It was a great weekend at the Royal Roads Homecoming. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend. After all, it is the people that make these events and without your participation nothing happens. Over the weekend we had 27 of the Class, and with partners, 46 in total attending different activities. Another thank you is in order for the Alumni relations staff of Royal Roads University and the homecoming organizers of the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet club. We sent flowers on behalf of the Class to the Alumni relation staff and will wait the opportunity to buy a libation of choice for the Ex-Cadet club members.
A huge thank you to Alex and Natalka Rueben who opened their house to the class for a BBQ on the Thursday night and special kudos for a superbly handled wet weather program. The first heavy rainfall in the area since the spring and it was that night. However the rain did not put a damper on the festivities and it was a superb start to the weekend. The only downside is that everyone was so busy sharing war stories of our glory years that no one took any pictures. If anyone has some please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday morning Tony Derosenroll organized a golf outing at Highland Pacific Golf Club. With deft planning and the organizational flair that Tony is known for, he slipped the golf in between passing showers. 12 golfers enjoyed a fine morning on the links with only the odd deer or two to avoid on their approach shots. Thanks to Tony for a well executed operation. Friday evening the Alumni Relations organized a well attended presidents reception on the Quarterdeck.
Saturday the Navy took over with a day sail on the HMCS Winnipeg. While the crew did a great job of showcasing the vessel, the war stories were added by our own Navy veterans. A good time was had by all and many thanks to the Captain and crew. Saturday night the Alumni staff worked their magic again and hosted a fantastic dinner dance on the Quarterdeck. Let’s just say the dancing was memorable and luckily the ladies ensured there was some semblance of rhythm on display.
On Sunday, the day was started by a ceremony at the Mast which has been moved to the area by the Vice Commandants house near the Gym. The Mast site is also surrounded by the Roads Paver stones. Many people admired Tony D and Dave Bolton’s paver stones which are in place and made arrangements for one of their own. http://www.royalroads.ca/alumni/paver-stone-project-ongoing This was followed by a group walk back to the Quarterdeck where a farewell toast was made to the college and classmates who could not be with us. The final event of the weekend was a ceremonial walking of the circle.
The general opinion of the weekend is that it was a success and we must do this again. The next one will be in 2024. That will be 45 years from the end of Second year at Roads. If you look closely at the photos (in the attached version) you will find a couple of RMC and CMR classmates in the mix. Royal Roads University has embraced their Military College heritage and as such welcomes all Ex Cadets at their homecoming. Basically, they are “Ex-Cadet west”. For the next homecoming we will make sure to invite our RMC and CMR classmates to make the journey and include a visit to Roads with a chance to meet up with old friends in a West Coast adventure.
Thanks for your support
Mark, Conrad and your Return to Roads Committee