I.B.M. Ring 49
The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club
Millennium Project History
by Alexander W. Hobson
It started back in 1927 with a few buddies getting together on a regular basis at a few member’s homes and has become a powerful meeting place for some of Canada’s, and the world’s top magicians. This list starts with the likes of Dr. John Booth, Doug Henning, Greg Frewin and continues as we go beyond the twenty first century. This document was originally compiled and written to be handed to the President of the Magic Wand club on their inauguration day. It is incumbent upon the new President to update and maintain this reference before it is handed to the next leader, for there is surly history made each new year, with such great people. It is the history and mystery that is Ring 49. There is a famous saying, “You can’t know where you’re going, if you don’t know where you’ve been”. This document hopes to make it clear the who, what, where and when of Ring 49. We all know the Why. Treat it with respect as it is a reflection of us all. It is hoped that each year, a yearbook will be compiled and inserted with these documents and held by a member until such time as it needs to be passed on in ceremony.
Alexander W. Hobson, Oakville, 12:01 am January 1, 2000.
1928 roster of magicians: Ring 17
Stan Hall, John Booth, Tom Tyrer, Jack Walker, Nubar Mekonian, Alec Pottinger
1947 roster of magicians: New Ring 49
Loyal S. Burke, Edgar J. Clarke, James H. Cullen, Stan Hall, Frank Hayes, William Lang, Irving N. Newson, Gordon L. Precious, Leonard Rumball, John E. Shipton
2000 roster of magicians: Jake Brohman, Chris Bruce, John Buitendyk, Joan Caesar, Dustin Crispo, Calvin Cutts, Derick Finn, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Jack Heeren, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Bill Ironside, Heinz Langhorst, Doug McCoy, Brian Michaels, Ron Mitchell, Al Munro, Chris Pereira, Gordon L. Precious, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Bill Stonham, Adam Swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Wally Warwick, Nicholas Wallace.
Ring 49 The Magic Wand Club Hamilton Ontario Canada actually started out as Ring 17 but due to falling attendance the Ring number was given up and picked up by the Toronto club, currently in use as Ring 17 Sid Lorraine The Hat and Rabbit Club Toronto. The Club was then granted a Charter on April 10, 1947 by then I.B.M. National President John Braun as recognized Charter Members of Hamilton, Ont., Ring 49. Previous to that, I.B.M. Ring 49 was actually originally given to The Egyptian Mummers Ring 49, Decatur Illinois USA, Sunday May 17, 1930. This charter was lost for reasons not yet researched. A copy of Hamilton Ring 49’s charter is posted with this.
The following information was obtained from Ring 49 member John Collins, who to our great fortune, has kept much of the information regarding Ring 49, including this written history by Phil Grinstead as follows…
History Magic Wand Club and I.B.M. Ring 49, Ontario (by Phil Grinstead)
It is our feeling that apart from stirring the memories of some of the older members, that the younger, more recent members will catch a glimpse of our earlier activities, and in doing so will feel that they are also playing, at this moment, an important part, for it is only too true that in the future these young men will be the leaders. The ones that somebody else will be writing up.
In the “Linking Ring” magazine, January 1927, President W.W. Durbin noted that Rings were being formed throughout the USA, and expressed a wish that all members would take an active part in promoting this medium of I.B.M. expansion.
Stan Hall, who already had become a member in January 1927, was quick to realize the benefit to be derived by associating in this broader way and at once made plans to round up the magicians in the city of Hamilton. By December 9th, 1927, Stan had the required number, enabling him to make application to Kenton, Ohio to form a Ring. This was approved on January 16th, 1928 and was, according to correspondence, the first organized Ring in Canada. Our number was Ring 17 and the charter members were Stan Hall, John Booth, Tom Tyrer, Jack Walker, Nubar Mekonian and Alec Pottinger. Phil Grinstead joined I.B.M. and the Ring November 1st, 1928, followed by Jim Parker and Norman Hilton in April 1929. March 30th, 1930 brought Otto Brownridge and Les Ellsworth into the group. Other members around this period were William Blake, Dr. Stewart and Tom Harrop.
