Events - 2010|
Branch Luncheons and Guest Speakers in 2010:
- January 6
- Lt (N) Amber Commiso, Sqn Cmdr, RMC
- February 3
-Darren Cates, Athletic Director, RMC
- March 3 -
Dr. Joel Sokolsky, Principal, RMC
- April 7 -
- April 28 - Spring Formal Dinner
- May 5 -
AGM luncheon and:
Lt Cdr Susan
Long-Poucher - HMCS Cataraqui
- June2 -
Capt(N) Jollymore, CDA - Programs of the Defence Academy
July 7 -
Lt Col Scott Clancy, CO of 1 Wing (helicopters) on the relief work in Haiti
July 21 -
Summer Dinner Cruise -
- August 4 -
LCol Susan Wigg, Director of Cadets
- August 11 - Summer Banyan
Major Julia Atherley, RMC
Engineering Officer- present/future projects at the College
- Lt Col Ian Hope on activities of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan
- October 20 - Fall Formal Dinner - Guest
Speaker - Commodore W. Truelove
A Remembrance Day presentation with a focus on Afghanistan- Danny McLeod
- Col DB Cochrane, CO 8 Wing, Trenton
Bernard Laliberte Receives Honourary Degree
at Fall Convocation
Photo and Story - See
eVeritas at: http://everitas.rmcclub.ca/
Visits RMC Early!
The RMC band and choir held their
annual Christmas concert at RMC in the cadet mess on November 19th. Nearly 400
guest were delighted by an outstanding musical performance. Branch member, Don
Currie can be seen in the photo below
Great Band and Choir! MWO Huppe helps Santa find a Kid
.........................................and look who
is on Santa's Knee! .....said his name was Billy!
December Branch Luncheon
Another record turnout, this month to
hear Col. Dave Cochrane, Commander of 8 Wing at Trenton, give us an update on
activities and plans surrounding Canada's action hub airbase. Col Cochrane was
accompanied by his EA, Capt. Greg
Surek, both are ex-cadets. Interestingly, 3 of dave's former professors, branch
members, were in the audience.
Andrew Robb Introduced and thanked
Prior to the presentation by Col
Cochrane, Ed Murray presented the first of the video archive interviews of
senior branch members to RMC museum curator, Ross Mckenzie.
Cadets, RMC and base staff and families joined
ex-cadets from the Branch in remembering the fallen on a lovely day, this
November 11. Wreaths were laid by the Commandant, Cmdre WS Truelove on behalf of
the College, and by the Branch President 4976 Reg Watts on behalf of the RMC
Club of Canada. Many distinguished branch members attended, including Maj. Danny
McLeod, and Old Brigade Adjutant Gerry Stowe.
Luncheon - November
# H25917 Maj.(Ret) Danny McLeod was our guest
speaker during this annual branch Remembrance Luncheon. Danny spoke with
great spirit and emotion on the true purpose of Remembrance day and related
ceremonies; not to honour veterans, but to honour those fallen in defence of our
country and its ideals. He made the point that it must be difficult for those
who have never lived in fear to appreciate fully what the sacrifice of the
fallen means, and how much of our daily enjoyment of life is due to them.
To illustrate his remarks, Danny used battle maps
of both World War 1 and 2, indicating where Canadian troops, often led by RMC
graduates, made extreme sacrifices in advancing the cause of freedom. He pointed
out that the contribution to freedom made by Canadians is widely known and well
demonstrated all over Europe. Maj. McLeod shared with the branch his extreme
pride in the College because of the valour demonstrated then and in later years
by ex-cadets. Branch Secretary Andrew Robb thanked Danny, and called for a
moment of silence to honour of the fallen.
Also attending the Branch Luncheon were two Cadet
squadron Leaders, 24862 Brendan Alexander and 24868 Steven Burrey.
Branch Fall Formal Fun - Slideshow below:
The Branch enjoyed a
great meal, entertainment, good weather and camaraderie. Check out the photos by
clicking on the one below:
Well, words aren't
going to describe this new event as well as a few photos of the frolicking
Branch members and wives. The weather threatened early, but staunch hearts
prevailed, and the evening cruise turned out to be sunny and beautiful. After a
great island tour and fantastically funny entertainment, we
returned to the Fort Henry area for the fireworks (both on the Fort Henry
summit, and on the dance floor!) Docking at 2130 hrs, we all agreed it was a fabulous
way to dine with friends on the river. Brenda Truelove stood in for Cmdr
Truelove, and we also welcomed new members:
6826 Don Hargest and
his wife Linda
15595 Billy Allan and
his wife Katherine
Carscadden, and Eleni
23988 Gino Bruni and
girlfriend Monique (RMC Masters)
The Executive thanks
special event manager Charlene Fawcett for a great new event!
