Club life


A more comfortable way to relax

Now it’s time to unwind. Friends are waiting in the Leacock Lounge, where the mood is blessedly quieter. The sounds of the city faded behind French windows. The sommelier serves up a cocktail that is somehow just right for your mood. After sampling some homemade Clubhouse chips, head to the McCrae Library. Over a selection of tapas and on tap Montreal Brewery beer, play a quick game of pool before the Habs game starts on the big-screen TV.

You see an old friend settle in the club chairs and head over to chat. Chandra serves your favourite coffee as the last embers die in the fireplace. If you play your cards right, maybe he’ll order up a late night bottle of vintage wine from his private cellar housed at the Club and regale you with stories of older times and members gone but not forgotten.

Where education meets comfort

You just finished work and head over to join the cocktail. A nice glass of wine after a hectic day is a good way to start the evening. Canapés are served on silver platters as the guest of honour heads from group to group giving everyone a few minutes of his time. The lights are dimmed; the signal that it is time to head to the University room to be seated for the presentation portion of the evening. The waiter discretely fills your wine glass during the talk. Tonight, it is a lecture on the current situation in the Middle East. Last week, it was a chocolate tasting and you can’t wait for the upcoming talk on art in Venice. On the Club’s private website, you see who else is registered and now look forward to catching up with old friends after the presentation for an impromptu dinner.

The Members' Round Table

The Members’ Round Table in the centre of the Billard room is reserved for members who would like to have lunch at the Club without a guest while enjoying the good fellowship of other members. All members are encouraged to join this table. A glass of wine is offered by the Club.
 
The Members' Annual Dinner

A club in Canada which numbered among its members such outstanding figures of Canadian public life as Gen. Georges Vanier, Lieut.-Col. John McCrae, Stephen Leacock, Douglas C. Abbott, Brooke Claxton and Gen. A.G.L. McNaughton, can by that very roll call be said to represent a microcosm of the history of Canada.    

Each year since 1976 a distinguished member has been honoured at an annual dinner for personal achievements and service to the Club. 

THE COMMITTEES


The nine committees of the Club provide direction to our Club in various areas of activity. Each meeting is minuted, each committee has a chairperson who is a member of council, and each committee gets new recruits every year. This structure ensures continuity, stability, innovation and commitment from the membership. It is a system that is truly the backbone of the Club. The involvement of members, who feel part of the Club when they pay their dues, figuratively speaking, and serve on one committee or another, is arguably the most important ingredient of future success. Those who have served have served us well and should be thanked. They have set the bar high for those who will follow.    

Committees are one of the features that make our Club unique. They offer an easy way of getting to know members and of being involved in the life of the Club. Lorne Gales is credited with the idea of a program committee, which has contributed enormously to the character of the Club. In an age when the Club is perhaps used more for business than social reasons, the programs and special events bring members together for both social and intellectual pleasure. 
 
Our different committees:

Strategy and Development Committee
Finance Committee
House Committee
Programme Committee
Intermediate and Junior Members Committee
Wine and Food Committee
Library and Arts Committee
Human Resources Committee
Membership Committee
Council

THE ART COLLECTIONS 

 
The Club houses an important collection of paintings and prints, principally by Canadian artists.  An album of colour photographs of and information about each of the Club's paintings is located on the table in the first floor foyer. Members and guests are encouraged to tour the Club, with album in hand. 

Several paintings in the collection have been bequeathed or donated to the Club or are on loan from members. Bequests, donations and loans of works of art are always welcome.

Heraldic stained glass windows, armorial crests, gargoyles and other decorative stonework, designed by Percy Nobbs, the original architect of the Club, are located in the University and Billiard rooms and on the front façade of the Clubhouse. The oval stained glass windows in the main circular staircase at the first and second floor levels commemorate the members who served or fell in World War I.
 










      William Brymner
     "Portrait of a young girl"

 

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