On June 3rd, the Kingston Branch of the RMC Club had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Christian Leuprecht, member of the academic staff at RMC and a recognized authority on national security and defense policies.
Dr. Leuprecht made a short presentation on the problem of radicalization and the programs put forward to prevent or combat the effects of this problem that appears to be worldwide. His presentation kept everyone alert and interested, despite the fact that he had to curtail a lot of the material in order to keep the presentation short.
He gave us an insight as to some of the problems that Canada is currently facing in that field and how our approach compares to that of our allies.
It was a very enlightening presentation.
Spring Semiformal Dinner - April 25
The Fort Frontenac Officers' Mess was the scene of a new venture for the Kingston Branch. We held a very successful Spring Semi-Formal Dinner in this new venue along with members of the FFOM. We gathered for spirited conversation and refreshments in the comfortable reception area before proceeding to the dining room for dinner.
The menu featured yellow pepper & fennel soup, chicken stuffed with chevre & strawberries followed by chocolate lava cake. Branch president Ted Davie explained the history of the ex-cadet roll call before this essential part of the evening. the Loyal T was followed by toasts to Fallen comrades, the RMC Club and the Army.
MGen Eric Tremblay spoke about the linked early history of Kingston, Fort Frontenac, Point Frederick and RMC in a most interesting and humorous manner. Special thanks to Brigid Dooley-Tremblay and the FFOM manager for arranging an excellent dinner and event.
RMC Club – Kingston Branch – Meeting on 4 March 2015
The speaker at our March meeting is well known to the Branch. Rod McDonald, Executive Vice President of the RMCC Foundation attends many of our meetings and some of our members have regular contact with him on Foundation and heritage matters. Rod had the opportunity to give a status report on the activities and successes of the Foundation.
The Foundation became a registered charity in 1966 and currently administers assets over $12 million. In 2014 alone, $924,000 was contributed by 2350 donors. Administration costs are currently 9% of the contributions.
We learned that there are three types of funds:
• Endowments wherein the capital is preserved and the interest is used for specified purposes;
• Restricted funds that have been donated for specific projects;
• Unrestricted funds that offer the Foundation’s Board of Directors and management some flexibility in responding to needs and from which the administrative expenses are covered.
The mission of the Foundation is to secure and deliver funds to enhance excellence within the College. Generally, the Foundation is able to support College activities that are not funded by the DND. The Foundation has recently established an annual cycle, aligned to the academic year, of enabling requests, establishing a requests list, review by the gifting committee, approval by the Board of Governors and notification to the requesting groups so that these groups can plan and make arrangements in a timely manner. In 2014-15, $741,000 was contributed to approved projects.
Some of the activities supported are academic chairs and professorships, educational travel and conferences, visiting speakers, team travel, specialized team equipment and training, leadership opportunities like the Sandhurst competition & Nijmegan Marches, exchanges and lectures. Specifically, the Foundation has assisted the College band, the RMC Museum and the Expedition Club’s activities. These activities are outside the precise scope of the DND funded academic and military programs under which cadets are guided in their undergraduate program.
We welcomed two new participants to our meetings, Gary Olsen and Marcel Parisien.
The Kingston Branch of the RMC Club held its annual Valentine's Day meeting where many members brought their spouses. Fifty-five people turned out to enjoy a tasty meal and to hear an most interesting presentation from the College's Expedition Club. Chris Carr made arrangements for a special cake and roses for the ladies. Everyone appreciated the special touches.
Cadets Josh Horlings, Josh Hewitt and Riley Perrior told us about the trips that they led in 2014. Josh Horlings, president of the Expedition Club this year, introduced a video on the trip to Guatemala. Josh Hewitt described the trip taken by a nine cadet group to Kenya to climb Mount Kenya. Riley led a another group hiking through the Andes Mountains in Peru. Club members Stéphanie Paquette and Ali Mansour also attended.
The Club was formed five years ago and over that period 75 cadets have participated in four trips to South America, two adventures in each of North America and Africa and one to India. The highest peaks in Africa and South America have been climbed. There have also been hiking trips to closer places like Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Adirondacks Park. The mission of the club is to provide leadership and personal development opportunities, to expose cadets to other cultures and to have some fun.
During the presentations all speakers thanked the RMC Foundation for the significant support it have given to these activities.
· to climb the side of an active volcano;
· to have a cultural experience in both rural and urban areas;
· to have some fun.
Mount Kenya: Josh Hewitt
· nine cadets
· hike up the mountain over three days through rain and snow;
· carried complete back-packs through the entire climb;
· visited an orphanage in the slums of Nairobi where they donated school supplies;
· had a safari in a national park on the edge of Nairobi.
Andies Hiking Challenge in Peru: Riley Perrior
· this adventure started with an idea that this trip be executed with the planning and implementation being done entirely by the team and to make the trek completely unsupported (no guides and no support people or equipment);
· the Andies in Peru were chosen because of the elevations and the unique indigenous people and culture;
· they had only a map and GPS plus the personal hiking needs that were carried in their backpacks;
· the entire trek was done at elevations over 10,000 feet/3050 metres;
· during the second of three days they reached an elevation of 4,750 metres;
· during the adventure they had to help one another with climbing and altitude acclimatising difficulties;
· all objectives were achieved and the plan anticipated all eventualities.
Everyone present enjoyed this interesting and entertaining presentation. The Branch made a donation to the Expedition Club.
Report of Branch Meeting - 7 January 2015
Do you remember the physical education and sport programs when you were a cadet? Well a lot has changed! Members of the Kingston Branch were treated to a presentation on the phys ed, varsity teams and intramural activities by the three managers of these departments at the College - Stephane Robert with phys ed; Guy Dube with varsity teams and Craig Palmer with intramurals. They each report to the Director of Athletics, Darren Cates and have staff under them looking after specific teams and activities.
In the physical education area there are eight full-time coordinators who conduct phys ed classes, fitness testing, supplemental physical training as well as special programs for First Year Orientation Program (FYOP) and the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity for Youth (ALOY) groups. Each cadet takes one class per week with different emphases in each of the four years. These cover strength and conditioning, sports, sports leadership and unarmed combat.
There are seven varsity teams at the College, each with its own full time coach – men’s hockey, men’s rugby, women’s and men’s volleyball, women’s and men’s soccer and fencing. Many of the coaches are involved with teams at the national and provincial level. Recruiting varsity class athletes is a challenge especially high level female athletes. At the present time, the Old Gym is being completely renovated and will be a world class fencing venue when it is completed in a few months.
The intramural program has incredible breadth. In the fall there is a focus on water polo, hockey, ball hockey, soccer and ultimate sports. In the winter this is broadened to include other sports and activities. There are 18 recreational clubs that cover many sport and non-sport activities. The recreational activities are open to officer cadets and all types of staff. There are also competitive clubs that compete in a non-league environment around the province providing a wider opportunity than the varsity program. In all areas an emphasis is placed on self-motivation, leadership, team building and having fun.
The speakers emphasized the considerable financial support received from the RMC Foundation. This support helps the teams and activities to improve their competitive environment.
Some of these teams and activities will be part of the competitions at the US Military Academy in West Point over the weekend of 24-25 January 2015. Go Paladins Go!!