DCadets Change in Command
Thanks to Tony, and Welcome to LCol Sue Wigg!
Sunday 2 May 2010.
Cadets will parade to the following churches, after a Freedom of the City parade
at Market Square1.
St George's Cathedral @ 10:30
St. Andrew's Presbyterian
Church @ 1100 hrs 3.
Sydenham United Church @ 1030
St. Mary's Cathedral @ 1115
(French Parish) @ 1030 hrs 6.
Saint Mark's Anglican Church
Barriefield @ 1000hrs 7.
Chalmers United Church @ 1030
The colours will be paraded to
St George's Cathedral.Dress is ex-Cadet blazer and tie with full-sized medals
worn.Ex-cadets are encouraged to attend at one of churches above to mark the
revival of this significant and historic event, and so assist in re-establishing
a traditional connection with the City of Kingston.
Stewart, Son and Grandson Graduating with Class of 2010!
Convocation and Graduation Photos: (Courtesy of eVeritas photo staff)
October Branch Luncheon Meeting
There was a great
turnout to hear Lt Col Ian Hope explain to members of the branch how
war-fighting in Afghanistan has become different than the training he and fellow
soldiers received before the rotation. Lt Col Hope was the battle group
commander during the worst of the 2006 fighting, and he explained the success of
the methods they developed in the field; extraordinary use of intelligence, high
mobility, living in their LAV's and intense coordination of forces with
surprise. Logistic support was key, and timely air evac of wounded by US and
Canadian air went a long way to maintain morale.
Major Julia Atherley, RMC Engineering Officer spoke to a larger than
normal turnout on 1
September, about the present and future projects at the College. Considering
the visible state of the College grounds, Julia's presentation was topical
and timely. Using an aerial view of the grounds, Julia walked us through all
the planned projects, most of which have not yet been funding-approved. many
of the projects involve updating facilities because of wear and tear, or
purpose change. Driving forces range from over-use of showers to inadequate
seismic design. One striking feature is that some quarters had HVAV designs
for winter occupancy, but now RMC quarters are full year-round. The
corrections around the SSM will soon be completed and then a new patio will
be installed. Of interest to members was that Base Maintenance is
responsible for the condition of Fort Frederick and grounds, and that
improvements there are difficult to accelerate.
Other Luncheon Notes:
presentation of $2,500 from Kingston Branch funds to the Foundation was gratefully received by John
Plant. The purpose of this donation was to assist in the funding of a professional
video on the history and relevance of Currie Hall, starring our own Dr John
Cowan! "Griff Griffith" Branch Treasurer, here presents the cheque to John.
Individual donations will not be solicited until final sign-off by all
For more information:
Gino congratulated by Bill Oliver
Branch August Luncheon
Susan Wigg shared lunch with the Kingston Branch on August 4th at the SSM
following our usual bar call. 14510 LCol Wigg, RMC Class of 1984
then as our guest speaker, addressed the group and described the values and
principles which she has found effective in her life and how they will be
applied in directing the cadet body. LCol Wigg spoke briefly about the four
pillars, but emphasized that she saw a fifth pillar that draws the others
together, that of Balance.
LCol Wigg sees her
position as being at the pinnacle of tough decision-making and her principal
tool will be insistence on absolute truth in every facet of cadet life. She
feels strongly that there can be no 'Duty' or 'Valour' without 'Truth'. Her
concerns included the task of developing wisdom and a sense of responsibility
for personal actions and decisions in young people well before they normally
would. LCol Wigg will draw on the support of many relevant military groups in the
area, but she responded positively to President Reg Watts commitment of Branch
support. Welcome aboard LCol Wigg!
LCol Sue Wigg addresses the Branch,
including (centre) her first roommate at RMC, 14444 Dorothy Hector
S.N. (Scott) Clancy,
COS 1 Wing HQ kept the luncheon audience speechless
as he described air operations not only in in Haiti, but some key aspects of the
deployment of the Griffon helicopter in Afghanistan. At the completion of his
speech, the applause died down but many members stayed for more, as Scott
continued to elaborate on our men and machines. At points, there was scarcely a
dry eye in the house as he described the plight of the poor on Haiti, what our
operations meant to them, and the skill and courage of our forces. Conditions on
the ground were deplorable, but our heavy lifters and rotary wing fleet kept up
a brutal pace to get relief supplies where they were needed. Scott's obvious
passion for his work, his men and the assignments was a great object lesson to a
number of young officers present. Accolades continue to come in about the
presentation, BZ, Scott!
Our guest speaker,
Capt(N) Jollymore, Chief of Staff, Formation Operations Support and Management,
Canadian Defence Academy, gave an enlightening view of the structure of CDA, its
Mission, and how it operates with those elements of the Canadian Forces it
serves. He described the evolution of CDA as well as the challenges it faced
during its growth to over 200 persons. Questioning as usual was vigorous.
