1st Tuesdays Readers Club February 3rd 1st Tuesdays Readers Club March 3rd The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philipp Sendker All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Valentine’s Day Dinner February 14th 6:30 Cocktails, 7:30 Dinner Lobster-stuffed Mushroom Cap ~ Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans ~ Salmon Wellington with Basmati Rice Baked Asparagus Balsamic Butter Sauce Rolls ~ Mini Chocolate Cake with Strawberries and Fresh Whipped Cream ~ Coffee and Tea $49.95 St. Patrick’s Day Buffet March 17th Special Members’ Meetings February 17th and 26th (tentative) Ladies’ Luncheon February 24th 11:00 Social Hour, 12:00 Lunch Homemade Lasagna Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread ~ Warm Gingerbread Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream Speaker’s Luncheon with Rishin Behl and Peter Goggin, Resson Aerospace February 25th 11:15 Registration 11:30 Reception 12:00 Lunch Beef Bourguignon on a bed of Basmati Rice ~ Lemon Crumble drizzled with Homemade Raspberry Sauce $19.99, or $150 for a table of eight Easter Brunch April 5th 1st Tuesdays Readers Club April 7th A Measure of Light by Beth Powning Mother’s Day Brunch May 10th Lobster Dinner June 5th Prices are subject to tax and gratuity. Please call for reservations. At the Fredericton Garrison Club Club Luncheons February 4th and 18th, 12:00 Brewbakers, King Street The Great Canadian Winter Bar B Q February 7th, 6:00 for 7:00 Oakland Farm and Lodge, New Maryland Moose Milk French Canadian Pea Soup Juicy Strip Loin Steaks·Baked Potatoes Salads·Rolls·Dessert French Cuisine Night February 27th, 6:00 Delta Hotel You will be in the kitchen with Chef to do and learn cooking tips and your dinner will be served in the restaurant. Please call the Fredericton Garrison Club at (506) 454-6744 for reservations. U NION C LUB N EWS February 2015 Annual General Meeting Update Offer Evaluation Committee made up of yours truly, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Tom O’Neil, Doug TheReevey, Gord Mouland, Elspeth Williams, and Peter Josselyn had a very busy January. We held three meetings during the month, bringing our total to four since inception, and presented our findings to the Board this past Monday, January 26th. The Committee’s work focused on “drilling down” into the offer, essentially meeting with the potential purchaser to clarify and propose terms and conditions, preparing financial models with various revenue and expense scenarios based on the evolving offer, and identifying and coming up with solutions to issues that would need to be dealt with should the offer be seen by our members as the best option. We contemplated issues ranging from the known to the Rumsfeldian “unknown unknowns”. The financial modelling was also conducted for the option of keeping the building and continuing with a special members’ assessment of $200/year over each of the next three years. Armed with the Board’s feedback and blessing the work now in late January/early February is to crystallize the best and clearest offer possible prior to its review by the Board toward determining a recommended option to present to the membership. To this end we plan to hold two Special Members’ Meetings in February, tentatively scheduled for the 17th and 26th. While it is possible the dates may change we will hold both meetings before the month is over. The first meeting will be for information purposes only. Your Board of Directors, supported by the Committee, will explain in detail the facts associated with each option, the rationale used to evaluate them, the assumptions made, the outcome operationally and financially, and the recommendation as to whether to proceed. Questions, comments and feedback will be encouraged. The second meeting will be to review in summary the salient points of each option and ensure the membership feels it understands these points to the level necessary to make an informed decision. We will then present the recommended option for a vote. If it passes we will move on to make it a reality. If it does not pass we will present the next option for a vote. In other words, we won’t leave the meeting until we as a club have voted on an option. And, at the risk of repeating myself from earlier meetings, the status quo is simply not an option. I look forward to a large member turnout. Tim Ellis President MANAGER’S REPORT LADIES’ SECTION Here we are in February with thoughts of spring on the way — please hurry. Love is in the air — the smell of roses and chocolate swirls around. It must be February! The Club will be celebrating with a cocktail party and dinner on Saturday, February 14th. Unfortunately the snow has interfered