OK Dragoons serving and retired, this is update number three. You know the Gathering is scheduled for the weekend of 15- 16 June 2018 in the nation’s capital. You only have a couple of things that you need to do if you are not already registered. Number one, call or email Peter Atkinson at the contact number below to let him know you intend to come. Number two, book your room at the Four Points Sheraton if you need one. Number three, send your cheque to Bob Hart by 1 April. Number four, this is for the golfers only, you now need to confirm your intentions to play. We have secured a shotgun tourney at Hylands Golf Club at 1230 on Saturday for $55 per person (18 holes and a cart). What you need to do is confirm to Peter Atkinson that you wish to play and send an additional cheque to Bob Hart to cover your golf by the 1 April deadline for payments.

We have reserved 75 rooms at the Four Points Sheraton across the river from the Parliament buildings in Gatineau. The address is 35 Rue Laurier in Gatineau. You can now reserve your rooms by calling the Four Points at 1-888-627-8089 and tell them you are part of the reservation for The Royal Canadian Dragoons Association. The room rate is $159 per night plus applicable taxes. Reservations need to be made by 1 May 2018 or we will lose the room block. I suggest you make your reservations as early as possible. They will hold your room with a credit card. If we fill the room block I have been assured by the hotel that more rooms can be made available.

Now back to the Gathering Weekend. We will start the weekend with a meet and greet Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton at 1900, followed by our Association meeting Saturday morning at 0900 in the same location. The RCD Kitshop will be available Friday night and there will be door prizes. Saturday afternoon will be an opportunity to visit some of the sights our national capital has to offer. We will have information on Parliament tours, the War Museum, the Canadian Mint, the National Art Gallery, the Museum of Civilization and much more. During the association meeting the spouses will receive a full briefing on what is available while enjoying a morning brunch together (pay as they go). There will be a special prize given out to one lucky winner among the spouses that come to the brunch. For those golfers in the crowd we have been able to secure a shotgun start at the Hylands Golf Course on Alert Rd by the airport from 1230 until 1700 hours. As I mentioned in my first update, you can also just relax and visit the restaurants and the bistros of the Byward Market or hit the shopping meca of downtown Ottawa. The highlight of the weekend will be a four-hour dinner cruise on the Ottawa River on board the Ottawa River Queen. You will want to be back to the hotel by 1800 to get on board the boat for the dinner cruise on the scenic Ottawa River. The boat departs at 1900 hours. The cost for the weekend besides your hotel is $100 per person and an additional $55 per person if you wish to golf.

So that we can do the remainder of the detailed planning, we need you tell us if you intend to come to the Gathering of the Dragoons 2018, by 1 March 2018 and then payment will be due to our treasurer by 1 April 2018. All payments are to be made to Bob Hart our treasurer by cheque and should be made out to RCD Association NCR Chapter. Payment is to be sent to Bob Hart at 72 Beechfern Drive, Stittsville Ontario K2S 1E3. If anyone wishes further information or to RSVP you can contact Peter Atkinson at patkinson1@rogers.com or 613-424-6262. Mailing address is 1343 Caserta Place, Orleans Ontario, K4A 3C1.
Gathering of Dragoons 2018 Update
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