Branch - April 7, Lunch
Daniel Lagace-Roy addressed a larger-than-usual group of ex-cadets to hear
him discuss the program on Ethics in Leadership which is currently being offered
in 3rd or 4th year at RMC.
RC Chaplain, Daniel described the need to expose cadets to the different ways of
evaluating difficult situations to determine what might constitute
ethical behaviour and expand their decision-making tools.
Questioning was vigorous, and our cadet guest was able to contribute to the
Branch - March 3, Lunch
Dr Joel Sokolsky,
principal of RMC, described the levels of academic achievement at the College,
his span of control, and his goals. He spent some time on the succes of cadets
in recent Model parliament, and Model UN competitions.
IV Squadron Cadet
guests, both members of the Club; 24548 O.J.B Lauzon Garceau and
24558 Michael Desaulniers-Guitard described their satisfaction with
College life and their service activities.
Branch Heritage Project
"Kingston Branch President Reg Watts presents the
results of a Branch Heritage project to Museum Director Ross McKenzie; the
cataloguing and photographing of the Lt. D.W. Frederick (College # 1271)
collection of College and War memorabilia. The collection of several hundred
items is the first at RMC to be completely available digitally on a national
database in both textual and graphic format for researchers. Branch volunteers
spent over 6 man-weeks on the Frederick project which is now entering phase
two, detailed analysis and scanning of several hundred military and personal
documents which accompanied the collection.
Frederick was an award-winning track star
at RMC and post-war was active in RMC Club life in Montreal and Hamilton.
During WW1 he was a communications officer serving with the 268th Siege
Battery in France, and later with the 129th Siege Battery with the army of
Photo and notes courtesy of eVeritas
The Branch Artwork Preservation Project #1 is booming along, get on board!
is a good example of how NOT to display a work of art. Ross McKenzie thinks that
Col Sawyer had the wall all to himself at one time.
The choice of
location for the electrical panel is mind boggling.
and Amanda Gray (Conservator) with unframed Sawyer painting.
Conservator Amanda Gray photographs
the Sawyer portrait before removing it for restoration.
Branch members involved in the
project are Andrew Robb and Gerry Stowe.
Project 1 Fundraising Target Accomplished! - Thanks Donors!
RMC - CONCERT in SCARLETS
Featuring: Brass & Reeds / Pipes & Drums Highland Dancers / Choir/Stage Band
Saturday 20 March 2010, at 2:00 PM
At Kingston Gospel Temple, 2295 Princess St, Kingston (across from Rona)
All proceeds to the United Way
LEO, THE ROYAL
Oscar Telgmann’s light-hearted ‘military opera’, LEO, THE ROYAL CADET,
continues Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Twenty-fifth Anniversary Season
with a Preview performance onWednesday, February 17 at 8pm and
official Opening Night performance onFriday, February 19, with
subsequent performances on February 20 and 21 (2pm), 2010. TOT
is the undoubted Canadian leader in presenting the masterworks of the
lyric theatre in all its variety and has, over 25 years, produced
musical entertainment that includes comic operas, operettas, zarzuelas,
opéra bouffe and Broadway musicals.
Founder and General DirectorGuillermo Silva-Marin has chosen to
highlight LEO, THE ROYAL CADET, a Canadian gem, for the second
production in the Silver Jubilee Season. “LEO is a total delight” said
Silva-Marin, “and I can think of nothing more fitting in our
twenty-fifth season than to feature Canada’s very first musical
comedy”. The cast will feature Cory O’Brien in the title role asLeo,
a cadet at Kingston’s Royal Military College. O’Brien was heard as
Strephon in TOT’s IOLANTHE and is well-known from performances at
Stratford in CABARET, MY FAIR LADY and the Mirvish production of LORD OF
THE RINGS. His sweetheart Nellie is soprano Kristen Galer
in her TOT debut. Ms. Galer has appeared at Stratford in SCARLET
PIMPERNEL and was Rosie in LORD OF THE RINGS. Gabrielle Prata
will beCaroline and Robert Longo – a TOT favorite from
PATIENCE and EARNEST, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING – takes the role of the
Commandant. Jeffrey Huard, conductor of the Mirvish hit SOUND
OF MUSIC will conduct the orchestra and Silva-Marin directs.
Performed for the first time at Martin’s Opera House in Kingston in
1889, composer Oscar Telgmann filled LEO with delightful tunes, spirited
chorus numbers, a soulful ballad for the heroine and a stirring anthem
extolling the attractions of pumpkin pie. In this light-hearted musical
about love and war, Leo is recruited by Commandant Hewett of the Royal
Military College to fight the Zulus in Natal, Africa. Sadly parted from
his sweetheart Nellie, he yearns for home, is wounded in battle and
returns safely to the loving arms of his beloved, honored by Queen and
country with the Victoria Cross.
