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Who Said It?
1. “A well-aged dankness in the Stone Frigate, the oldest dormitory at Kingston’s Royal Military College, is reputed to be ideally suited to the cultivation of spiders, the common cold and a strong character. Residents of the 180-year-old former naval warehouse, which is separated from the other dorms by Parade Square, have long seen the ability to endure their barracks’ inhospitable clime as a mark of fortitude.”
a) 7269 Robert Brown
b) 15946 Jill Carleton
c) 16955 Pat Dray
d) 7776 Chris Lythgo
2. “You will be called upon to take your place in modern Canada and in the modern world…. You will also be called upon to lead…and a leader must stand for something. You must not only be aware of who you are. You must also be defined by what you do.”
a) Tony O’Keeffe
b) 7264 Ross Betts
c) 9318 Dave Bindernagel
d) H22982 Adrienne Clarkson
3. “[T]his is an exercise in Nation Building: In the way that water transforms into ice by building around a single crystal, perhaps the new Canada could do worse than to build around the experiences and values of the new RMC.”…”We educate those who pass through this place Royal Military College of Canada exactly so that they will fully understand and be a part of the culture they are called upon to defend.”
a) 6496 JCA Emond
b) 3237 JS Mothersill
c) H24263 JS Cowan
d) 9098 KC Hague
4. “I am confident that The RMC Battalion of Gentlemen Cadets, which will be re-born after this war is over will typify in the future all the best College tradition we have known in the past”
a) 151 AC Macdonell
b) 749 Harry Crerar
c) 621 CF Constantine
d) 1137 DR Agnew
5. the “spirit” of the Royal Military College of Canada’s graduates, “no less than their military attainments, exercised a potent influence in fashioning a force which, in fighting efficiency, has never been excelled.”
a) 7301 Earle Morris
b) Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie
c) 15673 Joe Morin
d) 16455 Tim Lannan
6. “RMC has a proud history of excellence and is fundamental in training future leaders of the Canadian Forces,”
a) 12192 Tom Lawson
b) 11623 John Carswell
c) S147 Bill Graham
d) 6776 Tim Sparling
7. “Overall, the training that I was involved in since graduating from RMC prepared me very well for my tour in Afghanistan. I found myself constantly relying on the basic principles of leadership. Leading by example was by far the most important aspect.”
a) 19033 Nick Grimshaw
b) 22807 Michelle Whitty
c) 14274 Alan Howard
d) 24048 Sugumar Prabhakaran
8. “The professionalism of the Canadian Forces is, in large part, founded on learning and knowledge. The Canadian Defence Academy, the Military and Staff Colleges and the Royal Military College of Canada, all play a critical role in creating and ensuring knowledge in the defence community.”[
a) 22350 Nicolas Desjardins
b) 7076 John van Haastrecht
c) Laurie Hawn
d) 4459 Ed Murray
9. "[At] the Royal Military College where a bulk of our new officers start their career, start their education, we have 200 spots open for August . We have 1,500 people who have applied and completed the application process to go to those 200 spots. That is a 7½ to one ratio and we get the opportunity to select the very best from it. As a result, our quality of applicants and the quality of the recruits, the level of fitness and the imagination and the success in completing the courses has skyrocketed in a way that we couldn’t even dream about before.”
a) 5611 Gerry Stowe
b) 5780 Bernie Laliberte
c) S148 Rick Hillier
d) 15008 David Morgan
10. “…RMC never taught me how to lead a platoon attack or conduct a Shurah with local Afghan elders, but it has taught me three vital ideas that all officers should adhere to. Truth means leading soldiers from the front and being honest to them at all times. Duty means being there at the front when the bullets start flying because the private soldier that I have just told to assault an enemy position needs to know that I am committed to achieving the mission with him. Valour means taking the difficult orders and making them my own, in spite of the fear of the unknown or the chances that we are taking.”
a) 22862 Jeremy Hiltz
b) 19033 Nick Grimshaw
c) 22807 Michelle Whitty
d) 24048 Sugumar Prabhakaran
11. “The Royal Military College is a higher education institution that plays an essential role for the Canadian Forces and for our country…Throughout the ranks, the leadership of the Canadian Forces is smart, flexible and adaptive. And a good deal of the credit for this should go to the Royal Military College… This is a vital national institution. Here, today, much of tomorrow’s military leadership is being forged… RMC will continue to provide the professional development that the CF needs to successfully face the challenges that surely lay ahead.”[
a) Brian Mulroney
b) Peter MacKay
c) Paul Hellyer
d) Stephen Harper
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Ex Cadets and The Big Apple – Left to Right: 12491 RMC 80 David Barr – Chief Military Planning Service/DPKO/UN HQ NY, 14069 RMC 83 Michael Pearson – Military Advisor to the Ambassador , M04268 RMC 89 James Smith – Chief Movement Control Section/LSD/DFS/UN HQ NY , 16862 RMC 87 Brian Gray – UN Chief Business Continuity Management Unit , 13659 RMC 82 Marian Miszkiel – Senior Engineer, UN Capital Master Plan.
CMC Twig – United Nations New York – 15 November 2011 – Five Ex-Cadets Found!
A reception for United Nations affiliated Canadians was held in Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Guillermo E. Rishchynski’s and Mrs. Rishchynski’s home in New York on Tuesday 15 November 2011. In attendance were almost 50 Canadians serving in the local area along with Canadian Consul General John F. Prato and also Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative Gilles Rivard.
Unfortunately, our RMC group photo including our distinguished hosts did not come out very well and thus we are left solely with a picture of five aging ex-cadets!! Brian Gray indicates there are more ex-cadets in the New York area and our mission now is to find them!
The Ambassador mentioned that there are over 300 Canadians working in the United Nations Common System in New York and over 600 working throughout the world. Canada is one of 193 countries represented in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Proud Dad Visits Son at the U.N. Building
Caption: 13659 Marian Miszkiel, CD, MBA, PEng, PMP inspecting the future Secretary General’s office area on the 38th floor of the UN Secreteriat Building with his father, Antoni Miszkiel PEng.
13659 Marian Miszkiel RMC 82 left his position this year as Director Physical Resources, Camosun College, Victoria, BC and was appointed Senior Engineer, United Nations HQ Capital Master Plan in New York City. This $1.87B construction project, financed by the 193 UN member states, addresses refurbishment of over 2,500,000 square feet of infrastructure on the 17 acre site and will be completed before 2015. Roxanne and Paul have moved to New York, Shane is attending Ohio State University and Rylan and Glenn are continuing their post-secondary studies in Victoria, BC. Can someone check if my house in Victoria is still ok? Chimo!
