Once Upon 200 Years - Bicentennial Gala Evening: Speech
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Dave Eke, Author
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The rough draft of Dave Eke's speech for the Bicentennial Gala evening.
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29 Jan 2000
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Library
Once Upon 200 Years: Bi-centennial Gala Evening
Saturday, 29th. January, 2000

1. Symposium: 18:00 to 19:00

2. Dinner: 19:00 to 20:30

Ladies & Gentlemen:

Good Evening. My name is Dave Eke, and, as chair of the Board of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Library, it is my pleasure to welcome you to "Once Upon 200 Years"; .... A Gala Evening Initiating the Bi-Centennial celebrations of our library.

As would have been said two centuries ago, "I call you to victuals"

I ask that everyone please stand for prayer and a toast to our queen and country.

Prayer:
We give thanks for this meal, and the fellowship of this evening, strengthened by the past and for faith in the future. Amen.

A Toast:
To Our Queen and Country
Thank You and Enjoy Dinner

Please Note: That discrete excursions during the meal to our silent auction are permissible, in order to place that winning bid -- infact are greatly encouraged!

Raffle: (Approximately 8:00 P.M.)
Ladies & gentlemen - may I have your attention. We have arranged an exciting raffle for this evening - and I call upon our regional councillor - Mike Dietsch to explain the details. Mike ...

Ladies & gentlemen - May I have your attention. I now call upon Mike Dietsch to make the draw for the winners of our special raffles.

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3. Greetings - Chair, N.O.T.L., Library Board 20:30 to 21:10

Good Evening ladies & Gentlemen and special guests.

As chair of the N.O.T.L. Library Board, I would like to take a brief moment to acknowledge the significance of tonight's celebration - "Once Upon 200 Years", the Bi-centennial celebration of our Town Library".

Looking back 200 years, we find ourselves in the New World of Upper Canada, a destination aspired by many United Empire Loyalists from Colonial England.

Its capital, "Newark:, formed in 1792, now known as Niagara-on-the-Lake was a centre for commerce and trade and a vision for optimism in the New World.

It has been said that "yesterday - is history, tomorrow - is a mystery, but today - is a gift - that's why we call it the "present".

Certainly, what we do with each day does become history and will also affect the future.

I believe that these early settlers fully understood the concept of the "gift of the present" - and how they could make a difference to the future.

The formation of the first library in Upper Canada, here in our town on June 8, 1800 is a testimonial of that gift - a gift which has been on-going for the past 200 years.

Insight into our forefather's thinking and their outlook of the day, cannot be expressed any clearer than when Andrew Heron took pen in hand and carefully made the first entry in the leather-bound book before him: and I quote - "Niagara Library, 8th June, 1800. Sensible how much we are at a loss in this new and remote country for every kind of useful knowledge, and convinces that nothing would be of more use to diffuse knowledge amongst us and our off-spring, than a library, supported by subscription in this town, we, whose names are hereunto subscribed hereby associate ourselves together for that purpose ..."

Then followed the signatures of the forty-one subscribers, with his own at the top.

The N.O.T.L. Library and its Board of Trustees are proud to celebrate this significant event and to have the opportunity to share it with so many. We hope that everyone will enjoy tonight's festivities.

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Greetings - Distinguished Guests

This evening, we host a number of distinguished guests from government and organizations supporting our institution. Each bring greetings. We are trusting that they meet the two objectives of our audience: shortness & sweetness!

I would first like to recognize Niagara-on-the-Lake's Lord Mayor Arturo Viola - Canada's only 'Lord' Mayor. Please welcome Art.
Thank you Art.

I would like to acknowledge as well, the members of town council present this evening:
Alderman Dennis Dick
" Austin Kirkby
" David Lepp, Jr.
" Judy Rylands
" Jamie Slingerland

Next, representing our federal government is our own member of parliament - Gary Pillitteri, M.P.. Please welcome Gary.
Thank you Gary.

