The membership card explains on the back side why those you show it to should give discounts and special treatment anywhere at any time for any reason. All you need to do is smile when you present the card and ask for a discount! GUARANTEED RESULTS! Just say "what is the Banana Club discount? (and keep the smile on your face!
For over 47 years members have reported getting discounts on merchandise, meals, hotel charges and even getting out of traffic tickets for just smiling....showing the card and asking with a smile!
The BANANA CLUB certificate will include your name and selected title in the club if you wish to have a title. You name it! Most members are C.H.D.'s (City Hand Directors), but you choose your title. My neighbor is a L.B. (Legal Banana) . When you get your card sign it and include your title. You will get an iron-on LOGO transfer and a few extra paper cards, etc. Some items included are not shown!
ABOVE, T.B. KEN IS ABOUT TO PRESENT THIS M.B. MEDAL TO A BANANA CLUB MEMBER AT ONE OF THE EVENTS RECORDED BY A TV CREW FROM FRANCE! That is the T.B.W. (Top Banana's Wife) behind Ken. Married now 59 years!
T.B.'s daughter Lori (T.B.D. I) made up this unique word back in 1975! IT's THE UNIVERSAL PASSWORD WE USE TO SIMPLY SAY OK, HELLO, I'M WITH YOU, GOODBYE, ETC. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE A SMILE ON YOUR FACE! WE MUST KEEP SMILING!
There are thousands of members of the International Banana Club all around the world! All kinds, young and old, people from 27 different countries. President Reagan was a member and his title was: P.B. (President Banana). To the left Ken,T.B. presented an official B.C. pin to the President at a fundraiser held in Los Angeles. Ken was there to photograph the President and his 150 "closest friends" guests.
People from all walks of life are card carrying B.C. members because it is a GOOD BUNCH to be a part of!
We keep spirits up, and keep people smiling and remind everyone to stay in good health! This is a good purpose! You can even choose a special title if you wish to earn an M.B. or P.H.B. degree! Write Ken a note for details @ Bananastb@aol.com
Ken, T.B. has been a Professional Photographer since 1980 and he photographed the President with over 150 guests at a luncheon in Los Angeles., CA.
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL BANANA CLUB LOGO! Back in 1972 a friend and artist named Bud Willis of the Irvine, CA area designed this logo for the Banana Club when he observed Ken standing like this next to his desk with a big smile on his face : ) The logo was REGISTERED in 1976.
The BANANA CLUB was conceived and founded by Ken Bannister, T.B. (Top Banana) back in 1972. It all started at a professional photographic trade show in Atlanta, GA. Ken simply started handing out Chiquita Banana stickers (a 10,000 count roll given to him by his secretary / her husband unloaded bananas at the Long Beach, CA docks) to photographers to affix to their I.D. badges at professional photographic trade shows. It caught on and served as an attention getter all over the U.S. and Europe. People just assumed it was a club, so be it...The membership card provided anyone a way to get discounts on merchandise, upgrades in hotels, and special favors if they simply asked with a smile on their face and made reference to the Banana Club (by simply showing the membership card!) Anyone with a banana sticker or card would get special treatment by manufactures and trade show participants at the photo trade shows or anywhere they showed it!
The Incentive to send tasteful banana related items to the International Banana Club or to Ken the "Banana Man - Top Banana" is how B.M's (Banana Merits) are earned and the Degrees in Bananistry are earned. You can get the M.B. "Master of Bananistry and the PHB "Doctorite of Bananistry"! It takes 100 B.M.'s for the M.B. and 500 for the PHB. Merits are earned by mail or given verbally by the T.B. (Top Banana). Nothing lude, crude or lascivious is accepted or demerits may be given if items are not tasteful. The result was the International Banana Club Museum! "Woddis" is our password and means whatever you want it to mean .. depends on the tone of your voice and the expression on your face! :) People do business with people who are pleasant and display good positive attitudes!
The Banana Club membership card works! The backside explains to anyone you show it to why they should give you a discount on anything! It sometimes gets you upgrades at hotels for no charge and could even get you out of a traffic ticket! No kidding! It's the card! Go to the services page for information to become a member of this positive, fun bunch and get your very own title of your choice if you just ask! There are NO RULES,NO REGULATIONS, and no junk mail from us!
Occasional Banana Club picnics and games have been and are conducted. Promotions at business sites and major malls have employed the T.B. and Banana Club to attract customers, build sales and entertain the public.