Speakers will include Lord Dobbs, best selling author and politician. There will be time for members to catch up with old friends and meet ones who share the same interest in Churchill and his contemporaries.
New members will have an opportunity to be welcomed personally by Celia Sandys and Randolph Churchill.
The price of attendance, which will cover the costs of the event, will be £25per person/ £30 for guests.
Please send your bookings and payment to Bridget Warrington at The Churchill Centre (UK), Churchill College, Cambridge, CB3 0DS or email her here.
We recommend that you book early as places are limited and judging from last year, this event will be popular.
The committee is busy planning further events in the year and will inform you of the details in the Noticeboard. We are exploring the possibility of one event in June in the Houses of Parliament followed by an autumn event in the North of England.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Society of British Columbia
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
Held at The Vancouver Club, Vancouver, B.C.
November 16, 2010
The President, Mr. Christopher Hebb, welcomed those in attendance, and called the meeting to order at 7:45 P.M.
MOVED by Mr. Richard Vogel, Q.C. that the Minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting be approved as circulated. CARRIED.
The President stated that membership in the Society stood at 118 families as of September 30, 2010. The President reported on the activities of the Society over the past year. He also stated that the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Fund at The Vancouver Foundation, which provides the funding for the scholarships awarded pursuant to the Churchill Essay Contest, had assets of approximately $48,000 as of September 30, 2010.
Highlights of the Financial Statements of the Society as of September 30, 2010 were outlined by Mr. Hebb, including that the Society’s assets had been maintained at approximately $17,000 during the last fiscal year. This was despite the Society having donated $5,500 to the Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Memorial Fund to increase the endowment for the award of the Society’s two scholarships. Mr. Hebb stated that the Society’s Treasurer, Mr. Pedro Villa, who is out of town, had done an excellent job over the past fiscal year and expressed his thanks to Mr. Villa on behalf of the Society. Mr. Hebb then offered to answer Members questions on the Financial Statements, but there were none. The President then called on the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee to report on the Committee’s activities.
Mr. Ian Marshall, the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, stated that essays had been submitted by students from both the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) and Simon Fraser University (“SFU”). Mr Marshall then presented the $1,500 First Prize scholarship cheque, the Churchill Communication Challenge Trophy, and a personalized etched glass award to Dr. V. Jungic, who accepted these awards on behalf of his son Mr. Ozren Jungic, formerly of SFU and now studying at the University of Oxford. His First Prize paper was entitled: “A Confluence of Objectives: British Policy Towards Yugoslavia During the Second World War”. Dr. Jungic delivered a message from his son to the assembled Members and guests.
Mr. Marshall also presented the $750 Second Prize scholarship cheque and a personalized etched glass award to Mr. Robert Gagliano, formerly of UBC, who also briefly addressed the meeting. His Second Prize paper was entitled: “The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)”.
A very warm welcome is extended to the following new members:
Carl Copeland, Claude David, Pat McCulloch & Duncan McGregor
A Pre-Remembrance Day Event
Tuesday, November 9th, 6.30 pm; Albany Club of Toronto
Details of the talk by Dr. Eric McGeer on, Claiming the Lion’s Share: Churchill, Alexander and the Gothic Line:
The Canadian Campaign in Italy, August-September 1944, are in the enclosed flyer. To bring down the cost we have dispensed with the meal portion, and also in response to concerns on including drinks, there will now be a cash bar.
Members attending our May 10th 2009 annual dinner will recall the famous Canadian actor and director, R.H. (Robert) Thomson speaking of his efforts to make the current generation aware of the sacrifices made by Canadians in the “Great War”. This included projecting the names of all 68,000 Canadians who died in the war onto the facade of Canada House in London, with the presence of the Her Majesty the Queen at the opening ceremony.
This year Robert has embarked on “Canada 1914 – 1918 Ypres” which brings in 150 schools across Canada, from Labrador City to Victoria . From November 4th to November 10th, during the day and evening, every 25 seconds the name of a member of the armed forces who died will be shown. Full details are on the web site www.1914-1918.ca including the procedure to ascertain when a specific person’s name will be shown.
ICS Canada, along with our sister organization the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, is proud to have been able to assist Robert and his colleague Martin Conboy, by obtaining a grant from Veteran Affairs Canada for this project.
