January 5th. 2023-Ken McGoogan: Reaching for the Beaufort Sea
Start @ 10:03 am in the Trinity United Church Gymnasium with43 Members in attendance.
President John Sneyd opened the meeting by welcoming all in attendance and introducing today’s guests: Paul Higgins, Harold Lee, and Dudley Gibbs. He then introduced the newest members joining the Club: Don Legaux and Doug Davidson.
President John indicated that our recent drive to recruit new members seems to be going well and asked members present to keep looking for prospective new members.
last coffee meeting before Christmas was at the Boathouse which is now closed for the season. During the winter months we will be holding our coffee meetings at 9:30 am at the Symposium on alternate Thursdays.
The Speakers’ Committee will be meeting this afternoon to schedule speakers for the remainder of 2023. A request was made for any member with a suggested speaker and topic to inform a member of the Speakers’ Committee to add to our list of potential speakers,
The Board of Directors will be meeting next Tuesday to consider any issues that need to be dealt with in order to keep the Club functioning in smooth order.
Announcements: Activities – Ken Marchant - The Valentine’s Day dinner is scheduled for February 14th at the Symposium Restaurant and dinner will be à la carte and paid directly at the restaurant. - The Activities Committee will meet at 8:30 am next Tuesday at the Symposium prior to the Board meeting. - Other fun activity plans are in the works.
President John Sneyd introduced Ken McGoogan
Bio: When not locked down by a pandemic, Ken McGoogan is a globe-trotting, history-chasing storyteller who survived shipwreck off Dar es Salaam, tracked the ghost of Jane Lady Franklin from Russell Square to Tasmania, and placed a John Rae memorial plaque in the High Arctic. Ken’s fifteen books have won many prizes, among them the Pierre Berton Award for History, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, and the Writers’ Trust Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize. Ken serves as an ambassador for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and teaches creative nonfiction writing in the MFA program at University of King’s College in Halifax. In autumn 2023, he will publish a sixth Arctic book, tentatively entitled Searching for Franklin. www.kenmcgoogan.com,
Presentation: The “official” British narrative of Arctic exploration celebrates Royal Navy officers and nobody else. It omits Inuit, First Nations, and leading fur-traders who played crucial roles in elaborating the Northwest Passage. Since 1998, when he first visited the Arctic, Ken McGoogan has been battling to set the record straight. To that end, he has published five books about Arctic exploration – among them Fatal Passage, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Dead Reckoning. In this presentation, he illustrates his quest and explains why it matters.
Following Ken McGoogan’s presentation there was a short Q&A.
Next meeting: January 19th, 2023 – Peter Yee - Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin