Events - 2009|
Branch Luncheons and Guest Speakers for 2009
- January 7
- Lt Col Tony O'Keeffe, D. Cadets
- February 4
- Capt. (Ret.) Charlene Fawcett
- March 4 -
Lt Col Gosselin
- April 1
Ridley - RMC Taekwando Club Coach
- May 6 -
AGM - No speaker
- June 3 - Speaker to be arranged
- July 8
- John Cowan - History of the Club
- August 5 - No meeting - Banyan Day
2 - TBA
- October 7
- Glenn MacDonald - RMC Foundation
- November 4 -
Andrew Robb - European Battlefield Tour
- December 2 -
WO Andrew McLean - The "Soldier-On" Program
Commodore Truelove takes the salute
of the cadet body during the RMC Remembrance Day ceremony at the Memorial Arch
Click for photo Slideshow
Branch - December, 2009 - Lunch
This was a special
event for the Kingston Branch as we gathered not only to enjoy our usual
fellowship and information session, but to honour two of our senior branch
members, Brit Smith and Danny McLeod. These gentlemen were awarded honourary
life membership in the Club at the AGM on 3 October, 2009. The Branch luncheon
was an ideal platform to present the certificates to Brit Smith (H2652) and
(H25917.) Reg Watts began the proceedings by giving a short history of the
honourary numbering protocols, and then introduced the two presenters. Bob
Billings gave the group a fascinating history of Danny McLeod at the College,
and the presented the certificate and designation to RMC's newest recruit, Danny
McLeod. Explanation - The Club regulations for the award are that the letter "H"
is prefixed to ex-cadets numbers, and in the case of other meritorious
recipients, they receive the H designation followed by the next number in the
ROTP sequence! Then, Gerry Stowe gave the members a background picture of Brit
and his accomplishments, followed by presentation of the honourary designation
certificate. This brings the number of H designations at the Kingston Branch to
10, and considering there are only 51 such designations in Canada, we are doing
The event was
exceptional in that we had a record turnout to honour our fellow members, but
Commandant and Mrs Truelove attended, and this was our first luncheon
event open to spouses, partners and guests. We intend to have another open
luncheon this year on an appropriate topic.
Branch was pleased to hear a
detailed presentation on the mission and goals of the "Soldier On" program
presented by WO Andrew McLean.
Branch - November Lunch
A record turnout of branch members and guests
were treated to an excellent presentation by 5207 Andrew Robb. His topic was "A
Memorial Tour of European Battlefields." Having taken part in this tour earlier
this year, Andrew prepared an professional photo storybook, and explained the
meaning to Canadians of each memorial and gravesite visited. Although
principally focussed on the land forces, some gravesites from other services
Before the meeting concluded, Andrew read aloud
the poem "Flanders Field" and called for a moment of silence in remembrance of
the fallen in all theatres of war, including Afghanistan.
Cadet guests were 24825 OCdt Cooper Sinclair, CSL
of 5 Sqn., and 24501 OCdt Tyson Babcock, CSL of 13 Sqn. Both presented
themselves well and agreed that the time at RMC had passed too quickly.
Out-of-town guest were 4669 Toivo Roht and 4804
Neil Johnstone from the Ottawa branch, in town for a meeting of the RMC Class of
60- 2010 reunion committee.
Branch Fall Formal Dinner
Despite inclement weather, an outbreak of cold,
flu, and members headed south, an outstanding turnout of branch members greeted
Commodore William Truelove and his wife Brenda at our annual Fall affair. Guest
also included the Hon. John Matheson, the Hon. Peter Milliken, and Digger
MacDougal from Ottawa Branch. Everyone enjoyed a fine meal and the music of Ross
The Commandant briefed guests on the positive
status of the College in all four pillars of purpose, requested the continued
support of the Branch. Members were pleased to hear of the continued strategies
to strengthen the quality of leadership within the cadet body. Commodore
Truelove introduced his deputy, 13134 Colonel WJ (Bill) Lewis.