Articles of Interest
19508 Guy Ridler is a CMT Associate, providing consulting, training and writing solutions for emergency preparedness and response operations in Victoria BC. He holds a Bachelor of Space Science and Physics, Royal Roads Military College, Victoria, BC, Canada. Capt. Ridler has eighteen years experience as a professional pilot in both civilian and military roles. He has flown on the West Coast of North America as a search and rescue (SAR) pilot and is currently working as a fire suppression pilot, operating throughout British Columbia (BC), Canada. Guy has extensive experience as a SAR Mission Coordinator (Aeronautical Coordinator) at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, BC. He has provided consulting, training and writing services for aeronautical and maritime Search and Rescue operations in Canada and internationally. Guy is an expert in the Search and Rescue satellite distress beacon alerting system, and in the interpretation of satellite data for Search and Rescue response coordination. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot License, ICAO. http://cmtech.ca/ourteam.html
Colonel (Padre) Jean Bourgeois, CD has assumed the responsibilities as Directorate of Chaplain Operations in Ottawa since 2010 and that of Vicar General of the Military Ordinariate (Roman Catholic) of Canada since 2011. From 1995 to 1997, he was appointed Chaplain to the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In the spring of 1982, he received a Bachelor of Theology from Saint Paul University, in Ottawa. He received a Masters degree in Canon Law in 1999 from Saint Paul University and was then appointed Chancellor of the Military Ordinariate (Roman Catholic) of Canada and appointed Judicial Vicar in 2001. Upon ordination in 1984, he enrolled in the Canadian Forces, serving as the Unit Chaplain of the 8th Canadian Hussars Princess Louise Regiment until 1988, when he joined the Regular Force.
16449 Jason E. King, CD is the Commandant Peace Support Training Centre. He attended the Royal Military College in Kingston graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce. Throughout his career, Lieutenant-Colonel King has been fortunate to participate in five UN and NATO Missions abroad. His first tour in 1989 was as a young Recce Troop Leader in Cyprus with UNFICYP for OP Snowgoose 51. This was quickly followed with a tour as a fly-over Troop Leader with the the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) in Lahr, Germany. In 1994, while again back at the Dragoons, he deployed overseas with the RCD Battle Group as part of CANBAT 2 for UNPROFOR in Visoko, Bosnia-Hercegovina. In 1999, he was posted to the Middle East as a Military Observer with the UNTSO group for a two year tour in Damascus, Syria as the Senior Operations Officer (G3) for the Golan Heights. Most recently, he completed a 10 month tour in Afghanistan as the CJ7 SO1 ANA Security Sector Reform helping the Afghan Army to realize their goal of conducting operations at the Corps (Divisional) level. Lieutentant-Colonel King is married to a spectacular gal Cynthia and they have two outstanding and gifted sons, Harrison (11) and Aiden (9). Lieutentant-Colonel King doesn’t skate, runs quite slowly, but loves to play football.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. On Movember 1st, several cadets, staff and military college alumni registered at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, these Mo Bros, raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Ex-cadet members of team DRMIS 2011 include:
13500 Barry Moore (RMC 1983) is the Project Director on the Defence Resource Management Information System (DRMIS) project. In order to raise money for Barry, Martine Gagne played music in a public place.
16147 Maj. Brett Stewart (RRMC 1987) is a Senior Military Analyst with PMO Defence Resource Management Information System (DRMIS) in Ottawa.
Ex-cadet members of team DRMIS 2011 include:
12375 Don Leslie (CMR 1979) is an IBM Canada Ltd. employee working on the Defence Resource Management Information System (DRMIS) project in Ottawa.
Led by team captain Kirk Sullivan, members of Blasty Boughs/RMC Paladins Hockey Club include: Paul Whalen; Paul Bradley; Chad Blundy; Andrew Flemming; Jeremy Boland; Jason Kielly; Kurt Matthewson; Eric Robb; Scott McDonald; Andrew Hawkins; Ryan Thompson; Colin Cook; Matthew Pinder; YJ Son; Henry Egnur; Geoff Blandford; and David Thebault.
Led by team captain Dave Kuzmanovich, members of RMC Mo’ Titans include: Wes Irvine; Rob Bannerman and John Vella.
Ocdt Corey Emmerson-Steeves is the lead member of the RMC CHEM ENG team.
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Update: Fan Bus – West Point Hockey Trip – 4 Feb
Registration for the proposed Fan Bus travelling from Kingston to West Point and return 3-5 Feb has been sluggish to date. As of this writing, only eight people have expressed interest.
A requirement exists to confirm numbers for hiring the bus; reserving motel rooms; obtaining game tickets; organizing post game social. All of which requires an upfront financial commitment and a great deal of labour.
Typically fans wait for the last minute to make a commitment which typically causes undue uncertainty for the organizer. We are not interested in this type of scenario.
Consequently, those interested in being part of this trip are advised to make their intentions known prior to 15 Dec – provide coordinates to email@example.com (A $150 advance deposit will likely be requested – details on payment process TBA)
A decision will be made on 15 December on whether to proceed with the plan to hire the bus and block book the motel rooms.
A second option may be to obtain tickets for the game; provide details for accommodations; interested individuals would make their own way to and from West Point and their own motel room reservations.
Those seriously interested should let their intentions be known prior to the 15 Dec deadline.
RMC Club Organizing Trip to West Point 3 – 5 Feb 2012
Initial plans are underway to organize a Fan bus to West Point for the big game 4 Feb. Bus would depart RMC on the Friday morning (3 Feb) and scheduled to arrive back in Kingston on Sunday afternoon.
Depending on interest – package will include:
Bus fare; motel (2 nights) double occupancy; game ticket; post-game social (likely with the RMC team).
At this time exact price is not finalized but will likely be in the $250 – $300 range per person.
Those interested should contact RMC Club by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance payment will be expected.
A go or no go decision will be made by 9 January.
Those seriously interested are advised to make contact early!
Le Club des CMR organise le voyage à West Point, du 3 au 5 février
Les plans préliminaires sont mis en motion afin d’organiser le voyage par autobus pour les amateurs de hockey le 4 février à West Point. Départ du CMR vendredi matin le 3 fév., retour à Kingston le dimanche aprè-midi.
D’après la participation – le tout comprendra:
Trajet par autobus; 2 nuits au motel, occupation double; billet pour la joute; rencontre après-joute (probablement avec l’équipe du CMR).
Pour le moment le prix n’est pas fixé mais sera probablement entre $250 et $300 la personne.
Les intéressés sont priés de contacter le Club des CMR par courriel au email@example.com
Les paiements seront dûs à l’avance.
La décision finale sera prise vers le 9 janvier.
Ceux qui sont sérieusement intéressés veuillez contacter le Club dès que possible.
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OCdt Max Reinthaler Awarded Lifesaving Award
Researched by E3161 Victoria Edwards
Officer Cadet Maximillian Reinthaler, a member of the Royal Military College’s Campus Response Team, was presented the St. John Ambulance Life-saving Award by Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen prior to a city council meeting at the City Hall Nov. 15. This award recognizes individuals who have administered first aid while saving, or attempting to save, a life. Officer Cadet was called to help another cadet who was found slumped over his desk and unresponsive September 1. Reinthaler called 911 and moved the victim to the floor. As the casualty was receiving oxygen, he suddenly lost consciousness and began to convulse. Reinthaler stayed with him and continued to monitor his condition until Emergency Services arrived.
