July 19, 1961, is indelibly etched in the history of Apex in Bangladesh. It was on this day that the first Apex club was formed in the South Asian Country.
The late Suleman Khan is the man credited with introducing Apex to Bangladesh. The Community Organization has flourished from humble beginnings and now boasts 79 chartered clubs and five un-chartered clubs.
History shows that during a visit to East Pakistan, Mr. Khan talked about the concept of Apex with some of his close friends in Dhaka. In turn, a meeting was arranged at the hotel Shahbag ( at present BSMMU), Dhaka on July 19, 1961. Apexian advocate Ahmedur Rahman Khan was the chairman. Thirty-six young men attended the meeting. A member of the Karachi Apex Club, Mr Mashi Miraza was the Chief Guest. By meeting’s end, the Apex Club of Dhaka had been formed, with Ahmedur Rahman Khan the President and Syed A K Mahmudul Haque Secretary.
The Apex Club of Dhaka was sponsored by the Apex Club of Karachi under District 7, Zone 10 of Apex Australia. It was chartered in 1963 as club No. 408 under District 7, Zone 10 of Apex Australia. The Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Tamijuddin Khan, was the chief Guest at the charter certificate presentation ceremony. The determination and dedication of these founding members ensured that Apex would have a strong and certain future.
Again through the inspiration of Mr Khan, the second club in Bangladesh- the Apex Club of Chittagong – was inaugurated on January 11, 1964, under the sponsorship of the Apex Club of Dhaka. The President was Mr. Suleman Khan and the Secretary Syed A K Mahmmdul Houqe. Tig Thomas Presented the charter certificate to the Apex Club of Chittagong in 1966.
With the creation of these two clubs, a new district- District Number 7 under Zone 10 of Apex Australia – was formed in 1966 and was officially inaugurated by Mr. Thomas. Fittingly, the first District Governor of District 7 of Zone 10 was Mr Suleman Khan.
Apex was now fast gaining momentum and by December 1975, Apex Club Sylhet, Comilla, Barisal, Narayanganj and Jahangirnagar had been formed.
Upon receiving assurance form Apex Australia that a National Association of Apex may form in Bangladesh, A committee was constituted at the 4th District 7 Convention at Comilla. The committee was headed by S.A Shakoor with the responsibility to make a draft constitution and to place in the 10th District Convention and the first national convention to be held at Dhaka. The historic 10th District 7 (Zone 10) and first national convention was held on March 6 and 7, 1976, at the British Council Auditorium, with Chief Justice A.B. Mahmood Hossain as chief guest.
The convention was jointly hosted by the Apex clubs of Dhaka, Narayangonj and Jahangirnagar. Representatives of the Apex Clubs of Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Comilla, Barisal, Narayanganj and Jahangirnagar were present.
S.A. Shakoor was elected as the first National Association, the new leadership group and existing members worked hard to spread the ideals of Apex across the country. Their endeavours were successful. By February 1979, Apex clubs in Bangladesh totaled 22.