One of the most exclusive private clubs seems to be having an identity crisis. In the most recent Hong Kong Club newsletter, the chairman's letter written by Helmut Sohmen seems to be appealing to its members to go on a recruitment drive, especially for younger people, reminding them that 'there are no closed doors'. Sohmen goes on to say: 'I have heard comments in town that it is particularly difficult to become a member of the Hong Kong Club, that only well-established and elderly people will be considered suitable candidates ... let me tell you that all these perceptions are wrong ... we are constantly admitting younger members under the age of 30.' With more fashionable competitors in Central like the China Club and Kee Club, it's no wonder that the 30-somethings have not exactly been knocking down the door of the well-established HKC. A member of 15 years tells us: 'At best I see just three or four people under 30 at one sitting. 'They definitely need to push for new members. The facilities are under-utilised. In the evenings and weekends the restaurants only have six or seven tables occupied. It is really sad. 'They certainly seem to be attempting to drag themselves into the 20th century. It is a chicken and egg scenario. They do not have many young members, they want to recruit more, but the atmosphere is not one that young members would like. And those who do want to join, have to wait. I heard of someone who has been waiting for seven years.' The chairman concedes in the newsletter: 'We will never be able to measure ourselves against our friends and neighbours in town.' And on that note, the anonymous member reveals to CitySeen that he is waiting for a membership to the Kee Club.