Some very interesting meetings were held in those formative years. Here I am going to digress briefly to tell you something of the life and times… It was the golden era of Vaudeville, and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada boasted four variety theatres. The Lyric on Mary Street, (now the century) a first run Keith-Albee variety theatre – seats – booked only – 2 shows a day – top acts. The Temple theatre on Catherine Street South (now the site of a high rise apartment) was a 2nd run house – Vaudeville- later stock musicals – stock plays. The Pantages Theatre, now the Palace Theatre, highly successful continuous show open noon to ?? And had a worthy rival in Marcus Loews (now the Capitol) carried 6 acts plus silent pictures, later talkies and to have a route on either Pantages or Loews circuit meant you had a polished act. Much later the Tivoli theatre, using acts. Other legitimate houses, using road shows were the Savoy, now a parking lot, and the Grand now demolished. These were the regular spots that received almost an annual visit from Thurston, Blackstone, Dante, Ovette, Dr. Neff, and other notables.
Many of these performers came to our Ring 17 meetings. Stan Hall was the leading power in drawing these artists into contact with the club. We entertained (we hope) and were entertained by Oswald Rae, Blackstone, Dr. Carrington, Walter Gibson, Cardini, Nicola, Paul LePaul, Frank VanHoven, Bert Johnson, two world-famous ventriloquists – Arthur Prince and Walter Walters. In addition, a few special meetings, not Ring 17, were held at the home of John Booth and here we met Ramon, Edger Bergen, Burling Hall, Al De-Large, John Hunniford. Also a small one day tri-city party was held to honour visitor, Leslie Guest, U.S.A.. Here we strike an unfortunate note. The Hamilton club through no fault of its leader or membership, was forced to disband when severe business depression caused a general tightening of the purse strings. We simply could not meet I.B.M. dues or spend money on entertainment. Theatres were not overcrowded even at 25 cent matinee admission. Rough going for many.
On November 18, 1931 an attempt was made to revive Magic and the Magic club. Tom Harrop, inventor of magical props organized The Magic Club, meeting at a hall on Barton Street East in Hamilton. Charter members were Tom Harrop, Tom Tyrer, Phil Grinstead, Wm Blake, Otto Brownridge, and Les Ellsworth. This small operation lasted only two or three years and had but one ladies night.
Now we are coming up to the 1936-1939 period in which many great events took place. This new Magical group took the name of the “Hamilton Magician’s Club” and met in the Winter Gardens in Hamilton. This club had a somewhat up and down life, at times quite stormy, but on the credit side, put on some quite good public shows-two or three. Magic friends we remember from this period were: Jack Bastow, Harry Harmer, Wm(Scotty) Lang, John Shipton, Jeff Turner, Jack Bastow, Gym Ledwith, Hugh Somers, Herb Stonham, John Tomlinson, Tony Sanski, Frank Weatherall, Frank Monoham, Stan Hall, and of course all of the previously mentioned Magi.
On September 2, 1939, when several magicians from Hamilton were in attendance at the Piff Paff Poof convention at Fort Erie, Ontario, the radio in the hotel lobby aired the news of the start of the second world war. Club members all did their share in the war effort some by actual service, some through entertainment of the services. Frank Hayes (akbar) with the “Carry on Revue”, Hugh Somers & Dorothy with another Troupe show, Phil Grinstead “Thumbs Up Revue” and later with “Whiz Bangs”. Martin Grinstead with the Halifax Navy show. Bill (Scotty) Lang did a great job on food parcels to Great Britain and the Houdini night shows for shut-ins in the various institutions in Hamilton. All the members of course contributed aid to these unfortunates. Through these visits (1944-1947) the club received out-standing publicity through frequent use of group photos and write-ups in the Hamilton Newspaper.
This was also the summer picnic era, great gatherings at the Brauns, in Kitchener, Fred Clarke of Fergus, Don Potts of Brantford, and at Stan Hall’s and John Shiptons’ in Hamilton, and not just once, several times.