At 21, he is finishing his fourth year studying Military and Strategic Studies at RMC. He’s also a First Year Orientation Program (FYOP) Cadet Flight Leader, which means he commands 13 untrained first years at the college, as well as his staff of third-year cadets. On the first weekend of October, he finished leading them through five weeks of training to introduce them to life at RMC. Max chose the military for many reasons. His stepfather, aunt and uncle all attended RMC. ‘I didn’t see myself in an office job. I want to do something challenging that has pride attached to it, and had an element of adventure.” After Officer Cadet Reinthaler graduates in May 2012, he becomes a Second Lieutenant in the army, hoping to become an infantry officer and will be stationed in Gagetown, New Brunswick. There he will undergo training as a Light Platoon Commander (the basics of leading a foot mobile infantry platoon for 13 weeks), and 14 weeks of leading a mechanized or heavy infantry platoon using equipment like the light-armoured vehicles (LAV 3s) used in Afghanistan. Once he has finished his training, he will be posted to a regiment, and lead a platoon of some 40 soldiers. He will be called upon to lead soldiers who are veterans, who have seen battle in Afghanistan as well as other theatres of operation. “I have to ensure they [my soldiers] are as prepared as possible, that their personal lives don’t distract them from their deployment, and they have the resources to get the job done. I have to rely on section commanders and staff too.” Asked where his strength comes from he said it comes from his family and the motto “be proud but yet humble.” “You have to be confident in your abilities when you make the final call. You also must acknowledge the expertise of your senior enlisted soldiers and apply it in decisions, but be confident in your abilities,” said Max. “But I don’t know how I’ll react until I’m on the ground,” he adds, and his tone shows that he is eager to be tested there. “Day to day it’s not the easiest path,” said Officer Cadet Reinthaler, “when I have to wake up at o’dark stupid, 0400 or 0500, it’s not fun, I’d rather go back to bed, but I tell myself these daily challenges will better prepare me for later on.”
The Utility of Hard and Soft Power: Strategic Intervention Beyond the Military Instrument
Photos by 25782 OCdt Brandon Friesen
On Wednesday the 23rd of November, Dr Ann Fitz-Gerald presented the Haycock lecture to cadets and staff in Currie Hall, speaking on traditional, military-centric approaches to post-conflict reconstruction and state-building. She explored the lessons learned from recent interventions in places such as Sudan and Afghanistan.
Dr Fitz-Gerald is currently the Director of the Cranfield Centre for Security Sector Management. She currently manages research programmes which focus on national security; political, security and economic interdependencies of stabilisation operations; and the relationship between conflict prevention and security sector reform.
Dr Fitz-Gerald is a Board member for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, a member of the National Security Working Group for the Canadian International Council (CIC), chair of the CSSM National Security Working Group and was was recently appointed to the Security Sector Advisory Group for UK Trade and Investment.
Dr Fitz-Gerald has worked on national security, security sector reform/management and joined-up government issues for 16 years and is widely published in this field. Her most recent book is an edited volume entitled From Conflict to Community: A Combatant’s Return to Citizenship.
The presentation of the Haycock Lecture is coordinated by the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada. Financial support is provided through the Margin of Excellence program sponsored by the RMC Foundation.
RMC RETIREES’ LUNCHEON – SSM: For quite some time many of the former Royal Military Collegbe of Canada military and civilian staff meet for a relaxing luch to recall old times and to catch up with not just former colleagues but old friends too. This past friday this group met at the Senior Staff Mess on the college grounds. The lunches rotate from various dining spots in the Kingston area and are held the last friday of the month. (Photos by: 25782Brandon Friesen)
Le souper de Vimy
Les élèves officiers du Collège militaire royal du canada à Kingston et de Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu ont eu L’énorme l’honneur d’être invité au souper prestigieux qu’est le souper de Vimy.
On peut voir avec l’image sur la gauche L’Élof Alexandre Fisher, Martin Desouza et Ryan McNeil en compagnie du général Walter Natynchuk. Au courant du souper, les élèves officiers ont eu l’opportunité d’engager la conversation avec plusieurs officiers de haut rang et plusieurs membres importants de grandes compagnies canadiennes.
l’Institut de la Conférence des Associations de la Défense est le commanditaire du Prix Vimy. Depuis 1991, le Prix reconnaît un Canadien qui a apporté une importante contribution à la défense et la sécurité de notre nation afin de préserver nos valeurs démocratiques.
Le Prix est accordé par l’entremise de l’Institut de la Conférence des Associations de la Défense par une réception suivi d’un gala organisé à chaque année en Novembre. On peut voir sur l’image sur la droite plusieurs autres élèves officiers en compagnie du général Walter Natynchuk.
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RMCC Expedition Club Receives Special Endorsement & More
Photos and Article by 25752 OCdt (III) Christopher Lane
With just under a month before the 2011/12 Kilimanjaro Expedition Group raises the RMCC flag atop Africa’s tallest summit, LGen (Ret’d) Romeo Dallaire (founder of Child Soldiers Initiative) offers his support to the expedition and its humanitarian goal: to raise $20,000 for the “Summit Scholarship” in partnership with his organization. This scholarship will fund a former child soldier’s university education at Dalhousie University, empowering the recipient to eliminate the use of child soldiers.
OCdts Matlock, Robb and NCdt Brown present BGen Tremblay an Expedition Club t-shirt
The Expedition Club is also receiving great support on the home front, as Commandant BGen Eric Tremblay fully approved the expedition this week, giving the “Kili Crew” the go-ahead to finalize outstanding details. The Expedition Club thanked the Commandant this Friday for his support of the Club’s vision, and offered him a team t-shirt. “Belief in our mountain climbing and humanitarian mission from Commandant Tremblay and key persons at the College brings us that much closer to the summit, and further facilitates this expedition’s unique form of officer-training,” says Expedition Leader OCdt Anthony Matlock.
On Saturday morning, the Expedition Club hosted the “5K for the Kids” race, a 5km fundraiser following the campus Harrier route. Cadets from all squadrons attended, with OCdts Jordon Vadala and Yana Volodarets placing first in the men’s and women’s categories. Unsurprisingly, both are on the RMC Running Team. Over $350 was raised for the Summit Scholarship! Many thanks to all cadet runners and volunteers.
With thirty days before the “Kili Crew” lifts off for Nairobi, training and logistical planning is in its final stages. Physical training sessions specifically tailored for high-altitude conditions have been occurring three times a week, and there is no lack of intensity in the workouts planned and led by Deputy Expedition Leader OCdt Eric Robb.
For more details on the expedition, or to help support the Summit Scholarship, please visit www.rmcexpeditionclub.com.
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25249 Rebecca Fielding – Cadet Wing Sports Public Information Officer (CWSPIO) – On Assignment
#4 (W) Volleyball – Melissa McCoy
Family: 1 Younger brother
Trade: Air Logistics
Position: Power Hitter / Middle
One special memory you have from running is: Getting to know the girls on my team, they’re like sisters to me now.
