COVID-19: Weekly Update 04.16

Good afternoon Union Club Members,

Please allow me to begin by sincerely thanking all those members who have donated to assist our wonderful staff during this very difficult time. Your generous donations to-date have amounted to just over $14,000! As a result, the Club is purchasing Thrifty Foods Smile Cards for all the staff – $150 each for full-time employees and $75 each for part-time employees. Initial distribution of these cards to our staff begins tomorrow. On behalf of all the staff, the Management Team and the General Committee, thank you for your kindness. Also, next week, we will be putting together another food hamper for each staff member to enjoy.

I want to also let you know what is going on in your Club while we are closed. Both your General Committee and Finance Committee are meeting when necessary, and the Management and General Committee leadership meet regularly. Of course, all our meetings are being held virtually and I must say, we are getting better at it every time we hold a meeting!

As previously mentioned, the Management Team is working hard to ensure that our Members are continually informed of what is going on and are focused on making improvements to the Club. We are also working on re-opening strategies and plans to ensure that when Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, gives approval to open, we are ready to welcome all of you back as safely and as quickly as possible.

Your Club’s maintenance team has taken advantage of an empty parking lot this week with cleaning and painting new lines. They have also started to touch up items in the kitchen before all the equipment is put back.

Our Food & Beverage team have been busy! Given the success of “Cooking with Chef”, Chef Nicolas and William are working on a cooking and cocktail video series. These videos can be found online! Please find the first two links below.

In closing, I want to thank you all for your support over the past four weeks. I appreciate that this is not an easy time for anyone, and I am grateful for your continued support of both your Club and our employees.

Please stay safe and I look forward to welcoming you all back to your Club soon.



David Hammonds, General Manager


The Union Club is proud to launch a new YouTube page! Please find links to our first videos below – enjoy!

Video 1 (10:32):

Executive Chef Nicolas Hipperson Shows How to Make Hollandaise Sauce & Poached Eggs – at Home!

Video 2 (01:54):

William Johnson, Food & Beverage Manager, Shows How to Make a Hemingway Daiquiri – at Home!


Given that most of the world is catching up on TV shows and movies right now, and a lot of this viewing is through streaming services – Netflix, Crave TV, Prime Video and Disney+, just to name a few – we thought Club members might like to know what other Club members are watching. Do you have any TV shows or movies that you would like to recommend? If you do, please visit the Club’s Facebook page and look for the post “WHAT ARE MEMBERS WATCHING?” and leave your suggestions in the comments. If you do not wish to leave a review, please feel free to visit the comments section to possibly learn of some new TV shows or movies!


The Club is pleased to remind members of “Members Helping Members” where, during this difficult time, many of our at-risk members can obtain assistance with acquiring groceries and/or medication. The strength of community unity is more important than ever!

If you are healthy, able and willing to help, please contact Danielle Scott at with your name, service area, phone number and/or email address.

The first list of member volunteers has been formulated, and has been posted to the Member Central area of the Club’s website (MemberCentral/COVID-19 News/Members Helping Members), in order to maintain privacy. Those needing help can contact any of the volunteers directly to organize assistance. 

We are a family at the Club, and in these times, we need to look out for one another and help where we can. 


For those jazz lovers who are missing hearing live music at the Club, we are pleased to point you in the direction of the “Worldwide Concert for Our Culture: 2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala.”

This 90-minute Gala premiered last night, April 15th, however you can go visit and watch at anytime, via the links below:





Marquee TV is where you can watch dance, opera and theatre on demand. While there is a monthly fee for this service, they are offering a free trial period. From their website:

“Watch Marquee TV FREE for 14 days and see acclaimed productions from the Royal Opera House, Bolshoi Ballet, Teatro Real, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera Zurich and more. Watch ad-free on desktop, iOS and Android devices, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Cancel anytime. No charge within the free trial period.”



Please find below another link to UC history from the Archives, for your viewing pleasure:

The Union Club of British Columbia’s Newsletter, April 1992

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