Branch & Member News- 2008 Archive|
Royal Roads - Class of 57-61 Slideshow
Branch members of RR origin, class entering 1957,
were entertained on October 21 in the Coggins club by a presentation from Digger
MacDougall. Starting with a government recruiting video, which looks like it was
filmed in the 70's, he went on to show 40 minutes or so of 8mm footage
which he took while at the College, at RMC, and that era. Those present had a
rare treat in seeing themselves and others in the movie, but we were all
wondering why Digger wasn't in his flight during those parade shots! Especially
moving was the graduation parade and ceremony. For further info, contact Digger
at the Ottawa Branch.
Book Award Program
In order to ensure that the RMC Kingston Branch's
Book Award Program will meet the goal of encouraging students from local high
schools to apply for RMC, and at the same time raise the profile of the College,
a committee (John Cowan, Barry Winfield, Reg Watts, Andre Labrie) under VP Phil
Antonsen met on October 20 to revamp the program and make it more effective. The
committee sought the active input of 15992
Andre Labrie, Superintendent of Education, Human Resources and Information
Technology, Limestone District School Board.
Changes will be announced soon, interested members should contact the program
director Phil Antonsen directly.
Memorial - Report by Andrew Robb
we were in Nova Scotia in May we drove through Chester and found that a memorial
has been erected for Debbie Piers who was Commandant during some of our years at
the College (1957-60). The memorial is located on the shore overlooking Chester
Past President Murray Strikes it
Ed Murray made
the Sports page of the Whig Standard last week with a remarkable golf
accomplishment - 2 holes-in-one in eight days. Ed's interview with local TV
staff will appear tonight (August 6) - watch for it.
witnessed by reliable persons, this feat is not the first for Ed, he has a
previous hole-in-one bringing his total to three. Congratulations, Ed!
Ottawa Branch -
Night At The Races
4976 Reg Watts
and Patricia visited 4875 Mel Brown and Emily in Ottawa and attended the Ottawa
Branch night at the races. A fine buffet dinner, fun at the track,
disappointment in the Casino, but meeting some old friends was great! Shown
below are 4891 Walt Cotie and Judy, Emily and Patricia who all got to start the
opening race in the pace car!
Queen's University - The Frank Knox award for
excellence in teaching has been awarded to 6916 Rick Jackson. Rick previously
won the Alumni Award for Excellence, the highest Queen's award based on both
alumni and student nominations.
Remember the Golden Hawks?
As part of the celebration of 100 years of powered flight in Canada, an
organization from Gatineau, Quebec called Vintage Wings of Canada brought a F-86
Sabre to flight standards and painted it in Golden Hawk (aerobatic team)
colours. The aircraft will spend the year on flights across Canada to celebrate
the Centennial event. Courtesy - Dusty Miller
Letter From Australia
Just in case you were wondering what President Ed is up to, we have this
untranslated report, direct from Down Under:
G'Day From from Gail and Ed Down Under.
How ya goin"?
We were wakened this morning to the screeches of Gallahs and Cockies
followed by the smashing and banging sounds of the garbo. It must be
Wednesday. We rolled out of our swags and ambled slowly to the dunny. Gail's
back was crook, and both of us had experienced a fitful sleep because the
possums and bushrats were racing around in the crawl space above us. But
brekky was beautiful – fresh eggs from the chooks. I said to Gail "You'll be
Gail's first task was to deliver tucker to the chooks, the trip to the coop
being fraught with the danger (in Gail's mind) of meeting a brown or a tiger
on the way over. Then she put in a wash, ever fearful of the redbacks and
whitetails in the laundry. A few mates were coming for a swim and a barbie,
the usual fare being heaps of snags for the blokes, prawns for the sheilas
and a salad with rocket, beetroot and capsicum. A trip to Woolies and Big W
was required to get the tucker, and we had time on the way back to stop at
Vinnies and the Salvos to hunt for a bargain. Then Ed was off to the grog
shop for a couple of slabs, a case of long necks and lots of bubbly. Getting
organized had us working flat out like a lizard drinking.
Typically our guests, with cries of "how ya goin'", began arriving an hour
late, the sheilas well turned out in frocks, and the blokes looking very
Aussie in their wife beaters. But it didn't take long for them to change
into bathers and sunnies, and load up on tinnies. Our friend Wine (Wayne)
was celebrating a birthday, and observed on arrival "I'm drier than a dead
dingo's donga" After a couple of hours he began acting a bit feral, a right
larrikin, like he had a few kangaroos loose in the top paddock. Meanwhile
the kids – kids come to all events in Oz – were into footy or cricket.
It was great party but, bloody hell, it was hot – 48C – such a hot arvo that
the resident blue tongue didn't make an appearance and the mozzies must have
had heat stroke. About 2200 amid crys of "Good on ya" the mob piled back in
their utes, hopefully avoiding the wollopers and the hoons on the way home.
I for one was cactus.
Well it's time to take Gemma to kindy and Lachlan to primary. It's another
See Ya, Gail and Ed
Visiting Library & Archives Canada (LAC), Ottawa
Robb has recently used the Archives to conduct some interesting research. He has
kindly written up the process, procedures and contacts which are contained in
cthe attached document. (See link below) As this may be of ongoing interest, the
link will be maintained on this site.
From Andrew: "I
wanted to find out more information about two great uncles who served in World
War I. I decided to see what was available through Library and Archives Canada
in Ottawa. The following is what I learned and the steps taken in gaining access
to the military files of the two soldiers."
To read the procedure, click on the button:
Formation of Traditions Advisory Group
Branch President, Ed Murray has developed the following Branch
In communication with the Commandant, Ed expressed the
following thoughts which were positively received:
"It is the desire of
the members of the Kingston Branch of the Ex cadet Clubs to support the
College to the best of its ability. This year the Branch has taken on
upgrading the condition of the historical cadet files, over 700 of which
have now been processed. I now wish to propose that the Kingston Branch
become an active resource for you of RMC tradition and history.
The turnover of College personnel makes
maintaining a detailed knowledge of how things have been done in the past,
or why they are done in a certain manner, difficult. Our membership embodies
a wealth of knowledge of the past, including four past Commandants, two past
Directors of Cadets and a past President of the Ex Cadet Clubs. The Branch
membership has the talent respond to requests from the College for research
into the historical roots of certain events and thus provide background for
the customs of the College. The Branch could also, on its own, carry out
research on College traditions and publish the results, thus making
tradition more relevant to the younger generations of cadets and staff. The
outcome of such activity would at the very least enrich the College through
a better understanding its history."
Charlie Simonds has accepted temporary
chairmanship of the group, and his tasks are:
To recruit members to participate in this
To develop operating guidelines and terms
of reference to be approved by the Branch Executive
To develop a short list of College
traditions which may be on the "endangered" list
CALL TO ACTION:
Anyone interested in this
program should contact Charlie at:
email@example.com or 613 353 7019
Mrs. Claire Winfield
We regretfully inform you of the unexpected passing of Mrs
Claire Winfield, beloved wife of Barry
Winfield, on December 26th, 2008.
A service was held Saturday, 3rd of January,
Barry's address is 1682 South Blvd., Kingston, K7L 4V1. Phone
613 547 3167
Kingston Branch Executive