RMC Class of 80 – Outreach & Update on Reunion Weekend 2020

Class of 80 Buds,

As our 40th reunion year approaches, I am reaching out to remind you that Reunion Weekend 2020 will be Thursday – Saturday, September 17-19, 2020.  Details of the weekend can be found online at: https://everitas.rmcclub.ca/exciting-news-reunion-weekend-2020-nouvelles-excitantes-fin-de-semaine-des-anciens-2020/

[Note:  the dates 18-20 September on the RMC Club Events page http://rmcclub.ca/events/ are incorrect]

The 2020 Reunion/Ex-cadet weekend has significant changes from previous years, so please don’t assume “same as last time” when it comes to events and timings for the weekend.  Keep checking online for details.  I will also send out information about Class of 80 activities as information comes available (please keep reading below).

You are encouraged to book your hotel rooms soon, as space will go quickly.

With all that in mind, I am seeking your help in contacting all our Class of 80 Buds to let them know about our 40th reunion.  As the years have gone by and people have moved around, we have lost touch with well over half of our group.

Paul Ellis has been working diligently to build an email group (RMC80@groups.io) to enhance communications within our ranks. This email group is easy to use and will keep our information private and not spam us.

Rather than each of us trying to send email to 100+ addresses that may or may be up to date, rmc80@groups.io offers a single email address that will automatically send an email to everyone in the group. Simple, easy, fast.  Additionally, all emails are archived on the group site, so you don’t need to keep all the emails in your personal email account.  This group email, along with our Facebook page and website will be the main channels of communication with our Buds.

To join, simply send an email to rmc80+subscribe@groups.io from the email account you wish to use for Class of 1980 communications, and we will send you an invitation to join the group.  That way, you will automatically be kept up to date on Class of 80 news.

Further information is on the email group page at:  https://groups.io/g/rmc80

Please pass this information on to others in the class with whom you are in contact so we can update and build up our class contact list.

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. You can email us at rmc80+owner@groups.io

I look forward to seeing you at our 40th Reunion next September.

PS – don’t forget to check out




12472 Steve Woodland

Secretary, RMC Class of 80

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LAV Dedication – 11 Nov 2019

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From Fred Lewis:


Of course this is again not an “order” but hopefully provides some additional detail and further encourages participation from our Class.  Right now I am tracking about 12 of us (most with significant others) attending (Brian Read, Robbie Z, Alex Gallin, Guy Townend, Mike Ward, David Wrather (aka Griff), Nelson May, Mike Kennedy, Murray Beare, Paul Fleet and Steve Woodland). Given that the dedication will not occur until 1330 hrs, it would be hoped that a few more within striking distance could now make a day trip.  The LAV and site are very cool and I think you will feel quite proud.

If any more Buds are coming, either the night before (and therefore to the restaurant meal) or just for the Dedication, could you let me know ASAP.

Also we could use with some additional funding to do two things: fix the grass (note the photos and yes I have already talked to CE (now called RP Ops) … times have changed and they contract Roads and Grounds AND the purchase of a limestone block to mount the Canada Company plaque (normally the very colourful Canada Company plaque goes on the LAV but in our case it would ruin the look.  I am still trying to get a firm estimate on costs but it could be as high as $2000 + $2000.  If you are willing to fund or partially fund let me know; it can be done through the RMC Foundation.

1. SITUATION. LAV was installed on its pad 23 Oct (photos attached). Brian Read and I hosted a thank you BBQ on site and handed out Canada Company LAV ball caps for the many people that worked on the LAV project.

2. MISSION. Dedicate the Class of 1980 Afghanistan LAV Monument at RMC 1330 hrs, 11 Nov 19,  in order to recognize Canadian service and sacrifice in Afghanistan .


General. Dedication will take place after the main RMC Arch Remembrance Day Ceremony.  The LAV Dedication will include a 50 man Guard from RMC and sentinels dressed in Arid Pattern CADPAT from the Prince of Wales own Regiment (PWOR). The College will provide a choir and bugler to allow O Canada/God Save the Queen, Last Post and Rouse. Mike Ward will pipe the Lament.