My most memorable competition was: Our first win ever
One thing people don’t know about me is: I grew up on a farm
Biggest Fear: Spiders and the dark
Hobbies: Singing, reading, spending time with friends and family
Future Aspirations: Graduate, become a doctor in the CF
#9 (M) Volleyball Sean Vanthournout
Family: 1 younger brother
Position: Men’s Volleyball Captain
One special memory you have from volleyball is: Playing for Team N.B in the NTCC’s
My most memorable competition was: 2008 18-U National club championships.
One thing people don’t know about me is: My senior year of high school I was 6’1”
Biggest Fear: Getting packed
Future Aspirations: To play volleyball in countries around the world.
Both photos: HENRY LITJENS
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(W) Volleyball Completes First Half of Season over .500
For the first time in a long time, one of the college varsity teams has completed the first half of the season with a better won than loss record. With a convincing 3-1 victory over Brock University last Saturday in St. Catharines, “The Garden City” of Ontario – the ladies volleyball team are 5 win and 4 losses. Standings
Well done, ladies. Continued success in the second half.
Report from the Team Captain – 25249 Rebecca Fielding
The RMC women`s volleyball team has started their season off the right way. With a record of 5 wins and only 4 losses, RMC closed out this semester with a big 4 set win over Brock on Saturday. In a league of 13 teams, RMC is currently sitting in 5th place. RMC starters are all in the top 10 of the OUA. (III) Brianne Baum is 2nd in the OUA, 9th in the CIS with 278 set assists. (II) Chelsey Litjens is 3rd in the OUA with 29 blocks, her sister Mallory right behind her in 5th place with 27 blocks. (III) Kelsey Chang is having her best season ever as a Paladin, currently 4th in the OUA, 7th in the CIS with 130 digs in 9 games. Norah Collins, the Paladins big hitter, is 4th in the OUA, 10th in the CIS with 102 kills. (II) Danielle Vortisch is currently 6th in the OUA with 127 digs and (IV) Melissa McCoy is 8th in the OUA with 23 blocks.
The Paladins will continue to practice over the exam period in order to be prepared for big games against Waterloo and Guelph, two teams they have already beat this season, upon their return January 7th and 8th. The games begin Saturday at 1200 and Sunday at 1300 at home in the SAM gym. The Lady Paladins would like to thank all their fans for their continous support. Good luck to the RMC Women`s Volleyball team in their quest for a playoff title! It has been a great season thus far and the girls will only get better from here. Happy Holidays from the women`s volleyball team! See you in the New Year! More on Facebook -
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Vendredi, le 18 novembre dernier, huit élèves-officiers du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean ont eu le privilège d’assister au dîner Vimy 2011 qui s’est déroulé au Musée canadien de la guerre à Ottawa. Dans l’ordre habituel, les Élèves-officiers Da Sun, Éric-Alexandre Berry, Ludovic Boisclair, Tamara Vander Velde, Grégory Hamel, Capitaine Alain Durand et les Élèves-officiers Bradley Ticky, Ian Mancini, Aaron Houston.
Des élèves-officiers du CMR Saint-Jean participent au dîner Vimy –
- un article de lÉlève-officier Éric-Alexandre Berry
Le vendredi 18 novembre dernier, huit élèves-officiers du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean ont eu le privilège d’assister au dîner Vimy 2011 qui s’est déroulé au Musée canadien de la guerre à Ottawa. Les élèves-officiers ont eu la chance d’assister à la remise annuelle de la récompense Vimy au Major-général Jonathan Vance. Nous avons eu la chance de parler avec le chef d’état-major de la défense, le Général Walter Natynczyk et avec beaucoup d’autres membres influents des Forces canadiennes.
L’événement principal du dîner Vimy 2011 était la présentation du Prix Vimy qui est remis à un Canadien ou Canadienne qui a apporté une contribution importante et remarquable à la défense et à la sécurité de notre nation, et à la préservation de nos valeurs démocratiques. Durant la soirée, il y a eu quelques discours, dont celui du Général Walter Natynczyk qui a été très inspirant et qui a beaucoup mis l’emphase sur les réalisations du récipiendaire, le Major-général Jonathan Vance. Les élèves-officiers ont été privilégiés d’assister à ce grand événement et ils attendent avec impatience d’avoir la possibilité d’assister à autre événement de cette ampleur.
Le souper VIMY fut organisé par l’Institut de la Conférence des Associations de la Défense.
Le 12 novembre dernier, l’équipe représentative de Taekwondo du CMR St-Jean a participée au championnat Toronto Open 2011. Crédit photo : Élève-officier Maxime Fortin.
L’équipe de Taekwondo du CMR St-Jean se démarque à Toronto
un article de l’Élève-officier Huard-Houle
Le 12 novembre dernier, l’équipe représentative de Taekwondo du CMR St-Jean a participée au championnat Toronto Open 2011. Cette complétion regroupe des taekwondoïstes de partout au Canada et au État-Unis. L’équipe du CMR Saint-Jean, sous la tutelle de Maître Darrell Henegan, ex champion du monde de Taekwondo, a remporté deux premières positions, cinq deuxièmes positions ainsi que sept troisièmes positions.
Après environ trois mois de pratique, cette compétition était la première expérience de combat outre les pratiques régulières. Considérant que l’équipe ne compte aucun vétéran et que parmi les 15 participants, seulement trois avaient de l’expérience en art-martiaux, l’équipe du CMR Saint-Jean a offert une bonne performance. Ces compétitions sont difficiles tant physiquement que mentalement et elles ont une grande portée pédagogique. Elles apprennent aux participants à bien performer en état de stress et donnent une expérience impossible à acquérir en entrainement.
Le Taekwondo est un art-martial coréen qui met l’emphase sur les coups de pieds. En compétition, le but est de marquer le plus de points possibles en touchant la protection abdominal de l’adversaire sans que celui-ci puisse le bloquer ou l’esquiver dans un combat de deux rondes d’une minute.
Le professeur Charles-Philippe David est honoré par le Collège militaire royal du Canada
un article du professeur Bernard Mongeau, Doyen à l’enseignement du CMR Saint-Jean
Au cours de la cérémonie de remise des prix d’automne au Collège militaire royal du Canada qui a eu lieu à Kingston le 17 novembre dernier, on a annoncé que le professeur Charles-Philippe David avait été désigné « Professeur invité McNaughton-Vanier » pour la présente année scolaire. L’attribution de cette distinction a pour but de souligner une longue carrière de recherche universitaire consacrée aux affaires de l’état. Tout en reconnaissant la contribution du professeur David, cette distinction permettra au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean de profiter de son expertise.
