A former student of S.M.S. (Swiss Mercantile Society) College in London, Mr. W .Braun had an idea of the foundation of an English Club in the City of Locarno. The purpose of the club was to enable its members to converse in English and offer English speaking foreigners an opportunity to meet friends while staying in the city of Locarno and its surroundings.
Since then the existence of the club had been challenged many times, but thanks to its fine traditions it had gotten through difficult times.
Its war-time President, Mrs. Aus der Au, kept a skeleton club going in hostile circumstances. Her windows were broken and threats shouted at her for her Anglo sympathies. However, she helped rebuild the club and by the 50's and 60's it was a thriving British Expat organisation with over 150 members.
President Mrs. Meschini ran it successfully for a remarkable 31 years, but numbers fell as sterling was repeatedly devalued and older members died. By 1995 there were fewer than 30 members left and possible disbandment was discussed at the AGM. An American committee member, who taught English locally, Professor Walter Snyder, offered to try and rebuild it. As President he developed new activities and promoted the club to his students as a place to practice English. By the end of his 11-year tenure, the membership had recovered to over 130, and he handed the presidency in 2006 to Iain Wylie. Iain had an excellent background and education, tended to be given trouble-shooting jobs previously; the last three being-running a European biotechnology acquisition, President of a Japanese chemical company and Board member of a US biotechnology business. He also followed courses in Illinois and Harvard Universities and lectured at US and UK MBA Schools on cross-cultural business environments. He retired to the Ticino in 2002. After taking the ASCL presidency over, he reconstructed the club and continued to build on the established base, emphasising the club as a social venue for members, who shared international backgrounds and wanted to keep up their English.
In 2011 the club was taken over by President Yvonne Schneider-Bryant. Yvonne made her own contribution into building up the club by improving the website and introducing online mailing system.
In 2014 Yvonne handed the presidency to Nana Marti. Being still non-retired person, Nana made some changes in the policy of running the club efficiently. Nana's educational background and multicultural experiences helped her to run the club in her own style for several years. The club has now over 200 members and a programme of 60 events during the 10-month season including walks, dinners, coffee mornings, aperitifs, special outings and a series of six annual lectures.