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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2006, 23:48:19 »
Too true Recceguy. As stated before I just hope and pray we don't need to use anymore of them.
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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2006, 12:27:43 »
Good day to all.  Before I begin, let me introduce myself, I am the Regimental Adjutant for the PPCLI and I am also the Secretary/Treasurer for the PPCLI Association.  This website was referred to me from my counterpart in the RCR.  It was good to see all of the comments regarding the endeavor that the PPCLI Association initiated, OPERATION SMALL PACK.  I would like to clear up some misinformation regarding some of the comments made in this forum.  The intent of the PPCLI Association was to assist and support the soldiers, regardless of originating unit/MOC/trade, of the Task Force.  We, the Regiment believe that once you have worked along side, with, or attached in any capacity, you are one of us.  I have found in my current job, and after having spent some time in our different Battalions and other units, that most of our soldiers, until they are releasing/retiring do not know that the PPCLI Association exists!  This was not a recruiting drive, nor an attempt to gain awareness by the Association, it was truly an endeavor to assist soldiers by soldiers.  Included in each PACK, was a letter from our President, letting each soldier know that we, the PPCLI Association are here to support them.  Attached to the bag was a tag, with the Association logo, on how to contact the Association, should the receiving soldier wish to do so.  I can confirm, that there was no hidden agenda by the Association, should anyone require more information you can contact me directly at:  radjt@ppcli.com

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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2006, 12:30:59 »
Thank you. I know IMPO this is a good idea and thanks to the association for doing this for our guys and gals in theater.
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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2006, 13:39:40 »
For anyone else interested:  http://assoc.ppcli.com/

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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2006, 17:09:07 »
What a fantastic idea.  I was talking to my husband who is a retired Patricia and he thinks that this is a great idea.  We all hope that these small packs need not be used but it is a great gesture on behalf of the association to do this for all those soldiers who may happen to pass through Germany in a time of need.


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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #30 on: May 13, 2006, 23:45:29 »
Great idea, IMHO.

As to the Regimental Association hitting up the injured for new members, it's kind of a non - issue for the Patricias. We are all forced, I mean, encouraged to make our regimental donations, and up them when promoted. Those who neglect to make the appropriate contribution are usually expected to explain their actions to their CoC. Needless to say, compliance is high. ;)

If the injured Sappers, Gunners, Tankers and assorted militia are too steeped in unit pride to wear PPCLI PT gear as opposed to an easy access gown, they are more than welcome to send it back.

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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2006, 08:27:18 »
Kudos to the RAdjt for clearing things up.

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Re: Great Idea PPCLI Regimental Association
« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2006, 18:32:17 »
One reason for joining the Regimental Associations:

Just prior to the Second World War the Bn in Victoria had some horses. These were used for the CO, DCO and others for parades. Defaulters had the duty to clean out the stables and dispose of the manure. For those of you familiar with the Macaulay point area the ground is not hospitable for growing gardens. At the end of the day certain defaulters would sell the manure off to local wives for use in their gardens. This then provide funds for a trip to the saloons and red light establishments on Johnson Street and usually resulted in an appearance on defaulters parade again. Well some accountant type in Ottawa sent as message inquiring why the remittance by the Bn. in Victoria for 'official' manure sales was less than the other serving Bn. This message was passed down the chain of command to be addressed and answered. A Sergent who could not read ended up with the request for an answer took it to one of the defaulters who could and asked for help. The defaulter read the message and quickly sensed the end of free piss ups replied "Sergent, we pile the manure outside and all this rain just washes it away". This answer was carefully written down and forwarded back to Ottawa. In the next years budget lol and behold was funding to build a roof over the manure storage pile. Now this tid bit of regimental history plus a selection of photo's and maps from the pre war period earned this Patricia an A+ on a geography paper. The original teller of the story received a condensed course in computer operations allowing him the chance to communicate with members he had been out of touch with for over forty years, plus the ability to order directly from the kit shop. If your are ever in Victoria and see a 90+ year old guy shuffling down the board walk in brand new PPCLI sweats there is proof the Association lives on.
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RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #33 on: September 04, 2006, 14:09:15 »
All,

The Royal Canadian Regiment Association has put together a program to help provide some essential kit for wounded soldiers who arrive in Germany with NOTHING....It goes to all of our wounded, regardless of Reg. affiliation. Details on the program can be found here:

http://www.execulink.com/~thercran/newsletter.htm



Support to Afghanistan Task Force

As detailed in the Minutes, it was decided at the AGM to support the 1st Battalion by carrying on the same support to the Task Force as that provided in the past by the PPCLI Association. When seriously wounded or injured soldiers must be emergency evacuated through Germany to Canada there is insufficient time for their kit to accompany them, and they arrive without a uniform, shaving kit, etc. It may be several weeks before their personal kit catches up to them. To solve the problem, the Association will provide a hospital pack to accompany them, consisting of a sports bag with underwear, shaving kit, T shirts, track suit with the Regimental logo. This would be provided to all emergency evacuated personnel of the Task Force regardless of regimental affiliation.

Cost of each pack is $100, and it was agreed at the AGM that the Association would make an initial purchase of up to 25 packs. Branches or individuals are invited to participate by purchasing one, two, or whatever number of packs. Cheques should be made out to The RCR Fund and forwarded to the Chairman, RCR Association at London ON. Individuals will receive a receipt for a charitable donation. A letter will be enclosed with each pack, informing that the pack is provided through The RCR Association, with the name and address of the Branch or donor.