Next, representing our provincial government is MPP - Bart Maves. Please welcome Bart.
Thank you Bart.

I would like to divert for just a moment. A month ago, if you were a pessimist, you would have declared that tonight's event would be a non-event - because of Y2K. In fact, it has been thru the tireless efforts of people - like the preceding politicians who tackled and diffused this Y2K threat.

I can hear a few people saying under their breath - like Jack Robinson (one of our trustees) saying - Yeah right!

However, I discovered only last week the real reason for our politicians paranoia for Y2K.

It seems they didn't want to have happen - what actually happened in the Soviet Union.

Let me refresh your memory ... you see, precisely on New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight - suddenly - the lights stayed on - but the president went out!

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Next, we are honoured to have with us "The National Librarian for Canada" Roch Carrier.
Roch assumed the position of "National Library for Canada" on October 1, 1999. He was made a member of the order of Canada in 1992 and is a former director of the Canada Council. A well known poet, novelist, playwright and essayist. He is probably best known for his children's book - The Hockey Sweater. Please welcome Roch Carrier.
Thank you Roch.

Next, representing our "Ontario Library Association" is its president Elizabeth Hoffman.

Elizabeth was formerly a library trustee with the Toronto Public Library Board and is presently the Ombudsman for Ryerson Polytechnic Institute.
The Ontario Library Association is the oldest library association in Canada and Janet Carnochan, while acting as secretary to the Niagara Library, was one of its founding members. The association will begin celebrating its centennial year in October, 2000.
Please welcome Elizabeth Hoffman
Thank you Elizabeth

Last but not least, please welcome "The Canadian Library Association's Vice-President Stan Skrzeszewski.
Stan is a principal of ASM Consultants, a library consulting firm who coincidentally will be working with Chamberlain Architect Services LTD., as library consultant for the new Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library opening this fall.

Please welcome Stan Skrzeszewski.
Thank you Stan.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I have a confession to make this evening. I want you to know that as chair of the N.O.T.L. library board I may not be as avid a reader as you might think.

My wife and children are all avid readers - and when I told my family that I would become chair for the library board - they all declared at once 'how could this be. Since we've never seen you read a 'book'.

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to confirm that I have a good outlook and personal philosophy regarding reading - that is...

'Everyone should go to bed with a good book - or someone who has read one'!

Present this evening from the St. Catharines Library is its director Lilita Stripnicks who would like to say a few words. Please welcome Lilita.

I would like to also recognize in our audience:

Mr. Brian Merritt - Chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission.
Mr. Michael Dietsch - Regional Councillor for the town of N.O.T.L.
Mr. Lew Holloway, Chief Administrative Officer for the town of N.O.T.L.

4. Break / Silent Auction 21:10 to 21:30

At this point in our program, we will take a twenty minute break in order that you - our guests, will have an opportunity to make that special bid for one of our silent auction gifts which have been so graciously donated.

The silent auction will close sharp at 9:30 P.M. and the theatrical performance "re-enactment of founding" will commence. Winning bids can be claimed at the conclusion of tonight's events.

We will see you back sharp at 9:30 P.M. Thank you.

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5. Re-enactment of Founding 21 30 to 22:00

Ladies and gentlemen. You now await a theatrical original entitled - "re-enactment of founding" by Maja Bannerman.

Maja Bannerman is best known for her one woman shows which she has toured across Canada Maja combines movement, music and words into an original performance she calls "contemporary cabaret'. Maja composed this script for tonight's performance and she is joined by musician Jonathan Earp and actor Jamie Mainprize in this very original re-enactment of the founding of the Niagara library - please enjoy.

thank you very much Maja, Jonathan, and Jamie for this outstanding performance it has been suggested that we build on this enthusiasm and encore by singing a round of 'happy birthday' to our library - lead by Jonathan Earp.

