The Royal Naval Tot Club of Antigua & Barbuda was formed in 1991 by a small group of like minded people who met at the end of the working day to toast the Queen and reinstate the Royal Navys tradition of a daily tot of rum which had been discontinued in 1970.
Very soon, others began to join the circle and the Royal Naval Tot Club of Antigua & Barbuda developed into an organisation recognised not only in Antigua but worldwide. The Tot Club formalised itself by writing some rules known as Standard Operating Procedures. It is only possible to join the Tot Club in Antigua and well over 500 have joined to date. An aspiring member has to be invited to join by an existing member and pass through a joining routine which includes a test on Royal Navy history.
The Royal Naval Tot Club of Antigua & Barbuda has an international membership from many different nations. It is only in Antigua that a person can become a member.
Many members return each year to Antigua particularly around the time of the anniversary of Horatio Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar on 21st October 1805.
Members meet every evening throughout the year to listen to readings from Royal Navy history and toast Her Majesty, the Queen. There is a different toast for each night of the week.
The Tot Club is involved in raising funds for charitable causes, promoting Antigua particularly in the yachting sector and, on Sundays the 'Keep Fit' class clears trails through the National Park and fights back the tropical undergrowth from Antigua's historic monuments.
Sunday - To Absent Friends and those at Sea and the Queen, God Bless Her.
Monday - To Our Ships at Sea and the Queen, God Bless Her.
Tuesday - To Our Friends and the Queen, God Bless Her.
Wednesday - To Ourselves as no one else is liable to concern themselves with our Welfare and the Queen, God Bless Her.
Thursday - To a Bloody War and a Sickly Season, to a Bloody War and a quick Promotion and the Queen, God Bless Her.
Friday - To a Willing Foe and Sea Room and the Queen, God Bless Her.
Saturday - Sweethearts and Wives, May they Never Meet and the Queen, God Bless Her.
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