La distinction tire son nom de deux anciens généraux des Forces canadiennes. Le très honorable Georges Philias Vanier a pris sa retraite des Forces canadiennes en 1953. Il était alors major-général. Il fut gouverneur général du Canada de 1959 jusqu’à sa mort en 1967. Il croyait fermement en l’unité canadienne et fit la promotion du bilinguisme tout au long de sa carrière. Il institua la médaille Vanier dont le but était de souligner l’excellence à tous les niveaux de la fonction publique. Le général McNaughton servit pendant les deux guerres mondiales. Il fut par la suite ministre de la défense en 1944. Il représenta le Canada à la commission de l’énergie atomique des Nations Unies et ensuite fut représentant permanent du Canada aux Nations Unies.
Le professeur Charles-Philippe David est le titulaire de la chaire Raoul-Dandurand à l’UQÀM. Il détient un doctorat en science politique de l’Université Princeton. Il commença sa carrière universitaire au Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean en 1985. Il a été membre élu de l’Académie des lettres et des sciences de la Société Royale du Canada en 2001. Au cours de sa carrière, le professeur David a reçu plusieurs prix et distinctions tant au Canada qu’à l’étranger. Le professeur David a publié de très nombreux ouvrages savants sur la stratégie, la défense, les conflits et les missions de paix, de même que sur la politique extérieure américaine. Il commente régulièrement l’actualité internationale dans les médias. Il est membre de l’International Institute for Strategic Studies, de l’International Studies Association et de l’international Political Science Association et de l’Association of Canadian Studies in the United States.
UQÀM Professor Charles-Philippe David Honoured by Royal Military College of Canada
an article by professor Bernard Mongeau, RMC Saint-Jean Dean of Studies
During the Royal Military College of Canada fall Convocation in Kingston that took place in Kingston on November 17, Professor Charles-Philippe David was appointed McNaughton-Vanier Scholar for the current academic year. This honorific title is awarded to a senior scholar to acknowledge the contribution of lifelong learning.to practical civil service. While underlining the contribution of Professor David, the nomination will allow the Royal Military College Saint-Jean to benefit from his expertise.
This award is named after two former Canadian Forces Generals. The Right Honourable Georges Philias Vanier retired from the Canadian Forces as a Major-General in 1953. He was Governor General of Canada from 1959 until his death in 1967. He was a firm believer in Canadian unity and actively promoted a policy of bilingualism long before his tenure as Governor General. To recognize excellence in the public service at the federal, provincial and municipal level he established the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada was established. General McNaughton served during both World Wars. He was appointed Minister of National Defense in 1944. He represented Canada at the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission and later was Permanent Representative to the UN.
Professor Charles-Philippe David is the holder of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at UQÀM. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Princeton University. His academic career started in 1985 at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. He has been elected member of the Arts and Sciences Academy of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001. During his career, Professor David has been the recipient of several prizes and distinctions in Canada as well as abroad. He has published numerous scholarly works on strategy, defence issues, conflicts, peacekeeping missions and US exterior policy. He is regularly invited by the media to comment international events. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Studies Association, the international Political Science Association and the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States.
Le 23 novembre dernier, le Colonel Maillet a présenté les insignes de compétences aux élèves-officiers les plus méritants dans trois des quatre composantes du Collège. Le curriculum du Collège est fondé sur ces quatre composantes, soit les études, le bilinguisme, les sports et le leadership. On voit ici, dans l’ordre habituel, Adjudant-mâitre Bellemare, Major Archambault, Élève-officier Dufour, Élève-officier Otis, Élève-officier Ticky, Élève-officier Chen, Colonel Maillet et Premier maître de première classe Langlois.
Remise d’insignes de compétences au CMR Saint-Jean
- un article du Capitaine Guy Despatie, Officier d’entraînement au CMR Saint-Jean
Le 23 novembre dernier, le Colonel Maillet a présenté les insignes de compétences aux élèves-officiers les plus méritants dans trois des quatre composantes du Collège. Le curriculum du Collège est fondé sur ces quatre composantes, soit les études, le bilinguisme, les sports et le leadership.
En ce qui touche le volet sportif, l’Élève-officier Pierre-Alexandre Dufour a accumulé un total de 459 points sur un maximum possible de 500 points sur le test d’Aptitude physique des Collèges militaires, une épreuve beaucoup plus exigeante que le CF Expres.
Pour le volet des études, les Élèves-officiers Bradley Ticky et Micheal Chen se sont distingués respectivement pour le programme des sciences de la nature et celui des sciences humaines.
Quant au volet du leadership, c’est l’ Élève-officier Alexandre Otis qui s’est démarqué.
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Looking for a Class to “take up the torch?”
by 8788 Geoff Bennett
On Friday morning, 23 September, fifteen red-shirted Ex-cadets left Ottawa in a blaze of glory and bagpipes. Piper John de Chastelain stood in the middle of the 10-metre canoe as the crew saluted Defence Minister Peter Mackay, VCDS Bruce Donaldson and the redoubtable Major Danny McLeod. We paddled the 202 km length of the Rideau Canal over the next seven days and, for the first time in four trips, enjoyed perfect weather almost all the way.
The paddles were designed by Jason Hunt, a Kwagiulth native, using an eagle-wolf-orca motif to honour the armed forces – an idea suggested by Rick Gilleland. The canoe itself is an enduring Canadian symbol, connecting the First Nations from coast to coast, the history of Canada and its founding peoples. The crew was a mix of Ex-cadets across forty years, men and women, English and French, three colleges, UTPM, ROTP, RETP, civilian and military, united by a common college heritage – and a fine sense of humour.
Sometimes we swept along silently, dipping fifteen paddles in unison and putting up geese around each bend of the river. Then someone would crack a joke or announce a new limerick, or Peter Holt would lead a ribald song from his Nijmegen repertoire, or John de Chastelain would stand and play the pipes. We laughed and sang a lot. One couldn’t ask for a more convivial group.
The rhythm of paddling was interrupted by breaks for morning coffee, then a sumptuous lunch with cappuccinos and the ever popular afternoon tot of Navy rum. Colonel By’s magnificent nineteenth-century locks lifted and lowered us 37 times. No portages, no pemmican! We ate and slept at some of the finest establishments along the Rideau and paid all our own costs. Jerry Holtzhauer (LCG 2000 & 2006) arranged a dinner at The Exchange in Ottawa. On the first night in Manotick, six Ex-cadets billeted the paddlers and joined us at a banquet for 28 at Swan on the Rideau – John Barnard, Peter Gartenburg, Greg Matte, Peter Meincke, Tom Norris and Toivo Roht. At Hogsback Larry Cassie (LCG 2001) greeted us with an RMC banner and presented a new Canadian flag for the stern of the canoe. At the end of a long Day Two in Merrickville, Greg Macdonaldtransported the weary voyageurs to their B&B’s. Clive Addy joined us for cocktails before we sat down to a gourmet alfresco dinner at Mill Isle B&B. The next morning we met Bill and Rolande Oliver in the village park while a band played and a crowd gathered. Then we formed up smartly in two ranks, did some dazzling paddle drill, and presented cheques totalling $1,500 to Friends of the Rideau and The Rideau Roundtable. In Smiths Falls, Bill Mitchell took videos and allowed his grandson to be kidnapped for a trip through the locks. On the Big Rideau, the crew paused to remember fallen comrades from three previous voyages – Stan Mitchell, Roy Lampard, Jay Kennedy and Ron Rhodenizer – before stopping for the night at a cottage built by 2435 Bob Bennett. At Narrows Lock on Day Five, Glenn Allen joined us for coffee on our way to the stately Opinicon Hotel. The weather changed for the worse on Day Six, but failed to dampen our enthusiasm as we passed through Jones Falls and spent a last boisterous night at Melody Lodge on Cranberry Lake. On the final wet and windy day, Dave Campbell, John van Haastrecht and seven other Ex-cadet bikers joined us for lunch at Kingston Mills. Their T-shirts read, “I’d rather be pedallin’ than paddlin’.”
