Branch and Member News

2017

8473 Alan Donald Walker (Class of 1970), an active member of our branch, passed away on 14 February 2017.  For further information, please visit:
 


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The RMC Club Kingston Branch Strategic Direction (Renewal)

In the Fall of 2016 the Kingston Branch began a process of renewal.  Building upon the success of its heritage work, and assistance to the RMC Museum, the Branch is exploring new ways to provide support to the cadets, RMC and the RMC Club while also expanding its membership.  There is a particular desire to attract new members from the Kingston area.  The Branch is focused not only on ex-Cadets, but also the many other alumni who have had the opportunity to study at RMC (e.g. graduate students, distance learning graduates).

The new strategic plan was approved by the Kingston Branch executive in December 2016. Proposed activities include involvement in the new RMC recruiting initiative, the RMC Club mentoring program, Habitat for Humanity, assisting the Museum, and offering assistance to the College in a variety of other areas.  In addition to the existing annual dinners, the summer Bar B Q and monthly luncheons the Branch also is planning to hold new activities like pub nights, breakfast and special events.  The new events are intended to bring the Branch activities in line with those held by other University alumni associations.  Future activities could involve joint events with other alumni groups in the Kingston area. There will be focus on expanding the opportunities for networking and having fun in a relaxed atmosphere with your classmates, friends and other alumni.  The Branch is also planning a special event for the summer of 2017 celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

The next couple of months will see two studies look at the Branch (RMC MBA program, St. Lawrence College Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program) to provide additional guidance on how the Branch can better communicate its activities to its potential membership.  If you have experience in communications and public relations, or would like to gain some, the Branch would be very interested in having you serve on the Executive helping to communicate Branch activities and plans using social media and other communications tools. That expertise would be valuable addition to a resume, or curriculum vitae. Anyone interested can contact Ken Watkin (kenwatkin@hotmail.com).


2016

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Memorial Service for 5228 Philip Antonsen

 The memorial service will be held at the Royal Military College of Canada in Currie Hall (Currie Building) on Thursday, 8 September 2016 at 14:00 (2PM). A reception will follow in the Senior Staff Mess. The service will be conducted by Rev Dr Barbara Sykes (wife of 5297 Ralph Sykes). If you are planning to attend, please contact 5207 Andrew Robb (afrobb38@aol.com ) for advice on parking. Dress does not include the wearing of medals.

 As many of you know, Phil suffered a stroke in early February and received treatment at hospitals in Florida and Kingston, ON. Phil had severe paralysis in his left arm and leg but his mind and speech were unaffected. He was home with Wendy from 18 May until 19 June when he suffered a seizure. While in hospital in late June the medical staff discovered cancer in his lungs and brain. He returned home and had some radiation treatments during July. On 25 July he began to feel unwell and was taken to Kingston General Hospital again where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. He passed away on 28 July with his family at his side.

Phil had been a key member of our class (1961) for many years. He was class secretary and in this role kept track of our whereabouts. He tracked down many whom he called ‘lost souls’ and reconnected them to our class. He and Wendy hosted a number of summer BBQ gatherings at their home on Howes Lake near Verona. Phil was the lead organiser of many or our reunions, especially in the years after Gord Hawkins passed away.

 Wendy has suggested that anyone wishing to make a memorial donation could do so by contributing to the RMC Class of 1961 Heritage Preservation Fund of the RMC Foundation. Our class through this fund has supported a few endeavours of the RMC Foundation and most recently has funded the decorative painting in the foyer, stairs and Baronial Hall of Currie Building. Phil was passionately in support of this project.

[ https://www.rmcfoundation.ca/index.php/ways-to-give/donate-now/ or call 1-888-386-6762 ]

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Reorganization of the Commemorative Stones

The RMC Foundation will be undergoing a reorganization of the Commemorative Stones at the Memorial Arch during the Summer of 2016 which will be completed by the Fall season.  Now is the time to add stones to your Class Grouping! Classes and individuals are encouraged to purchase stones before 5 August 2016 as there are limited spaces left.

Contact Jennifer Jordan at 613-541-6000 ext 6807 or Jennifer.Jordan@rmc.ca to place your order today.  You can also order online at www.rmcfoundation.ca

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An invitation has been extended to RMC Club members, by the Canadian Cancer Society, to attend next Wednesday evening’s performance of “Blithe Spirit” at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque.

The following excerpt from the Community Development Coordinator of Canadian Cancer Society (Kingston)’s email further explains the offer:

"Through the generosity of Norman and Janet Springer we have been given the opportunity to host an outstanding performance at the Thousand Islands Playhouse ~ Springer Theatre; on Wednesday June 29th – the classic ghostly comedy, “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward. Showtime is 8:00pm.

We would like to offer you and members of the RMC Club a special price on tickets to Blithe Spirit being held on Wednesday June 29th for a discounted price of $35 per ticket taxes and fees included. Your ticket also includes a reception at 6:30pm featuring Pelee Island Winery and 1000 Islands Catering.


Tickets for this special offer can only be purchased at the Canadian Cancer Society office at
496 Days Rd, by calling 613-384-2361.

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Kingston Branch Banyan

This is a Warning Order only, a detailed announcement with submission slip will be distributed mid-summer.

 Our annual End-of-Summer Banyan will take place on Wednesday, 31 August 2016.  Come out to the SSM to enjoy an informal evening with friends.   The meal will be a Bar-B-Q with corn on the cob.  Mark you calendars now!

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Ottawa Branch Golf Tournament

Friday, July 8, 2016

    Greensmere Golf & Country Club

    1717 Bear Hill Road

    Carp, ON K0A 1L0

    Phone: (613) 839-7772

Registration forms available from Jarrot Holtzhauer

Regards

J. R. Digger MacDougall

President, RMC Club of Canada, Ottawa Branch

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Strategic matters at the national level:

  1. General Advisory Council Meeting Minutes, April 14, 2016

  2. MOU - CFRG-RMC Club - Strategic Recruiting

  3. Revised Club Constitution - Final 2015

  4. Revised Club Constitution amendments, April 2016

  Click on any document to read the full details

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Veterans Voices of Canada

Allan Cameron, Founding Executive Director/Producer of Veterans Voices of Canada will be at the SSM interviewing up to 12 WWII and Korean War vets. He will be here 17 – 20 Feb and will generally be working 10:30 – 3.
If any members would like to participate or know of anyone who should be involved, contact 87 Bryan Bailey, Executive Director RMC Club of Canada, 613 541-6000 x6699, Cell: 613 985-6642

 
 



 





 




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