|Branch and Member News 2012
Recruiting Success - The Little Things
Jordan Killen is a first year cadet at RMC in 2012. His parents and twin sisters were in the stands on Ex-cadet Weekend proudly watching the Badging Parade. When Jordan was in grade 12 in Peterborough, ON, he attended a university fair with his choice of three universities firmly in his mind. While at the fair he walked over to the RMC table as there was no one talking to the College representatives. He became interested in College from this conversation and applied. His sisters have been so impressed with their big brother's experience that they plan to apply to the College in 2013.
You never know when a word, a suggestion or an invitation will ignite a spark that will lead to a recruiting success.
Book Award Recipients at Badging Parade
The Royal Military College is at its photogenic best on a sunny, fall day. These were the conditions when the Kingston Branch of the RMC Club introduced five outstanding local high school students to the College and the idea of becoming cadets.
The Kingston Branch has been awarding picture books of RMC to outstanding students in over 20 area high schools for many years. The awardees are selected by their high schools for demonstrated excellence and leadership in academics, athletics and student affairs. The hope has been that some of these students would become interested in attending the College as cadets. This year, for the first time, we invited them all and their families to attend the Badging Parade on Saturday during Ex-cadet Weekend. Five came, three with family members. One had already decided to apply, one has a cousin in the College but the others knew little about our university and its programs.
Four cadets in scarlets who were not on parade accompanied the group along with three members of the branch. Seats were reserved in the bleachers right beside the dais. During the parade our visitors were given information about the parade, the College and the life of a cadet.
Following the parade the Branch hosted the group for lunch in the cadet dining room in Yeo Hall. They went through the cafeteria and ate the same food as the cadets. The accompanying cadets then conducted a tour of parts of the College that included the Fort Lasalle dormitory, the Massey Library, Currie Hall, Mackenzie Building and the RMC Museum in the Fort Frederick Martello Tower.
Our guests were very appreciative of the opportunity for this experience. The idea of attending seemed to be well planted. The Kingston Branch will follow-up with these Book Award winners during the year. Branch members involved were Mary Darlington, Al Pickering, Dusty Miller and Andrew Robb.
Lt. Gen. (Ret'd) A. Chester Hull, CMM, DFC, CD
From the Belleville Intelligencer website:
HULL, Lt. Gen. A. Chester (Ret'd), CMM, DFC, CD - Born April 19th, 1919 in Edinburgh, Scotland, died in Belleville, Ont. April 9th, 2012. Survived by his wife of over 71 years, Jane (Currier), and children Brian (Terry), Diana and Sally, and grandchildren Thomas and Lucus Morison. Chester attended the Royal Military College in Kingston where he rose to become “top“ cadet as Battalion Sgt. Major (BSM). He and his classmates graduated early in October 1939 in order to serve in World War II. He elected to follow in his father's footsteps and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He saw distinguished service overseas as a bomber pilot in 420 and 428 Squadrons and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his skill and valour and became Senior Operations Controller of 6 Group (RCAF) RAF Bomber Command as a Group Captain while still only 25 years old. When the war ended he chose to stay in the RCAF with appointments in Ottawa, staff college in Toronto, and, in 1947 he became Commanding Officer (CO) of RCAF Clinton. Following further staff assignments in Ottawa, he became Base Commander and founding commander of No. 3 (Fighter) Wing in Zweibrucken, Germany. Returning to Canada in 1956, he had assignments in St. Hubert and Ottawa. In 1962, he was appointed Chief of Staff of Air Defence Command (ADC) in St. Hubert, with the rank of Air Commodore. For a short time, he served as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of ADC before promotion to Air Vice Marshall in 1967 as AOC of Air Transport Command, Trenton. In 1972, following unification of the forces, he was appointed Lieutenant General and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. Ches retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1974 after 41 years of illustrious service and shortly thereafter was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star for his wartime assistance to the Free French Forces. In civilian life, he served as National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of Canada, president of the Quinte Arts Council and a founding influence in the launching of, initially, the RCAF Memorial Museum. At CFB Trenton, he held the appointment of honorary colonel from 1998 until 2003. He served as chair of the Bomber Harris Trust, established to defend the outstanding heroism and service to country of Canadian members of RAF Bomber Command. Much travelled, a life- time gardener and an avid reader, he continued to contribute to the lives of those around him to his very last breath. He was much loved and will be sadly missed. Services entrusted to BURKE FUNERAL HOME, Belleville (613-968-6968). Visitation will be held at CFB Trenton 8-Wing Chapel on Friday, April 13, 2012 from Noon - 1 p.m. Memorial Service to follow at 1 p.m. Padre Sid Horne and Major (Rev.) Tracy Graf officiating. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society or Charity of your Choice would be appreciated. Online condolences at burkefuneral.ca 11225036
RMC annual concert in scarlets
The Concert in Scarlets will take place at 2 pm on Saturday 17 March at the Gospel Temple, across from Rona. If you have never attended it, don't miss it this year!
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and can be obtained at the door and also at the RMC canteen.
RMCCC Strategic Review
The General Council on the RMC Clubs of Canada this fall approved a strategic review by appointing a Strategic Review Steering Committee under the interim chairmanship of 4976 Reg Watts. The goal is to take a fresh look at the needs and satisfaction of ex-cadets to determine how programs and services should be designed to ensure a healthy future for the club, with broad participation.
After forming a committee of 12 members from across the country, 9143 Bruce McAlpine joined Reg as co-chair. The SRSC includes representatives from RMCSJ, the Foundation and the National Executive as well as the Club Executive Director, and represents all age groups. The committee is seeking the widest possible input from all levels of graduates from all three colleges, and readers are encouraged to participate in the survey activities that will follow.
A three-phase work-plan was developed and agreed by the SRSC, and launched in September. The phases include a review of Best Practices of other alumni associations, targeted interviews with members and non-members, culminating in a broad member survey. The SRSC plans to provide a report to Council by May, 2012.
A concurrent task crossing the first two phases is the enrichment of the club database commencing December 2011 under the direction of the Executive Director 14356 Michael Rostek with S125 Bill Oliver.
In the coming months, the Team will solicit support from many sources, including Branches, Classes, as well as individuals, and all are encouraged to participate and any contribution to this effort will be welcomed.
(Actual eVeritas Article published 15/12/2011)