High winds and whitecaps greeted us when we passed under the Lasalle Causeway. With some trepidation we turned towards the rocky shore by the Memorial Arch, where the Commandant, BGen Eric Tremblay, and a hundred cadets stood waiting. Waves buffeted the canoe from side to side but our stalwart piper played the general salute without falling overboard. With all engines in full reverse we retreated and turned into the wind. A rock grazed the stern but we steamed ahead, pitched into the waves and safely rounded Point Frederick. A damp but welcoming crowd cheered as we landed behind the Stone Frigate. The RMC rugby team hoisted the canoe ashore.
That night at the Legacy Dinner, the crew donned red shirts and ceinturesflechées, and then marched in to the skirl of bagpipes. Later that evening, the piper would write on his program:
The Chasse-Galerie at the Dinner
Was acknowledged by all as a winner
But everyone saw
As we marched through the door
That the trip had left none of us thinner!
We announced a total of more than $58,000 for the Danny McLeod Athletic Endowment Fund. Thanks to the generosity of several hundred donors, the four canoe trips since 2000 have brought in more than a quarter of a million dollars for sports at RMC.
The athletic fund was inaugurated by the Class of ’71, who are now slowly sailing into the sunset. God willing, there will be one more Chasse-Galerie in 2016. The fund is one of the largest endowments at RMC and the only one that supports the entire spectrum of varsity sports. It is having a significant impact on the annual budget and will continue to do so long after the canoe has gone. Would a younger class like to support the athletic pillar, adopt the fund and “take up the torch?”
4815 Mike Jackson ’60 – bosun’s mate
H4860 John de Chastelain ’60 – piper
5893 Tom Gee ’63 – bosun
H7543 Joe Day ’68 – public relations
8684 Peter Holt ’71 – chanteur
8725 Fergus McLaughlin ’71 – photographer
8788 Geoff Bennett ’71 – le bourgeois
8833 John Leggat ’71 – adjutant
8926 Ray Hook ’71 – bartender
9143 Bruce McAlpine ’72 – cook
M0288 Roxanne Rees ’83 – bean counter and scribe
15414 Catherine Paquet ’86 – l’adjudant adjoint
20800 Cindy McAlpine ’97 – sous-chef
22461 Claire Bramma ’02 – medic
Wendy Bennett and Jamie Rosequist – ground support
You can find more limericks, quotes, photos, videos and interviews with the crew on www.chasse-galerie.org .
First Year @ RMC–1949 Got our rifles issued today; mine was just covered with grease and it was a helluva job cleaning it.
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Week 12 at RMC for 3069 W.A. McColl
Nov. 28 – 1949: The bugle band got practicing tonight in the Old Gym. I might get a bugle. We have 8 American style bugles and 6 drums. Went to the debate and enjoyed it very much. There were 2 girls from Queen’s and the topic was about paying college athletes. The basketball teams played Gananoque and won by a large margin.
Nov. 29 – 1949: Got a letter today, first one in ages. We were issued with our battledress style jackets and white shirts today. They will be fine for classes. Otherwise a normal day. The cold spell has broken and it is very wet out; most of the snow is gone.
Nov. 30 – 1949: Parade square was very icy today for drill, it’s hard to drill on ice. Wasted the afternoon taking down the obstacles. We killed time by having a big free-for-all fight between ABC flights and DEF flights. The hockey team (juniors) played Queen’s juniors and won 3-2.
Dec. 1 – 1949: This has been quite a full day. I invited Smith out for the mess dinner and we went over and got some shooting before dinner. The dinner was pretty fun and we drank to the king in port and tied the napkins into a rope and passed them around. Everybody had a good time. After dinner we went over to Currie Hall and Lieut-Gen. Simonds gave us a very serious lecture on the world situation, it lasted over an hour. Smith was a little aired with the place I think. Col. Sawyer called off the chem. test! He’s a swell head, probably getting tight tonight anyway. It’s now into December 2nd so I’d better hit the sack.
Dec. 2 – 1949: The new tunics or blouses look very sharp and it feels good to have a clean shirt and tie on. We got another needle in the arm, getting used to it now. Played a bit of basketball and horsed around with “the physique,” Paul Boivin, that is. Flunked the calculus test. Still cleaning up for the bloody Commandant’s inspection.
Dec. 3 – 1949: Got our rifles issued today; mine was just covered with grease and it was a helluva job cleaning it. Spent the afternoon decorating the reception room in the gym for the dance. Bob, Andy, and I went to a dance at Grant Hall tonight. I had a swell time, this uniform seems to help a lot. Met Frank Aravec and Don MacLean and another K.L. fellow whose name I didn’t know. Aravec drove us back out here. I’m runner tomorrow – so I’d better turn in now. Gee, I’ve got to get a date for the Christmas Dance…
Dec. 4 – 1949: Went to the early communion service, it was very impressive. I’m going to get charged for not blowing turnout on the upper deck. Six of us went to Major Brooks’ house for tea and had a very enjoyable time. Mrs. Brooks is very charming and we had good eats.
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III year Civ Eng Class Attend International Workshop on Smart Materials & Structures & NDT in Aerospace Conference
By 25671 OCdt (III) J-L Armstrong
In the Civil engineering program, Officer Cadets study structures extensively. One important, yet briefly covered aspect of the programme is structural health monitoring. Originally, to test the condition of an existing structure required a sample being cut from the structure and destroyed to verify its limits. This process would obviously weaken the structure due to the holes left behind. It is obvious that non-invasive testing methods needed to be developed to assess and monitor the heath of a structure.
Officer Cadets from the 3rd year Civil Engineering program had the privilege of attending the International Workshop on Smart Materials & Structures and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) in Aerospace Conference. This was held in conjunction with NDT in Canada 2011Conference. The meeting was held in Montreal, Nov 2-4, 2011. The event was co-hosted by RMC’s Professor G. Akhras as President of the Cansmart Group www.cansmart.com. He also presented his work at this event www.smartmaterials.ca.
