A Few Words from the President…

Reunion Weekend marked the transition from past President 9889 Robert(Bob) Benn to Incoming President 12059 Jacques Gagne. The last three years have been a time of renewal and the re-alignment of priorities for the Club. A Work Plan has been developed and specific tasks will be focused on during the cycle 2013-14.

Examples of the priorities include: Continued evolution and implementation of the key recommendations of the Club’s Strategic Review; creation of a Communications Advisory Committee; development and commissioning of a new Club Website; formalization of the Club’s new HR Policy, to name but a few.

The Club has strong and dedicated “Officers” including: 1st VP 6440 Tony Goode; 2nd VP 8828 Wayne Kendall, Club Treasurer 15946 Jill Carleton and Adjutant Old Brigade 5611 Gerry Stowe. We are also strongly supported by the members of the Executive Committee and General Council.

Joint proceedings with the RMC Club Foundation has proven fruitful and opened the channel for more cooperation and bi-lateral initiatives.

Congratulations to outgoing, Foundation President, 9660 Cameron Diggon, for his stellar performance during his tenure. The Club looks forward to ongoing collaboration with the Incoming Foundation President, 6604 Jim Carruthers.

Of course, Reunion Weekend would not have been possible without the strong support, dedication and commitment of the Panet House staff and volunteers. Executive Director 13987 Bryan Bailey and his “A” team of S160 Mary Darlington, Isabelle Laferrière and S125 Bill Oliver pulled off all the stops ensuring the Weekend was a success. The full-time staff was augmented with some outstanding dedicated volunteers – 8170 Keith Orton, M1013 Mo Smart,24647 Paul Lystiuk, S134 Rolande Oliver and members of the (w) varsity volleyball team.

To all, I wish you good luck as we move forward.

Let us be guided by our motto: Verite / Devoir / Vaillance

12059 Jacques J. Gagne

President – RMC Club


Communications Committee – Leadership Needed – A Challenge AND an Opportunity!!!

The Strategic Review clearly identified that relevant 2 way communication between the Club and its members is the lifeblood of our association, and a prime determinant of member engagement. The General Council has just created a standing Communications Committee, responsible for all aspects of the Club’s overall communication strategy, including:

  • Editorial, addressing the themes, content and bilingualism of our communications vehicles, and ensuring that all of our constituents are getting a voice;
  • Technical, addressing the technical aspects of our overall communications strategy, including the web-site, social media, mobile communications and other technologies that become available; and
  • PR/Advocacy, bringing a proactive historical perspective to stakeholders addressing external issues impacting the Royal Military Colleges of Canada, providing general guidance and training as needed to the Club leadership, and acting as an expert resource to support the Club in addressing specific situations.

We are now looking for a Chair Person for this important committee. Interested applicants should have the following credentials:

  • Club member
  • Passion and a sense of “Ownership” of the Communications portfolio
  • Demonstrated Leadership in similar volunteer positions
  • Professional expertise in one of the 3 above-mentioned components
  • Time capacity to really engage

Interested parties should address themselves to our Executive Director, Bryan Bailey at 613.541.6000×6699 or bryan.bailey@rmc.ca



Photo by: Yvette Grygoryev

Article by: WJO

13987 Bryan Bailey, Executive Director, RMC Club had a nice task last Wednesday during the monthly luncheon for the Kingston Branch. At the conclusion of his 12 month term as Club President, 9889 Bob Benn awarded not one, not two, but three President’s Awards.

Two of the recipients were recognized at the recent Club AGM – Toronto Branch for the financial support that they provided for the Physics History Book which was just recently published. The second was to 9143 Bruce McAlpine for the leadership he has provided (and continues to provide) over the year in seeing the implementation of the Club Strategic Plan (CSP).

Back to last week. Bryan on behalf of the outgoing President made the presentation in front of a large group of Kingston Branch members to 4976 Reg Watts (picture left). Reg has been the acknowledged leader of CSP from scratch beginning during the summer of 2011 right through to the implementation stage of the process.

Through various circumstances, we have been on the peripheral of these mega projects since 2011; from where we sit – all three awards are well deserved.

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