CWLC’s Winter Party 2018

Another Celebration! In December, we returned to Amica to enjoy our annual Winter Party. CWLC former president Ruth Hilland opened the meeting with a few poignant words of welcome. She reflected on the grand tradition and history of our club.  A selection of readings was provided by three fun-loving ladies, Sandra Ens, Shawna Mattison and Moorea Gray who brought the audience to their feet! Encores ensued. Cathy Redfern presented each club member with a Getting To Know You booklet, a collection of member profiles compiled by an energetic Executive, driven by the desire to know each other more fully. By Doloris Duval, President

Work Bee to create 1st CWLC Bios Booklet
Anita and Neelima
Sandra and Ruth
Ruth welcomes us again to Amica
18-12-04 Time to dive in
Betty, Helle, Lillian and Linda
Flora, Kathy M, Janet H, Sue
Mavis, Della Mae, Wilda and Lyn
Helen, Anita, Ritta and Elaine
Cathy R, Cecilia, Neelima and Shawna
Margaret, Janet S, Anne Marie and Moorea
the first CWLC Bios Booklet

The club is taking a hiatus, with no formal meetings until the spring. We will reconvene on March 5, 2019 to continue an exploration of the Role of Humor, Satire and Irony in Literature.

CWLC toured The New Central Library

The women of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club have been very busy celebrating over the past few weeks!

In November, Christine Gingerick and Robin Padanyi hosted our group on a private tour of the breathtaking new Calgary Public Library. We learned behind the scenes information about the design and construction of the building itself and about the evolving philosophies surrounding libraries today. Our tour concluded with Robin guiding the group to our very own CALGARY WOMEN’S LITERARY CLUB window on which the dedication reads:

Donated by members past and present of The Calgary Women’s Literary Club, established 1906. 

Doloris Duval

Plaque unveiling ceremony at the Memorial Park Library

On September 27th a special plaque was unveiled, commemorating the Memorial Park Library becoming a national historic site.  It details the vision and hard effort by Annie Davidson and the women of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club to build a library. Doloris and Margaret were delighted to be part of such a heartfelt ceremony, which was attended by CPL’s own Bill Ptacek, and representatives of City Parks and Parks Canada, among others.

Photo of Margaret Sparkes and Doloris Duval with Bill Ptacek CEO of Calgary Public Library

Sept 27 2018 plaque unveiling at Memorial Park Library

CBC’s Rachel Ward was in touch with Mary Carwardine.

Click here for the charming article that ensued.

… and click here for more on the Memorial Park Library.

 

 

A postscript to Historic Calgary Week: to CWLC from Annie Davidson’s Grandson

Mary Carwardine was able to connect with Annie’s great-grandson and invite him to the Historic Calgary Week presentation.  Sadly, Donald was unable to attend Historic Calgary Week but sent the following. He did attend the Library’s 100th celebration six years ago, which coincided with the release of Brian Brennan’s book, The Calgary Public Library: Inspiring Life Stories Since 1912.

“After travelling the world most of my life as an aviator, I am now limited by a debilitating walking disability which curtails most of my current travel. I will not be able to get to Calgary in July. I wish you all the best in executing an excellent program. I appreciate your consideration.

I have examined the “Historic Calgary Week” program and find it all very interesting. So many of those places and experiences were part of my life growing up in the City until I was eighteen years old and left for Military College in Kingston. During WW II we ( my brothers and sisters) covered the whole much smaller City by bicycle many times. The air was filled with aircraft training airmen for the war via the

BCATP

and the streets with uniforms from around the Commonwealth and Europe. I attended schools in Capitol Hill, Mt. Royal, Bowness, Balmoral and Crescent Heights High. I got my first pilot’s license at the Calgary International Airport at the Calgary Flying Club.”

Donald A. Davidson, Great Grandson of Annie & Richard Davidson

Hooked? In addition to the link on BCATP above, here are links to two aviation museums in Calgary:

Hangar Flight Museum

Air Force Museum of Alberta

 

Updates to our 2018-2019 Lineup

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

If you’ve checked our Fall Lineup recently, you will want to check it again!

Our Season’s Opener is now: The Evolution of Humor & Its Role in Society & Literature, presented by our Program Chair, Mary Carwardine. We will still enjoy Anne Tingle’s presentation on Aristophanes on  November 20.

We also have author and playwright Clem Martini confirmed for our Spring Luncheon.

Change is the spice of life! Click here for the updated Program.

Ready for the Fall season?

Photo: Geran de Klerk on Unsplash

Hello and Happy Autumn!   I am sending this short note to remind you of our first CWLC meeting on OCTOBER 2, 2018.  I look forward to seeing everyone after what seems like a very long break as I know there will be much to share over coffee and dainties before we begin our formal meeting.  I’m also very much looking forward to pursuing the theme that Mary Carwardine, our Program Chair, has prepared.  “The Role of Humor, Irony & Satire in Literature” is an intriguing topic that promises to also provide some fun and laughter: a precious thing in these unpredictable and sometimes frightening times! I wish you each a lovely last few September days…now onward to making all that zucchini bread and crabapple jam that comes with autumn!  Cheers,

Doloris Duval

Click here for the 2018-2019 Program