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RCAA CENTURY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON
MONDAY APRIL 12, 1999

Minutes: Alexandra Fokine

Attendance: DIANE CARLTOl, IAN WALDRON, JUDY (GRIBBEN) ENDACOTT, DEB CUSACK, LAURIE CUSACK, PETER WARREN, MICK SPILLANE, BLAIN HUGHES, ALEX MACKINNON, ESTHER MUNROE, ETTY GREEN, HOWARD BIRNIE, PHIL FAIRMAN, DAVID WOODWARD

Linda Grieve (Graduate of RCI 1965 and current Principal) introduced Mel Greif History teacher at Humberside. Linda was Principal at Humberside when they celebrated their 100th.

Mel informed us that their first meeting was held in 1984 (eight years prior to the event). They decided that the first thing was to write out an Aims and Objectives (given out at the meeting).

Next they decided on what would be the focus of the reunion. Humberside had the Lismer Mural (Lismer was a member of the Group of Seven and in the early Sixties the Board of Education thought the Mural was not worth much and decided to take apart, since it was only a Group of Seven). The 100th Reunion brought the complete Lismer mural with the help of the National Gallery and McMichael Collection.

The Humberside Century Committee would meet quarterly and in the last two years before the reunion met monthly.

  • Critical to do an Alumni Search (RCI has a small alumni of 551 members)
  • Hold mini-reunions to get more people involved.
  • Humberside had initial seed money of $ 5000 to do mailings.
  • Humberside also had a Patrons Program (Pledge Cards to be paid over three years).
  • Humberside did have Memorial Donations, but it was never pushed.
  • They also published a History book in the style of a yearbook.
  • Humberside had a project of framing all the pictures of the old Humberside and placed around the school.
  • Other projects included landscaping.
  • Humberside also had a Reunion Volunteer Office set-up, so that if anybody called the school they would have information,
  • Humberside had souvenirs made up to promote the event.
  • The Humberside Reunion was held over three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
  • Mel did mention that the committee had its ups and downs it was not that easy to organize, but the event was a complete success.

The Humberside discussion ended at 7:50 p.m. Peter thanked Mel and Mel left the meeting so that we could discuss RCI 100th Reunion.

RCI’s 75th Reunion was quite the event; Saturday during the day at the school and at the Sheraton Convention Centre at Night.

How do we do the 100th Reunion?

  • A Group of 10 Alumnists will go on Monday May 31st to Humberside at 7:30 p.m to meet with Mel Greif.

The next meeting will be held on June 7th at 7:00 p.m. at RCI.

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