Declining participation by younger members led to the demise of St. Nick's Social Club, Frank Ferrando told WBTA.
"I think a lot of clubs today find it extremely difficult," Ferrando said. "Over time, losing a lot of our old-time members, the younger members didn't participate in the club as much as needed and you really need that membership participation in order to survive."
Ferrando, a city councilman, is a long-time board member of St. Nick's.
The 400-member club that has occupied its current location on South Swan Street since 1948, hosted the Lion's Club meeting last night as its final official function.
Ferrando also said local charities will lose out on a long-standing source of donations and assistance. (MP3)