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 96 years, though obviously membership and venues have changed. The Club continues to exist for the social and intellectual benefits of its members. The FLDC is not a charity but it is a non-profit organization. In gratitude for 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. Most members are retired or semi-retired professionals who have had careers in the public service, science, academia, medicine, business and the military. Retirement is not a precondition of membership. People still working sometimes attend and are always welcomed.
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 first Friday in May. On two occasions per year, the second Friday in December and the first Friday in May, the Club meets at a banquet room venue over a catered lunch in celebration of the Holiday Season and the annual conclusion of our program of speakers. This is an opportunity for extra guests or spouses who may not be able to attend other meetings, to come and enjoy an interesting presentation. .
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, 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. The fall 2016 schedule of speakers will be listed in the next section of the website.
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. The current payment is $10.00 At about 1230 p.m. guests are introduced and announcements are made. The speaker usually speaks for 30/45 minutes and a question period follows. The meeting normally concludes at 1.45pm. The press is not invited and members may not quote the speaker or other members in public or social media.
How does one become a member of the FLDC?
Interested individuals can contact the Vice President (Membership & Communications) Harold Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-562-0571.
or they can be invited by a member. Guests who return for a second meeting are automatically placed on the Active Membership List.