(1)    Canada Company. MGen (Retd) Dave Fraser – Explains Canada Company LAV Program/Afghanistan Conflict;

(2)    RMC. Cmdt, BGen Bouchard- Explains importance of monument to RMC and thanks Class of 1980; and

(3)    Class of 1980. Fred Lewis – Thanks the many people involved in making the project happen.

Plaque Unveiling. Brian Read and an OCdt that worked on the LAV this past summer.

Benediction. College Padre(s).

Reception. Some Class members may choose to also attend the main RMC Arch Remembrance Day Ceremony.  There will be a post reception for the RMC Arch Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cadet Mess at approximately 1200 hrs.  The Cmdt has invited LAV attendees to use this reception as a pre reception for the LAV Dedication and RV (an announcement will be made to begin moving to the LAV site at 1315 hrs). I might suggest we RV at the Cadet Mess at 1300 hrs.

Timing and Location. LAV Dedication begins 1330 hrs at the intersection of Billy Bishop Road and Precision Drive.

Media. RMC Public Affairs Officer is OPI.  RMC will provide an Image Tech.


Accommodation. Brian Read is staying at the Holiday Inn.

Rations. Restaurant Meal  Merchant Pub just adjacent the Holiday Inn  1830 hrs,  Sunday 10 Nov. Room is reserved and food will be 25% off!

Dress. Appropriate Remembrance Day attire with maybe a Class of 1980 pin (Fred will be wearing a version of “Sixes” with medals).  The wet weather plan is “get wet”.

Parking.  Parking could be difficult.  If you are only going to the LAV Dedication, the Gym parking lot across Hwy 2  might be the easiest.

COMMAND & SIGNAL. Questions to Fred



F.A. Lewis

LAV & PLAQUELAV InstallTurret Install


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35 Year Reunion Photos

Wayne Yee and Joe Amlin sent me their photos from the weekend.  I’ve started adding them here:


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40 year reunion poll

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Class meeting 2015

Boomerang Award – awarded this year to Joe Amlin from Bali Indonesia. Award was missing but Pitt Barr found it in his basement in New York and had his brother deliver it to the reception on Friday.

Class SecretarySteve Woodland volunteered and was unanimously acclaimed. Mike Czich to assume deputy/social secretary.

Class of 1980 LAV III Memorial Project

  • Fred Lewis –  updated LAV is ours based on pre-approval from Canada Company.
  • Shawn Deane – project manager from Canada Company updated on LAV Monument Program. We are the first group to receive monument onsite.
  • Finances – $15k for the LAV. $10k for the pad. Signage TBD. Costs have been guaranteed by anonymous benefactor. Money pledged by individuals in support of this project will go to reducing the amount to be paid by the benefacotr.  Maintenance now responsibility of RMC Foundation. $40k in maintenance fund taken from class restricted fund.

RMC FoundationRod McDonald – Executive Vice President.

  • RMC Foundation now responsible for maintenance of monuments. Create an endowment with a specific purpose.  $52K in our fund currently. $40k endowed for maintenance.  Will need to also have clauses for what to do with extra if generated.
  • Entry into Old Brigade in 10 years. Suggest $50/month into a class endowment fund. If 100 classmates contribute would add up to $600K in 10 years.  Will start Class of 1980 Entry Into Old Brigade accumulating fund. Accumulating fund usually has a goal and a time period.  e.g. $25k in 10 years.


  • 1980 Class Fund. Restricted. Non interest bearing. (Existing fund holding class contributions to date)
  • Class of 80 LAV III Maintenance Endowment.  Accumulating fund – interest bearing.
  • Class of 80 Old Brigade Endowment Fund. Accumulating fund – interest bearing.
  • Moved by Pete Johnston seconded by Scott Hayter to allocate the excess from class fund to the old brigade entry fund (currently $52k-$40k.)
  • Steve Ellis to head committee to draft constitution.
  • Pete Johnston seconded by John Jerry to establish the Class of 1980 Old Brigade Entry Endowment Fund. Passed.
  • To contribute call Jennifer at RMC foundation. Designate to contribute to LAV III project.
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LAV getting dropped off

Here’s a snap I took when at the college after they had just taken the LAV off the flatbed. IMG_2810

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Class of 1980 Buds,

So Brian Read and I have been up to no good … harkens back to being rook roommates that summer and fall of 1976.  About six weeks ago he gave me a call asking for my opinion.  Brian had just heard of a program being sponsored by Canada Company ( a group of “Captains of Industry” who provide support to Canadian Armed Forces members and their families  https://www.canadacompany.ca/en/)  whereby decommissioned Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) are being offered to communities as a way to recognize the Afghanistan mission http://lavmonument.ca/en/index.htmn .  Brian suggested that this might be something that our Class could do for Kingston and its military community given our 35thwas coming up.  Thinking about the idea for all of a few seconds, I said “brilliant”.

