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Our new lineup of Speakers

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We’ve got an interesting mix of speakers for the club’s 2019-2020 season. We start our Speakers Program with September’s Sylvia Bashevkin. Read more about her and the other speakers here.

NOTE: we have a new start date only for this year; it is September 23 at 7 pm. 

RECAP May speaker

The speaker at our annual dinner, Jim Hayhurst, kept the audience spellbound with his story of how he climbed Mount Everest in 1988, although he had never before mountaineered. At 47 Jim was the oldest member of his team, which included his son.

His harrowing climb up the mountain included a near miss with an avalanche, his son in danger of going over a cliff, and Jim’s suffering from the ill effects of high altitude. Because of the latter he had to stop short of Everest’s peak. Nonetheless he had proved he could do “the extreme.”

The life lessons he learned led him to found a disadvantaged youth-help organization – Trails Youth Initiatives which has improved the lives of hundreds. He also wrote a book, The Right Mountain, about his experience.

with thanks to the club archivist

Recap April Speaker

Our April speaker was Metis artist Diane Montreuil, who is a many talented woman. As well as painting, she also does leather, drums and spiritual dolls; in addition to that, she is a French Indigenous Docent at the ROM museum and runs a home improvement company. 

It  wasn’t until she was an adult that she learned about Metis heritage and traditions.  She explained the importance of grandmothers in her culture and the value of having “gratitude for the gift of life.” That gratitude is why she uses vivid colours in her paintings, which are exhibited in 225 locations across Canada and the U.S.

With thanks to the club archivist.

Reminder

At the annual May dinner our speaker, Jim Hayhurst , will be selling his book “The Right Mountain – Lessons From Everest On the Real Meaning of Success” for $30 cash or cheque.

 

Recap – May Speaker and Annual Dinner

Grace Morgan Annual Dinner

Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club   141 Wilson Ave (at Avenue Rd.)
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018   Time: 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Peter Kaellgren  Curator Emeritus at the Royal Ontario Museum
TOPIC:   Ontario’s Native Orchids 

 

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Dr. Peter Kaellgren

Our May speaker was Dr. Peter Kaellgren, who has become an expert on orchids since his retirement from the Royal Ontario Museum in 2009. His travels in search of orchids have taken him all over Ontario, where most of Canada’s 77 native orchids are located.

Peter illustrated his talk with a slide show and explained how some of them came by their names. There are laws against poaching orchids, and he warned us that there is a fine up to a $25,000 and possible jail time for breaking that law.

With thanks to the club Archivist.

Peter Kaellgren served as a curator in the European Department at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, from 1972 until the end of 2009.   He worked on ceramics, glass, furniture, design graphics, metalwork, and particularly silver.   Dr. Kaellgren received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1987.  He has lectured widely and taught courses on the history of European ceramics and glass for the University of Toronto.   His articles have appeared in scholarly journals and popular publications.   He is a member of the American Ceramic Circle, the Glass Circle, the National American Glass Club, the Silver Society (England) and a founding member of the Silver Society of Canada.   Upon his retirement in 2009, he was granted Curator Emeritus by the Royal Ontario Museum.

Read more here. https://www.rom.on.ca/en/collections-research/rom-staff/peter-kaellgren and https://soos.ca/wordpress/

 

Grace Morgan Annual Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place: Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, 141 Wilson Ave (at Avenue Rd.)

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Speaker: To be announced

Buy your tickets ($60 each) at the April General Meeting or by mail. Check the March or April newsletter for further instructions. Deadline for ordering tickets is May 15, 2018.