2014 RMC Foundation Legacy Dinner
For the 17th consecutive year – The Legacy Dinner kicked off Reunion Weekend.
For all those in attendance – a good time was had by all. The audience included 40 sponsored cadets right up to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson (Class of ’79) (photo left) and who was the LXXIII commandant of Royal Military College of Canada.
Lieutenant-General (ret) Michel Maisonneuve (photo right) was flawless in his role of Master of Ceremony. The current Academic Director of Royal Military College Saint-Jean kept everyone well informed with a mixture of matter of fact messages, sprinkled with timely humour and most importantly, right on schedule during the 41/2 hour black tie function.
Major presentations included:
Ottawa Ottawa Branch;
Chapitre Fort Saint Jean;
Class 1969 representative, 7943 Bill Lye announced their Old Brigade entry gift.
In recent years the Legacy Dinner has taken on the form of a Mess Dinner with all the pomp and circumstance which one would expect at a high class military event. This includes: Dinner Music; – RMC Pipes, Drums & Dancers; Parade of Marches; various toasts such as – Loyal Toast; to the Colleges; to Fallen Comrades. Last but not least, thank yous’ to the Band, Chef and various behind-the-scenes staff.
The main organizer from the Foundation staff is Jennifer Jordan. Jennifer asked us to pass on her appreciation to :
Sponsors of cadets who attended the dinner:
H2612 Michael Webber
2652 Britt Smith
2908 Al Pickering
4610 Gus Nelson
6014 Fred Sutherland
7761 Michael Johnson
7855 Paul Hession
7943 Bill Lye
8147 Dave Lowdon
11386 Tony MacDougall
11623 John Carswell
11671 Anthony Hunt
11746 Derrick Bouchard
15946 Jill Carleton
M0472 Barb Maisonneuve
Platinum Official Dinner Sponsor:
Canso Investment Counsel Ltd
Bronze Sponsor –
TD Canada Trust
WO Benelhour – CDH Kitchen and the serving staff
Ted Huber – Cadet Mess
Lori Alves- Macphail – Cadet Mess and serving staff
WO Norris – and NCdt Aalders and the Stage Band
OCdt 26962 Ovens – Piper
Pipes and drums and highland dancers
Limestone Music- Gary Trainor Audio Visual
Q Design – Drapery
JB Print – Teresa Bell – Program and Banner Printers
Floating Point Communications – Gabe Boisvert – Web and Program Designers
Rugby Team – Led by OCdt Ben Bennett
RMC Foundation Staff – Linda Mathieu, Angie Roberts, Nancy Marr and Rod McDonald
Legacy Dinner through the Eyes of a III Year Cadet
26659 OCdt (III) Danielle Andela
On this past Thursday, September 25th, I had the unparalleled delight of being a participant in the 2014 Legacy Dinner at the Royal Military College of Canada.
This dinner provides an opportunity for prominent members of the military community, ex-cadets and current cadets to mingle and share experience and stories. This Legacy Dinner was attended by both the Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson (keynote speaker) and President of the RMC Club Foundation, James Carruthers.
The event itself included a fantastic four course meal, beautiful displays by the Pipes and Drums Band, Highland Dancers and Stage Band, and several speeches from the head table guests.
The decorations and table settings were both elegant and beautiful and quite in keeping with the spirit of the occasion.
The Legacy Dinner was an amazing experience in which officer cadets had the opportunity to interact with senior officers, Ex-cadets and act as hosts for the sponsors who graciously secured them a seat at this exciting event.
Officer Cadet 26549 (IV) Kai Zhao (Photo left with Senator Joe Day and Danielle Andela had something to say about the event: “The dinner was another eye-opening experience for me thanks to the support of the RMC Club Foundation. The ex-cadets were excellent dinner company through their generosity, hospitality and good humour”.
All in all, the Legacy Dinner was a great success and it was an honour to be invited to such a prestigious event.