Minutes of May 27, 2017





May 30, 2017 Minutes of the TMHC


Betty Lou introduced Melissa McKibbin who recently chaperoned 35 students from Huron Park, Woodstock, to the Vimy commemoration in France this past April.  


Melissa began by acknowledging the fact that the planning for this trip was over three years and the itinerary speaks to the effort that she and her collegues must have put forth to make this a successful and meaningful trip for the students.


The main focus for the tour was the visit to WW1 cemeteries in France and Belgium in which fallen Canadians are buried.  Many of the students had previously researched a particular soldier that had died and the cemetery visits must have brought the reality of the costs of war to these students.


Tour stops were made at Essex Farm, Ypres, Langemarck, St Julien, Tyne Cot, Polygon Wood cemetery, Sanctuary Wood, Caberet-Rouge, La Targette and Neuve-Chappell cemeteries.  Quick stops were also made at the Indian and Australian cemeteries as well.  Quite an impressive list.  The Menin Gate ceremonies in Ypres were attended as well as the big one - the April 9 ceremony at Vimy ridge.  (With a followup visit a couple of days later when the crowds had dispersed)


Students also experienced some of the sites in Arras, Paris and London.  

Quite an impressive tour.  Melissa also pointed out just how wonderful these teenages behaved, participated  and connected with this chapter in Canadian history.


Les reported that excluding the dues collected this evening our bank balance is $745.69


Jerry gave a progress report on the production of the November 11 brochure for 2017.


Randy is trying to engage as a speaker for a future meeting a Civil War reenactor with a particular interest in the Canadians who volunteered.


Ben will investigate the possibility and logistics for a club tour to Ruthven National Historic Site for this summer - possibly on a Sunday.  Details as yet to be worked out. 

Ben also spoke to the upcoming June 11 and 12th reenactment of WW1 at Ingersoll.  More details can be found on the Home page.  Anyone needing transportation, please contact Justin ASAP


We then had a brief artifact show from Justin of items he had recently purchased.


Books and Movie suggestions:

After Hitler by Michael Jones

after hitler

Movie : Beneath Hill 60

The movie is available for viewing on YouTube and concerns the story of the Australian and British detonation of the bombs under the Messines Ridge in WW1


Ted won the 50/50 draw



Robin chaired the meeting.

1.       Xmas dinner for the TMHC will be December 11 at Chrissy‚Äôs Catering on Brock Street.  I will print up some tickets for the next meeting.

2.       2. The Speaker for the November 11 meeting at the Legion will be Rev. Paul Robinson.  Contact me if you wish to purchase a ticket or two at a cost of $15 each.  Our club usually sits together at a table or two in the North West corner if you have a problem finding us.

3.       Robin will be having a store front display on Main Street, Delhi for their local Legion from Nov. 4 to the 10th if you will be in the neighbourhood. 

4.       We require display items for the TMHC at the Mall from Nov 4 to the 10th.  Suggested items could be models, posters, photos, albums, picture books, small inexpensive artefacts.  You would be leaving them at your own risk so consider how precious the item is to you.  We are trying to have a club member at the display but there are occasions when no one will be on duty.  I have a schedule if you find yourself with some free time.

5.       We will also have a small display at the Mormon Church on Saturday Nov 8 to compliment their Family History exhibit and seminars.

6.       We will also have a display at the Station Arts Centre from Nov 4 to the 10th which will mainly deal with local enlistees of WW1 and WW2 as well as acknowledgment of Afghanistan casualties.

7.       Several members spoke to the recent deaths of Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent in apparent terror attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.