one of our members, S.K. Tope Banjoko to illness. we have donated books to his church, a trophy to Squash section of Ibadan Recreation Club for an annual squash tournament in his memory. We have also stayed close while being supportive of his family.
The Silver Knights Club has since metamorphosed into a socio-philanthropic organization with annual donations to motherless babies home, the Cheshire home and scholarships to students of schools for the physically challenged.
As a further indication of the Silver Knights’ commitment to higher communal goals, the Club established its annual forum for public interaction when it began the yearly lecture series now popularly known as the Silver Knights’ Annual May Day Lecture. Past speakers and discussants at this our annual event have included the late Cicero of Esa Oke, Chief Bola Ige of blessed memory. Other distinguished past speakers include Prof. Akin Mabogunje, Prof. Otubanjo, Prof. Femi Osofisan, Messrs. Fola Adeola, Afe Babalola (SAN), Lekan Bello, Femi Falana, esq., Tayo Aderinokun, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), Prof. (Mrs) Toun Ogunseye, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, Prof. Bayo Williams, Prof. Layi Shittu and Dr. Akintunde Odukogbe.
Among several other important personalities, we have been privileged to host on our May Day Lectures the likes of Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governors of Ekiti and Oyo States respectively and Dr. Usman Bugaje.
Lastly, members have achieved a lot in their various fields of endeavor and are more generally understanding with our monthly meetings lasting shorter times