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 mc80+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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