Year Established: 1971
2019 Membership: 39 Active Members, 10 Life Members and 4 Associate Members.
Regular Meetings: Annual General Meeting held in February, Executive meetings are held as required, normally four per year. We hold monthly luncheons and have Wednesday morning coffee every week, open to everyone familiar with the Association.
Marcel St. Louis, President
Wednesday morning coffee, Red Deer has a designated area in the Parkland Mall in front of the fireplace. The local businesses are supported and occasionally respond with coffee related specials. This is open to all, it is well attended and everyone is welcome. Red Deer is policed by the RCMP and as a result we have an excellent standing in the community. Regular members of the Force and local leaders stop by regularly adding to the conversation and answering any questions the membership may have.
Red Deer Division is primarily a social group, the Executive tries to put on a variety of events to allow all members to participate in several events during the year. We make sure that our most senior members are not left out and the younger members that are still working have a chance to attend some events.
Joe’s Jottings is our main avenue of communication and has a readership of approximately 105 members and associates. Joe Smith looks after the content and usually puts an email message out on a weekly basis. We use this medium to inform the membership on local, provincial and national issues and events.
Alberta has five Divisions and we are in regular contact with them meeting annually , having a different Division host each one. Red a Deer last hosted this event in 2017.
– Sick and shut-in visits;
- Attendance on a Remembrance Day;
- Full participation in the Veterans Advocacy Program;
- Annual Grave Site inspections, we look after sites all around central Alberta, using and updating the national graves database;
- Attendance and assistance at funerals, wakes and celebrations of life;
- Assisting families following the passing of a loved one;
- Regular attendance at CFB Cormack mess on Fridays, meeting with our counterparts in the Canadian Armed Forces.
- weekly coffee meetings;
- monthly luncheons held at the Red Deer Curling Club, most luncheons include a guest speaker on topics of interest to the membership;
- June camping trip, usually three days at different sites around central Alberta;
- August mixed golf tournament;
- September BBQ hosted by a local business leader at his estate west of a Red Deer;
- October widows luncheon at the Red Deer Curling Club;
- Christmas Party with Chinese Auction.