Announcements, Events and Reports of Churchillian Activities
The Order Paper is the daily publication listing the business of the House of Commons for that day’s sitting. The Chartwell Bulletin Order Paper provides a list of upcoming meetings from local chapters of the Churchill Centre as well as reports from recent events. It also shares information on activities that may be of interest to Churchillians.
Canada: The International Churchill Society of Canada has published its autumn newsletter. To view, please CLICK HERE.
Charleston, IL: Bradley P. Tolppanen, History Librarian at Eastern Illinois University, has published a detailed account of Churchill in North America, 1929: A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States. On the trip Churchill visited such landmarks as the Grand Canyon, Lake Louise, Niagara Falls and Yosemite, and met leading figures from politics, business, and entertainment, including William Randolph Hearst, Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King, President Herbert Hoover, and Charlie Chaplin. To learn more about the book, please CLICK HERE. Additionally, Tolppanen has started a new Churchill blog: http://winstonchurchillblog.wordpress.com/
London: Winston Churchill’s old dispatch box has been sold for £158,500—over 25 times more than it was expected to fetch — at a Sotheby’s auction in London that celebrated the life of Lady Mary Soames, the last surviving child of Churchill. She died last May at the age of 91. Other lots included an Asprey humidor for storing cigars, sold for £21,250, and a photograph of former US president Franklin D Roosevelt signed for Soames, which fetched £32,500. Soames’ daughter Emma said: “As a family, our overriding desire in organising our mother’s affairs is to honour her wishes and celebrate her memory. This has been the guiding principle behind all of the arrangements now being made. She had an extraordinary life, and we now hope that a wider group of people will see and enjoy her remarkable things when they go on view at Sotheby’s. Meanwhile, those that mean most to us as her family are not being sold.”
Portland: Members of the Chartwell Society of Oregon assembled on the evening of November 20, 2014 at the Arlington Club in Portland for their twenty-second annual birthday dinner to honor the memory and works of Sir Winston Churchill. The evening began with Pol Roger champagne and a Highland Sword dance accompanied by piper who then piped the members to dinner. For a full report, please click on link: 2014_Chartwell_Society_report_Churchill_Centre_12.2.14.doc
San Francisco: The Churchillians-by-the-Bay will gather at the Presidio Golf Club on Saturday, 17 January for lunch and to listen to a talk by David Freeman, Editor of both Finest Hour and the Chartwell Bulletin. Freeman will survey the past, present and future of The Churchill Centre in this the fiftieth anniversary year of the death of Sir Winston Churchill and the seventieth anniversary year of the end of the Second World War. The Churchill Centre’s theme for 2015 is “Passing From Memory to History.”
Toronto: The annual dinner of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy was held on 24 November 2014 with over 400 attendees. Churchill Centre member John G. Plumpton delivered a tribute to our late Patron Mary Soames. To read, please click on link: MS_Tribute_CSAPD.pdf
Vancouver: The Churchill Society of British Columbia will be meeting at the Vancouver Club on the evening of Tuesday, January 20th. Long-time member Ian Marshall will be speaking on “The Scapa Flow Story.” In September of 2013 Ian and his wife Elizabeth rented a cottage for a week in Scotland’s Orkney Islands on the shores of the famous British anchorage Scapa Flow. Scapa Flow was the base for the British Fleet during the First and Second World Wars, but its role in history started much earlier than that. His talk and Power Point presentation will reveal the highlights of a story that covers almost a thousand years from the days of the Vikings until the present. For details and to register, please visit www.winstonchurchillbc.org.
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