6. Forthcoming Events & Appreciations 22:00 to 22:10

This evening is the first event celebrating our bicentenary. on June 8th., the precise anniversary, we will be hosting an official opening in the lord mayor's chambers in this courthouse building, a display depicting our heritage for the past 200 years. This display will remain open to the public for approximately a two week period stay tuned for details: we invite all of you to attend!

Community libraries are key institutions helping users of all ages with their education, communication, information gathering, and leisure needs. Our library is building on its proud heritage to provide this quality service in a fast-changing world. Our board, and indeed our entire community, is dedicated to continuing the tradition of library excellence. The remarkable history of our library makes it an integral part of a region rich in natural and cultural traditions.

This evening marks the kick-off of our fundraising campaign for enriching the interior of our new library, anticipated for completion this fall. We want to ensure that this building provides easy access for everyone, adequate housing for collections, and pleasant working spaces for users of materials, with individualized services for our diverse clientele. The information highway and current in-house print and electronic materials will be readily available.

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4th - Round of Golf - Susan Fitzgerald - Bell
3rd - Conso. Pass for - Lynn Ridley 905-847-2352
2ns - Strewn Dinner 2 - Mike Ridley 519-837-9250

Your contributions will have lasting benefits for generations of " library users. Both individuals and corporations have the opportunity to enhance the library in significant and acknowledged ways you will want to be among the donors celebrating our renewed library you will be hearing from us!
1st - John St meal 10 - Rose Finnigan 468 - 9605

The board is grateful to all of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to this evening we particularly thank vintage inns, Stonechurch winery, the Mackenzie Printery, and all of the donors to the silent auction, all of whom have so generously and capably shown their regard for their library.

And above all, the board wishes to acknowledge and give heartfelt thanks to our existing staff and the many men and women of previous staffs who have gone before us during the past two decades centuries, for their dedicated professional and friendly service.

In closing, thank you all for joining with us this evening to begin our bicentenary. - But wait! Stop, woah, don't go -

> Please continue to stay and enjoy the fellowship of this evening

- Our string quartet will provide music for another hour.
- Our bar remains open
- and a reminder to you. Please: . Sign the special '2000 year book' marking events taking place in Niagara-on-the-lake for posterity, it is located in the drope hall this is a special undertaking by Ken Gansel and friends of Fort George.
. Also, to purchase a copy of the limited edition bi-centennial library poster as a memento of tonight's celebration.
. As well, to pick-up your winning silent auction gifts.
. And no, I haven't forgotten - i call upong Mike Dietch to make the draws for the winners of our special raffles.

Thank you everyone, for making this evening a most special occasion.

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Your contributions will have lasting benefits for generations of " library users. Both individuals and corporations have the opportunity to enhance the library in significant and acknowledged ways you will want to be among the donors celebrating our renewed library you will be hearing from us!

The board is grateful to all of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to this evening we particularly thank vintage inns, Stonechurch winery, the Mackenzie Printery, and all of the donors to the silent auction, all of whom have so generously and capably shown their regard for their library.

And above all, the board wishes to acknowledge and give heartfelt thanks to our existing staff and the many men and women of previous staffs who have gone before us during the past two decades, for their dedicated professional and friendly service.

In closing, thank you all for joining with us this evening to begin our bicentenary. -

Please continue to stay and enjoy the fellowship of this evening

- Our string quartet will provide music for another hour.
- Our bar remains open
- and a reminder to you. Please: . Sign the special '2000 year book' marking events taking place in Niagara-on-the-lake for posterity, it is located in the drope hall this is a special undertaking by Ken Gansel and friends of Fort George.
. Also, to purchase a copy of the limited edition bi-centennial library poster as a memento of tonight's celebration.
. As well, to pick-up your winning silent auction gifts.
Thank you everyone, for making this evening a most special occasion.

Dave Eke

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Once Upon 200 Years - Bicentennial Gala Evening: Speech


The rough draft of Dave Eke's speech for the Bicentennial Gala evening.