Eighteen Petrels attended the annual Sherlock Holmes Birthday Brunch on January 8th and raised their glasses to “The Master” after President Fran read a little toast written in 2008:
“The Stormy Petrels gather here
on this auspicious day
to toast the wisest and the best who
brought us all this way.
To Sherlock Holmes we raise a glass
and honour him once more.
The head of his profession
on this and every shore!”
The next regular meeting of the Stormy Petrels will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 chez Wood at 7:00 pm.
SH: “By the way, Watson, you know something of racing?”
Dr.W: “I ought to. I pay for it with half my wound pension.”
The case for discussion will be “The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place” the last of the 56 short stories. A rather dark tale of a family dog, burnt human bones and a crypt.
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Fran Martin became a member of The Bootmakers of Toronto in 1987 and The Stormy Petrels of B.C. in 1988.
She has attended several Sherlockian conferences including: In 1992 "Aspects of Holmes" in Bradford, England (hosted by The Northern Musgraves); In 2006 "ACD at 35" in Toronto (hosted by The Bootmakers of Toronto); 2013 "Sherlock Holmes Through Time & and Place" in Minneapolis (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); 2014 "Gillette to Brett IV" in Bloomington (hosted by Wessex Press); 2015 SherlockCon in Seattle; 2015 "A Scintillation of Scions VIII" in Baltimore (hosted by Watson's Tin Box); 2016 "The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes" (hosted by The Norwegian Explorers); in 2018 in Dayton, Ohio for the "Holmes, Doyle & Friends" conference (hosted by the Agra Treasurers).
Fran has held several positions with The Stormy Petrels of B.C. including secretary, vice-president, special events coordinator and is currently president and editor of the "Petrel Flyer".
She was honoured with being awarded the title of "Master Bootmaker" in 2014. She was very pleased to present a paper to a meeting of Sir Hugo's Companions in Chicago in 2017.
Fran has contributed articles to Canadian Holmes magazine, the Watsonian and Chris Redmond's "About Sixty" and "Sherlock Holmes is Like...". In May, 2018 she attended the 78th annual Speckled Band of Boston dinner. She was very honoured to have been one of the first women invited.
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