DECEMBER 14, 1966
R. Bredin Stapells, Q.c.
Your Honour, My Lord Bishop, Ladies and Gentlemen: The members of The Empire Club of Canada and their guests extend a very warm welcome to His Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor, and Mrs. Rowe, whose presence with us today forms part of the tradition that is the Annual Christmas Party of our Club. This Club is devoted to the promotion of the interests of Canada and the British Commonwealth and this devotion is accomplished, in particular, by renewing our allegiance to our gracious sovereign, the Queen, whose person you, sir, so ably represent. Because this is a family occasion, it is also fitting that we welcome you as Honorary Vice-President and a Member of The Empire Club family.
(His Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor W. Earl Rowe, P.c., made a suitable reply.)
Lt. Col. E. A. Royce presented a bouquet of roses to Mrs. Rowe.
When introducing the head table guests, Mr. Stapells made special mention of The Right Reverend Frederick H. Wilkinson in the following words:
Bishop Wilkinson is a scholar, concert organist of note, a most decorated soldier, beloved clergyman and one of the most distinguished members of our Club. It is right then that we should specially recognize him today in that last June he retired as Bishop of Toronto after ten years of outstanding leadership.
After the introduction of the head table, Mr. Stapells continued
Our committee Chairmen, who ensure the success of the Club each year, are greatly aided by the young ladies who work for them and hence for us. We have some of these ladies here with us today and I would like to introduce them to you. (The secretaries of the committee chairmen were then presented.)
And speaking of the women behind the throne, we are very pleased to welcome Mrs. Royce, whose support and understanding helped our Immediate Past President, Ted Royce, to carry his burden of office so lightly. It is my pleasant duty to ask Mrs. Royce to accept these roses from all of us in appreciation for lending Ted to us last year. (A bouquet of roses was presented to Mrs. Royce.)
And now Ted (Col. Royce), you are on parade once more. It is said that he who gets the medal must have done something. Well, I have no medal but I have the traditional certificate which you as Immediate Past President have earned by hard work and true loyalty to the purpose of our Club. I cannot properly add to the simple eloquence of the words of the certificate which reads:
"The Empire Club of Canada acknowledges with grateful thanks, the service of Lt. Col. E. A. Royce, E.D. as President during the year 1965-1966."
and bears the signatures of our Honorary President, the Governor-General of Canada.
(Past President Royce graciously expressed the thanks of himself and Mrs. Royce to the meeting.)
In September 1964, St. George's College opened its doors for the first time. The school was and is dedicated to the principle that superior scholarship, sound leadership, a healthy physical education programme and a knowledge of religion makes the men of stature Canada needs.
This independent school of 185 boys has prospered under the leadership of its Headmaster and Founder, Mr. John L. Wright. While his school in the past three years has been moulding the traditions which make such a school great, Mr. Wright brings to the College his own tradition of excellence in teaching and leadership extending over thirty years.
The Choristers of St. George's are a part of the great Cathedral choir heritage of England. These boys have toured Western Canada during the last two summers and this summer they will be singing at Expo in Montreal.
Mr. John Bradley was trained by the well-known Toronto organist and musician, David Ochterlony and he is organist and choir master at Rosedale United Church in addition to his musical duties at the College. His inspired leadership has transformed youthful individuality into that unity of spirit which makes for a great chorus. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Boy Choristers of St. George's College under the leadership of Mr. John L. Bradley.
The Choir sang.