Robert’s initiative and dedication resulted in an announcement on October 4th by the Minister of Veteran Affairs Canada, that he had been awarded a well deserved “commendation.” The Minister said: “The Commendation recipients being honoured here today are heroes-not because they wield great power and influence, but because they care enough about our Veterans to come to their aid and to make great sacrifices on their behalf.”
Annual Birthday Reception. This year’s reception, marking Sir Winston’s birthday (30th November), will take place on Wednesday 1st December at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1, beginning at 6.30 pm; the speaker will be Robert Hardy. Full details with application form are available from the Secretary; please make your bookings without delay.
Board of Trustees. The following have been appointed to the Board:
Allen Packwood (Director, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge)
Philippa Rawlinson (General Manager, Chartwell)
Bequest. Many members will remember Peggy Mouncer, a friend of the late Armido Valori: they both used regularly to attend ICS(UK) events. Peggy has recently died and has very generously left £3,000 to TCC-UK: a wonderful surprise.
Churchill Lecture Series. The next lectures at the Churchill War Rooms will be:
18th January 2011 Taylor Downing on Churchill and the Boffins
22nd March 2011 Richard Toye on Churchill & the Empire: Myth & Reality
International Churchill Conference, 2011. The dates for this major event, to take place in London – the first conference to be held in this country since 2004 – have now been fixed as follows:
Wednesday 26th, Welcome reception at Churchill War Rooms
Thursday 27th, Main conference programme/Gala dinner
Friday 28th, Conference continues/Programme ends
Saturday 29th, Optional visits to e.g. Blenheim/Chartwell
The theme of the programme is likely to be the Special Relationship (2011 being the 70th anniversary of the US entry into the Second World War).
Conference Helpers. Volunteers are required, to help with Registration at the 2011 conference; this is a key task, to ensure the smooth running of the proceedings. Please give names to the Secretary.
The English-Speaking Union: Churchill Lecture. The ESU’s annual Churchill lecture will be given by General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank at Guildhall on Tuesday 16th November at 5.30 pm for 6.15 pm. Lord Guthrie was Chief of the Defence Staff in 1997-2001 and his address will focus on the threats of aggression being currently faced. Tickets @ £45 can be obtained through Susan Conway at the ESU: 020-7529-1582.
Annual General Meeting. This is expected to revert to the traditional format by being combined with a visit to a Churchill ‘site’. The provisional date and venue are Saturday 16th April 2011 at Harrow [to be confirmed].
Management. John Hirst, who holds the combined posts of Secretary and Membership Secretary, is expected to retire at the next AGM in April 2011. Volunteers are urgently sought, to take over one or both of these roles. Please make inquiries to the Secretary, who can give details of the requirements.
The Society. Progress is being made in appointing Trustees and creating committees. Newly appointed Trustees are Paul Courtenay, Scott Johnson and Tony Woodhead. The first committees, now being created, and respective chairmen are:
Member Relations – Scott Johnson
Finance/Audit and Governance – Tony Woodhead
Education – chairman not yet appointed
Events and Fund-Raising – chairman not yet appointed
Academic/Publications/Finest Hour and Notice Board – Paul Courtenay
Please note that the provisional list of TCC-UK officers on page 2 of FH 147 has been overtaken by events; but the official address of TCC-UK remains at PO Box 1915, Andover, SP10 9EE; 01264-889627; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Secretary. Brian Singleton has retired after four years’ service: the thanks of the whole Society are due to him for his exemplary and dedicated tenure of office. This role has now been taken over by the Secretary, John Hirst, whose contact details are: Stone End House, The Old Bakery, Silver Street, Stevington, Bedford, MK43 7QN; 01234-825212; email@example.com.
Recent Events. A busy weekend in early May was successfully staged. On Friday 7th the AGM took place at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, when the Committee was dissolved, its duties being transferred to an enhanced Board of Trustees under the chairmanship of the Hon Celia Sandys; on Saturday 8th (the 65th anniversary of VE-Day) a well-attended visit to the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge took place and David Reynolds gave an absorbing talk on the events linking the early years of WSC’s premiership to the eventual triumph; on Monday 10th (the 70th anniversary of the start of WSC’s coalition premiership) a special luncheon at the Churchill War Rooms took place, at which Sir Martin Gilbert gave a riveting hour-by-hour account of the events of that momentous day in 1940 – Lady Soames and eight other members of the Churchill family attended, as well as TCC members from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Portugal.