Brian had come up with something that seemed right to me on a number of planes:

–          First and foremost there is a requirement to recognize the service and sacrifice of what arguably was the war of our generation.  Over 40,000 Canadians served, 158 gave their lives.  The Kingston military community saw significant service there including from both CFB Kingston and the Army Reserve regiment, Prince of Wales own Regiment (there may have been some from HMCS Cataraqui as well).  Over the decade of our time in Afghanistan many hundreds of RMC grads served (including from our Class) and I believe three ex cadets were killed;

–          Our 35th Reunion was coming up and although not necessary, it is kind of nice when Classes do stuff for the College.  In that regard our Class is relatively poor in terms of funds.  There are Classes who have funds in excess of $1 million, ours sits at about $50,000.  The deduction is that if we are going to do something it would have to be modest from a money perspective.  The LAV Monument would be relatively modest financially but high impact.

We had been holding off on passing on this whole idea until we determined whether it was even feasible.  Well it looks like it is, although it will be a case of “hurry up battle procedure”.  We have secured the very strong support of the Commandant, BGen Sean Friday.  In fact, he has appointed an OPI and to a large degree the College will make the various things happen.  The second step was to apply for one of the LAVs from Canada Company.  I have attached our submission.  Again this received strong support from the selection committee headed by MGen (Retd) Dave Fraser, who just happened to be my Commander in Afghanistan.  So it looks like we have a LAV and probably for our Reunion Weekend.  I met last week with BGen Friday’s OPI, LCol Corey Crosby, and they have chosen a site front and centre across from the Commmandant’s residence and between the naval gun and Centurion.  They are working with CFB Kingston to confirm site approval and then contracting the necessary pad. Additionally, they are looking at whether the Base could transport the LAV from London using Base Transport and then have Base Maintenance install the vehicle.  Finally, LCol Crosby has even come up with a backup plan that if the pad was not constructed in time that it could be temporarily placed adjacent “Bruce” on the 25 Pounder artillery piece pad (the latter would be sent out for painting).  This would give us some profile at the Reunion and at a minimum be a great Class photo op.

So to the cost.  Bottom-line up front, the full costs will be covered by a certain benefactor no matter what happens.  That said, I believe to really make it a Class gift there is a need for the Class to contribute.  Canada Company has estimated the costs for the LAV Monument as follows: LAV $15,000; pad $10,000 (design attached); and low bed  transportation TBC.  There would also be a requirement for a cairn with brass plaque or just brass plaque.  The College would also expect our Class to maintain the Monument.  Given that it is an armoured vehicle it would not be much.  At most this would be every five years or so putting on a coat of paint.  I figure a great activity for our five year Reunions until we are pushing 70 plus.  Don’t laugh, I was the guy who put the Bailey Bridge in at the RMC entrance and that got painted by a group of Kingston Sappers in grubby clothes and a few cases of beer (seven years later it still looks fine). Once we are too old interest off our Foundation account would easily cover it.  Like I said, our benefactor will pay BUT we should make this a Class thing.  My proposal would be that each of us contribute $100 (or more if you want) on a one time basis.  This would generate $10-20 K and at that stage we could certainly say that the Class owned the gift.  The RMC Foundation is establishing an account for donations separate from our Class account.  Details to be announced in my next email to you.   Brian and I will be the first to have our $100 in.  I would like to think you guys will make this grow.

I know this comes out of the blue but it was a case of “dynamic targeting”.  There was a fleeting target of opportunity and we went for it.  You basically know about this only days after we have confirmed the feasibility.  The Executive Vice President of the RMC Foundation, Rod MacDonald,  says that it is often a challenge to get Classes to work together in gifts to the College.  I would like to think we are different and that we will all come behind this initiative. Much of it is cracked but would still like to hear your thoughts and hopefully positive ones.