October Branch Lunch Highlights:
Foundation Executive Vice President, A126 Glenn MacDonald
presented a report on the Foundation's status, directions, challenges and
then directed a discussion with members on how the Kingston Branch could
support the Foundation. One concept was to provide a support function for
the annual Legacy Dinner, advising on key components of the event, and
acting as an informed resource. Glenn also suggested that the branch could
serve as a platform for brainstorming on problems, options and new
concepts. Branch President Reg Watts invited Glenn to use the Branch for
this purpose, and the Branch Executive will incorporate his suggestions in
future planning. A lively discussion followed.
- Cadet Guests: As
usual, we were pleased to have as our guests, 24649 Deputy CWC Kayla
Macmillan, and CWTO Marc-Andre Pelland.
cadets introduced themselves, described their career paths, and both spoke
about the re-militarization of the cadet body, including the reintroduction
of "The Circle." Marc-Andre is also a member of the Sandhurst Competition
Past President Ed Murray gave the members a brief report on the progress
of a proposed new Branch project, supporting the RMC band. Ed described the
importance of the band in promoting the College through public appearances,
the absence of public funding for band travel and identified some of the
ways they could be assisted. One option is to find funding for an
endowment managed by the Foundation to support the Band's needs. Ed will
continue to head up the project but welcomes assistance.
John Stewart spoke about the weekend dedication of the study room in Civil
Engineering Department to Matt Dawe, son of
4 June Branch Luncheon
Bob Carr - President of Hamilton
Branch and Brother of Chris Carr
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Branch Spring Formal Dinner
This year we had our largest Spring Formal turnout ever, and
everyone enjoyed the candlelight ambience and the background music of Ross
MacLachlan. Our dinner guests were S162 Jack Chiang, columnist, photographer,
and now Justice of the Peace. Our speakers were E0733 LCol Tony O'Keeffe,
DCadets, who described the heroic efforts of the RMC Sandhurst Military Skills
Competition Team, Captain Nathan Price, coach of the Sandhurst Team, and the team leader O/C Jean LeBoutillier who described the
reason that RMC has prevailed 4 time in the last 5 years in this competition
against 46 military academies from around the world. The audience was spellbound
and quickly rose with a standing ovation.
See Anyone You Know?
Two Tankers and a Pilot!!
Danny McLeod Proposes Toast
O/C Jean LeBoutillier - RMC Sandhurst Team Leader
to fallen Comrades
Guest Speaker - LCol A.J. O'Keeffe Outgoing President - Ed Murray
The following "toast to the ladies," in Iambic Pentameter to mimic Shakespeare's
sonnets, was written and presented by Charlie Simonds at the Branch Spring
Formal. Critics are invited to submit their appreciations of Charlies work using
the form in the "Contact" tab of the site.
In Praise of
lady’ is the term in common use;
expression of their state, for first
They grace us
with their bodies, giving birth,
and nurture us throughout our youth.
our homes with culinary skill,
mending, cleaning, serving all
who expect with beck and call
The lady of
the house to do their will.
the office with proficiency
And at days
end they often grace our bed
any more is best unsaid.
gracious, then, is truly what they be.
So raise with
me a glass in praise of wives
friends who kindly grace our lives.
The 2009 version of the Club
Banyan was a great success. Starting with "Croquette by Charlene," music by Ross
MacLachlan, a fantastic buffet, some dancing and fireworks from Fort Henry, all
agreed that the evening was full of fun. Perhaps it was the fine weather and
outdoor dining, or the presence of special guests Peter Milliken, Digger and Mel
from Ottawa, and new branch members, or just that everyone was ready for a good
time, we hope to strike the same chord at our next event. Photos will follow.
June 2009 Executive Committee Summary Report
- Letter of appreciation to the Commandant.
- Letter to the incoming Commandant requesting that cadet files destruction be
- Book Award: Committee meets in August to consider revisions to the plan
- Old Brigade Dinner: Phil Antonsen and Charlene Fawcett will share
responsibility for this activity & responsibility to assist the OB
Adjutant, Al Roberts in organising the dinner.
- Executive Position Roles were discussed and distributed.
- Responsibilities and action plans for ongoing Branch projects were discussed.
- Upcoming event speaker suggestions:
- November regular meeting: Andrew Robb on northern European memorials; WW I &
- November formal dinner – Commandant
Sweat lodge ceremony!
The Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) staff and students are
hosting a Sweat Lodge to provide RMC staff and faculty with a greater
understanding of Aboriginal cultures and to support the ALOY programme
The Sweat Lodge is traditionally a place of spiritual refuge and mental
and physical healing, a place to get answers and guidance by asking the
Creator and Mother Earth for the needed wisdom and power.
A Sweat Lodge Ceremony is to take place on October 19, 2009. This is a
unique opportunity for staff and faculty of RMCC to take part in this
April Branch Luncheon
Joel Ridley - RMC Taekwando Club
We heard about Joel's background, his team's
success, and their prospects and his plans for the future. Our club is doing
well, and thanks to Joel. He also showed a very impressive video of his key team
members in action, see the shot below.
Guests: The entire
Executive Committee of the RMC Club Fort Saint Jean (6) and Andre´ Durand,
Colleges Liaison Officer, joined us for lunch.
President Claude Tasse´ explained their efforts
to harmonize the Quebec clubs with the RMC Club of Canada "Two Colleges, One
Club" This was quickly corrected by Charlene Fawcett -"Three Colleges" Claude
described the current situation at the College, and the Club's monthly efforts
to work with the Commandant and staff. They hope to replicate our Branch social
Special Guest: We haven't seen her for a while
but Dorothy Hector, hale and hearty joined us
RMC Theatre Club was
represented by an s24314 O/C Aidan Solar who was on hand to sell tickets to both
the English and French comedy productions this week. Hope you bought a ticket,
March Branch Luncheon
15144 LCol David M.N. Gosselin, C.D., Commandant of the Canadian Forces School
of Communications and Electronics spoke to an unusually large Branch turnout on
March 4. His topic was titled "The Warrior Scientist" David described how
Cyberspace has become the sixth dimension of modern warfare. He outlined the
emerging new strategies to deal in that space, and the generational and
attitudinal impediments facing those who would implement a cohesive, integrated
cyber-campaign plan. Members were pleased to hear of his new training
strategies, upcoming Federal investments in the Kingston area, and the knowledge
that Canada is not behind its allies in this field of cyber-strategy.
L-R, LCOL Gosselin, Capt. Evelyn Kotzer, and
|Cadet Guest -
24134 Ncdt Teri Reil, 72 days from graduation, appeared in the new
#5 cadet dress to the approval of members. Teri is the Admin officer of
#4 squadron, and a member of the women's rugby team. She spoke about
topical cadet programs including community support activities, and
received many questions from Branch members.
Al Qaeda - Afghanistan Lecture
On Monday, 9 February, Colonel Ian
Hope presented a lecture entitled /Military History and the Modern
Colonel Ian Hope spoke about his experiences as a battle group commander in
A reprinted article from
the Whig Standard is attached HERE
February 2009 Branch Luncheon
16010 Charlene Fawcett described her unusual career after graduating from RMC.
She spoke to an exceptionally large turnout of branch members, using a slide
show and video clips to illustrate some of her work in the latter part of her
career before retirement. Of special interest to the group was the description
of IED explosives research, and the tactical combat casualty care course.
Cadet Guest - 3Rd year O/C Elizabeth Eldridge described
her some conditions at the College, and how her family influenced her choice of
RMC. O/C Eldridge is CDSO of B Division, and is majoring in Business
January Branch Lunch
weather, the Branch turned out in numbers to hear LCol Tony O'Keeffe
describe the situation, plans and challenges of his position as DCadets.
Members were heartened to hear that he led the cadets in a run around
the College that morning early, as one example of his intent to restore
the leadership and officer development style of the College. Tony is not
letting obstacles stand in his way of restoring the important and
mission-related traditions and practices at RMC. A lively discussion
followed as the members encouraged LCol O'Keeffe and provided examples
of where practices had been abandoned. To this end, the Traditions and
Practices Advisory Group (See inside) of the Branch will be an important
resource for Tony as well as the Commandant.
him on his efforts and plans and offer the Branch as a forum of
Fenrich, Cadet Squadron Leader of 11 Squadron, was our guest for lunch.
He addressed the members briefly and described his impressions of
College life and the value of
contact with ex-cadets.