Dragoons Releasing from the CDN Forces
The aim of this letter is to provide you with information concerning the Royal Canadian Dragoons Association. It has been policy for some time to offer a one year free membership to Dragoons releasing from the Canadian Forces effective date of release. The Regiment and the Association want to be more active in communicating this information to releasing personnel and therefor will in the future make this information part of the Unit release package.
The Association is an integral part of the Regimental Family of the Royal Canadian Dragoons. Together with the Guild of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and the Regiment, the Association shall endeavor to maintain and foster the traditions, customs, spirit, and wellbeing of the Regiment. The Association function within the purview of the Guild, which is chaired by the Colonel of the Regiment.
The Association shall provide, upon request, advice and guidance to the Regiment on matters of customs and tradition. It shall assist in ensuring that the Regimental Family speaks with a common voice on matters of Regimental concern. Finally, the Association shall promote and assist in the wellbeing of individual Members, both serving and retired, of the Regiment.
Should you want to continue your Membership after one year, you will have to contact your local chapter and provide them with appropriate personal information. Contacts for individual chapters are available on the web site at www.dragoons.ca or by calling the CO’s secretary at 613-687-5511 local 5649. Your active membership will give you the right to vote at general meetings and provide you with a free issue of the two publications usually produced annually, THE SPRINGBOK, and THE DRAGOON.
There is an inflow of new blood into the Association, as Dragoons retire from the military and pursue second careers or, hopefully, enjoy a life of ease after having served their country so well. Our membership includes not only retired Dragoons but also serving Dragoons and Members who have served with the Regiment on attached postings from support trades and occupational classifications other than Armour. Associate and Honorary Members also account for a fairly large number of our membership. Leaving the Regiment DOES NOT necessary means that you have to leave the Regimental Family. Once a Dragoon always a Dragoon.
Bold and Swift
Mr. J.B. Price
Royal Canadian Dragoons