Royal Patrons Circle

Member News | Spring 2013 Renew RPC

For 29 years, RPC has supported the ROM’s overall mission to build community by nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder. This special tradition of annual giving to the ROM enriches the collections, programming and international research that brings the Museum to life.

Centennial Appeal Heart

Dear RPC Members,

The ROM is preparing to celebrate a significant and exciting milestone year in 2014 - a century of building communities and bringing people and ideas together. The ROM's centennial celebrations throughout 2014 will mark 100 years of excellence and provide an important opportunity to share both the stories of our legacy and our evolution into an essential destination for learning, inspiration and understanding. A year-long series of special programs, events and activities will engage the community and invite the public to be part of the fun at the ROM and help contribute to the Museum's future.

This year, the Museum will celebrate its 99th birthday on March 19, 2013 and the ROM Governors will launch a special community fundraising campaign called Love the ROM. We will be reaching out to our family of ROM supporters by phone, email and mail starting this spring. We hope you will show your love for the ROM and help us celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime moment in the Museum's history by making a commemorative centennial gift in your name, or in a loved one's name and receive special recognition in our centennial year!

RPC remains an essential part of the ROM’s rich history of philanthropy and will celebrate a remarkable 30 years in 2014. As a valued member of RPC, you will continue to enjoy fascinating programming throughout the ROM's centennial year, including a very special event for our donors, and our current roster of events is no exception. In this newsletter, you will find details on our upcoming programming to mark in your calendar.

I look forward to seeing you soon, and thank you for your generous support of the ROM.


Harriet Walker
Chair, RPC Ambassadors



Upcoming Events    
RPC Members enjoying a reception

Currelly Society and RPC Special Lecture
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Join us for the first co-presented Currelly Society and RPC lecture, featuring a daytime talk on Islamic art by ROM experts. Guests get to mingle, listen and learn at this special presentation by distinguished experts.

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Exclusive Member Reception
3:00 - 4:00 pm, Lecture, Theare
Location: Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre and the RBC Foundation Glass Room
Entrance: Michael Lee-Chin Crystal

Look for your invitation in the mail.


Ancient PROM

Ancient PROM
Saturday, April 6, 2013

It’s time again for our Young Patrons Circle signature fundraiser! This year, hundreds of YPC members and guests will gather for a contemporary party inspired by past civilizations.

Hosted by MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and CP24’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia, Ancient PROM will be an unforgettable night of live entertainment and dancing, luxurious lounge areas and gourmet fare in support of the ROM.

Tickets available at


Claire Healy on a behind-the-scenes tour

RPC Behind-the-Scenes
Thursday, April 18, 2013

RPC Members are invited to tour four different areas of the Louise Hawley Stone Curatorial Centre followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Louise Hawley Stone Curatorial Centre
Entrance: Weston Entrance, Historic Rotunda, Queen’s Park

Look for your invitation in the mail.


Image of ROM Crystal from Philosopher's Walk

Save the Date
Chairs' Reception
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Won J. Kim, Interim Chairman of the ROM Board of Trustees and Robert Pierce, Chairman of the ROM Board of Governors look forward to honouring the many donors, patrons, sponsors and volunteers that have supported the ROM this year. On behalf of the ROM, we thank RPC members for their ongoing commitment and look forward to celebrating with you on May 8, 2013.

Look for your invitation in the mail.

Past RPC Events    

Thank you for joining us!

Since the last edition of the newsletter, RPC Members have enjoyed several events at the ROM including the Family Holiday Gathering on December 2, 2012 and the Patrons Family Lounge on February 17, 2013.

On December 16, 2012, RPC, YPC and Currelly Society members also had the opportunity to meet 12 of the world’s experts on Peking Man at our exclusive VIP Tea prior to Rediscovering Peking Man: New Discoveries & the Canadian Connection. This exciting lecture explored Canada’s contribution to the discovery of Peking Man and highlighted new excavations happening at Zhoukoudian, the site where Peking Man was first discovered in 1923.  

Finally, RPC Members and guests enjoyed a special lecture from Dr. Clemens Reichel, lead curator on the upcoming blockbuster exhibition Mesopotamia at the RPC Keynote on February 20, 2013. Dr. Reichel gave RPC an exclusive first look at the structure of the exhibition and highlighted some of the key objects that will be displayed.