The Officer Cadets were invited by Mrs. Cindy Finley, National Chair of CINDE (Canadian Institute of Non Destructive Evaluation) and Ms Katy Zaidman, Chair of the Ontario Chapter of CINDE. This invitation allowed the Officer Cadets to attend the opening day of the meeting. The day was rich with many events: over 20 presentations featuring the latest research in emerging materials and technologies related to structural health monitoring; as well as two keynote speakers. The first was Dr. Brenda M Kulfan, Boeing Corp, Enabling Technologies & Research, USA and the second Dr. Uwe Evert from the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany.
The conference was an eye-opening opportunity for the Officer Cadets, giving them a sneak peak of the possibilities for research in this field and post-graduate studies.
Left to right / de gauche a droite Prof. G. Akhras; OCdt Armstrong 25671 ; OCdt Levesque 25572 ; OCdt Leonard Brouillet 25537 ; Mrs. N. Finley; OCdt Geoffroy 25555 ; OCdt Nadeau 25575 ; OCdt Santin 25523
Mrs Finley having a private discussion with the group of Officer Cadets
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Canadian Forces successfully completes mission in Jamaica
“We were privileged to have had this time to strengthen our relationships, through training and experience, with our partners in the Jamaica Defence Force. It’s my hope that we will continue to work together, both in the Caribbean and wherever we may be called upon to serve next.”
Severely disabled vets kept in the dark about additional benefits: Ombudsman
“The culture of the department was not about serving veterans and it’s still not. It’s rotten,”
12723 Pat Stogran Article
DND: Military’s ‘values’ shape ‘Canada’s identity’
“The problem is that Canadians have an anti-military attitude. We’re not very good about recognizing our military historically, it seems to me, except in wartime. And obviously that rubs this government the wrong way. And obviously it rubs the military the wrong way. And it seems to me quite a good idea to try to enhance the place of the military in society.”
5105 J.L. Granatstein Article
A bright future
“not being in the know about what is going on in the squadron is a challenge, but I have only been here three weeks and things are getting better”.
24929 Kyrle Symons Article
CF join RCMP in training exercise
“First, to bring all of the Regular and Reserve military police in my regiment together for the first time,” he said.
“[Second], to create an exercise where the military police [are outside] their comfort zone and their regular work environment, such as a military base.
“[Third],.. Read the article
18277 Stéphane Vouligny
Marc Garneau’s take on extra-terrestrials: ‘There must be life out there’
“I believe that if a civilization is so advanced that it can actually time travel from some other part of the universe and come and look at planet Earth, they are not going to spend their time just sort of orbiting around and looking at us,”
8276 Marc Garneau Article
Search and Rescue: Time is life
“If you’re at your kid’s soccer game, and the beeper goes off, you don’t stay to watch the last ten minutes. You don’t stop to make arrangements for someone else to drive your kid home. You already have a plan in place. When that beeper goes, you’re gone.”
16733 Michel Lalumière Article
A Forward officer
“Jenny is one of my best friends and has always been a great sounding board throughout my career. That’s the thing that often gets missed. Deploying overseas is nothing compared to waiting at home and trying to carry on a semblance of order when your life is chaos. I don’t have kids but some of my team do, and it is the strength and fortitude of their wives that hold their households together and allow us to come over here to face the challenges we do unencumbered by worries at home.”
19142 George Forward Article
Canadian navy to introduce drones in new Mediterranean mission
“A UAV provides an excellent capability … to do that surveillance and reconnaissance,”
12444 Paul A. Maddison Article
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2550 A.F Wrenshall
WRENSHALL, Arthur F. – (WWII) – Peacefully in Belleville General Hospital on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in his 93rd year surrounded by his family. Arthur was father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, war hero, published author, business owner, and teacher, many things to many people.
Arthur was a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario and defended his country and our liberty on the beaches of Normandy France on D.Day. Being the only survivor of his squadron of five on that day in June 1944 was instrumental in defining the rest of his life. He came home to Canada following WWII and together with his wife Margaret (deceased) raised a family of six children, Barbara Eleanor who passed on before him, Bonnie Louise, Frances Lorraine, Peter Richard, Debra June and Stephen Douglas Arthur. Wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren followed.
In his retirement years, he and his second wife Marjorie did many of the things he always wanted to do, such as travel and see new places. As well, Arthur found much personal reward by involving himself in community affairs of interest and passion to him. These activities kept his life rich and rewarding throughout his retirement years. He will be remembered for his wit and wisdom by all his family and friends and will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Arrangements entrusted to the BURKE FUNERAL HOME, 150 Church St., Belleville (613-968-6968). A funeral service is to be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church (201 Church St., Belleville) on Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at 1pm. Visitation one hour prior. A reception will follow the service at the Burke Funeral Home Terrace Lounge. Donations to the Quinte Humane Society would be appreciated. Online condolences WWW.BURKEFUNERAL.CA
4187 HUTCHINSON, Thomas Campbell (Cam)
Peacefully with his family and close friends at McGarrell Place, on Sunday, November 20, 2011 Thomas Campbell (Cam) Hutchinson of London in his 77th year. Beloved husband of the late Shirley Elizabeth Hutchinson. Dear father of Deborah Molnar of London and granddaughter Tasha Kern of London. Dear brother of Margaret Katherine (Peggy) & her husband Geoffrey Bingle of London. Predeceased by his sister Barbara Waugh. Loved by his nephews. Sadly missed by many friends. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at McGarrell Place, 355 McGarrell Place on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Sue Lupson officiating. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to Multiple Sclerosis Society. Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St., in charge of arrangements 519-433-6181. Online condolences www.loganfh.ca A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Thomas Hutchinson
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A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club: 4876 Robert Bryden; 9318 David Bindernagel; 3351 Norman Haslett.
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How to Make Your Military Member Association Today’s Success Story
by 13077 LCol (Ret) Dean C. Black, CD, B.Sc., MA, CAE
Executive Director Air Force Association of Canada
Sarah Sladek believes if your association has not resolved to dominate, then you should throw in the towel. In her book The End of Membership As We Know It: Building the Fortune-Flipping, Must-Have Association of the Next Century, she explains dominance is the only viable goal for today’s association. Providing undeniable value and minimizing competition are the keys to dominating in the association’s market. If this kind of approach sounds more appropriate for the for-profit corporation, such is the reality of the 21st century volunteer (non-profit) sector.
“Embrace change…”, she explains, “it is the only path to the future”. This might be a challenging message for military fraternal (common-interest) associations. Like all who don the uniform, soldiers, sailors and aviators tend to be conservative. But, we need to climb out of the association management rut we find ourselves in, and start dealing with change. This should not be the huge problem it seems; after all, the very creation of your member association was an act of change in and of itself. Sladek tells us that today three things are changing that affect membership: economic recession, demographic shifts, and technology. Membership-funded associations have to change in response, or die. How should your association respond? The answer can be found in Sladek’s analysis and in a plethora of titles released in recent times. Simply put, we need to create greater value for our members, and we need to recruit from younger generations. That technology thing is just a means to an end, but it’s really important to do something about it as well.
