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Bulletin #48 - Jun 2012

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The Churchill Centre honors a distinguished American and holds most successful fundraising event in its history.

2012-Malek-DinnerFred Malek is presented with the award by last year's recipient J.W. Marriott.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2012—The Churchill Centre presented its 2012 Leadership Award to distinguished American civic and business leader Fred Malek at a gala dinner and award ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2012. Mr. Malek, who was recognized for his forty years of service as an advisor to four United States Presidents and his leadership in private industry received the award from J. W. Marriott, Jr., a previous recipient, a Churchill Centre Trustee and Chairman of Marriott International, Inc.

Over 400 Churchillians from across the United States as well as leaders from the public, private and institutional sectors in Washington attended the dinner, the largest and most successful in TCC history. Proceeds supported the Centre's educational activities and the new National Churchill Library and Centre to be created on the campus of the George Washington University.

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Co-Chairs for the evening were TCC Chairman Laurence S. Geller CBE, Jane Harman, longtime member of Congress and President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and Catherine B. Reynolds, Chair of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation. The host committee included Sens. Trent Lott, Tom Daschle, William Cohen and Norm Coleman, Cong. John Dingell, Gens. Brent Scowcroft, Jim Jones and David Petraeus and Secys. Frank Carlucci and Elaine Chao. Noted journalist Chris Matthews served as Master of Ceremonies.

Dinner speakers included Gen. David Petraeus, Randolph Churchill, Katty Kay, BBC Washington bureau chief, and Dr. Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University. Other distinguished attendees included Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Philip Barton, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United Kingdom, Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Edwina Sandys and Paul Tetraeult, President of the Ford's Theater Society. Also enjoying the evening were Cong. Mac Thornberry, Sen. Roy Blunt, GWU Provost Steven Lerman and President Emeritus Steven Trachtenberg.

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Successes in Rhetoric: Language in the Life of Winston Churchill 

A long-anticipated new exhibit "Churchill: The Power of Words" opened at New York's famed Morgan Library June 8, 2012. Curated by Churchill Archives Centre Director Allen Packwood, the exhibit includes a wide range of rarely-seen drafts, speaking notes and correspondence as well as recordings from some of Churchill's most compelling speeches and broadcasts. Highlight of the show is Churchill's original certificate of American citizenship signed by Pres. John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The exhibition opened to wide acclaim, including this review by the New York Times:

THE NEW YORK TIMES, 8 June 2012—EXHIBITION REVIEW. The orotund proclamations will be unavoidable at the new exhibition "Churchill: The Power of Words," at the Morgan Library & Museum, because at the center of the gallery is a semi-enclosed theater. And from it, however muted, will emerge recordings of Winston Churchill's voice, speaking to Parliament, to British radio listeners and to American audiences, breaking on the ear like waves, rising and falling with every breath, sometimes suspended unexpectedly in midair, other times rushing forward with renewed vigor.
Cable to Churchill after D-Day. ©Churchill Archives Centre.
If you enter that small theater to hear excerpts from eight of his landmark speeches more clearly, you will also see the words on screen, laid out in poetic scansion ("The whole fury and might of the enemy/must very soon be turned on us"), just as Churchill wrote them, to match the rhythms of his voice.

But ignore the sound, if you can, and leave it for last. For it is best first to be reminded just how important those speeches by a British prime minister really were, and what difference they made.

This isn't a history exhibition, so you won't be able to take their full measure; you won't fully grasp how washed up Churchill's political career was in the mid-1930s; how few in England were prepared to recognize what was taking place in Germany; how few were also prepared to think the unthinkable about war, scarcely 20 years after the continent was so stained in blood; and how visionary Churchill was, in knowing what would happen and in understanding what price would be paid.

So you won't really be able to understand that there was a period — between Germany's beginning to bomb England in 1940 (killing more than 40,000) and the United States' entrance to the war at the end of 1941 — when England might well have fallen or made generous accommodation to German demands, had Churchill not been a master of words and ideas, rallying his "great island nation" as prime minister with promises of blood, toil, tears and sweat.

