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International Churchill Society Canada News and Views, Spring, 2011, No 29

Dear Fellow Canadian Churchillians:

New Members
A very warm welcome is extended to the following new members:
Dr Charles Siegel and Mr Richard Betteridge.

Next Event – “An Evening With Sir Winston”

Albany Club of Toronto; Wednesday February 23rd, 6.30 pm, (sandwiches, snacks, coffee (not dinner); cost $45 p.p. (includes a drink ticket). Please send your cheque to Barrie Montague, 570 Letitia Court, Burlington, Ontario, L7N 2Y8.

In the last issue of this Newsletter we included information on the “First Summit” in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, which produced the “Atlantic Charter.”

With August 8th 2011 being the 70th anniversary of this historic meeting we are delighted to welcome Professor Peter Russell to address us on this major event. Peter is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Rhodes Scholar, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he taught political science from 1958 until his retirement in 1996. He is also a past chair of our sister society, the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy.

Peter is also a prolific author and he will have available for purchase, at a very modest charge of $10, a booklet he has prepared in conjunction with The Atlantic Charter Foundation, entitled “The First Summit and the Atlantic Charter.” Proceeds to the Foundation.

We will also show a film from Sir Martin Gilbert, entitled “To Conquer or Die”, which commences with Churchill taking over as Prime Minister, and his efforts to bring the United States into the war. It includes the Atlantic Charter meeting, and also excellent coverage of his visit to Ottawa in December 1941, with part of his “Some Chicken, Some Neck” speech, in our House of Commons.
The Evening also includes our AGM, which will be kept very short.

Non Members most welcome.

Annual Dinner – Thursday May 12th

We are delighted to advise that the Speaker this year will be Sir Winston’s great grandson, Randolph Churchill. Besides including personal stories about the “Man of the 20th Century” he will talk of Sir Winston’s adventures in the Sudan, as recounted in the best seller of 1899, “The River War.”

As is evident Mr Churchill bears the same first name as his grandfather, Sir Winston’s son, and his great great grandfather, Lord Randolph, Sir Winston’s father.

Details are in the flyer enclosed. The last two years have seen “a full house” , and as this year’s will undoubtedly have a “sold out” sign shortly, we encourage early booking.

Montreal Dinner – May 13th

The new Chapter in Montreal will also have Mr Churchill as the Speaker at their inaugural dinner. Planning is underway and Montreal area members will receive a flyer, within a month, from Bruce Kippen, with details. Bruce’s-mail is: [email protected] Tel. 514 933 3575.

Montreal members – we hope you will give this special event your full support, and try and bring someone with you.

27th International Churchill Centre Conference – March 24-26, 2011.

A brochure has been mailed to members. Also details can be found on the Churchill Centre web site here. The web site also contains much information of interest to Churchillians.
This conference was deferred from the usual autumn date in view of the U.S. Mid-Term elections. Thus the 28th Conference will be in the autumn as usual – October 26-28 in London England. Details to be announced.

As you will see if you enter the Churchill Centre web site – the 29th Conference will be in Toronto, at the Royal York Hotel, October 11-14, 2012.

Chartwell Bulletin

Is now produced monthly and is downloaded to our web site.

From The Bookshelf – The River War: by Winston S. Churchill

With Mr Churchill to include comments on this book in his address on 12 May, here is an extract, dealing with the preparations before the Battle of Omdurman.

“The Bugles all over the camp by the river began to sound at half-past four. The cavalry trumpets and the drums and fifes of the British division joined the chorus, and everyone awoke amid the confusion of merry or defiant notes. Then it grew gradually lighter, and the cavalry mounted their horses, the infantry stood to their arms, and the gunners went to their batteries; while the sun, rising over the Nile, revealed the wide plain, the dark rocky hills, and the waiting army. It was as if all the preliminaries were settled, the ground cleared, and nothing remained but the final act and the ‘rigour of the game.’ “
Comments, suggestions, articles would be appreciated. Please write or e-mail to Terry Reardon, 182 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Toronto, Ontario, M9A 1H6. Tel. 416 231 6803. E-mail: [email protected]

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