November 6 2018

November 6, 2018 MINUTES

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In attendance:
Executive: Roadrunner, Vice-President; Big Al, Road Captain
Members: Frenchy, Smiley, Sherain, and Flatfoot

Regrets: Woody, President; Army Guy; Welshgirl; Mapper; Kathy, Acting Sgt-at-Arms/Secretary; Trev, Old Guard; Tank; and Flaggy,

7:00 pm Roadrunner, VP called the meeting to order and called for one minute of Silence for fallen soldiers and riders – Tonight We remember all those who gave their lives for our country in all wars and asked members to name anyone they wished remembered.

Road Runner, VP broke the minute of silence with:
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) Roadrunner welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. President’s Discussion Issues
a) Business arising:
Elections – Road Runner has agreed to stay on as Vice President; Big Al has agreed to stay on as Road Captain; Sherain has stepped up to take on Sgt-at-Arms; and Kathy has agreed to continue as Secretary. We are still in need of a President.

i) Review of last month’s events/rides:
Oct 21st – Big Al, Trevor & Kathy attended the Motorcycle Ride for Dad Volunteer Appreciation
Nov 5th – Kathy and Trevor attended the Candlelight Tribute to Veterans at the War Museum

3. Vice- President’s discussion issues
a)VP – no updates to report
b) Website – Updates are ongoing – minutes of meetings and updating the calendar of events

4. Sergeant-at-Arms
a) Finance report: Expenses since last financial report $30 for balance of 2019 Membership dues; deposits = 50/50 and Barb’s unit dues.

b) Membership as of tonight: 25 members consisting of 3 Veteran Honourary Members, 2 Supporter Honourary Members, 16 veterans and 4 supporters.

5. Road Captain Report
a) Review/Update on next month’s events/rides:

The first week of November is “Remembrance Week”
Poppy Drop Returning this year: INFO - The Legion is presenting a virtual Poppy Drop on Parliament Hill. Each evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Oct. 26 to Nov. 11, 2016, 117,000 falling poppies will be projected onto the iconic Peace Tower and Centre Block. There is one poppy for each of Canada’s fallen.
Nov 11th Sun** UNIT** - Paardeberg Members are encouraged to attend a Remembrance Day service of their choosing. Check with your local Legion for their events.
National War Memorial (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) - Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion organizes the National Ceremony of Remembrance at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Arrive early to secure a good vantage point. Elgin Street is closed to traffic during the ceremony.
Canadian War Museum (10:40 a.m.) - On November 11, Memorial Hall, located inside the Museum’s main entrance, becomes the centerpiece. Here, at exactly 11:00 a.m. a beam of sunlight shines through a single window into Memorial Hall to perfectly frame the headstone from the grave of Canada’s Unknown Soldier. To observe the beam of light at 11:00 a.m. from within Memorial Hall, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis as of 9:30 a.m. Museum admission is free on Remembrance Day.
Beechwood Cemetery (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) - A ceremony of Remembrance takes place at the National Military Cemetery on the grounds of Beechwood Cemetery. The ceremony honours all those who have fallen in the service of Canada and all Canadian Forces members interred at the cemetery. There is also a marching contingent including veterans, a band and a children’s choir performance.

b) Special events/overnighters:
Breakfast gatherings – watch your emails for breakfast get togethers.
Christmas Dinner - Dec 07 Fri 18:30 UNIT – PAID Members will be subsidized at the rate of $10 per member. Should there be a storm that night the dinner will be rescheduled to January. Kathy will send out a msg to get numbers for attendance at the Christmas Dinner and make the reservation for dinner at the Rideau Carleton Racewa.

6. Points from the Floor
a) New businessElections, as mentioned Woody would like to step down as President due to his work load and family matters. The 3 positions which are required to allow a Unit to continue are: President, Road Captain and Sgt-at-Arms. If you are interested in stepping up and take the lead please contact Kathy or Woody. If you have questions on the expectations of these positions please ask.

7. Presentations
a) Presentations: none this evening.
b) Unit draw: no draw tonight
c) General discussion

Dec 2nd - Wreaths Across Canada 2019 cancelled

Dec 4th - Unit meeting cancelled due to the Unit Christmas dinner being so close to the date.

Jan 1st - There is no January meeting our next meeting will be February 5th

A donation of $50 to the Earl R Harris Memorial Red Cross Auxiliary will be made in memory of Glenn’s mother Marilyn Anne Standen.

8. President’s Closing Remarks
a) Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm.

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