Reminder: Club Monthly Luncheon Thursday, 02 Feb 2016; 1130 for 1230 (Groundhog Day)

The regular monthly Members’ luncheon of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club will be held Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2016 (Groundhog Day) at the Wardroom CFB Esquimalt.  Ex-Cadets and Club Members are invited to attend and may be accompanied by their guest(s), spouse or partner. We gather in the main lounge at about 11:30 for the customary beer and banter before proceeding to lunch at 12:30. If you have not recently attended please review the luncheon arrangement .

Cost: $15.00 per attendee to be paid in cash at the event.

Intention to attend: Members are requested to respond with their intentions for this event as early as possible, but no later than 17:00 Tues 31 Jan to the Club Event Coordinator so that he can provide an accurate attendance number to the galley. Willy Anderson can be contacted either at eventcoordviecc@gmail.com or by phone at 250-532-0910.

Name Tags: Members are requested to wear their name tags. If you wish to procure one please contact the Club Treasurer at viexcadetclub@gmail.com .

Bon appétit!  6216 Willy Anderson, Club Event Coordinator

Reminder: Club Monthly Luncheon Thursday, 02 Feb 2016; 1130 for 1230 (Groundhog Day)

The regular monthly Members’ luncheon of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club will be held Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2016 (Groundhog Day) at the Wardroom CFB Esquimalt.  Ex-Cadets and Club Members are invited to attend and may be accompanied by their guest(s), spouse or partner. We gather in the main lounge at about 11:30 for the customary beer and banter before proceeding to lunch at 12:30. If you have not recently attended please review the luncheon arrangement .

Cost: $15.00 per attendee to be paid in cash at the event.

Intention to attend: Members are requested to respond with their intentions for this event as early as possible, but no later than 17:00 Tues 31 Jan to the Club Event Coordinator so that he can provide an accurate attendance number to the galley. Willy Anderson can be contacted either at eventcoordviecc@gmail.com or by phone at 250-532-0910.

Name Tags: Members are requested to wear their name tags. If you wish to procure one please contact the Club Treasurer at viexcadetclub@gmail.com .

Bon appétit!  6216 Willy Anderson, Club Event Coordinator

Club Monthly Luncheon Thursday, 02 Feb 2016; 1130 for 1230 (Groundhog Day)

The regular monthly Members’ luncheon of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club will be held Thursday, Feb 2nd, 2016 (Groundhog Day) at the Wardroom CFB Esquimalt.  Ex-Cadets and Club Members are invited to attend and may be accompanied by their guest(s), spouse or partner. We gather in the main lounge at about 11:30 for the customary beer and banter before proceeding to lunch at 12:30. If you have not recently attended please review the luncheon arrangement .

Cost: $15.00 per attendee to be paid in cash at the event.

Intention to attend: Members are requested to respond with their intentions for this event as early as possible, but no later than 17:00 Tues 31 Jan to the Club Event Coordinator so that he can provide an accurate attendance number to the galley. Willy Anderson can be contacted either at eventcoordviecc@gmail.com or by phone at 250-532-0910.

Name Tags: Members are requested to wear their name tags. If you wish to procure one please contact the Club Treasurer at viexcadetclub@gmail.com .

Bon appétit!  6216 Willy Anderson, Club Event Coordinator

Wounded Warriors Canada WW1 Battlefield Bike Tour 2017

From Ex-Cadet 16570 Warren McCall

16570 Warren and Wanda McCall  

If you enjoy bicycling and history then you can help support wounded CAF members, veterans and their families. Join me Warren, and my wife Wanda, on the WW1 Battlefield Bike Ride June 9 – 17, 2017. We will be meeting in England and then riding across to France. We will be visiting many sites such as Ypres, Passchendaele, Tyne Cot, Sanctuary Wood, the Somme, Flanders, Vimy.

The goal is to remember and honour the nearly 61,000 Canadians who gave their lives and the over 170,000 wounded during the First World War, and, to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Canada mission, “To honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.”
We are looking forward to putting together a large contingent of Ex-Cadets as well as RMCC alumni and staff on this ride!

An overview of the 2017 ride can be found here: http://woundedwarriors.ca/battlefield-bike-ride-2017/home/

Full details on the ride can be found here:  http://woundedwarriors.ca/fileadmin/pdf/BBR17-Information-Booklet.pdf

For those who may wish to join our team, they can do so here: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/ReturningRegistrantOption.aspx?eventid=204333&langpref=en-CA&TeamID=715905&Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fsecure.e2rm.com%2fregistrant%2fTeamFundraisingPage.aspx%3fteamID%3d715905

For those who may wish to donate to my ride you can do so here: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=3517152&langPref=en-CA#&panel1-2

Visit the Battlefield Bike Ride facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wwcbbr.

Memories of Cadets at Home on Christmas Leave

The visiting cadets on Christmas leave …….

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Pictured are (L to R) 27086 David Harmsworth, 27534 Liam Hovey,  27087 Daniel McCall, 14530 AJ Bryan – President VIEXCC, RCNC16 Chris Pratt – Sr Ex-Cadet and Honourary President VIEXCC, 27688 Scott Hamar, 28041 Thomas Boulter, most junior in attendance, and 27853 Jacob Kroell  (10263 Don Lovell Photo).

An RMCC family……

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Pictured (L to R) The RMCC McCalls…….27087 Daniel,  16570 Warren and 26333 Ryan with Wanda who was identified as “Amazing Mom and wife to put up with all these RMC loonies!” (10263 Don Lovell Photo).

 

Barb and 11150 Iain Swain who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary….