Early in 1947 it was felt that the time was ripe for the re-forming of the I.B.M. Ring. A group of members once again led by Stanley Hall applied for a charter. In March 1947 the Charter was granted and presented by James Lake, Ontario representative of the I.B.M. . Charter members were Loyal Burke, Edgar Clarke, Herb Cullen, Stan Hall, Wm Lang, Gordon Precious, Len Rumball, Frank Hayes, Irving Newson, John Shipton. The club was now known as I.B.M. Ring 49, Hamilton, Canada. The ring meetings were held at Stan Hall’s Main Street home for some time. Eventually, the ring increasing in size, it was felt that it was asking too much of the hostess to accept month after month such a large group.
A circuit list of available to receive monthly meetings at their home was drawn up and used until the Ring outgrew itself again. This was the period of meeting Cam Hooton, Billy McGhie, Capt. Bill James, Doug Hewitt, Lyle Elliott and Frank Smith.
Following experimental meetings in various locations including a somewhat dismal hall on Main Street near Ferguson, the club moved into Roberts Restaurant commencing with regular 8 o’clock meetings, trying 6:30 dinner meetings, each having its own advantage.
It is at this point in magical history that we must record some of our most successful years. There was good harmony in the membership, leaders, group committee and individual members all contributing their share. Mention should be made of some special magical events. Amongst others, we remember the night at Otto Brownridges’ home when Amadio Vacca, European Magician showed Ring 49 members portions of his “smoke” act. Geoffery Buckinghams’ lecture and demonstrations, Martin Elz and his wife. Dr. Ed Dawes from Glasgow, Scotland (now Professor E Dawes) Arnold Drennen IBM president, Robert Harbin, noted English Illusionist.
The influx of out-of-town members has given the club a tremendous boost. In closing, we record our thanks, specially to those who in any way materially assisted in directing the welfare of your I.B.M. Ring and to the members in general.
In the summer of 2000, a vote was taken by members of the Magic Wand club, I.B.M. Ring 49. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of changing the club name to, The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club. This initiative was suggested by Nick J. Sacco and spearheaded by Alexander W. Hobson. Permission was sought through legal channels and finally Debby Henning spoke with Alexander W. Hobson and was thrilled to give permission for Doug’s name to be used, as Doug hand been a member while attending McMaster University in Hamilton. Here is a copy of the press release, which was issued…
Press Release-Sept./11/2000 International Brotherhood Of Magicians Ring 49, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce the addition of the name Doug Henning to our magic club. The Hamilton Ring (club) 49 of the IBM, will now be known as The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club. This honour is being bestowed for Mr. Henning’s outstanding contribution to the Art of Magic and to his support of Ring 49 and the IBM. The honour was suggested by IBM Ring 49 member Nick Sacco and spearheaded in a club vote.
In a phone conversation September 8th, 2000 with Debby Henning, Doug’s widow, Debby said, “I would be honoured if you called your club The Doug Henning Magic Wand club. It’s really beautiful and I’m very very proud of this and thanks for honouring Duggy and giving him this great honour. Lots and lots of Love and prosperity for you and all of the magicians who belong to The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club. It’s very very beautiful and thank you so much.”
Debby also said, “Duggy was starting to get interested in magic again and he was going to many magic shops purchasing props so that he could use them when he got better.” Unfortunately, Mr. Henning continued to have ill health and passed away February 7, 2000 after suffering from liver cancer for five months, he was 52 years old.
Doug Henning was a member of IBM Ring 49 while attending McMaster University in Hamilton where he graduated with an Honours B.Sc. in Physiological Psychology before going on to obtain a doctoral degree in the Science of Creative Intelligence from Maharishi European Research University, Switzerland.
Henning is best known for his Magic specials on TV and in Canada, his exceptional show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, the first Rock Magical Musical Spellbound, broke every box office record at the Royal Alexandra. This allowed Doug to bring his show to Broadway with a new version called The Magic Show, which ran for four and a half years and became one of the longest running musicals in Broadway’s history.