General Election. This took place on 6th May. Congratulations to members Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest) and the Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) on their re-election; and especially to member Jack Lopresti (Filton & Bradley Stoke) on his election for the first time. Jack, a member of the TA, recently completed a five months’ tour with 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery in Afghanistan.
Conferences. The 2010 conference, which had been planned to take place in Washington DC, has had to be postponed till March 2011 and will now be held at Charleston, South Carolina; the 2011 conference will take place in London in the autumn of the same year, a little later than usual – dates to be notified as soon as they are fixed.
WSC Birthday Reception. The date for this annual event – usually at the end of November – has not yet been settled and will be sent to those members with E-mail addresses as soon as possible; those without E-mail who wish to receive early notification, i.e. before the publication of the next Notice Board three months from now, are asked to submit their names to the Secretary for this purpose.
Chartwell Bulletin. This is now published by TCC monthly on-line. It will be sent automatically to those members whose E-mail addresses are held by TCC; alternatively, it can be found by googling Chartwell Bulletin.
Battle of Britain Concert. This event, marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, will take place at Chartwell on Saturday 4th September from 6 pm till 9 pm. Tickets cost £32 and can be obtained on-line by googling Battle of Britain Concert.
Books. 2011 should see the appearance of two important new editions of WSC’s books (fuller details will be circulated nearer to publication dates):
*The River War. Published in 1899, but never issued since that date except in heavily abridged form; unless you have access to a first edition, which will now cost over £5,000, you will never have read the complete text – some 30% having been deleted from later editions. The publication of Professor Jim Muller’s wonderful new version of the original text, plus very much more, will be a significant literary milestone and mark the end of his 22 years’ labour in pursuit of the finite record.
*Great Contemporaries. The first edition in 1937 contained essays on 21 individuals; the second edition of 1938 was supplemented by a further four. Jim Muller’s new version will be further extended by five more essays by WSC on noteworthy people, making 30 chapters in all. Over 1,200 highly informative footnotes will overcome the modern reader’s unfamiliarity with personalities, contemporary events, literary allusions etc.
Subscriptions. Despite appeals to members to ensure that their subscriptions paid by standing order must be updated to cater for the increase notified 16 months ago, many have paid no attention; this can only lead to one outcome – cancellation of membership. Please make this the last occasion when this regular reminder is necessary.
On April 7th, approximately 100 Churchill Centre South Texas and Winston Churchill High School friends attended a special celebration to dedicate the “Sir Winston S. Churchill – Memorial Wall” on the campus of the school in San Antonio.
Marcus Frost from Mexia, Texas and a member of the Board of Directors, attended the ceremony representing The Churchill Centre & Museum.
Jonathan Sandys, Sir Winston’s Great Grandson, was also in attendance as he thanked everyone for “this wonderful tribute to his Great Grandfather!” His grandfather Lord Duncan-Sandys, married Churchill’s first child, Diana, in 1935. Jonathan’s father, Julian Sandys QC, was a barrister in London.
As part of the ceremony, financial scholarships were awarded to two Churchill High School students.
The “Memorial Wall” is comprised of over 40 pieces of art, photographs and original Winston Churchill memorabilia (donated from the private collection of Don Jakeway) highlighting the 90 year life of Sir Winston from his birth November 30, 1874 to his death January 24, 1965. “We are very proud of the completed project, and the two scholarships that were awarded tonight,” said Churchill Centre South Texas, President, Don Jakeway. Don also reminded everyone that on April 9, 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed Winston Churchill an “Honorary Citizen” of the United States of America. “The project has taken a year and a half to complete and I want to thank everyone from around the country who donated their time and money to make this a reality,” Jakeway said.
Presentations were made to two world history classes at Groves High School in the Birmingham, Michigan School District in March 2010 by Dick Marsh and Bob Pettengill. This opportunity resulted from letters sent earlier in the school year to 21 high schools. That letter offered the services of the Michigan Churchill Society to assist in presenting Winston Churchill in the classroom. In consultation with the teacher, Mr. Geoff Wickersham, the material focused on the causes of World War II, appeasement and Winston Churchill’s “wilderness years” warnings. We also discussed the “Great Man” theory of history and closed with discussion and excerpts from his “Iron Curtain” speech. In these classroom presentations we “let Winston have the last word”. We play the recorded excerpt from his first speech to parliament as Prime Minster, his “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat” speech. This is timed to end just as the bell rings for the students to move on to their next class – inspired, we hope, by our hero.
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