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Churchill Centre Executive Director reveals renderings for new Churchill Library and Center.

By Lee Pollock, Phil and Sue Larson


Chicagoland-June-2012From left: Jill Pollock; Lee Pollock, TCC Executive Director; Phil and Sue Larson, Co-Presidents, Churchill Centre Chicagoland; Dan Myers, TCC COOChicago area Churchillians gathered for brunch at the Mon Ami Gabi restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois in early June to hear Churchill Centre (TCC) Executive Director Lee Pollock provide an exclusive preview of plans for the new National Churchill Library and Center to be created on the campus of George Washington University in the heart of Washington, D.C. The group of some fifty local members and supporters, including TCC Chicagoland Co-Presidents Phil and Sue Larson, were given the opportunity to review preliminary architectural renderings and site plans for the new Library and Center as well as discuss the various components of the project which include an endowed professorship in GW's history department, a comprehensive collection of books and other material by and about Churchill, an endowed Curator/Director position and an exhibit gallery employing state-of-the art digital technology to present Churchill's story to a wide range of visitors. A recently completed video on the new facility, including interviews with TCC Board Chair, Laurence Geller CBE, Randolph Churchill, and GW President Dr. Steven Knapp, was also presented.

In addition to local members, the guests included five Rickover Military Academy cadets along with Rickover Superintendent Michael Biela and Social Studies teacher Leanne Dumais. The Rickover attendees included the recent winner of the Churchill speaking competition held at Chicago's Rickover Naval Academy high school and the 2011 Churchill Essay winner. Longtime member Joe Troiani generously hosted 16 guests for the event. 

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Randolph Churchill on hand to present Calgary Herald Shield Trophy.

By Bill Brooks

THE CALGARY HERALD, 1 June 2012—The 46th Annual Memorial Banquet of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Calgary featured none other than Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of the legendary Sir Winston, as the keynote speaker.

Randolph Churchill with Vera Swanson.The Calgary society was established to remember one of history's greatest people, but also to promote high school students' "facility in the use of the spoken and written word emphasizing oratorical and communication skills as exemplified by the debates, speeches and writings of Sir Winston Spencer Churchill and in so doing commemorate his leadership and achievement."

The society sponsors high school debates with the winners attending the annual black-tie banquet. This year's winners of the debate in the senior-high beginner category and the winner of the Calgary Herald Shield Trophy were Paul Hong and Conrad Lowe from William Aberhart High School. Senior-high advanced category winners and winners of the Calgary Herald trophy were Vasanth Ranganathan and Shahriar Shams-Ansari from, aptly enough, Sir Winston Churchill High School. Winner of the top speaker award and the prestigious Bredin Cup was Ranganathan, for the second year in a row.

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The Churchill War Rooms are to be featured in latest series of "Museum Secrets," airing on UKTV this month.

Phil-Reed-Churchill-War-RoomsMuseum Director Phil Reed on a tour of the Churchill War Rooms.
The Yesterday Channel on UKTV in England will be airing Museum Secrets Season 2 for the first time this summer.

Starting on June 22, 2012, Yesterday will broadcast Museum Secrets on Fridays at 9 PM for eight weeks.

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of Britain at war, from World War One to the present, through a collection of 10 million items – from guns to planes to medals to cyanide pills – at five locations in England visited by over 2 million people every year.

Find out more on the series and watch a video clip here.

In Episode Two, we descend into Churchill's top-secret underground bunker to discover why he was an irreplaceable leader. We find out how a London housewife became a spy who withstood horrific Nazi torture to protect a vital secret, then we take cover in a World War One trench as we reveal the story of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose discovery turned the tide of the war. We meet an aging cold warrior who exposes dark truths about atomic weapons hidden from the British people for 50 years, then fly above Iraq with British top guns to discover how to stay frosty when enemy missiles lock on. And finally we follow a team of military researchers as they close in on the holy grail of camouflage: how to make a soldier invisible.

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New entrance to be unveiled at The Churchill War Rooms.