Most recently Mr Henning had incorporated his new generation of magic into Veda Land, a theme park he designed in collaboration with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and with more than 20 of the leading theme park, construction, engineering, and architectural firms. Veda Land was slated to open in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. His last wish was that work continue to finance and construct this theme park and destination resort. For more information about Veda Land go to http://www.vedaland.com and for a complete biography of Doug Henning go to http://www.theatrics.com/doughenning
Chronology of meeting places for Ring 17 (1928) Hamilton
Stan Hall (Home) 1928
Stan Hall (Home) 1929
Stan Hall (Home) 1930
Chronology of meeting places for Ring 49 (1947) Hamilton
Stan Hall (Home) and various Members’ Homes 1947-1956
Robert’s Restaurant 1957 – 1963
Sheridan Connaught Hotel 1965 -1966
Robert’s Restaurant 1967
Knight Hall & Robert’s Restaurant 1967
Robert’s Restaurant 1968 – 1971
Dundurn Castle 1972
YMCA & Johnson Motor Motel 1972
Hamilton Place (McNab Street Hamilton Ontario) 1975 – 1983
Hamilton Public Library 1983 – 1985
Jewish Community Centre 1986 – 1987
Amalgamated Garment & Textile Hall 1988 – 1991
McMaster Medical Centre 1992
Binkley United Church Main Street Hamilton 2nd floor 1993 – 1997
Hamilton Spectator Newspaper Building (Auditorium) 1997 – 2000
McMaster Medical Centre 2000 – 2001
Binkley United Church Main Street Hamilton 2001 – Present
Chronology of Presidents
1928 • Stan Hall
1929 – 1948
1949 • Stan Hall
1951 • Len Rumball
1953 •John Shipton
1957 • Otto Brownridge
1958 • Don Potts
1959 • Lyle Elliott
1960 • Doug Hewitt
1961 • Herb Stonham
1962 • Phil Grinstead
1963 • Max Scott
1964 • Heinz Langhorst
1965 • John Kostermanv 1966 • Bill James
1967 • Ernie Cross
1968 • Doug Hewitt
1969 • Joan Woodcock
1970 • Fred Briggs
1971 • Doug Hobbs
1972 • Hugo Furney
1974 • Doug McCoy
1975 • Wm.”Scotty”Lang
1976 • Gordon Precious
1977 • Ernie Cross
1978 • Leslie H. Wismer
1979/1980 • Al McArthur
1981/1982 • Cliff Morris (Hamilton)
1982/1983 • Gerald Ripley
1983/1984 • Doug Hunt
1985/1986 • John Buitendyk (Arkell)
1986/1987 • Capt. Bill James (Hamilton)
1987/1988 • Doug Hewitt
1988/1989 • Doug Hewitt
1989/1990 • Phil Leeson
1990/1991 • Phil Leeson
1991/1992 • Doug McCoy
1992/1993 • Doug McCoy
1993/1994 • Derrick Finn
1994/1995 • Derrick Finn
1995/1996 • Cam Hooton (Burlington)
1996/1997 • Cam Hooton (Burlington)
1997/1998 • Scott Hood (Oakville)
1998/1999 • Joan Caesar (Elora)
1999/2000 • Chris Pereira (Mississauga)
2000/2001 • Alexander W. Hobson (Oakville)
2001/2002 • Alexander W. Hobson (Oakville)
2002/2003 • Nick J. Sacco (Mississauga)
2003/2004 • Ron vanSomeren (Ancaster)
2004/2005 • Nick J. Sacco (Mississauga)
Ring 49’s members are some of the most dedicated in magic and as such, there are five awards which are handed, not necessarily every year, to individuals who go far beyond what is necessary to help the club work.
