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SKlubi – where everything started

S-Klubi was founded in the late 1980s by students wanting their own sauna. In the early days, there was a lot of discussion but few activities. The logo was designed in 1983. They began holding social events like Lokajoulut in October 1983. By 1984, Jari Vaario was chair and their goal was to find and renovate a downtown sauna. After a year of fundraising efforts, they were able to conclude 1984 and Antti Ylä-Jääski was selected as the new chair for 1985.

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S-KLUBI – RECOLLECTIONS FROMS-KLUBI – RECOLLECTIONS FROM
EARLY DAYSEARLY DAYS
30 years of activities
23.10.2010
A snapshot of memories from the early days…
By Jari Vaario
Everything started in Germany on an
excursion… with a question:
“Why don’t we have an own sauna?”
Why the question was asked, story does
not tell, but Juhani Sormunen, Pekka
Salonoja and Juuso Jokela, and some
others decided to establish a registered
group to arrange this…
Sähköklubi was born …
It was sometime in late1980
Unfortunately no photos exist of those
early days…
Prehistory:
It was a new Autumn 1981, the third study year
starting for me and I had made a promise:
“I have to get more active in my student life!”
There was a call for an annual meeting of Sähköklubi
(25.2.1982) and no one knew what it is, but I also
ended in a room packed up with students to hear the
story.
I was fascinated by the story and I felt immediately in
love with it. In a trance I opened my mouth and asked:
“Can I be part of this as well?”
The question changed my life as I become a member of
the first real active board of directors of Sähköklubi!
The chair of the board was Pekka Salonoja.
And we were heading to 1982
Starting to roll for me:
With a full of new energy I had my hopes high.
But it was not so smooth ride after all:
“A lot of talk and vision creation, but not so many
activities… I was looking for more!”
I checked from my old calendar, and I found marks
of three board meetings, but nothing for real
events. It was not going as I had envision.
When we moved toward a new annual meeting, we
decided to tie up Sähkökilta and Sähköklubi closer
to each other, and Matti Carpen was selected to
chair both of them.
“Can we now finally get on going?”
It was starting the year of 1983
But first it was down hill:
First we had to have a new logo. A design
competition was arranged and the winner was
hands down Tiina Saaristo’s drawing:
It had a nice combination of sinus wave with the
Sähkö Klubi name in a very dynamic look.
It was an immediate hit and we printed logo paper
on which all the coming newsletters were printed.
“Finally everything started to move, and it was
just a beginning…”
It was still 1983
Finally we started to rock:
Yeah…not only rock and roll,
but letka-jenkka as well!
It was maybe more fun than
anything else…
Soon we re-invented saunaillat:
The idea of saunaillat was to invite important person to provide
stories of life after graduation …
Can you believe some one was interested in that - like life after dead?
So we went and invented Lokajoulut:
Why a heck some one would like to call something like lokajoulu?
(a free translation ‘dirty’ chirstmas)
The reason was simple: November and December everyone was
already so occupied by real Pikkujoulujuhlat (little X’mas parties)
that in order to get anything arranged we had to move them to
October* that is in Finnish Lokakuu.
Matti Carpen
Tiina (Carpen)
Jari Vaario
Heli?
Markku
Pätynen
Anu
The very first Lokajoulu
in a restaurant at
Lehtisaari ‘shopping mall’
X’mas menu
* Actually the first Lokajoulu was on 16th
of November,
but who would let some small details to ruin a good story…
The idea was simple: let’s collect money for S-Klubi by inviting
companies to sponsor our drinking…
Why didn’t it work out just like planned?
Well what a heck … it was fun and boy didn’t we drink and a lot…
And then Floraday’s cruising:
And then the Summer party:
Did we lost a ‘fuksi’?
Tuula Ruokonen
shows an example
Everyone was sleeping here
and there…here Matti Carpen
And all a kind sports activites
were tried…
And I am abused to create a splash…
But it was also hard work, of which there is less photos…
When I was selected 1984 to chair Sähköklubi, we felt that
now we have the ‘fun’ part handled, but we still need the sauna!
May that was a reason to select a ‘dead serious’ guy like me
to guide the next phase in Sähköklubi history…
The year of money making - 1984
I was selected as a chair and it
was time to get back to basis:
find a sauna in downtown.
The target was to find a sauna in
three months, purchase it, and
start to renovate the space, so
that next Lokajoulu could be held
there!
It was thinking in the early 1984!
But we needed some money to get
a loan from bank!
The year of collecting money,
maybe even too red-neckish
way…
A lot of plans … …visits and studies.
And calculations of costs, loans, taxes, and incomes …
And finally it was time to conclude the busy year of 1984
at the annual meeting chaired by Juhani Talvela.
Antti Ylä-Jääski was selected as the new chair for S-Klubi,
and I was able to retire…
And this was heading to the year 1985!

