by Clara Edwardson
Special to Nation Valley News
If you have ever thought about Canadian Club and wondered what it is, and why it is – let me explain it to you.
Canadian Club had its beginning in Hamilton. Its purpose was — and is — to foster and promote Canada.
My club – ‘The Canadian Club of Morrisburg and District’, offers great meals prepared by the Legion Ladies – plus the camaraderie of a friendly and diverse group of over 100 members, and a carefully selected list of speakers.
We are proud to support the Royal Canadian Legion both by having our meals catered by them and by renting their hall.
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Canadian Clubs do not fundraise and are not Service Clubs. The Morrisburg club has three meetings in the fall, and three in the spring. You can enjoy the entire package for $135.00.
Visitors are an important part of the club as well. Reserving your ticket a week ahead is important.
Visitor tickets are $30 per meeting.
Our October meeting is our visitor’s night, and the visitor rate is $25.00.
This year we have 23 local corporate sponsors and we certainly appreciate their support.
Our members and visitors arrive at the Legion by 6:30 p.m. to socialize while enjoying refreshments provided by members of the executive. The Legion provide a cash bar for those wishing to have a glass of wine or a beer.
All meetings begin with our head table being piped in by local piper – Hugh Metcalfe. On September 19, a roast beef dinner will be served, and then we will hear a presentation by Mary Cook — an award winning broadcast journalist , author and storyteller from the Ottawa valley.
For the October 17 meeting, there will be a pork dinner. Former Commissioner of Conflict of Interest and Ethics — Mary Dawson will speak to us. She was named to the Order of Canada in 2007.
On November 21, Dave Cook of Mississauga who has been a newspaper reporter, radio broadcaster and municipal councilor, has authored four books including the Avro Arrow. The Avro Arrow will be his topic. Dinner will be turkey.
All meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month and tickets are sold for two draws.
The spring dates and speakers are:
March 20, 2019 – Kevin Page will talk about his 5 year tenure as Parliamentary Budget Officer during a pork dinner.
The April 17, 2019 topic will be The Frederic Remington Museum. Laura Desmond is the Education Specialist at the Museum in Ogdensburg, New York.
The final meeting will be held on May 15, 2019. Entertainment will be provided by Isabelle Delage — a native of Quebec and veteran of the West-Island based group ‘Plain Folk’. She is an active performer on the folk scene and helped found the ‘Tilted Steeple Coffee House’ in Morrisburg.
All meetings end with the singing of ‘O CANADA‘.
If you have any other questions or if you would like to reserve tickets for the entire season, or for a specific meeting ( a week in advance please), please call Clara (myself) at 613-447-8167 or Doug at 613-543-2922 and they will be happy to accommodate you.