IBM Ring 49 Hamilton, The Doug Henning Magic Wand Club, Magic Wand Thank You Award…
Beginning in September of 2000, President Alexander W. Hobson manufactured and presented the Ring 49 executive, as well as each visiting lecturer, with a special Magic Wand Thank You Award, consisting of a custom hand manufactured wand and case, complete with custom engraved brass presentation plate, certificate of authenticity and cloth protective bag. The following people have received one or more of these awards…
Ron Zollweg, Karl Norman, “Devil” of France, Shawn Farquhar, Chris Pereira, Garrett Thomas, Ray Anderson, David Stone, Al Munro, Alexander W. Hobson (2), Keith Stevenson, Chris Bruce, Hugo Furney (2), Bill Ironside (2), Ron van Someren, Paul Richards, Chad Long, Tom Craven, Ray Anderson, Ken McCreedy, Doug and Katie Hunt, Carroll Baker, Henry Evans, Joan Caesar, Romaine, Gord Precious, Nick J Sacco(Many), Jay Scott Berry, John Cardella, Marc DeSouza, Morrissey Magic, Thomas Baxter, Adam Swaye, James Biss, Charles Gauci, David Ben, Petrick & Mia, Greg Frewin, Ted Harding, Mark Mason, Hiam Goldenberg, Menny Lindenfeld.
The John E. Shipton Memorial Award Presented to a member of the Magic Wand Club and IBM Ring 49 Hamilton Ontario For Achievement. Introduced (1964 By Mrs. Shipton)
John E. Shipton (19– -19-)Bio:
1964 • Captain William (Bill) James (Hamilton)
1998/1999 • Alexander W. Hobson (Oakville)
1999/2000 • Alexander W. Hobson (Oakville
) 2000/2001 • Nick Sacco (Mississauga)
2001/2002 • Nick Sacco (Mississauga)
2002/2003 • Alexander W. Hobson (Oakville)
2003/2004 • Alexander W. Hobson (Oakville)
The Doug Henning Most Improved Member Award
2002/2003 Riley Boyd
2003/2004 Diego Mejia
The Doug Hewitt Award, Most Talented Newcomer, Introduced (1998 by Joan Hewitt)
Doug Hewitt (1926 -1997) Bio: •IBM # 16476. President Magic Wand Club 4 terms. TVP Southern Ontario. Son of the late George and Margaret Hewitt, Doug was a WWII Veteran, formerly employed by G.W. Robinson, Dominion Stores as a commercial artist, more recently a part-time worker at McMaster Medical Centre and volunteer entertainer in the children’s ward. Better known as “Maxwell the Magician” for over forty years, an entertainer at heart, Doug was always quick with a joke and always ready to help out young people getting started in magic. Doug was a long time member and elder at St. John United Church and was very involved with his church charity shows, most recently helping plan a show to aid children in Haiti. Past away January 29, 1997, Doug is survived by his wife Joan (Pratt), and son Martin of Calgary Alberta Canada.
Recipients: 1998/1999 Nicholas Wallace
The Stan Hall Award for stage performance Introduced (19-)
Stan Hall (1896-1977)Bio: Stan Hall, Born January 1896, Bolton, Lancashire, England. Interested in Magic since age seven. 1913 left England and moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 1916 to 1919, served in Canadian Armed Forces in France/Belgium, presented Musical/Magic act while in service. Returned to Canada after tour of duty and worked on act. 1927, joined the I.B.M. and shortly after, formed Hamilton Ring, one of the first Rings in Canada. Appointed by President W.W. Durbin, Stan was one of the first Canadian representatives of the I.B.M.. He contributed to the Linking Ring and many other magic magazines of the time as well as being selected to appear and compete at conventions, winning for originality. In 1951, Stan toured the UK, France and Belgium for three months, visiting Rings, going to conventions and spreading the magic word. His home was the first meeting hall for Hamilton Ring 49’s meetings, as well as the original Ring 17, with its giant living room, it was ideal for magic meetings and presentations.
Recipients: 1988 Doug Hunt
The Scotty Lang award for close-up
Scotty Lang (19– -19-)Bio:
Recipients: 2000/2001 Derick Finn
2002/2003 John Cardella (“Professor Cardella”)
The Jake Brohman award for Best Variety in Close-up
Jake Brohman (19-)Bio:
Chronology of club events…
Work in progress for 1963 information…
1963 – Doug Henning becomes member of Ring 49(voted in by members because he is only 16) Heinz Langhorst and Hugo Furney sponsor him.
