Monday, December 15, 2008

40th Anniversary Celebrations: December 4, 2008!

Such a wonderful turnout of members and guests at tonight's celebrations!

We were pleased to have Archie Miller and his wife Dale join us at the head table tonight and looked forward to Archie's presentation in the Theatre. Among our invited guests, Muriel introduced two Salvation Army soldiers, Jennifer MacPherson and Tom Wiebe, Councillor Betty McIntosh and her husband Ken, Chief Constable Lorne Zapitochny, and we were later joined by Richard Stewart, newly-elected Mayor of Coquitlam.

Please visit the 40th Anniversary photographs in Links on the right side of this page.

Tonight's cuisine was a lovely menu of garden salad followed by a turkey dinner, complete with cream potatoes (and gravy!), stuffing, broccoli, and cauliflower. We concluded with a serving of birthday cake, tea or coffee. A grand way to start the evening!

We then adjourned to the Theatre to listen to Archie's presentation, which was delightful. His knowledge and research not only of the December 1968 formation of The Canadian Club of New Westminster and the Fraser Valley but also of happenings at that time in Canada and around the world was enthralling, as he weaved a chronology of historical mention and kept returning to how the 40 years of the Club was preserved during momentous and memorable events. This was truly an exceptional presentation and Archie excelled in delighting his audience with trivia and humour. Thank you Archie and Dale your wife, who also helped with your research and presentation - a job well done!

Please mark your calendars for our next dinner on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, when the guest speaker will be Richard Mulcaster, Director of External Relations and Development at the Justice Institute of B.C. No doubt another enjoyable evening lies in store for us!

Meanwhile, we wish you a very Blessed Christmastide and all good wishes for 2009.