On a foggy winter's night in 1865, a group of Birmingham journalists from the Daily Post, the Daily Gazette and the Midland Counties Herald decided the city needed a press club.
Its aim, they decreed on that chill Victorian evening, was "to promote social intercourse" among journalists.
Clearly those hacks called it correctly because Birmingham Press Club survives to this day as the oldest in the world.
But it begs a question.
What relevance does such an organisation have in an age of emails, blogs, mobile phones, texts, iPods, digital photography, Bluetooth, sat nav, CD-roms and DVDs?
Do today's journalists need a Press Club when they can satisfy their desire for "social inter-course" over the phone or via text or email?
If our recent experience is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding "yes".
In just under 12 months, Birmingham Press Club has doubled its member-ship to just short of 400.
There were heady days when the club had its own premises. It also has to be said that in its 141 years, the Press Club has lurched in and out of solvency.
However, it is thriving once more thanks largely to the generous support of Royal Mail.
The club also has a "home" - the Old Royal public house on the corner of Church Street and Cornwall Street, Birmingham - where members meet at 5.30pm on the first Thursday of each month for "social intercourse".
Attendance is, of course, not influenced, by the attraction of free drinks.
Members are now enjoying many more benefits, including discounts at bars, restaurants, theatres, clubs and much more
across the city. A new directory, the first since 1997, is to be published shortly and there are many celebrity lunches.
The highlight of the year will be our Annual Awards, where journalists across the Midlands are recognised for their work. This year's event takes place at the Botanical Gardens on October 12.
The club's ranks include most of Birmingham's leading personalities in newspapers, radio and TV - something that is reflected in the make-up of its board.
We hope one day to again have our own premises.
You only have to look at Washington DC's Press Club to understand what can be done.
A booming membership, well-attended events and numerous benefits seem to tell us that Birmingham wants a Press Club. Many people in busy jobs give up their time free to preserve it in the hope that it survives for another 141 years.