June, Doug Henning performs for Ring 49
December Doug Henning is at Ring 49
1996 – Sept. Lecturer Gary Kurtz, Oct. New Members and Members perform, Nov. VCR Night, Dec. Gerry Frenette Guest Lecture
1997 – Jan. Auction Night(Bill Stonham Auctioneer), Feb. Talent Exchange with Ring 17 Toronto (Gerry Frenette, Chris Pereira, Paul Pacific, Mark Lewis, Zanzar perform), Mar. Lecture Ken McCreedy, Apr.1st Morrisey Magic Demo Apr. 29 Patrick Page, May Doug Hewitt auction, June Lecturer Jay Scott Berry, Sept. Lecturer Thomas Baxter, Oct. Get to Know Your Club Night, Nov. Phil Matlin dealer demo, Dec.Annual Xmas Dinner and show
1998 – Jan. Auction (Bill Stonham Auctioneer), Feb. New Members Night, Mar. Jay Sankey Lecture and Les Wismer presents Drew Kuraitis and our club with 50th anniversary plaque, Apr. Rafael Benatar, May London Ontario member exchange night, June Derick Finn lecture, Jul. Scott Hood house get together, Aug. Bill Barrett house get together, Sept. Adam Swaye lecture, Oct. Phil Matlin Perfect Magic dealer demo, Nov. Gord Precious “Electronic Magic” Lecture, Dec. Xmas dinner and show
1999 – Jan. Ring Members show, Feb. auction(Bill Stonham Auctioneer), Mar. Fonthill Ring 294 exchange night, Apr. 19 members show Apr. 27 Simo Alto (joint lecture with Kitchener), May Byron and Marlene Morton Images Puppet Productions lecture, June Members perform June 4 Dr. John Booth visits, Sept. Balloon-o-rama night, Oct. Bob King Magic Lecture, Nov. Acer/Sankey lecture, Dec. Xmas dinner at Ding Ho restaurant
2000 – Jan. Auction Night (Bill Stonham Auctioneer), Feb. Dan Harlan lecture(Kitchener), Mar. David Harkey lecture, Apr. New members show and Toronto Exchange Night, May Barry Govan Lecture (Kitchener), June Morrisey Magic and new members perform night, July Ring 49 Gets a Web Site,
2000/2001 – September Ron Zollwegs’ Commercial Magic Lecture, October “Devil” (Guiseppi Pumatti) from France with Electronic Magic, November Shawn Farquhar Corporate Magic Lecture, December Mandarin Restaurant Holiday Party. Jan. Chris Pereira Restaurant Lecture, Feb. Garrett Thomas Lecture, Mar.Auction Night, April…Ray Anderson/Adam Swaye Perform, May…David Stone Lecture, June…Al Munro Lecture
2001/2002 – September – Paul Richards of Elmwood Magic/John Cardella Member Workshop, October – Chad Long Lecture/Dustin Crispo Member Workshop, November – Tom Craven Lecture and Workshop/Chris Bruce Member Workshop, December – Mandarin Holiday Party, January – Auction Night with Ray Anderson/Doug McCoy Member Workshop, February – Ken McCreedy Lecture/Nick Sacco Member Workshop, March – Doug and Katie Hunt High Hopes Lecture/Old Pros and New Souls Performances by members/Ron Ford Member Workshop, April – Carroll Baker Lecture/Ron van Someren Member Workshop, May – Henry Evans Lecture/Joan Caesar Member Workshop, June – Romaine/Browser’s Den workshop
2002/2003 – September 2002: Jay Scott Berry Lecture/John Cardella Member Workshop, October 2002: Marc DeSouza Lecture/Scott Hood Member Workshop, November 2002: Morrissey Magic Demo/Alexander W. Hobson Member Workshop, December 2002: Mandarin Holiday Party, January 2003: Thomas Baxter Lecture/Robert Vanden Heuvel Member Workshop, February 2003: Auction with Ray Anderson & Members perform, March 2003: Adam Swaye Lecture/Ron Ford Member Workshop, April 2003: James Biss Lecture/Doug Hunt Member Workshop, May 2003: Old Pros – New Souls/Rob Fishbaum Member Workshop, June 2003: Charles Gauci Lecture/Dealer Demo.
