charter member

noun

Definition of charter member 

: an original member of a group (such as a society or corporation)

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In addition to being an avid tennis player and a charter member of the Carriage Club in Kansas City for more than 50 years, Frank took up golf and was a great lover of his two Yorkshire Terriers. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Spade's Father Dies Day Before Her Funeral: 'He Was Heartbroken'," 21 June 2018 Engel, a charter member of the council, was among members who voted in favor of a zoning change this year to help build Fairground's Run, a six-acre residential subdivision planned in the Fern Creek area. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Metro councilman accused of altering plan to get a fence at his home," 17 May 2018 Bucky Badger has a much larger profile as a charter member of the Mascot Hall of Fame (inducted in 2006). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "68 Degrees of Separation: a Wisconsin connection to every team in the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 Bhowmik, who is a charter member of the organization and previously served on the board, begins a two-year term this month, succeeding entrepreneur Praveen Tailam. BostonGlobe.com, "TiE Boston gets its first woman president," 2 July 2018 Hamilton, a charter member of the council, faces two challengers — LaVon Clack and Donna Purvis — in the primary. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Things to know on Louisville's primary election day," 20 May 2018 Utah was one of the league’s original eight charter members in 1996. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Life without Stars," 11 May 2018 Nestled in Old Town Spring, the church was originally built in 1916 by nine charter members and offered services in German to farming families. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Historical marker honors Spring church's rise from ashes," 23 Feb. 2018 Now retired, McDougal was head academic adviser at the school and one of the charter members and adviser for a group called Phenomenal Woman, named for a poem by Maya Angelou. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "How this mom went from a homeless shelter to her college graduation," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of charter member

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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