At the direct request from members of the executive including the Chairman,
these are the official minutes of the Third
meeting. Being only the messenger in this case, I have opted
to accede to the Chairman. I'm sure I speak for many
when I say that hopefully this difficulty can be worked out to everyone's
December 28th, 2000
Auclair; Brian Babb, Peter Donaldson, Anne Durling, Rick Elger; Jean Claude
Girodo, Mike Lacombe; Carmen Paquin, Peter Payan, Ian St. James; Isabelle
Minutes of Meeting
Chairman called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 PM. Ian St.
James informed the assembly that some members of the executive had met
informally at Rick Elgers on the preceding afternoon to discuss what business
if any needed to be addressed by this assembly. He explained that the time
had arrived where it was necessary to either fix a date for the reunion
or to formally delay it until 2002. He informed the assembly that there
had been a consensus the previous day to fix the date for the weekend of
October 19th 2001, and proposed this option to the assembly for their consideration.
A lengthy discussion ensued exploring the pros and cons of this particular
date and others. After approximately an hour of discussion the chairman
reminded the assembly that the option of delaying until 2002 still remained
open. There was near unanimous opposition to considering this option. After
a further period of discussion, the chairman put the question to a vote
and seven members raised their hands in support of Oct 19 2001. There was
no call for those opposed.
Carmen Paquin is working on a plan to find Feller Alumni by developing
a telephone call system based on area codes. She will keep us informed
as soon as she has it in place. It was agreed that we would do a ‘mailing’
to advise people of the date of the reunion, and try and get an indication
if they will attend. Isabelle St. James and Carmen Paquin will compose
a bilingual letter for this project.
Accommodation, Location and Food
The location committee, temporarily headed by Peter
Payan in the absence of Arthur Grannary, had just returned from St. Jean,
Quebec. They presented information concerning the Auberge des Gouvenor
in St Jean. There was discussion about the benefits of St Jean vs Montral
Downtown vs Montreal West Island vs the golf course located near Feller.
The committee was asked to research all sites and in particular the Montreal
West Island due to it's proximity to Dorval Airport in order that the assembly
might make an informed decision when the time comes.
Peter Payan suggested that we advertise in the 50 Plus Magazine both in
print and on their web site.
J.C. Girodo having experience with previous reunions made pertinent
suggestions and comments concerning advertising and financing. His knowledge
of Feller and it's history is much greater than most and Jean Claude agreed
to accept responsibility for advertising. Peter Donaldson agreed to help
in this endeavour.
Elger will be working with Michel Girodo in structuring the programme of
the Feller Revisited Theme. Michel also has information and valuable input
concerning the history of Feller and it is expected that Jean Claude will
be working with his brother to some extent in this area, the objective
being to interest the media in the history of Feller and thereby achieve
free publicity. J.C. played a song with moving lyrics by Celine Dion as
a possible theme song for our endeavour.
Souvenirs and Memorabilia
Lacombe proposed the publishing of a 'final' L'Echo, as a possible source
of revenue, both from advertising and sale to the Alumni. Mike agreed to
look into the idea himself and will seek the collaboration of Jean Claude
on the feasibility of the project.
Elger showed us a commemorative plate with a picture of the Feller building
on it and suggested this might be another way to raise money. Ann Durling
and her committee will add this to other items they are considering.
Entertainment & Program
chairman informed the assembly that following a certain expressed interest
and other comments both on the MSN chat site and elsewhere, the entertainment
committee was exploring the feasibility and possibility of retaining Bowser
and Blue to perform at some point during the reunion. Some concern was
expressed as to whether the budget could support such an undertaking as
Bowser and Blue are relatively expensive. Brain Babb stated that he would
negotiate with the managers of Bowser & Blue to determine what the
price would be. He informed us that he had already determined that with
B&B would come the equipment and people to provide us with background
and/or dancing music during the main event. Rick Elger being present at
the table was in a bit of an awkward position but handled it with his usual
Ann Durling reported that donations from the alumni
now total over five hundred dollars and so we now have resources for stamps
and other sundry expenses. Isabelle St. James inquired as to the guidelines
for ‘out of pocket expenses’. The chairman replied that no expense policy
manual would be published and he believed that the group could operate
simply on the good judgement and honesty of it's members. The assembly
concurred that it would be a good idea to keep any receipts..
No formal date was established for the next meeting.
The end of February was cited as the most likely probability should a meeting
seem necessary by then.