90th Anniversary of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club
... Celebrating 90 years of protecting nature!
The Hamilton Naturalists' Club is celebrating our 90th Anniversary this year (2009)
90th Anniversary Party and Silent Auction a Great Success!
By Margaret Troy
On Friday Oct 2nd. 130 HNC members
and guests gathered in the
Continental Ballroom of Liuna Station
in Hamilton to celebrate our 90th
anniversary, where a beautiful buffet of
pastries, fruit and cheese was waiting
for us. Jen Baker provided a power
point presentation of pictures featuring
the HNC sanctuaries and club events
over the years.
Jean Stollard arranged a great display
of HNC memorabilia and awards
from the club’s display case at
Woodend in the Dundas Valley CA and
many displays of photographs highlighting
various aspects of the club’s
activities, endeavors and historic occasions.
This was complimented by a display
of superb photographs from Bob
Elstone’s collection. This varied display
was much enjoyed by the guests,
some of whom were featured in the
photographs; for others it was an
amazing record of the HNC’s activities and accomplishments of the past 90 years.
Bill Lamond, our Master of Ceremonies, highlighted some of our past accomplishments and sailed us through the evening.
Elaine Serena graciously arranged
auction items with her usual flare and
was well supported by the Liuna staff
who answered her many requests for more tables!
Paul Attack with the assistance of
Kelly Pike and Warren Beacham, ran
the silent auction. How could we lose!
This auction generated approximately $2800.00, the finances being sorted out by Jim Stollard our stalwart treasurer
for the past several years. This will be put towards the Head-of-the-Lake land Trust $90K for the 90th.
Generous donors contributed a wide
variety of auction items. Imagine a 7
day holiday in Devon England, a silk
Chinese Tapestry, knapsacks, binoculars,
elegant watches, unique hand
made items or gift certificates and
that’s just to name a few!
We are very grateful to the donors who generously supported us and their names are included here for you.Bill introduced David and Eleanor Wood, who announced their donation of $500.00 for the Land Trust $90K campaign. A former HNC member , Bill Campbell from Calgary sent $500.00 towards the silent auction. Bill is a master wood carver and carved a tree, sold it and sent us the cheque via Hazel Broker. Bruce Mackenzie, Manager of the Hamilton Conservation Authority spoke and highly praised our club for its many contributions over the years.
The planning committee included Paul Attack, Warren Beacham, Jen Baker, Hazel Broker, Janis Forster, Michael Fischer, Shirley Klement, Tara Nelson, Elaine Serena, Jim & Jean Stollard., and Margaret Troy.
The extra supporters were Bill Lamond, Glen Barrett, Roger Benson, Alan Ernest, Diane Green, Kelly Pike, Angie McNulty, and of course 2 very patient husbands, George Serena and Tom Troy.
To all of these people the HNC thanks
you for your donation of time and
enthusiasm towards the success of this
evening. I apologize if I have missed anyone.
Elaine Serena and Jean Stollard,
who never run out of steam, were marvelous
foot soldiers. These two are a
major backbone of the club and we are
very lucky that they share so much of
themselves to promote it.. Their contribution to the success of this event was outstanding!
Thanks to all who supported this event. We hope you enjoyed your evening.
See you at the 100th.
List of Donors
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Bella Capella Hair Studio
Brian Miller, Miller’s Shoe Store
Bruce Mackenzie*, Hamilton
Bruce Trail Conservancy
Dennis and Patricia Baker*
Dolf DeJong* Conservation Halton
Duncan & Wright
Gordon and Angie McNulty*
Hamilton Farmer’s Market
Laborers’ International Union of North
90th Anniversary Party and Silent Auction
By Margaret Troy
The Wood Duck November 2009
Lee Valley Tools
Brinkman & Assoc. Reforestation Ltd.
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Nigel Rawlins, Vincor Wines
Richard Bellum, Halton Honda
Tumblehome Outdoor Clothing &
Harry Walker, Walkers Chocolate
* = Club Members
** = Door Prize donors
The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club proudly celebrates its numerous achievements in protecting nature for the last 90 years!
1919 Junior Audubon Clubs in Hamilton Schools
1920 Started working to protect Cootes Paradise
1921 Hamilton’s first Christmas Bird Count
1925 Started keeping bird records
1931 Helped found group of Federation of Ontario Naturalists (FON)
1947 The Wood Duck (monthly journal) first published
1959 The HNC is incorporated as a non-profit corporation
1961 Acquired Spooky Hollow Nature Sanctuary
1967 The HNC becomes a registered charity
1967 Acquired Short Hills Nature Sanctuary
1974 First annual Hamilton Fall Bird Count
1986 Initiated Junior Naturalist Club (partnership with Royal Botanical Gardens)
1991 First Natural Areas Inventory of Hamilton and Nature Walkathon initiated
1994 Published The Reptiles & Amphibians of the Hamilton Area
1995 Falconwatch initiated
1999 Published Naturally, Hamilton! A Guide To the Green Spaces of Hamilton and Area
2003 Published Head-of-the-Lake Pocket Nature Guide and Naturally Hamilton and Halton: A Monthly Guide to Nature and Conservation in Your Area
2004 Acquired Cartwright Nature Sanctuary
2005 Acquired T&M Young Nature Sanctuary
2005 Published Atlas of the Mammals of Hamilton
2005 Published Natural Areas Inventory of Halton Region
2006 Published Birds of Hamilton and Surrounding Areas
2006 Conservation Award of Excellence from Conservation Halton
2007 Land’s Inlet urban naturalization project
2008 Endangered Species Protection Project on the club’s Sanctuaries
The HNC is a volunteer-based, charitable organization with almost 700 members that has been protecting nature and promoting public awareness and appreciation of the natural environment since 1919.
