A Week Ahead at the RGC

November 15, 2017

Dear Members,

It has been another exciting week here at the RGC! We have a lot on the go in terms of programming, services, and special events. It is so great to see so many of you participating in the various offerings of our Club.

This past Monday was the Club’s Annual General Meeting. During the AGM, Shareholders had the opportunity to learn more about the financial position of our Club and how we are doing compared to our budget five months into the new fiscal year. Members also welcomed the newest Directors who will start their terms with the Club Board of Directors, as well as some exciting Redevelopment Project milestones. Once the formal business concluded, we welcomed Mr. Stephen Boyd from Kennedy Architecture—the architectural firm recruited for our potential Redevelopment Project—as well as Mr. Rob Parks from RC Strategies+PERC. Rob presented an overview of his recent engagement initiatives with both RGC Members and Staff, and how those sessions are crucial to the success of a possible redevelopment of the Club. Stephen then presented two very high-level conceptual designs for what the future of our Club may look like. Both designs were carefully crafted with a few important thoughts in mind: it was important that no courts or large athletic surfaces be impacted, that the F&B operation needed to be made more efficient, and the feedback provided by Members through various surveys was incorporated, which included certain requests for additional and new facilities such as a gymnasium and additional studio space. Members obviously had some questions, but otherwise the room was abuzz with excitement!

For those who could not attend on Monday, we have uploaded the two potential designs to our website for you to review. Following the AGM, both Stephen and Rob will be present for an open house session on November 22 to answer any questions you may have, as well as to hear general feedback on the two designs. I highly encourage you to attend! The open house will be in the Strathcona Room from 5:30-6:30pm. In addition, you may also connect with our Board of Directors board@royalglenora.com, or you can always reach out to me with any questions. I really look forward to hearing your feedback.

Coming up this weekend is the Chairman’s Gala presented by Keller Construction! My tux has been rented, my wife has found the dress, and we are eager to eat, drink, and dance the night away! I am so excited for this event not only as it is one of the best nights of the year in my opinion, but also because we will be endlessly entertained—if not just by the company of our fellow Members, but by Chef Steve and our Culinary Team, followed by John Cameron Entertainment. I could go on and on about how amazing our Culinary Team’s food is, but you already know that. What you may not know is how incredible the John Cameron Entertainment group is. I have been to two of their performances since my return to Canada, and both were outstanding. The music is fun and relatable, and definitely good for dancing to. If you have not yet bought your tickets, you should get them soon! My EA, Molly, and Chef Steve will be hanging around tonight for Wine Wednesday to register any Members who have not had a chance to do so. I know the ticket price may sound shocking, but for what you are going to experience…I promise it will be worth every penny.

A friendly reminder for those with kids 7-17, we will be launching the new Junior lounge, The Alley, on Saturday night! There will be a dinner buffet, games, movies, and treats for those in attendance. Tickets are $15 to cover adult supervision and food. It has been a long time coming, but I really hope our Junior Members like what they see!

Following our Chairman’s Gala, our annual Gift Show is taking place on Sunday, November 19 from 10am-3pm and will feature more than 35 vendors! The Gift Show is free to attend and open to the public. Make sure to come out to support this great initiative by the Childcare Committee that is celebrating its 25th year! The Committee works so hard to put everything together and it is always a great time. Plus, it is an easy way to get some Christmas shopping done right here at your Club.

Speaking of Christmas gifts, we have two more relevant DIY Sessions coming up just in time for the holidays. On November 21, Members will have the opportunity to learn how to make wood signs for their home, and on December 5, Members will learn how to make their very own wreaths! Registration is open via GameTime so sign up today.

I wanted to take the opportunity this week to help a fellow Member recognize someone very important in his life: his wife. Longtime RGC Member Walter Hildebrandt popped by this week to tell me his wife, Sarah Carter, has been awarded the prestigious Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research, the Sir John A. Macdonald Award. This award recognizes the Canadian history book deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the understanding of Canada’s past. Congratulations, Sarah, on your amazing accomplishment! For more information on this year’s award recipients, please visit CanadasHistory.ca/Awards.

I look forward to seeing some of you this weekend. But for everyone, please keep warm and have a great week!

Kind Regards,
Dustin McAvoy

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Dustin McAvoy
Molly Staley
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Lenora Daniel
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Jocelyn Morrison
Elizabeth Kendall
Director of Sales & Marketing
James Duck
Director of Facility Operations
Sean Gillen
Director of Recreation
Steve Buzak
Director of F&B/Exec. Chef
Mitzi Beaubien
Director of Finance
Carol Warne
Director of HR
Cynthia Osepchuk
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Nicole Bertram
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