The changing face of 21st century Canada has claimed another historic institution
The changing face of 21st century Canada has claimed another historic institution.
Ottawa November 1st 2007, After a 98-year existence, the Association of Canadian Clubs, at their annual meeting in May in Winnipeg, gently succumbed to dwindling resources, an aging demographic, and the shifting of people’s priorities. Thirty-four delegates from six Provinces decided to close the umbrella organization of all Canadian Clubs by the end of 2007.
Many individual Canadian Clubs, especially those in larger communities, still thrive on their own by bringing in prominent speakers to interpret our unique Canadian perspective on business, politics, and the world around us. As such, they are continuing a tradition that began with the first Canadian Club meeting in Hamilton, Ontario in 1893.
The Association, proclaimed by an Act of Parliament in June, 1939, actually began in 1909 in Montreal. At its peak, it represented up to 100 clubs worldwide, and boasted a total membership of more than 50,000 Canadians. From its national office in Ottawa, the Association championed a feeling of national patriotism by providing prominent Canadian speakers to Canadian Clubs in cities across the country and beyond. As national president Lyn Goldman reported at the Winnipeg final annual meeting, total Association membership had declined to under 4000, as represented by the 34 voting delegates in attendance.
The Canadian Club movement will carry on its mission to share and promote our passion for Canada without the guidance of its Association, effective December 31, 2007.
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