2003/2004 – September 2003: David Ben, October 2003: Petrick & Mia, November 2003: Greg Frewin, December 2003: Mandarin Restaurant, January 2004: Ted Harding, February 2004: Auction Night In Hamilton and Flea Market, March 2004: Old Souls & New Pros Night, April 2004: Mark Mason, May 2004: Hiam Goldenberg & Menny Lindenfeld, June 2004: Paul Richards & Elmwood Magic.
Roster of Members
Hamilton Ring 17 (Charter January 16th, 1928)
1928 Charter Members: Stan Hall, John Booth, Tom Tyrer, Jack Walker, Nubar Mekonian, Alec Pottinger
1928 New member (November 1st, 1928) Phil Grinstead
1929 (April) Jim Parker, Norman Hilton
1930 (March 30th) Otto Brownridge, Les Ellsworth
Hamilton Ring 49 (Charter April 10,1947)
1948 Charter Members: Loyal S. Burke, Edgar J. Clarke, James H. Cullen, Stan Hall, Frank Hayes (1916 – 1998), William Lang, Irving N. Newson, Gordon L. Precious, Leonard Rumball, John E. Shipton.
1949 – 1995
1995 – 1996 Jake Brohman, John Buitendyk, Joan Caesar, Calvin Cutts, Derick Finn, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Jack Heeren, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Heinz Langhorst, Doug McCoy, Brian Michaels, Ron Mitchell, Al Munro, Gordon L. Precious, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Bill Stonham, Adam Swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Wally Warwick
1996 – 1997 Jake Brohman, John Buitendyk, Joan Caesar, Calvin Cutts, Derick Finn, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Jack Heeren, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Heinz Langhorst, Doug McCoy, Brian Michaels, Ron Mitchell, Al Munro, Gordon L. Precious, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Bill Stonham, Adam Swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Wally Warwick
1997 – 1998 Jake Brohman, John Buitendyk, Joan Caesar, Calvin Cutts, Derick Finn, Ron Ford, Jack Heeren, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Heinz Langhorst, Doug McCoy, Brian Michaels, Ron Mitchell, Al Munro, Chris Pereira, Gordon L. Precious, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Bill Stonham, Adam Swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Wally Warwick
1998 – 1999 Jake Brohman, Chris Bruce, John Buitendyk, Joan Caesar, Dustin Crispo, Calvin Cutts, Derick Finn, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Jack Heeren, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Heinz Langhorst, Bill Ironside, Doug McCoy, Brian Michaels, Ron Mitchell, Al Munro, Chris Pereira, Gordon L. Precious, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Bill Stonham, Adam Swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Wally Warwick, Nicholas Wallace
1999 – 2000 Jake Brohman, Chris Bruce, John Buitendyk, Joan Caesar, Dustin Crispo, Calvin Cutts, Derick Finn, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Jack Heeren, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Bill Ironside, Heinz Langhorst, Doug McCoy, Brian Michaels, Ron Mitchell, Al Munro, Chris Pereira, Gordon L. Precious, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Bill Stonham, Adam Swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Wally Warwick, Nicholas Wallace
2000 – 2001 Jake Brohman, Chris Bruce, Joan Caesar, Dustin Crispo, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Bill Ironside, Heinz Langhorst, Doug McCoy, Brian Michaels, Al Munro, Chris Pereira, Gordon L. Precious, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Ron van Someron, Wally Warwick, Nicholas Wallace…
2001 – 2002 Ray Anderson, Jake Brohman, Chris Bruce, Joan Caesar, John Cardella, John Collins, Dustin Crispo, Calvin Cutts, Murray Enkin, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Mark Furney, Ted Harding, Jack Heeren, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Bill Ironside, Alex Jadad, Heinz Langhorst, Duncan MacKenzie, Doug McCoy, Ken McCreedy, Al Munro, Dale page, Chris Pereira, Gordon L. Precious, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Adam swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Robert Vander Heuvel, Ron van Someron, Wally Warwick, Nicholas Wallace…
2002 – 2003 Ray Anderson, Riley Boyd, Jake Brohman, Chris Bruce, Joan Caesar, John Cardella, Joe Clifford, John Collins, Dustin Crispo, Calvin Cutts, Murray Enkin, Eleanor Enkin, Rob Fishbaum, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Mark Furney, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Bill Ironside, Alex Jadad, Stephen Kirkegaard, Heinz Langhorst, Duncan MacKenzie, Doug McCoy, Ken McCreedy, Diego Mejia, Al Munro, Chris Pereira, Gordon L. Precious, Graeme Reed, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Adam Swaye, Jim Travale, Robert Vander Heuvel, Ron vanSomeren, Ralph Wheeldon.