with a few of our January functions, but we did managed to rebook for later dates I know we have just finished Christmas, but the calls are coming in looking for openings for December 2015, including return bookings. Word is out that the Union Club is the place to be. Please save the dates: check out the list of events coming your way. Thanks to Neill McKay they will be posted on our website, so there will be ample time to make a reservation! As we try to update our email list please remember to send your updated email address so we can keep you informed on all the happenings at the Club. With your help we can make this a great year. See you at the Club. May Spavold General Manager THE UNION CLUB 125 Germain Street PO Box 7030, Station A Saint John NB E2L 4S4 Tel (506) 634-6184 fax (506) 642-5469 [email protected]: @unionclubsj Facebook: Union Club President Tim Ellis Vice President Jamie Grant CHEF’S CORNER Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We have a great menu planned for you. Treat that special someone in your life. Book a table for two or a group of friends. I look forward to cooking for you. Chef's Tip of the Month: You always get more juice from your lemons and oranges by warming them first. Put them in the sun for a half an hour or in the microwave for 5 seconds. Chef Don Union Club Merchandise The Union Club is pleased to offer a variety of useful and fashionable items with the Club’s logo: Lapel Pins Approximately 1” by 3/4”, polished stainless steel with the Club’s logo inset in blue. Equally suitable for ladies and gentlemen. $12 Past President Tim Ellis Secretary Janice Waldschutz Treasurer Peter Josselyn Board Members Nick Fanelli William Kean Robert McVicar Secretary Emerita Shirley Buckley President, Ladies’ Section Barbara Kelly Past President, Ladies’ Section Elspeth WIlliams Vice President, Ladies’ Section Magdi Nyers Ties 100 per cent silk, blue with the Club’s logo and diagonal stripes in red. $65 Secretary-Treasurer, Ladies’ Section Isabel Quayle Note Pads 81/2” x 51/2”, 50 sheets, high-quality bond with the Club’s logo. $6 General Manager May Spavold The next ladies’ luncheon will be on February 24th, and we are having a card party fun time after lunch. You may want to organize a table of your friends to play bridge, 45s, or euchre just for fun. We are also going to dig through our closet to find Scrabble, dominoes, etc. to play as well. The 50/50 draw is back and perhaps one of you can be a winner. We always appreciate it when everyone brings their friends to the Club and you can all enjoy the food, fun, and amazing atmosphere. (The more the merrier!) Please note Stevie Piekarski has retired from the Ladies’ Section. She will be missed (thank you Stevie for your help in the past). Hope to see you all on the 14th and the 24th. Barbara Kelly [email protected] SUGGESTION BOX RECIPROCAL CLUBS We have reciprocal agreements with other private clubs by which we are welcome to use their facilities. Please consider using our sister clubs in Halifax and Moncton when you are travelling for business or pleasure. They have daily lunch, Friday evening dining, and, like The Union Club, rooms to rent for meetings or private functions. The Clubs are elegant and steeped in history and you can be assured of a warm welcome. The Garrison Club in Fredericton does not have a club property, but they do have events that are published in our Club News. We also have a reciprocal arrangement with the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club. To use any of the reciprocal clubs please contact General Manager May Spavold 634-6184 for a letter of introduction and more information. A suggestion box is now available at the front desk. Please take a moment to jot down any ideas or concerns you have about the Club as you’re passing by. Halifax Club: www.halifaxclub.ca Moncton Club: www.114alma.com Garrison Club: www.garrisonclub.org RKYC: www.rkyc.nb.ca EMPIRE CLUB OF CANADA YEARBOOKS The Union Club has received a very generous donation of a set of books from NBCC Saint John. Jane Donovan from the L.R. Fulton Library has provided us with a series of “The Empire Club of Canada.” There are twenty-two hard cover yearbooks, all beautifully bound in red, containing the speeches from the speaker’s forum. Established in 1903, the Empire Club of Canada is recognized as one of Canada’s oldest, largest, and more important speaker’s fora. The membership and speakers comprise some of Canada’s most influential leaders from various professional, businesses, labour, education, government, and cultural organizations. You will find this set in the Members’ Office on the third floor.
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