Class of 1980 LOA with College and Foundation

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(Copy of an email sent by Mikola in July)

OK Ex-buds,

(some addresses are old and no longer valid, others I do not have, please pass on to all your Class of 80 buds on spec, CC me at mikola.czich@forces.gc.ca )

As a reminder Ex-Cadet weekend is 24 – 27 Sep 2015.  A full program, from college and RMC Club perspective,  can be found buried in the E-Veritas web site. http://rmcclub.ca/index.php/everitas-veritas/everitas/

However I will mention a few highlights.

Friday morning 25 Sep 2015. New this year. Scramble golf tourney.

This year will see a trial of a Friday morning scramble golf tourney that is meant as a little fun a bit of a fund raiser for RMC club activities. Some details are:

  • Location: Garrison Golf Club (That is up the hill on CFB Kingston)
  • Shotgun start 0830 hrs on Fri morning 25 Sep.  Checked in by 0800 hrs.
  • Lunch and prizes (skill and draw prizes) at approx 1330 hrs
  • Dismissed to go see the obstacle race of whatever at approx 1500 hrs.
  • Cost per person, which includes drive cart, lunch and prizes;  $100 RMC club members / $120 non RMC Club members
  • Registration closes when they are full or one week before. (18 Sep 2015)  Whichever comes first. Don’t procrastinate.

Hoping we get a few foursomes out representing the class of 80.  (I have already registered a foursome.)  You can book as a foursome, a threesome, twosome or single.  The RMC Club will do their best to match class members together if you are not registering as a foursome.

You can apparently register on line by scrolling down the golf info page in E-Veritas http://everitas.rmcclub.ca/?p=137879

Or you can phone the RMC Club to register. 1-888-386-3762 or 613-541-6850.  Have credit card ready.

In addition, regarding the golf tourney.  Organizers are looking for hole sponsorships ($200 each hole / our class is sponsoring a hole) as well as donations for prizes. Currently there is a one week vacation package at a luxury Turks & Caicos resort and a one day Thousand Islands sailing cruise prize in the prize pool, donated by Class of 1970 OB Entry members.  If you or your company wish to sponsor a hole or donate a prize to the prize pool, please contact Jim Simpson at 905 939-9229 or simpsonj@look.ca to work out details. You or your company could certainly help make this an over the top fundraising event for the RMC Club.

Friday Evening 25 Sep 2015  Our Class of 80 Reception

  • Fort Frontenac Mess (That is behind the stone walls beside the ferry terminal)
  • 1830 hrs start time.
  • Dress collared shirt, dress pants, leather of fake leather shoes
  • Bring $50 cash.  This covers your class button, heavy finger foods (now that is an oxymoron), as well as lunch on Saturday.

Saturday 26 Sep 2015, Lunch Class Meeting

  • After the morning cadet parade
  • Location TBD (a lecture room somewhere close to the parade square)
  • Sandwich lunch catered in.

Saturday evening 26 Sep 2015, RMC Club Dinner Dance

As per normal we (class of 80) will not hold a separate event in competition with the RMC Club Dinner Dance on Sat evening.  Please support the Saturday evening event.  Info is:

  • Book your tickets!  Don’t procrastinate.

Sunday morning 27 Sep 2015, March to the Arch

Sunday morning we march to the Arch.  Everyone loves a parade!

  • 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 as of 0930. Following the Arch ceremony, the parade will return to the square for the presentation of the Goddard and Dawe memorial swords, the Pijper Cup and final addresses. Dress is Club blazer or Jacket with Club tie or Club scarves for the ladies. Serving officers may wish to wear DEU. Medals are to be worn by all.

Those are the highlights that I wish to remind people about.  Of course there may be other events and highlights that turn your cranks

If you have not booked a hotel yet do not panic but do not procrastinate. (We do not have a class block booking.)  For down town hotels you may have to wait for block bookings to be released.  That should start to happen around 10 Aug 2015.  Some Hotels / Motels in the suburbs or near Division and the 401 are still currently available

Mikola (aka Mike) Czich

M.S.  Czich
RMC Class of 80 Sec
W 613-995-8592
C 613-668-7749
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Firing it back up – 35 ticks

No activity here in the past 5 years, but time to crank it up again.  35th coming up in September.

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