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Toronto Branch 2019 Annual General Meeting
Sunday, January 27
Toronto Branch 2019 Annual General Meeting  (Annual General Meeting)
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Branch office at 40 Scollard Street, Suite 300.
We would like to remind our members of the upcoming 2019 Toronto Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on Sunday, January 27th at 2 p.m.  All members will receive their AGM package before the end of 2018, either via email or by post.
All members are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to attend. This is your chance to voice your concerns, ask questions and participate in the life of the branch.
The meeting proper starts at 2 p.m. but everyone is encouraged to come early for some delicious refreshments provided by our social committee and to socialize with fellow members.
Once the AGM business is concluded, we invited members to share a (short) genealogy story with us:  someone they found on their family tree or an interesting source they used in their research.
We hope to see you on January 27th.

The History of Military Uniforms
Sunday, February 24
The History of Military Uniforms  (Speaker Meetings)
2:00 pm
Toronto Branch office 40 Scollard Street, Suite 300
Our speaker, Paul Federico, is a military historian, writer, researcher.  He is also President of the Toronto Historical Association, Executive Director of the Toronto Military History Foundation and Chair of the Costume Society of Ontario.  Paul has been involved in history and historical organizations for over 40 years.  His work and passion have taken him to many places across North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and allowed him to speak to many groups, institutions and organizations about early Canadian history and Canada’s role in many spheres. He has been directly involved in Toronto’s historical legacy with the THA since its founding in 1998.
Paul's presentation will look at the history and development of uniforms in a military context. Uniforms speak to national interests, image and psychology and reflect the status of a country in how it wishes to be perceived, accepted and, yes, feared.

The Lost Squadron: The Royal Navy on Lake Ontario - War of 1812
Sunday, March 24
The Lost Squadron: The Royal Navy on Lake Ontario - War of 1812  (Speaker Meetings)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Branch Office at 40 Scollard Street, Suite 300
Sailing on the lake, out of sight from land and witnesses, the Royal Navy was essential to the British defense of Upper Canada against the American invaders. Come and learn of the seamen, officers, ships and actions that aided in our country to become what it is today.  Presented by Gurth Pretty and Ryan Moore, in period costume.
Gurth M. Pretty is an amateur navy and culinary historian.  He has been re-enacting for over twenty years with various War of 1812 groups, both for the British Army and the Royal Navy.  His interest in the Royal Navy dates to his volunteering aboard HMS Bee (Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene) as a landsman.  Aboard the longboat, Gurth is the gun captain and occasional helmsman.  At re-enactment events, he is the ship's cook, preparing period meals over the camp fire.  He received his warrant from the Victualing Board, certifying him as a warrant officer.  Gurth is the corporate cheese expert for a national grocery retailer. 
Ryan Moore is an avid historian and sailor, and has been a re-enactor since 2013.  Ryan has been sailing on tall ships and on a variety of smaller boats since he was young.  He recently crewed an 18th century Cornish lugger from England to France, delivering a cargo of ale.  Ryan is often the skipper/coxswain of the longboat and portrays the rank of an able seaman at re-enactments.  When not immersed in nauticalia, Ryan is busy as an urban planner working for a development company.
The Toronto branch office is located at 40 Scollard Street, suite 300.  It is three short blocks from the TTC intersection at Yonge and Bloor and there is a large municipal parking lot one block away, as well as some street parking.  Members are encouraged to come early to peruse our spectacular library, enjoy some refreshments and socialize with fellow members.  We hope to see you on Sunday, March 24th at 2 p.m.
(Naval artwork courtesy Mr. Peter Rindlisbacher)