The Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk Board meeting is today at 6pm. As a current Manager on the Cosmopolitan Club Board, past Cosmopolitan Club President, past Cosmopolitan International Board Director, and and past Cosmopolitan International Governor, I will be in attendance at our community’s service.

The Cosmopolitan Club pledges to give back to our community through service and philanthropy, with particular emphasis on projects relating to diabetes and diabetes research, and support of Strelitz Diabetes Research Center at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Cosmopolitan International was founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1918 by Attorney Patrick J. Hodgins. The first Cosmopolitan Club east of the Mississippi River was established in Baltimore in 1922. The Norfolk Club has been contributing civic service to Hampton Roads since it was chartered on February 27, 1924. In 1985, the Norfolk Club and its sister clubs of the Capital Federation helped spearhead the “Million Dollar Connection” to provide the million dollars of seed money to start a diabetes institute for research and treatment at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Our own First Citizen of Norfolk for 1958, the late Henry Clay Hofheimer, donated the first $25,000 towards the campaign. Now known as the Strelitz Diabetes Center at EVMS, it has become a world renowned center for diabetes research and treatment thanks to the efforts of many in our community.