First, you need to offer better benefits. Sladek explains when it comes to benefits there are three types of associations: “Scrooge Associations”, “Milk Associations” and the “Antique Associations”. The “Scrooge” charge members a membership fee and also charge them for each individual service, product and program. There are not too many of these in our (military association) sector. The “Milk” association has lost touch with what it means to be an “exclusive” or “special” association. Take, for example, the Air Force Association of Canada. The magazine comes with membership, but if you just want the magazine you can buy it at your local bookstore for half the cost a member might pay. This is the kind of policy that makes you a “Milk” Association. As they say, “Why buy the whole cow (membership) when you can buy just a glass of milk (the magazine)”? The “Antique” association has been around a long time, but their brand and mission are no longer relevant; they have simply failed to adapt. Leadership in the “Antique” Association is the most entrenched, intransigent, collection of guardians and gatekeepers. Our military associations are probably a mix of the latter two.
For Sladek, regardless of what type of association you belong to, the solutions are clear. A successful membership-benefits-formula is equally practical (solves the member’s problem) and emotional (fulfills the member’s need). Some of our military associations do well in these areas. The Military Police Association’s connection to and focus on blind children is a perfect example. If only all of the other associations could boast of similar goals, connections and attachments. Alas, today the under-45 crowd could not care less about your association’s history, insurance discounts, and annual conference. Promotion of these aspects is a waste of time and money. Younger members only care about opportunities to lead, opportunities to learn and opportunities to make a difference. Not surprisingly, that’s precisely what the older generation (us) wanted when they were young and interested in joining. When a member of Gen X or Gen Y scrutinizes your association they see people (us) who obviously get a lot out of their participation. But, they also conclude there is no room for them, and no chance to participate primarily because of a fierce resistance to change. Your leaders are too comfortable. Why change what they currently enjoy? I have heard too many stories describing how unwelcome they feel, or how much more they can get out of other affiliations.
Sladek insists success will result only when we change the language we use to describe our benefits. Speak in terms of outcomes, she stresses. And, put aside the past. “Networking” is not a benefit, so stop referring to it as such. Besides, today’s younger generations can “network” all they want for free, on any of a number of social media (facebook, mySpace, Linkedin, Twitter, etc…) platforms. Instead, consider the following example: I have thought long and hard about why we do the things we do, in the Air Force Association of Canada. We produce the magazine, full of stories written by members who are themselves air force veterans and by others who have connected with air force veterans of all ages. We sell regalia members can wear, that also provide something with which they can either identify or can use to promote their identity. This aspect of identity and the sharing of stories are perfectly synonymous with the Canadian Society of Association Executives definition of the term association. “It is a venue or co-op within which members gather to share a common identity and their common experiences”. With all this in mind it would seem that the most important mission of a military-type association like ours is to nurture and cultivate the self-esteem of the veteran in such a way as to confirm or give meaning to their life-long passion for service in the service or trade or occupation they were involved. An outcome, therefore, could be “enhanced self-confidence through a stronger understanding of the context defining one’s military experiences”. If younger generations aren’t joining your association it has absolutely nothing to do with their immaturity and everything to do with your association’s inability to deliver value to them. Furthering your association’s reach involves only one thing: reaching younger generations. This only makes sense, when one considers the importance of targeting market needs. For the younger generation this will involve listening to them, creating solutions, encouraging feedback, being inclusive and targeting market potential. As Sladek likes to put it, “for decades and decades we have been selling pizza to members who just happen to love pizza”. New recruits want something else, but this does not mean we have to stop selling pizza. Targeting the market and market potential means making pizza, and serving up some new dish as well.
Sladek has been passionate about these challenges for some time. She points out that a host of conditions render most associations irrelevant today. Those associations whose leaders refuse to embrace change should be preparing their association’s obituary now. Based on demographics she predicts all of our fraternal-type associations will be extinct by 2020. We need to heed her advice, or at least give her membership benefits assessment system a try because the not-for-profit sector is a huge and important part of the Canadian economy. Its continued success enriches Canadian lives, gives meaning and purpose to many, and generates revenues and employment. Failure to nurture and cultivate a thriving voluntary sector is irresponsible and harmful to Canada’s well-being.
As I said, Sladek and her research is not alone. Many others carry similar messages. For example, in Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations, Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers skillfully discredit todays 100-year old association model, in favour of promoting change in the face of today’s challenges. Those challenges include: rapid advances in technology, higher member expectations, increased competition, and diverse member markets. Is it any wonder when younger generations see their elders doggedly hanging on to tradition-driven, slow-to-react, risk-averse association governance models that they simply turn away and never give the association a second glance? Coerver and Byers insist “the associations that will thrive…are those that will: overhaul their governance model and committee operations; empower the CEO and enhance staff expertise; rigorously define the member market; rationalize programs and services; and build a robust technology framework. Sladek’s thesis is thus aligned more with Coerver’s and Byers’ last three changes. Offering better benefits of more interest to younger generations and describing benefits in terms of outcomes can only come about with a better understanding of the market, which is precisely what Coerver and Byers are recommending we attain.
We should note, however, that these themes are not entirely new. Three years ago a number of knowledgeable authors published The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization. Those five questions just happen to consider the very context that underpins the invaluable work of Sladek, Coerver and Byers. For example, the first question asks “What is our Mission?” If we do not know why we are here, we cannot possibly articulate benefits in terms of outcomes. The fourth question: “What are our Results?” merely insists we must be able to measure those outcomes in understandable and meaningful ways. Before that happens we need to ask two important questions about our (members) customers: Who they are? and What do they value? The final question simply asks us about our plan. In summary, Peter Drucker et al help to concentrate our minds on our mission, our target audience and our approach. Sladek merely suggests in the face of demographic shifts we had better be focused on younger generations if we want to survive. Understanding who they are simply makes clear how important it is for us to speak in their language (explain benefits in terms of outcomes that resonate with them).
In The Charismatic Organization: 8 Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights Donors, and Energizes Employees, Shirley Sagawa and Deborah Jospin cover a lot of ground. However, they do emphasize the importance of: meaningful involvement for members; having an active outreach program; a mission that motivates people; and, a “can-do” culture. In terms of Sladek’s thesis we are reminded how much younger generation members want to get involved. They want opportunities to lead, they want to learn and they want to make a difference. Give them a meaningful mission, and the chance to take on a project and you will be on the path to growth. Hold on to your traditions, your positions and your risk-aversions and you might as well throw in the towel. Finally, it is worth mentioning a book by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather Macleod Grant. In Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, the authors extol the virtues of: harnessing market forces (understanding the needs and wants of member prospects); sharing leadership opportunities; adapting to change; seeking partnerships and alliances with competitors; and creating meaningful experiences for members such that you turn them into evangelists for your cause. For Crutchfield and Grant three factors are forcing these events: huge amounts of wealth transferring from the rich to the non-profit sector; political and economic challenges; and, without a doubt, technological innovations.
Sarah Sladek is an American citizen and association management and marketing specialist with strong interests in demographics. She is currently the CEO of XYZ University, a company that teaches organizations how to stay relevant, create strategies to give them a competitive advantage, and generate revenue for their long-term sustainability.