What is the Friday Luncheon Discussion Club (FLDC)?
The FLDC was founded in 1920 by a group of geologists who wanted to broaden their horizons by inviting persons from other disciplines to discuss a subject of their choice in an informal setting. The formula has lasted 90 years with adjustments being made in membership and the venue. The Club continues to exist for the social and intellectual benefits of its members. The FLDC is not a charitable organization. However, because of the facilities and the support services provided by the Central YMCA-YWCA, members are invited once per year to make a generous contribution to the Y. Today the Club has about 180 members and has an attendance of about 65 to 80 at its meetings. The members are retired or semi-retired professionals who have had careers in the public service, science, academia, medicine, business and the military.
Where and when does the FLDC meet?
The Club meets every Friday at noon at the Central YMCA-YWCA, 180 Argyle Avenue. The first meeting of the program year is held on the first Friday in October and the last meeting is held on the last Friday in April. On two occasions per year, the 2nd Friday in December and the last meeting in April, the Club meets at the RA Centre on Riverside Drive and members bring their ladies.
Who are the speakers and what do they talk about?
Speakers come from a broad range of disciplines. We have had members of the diplomatic corps, e.g. Chinese Ambassador and the British High Commissioner, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Ed Broadbent, Perrin Beatty, James Bartleman and many others from the academic, political, scientific and cultural communities from the diverse Ottawa scene. Topics cover a wide range from economic forecasts, global terrorism, climate change, policing, US-Canada relations and history to government accountability, etc.
What is the format of the meeting?
Members and guests gather before noon in the RBC Community Centre on the second floor of the Y and at 12:00 p.m. pick up a simple lunch of a sandwich, soup, and a small dessert. At about 1230 p.m. the President convenes the meeting; guests are introduced; announcements are made; and new business, if any, is dealt with. The speaker usually speaks from about 12:45 p.m. to about 1:20 p.m. A question period of about 30 minutes follows with the meeting concluding no later than 1:45 p.m. During a meeting participants are free to use information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker (s) or that of any other participant may be revealed.
How does one become a member of the FLDC?
Interested individuals can contact the Vice President (Membership & Communications) Douglas Heyland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-821-2505
or they can be invited by a member. Guests who return for a second meeting are automatically placed on the Active Membership List.