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Black Watch Association - Toronto
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About the Branch

The Toronto Association was actually formed by World War One members from the imperial side of our family in 1921. In 1935 the Association opened a club on Wellington Street and the Saturday and Wednesday night dances were very popular. The Saturday night dances continued until the close of the clubrooms.

The first Red Hackle Dinner was held on January 12, 1928 in the King Edward Hotel. With our move to York street as described below, the Dinner moved to the Royal York Hotel and remained there until 1987 when we moved the venue to the 48th Highlanders Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess in Moss Park Armouries.

Until the 40's, all Regimental members were from the Imperial Black Watch. The first "Canadians" (to which the new Regimental members were referred) did not arrive until the Second World War. From Wellington, we moved to York Street across form the Union Station in 1969 and had at our peak 550 members (mostly associate) possibly attracted by the delta in beer and liquor prices between ourselves and the Royal York Hotel directly opposite. However, all members knew the meaning of Regiment and family; for it was in those days we would have as many as 200 members on the annual November 10th evening Remembrance Day Parades.

Alas, the building on York Street was put up for sale in 1982 and although we had a large general membership, the managers of the Club had to be Black Watch Regimental personnel. This group was getting few in number, so the decision was made to close clubroom operations. However, we did go out in a blaze of glory in that on February 22, 1982 (the day after our last meeting), the electrical vault under the street outside blew up and the building went on fire. It has subsequently been demolished.

Since the loss of the formal clubrooms, we have been meeting in the Naval Club and in the Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.

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ACTIVE SERVICE FUND

The Active Service Fund (ASF) covers the cost of supplying comfort packages to our Black Watch Soldiers on active operations. All funds donated to the ASF are held in trust and can only be used in support of programs that assist our soldiers on operations. You can donate online through CanadaHelps by clicking on the logo below. Also, please note the item to choose once there.

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The current branch executive is as follows:

President: William (Bill) Carlisle Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.
Vice-President: Raymond Joseph, CD   Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.
Sergeant-at-Arms: Michael Dickinson Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.

Immediate Past President: William "Bill" Davis

Directors: 

Bill Green, Bill Carlisle, Michael Dickinson, Marilyn Lawson-Dickinson, Robbie Herd, Ray Joseph, Bruno Lamarre, David Mack

Membership renewal for 2017 is now open.

You may renew your membership using your credit card HERE (service charge applies) or mail a cheque (no service charge) to the address on your invoice.

Upcoming Events

RHD 2018 – January 13, 2018 - See ad for more details

 Tickets now on Sale- Red Hackle Dinner 2018 - January 13, 2018 :

Credit Card via PayPal: $98.25/person

http://blackwatchcanada.com/rhd2018.html

**Make your entrée choice by clicking the “down” arrow

Event Details:

Location:                       The Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto, 475 Yonge Street

Timings:                        Reception 18:00 hours; Dinner 19:30 hours

Dress:                            Mess Kit/Highland Dress, Black Tie optional

Keynote Speaker:        Dr. Timothy C. Winegard, DPhil (Oxon), Capt Ret'd, 1st Hussars Regiment.

                                       Department of History and Political Science Colorado Mesa University    

Keynote Address:        The Vimy Trap: The Canadian Corps' Pinnacle Performance in the Last Hundred Days

Seating Requests:

If you have a definite preference/made plans with a friend/s to sit together, please advise us at the time that you and your friends purchase your tickets and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Questions:

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Joining the Black Watch Association (Toronto Branch)

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