By Terry Reardon
TORONTO, February 23, 2011 – Thirty-five members and guests of ICS Canada attended the AGM of the Society, which was included in an “Evening with Sir Winston,” at the historic Albany Club. During the business part of the event, Chairman Randy Barber welcomed a new Director, Geoffrey Pollock, and recounted the actions of the Board during the past year. These included making an application to Veterans Affairs Canada for a grant to assist R.H. Thomson in a Project of Remembrance, honouring the 68,000 Canadian servicemen and women who died in WW1. The names of the deceased were projected onto a building in the City of Ypres in Belgium and concurrently to 150 schools across Canada. The speaker for the evening was Professor Peter Russell who spoke on the “First Summit,” in August 1941, off the coast of Newfoundland. Peter explained that at the time Churchill thought the meeting a failure, as President Roosevelt would not commit to the United States entering the War. However it did take that a step further, and it resulted in the Atlantic Charter, which was the forerunner of the United Nations Charter.
A film was also shown being the second part of Sir Martin Gilbert’s “The Complete Churchill,” and this included the Placentia Bay meeting and the moving Church Service on the HMS Prince of Wales. As FDR’s son, Elliot Roosevelt, said in the film, “It was one of the Great Moments of History.”