|The NICKELS RACCOON CLUB is the first club of its' kind in Montana under association with the ROYAL ORDER OF THE RACCOONS. Formal meetings are not held in the summer. The meetings resume in September for the next fiscal year. Members will meet only on the last Tuesday of the month. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month, it's informal but drinks will be reduced in price for Raccoon members mugs $1.00, other beverages one dollar off the price.
The annual dues are $25.00 and include your raccoon hat or wrap, discounted prices for beverages at meetings, and the Annual Raccoon Banquet with an open bar.
Members must wear their Nickels Raccoon Club hats to get the discounted prices. Ladies must wear their raccoon tail wrap. The meetings start at 5:30 and end at 7PM with the secret Nickels Raccoon Club chant. Membership is limited.
The Royal Order of the Raccoons arose as an off-shoot from "The Honeymooners" — a recurring TV skit within the Jackie Gleason Show during the early 1950s and later as its own TV show. It starred Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramdem — a Brooklyn Bus Driver, and Art Carney as Edward "Ed" Lillywhite Norton — a City Sewer Worker. Along with their ever-tolerant wives played by Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden and Joyce Randolph as Thelma "Trixie" Norton, the characters expressed universal themes of love and compassion in the midst of marital dilemmas and conflicts with neighbors, employers and In-Laws.
Brooklyn lacked wild game such as Elk and Moose, but it did (and still does) have its urban critters including raccoons. So it was only natural to have a Royal Order of the Raccoons Club. Clearly Ralph and Ed were Founding Members.