November 2 2010 Meeting

Paardeberg Unit, 1 CAV
November 2, 2010
Minutes

Prior to the meeting Brian showed a couple of videos, one is Terry Kelly's Pittance of Time video that he uses in his Remembrance presentation.

In attendance:
Executive: Gepetto, President; Trev, Vice-President; Jay, Sgt-at-Arms; Hammer, Road Captain; Kathy, Secretary; Lucky, Events Coordinator; and Newf, Assistant Admin

Members: Brian; Bgruff; Francois, Cathy, Mel and Witch

Regrets: Spider, Webmaster/Assistant Road Captain

Guests: Ken

7:10 pm Jay, Sergeant-at-Arms called the meeting to order and calls for one minute of Silence for fallen soldiers and riders
Following the moment of silence Jay recited:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them, We will remember them.

1. President’s Opening Remarks

a) Welcome and introductions
Gepetto welcomed members to our regular monthly meeting. He thanked all those who were able to attend Moon's viewing and funeral. It was great to see the support for Moon and his family from CAV members from Kingston, Trenton and Petawawa as well as members of the National Memorial Ride and the Canadian Veteran Freedom Riders. Moon has a wonderful family with four sons, and three of them followed their father's footsteps and joined the military.
It is important that we keep in touch with Anne.

2. President’s Discussion Issues

a) Business Arising
Christmas Party to be discussed later by Lucky our Events Coordinator

3. Vice- President’s discussion issues

Trev also thanked everyone for their support to Moon and his family. He was also pleased with the participation of the other CAV units, as well as the attendance by members of the NMR and CVFRs.

Trev has received a couple of emails outlining events that are occurring during Veterans Week November 5th through the 11th.

Nov 4 Billings Bridge Mall's annual Remembrance Service and an opportunity for veterans groups to set up a table and display their information. He encouraged anyone who is available to attend or help Popeye out at the CAV table supported by Cambrai unit.

Nov 6 National Day of Support for Veterans - he and Kathy will be attending and encouraged those who can to meet at the Rideau Centre Food Court so that we can walk up to Parliament Hill together.

Nov 6 the Nepean Museum opening their display of a Korean Veterans Story

Nov 6 in the evening the Kanata Legion is hosting an evening of Remembrance - Bgruff has tickets for sale tonight, please see him after the meeting.

Nov 7-8 Goulbourn Museum in Stittsville is hosting an Open House showcasing their Remembrance displays

Nov 10 The Korean Veterans Association has a ceremony at 9 pm which is the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in Korea.

Nov 11 There are numerous Remembrance services in the Ottawa area. Trev encouraged members to attend the service of their choice. He noted that Bgruff has invited the unit to attend the Kanata service. Trev will be a flag bearer at the National Memorial Service. There are also large services at Beechwood and the Orleans Legion to name but a few.
The important thing is to get out and attend a ceremony.

a) Website
Spider sent his regrets, he is unable to attend meeting on Tuesdays. The website has been upgraded and Jay will reimburse Spider for the cost.

b) Event Coordinator
Lucky reported that everything has been booked for the Christmas Party at the Kanata Legion on December 13th. She has tickets for the dinner at $12.50 per person and members may pick them up after the meeting. She will send a reminder notice out to members noting that she needs numbers by December 6th. Members can also pick up and pay for their tickets at the December 7th meeting.

4. Sergeant-at-Arms

a) Finance report
Jay reported that the unit funds remain the same at $677 with $300 allocated to the Christmas party.

b) Membership
Jay reported that he now has 3 used CAV crests available at the cost of $30 should a member want a second crest.

5. Road Captain Report

Hammer reflected on the October rides:

Oct 9 The Calabogie ride was a lot of fun. Newf even got to do a "couple" of laps with Retired M. Gen Lewis Mackenzie. Others enjoyed their rides round the track and were hard pressed to keep their speed down after they left the track and headed down the 511 towards Perth. A very enjoyable day, thanks to Lucky for organizing this event.

Oct 11 The ride to visit the grave site of Pvte RR Thompson who received the Queen's Scarf for his participation in the Battle of Paardeberg in the Boer Wars and trip through Gatineau Park were great. Had a minor glitch when Bgruff made a sharp turn in the cemetery, and everything was fixed with some tools and the assistance of a few friends we were on the road to Wakefield for a nice lunch. Following the ride through Gatineau Park a few members carried on to Local Heroes and enjoyed refreshments.

Hammer also added his thanks to members attending Moon's funeral and was pleased to hear that 30 + bikes attended and that the various military motorcycle clubs attended. Moon was an avid rider and rarely missed a Unit ride prior to getting ill. He also shared his love of riding with his grandson Christian. Members were very happy to see and support Christian during this difficult time.
Hammer recommended that the Unit consider dedicating the Rider of the Year award in Moon's memory. There was a lengthy discussion and several suggestions were made including holding a Moon Mullins Ride to raise money for Cancer Research and creating a perpetual trophy that will stay with the unit and have each Rider of the Year's name added (a plaque or some other award would be given to the member as a keepsake). It was also suggested that the first Moon Mullins Award might be presented to his wife Anne. Certainly the Unit would like to involve Anne. The Executive will think about this and bring recommendations forward to the members for approval.

Remember that Hammer intends to finalize and publish the Paardeberg Unit calendar for 2011 by the end of February. Please send him your recommendations for events and rides for 2011.

6. Other Business

There was no new business brought forward other than to remind members to participate in Remembrance Activities of their choosing during Remembrance Week November 5 through 11th.

Trevor mentioned that the Orleans Legion has started their Saturday morning Breakfasts and welcomed members to join him and Kathy.

7. Presentations

There were no presentations tonight.

Tonight’s draw was won by Ken who donated his winnings back to the unit. Thank you Ken!

7. President’s Closing Remarks

a) Adjournment
Gepetto adjourned the meeting at 7:50 pm inviting people to stick around and chat.

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