We have come a long way since our inception in 1959 with 27
members in the first year.
Our longest serving member is Bill Hutchinson who joined in
Jeff Purvey, our Club Founder, moved to Peterborough and
opened a small Fish & Chips restaurant in 1956. He had previously worked in his fathers Fish
& Chip restaurant located on the Danforth, in Toronto.
After several years
here and because of his previous involvement in the Leeside Gyro Club, he
formed the club based upon a meeting of friends who liked to hunt and share
their good times.
This common ground of sharing fresh game amongst Club
members, led to the Club hosting Peterborough’s first “Wildlife Night”. Huge amounts of moose (and later buffalo from
a local ranch), pickerel and frog legs along with lots of beer and gambling
tables, proved to be a huge success.
This eventually evolved into an annual gathering (essentially a larger
stag event) for as many as 200-300 men.
From this night we raised several thousands of dollars every
year for local charities. This fell to
the wayside as other Clubs like the Lions and Optimists copied this event for
fund-raising and therefore, too many
hands in the pie led to declining attendance.
For quite a few years during the late 70's and 80's, our
Club used to put a float in the Peterborough Xmas parade. Members, spouses and the kids would get
together on weekends for months prior to the parade to work on some very fantastic
floats. These involved weekend workdays
along with family barbeques and dinners.
An annual event which has become popular enough for Gyros
from other Clubs to attend, is our Ice fishing trip. This involves lots of food (with our on ice
barbeque), lots of liquid refreshments, and the occasional catching of fish.
Our club has produced quite a few Governors and stepped up
to the plate to run conventions when needed.
Many of our conventions have been highly regarded, leading to our
official nickname “ Partyborough “.
Even though our Club suspends Gyro activities over the
summer ( June to August), we are still active with house parties and summer
“family” picnics. We are going to
introduce a get together once a month during the summer suspension in the
We have the usual formal Club events like Installation night
in June of each year and Xmas dances.