Barb and 11150 Iain Swain

Barb and 11150 Iain Swain

Many thanks to 10263 Don Lovell for these photographs.

 

Memories from Christmas Luncheon at RRU 2016

Stella Garcia with Santa 2016

Stella Garcia with Santa 2016

Apparently Santa was finally able to fulfill a burning desire to re-enact Marlon Brando crying out “Stella !!” from A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) when VIEXCC guest Stella Garcia of the RRU Advancement Team was selected to come forward to obtain a pre-Christmas present.

 

 

 

War Heritage documentary

VIEXCC guest Shelley Langille, Military and Strategic Sector Liaison for RRU, reminded everyone that the Geoff Bird documentaries on WWI and WWII Sites of Remembrance across Canada which can be viewed on-line at no charge at : http://warheritage.royalroads.ca.

Many Ex-Cadets will find these stories (there are 27 in total) of great interest. This is an on-going project that Dr Bird is working on expanding to include other sites and stories. If any members have questions or are interested in hearing more about opportunities to contribute to the initiative they can connect with Dr Bird directly.

 

VIEXCC recognised for contribution to RRU Homecoming 2016

On behalf of the Club Rick Young accepted a Certificate from RRU acknowledging the Club’s support for the 2016 Homecoming.

Homecoming 2016 Certificate of Homecoming 2016 certificate of appreciation

Homecoming 2016 certificate of appreciation

The certificate reads, “On behalf of the President and the Vice-Chancellor of Royal roads University and the president of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club our sincerest thanks to all the wonderful people whose dedication and enthusiasm helped make the 2016 Homecoming Weekend celebrations so memorable.

A deep appreciation to all who joined us in celebrating this special place and the people in it, reconnecting with old friends and meeting some new ones. A warm welcome to the MA leadership 2006 Cohort celebrating their 10 year reunion and to all the ex-cadets who so generously share the wealth of their time at Royal Roads with us all.

Finally, a sincere thanks to our homecoming sponsors: Presenting Sponsor TD Vaughan Bevan Wealth Management Group, Event Partner 5 Star Paving and the Vancouver Island Ex-cadet Club.

The Club is seeking a location in which to display the certificate.

Heads Up: Union Club of BC Annual Military Appreciation Dinner: Friday 21 April, 2017

union-club-military-appreciation-dinner-2017This is a heads up to mark your calendar for the Union Club of British Columbia  Annual Military Appreciation Dinner, to be held on Friday 21 April, 2017.
As in the past, the Dinner is not restricted to Union Club members but is open to non-members as well.
Reservations: Just contact the Front Desk, 250.384.1151, to make your reservation (non Union Club members pre-paying by credit card).  FYI: the usual 72 hours cancellation policy will apply.
Please feel free to pass this information on to your friends, acquaintances and colleagues.  I look forward to seeing you there.
6999, Randy Gynn
Club Past President
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Reminder: Air Canada and Westjet Baggage Policy for serving and retired military personnel

For Air Canada

A reminder that eligible active and retired members of the Canadian and U.S. military are entitled up to three pieces of checked baggage, each weighing up to 32 kg (70 lb) each, free of charge, whenever they travel on a flight operated by Air Canada, Air Canada rouge or Air Canada Express.

The allowance is applicable to the member of the military and is valid for both personal and duty travel.

Eligible personnel should proceed as follows to benefit from this enhanced baggage allowance:

  • When prompted at check-in (online, on your mobile or at an airport kiosk), indicate that you are travelling without checked bags.
  • At the airport, see an Air Canada agent to have your bags tagged and checked free of charge, upon presentation of military identification.
Acceptable form of Canadian military identification
  • DND ID card for National Defence (NDI 20)
  • Record of Service Card (NDI 75)
  • Any Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Benefit Card
  • Discharge Certificate from any branch of the Canadian Military
  • Statement of Service from any branch of the Canadian Military
  • Certificate of Service (CF 54 or CF 75) from any branch of the Canadian Military
  • Valid DND Temporary ID card (NDI 10)
  • Canadian Forces or Former member CFOne card (with photo ID)

Sources:

For Westjet 

WestJet waives baggage fees for active and retired Canadian military personnel as well as active military personnel from other countries. In order to qualify for this exemption, military identification must be shown.

Any military personnel travelling for business or personal reasons can do so with a maximum of four bags on WestJet flights and a maximum of three bags on WestJet Encore flights at no additional charge. We will not charge overweight and/or oversized baggage fee(s) for military personnel; however, baggage exceeding our maximum permitted size or weight will not be accepted as guest baggage and must be shipped via cargo (all applicable fees apply).
Source:  http://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/baggage/checked-excess, accessed 2016 July

Bon Voyaging !

Memories of Service of Remembrance 2016

The following photos were graciously provided by Christine Henry Arts who attended this years Service of Remembrance.

: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Katahrine Harrold, AJ Bryan, Padre Fowler, Roxanne Rees, Kaden Forsberg: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Chris Pratt lays VIEXCC wreath. Christine Henry Arts Photo

Chris Pratt lays VIEXCC wreath. Christine Henry Arts Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trumpeter and flag at half mast: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Trumpeter and flag at half mast: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Terrace with citizens and brownies: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Terrace with citizens and brownies: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Ex cadets serving militray and citizens: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Ex cadets, serving military, and citizens: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Plinth poppies and people: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Memorial Plinth, poppies and people: Christine Henry Arts Photo

composite poppy and Hatley castle: Christine Henry Arts Photo

Composite poppy and Hatley castle: Christine Henry Arts Photo