Cheques can be sent to:

The RCR Fund
c/o Chairman, The RCR Association
750 Elizabeth St. - London, ON. - N5Y 4T7

I understand that they'll accept any sized donation, as not everyone is going to be equipped to send a full $100. Your generosity is appreciated.


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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #34 on: September 04, 2006, 14:46:33 »
I would also suggest dropping Soldiers Angels an email to see if they can provide personal items to wounded Canadian soldiers.

dmackay@soldiersangels.org

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #35 on: September 05, 2006, 15:51:04 »
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #36 on: September 05, 2006, 19:29:21 »
Soldiers Angels has volunteers at Landstuhl and would be able to visit with Canadian wounded ASAP. They have packs filled with all the items that wounded soldiers can use. They have done alot of good and continue to do so.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #37 on: September 05, 2006, 21:27:19 »
I have sent this to Unit #95 ANAVETS in New Brunswick (I'm a past President; Mrs Fiddlehead is the current Pres) and they plan to support this program to the best of their ability. They have also forwarded to Dominion Command, in hopes that Dominion, and othe ANAVETS Units across Canada will consider supporting it.

A clarification though - this point of contact (the RCR) will get packs to the troops that need them, regardless of who is manning the Roto (VanDoos, RCDs, PPCLI, etc)?
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #38 on: September 05, 2006, 21:31:47 »
This initiative follows the Operation SMALL PACK created by the PPCLI Association.  The Hospital Packs are provided to any soldier of the task force who requires one on evacuation to hospital out of theatre, regardless of cap badge.  The packs are being assembled by the 1RCR Kit Shop.


http://thercr.ca/hospital_packs.htm
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #39 on: September 05, 2006, 21:36:48 »
They don't make the sick PPCLIs wear RCR t-shirts do they???   :o


Thanks, Michael, for the clarification...   ;)
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #40 on: September 06, 2006, 10:02:02 »
The Regimental Kit Shop in London is now prepared to accept donations by credit card (in any amount) toward the Hospital Pack program:

contact@thercrkitshop.com

Ph. 519-660-5332
Fax. 519-660-5344

701 Oxford St East
London, Ontario
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http://www.thercrkitshop.com/index.php?page=categories/index.php&catid=105

« Last Edit: September 06, 2006, 15:00:00 by Michael O'Leary »

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #41 on: September 07, 2006, 13:34:31 »
Just got off the phone with M. Cpl. Mike Phillips and made a $200 donation.  So far they've only received 5 donations so far although the program just getting going at the Kit Shop.

I challenge any other "Civvies" who frequent this forum to match or beat my $200 donation.

IHMO it is such a worthwhile program that helps send a message of support to the soldiers in their time of need.


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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #42 on: September 07, 2006, 20:24:37 »

Lockness, thank you for your support. 

There have been only a few donations processed through the Kit Shop route to date (we started that payment option yesterday), but the Association has received, or committed from their own funds, about $6500 for the program thus far.  The Regiment and the Association greatly appreciate the contributions of everyone who has supported the Hospital Pack program at any level.  Tax receipts will be issued to all donors on provision of the necessary details to send a receipt, and letters identifying donors are being forwarded to the 1RCR Kit Shop to be included in the packs as they are put together and sent to Afghianistan.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #43 on: September 08, 2006, 07:16:32 »
Woodstock Unit #95 ANAVETS will be making a contribution and we challenge other ANAVETS units and Legion branches to do the same.   

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #44 on: September 08, 2006, 07:41:02 »
They don't make the sick PPCLIs wear RCR t-shirts do they???   :o


Thanks, Michael, for the clarification...   ;)
Hey, if I were wounded in theatre and I was given a bunch of swag from the North Battleford Rifles, I would wear it with pride!


(I know your post is in good humour, and so is mine)

Seriously, though, this is an OUTSTANDING project.

For M O'L: can our VCP contributions be targetted for this project?  Or is this separate?

Thanks
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #45 on: September 08, 2006, 07:53:59 »
For M O'L: can our VCP contributions be targetted for this project?  Or is this separate?

This is a separate initiative being supported by the Association and by donations.


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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #46 on: September 08, 2006, 07:59:15 »
Also taking donations:

Regimental HQ
PPCLI
PO Box 10500 Stn Forces
Edmonton, AB   T5J 4J5

make donations payable to: Hamilton Gault Memorial Fund, "Operation Small Pack"

I am sure any donation to either the RCR or PPCLI for this worthy project will be gratefully acceptedl.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #47 on: September 08, 2006, 10:07:41 »
Just got off the phone with M. Cpl. Mike Phillips and made a $200 donation.  So far they've only received 5 donations so far although the program just getting going at the Kit Shop.

I challenge any other "Civvies" who frequent this forum to match or beat my $200 donation.

IHMO it is such a worthwhile program that helps send a message of support to the soldiers in their time of need.


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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #48 on: September 08, 2006, 13:11:15 »
Just got off the phone with M. Cpl. Mike Phillips and made a $200 donation.  So far they've only received 5 donations so far although the program just getting going at the Kit Shop.

I challenge any other "Civvies" who frequent this forum to match or beat my $200 donation.

IHMO it is such a worthwhile program that helps send a message of support to the soldiers in their time of need.

Just got off the phone with them myself.  Didn't quite match your donation Lockness, but I'm down for 1 Hosptial Pack.  Donations are still coming in slowly though, as they are only up to 8 now.

I agree, this is a great program and I strongly encourage others to participate too, for whatever amount you can give will help out.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #49 on: September 08, 2006, 15:29:22 »
Donations are still coming in slowly though, as they are only up to 8 now.

My cheque is in the mail. I've posted this on other forums. Great initiative.