Listen to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill speak at the White House tree lighting ceremony on Christmas Eve 1941, just 17 days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Winston Churchill was visiting Washington, D.C. upon the US declaration of war on The Empire of Japan on the 8th December and on Germany on 11th of December.
The Churchill Centre, in partnership with The Churchill Archives Centre (UK) and The Morgan Library and Museum, held two seminars in November for sixty teachers in New York City in advance of "Churchill: The Power of Words," an exhibit from the Archives Centre opening June 8, 2012 at the Morgan. Arnie Mansdorf, a twenty-five year member of The Churchill Centre and the Lead Social Studies Teacher at the High School of American Studies, hosted the first seminar at his school on the Lehman College campus. The second was held in the Morgan Library's Education Center, with support from Linden Chubin, the Morgan's Director of Education and Marie Trope-Podell, Manager of Gallery Programs.
Allen Packwood, the Director of the Churchill Archive Centre opened each seminar with an excellent PowerPoint presentation introducing Churchill's life and times using documents from the upcoming exhibit.
As I anticipated in the last Chartwell Bulletin, the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa (SWCSO) would be holding its inaugural meeting under the auspices of the British High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Dr. Andrew Pocock CMG , on November 30th. At that time, we hoped that the event would take place at Earnscliffe (the home of Canada's first Prime Minister and the Residence of British High Commissioners to Canada since 1930). I say "hoped" because there had been a fire in the Residence on October 4th and it was unsure that Earnscliffe would be ready for guests by November 30th. In the end, it was ready and the SWCSO was privileged to be the first event in the refurbished Residence.
Not surprisingly, the event was oversubscribed. That said, the High Commissioner and his wife, Mrs. Julie Poccock, threw themselves into ensuring that the event would be a huge success, in every respect. The reception was elegant, energetic and enthusiastic. The choice of canapés served (including a Churchillian favourite, oysters on the half-shell, shucked to order) and the Pol Roger champagne were appropriate and delicious. The High Commissioner's toast to the new Churchill Society was witty and heartfelt. Well-known columnist and professor Andrew Cohen gave a marvelous toast to the memory of Sir Winston. I said a few words about the goals of the Ottawa Society and, more important, had the privilege of introducing Allen Packwood, who gave a riveting address entitled "Why Bring Churchill Back to Canada". Our speaker was thanked by Don Newman, one of the most highly-respected political journalists in Canada.
Saint Andrew's Day, Wednesday 30 November A.D. 2011, 7 p.m.
The Union Club, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
OPENING PRAYER BEFORE DINNER
– The Rev. W. Scott Axford, M.Div., Pastor of the First Universalist Church in Providence, R.I.; Member of the Churchill Centre.
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before Whom all the nations stand, by Whose Grace we have been led into the sunlit uplands of enduring freedom, and through Whose Providence we have been made to know not dark days, but great days of prosperity and liberty-- days which we shall long remember:
Bless, we pray, we here in New England, who would gather to keep this Anniversary Occasion, from the Thirtieth of November, prematurely, in 1874, of a Great Contemporary, the Right Honourable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; and all of our brothers and sisters in this Country, in the Commonwealth, and in the world round, who would keep green his legacy of commitment, character, and courage;
Renew, we ask, our defiance in defeat, our resolution in war, our magnanimity in victory, and our good will in peace– especially in times when those who are half-blind may seem rather far from being half-ready;
British High Commisison, Ottawa, 02 December 2011—To mark the 137th anniversary of the former Prime Minister's birth, High Commissioner Andrew Pocock hosted the launch of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa.
Held at Earnscliffe, the evening's keynote speaker was Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge. The title of his talk was "Why Bring Churchill Back to Canada?".
Prior to the event, Mr Packwood filmed a short interview where he talked about Churchill's many Canadian connections and announced plans to bring pages of his well-known 1941 speech to a joint-session of the Canadian Parliament back to Canada for display in the near future.
Editors Note: Though the Chartwell Society of Portland is not an official affiliate of The Churchill Centre, we welcome Churchill news from all across the world. Should the group one day wish to become an affiliate they would certainly be warmly welcomed.
BY William D. Schaub, President, Chartwell Society of Portland, Oregon
Members of the Chartwell Society of Portland, Oregon assembled on November 29, 2011 at Arlington Club for their annual birthday dinner to honor the memory of Winston Churchill. Attending were 49 members and guests of the society, which was formed in 1992.
Led by Master of Ceremonies and a Chartwell founder, John B. DesCamp Jr. Esq., the evening began with a presentation by master piper Jori Lance Chisholm of Seattle Washington. Mr. Chisholm presented a medley of bagpipe tunes that would have been very familiar to Churchill including "Salute to Mr. Winston Churchill" composed by Pipe Major A. Lewis of the 10th Highland Light Infantry in 1947 and published in the Second Edcath Collection of Pipe Music. Jori is the three time United States Gold Medal piping champion, a member of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and the son of member Craig Chisholm.
The traditional dinner of roast beef, accompanied by Pol Roget champagne, select wines, Churchill Port and Hine cognac for the toasts, was presented in a room beautifully decorated for Christmas.
The tone of the evening was set by the draped flags of the United States, Great Britain and France, overlooked by the Karsh portrait of Sir Winston. The only item missing from the evening's toasts was the fragrance of Romeo y Julieta Churchills which, in this age of political correctness, have been prohibited by the City of Portland for indoor consumption.
The 28th International Churchill Conference was held in London the last week of October 2011 to glowing reviews. "A triumph!" exclaimed one participant.
The overarching theme of the two-day conference was the "Special Relationship" between the United Kingdom and the United States. Opinions of the speakers on the various panels ranged in views from "it is actually a 'special' relationship," to others arguing that while it's an "important" relationship, its not actually "special" and further afield, it was argued that its existence is a complete myth.
The evening before the conference began a dinner was held to present the "Churchillian of the Year" award. The award was presented to the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards (accepted on his behalf by his deputy) and presented by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Nearly 350 people, including His Excellency The French Ambassador Bernard Emié, who also accepted an international award on behalf of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, attended the dinner. (The French President was a bit tied up on matters of Greece and the Euro.)
The mission of The International Churchill Society is to foster leadership, statesmanship, vision, courage and boldness among democratic and freedom loving peoples worldwide, through the thoughts, words, works and deeds of Winston Spencer Churchill.