Fall Newsletter 2014
I trust that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, lots of turkey and gravy. I hope that I can bring you up to date with activities at the Club with this newsletter, and provide information for future events. The leaves are turning, but you need to travel to Algonquin Park, past Vance Motors in Bancroft, for the most spectacular views of the foliage.
You must make a point of catching Friday Lunch at the Club. Chef Jean Marc from L’Auberge always has something tasty for your palate. Soup or salad to start things off, perhaps a glass of red to accompany coq au vin, desert and coffee. All that for twenty bucks. Served with style and grace on fine linen.
The Club lost a good friend recently with the passing of Bruce Bedell. Belleville’s “Town Crier” for many years, Bruce was one of the BCI Boys, and proud of his Belleville heritage. Sincere condolences to his family.
As expected, even though we are in mid-October, we have several holiday bookings. The following dates are still available, from mid-November to Christmas Eve:
November: 14, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30.
December: 1, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
Some of those dates will go quickly—especially Saturday, December 20 and Friday, November 28.
Super Sports Draw
For many years, I looked after a super sports draw for other organizations. Well, this year it is in support of your Belleville Club. I have several NHL tickets, NBA tickets, and baseball and football tickets for next season. There are Belleville Bulls tickets, and Wellington Dukes tickets. Extra special prices include an autographed sweater of Chicago Black Hawks Andrew Shaw, and a Doug Gilmour sweater.
Draw Night-Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
Come out to the Club for the drawing of all of the winning tickets! Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 7:00pm. Lots of other surprises as well!!
New Year’s Eve!!
Come to the Club and dance the night away. We will not be providing dinner; however, the night will begin at 9:00pm with great music. Complimentary pizza and champagne at midnight. Tickets are $ 25 per couple, half that for a single. (That makes good sense, doesn’t it?)
We decided at the Board of Directors Meeting in June to implement an aggressive membership drive. The rationale was simply that, since this is the one hundredth anniversary of the Club, we could accept 100 new members at a special rate of $ 100 for the first year of membership. To date, the response has been overwhelming. We have processed more than 70 new memberships!! Many thanks to current members for their recommendations!
Years ago, directly beside the front door of the Club, there were two offices, rented separately. They were combined into one rental unit which is now available. It has been used recently for hair cutting and hair dressing purposes. We would love to rent that space! It is an excellent location, and we are prepared to negotiate a long term lease. First month rental at no charge.
Grey Cup Game, Sunday, November 30th
Kickoff is usually around 6:00pm, as the game will be played in Vancouver. At half time, we will have China Gate bring over plenty of fine Chinese food for all fans. Be sure to wear your team’s jersey for the game. If you can tell me the opponents at this time, you are a genius. The Argos knocked off the Tiger Cats last weekend in a most improbable fashion. It’s Canadian football; anything can happen.
BCI Old Boys
Another great tradition at the Belleville Club. A luncheon for those of us who attended BCI and VS. On Wednesday, December 3rd. Lots of non-BCI types attend this function as well, and why not? It is a fine gathering of cronies who come together once a year to share the good memories. Naturally, “Geep” Lang’s video of the “Last Days of BCI” will be shown. Doors open at 11:45am.
Turkey Bingo-Monday, December 15th
Always very well attended, so call the Club to book a table. Why not win your Christmas turkey, and a little libation to go with it? Doors open at 6:45pm, first game to be called at 7:15pm.
Members receive a separate mailing from the president, addressing the notion of an end-of-the-year gratuity for the staff. We kindly supply a self-addressed, stamped envelope, for your convenience.
Scotch Nosing and Tasting
Many thanks to Karen Palmer for organizing these events. The fall season starts on the 23rd of October, and you may book with Karen, or leave a message at the Club. Many thanks to Kemp Stewart for his expertise. Karen can be reached at: 613-391-9291, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to sponsors of our Fall Stag: Tim Hortons, Parsons Cleaners, Labatts, Dinkels/Paulos. Congratulations to Barry Raycroft for winning $ 200. He was not able to attend the Stag, but bought a $25 ticket to help with the cause. When I delivered his cash, he also donated a toilet seat for the Men’s Room. Thank you, sir!
You may have noticed some decay of the bricks along Pinnacle Street. Club Member Vern Hartwig is a guy who notices things like that, and deals with it. He sent over a couple of guys from Eastern Restoration, and they did a fabulous job cleaning up the area. We surely appreciate your efforts, Vern!
We have several large wall spaces that are very bare, particularly at the staircase between the second and third floors. If you have large paintings that you no longer require, we might be able to use them. We are always looking for large carpets to fill some of the floor spaces as well.
A Brief Holiday
Joanne and I are heading off to Florida on Friday. I will return November 19th. In the meantime, Grant will take care of your requests. Call him at the Club: 613-962-1239. In the meantime, “Carpe Diem!”