2003 – 2004 Riley Boyd, Jake Brohman, Chris Bruce, Joan Caesar, John Cardella, Rene Chouinard, Douglas Claus, Joe Clifford, John Collins, Dustin Crispo, Calvin Cutts, Murray Enkin, Eleanor Enkin, Sean Evans, Rob Fishbaum, Ron Ford, Hugo Furney, Mark Furney, Alexander W. Hobson, Scott Hood, Cam Hooton, Doug Hunt, Bill Ironside, Alex Jadad, Stephen Kirkegaard, Heinz Langhorst, Duncan MacKenzie, Teddy Mahy, Doug McCoy, Ken McCreedy, Diego Mejia, Dale Page, Glenn Poole, Dave Pothier, Gordon L. Precious, Graeme Reed, Ken Saburn, Nick Sacco, Max Scott, Keith Stevenson, Adam Swaye, Sophia Szilagyi, Jim Travale, Robert Vander Heuvel, Ron vanSomeren, Wally Warwick, Ralph Wheeldon.
Famous Lecturers and Visitors to IBM Ring 49 Hamilton/17 Hamilton:
Simo Aalto, Carroll Baker, Thomas Baxter, David Ben, Raphael Benatar, Jay Scott Berry, Blackstone Sr., Geoffery Buckingham, Cardini, Tom Craven, Dante , Dr. Carrington, Marc DeSouza, Henry Evans, Greg Frewin, Charles Gauci, Shawn Farquhar, Walter Gibson, Bert Johnson, Gary Kurtz, Paul LePaul, Chad Long, Mark Mason, Ken McCreedy, Dr. Neff, Nicola, Karl Norman, Oswald Rae, Ovette, Patrick Page, David Stone, Garrett Thomas, Frank VanHoven, Petrick and Mia, Romaine, Ron Zollweg, David Acer, Jay Sankey, Richard Saunders, World-famous ventriloquists – Arthur Prince and Walter Walters. In addition, a few special meetings, not Ring 17, were held at the home of John Booth and here we met Ramon, Edger Bergen, Burling Hall, Al De-Large, John Hunniford. Also a small one day tri-city party was held to honour visitor, Leslie Guest,
‘He seems so near and yet so far.’ – ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, In Memorium
Stanley Hall………………(1896 – 1977)
Frank Hayes………………(1916 – 1998) IBM#8834 Order of Merlin Excalibur
Jack Heeren……………….(1923 – 2002) IBM#18086
Douglas James Henning…..(1947 – 2000)
Doug Hewitt………………(1926 – 1997) IBM#16476
Ronald (Ron) S. Mitchell…(1920 – 2000) I.B.M.#22659 Order of Merlin
Al Munro………………….(1925 – 2002) I.B.M. #22443M
Dale Page…………………(1944 – 2004) I.B.M. #50628