Posted by Mark Kowalsky on Aug 08, 2017
Joyce introduced our guest speaker Dan Donaldson giving his classification talk.
Dan was (characteristically) entertaining. In short, he joined Rotary in 1987 in Lindsay and transferred to Midland last year. His classification is “Entertainment”,and started off with a “Donaldson hidden quiz”. Everyone’s elephant was from Denmark. My eel was from Denmark. Coincidence? I doubt it.
His father was in Great Lakes Shipping, in Midland every 8 or 9 days, during which time he enjoyed his shore leave and met Dan’s mother.
Dan was (I’m sure only narrowly) beat out by Gordon Lightfoot in the Ralph Snelgrove Talent Search on tv, and took him to task on it years later. He studied at Western, getting a Batchelor of Music circa 1974. His career was in the entertainment industry, doing arts administration, cultural management, and was the manager of the Oakville arts centre, and ran theatres and galleries. He did some freelance broadcasting, and ….I couldn’t keep up with the list of all he did in Kitchener, Waterloo, Chatham, and Lindsay. He retired, and came home to Midland. He still plays trombone with Georgian Bay brass, and is still involved with a 17 piece Jazz group in Burlington.
Dan closed with an anecdote about booking Victor Borge and Victor’s recollections of three command performances for the Queen.