LOOKING GREAT AT 89: Some of the celebrants at last year's annual party. (That's President Louisa McAlpine in the middle.)
Posted: Nov 2, 2015 10:29 AM | Last Updated: Nov 2, 2015 10:52 AM
HAMILTON - - It’s the home of Ken Dryden, Dave Thomas, the first ever Timmie’s, and perhaps the only city in the world where a professional sports franchise finished at the top of their division only to go on strike just as the playoffs were about to begin.
The year was 1925; the team was the Hamilton Tigers. And rather than lose face in a labor dispute, the players walked out and thus the 1925 Stanley Cup went to the Victoria Cougars. And it was the last year the NHL iced a team in the southern Ontario city known as “The Hammer.”
However, even as the feisty hockey squad was drawing the curtain on one enterprise; that same year a group of forward-looking people met for the first time in the Board Room of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. They formed a club called “Shippers Business Club of Hamilton,” but early on, the executive felt that even better results could be obtained by increasing the membership to people in rail, cartage, trucking and steamship business, and eventually, the club became the Hamilton Transportation Club.
Today, the club is more vibrant than ever, having fun, raising money and helping each other all year long, relying on the generosity and vitality of its 200-plus members to support a variety of good causes, hospitals, colleges and universities in the Hamilton area.
Next Thursday, Nov.12, the Hamilton Transportation Club (HTC) is celebrating its 90th anniversary. The party--and it sounds splendid, with entertainment and special guests galore--will be in the King George Ballroom in the elegant Liuna Station on James Street.
Louisa McAlpine, the current president of the HTC (and also President of Snowbird Transportation Ltd.) promises the 90-birthday celebration will be memorable and entertaining.
Welcome to the Hamilton Transportation Club. I am honored and excited to be the 90th President of the Club and the rich history that it represents.
Together with the Board of Directors I am working to ensure that the Club continues to enhance the region’s transportation industry experience for those who wish to participate. Our goal is to improve the Club by running great events and increasing our membership.
Personally, I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Sponsors for everything they do to support the Club. Every member benefits from their hard work and financial support. It is pivotal to the current and continued success of the Club.
However, we can’t do it alone and are always looking for enthusiastic “doers” to help enhance the Club’s experience. If you’re interested in helping out all it takes to get involved is a note to any Board of Director. The pay is lousy but it’s a lot of fun!
Every member can help the Club by encouraging company/industry peers to join. The larger our membership the better the networking experience will be for everyone.
If the golf tournament was any indication it’s going to be a great year. Details of our upcoming events can be found at on our Events page. Event spots are limited so sign up now to avoid disappointment!
There is more to the Hamilton TransportationClub than great networking events attended by great people. I am proud of the Club’s tradition of giving back to our local community. Through our memberships collective efforts the Club will continue to financially support local charities helping those that are not as fortunate as we are.
Thanks for entrusting me with this opportunity to be the Club’s President. I look forward to meeting each one of you at an upcoming events. All the best in 2015 – 2016!