Entrance to the Churchill War Rooms under HM's Treasury Building.
CULTURE 24, 25 May 2012—The entrance to the Churchill War Rooms has for years mirrored its wartime role as a discreet, secret underground location where Winston Churchill and his cabinet conducted the business of war safe from the London Blitz and the terror of Hitler's flying V bombs.

Now a new bold edifice designed by London-based architects Clash Associates is about to be unveiled that the Imperial War Museum hopes will act as a "beacon, highlighting the museum's unique role in the nation's history."

The new entrance, made of burnished bronze and Portland stone, promises to complement the listed Whitehall buildings that surround it whilst referencing the bulldog spirit of Churchill, the military hardware of World War Two and the bronze sculptures of Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.

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The 48th Annual Memorial Banquet of the The Rt. Hon. Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Society of Edmonton.


At 19:30 sharp, on Monday, 7 May 2012, a trumpet fanfare was followed by the bagpipes leading the President, Roger Hodkinson and Mr. Randolph Churchill between a guard of honour comprised of Royal Canadian Air Cadets, 570 Sir Winston Churchill Squadron under the command of Captain David Goldingay up to the head table. This ceremonial entrance signalled the beginning of the Right Honourable Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Society of Edmonton's 48th Annual Memorial Banquet.

2012-EdmontonOn the terrace of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Catherine and Randolph Churchill discuss the letters Sir Winston Churchill wrote to his wife while staying at the Macdonald Hotel in 1929 with John Warnke, a Churchill Society member.The sold-out dinner of over 200 filled the Empire Ballroom to capacity. The glistening medals and honours on formal attire and military uniform matched the elegantly refurbished ballroom dating from 1915. The first Churchill Society in the world was back home where it had begun in 1965. The "homecoming" was akin to the prodigal son's return after having abandoned the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for close to thirty years.

Earlier in the day the Board of Directors of the Society had welcomed Randolph and Catherine Churchill on the Terrace of the Hotel Macdonald by recalling letters Sir Winston Churchill had written to his wife Clementine during his visit to Edmonton and his stay at the Hotel Macdonald in 1929. His words were most complimentary to the City and to Canada in general.

After this brief revisit of the long history Edmonton has had with Sir Winston Churchill, the Board walked over to Churchill Square, the focal point of downtown life in Edmonton with the City Hall, Law Courts, Alberta Art Gallery, Winspear Centre where the Edmonton symphony orchestra holds concerts, Citadel Theatre, Stanley A. Milner Library, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and legal offices all surrounding this central meeting place. Amongst this bustling focus of city life, stands the statute of Sir Winston Churchill, sculpted by Oscar Neman and unveiled in 1989 and rededicated in 2004 on both occasions by the patron the Edmonton Churchill Society, Lady Mary Soames. In brilliant sunshine and before this grand statue which rivals a similar statue located outside the British Parliament Buildings, City of Edmonton Deputy Mayor, Jane Batty, officially proclaimed Monday, 7 May to be Sir Winston Churchill Day in Edmonton in honour of Sir Winston himself and the visit to the city by his great grandson, Randolph Churchill. Randolph and Catherine Churchill received the beautifully framed proclamation as a gift from the City of Edmonton.

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Join us at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans - July 14, 2012.

The ship of Churchill's last voyage, brimming with royals, will take to London's waterway for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

"Havengore" on the Thames.
THE AUSTRALIAN, 3 June 2012—Retired Sydney businessman Owen Palmer is among a select gathering on the prestigious 26-metre Havengore, along with Prince Andrew and his daughters princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, London Mayor Boris Johnson and former British prime minister John Major.

Best known as the craft which carried the coffin of Winston Churchill along the Thames for his 1965 state funeral, the twin-engined ex-survey ship was also used in the Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee river pageant.

"After being watched by 350 million people worldwide for Winston Churchill's funeral, which was such a big event for the time, this (pageant) will be equally the biggest single public event (for the Havengore)," Mr Palmer said.

Built in 1956 and following a high-profile role, the ship was left to rot until Mr Palmer bought it in 1994.

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