90th Anniversary of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club … Celebrating 90 years of protecting nature!
90th Anniversary Party and Silent Auction a Great Success!
By Margaret Troy
On Friday Oct 2nd, 2009, 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 Silent Auction and Door Prize 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.