Presidents’ Message

September 19,  2017

Hello to members and friends of the Laurentian Club of Canada. I hope that you all had a great summer.

The executive have put together what we think is another great programme for this season. You will find the schedule attached, as well as the contact information for the board.  Should you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact any one of us.

You are probably all anxious to hear the results of our summer survey concerning the meeting day. Forty people responded to the survey, a little over 50% of members. Eleven members were indifferent, either Monday or Tuesday was good. Two members voted for Monday, and the remainder preferred Tuesday. The Church Hall is not available on Tuesdays, but the trustees generously offered the main church for our meetings. We will meet on Mondays for 2017, but starting in 2018, LCC will return to the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Again, we will continue with the Laurentian Club Movie night. Please join us the second Tuesday of the month, at Cinema Pine in Ste. Adele. Many meet at Restaurant Spago, situated across the street from Cinema Pine which offers a special table d’hôte for two, with a pair of movie tickets for $ 49.

Furthermore, please remember to bring your own mug for your tea or coffee. As several participants do not stay for refreshments, we are asking that those who do take a drink or snack leave a small donation. We are hoping that this will allow us to keep the membership cost at $ 25 for another year.

Last but not least, please remember the value that LCC brings to the English Community in the Laurentians. We are not only a social club, but a significant English presence here.  Become a member, and encourage friends and neighbours to join.

Enjoy the fall season!

Brenda Burridge and Ann Stafford                                                                                                

Co-Presidents, Laurentian Club of Canada

 

Past Messages:

September 12, 2016

Hello and welcome to the new season of the Laurentian Club of Canada (LCC).

We trust that everyone had a great summer and was able to enjoy the warm weather and blue skies that we experienced here in the Laurentian Mountains.

We have lined up what we think is a very interesting list of speakers for the fall program.

Now is a good time to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Joe Graham and Sheila Eskenazi for their amazing dedication and work with the Laurentian Club since the very beginning. We know that they will continue as members and will always be there for us for advice when needed. Thank you Sheila and Joe.

We wish to introduce a few new initiatives to the club this year. First, in recognition of our need to respect the environment, we are asking members to bring their own mug for their tea or coffee. If you forget, we will continue to offer throw away cups. Also, we will be recycling our name tags. As you leave, please drop them in the baskets.

This year we are introducing the Laurentian Club Movie night. Please join us, the second Tuesday of the month, at Cinema Pine in Ste. Adele. The movie and time will be posted on our web page as soon as it is available. Come with friends, or come on your own knowing that there will be familiar faces and friends to join you.

We will also be continuing our relationship with Amal’Gamme. The internationally acclaimed Zodiac Trio chamber ensemble (www.zodiactrio.com) will perform ih Prévost on Nov.5, 2016. Price $30.

We want to know what you think, and what you would like from the LCC. A very important piece of feedback is regarding publicity. Where did you initially hear about the LCC (no matter when you joined, if you would answer this question once, it could give us valuable information)? Where did you hear about this meeting? Do you have any suggestions for where we could publicize this event?

We feel that our club is important as it not only provides a social club for the English community, but also due to our size, provides a meaningful presence for the English community here in the Laurentians.

Please become a member, come to meetings, bring friends and neighbours, and do whatever you can to raise the profile of The Laurentian Club of Canada.

On the other side of this letter, you will find the schedule of events for the fall season, and the list of board members for 2016-2017, with their contact information. Should you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact any one of us.

Enjoy the fall season!

Brenda Burridge and Ann Stafford
Co- Presidents, The Laurentian Club of Canada

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January 2016

Dear Members and Friends of the Laurentian Club,

On behalf of the Board of the Club, we would like to wish you a most happy and healthy 2016 and hope that you will be joining us on the fourth Monday of every month, from now until April, to enjoy the series of speakers that we have scheduled for you.

As usual, meetings will begin at 1:30 in the Hall at Holy Trinity Church, 12 rue Préfontaine Ouest, in Sainte Agathe.

The second half of our season starts on January 25th, when author Tim Weed will introduce us to life in early Colonial New England through a discussion of his new novel, Will Poole’s Island. On February 22nd Katie Ritchie will give us an insider’s view as she discusses her work as a 911 Operator and Police Dispatcher with the Montréal Police Service. Since our normal meeting date for March coincides with Easter weekend, we will be holding our March meeting one week early on March 21st, when we will welcome the renowned writer, and Laurentians resident, Paul William Roberts, who will discuss his work on “Redating Ancient History”. Our final talk of the year will be held on April 25th when artist Louise Bloom will speak to us about the creative process, and the influence of Lewis Carroll’s Alice as an inspiration for her work. We are sure that each of these speakers will prove to be most interesting, and a more detailed description for each meeting can be found on our website at http://www.laurentianclub.ca .

Our Annual General Meeting and Luncheon will be held on May 16th, which has been scheduled one week earlier than usual to avoid conflict with the May holiday weekend. We will be returning to the Auberge du Vieux Foyer in Val David, and tickets will be available starting at the March meeting at a cost of $25 for members and $35 for non-members and guests. Please plan to attend…and be sure to bring some friends too!!

Our annual partnership event at Amal’Gamme will be held on Saturday, June 11th this year, when the Raoul Cyr Ensemble will present a program on the history of Jazz, entitled “Feast your Eyes & Ears”. Discounted tickets are available for $21 at our meetings, and further information is available at http://www.diffusionsamalgamme.com/en/programming/.

As you know, The Laurentian Club is constantly in search of new members, so please see if you can convince a neighbor or friend to join with you at one of our meetings…they may be very happy that you did!

Finally, the Board of the Club is in need of volunteers to get involved with the running of the club, in order to continue and enhance its viability for many years to come…so please consider getting involved, and really making it your club, by sharing your interest in helping out with any of the current Board members!

Here’s to a Great 2016!

Susan & Dave Merrett , Co-Presidents

 

September 2015

Dear Members and Friends of the Laurentian Club,

We hope that you have enjoyed the summer months, and are now getting ready for all of the hallmarks of autumn in the Laurentians: Comfortable days and crisp evenings, beautiful fall colours, formations of geese heading south, stacking firewood, and…. attending the opening meeting of the Laurentian Club on Monday, September 28th !

This year we will really be starting off with a bang, as we will welcome award-winning author Stevie Cameron, who will discuss how her culinary passion brought her from Cordon Bleu to Blue Trust, one of her three books on the Brian Mulroney years. Cameron is among Canada’s best known investigative journalists, has hosted CBC’s Fifth Estate and authored several other best-selling books, so make sure not to miss this event! Also, if you know someone that has been away from the Club for a while, or someone who may have considered joining us but never quite made the step, please encourage them to come along with you in September to give us a “test drive.”

The rest of the season will also provide you with interesting and engaging speakers. Long-time advisor Peter McLeod will address the always topical issues of financial planning on October 26th , and then on November 23rd  Linda Frees will speak to us about the nutritional advantages and simplicity of growing sprouts right in our homes. You can read more details about all of our upcoming speakers and their topics on our website.

We will send you the details of the winter/spring meetings in January, and we can assure you that everyone who accepted our invitation will be worth listening to, with a sneak preview that it will include author Paul William Roberts, who was featured in a front-page article in the Montreal Gazette on Saturday, August 29th!

We have once again renewed our partnership with Diffusions Amal’Gamme, and this year our  highlighted event, with reduced-price tickets, will be available for the season-ending concert entitled  Plein la vue, plein les oreilles by the Raoul Cyr Jazz Ensemble on Saturday, June 11, 2016. All tickets purchased through the Club qualify for the discount. We hope that many of you will again be able to attend, and remember that you can bring friends as well at our special price! Tickets will be available at our meetings later in the season, and for any information regarding the event, please contact Susan or Dave Merrett at TheLaurentianClub@gmail.com. Additional information on the complete Amal’Gamme program is available, in English, on their website at DiffusionsAmalgamme.com.

Remember that if you are renewing your membership or if you are joining for the first time, please try to arrive early at the September meeting to help avoid a bottleneck at the door and delays in starting. Annual membership is $25 per person, and there is an admission fee of $10 for non-members.

We also ask you to try and encourage a friend or neighbour to join us this year, as the on-going health of the Club relies upon adding new members every year. If you have any questions regarding membership, or the Club in general, you can ask any of the Board Members, who will be pleased to help you.

As a reminder, the club meets on the 4th Monday of every month, from September until May (except December). Meetings begin at 1:30 in the Hall at Trinity Church, 12 rue Préfontaine Ouest, in Sainte Agathe. Exceptionally this year, because Easter and Victoria Day both fall on the 4th Monday of their respective months, the meetings in March and May will be held on the 3rd  Monday….i.e. March 21st instead of March 28th, and May 16th instead of May 23rd. Please note these changes in your calendar.

We’re looking forward to another interesting and successful year for the Laurentian Club, our 21st, and hope to see you all starting with at our first meeting on September 28th !

Sincerely,

Susan & Dave Merrett, Co-Presidents

The Laurentian Club of Canada

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