Visiting Scientists from China at the Peking Man Lecture VIP Tea
Some of the distinguished guests from China with RPC and Currelly Society members.



Many thanks to our Patrons Family Lounge Cookie Sponsor

Mary MacLeod


Dr. Clemens Reichel with RPC Members at the RPC Keynote
Dr. Clemens Reichel, left, answering questions following his lecture on Mesopotamia.

Dr. Rae Ostman at the RPC Keynote reception
Dr. Rae Ostman, centre, the new Managing Director of the Centre for ROM Ancient Cultures.

RPC Members enjoying the RPC Keynote reception
Bottom left and right: Members and Guests at the
RPC Keynote reception.

RPC Keynote reception


Patron Update    

New Members
Thank you and welcome to our most recent RPC Members:

James Collins
Janice Correa
James Irving
Elizabeth A. McLuhan & Donald G. Myers
Dr. Patricia Murphy
Rosemary Speirs
Judith A. Wahl


New RPC Benefits

RPC has introduced a number of new benefits at the individual giving levels.

These include additional guest spots at events, a private tour for up to ten people, and a private ID clinic.

To increase your support and take advantage of these exciting new benefits contact Jayne Whitfield at or 416.596.5842.

Let's ROM    

March Break 2013: Passport to the World
March 9–17, 2013

Come to the ROM this March Break, where family fun and learning are on the ticket: bring the kids or grandkids and head on a global adventure, stamping your Passport as you go! The ROM has brought out tons of cool things just for March Break: explore hands-on artifacts and specimens from behind the scenes and engage with ROM staff like never before.

Special for ROM Members: ROM Members can experience the cosmos first with exclusive access to the 11:30 am showing of the Starlab!

Member Lecture: CSI - ROM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7:00–8:30 pm
ROM Members Only

Join Oliver Haddrath, ROM Technician, Natural History Department for this very special Members’ lecture about the ROM's work with DNA.

Please register online or by calling 416.586.5700.

Glyph Turned Upside Down: The Lillian Massey Building Stained Glass
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
7:00–8:00 pm

Egyptologist Steven B. Shubert (PhD University of Toronto) will explore the ancient Egyptian models for the representations of pre-Raphaelite artist Henry Holiday found in the spectacular stained glass windows at the University of Toronto's Lillian Massey Building.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 416.586.5797.

Behind the Seams at the Costume Institute
Friday, April 5, 2013
4:00–6:00 pm

Chris Paulocik worked as the Conservator at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York from 1989 to 2011. She was in charge of conservation, installation and collections. Chris will discuss her experiences working with a world famous collection and a demanding exhibition schedule.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 416.586.5797.


Wills & Estate Planning Sessions
Estate Planning
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
6:30–8:00 pm
Presented by Michael Mallinos, Principal at Stonegate Private Counsel

A common misconception is that only those with significant assets need a will. The truth is, even those with modest means — owning investments, real estate, vehicles or other personal effects — have an estate. 

Having a valid, up-to-date will means you choose your beneficiaries. This ensures that your wishes for your family are met and presents an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to your community. 

Members of RPC and the general public are welcome to attend our free sessions on wills and estate planning presented by professional advisors.

Learn about how to choose an estate trustee or executor, when to set up a trust, and the benefits of leaving a legacy.

RSVP to Janice Correa at 416.586.5578 or Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on how to start planning your gift, please visit

The First Nations' Role in the War of 1812-1814
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
4:00–6:00 pm

It was a war between the British/Canadians and the Americans, but the First Nations played an important part.

Come and hear Dr. Trudy Nicks, Senior Curator, World Cultures Department at the ROM as she explains this added dimension to the War of 1812-1814.

Light refreshments included.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 416.586.5797.



Artifact Highlight    

Striding Lion video

This video may be accessed at


Marvel from Mesopotamia

The Striding Lion of Babylon once adorned the citadel of the Nebuchadnazzar castle. Found in the throne room, the decorated relief on clay bricks is extremely rare and is one of the ROM's iconic, must-see treasures.

See it for yourself in the upcoming Mesopotamia exhibition opening June 22, 2013.

Distributed quarterly, RPC Member News highlights information on exclusive RPC events, ROM exhibitions, curatorial highlights, and opportunities for Members to engage with the Museum. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends or colleagues interested in the Museum and spread the news of RPC's support of the ROM. * Members must RSVP for all events unless otherwise indicated.

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