The Head-of-the-Lake Land Trust is the HNC’s natural areas protection program and this year we would like to raise funds to permanently protect greenspace
The goal is to raise $90,000 for the 90th anniversary.
You can help us reach the goal and any contributions are appreciated! Suggested donations are $1,000, $30 per month for 3 years, $100 per month for 10 months, $500 this year and $500 next year.
Six HNC members have already committed $1,000 each towards this campaign!
For more information please contact
Jen Baker, HNC’s Land Trust Coordinator,
at 905-524-3339 or email@example.com.
YOUR LEGACY TODAY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOMORROW!
90th Anniversary Events
The HNC's Board of Directors have planned several activities to celebrate the 90th anniversary. We invite everyone to participate.
|HNC's 90th Anniversary Celebration Events|
|Sunday, March 22, 2009||President’s Waterfowl Bus Trip to Long Point|
trip is pretty well filled and we will be collecting payment by cash
or cheque at the next HNC and BSG meetings. Cost $25 per person, $40
per couple $50 max for a family.
Remember to dress WARMLY and bring a lunch, binoculars, (and a spotting scope,
if you have one). Meet at the Aldershot GO station parking lot, just
south of 403 off Waterdown Rd, at 7am. We will be travelling by school
bus and will have washroom / coffee breaks along the way. We expect
to be back around 5pm.
For further information please contact Bill Lamond 519 756 9546
|Saturday, April 4, 2009||Wine Tasting Event|
us for an evening of fun, wine and cheese as we tour the vineyards of
90th Anniversary Wine Tasting Event
HNC Head-of-the-Lake Land Trust Fundraiser
Saturday April 4, 2009
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian Church
2 Bond St. N. Hamilton (at King St. in Westdale)
Tickets $45 per person in advance only.
Door Prizes, Raffle and Snacks!
To reserve tickets please contact:
Elaine Serena, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 905-639-2702 or Paul Attack, e-mail email@example.com, phone 905-333-5934. Space is limited. Book by March 28th, 2009.
Click here to download the flyer for this event
|Saturday, May 2, 2009||Nature Walk for Our Environment|
At Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary
Click above for the Walkathon Poster
Hosted by the Hamilton Naturalists' Club & Friends in Celebration of our 90th Anniversary!
Join us on a 5 or 10km walk to raise funds and celebrate nature, the healthy outdoors and each other!
Download the 2009 Nature Walk Sponsor Form (PDF)
|June 4-7, 2009||Trip to the Bruce Peninsula|
|Thursday June 4 - Sunday, June
Orchids and Birding on the Bruce Peninsula
We have booked Grebe Lodge near Cabot Head for 3 nights. It is right next door to the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory bird banding lab.and situated within the Cabot Head Nature Reserve. The lodge is an attractive cobblestone cottage, right on the beach, with stunning views of Georgian Bay. Behind the lodge is the natural harbour of Wingfield Basin. The historic lighthouse is a short walk away and very interesting to visit. The reserve’s mosaic of wetlands, alvars, expansive forests, boulder beaches, (no soft sand here!), and cliff faces support a remarkable diversity of wildlife, including ferns, orchids, snakes, and hundreds of bird species. We have a botany excursion arranged for June 5 and other plans to follow.
NOTE: The lodge is fully booked, but I will take a waiting list and there are cottage or motel accommodations available in the area.
Contact Elaine Serena (905 639 2702) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Saturday, May 30, 2009||Family fun with the Junior Naturalist Club|
|Saturday, August 8, 2009||Paddle Cootes Paradise|
|Join Glenn Barrett for a 2 hour
paddle in Coote’s Paradise. See this beautiful Royal botanical
Gardens property from the water as we search for all manner of flora
and fauna.This is a BYOB event (bring your own boat). Please have your
canoe or kayak in the water ready to go for a 10 am departure time from
Princess Point, (located at the north ends of Longwood Rd. N. and Macklin
Rd. N. Hamilton). Be sure to pack water, hat and sunscreen.
Contact Glenn at 905-525-2142 with any questions.
|September 2009||Trip to Short Hills|
|Details Coming Soon!|
|Friday, October 2, 2009||90th
Wine and Cheese/Silent Auction
Special Fundraising Event
To reserve tickets, please contact:
Mail cheques only to:
NOTE: Payment must be received by September 16th, 2009