The Richelieu Club is an international service club of French expression, similar to the Rotary, the Lions or the Kiwanis.
Le Club Richelieu was founded in Ottawa in 1944 for the purpose of maintaining the values of the French-Canadian culture being threatened by an Anglophone majority. It quickly spread throughout French speaking Canada and from there to other countries. It made its appearance in the United States in 1955.
Le Club Richelieu in Lowell saw the light of day in February 1962 and remained quite active since then. Originally an organization for men only, women were officially welcomed as members of the Richelieu Club in 1982.
It attracts professional Francophone men, women & members of the business community.
The Club meets monthly at ”The Cobblestones” restaurant from September to June (1st Tuesday of the month. The meetings include dinner, music and a guest speaker.
The Richelieu of Lowell organizes an annual “French Oratorical Contest” for Greater-Lowell high school students, co-sponsors a French bingo during Franco-American Week in June, and offers scholarships to students who make French part of their education. Contributions are also made to local French radio programs (Chez-Nous program).