LEO racked up more than 1,700
performances for a span of over 30 years and was ‘received with great
enthusiasm’ in Ottawa, Guelph, Woodstock, Stratford, Utica, and
Toronto’s Massey Hall. Though ‘one of the most brilliant, spectacular
and refined operas before the public’, LEO’s stage career was cut
short by a devastating flood in 1925 that damaged the sets, costumes and
orchestra parts beyond repair. However, LEO lived on in memory and
legend and after much research, Silva-Marin and TOT produced the first
modern staging in 2001. John Greer valiantly reconstructed the
orchestral score, a ‘grand finale’ was introduced, while the book and
lyrics were edited by dramaturge Virginia Reh and Silva-Marin.
May Luncheon and AGM
No photos today, but
the May luncheon had a near-record turnout for an interesting digression from
last year's format. The Branch was entertained by an interesting presentation
following the monthly luncheon by
Lt Cdr Susan Long-Poucher - CO
of HMCS Cataraqui, who described the plan of
activities for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian
Lt Cdr Long-Poucher
outlined the integrated plan for local, regional and national activities, and
used a well-organize slide presentation which included photos of all of the
warships which have been named after regional towns and cities, framed copies of
which have, or will be presented in those communities. Cadet guests included
224466 O/C Brian Norwick and 24463 O/C Kim Marchand.
the presentation, the Branch convened for its mid-term Annual General Meeting.
Click here for draft AGM Minutes.
Branch Spring Formal
It began badly with a traffic jam which put
most members and guests behind schedule, but we regrouped and with the mess
manager's cooperation, all went well. It was an exciting evening in which we
tried to emulate Navy traditions as much as possible in honour of the 100th
anniversary of the RCN which is coming up soon. An RMC piper brought us in to
dinner and later played the "Lament" following the toast to Fallen Comrades by
2816 William Turner. Special guests included the Commandant and Brenda Truelove,
the Hon. John Matheson, the Dutch consular officer, and the deputy CWC.
The guest speaker, Capt(N) Dermot Mulholland
was accompanied by his wife, Peggy Sue. Capt. Mulholland is a
highly experienced submariner and is currently Director of maritime Policy,
Operations and Readiness at NDHQ. Members were captivated by his
energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic speech about where the Canadian Navy has
been, what it has accomplished with minimal resources, the challenges it faces
and the likelihood of a completely reborn Navy ahead. He referred to the
responsiveness of our fleet, and explained that the present and role of the Navy
is global, and that future mission profiles are uncertain. This means that the
"branding" of our Navy as responsive and flexible is an asset to be maintained
and explored. In concluding, Capt(N) Mulholland agreed that for young
officers this is an exciting time to be aboard.
Past President Ed Murray spoke at length
about the traditional Navy toasts, recent changes to achieve political
correctness, and he then proposed the unmodified Wednesday toast of the day to
Two Submariners - Murray and
Commandant Truelove & OB Adjutant Gerry Stowe
Capt(N) Mulholland & his wife Peggy Sue.................Reg
Branch - January, 2010 Lunch
Lt (N) Amber Comisso, 9 Sqn Commander at RMC
engaged the members in a lively discussion on the issues facing a Sqn Cmdr at
RMC today, with emphasis on the adaptation of the cadets to the new environment
and to the responsibilities facing the barmen (cadet officers). Amber's
presentation was very strong and informative, and the discussion was more lively
than usual. Although our turnout was lower than usual, members greatly
appreciated the information, and were impressed by Amber's depth of feeling for,
and understanding of the position after a relatively short time on duty. Amber
is married to another RMC Squadron Commander, an Air Force pilot.
Branch - February 3, Lunch
Athletic Director, RMC gave an interesting update
on the athletics program of RMC. He described the 3 goals of varsity and
intramural sports, and physical fitness, and the success rates.
also spoke about the current and planned facilities with special emphasis on the
success of the Birchall Pavilion, and the plans for an all weather playing
surface to be completed by 2012.
In describing the
measures of success in the varsity programs, Darren was pleased with overall
team performance, but evoked Branch members to support the team events. Another
success measure was that varsity athletes on average scored 63 points higher
than the general cadet body on the annual fitness test.
24600 Ilona Rose Corbin, DCSL 9 Sqdn and 24712 Brent David Fisher
CSL of 6 Sqdn. Sorry
we missed your photo Ilona.
New Gavel: The
Branch was presented with a lovely mahogany handmade gavel made for the club by
Mr. Bruce Wheeler of Kingston, a friend of David Rayner. Reg wielded it for the
first time today! No more glass-tinkling!