2013 Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Dear friends and colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 14th Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN). This year, our event is being held on Saturday, June 1, at historic, atmospheric, Golden Rule Lodge No. 5 in Stanstead, in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec.
This being an AGM, there will be business to attend to, such as project reports, an auditor’s report and elections to QAHN’s Board of Directors. This year, we will also have to ratify a few changes to our bylaws, changes which our board of directors have been working on over the past year.
Once the business has been attended to, we hope you will enjoy what we have planned for you. After hearing about the fascinating history of Golden Rule Lodge, which dates to 1860, and which has the distinction of being Quebec’s oldest Masonic hall, we will head across the street for a guided tour of the Colby-Curtis Museum. Housed in a stately 1850s-era granite home which includes most of its original furnishings, the Colby-Curtis is a splendid repository of Townships history and lore.
Next, we will gather for a delicious lunch at La Vieille Douane Restaurant, overlooking the Tomifobia River in downtown Stanstead. Over the course of the afternoon, we will hear guest speaker, humorist Ross Murray, make light of life in a border town. And, as we always do at this time of year, we will present our annual Marion Phelps Award, which recognizes outstanding long-term contributions by an individual volunteer to the preservation and promotion of Anglophone heritage in Quebec, and our Richard Evans Award, which recognizes the contributions of a group or organization of volunteers. After lunch, we will be treated to a guided tour of the world-famous Haskell Free Library and Opera House, which is built astride the Canada-U.S. border, a short stroll across the footbridge from the restaurant.
A proud member of the Association des plus beaux villages du Québec, and the “Granite Capital of Canada,” Stanstead is situated on the international border opposite Derby Line, Vermont. The town is especially rich in history, and there are many other sights to see, including Granite Central (a granite museum); the Stone Circle (a full-sized “Stonehenge” built of local granite); granite quarries; Centenary Church (one of the largest Protestant churches in Quebec); a heritage walking tour; Dufferin Heights Golf Course; Lake Memphremagog (nearby); and more. Should you wish to stay overnight in the area, there are several bed and breakfasts to choose from.
We hope that a representative of QAHN’s core member-organizations (and their spouses) will attend our AGM. Affiliated groups and interested individuals are also invited to take part in this event. Please note that only delegates from core member-organizations in good standing have the right to vote.
We do hope that you will mark June 1, 2013, on your calendars, and we urge you to register soon to attend this event. We look forward to seeing you!
QAHN's 2013 AGM is sponsored in part by: