The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen closes after nearly a century

Bill Kidd.

One of our industry’s most valued, philanthropic and hard-working organizations is closing after almost 100 years of dedicated service. Established in 1919, The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen, a division of the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen (IAPHC), has made what it calls “a difficult decision.”

A letter from President Bill Kidd, Vice President Ralph Pike, Secretary Treasurer Doug Barnard, and Governor Brent Ireland, went on to explain the move: “The age of social and information clubs in the Graphic Arts Industry appears to be on the decline in certain sections. The Toronto Craftsmen’s social and competitive events have been declining drastically. Previously (10 years ago), the Toronto membership and active participation of companies was at a height of over 60. Membership is now at an all-time low. Through the years, the club has given support to printing personnel through meetings and conventions both local and International. Students who were considering the print industry for employment have received support through scholarships. A decision has been made to close The Toronto Club of Printing House Craftsmen in October of this year. This means that all activities will end. All assets will be forwarded to the Canadian Printing Industry Association, which has a Canadian Print Scholarships program. This association gives support to students entering into post-secondary graphic programs. The Craftsmen Club gives thanks to the many industry professionals, companies, schools and colleges that gave their support through the century that the club has been in existence.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: All of us at Graphic Arts Magazine would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Bill, his board members, staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to this industry and its members. Your many awards nights and other special events will be long remembered – especially by the students who received these awards.)

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.