Saturday, 4 July 2015

National Club member is sailing for Canada in the Pan Am Games

Good luck to longtime National Club member David Odgen, who is competing in sailing (J24 class) for Canada in the Pan Am games. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Friday, 3 July 2015

2015-16 Board of Directors

Back Row - left to right:
Dalton Albrecht, Craig Smith (First Vice President), Marc Mercier and John Fisher

Front Row - left to right:
Anthony Haines, Kathy Steffan, Sean Hoehn (President), Bruce Bowser (Past President),
Winnie Go (Second Vice President) and Timothy Morris

Absent: Michael Dignam and Malcolm MacKillop

Annual General Meeting

Congratulations to new National Club President Sean Hoehn, elected at our June 23rd annual meeting.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sampling Series - Whiskey, Sherry & Port on June 10th

Sampling Series - June 10th
Malt Whiskey, Sherry & Port

Come out and socialize with your fellow members and guests at our next Sampling Series Event. Those attending will have the opportunity to sample a fine selection of malt scotch, sherry, LBV and vintage port.

The host for the evening will be our very own wine aficionado Matthew Cauz, who will lead everyone through the tasting and briefly chat about the selections being served.

This promises to be a very entertaining and informative evening for all! Enjoy a glass of sparkling to start, and a selection of fine artisanal cheeses and charcuterie will be served throughout the event.

To RSVP, please contact Margaret Creador by telephone at (416) 364-3247, or email:

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

2015 Charity Golf Tournament

Monday was a great day of golf with about $30,000 raised for Opportunity International, the 2015 National Club charity of choice. The weather was ideal - not too hot and the rain stayed away except for a few, short refreshing sprinkles.

The golf tournament has become part of our annual "Giving Back" initiative, which has seen more than $300,000 raised from Club members and donated to charities. Our gala dinner, also in support of Opportunity International, will be held September 23rd.

The pre-golf lunch.
Our live auction for charity with club GM Bill Morari as auctioneer.

 A duct-tape bandage handicap...

Hole sponsor & master jeweler Jacob B├╝chareff.

Getting ready for dinner and awards.

President & CEO Dale Patterson of Opportunity International,
the 2015 National Club charity of choice.

A well-deserved dinner (and glass of wine).

The "Most Honest Golf Team" award.

National Club Past President Stephen Lautens with President & CEO
Dale Patterson of Opportunity International,
and VP of Business Development Jannalee Anderson.

Past President and Order of Saint Joachim Grand Master with his sponsored hole.

Prizes for everyone!

Great wines from the National Club's cellar auctioned for charity.

Overall winners of best score. For the 1st time ever, two teams tied for first place.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Doors Open Toronto 2015

The National Club was overwhelmed by the interest of the public in the Club. On our first day at Doors Open we welcomed almost 1200 people. At times were were running 4 tours at once and the lineup outside was still down and around the block.

All our guests were impressed by the history and beauty of our 1907 clubhouse.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Join Us For Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

For the very first time The National Club will be participating in Doors Open Toronto and allowing the public a rare look inside our 108-year-old clubhouse at 303 Bay Street.

The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf is held on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, offering free and rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. 

Founded July 6, 1874, the National Club's first clubhouse opened at 96 Bay Street on March 30, 1875 as a home for the "Canada First Movement". Its first decade was a little rocky, suffering “financial embarrassment” in 1879 and again in 1883, with an appeal to its members to set the accounts in good shape. By 1893 the Club was ready to move out of the building it was renting and buy its own on King Street, but then the economic depression of 1894 hit and the Club decided it was more prudent to walk away from it’s $2,000 deposit on the United Empire Building and concentrate on renovating the current building. The Club moved next door to 94 Bay Street (owned by a Club member) during most of 1896 and moved back in that November to enjoy “an era of prosperity unparalleled in its history” – at least looking back from 1900 when one of the first club histories was written.

The National Club was so successful by the beginning of the 20th century that it was again contemplating new and enlarged premises. By 1903 membership had increased from 300 to 500 and the premises at 96 Bay Street were feeling cramped. Despite objections that moving north of King Street would put the Club “out of the core”, a location was found between King and Adelaide Streets known as Robinson House. The deep lot included an apple orchard at the back. The National Club  saved and raised a $140,000 from its members to buy the land and erect a new clubhouse at 303 Bay Street with all the conveniences, including delivery through the alley of large blocks of ice for the state of the art wooden refrigerators and cooking meals over coal ranges. On September 12, 1906 the cornerstone was laid and on December 17, 1907, The National Club’s new premises opened.

The 48,000 square foot clubhouse has been renovated, restored and maintained over the past 108 years to all its Edwardian glory. It houses the club's art collection, 40,000+ bottle wine cellar and many surprises.

Book your tour through the Doors Open Toronto website.