Reunion Weekend 2014 Update
Submitted by 13987 Bryan Bailey – Executive Director RMC Club
Reunion Weekend is fast approaching is now only two weeks out. It is therefore appropriate to provide another update on the various Reunion activities. While the Classes of 64 and 69 will be featured prominently as they respectively celebrate their 50th year class reunion from graduation and their entry into the Old Brigade, there is an abundance of activities for all classes. The following table provides a summary of the activities for your respective classes on the Friday and Saturday evenings.
|Class||Secretary/OPI||Friday Night M&G||Saturday Night|
|74||Tim Wilkin||Four Points Sheraton||Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess|
|79||Richard Gimblett||SSM||Club Dinner Dance SSM|
|84||Steve Gable||Gibraltar Room, Four Points Sheraton||Club Dinner Dance SSM|
|89||Sean McKight||Cmdt’s Residence||Blu Martini Restaurant|
|94||Jeremy Stowe||Tir Nan Og||Four Points Sheraton|
|99||Sheri Lattemore (nee: Hamilton)||Fort Frontenac Officers Mess – 1900-2300||Kingston Brew Pub|
|04||Suzanne McIntosh||Cadet Formal Mess||Club Dinner Dance SSM|
Reunion Weekend Highlights
Thursday – The Class of 79 will be exceptionally well represented at this year’s Legacy Dinner. The CDS, General Tom Lawson, will be the guest of honour and the former CDS, General Walt Natynczyk, will also be in attendance with his family. There are still tickets available but only until September 15th. If interested, they need to contact Jennifer Jordan of the Foundation immediately at 613 541-6000 x6807 to make a reservation.
Friday – The Recruit Obstacle course is always popular and will commence and finish on the parade square at 1400 and 1700 hours respectively. Members of the Recruit Class of the Old Brigade (Class of 1969) will present coins to the first years upon completion. Class Meet and Greets at the various locations are as noted above.
Family and Friends Breakfast
Once again Bill Oliver is organizing a Family and Friends Breakfast at the Cadet Mess. If you are looking for a great all you can eat breakfast prior to the AGM or Badging Parade, you are encouraged to consider the Cadet Mess. Tickets are available on-line or at the door.
Club and Foundation AGM.
The annual joint RMC Club and Foundation AGM will take place in Currie Hall from 0800-1000. Doors open at 0730. Coffee will be available.
It is now confirmed that General Lawson will be the Reviewing Officer for the Saturday morning Badging Parade. Everyone attending the parade is to be seated by 1000. The badging parade will conclude at 1200.
The Cadet Dining Hall and the New Cadet Mess/New Gym above the Cadet Dining Hall will be open for lunch for all ex-cadets, including the Old Brigade, as well as spouses and families. Tickets can either be purchased in advance or at the door.
Wall of Honour Ceremony
The Wall of Honour ceremony which may be of interest to many given Chris Hadfield’s induction this year. The ceremony commences at 1330. (click, click on poster for better viewing of the WoH poster)
Red and White and Varsity Sports Afternoon
The traditional Red and White sports program, which pits ex-cadets against cadets, will also be ongoing for those who wish to either participate or spectate. This year the Class of 1969 will be challenging the first year cadets to a hockey game at 1330. Both the CDS and Commandant will be suiting up to play the cadets at 1500. As far as RMC varsity sports, this year you can take in either the Men’s or Ladies’ varsity soccer teams against Trent University or the RMC Men’s rugby team which will be playing University of Toronto all commencing about 1500 hours.
Saturday Evening Events
Old Brigade Dinner
The Old Brigade will hold a dinner again at Four Points Sheraton. Registration is going very well and is approaching capacity of 300 mark. Timings are 1800 for 1900 hours.
Club Dinner Dance
About 100 are expected for the Club Dinner Dance on Saturday night which is being held at the Senior Staff Mess this year. There is still room for more attendees from any class. Cost: $70 pp for Club members or $80 pp for non-members. Dress is Business Casual (Jacket and Tie) or Ex-Cadet blazer. Contact RMC Club at 1-888-386-3762 or 613-541-6850 to pay by credit card. Also 1800 for 1900 hours. You may also purchase on-line at: http://www.rmcalumni.ca/events/ . Registration closes Thursday, 18 September.
March to the Arch Parade and Ceremony
The highlight of the weekend for many is the annual March to the Arch. All ex-cadets are requested to arrive by 1000. Coffee will be available at Panet House. All classes will form-up by class on the square at 1015 under the direction of the Adjutant of the Old Brigade. The parade steps off at 1030 sharp. The ceremony will commence shortly before 11 at the Arch. Following the Arch ceremony, the parade will return to the square for the presentation of the Goddard and Dawe memorial swords, the Pijper Cup (hopefully to the ex-cadets this year!) and final addresses. The preferred dress is Club blazer or Jacket with Club tie. Serving officers may wish to wear DEU. Medals are to be worn by all. The Old Brigade will be organized into two squadrons one of which is the Recruit Class. 3 Squadron will be comprised of the Classes of 74 and 79 under the direction of a Class of 74 member. The remainder of the ex-cadets will comprise 4 Squadron which will be led by a Class of 84 member. The parade will conclude at approximately 1145 hours.
Old Brigade Luncheon
The last official event of the weekend is traditionally the Old Brigade luncheon at the Senior Staff Mess which is held immediately on dismissal from the Arch Parade. Registration is required in advance.
Overall, the entire programme for Reunion Weekend looks excellent and everyone at the College and the entire Panet Team is looking forward to seeing you at the Reunion. TDV!