Thurs. November 1st. - Micheal Bechthold "Saving D-Day: The Canadians in Normandy June 1944"
Micheal will speak about the Canadian experience in Normandy in June 1944.
Bio: Mike Bechthold holds a PhD in History from the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia and an MA & Honours BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Mike is the author or editor of eight books and numerous articles. His most recent book is Flying to Victory: Raymond Collishaw and the Western Desert Campaign (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). He specializes in the fields of military air power (especially tactical air operations in the First and Second World Wars), the Canadian army in Normandy and Northwest Europe, and the Canadian Corps in the Great War. Mike is the Executive Director of the Juno Beach Centre Association and teaches history part time at Wilfrid Laurier University. For 22 years Mike worked as the Communications Director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and the Managing Editor of Canadian Military History, an academic quarterly journal.
Thurs. November 15th. - Gregory Klages "Historical records relating to the mysterious death of Tom Thompson"
Presentation: How did Tom Thomson die in the summer of 1917? Was landscape painter Tom Thomson shot by poachers, or by a German-American draft dodger? Did a blow from a canoe paddle knock him unconscious and into the water? Was he fatally injured in a drunken fight? Did he end his life out of fear of being forced to marry his pregnant girlfriend? Klage explores these and other fascinating aspects of this renowned Group of Seven painter's death.
Gregory Klages is a sessional instructor at Guelph-Humber campus in the History department. He has a distinguished career: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 2008-2009 Research Director, Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, University of Victoria, 2007-2008 Researcher, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 2003-2004 Researcher, Office of Research and Innovation, York University, 2003
Thurs. November 29th. - Gunter Thase "Stories of Gunter's Career in the Global Metals Industry"
Gunter will speak about his experiences in the metals industry.
Bio: Gunter Thase was born in the port city of Bremen Germany in April 1939. After his logistic training he was drafted and entered the Military Academy in 1959. After leaving the army as a commissioned officer in the reserves he was asked by his employer to gain international experience in Canada. He joined The British Metal Corporation’s Toronto office in 1963. The London based group - the founders of the London Metal Exchange - trade in Metal and Minerals and have production facilities worldwide. He retired in 2004 as General Manager of the head office, President of several Canadian Group Divisions and Director of the Canadian Holding company. He earned certificates from the Toronto Board of Trade in Export Marketing and Ryerson in Marketing Management. He is a member of the National Club of Toronto and a Rotarian for 33 years. Gunter is married to Ursula for 53 years. They have a daughter and son and enjoy their 2 grandchildren. Gunter has a Black Belt in Karate and likes to spend time walking and sailing especially at their cottage near Dorset.
Future general meetings for Dec. 2018 is on Thurs. Dec. 13th.
Activities & Events
Coffee/Breakfast 10:am at the AirPark Café:50 Skyway Dr. at the Guelph Airport:519-836-0984 or The Boathouse Thurs. November 8th. and 22nd. This is an informal get together and all RCMC members are welcome.
Activities:Remembrance Day: Nov.11th. Meet at Sleeman Centre at 10am, optional lunch at Diana's at noon
Christmas Luncheon: December 6th. Details - Click Here
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