This page provides information on planning for the 50th anniversary of graduation in 2022. Information will be provided progressively via the News Blog and posted here with the latest news on top. If you are following the website, you will get automatic updates by email.
Reunion Update #3: 22 July 2021
Based on general support for the idea, a 50 Year Reunion book will be produced. Tony McKenna, perhaps forgetting at least one of the lessons from RMC, has volunteered to coordinate the production of the book to celebrate our 50 year mark, with the central planning team taking on the role as editors on the basis that its easier for a committee to justify any changes than an individual!
We will continue to explore the format of the final version: ebook, pdf, print, etc and the costs, if any.
We have some very basic guidelines:
- I know that this guideline is unnecessary, but I do want it to be quite clear from the start: the book is a celebration of our time, not a chance to even scores. It is appropriate to recall some of the hard times, but you are asked to keep such recollections fairly generic and not to traduce any particular individual.
- The individual pages (see link to the attachment below) should be no more than one page.
- These pages allow for the story of each person to be told in the full, rather than just military highlights, which of course particularly applies to those who pursued other careers.
- Anecdotes need to involve as much of the class as possible rather than just personal ones: Point Hut is an obvious one, perhaps Camp Training over 4 years, some contact with characters such as Norm or Rollo, 100 days to go in 1969, Araluen in 1972 etc..
- Some individuals are likely to be asked to write an anecdote on particular topics/events: for example Tom Cobley, Pat Cullinan and Chris Jones have written of their time at RMC as part of broader works.
We are looking to start collecting anecdotes now, so please start thinking and writing. If you have an idea for an anecdote, perhaps run it past Tony so that he can deconflict if there are several offerings on the same story.
We’ll call for your individual pages next year. The outline can be seen here.
Reunion Update #2: 9 July 2021
Many thanks to the individuals and regional groupings that have provided suggestions and advice on the reunion next year. We seem to be mostly in broad agreement, which makes planning and decision making easier. The Canberra planning team met on Wednesday 7 July to start to firm up the program.
There are a few steps still being taken:
- A letter is being drafted to the COMDT RMC asking for specific support and/or access, viz: a tour of the College, visit to the Australian Army Museum-Duntroon, brief on the College today (all probably Mon 12 Dec); priority seating at the Grad Pde and access to MT at Duntroon House after (Tues 13 Dec).
- Several hotels have been approached for room rates and costs for a cocktail party and a sit-down dinner. At this stage the Canberra Rex has the running with indicative and competitive costs being:
- Room rate – $145;
- Note: Canberra based member may wish to book a room for either or both of the two nights.
- Drinks in a dedicated bar on Sat 10 Dec: $30 per head for canapes (ie a meal prob not required later!), drinks purchased individually over the bar;
- Sit-down dinner in the Ballroom on Mon 12 Dec – $117 per head including a drinks selection (beer, wine, soft drinks).
- Approaches have been made to the RMC Chaplains re access to the Service on Sunday 11 Dec – no response as yet.
- A dedicated bus for some activities is being explored.
- Possibility of having a small band/group to play some of the 60s and 70s music of our era during the sit-down dinner – concept still being developed!
The program is starting to firm up, as much as it can this far out, and looks something like this:
- Friday 9 Dec – self-funded informal drinks possibly at the Kingo or Olims (tbc) for those who arrive early (and Canberra based) – this will not be ‘formally’ organised;
- Saturday – Cocktail drinks 6-10 pm;
- Attendance at the RMC Chapel Worship Service on an individual basis;
- A Remembrance event for deceased classmates, either on Mt. Pleasant or at the Changi Chapel in the RMC grounds;
- Brunch at the Arboretum (an indication of numbers closer to the date will be called for in order to book an area, but it would also be self funded);
- Monday – Tour of RMC, Museum etc
- Monday – ‘Formal’ dinner 7-11 pm;
- Tuesday – Parade, Morning Tea, informal lunch (Kingo, Olims – tbc).
Tony McKenna has volunteered to coordinate the collection of information and collation of same into a ‘book’ to record the passing years. More to follow as the template is refined.
Warning Order – Reunion 2022
Hopefully you have all received this message via email and/or Facebook- if not, please contact me so that we can update your details. And apologies for the repetition if you have received it, but I’m trying to make sure we don’t miss anyone inadvertently.
“The traditional date for the RMC Graduation Parade for 2022 would be Tuesday 13 December. Note that this year it was held on Wednesday 2 December, apparently due to COVID, and there were no spectators. Please ‘save the dates’ from Friday 8 December to Wednesday 14 December ahead of the development of a program of events, for which your input will be sought. An interim committee has been formed in Canberra to start planning. Volunteers are requested to form the main committee to take on further detailed planning. The interim committee proposes that three to five representatives should be Canberra based to undertake bookings and arrangements locally, with perhaps a single representative from each region where there are significant numbers of classmates.”