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Canadian Club of Kingston

Welcome Members and Potential Members

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Updated: 15 March 2023          SPECIAL NOTE: President's Message - 10 March 2023:

Happy March! I hope that you enjoyed the March 9th luncheon meeting with Guest Speaker Paul Van Nest, Kingston Historical Society! We have two luncheons remaining for this season. The next luncheon will take place Thursday, April 13th at 1:00 PM. As noted below, our next speaker is Julie Salter-Keane, with her topic "Climate Action Initiatives of the City of Kingston”. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Lunch will be served at 12 Noon. Please reserve NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 6th by email: rsvp@canadianclubkingston.org or by telephone: 613-699-3102. For Guests, please provide full name, email address, and telephone number. Luncheon fees are $35 (Members) and $43 (Non-Members), payable by cash or cheque at the door, or by e-transfer in advance: treasurer.cckingston@gmail.com. Thank you. Gay Keithly, CCK President.

                         Next Speaker:

Julie Salter-Keane, Manager, Climate Leadership Kingston

Thursday 13 April 2023

Topic: "Climate Action Leadership in Kingston".



NOTE 3: Members and Past Members will be notified via email of the details of the planned luncheon meeting for Thursday 13 April 2023 at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club at 11:30 for 12:00 PM.


Membership Reminder - Former and potential-new members, please consider joining (see Membership Matters) for the 2022-23 Program, now that the details of the policy for the 2022-23 program has been confirmed. 

Membership Fee: $50 for an individual, and $90 for a couple.



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HOME    Updated: 11 May 2022

Our Objectives
The Canadian Club of Kingston exists today, as it has since 1980, to promote Canadian identity and foster Canadian unity. It encourages knowledge of Canada’s own history, honours native talent in the arts, sciences, business and public affairs, and ‘fosters patriotic sentiment.’  The Club is a product of its time and of its place.  At the outset, it was about nation-building.  As Vincent Massey, one of the country’s great Governors-General, put it in 1952, “Canadian Clubs are made possible by our national character; they are made necessary by our national need.  Theirs is a great honour and a heavy responsibility.”  Still today, it is about nurturing a sense of nationhood in a highly diverse population.

Our Programs and Themes
In the decades since its founding, the ways and means the Club has used to pursue its goals have evolved but its purpose has remained the same: to foster fellowship among people proud to celebrate their Canadian identity and to educate, inform, and stimulate thought about issues of national significance. Different from service clubs or groups raising funds for specific causes, the Club’s not-for-profit work focuses mainly on organizing events at which invited speakers share their knowledge and insights with Club members and guests.  Some unique characteristics of the Canadian Club of Kingston include:
• Its strong association with students and educational institutions at secondary and tertiary levels. An ‘attitude of helpful friendliness’ in the Club’s early days towards Queen's University, the Royal Military College, and St. Lawrence College has grown into today’s active seeking of secondary-school students’ attendance at Club functions.

• Its focus on a balanced set of topics between those of historical interest and contemporary events and activities.

Our History
The Canadian Club of Kingston held its first meeting in 1910, but at some point in its history it ceased to meet. It was reborn in 1983 and has been active in the life of Kingston since then.  From this high-level start, the Club continued to attract illustrious speakers to its podium.

In recent years, the Club has been pleased to host speakers such as:

  • the Honourable Bob Rae,
  • General (Retired) John de Chastelain,
  • Jan Wong, author and journalist,
  • Brian Osborne, Past President Ontario Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus Queen’s University Geography Department
  • Mr. Volker Thomsen – President, St. Lawrence College, and
  • Dr. Henri Habib – Professor Emeritus, Concordia University.


Club's Officers

The Club's direction and guidance is managed by the following:




President - Gay Keithly

Past President  - Patrick McCue

Vice-President  and  Treasurer  - John Chown

Director Member Matters, Meeting Recorder, & Webmaster - Bruce Morris


Executive Committee


Judith Cardwell

Charlie Simonds

Jan Hartgerink

Brian Hopkins

Ron Paquin

Susan Till


Honorary Patron


Honourable Peter Milliken O.C.


Associated Website Links

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sl.on.ca/ (St Lawrence College)

http://royalmilitarycollege.ca/ (Royal Military College)

heritagekingston.com/ (Frontenac Heritage foundation)



       Webmaster: Colonel (Retired) R. Bruce Morris, CD, PEng  Contacts: rbmorris93@gmail.com  or 613-541-7856 / 613-699-3102 (work) / 613-329-9467 cell

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