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SKlubi – where everything started

  • 1. S-KLUBI – RECOLLECTIONS FROMS-KLUBI – RECOLLECTIONS FROM EARLY DAYSEARLY DAYS 30 years of activities 23.10.2010 A snapshot of memories from the early days… By Jari Vaario
  • 2. Everything started in Germany on an excursion… with a question: “Why don’t we have an own sauna?” Why the question was asked, story does not tell, but Juhani Sormunen, Pekka Salonoja and Juuso Jokela, and some others decided to establish a registered group to arrange this… Sähköklubi was born … It was sometime in late1980 Unfortunately no photos exist of those early days… Prehistory:
  • 3. It was a new Autumn 1981, the third study year starting for me and I had made a promise: “I have to get more active in my student life!” There was a call for an annual meeting of Sähköklubi (25.2.1982) and no one knew what it is, but I also ended in a room packed up with students to hear the story. I was fascinated by the story and I felt immediately in love with it. In a trance I opened my mouth and asked: “Can I be part of this as well?” The question changed my life as I become a member of the first real active board of directors of Sähköklubi! The chair of the board was Pekka Salonoja. And we were heading to 1982 Starting to roll for me:
  • 4. With a full of new energy I had my hopes high. But it was not so smooth ride after all: “A lot of talk and vision creation, but not so many activities… I was looking for more!” I checked from my old calendar, and I found marks of three board meetings, but nothing for real events. It was not going as I had envision. When we moved toward a new annual meeting, we decided to tie up Sähkökilta and Sähköklubi closer to each other, and Matti Carpen was selected to chair both of them. “Can we now finally get on going?” It was starting the year of 1983 But first it was down hill:
  • 5. First we had to have a new logo. A design competition was arranged and the winner was hands down Tiina Saaristo’s drawing: It had a nice combination of sinus wave with the Sähkö Klubi name in a very dynamic look. It was an immediate hit and we printed logo paper on which all the coming newsletters were printed. “Finally everything started to move, and it was just a beginning…” It was still 1983 Finally we started to rock:
  • 6. Yeah…not only rock and roll, but letka-jenkka as well! It was maybe more fun than anything else… Soon we re-invented saunaillat: The idea of saunaillat was to invite important person to provide stories of life after graduation … Can you believe some one was interested in that - like life after dead?
  • 7. So we went and invented Lokajoulut: Why a heck some one would like to call something like lokajoulu? (a free translation ‘dirty’ chirstmas) The reason was simple: November and December everyone was already so occupied by real Pikkujoulujuhlat (little X’mas parties) that in order to get anything arranged we had to move them to October* that is in Finnish Lokakuu. Matti Carpen Tiina (Carpen) Jari Vaario Heli? Markku Pätynen Anu The very first Lokajoulu in a restaurant at Lehtisaari ‘shopping mall’ X’mas menu * Actually the first Lokajoulu was on 16th of November, but who would let some small details to ruin a good story…
  • 8. The idea was simple: let’s collect money for S-Klubi by inviting companies to sponsor our drinking… Why didn’t it work out just like planned? Well what a heck … it was fun and boy didn’t we drink and a lot… And then Floraday’s cruising:
  • 9. And then the Summer party:
  • 10. Did we lost a ‘fuksi’? Tuula Ruokonen shows an example Everyone was sleeping here and there…here Matti Carpen And all a kind sports activites were tried…
  • 11. And I am abused to create a splash…
  • 12. But it was also hard work, of which there is less photos… When I was selected 1984 to chair Sähköklubi, we felt that now we have the ‘fun’ part handled, but we still need the sauna! May that was a reason to select a ‘dead serious’ guy like me to guide the next phase in Sähköklubi history… The year of money making - 1984
  • 13. I was selected as a chair and it was time to get back to basis: find a sauna in downtown. The target was to find a sauna in three months, purchase it, and start to renovate the space, so that next Lokajoulu could be held there! It was thinking in the early 1984! But we needed some money to get a loan from bank! The year of collecting money, maybe even too red-neckish way…
  • 14. A lot of plans … …visits and studies.
  • 15. And calculations of costs, loans, taxes, and incomes …
  • 16. And finally it was time to conclude the busy year of 1984 at the annual meeting chaired by Juhani Talvela. Antti Ylä-Jääski was selected as the new chair for S-Klubi, and I was able to retire… And this was heading to the year 1985!