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2016 UEL Winter Newsletter

The Sir John Johnson Branch of the UEL is happy to announce that their 2016 Winter newsletter is now available online in PDF format. The news letter has some great photos and lots of news.

Click here to download the PDF (1.1MB).

Summer Events

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Picnic with Brome County Historical Society

on the Museum Grounds

130 Lakeside, Knowlton, QC

Picnic at 12 noon

In 2017, Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and Brome County Historical Society, its 120th. For this special year, our Branch Annual UEL Picnic will be held with Brome County Historical Society's Picnic on Saturday, 5 August 2017.

Bring your lunch and lawn chair.  Rain or shine, we will have the picnic.

To celebrate this anniversary, a special feature will be presented on the Museum Grounds at 11 a.m.

Home Child

A play by Laura Teasdale

Home Child is a play inspired by a true story of the Townships’ forgotten past. Played by two actors, it will be performed outdoors.  Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please contact either:

Adelaide Lanktree

Michel Racicot


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Day Trip to Williamstown, Ontario

On this Day Trip to Williamstown, we will be greeted by “local historians” and visiting historic buildings:

  • The Glengarry Nor'westers & Loyalist Museum
  • St. Andrew's United Church
  • Bethune Thompson House
  • Sir John Johnson House (the house is under renovation but the exterior and grounds are visitor ready)

Interested in a guided tour of Williamstown, please give us your name before July 15. Depending on the number of people coming, we will be travelling either by minibus or bus. The cost for this day trip will be very affordable. More details coming at a later date.

Please contact either:

Adelaide Lanktree

Michel Racicot

Past News & Events

2016 Semi Annual General Meeting

A reminder that it is with great pleasure that we invite you to a “Late Breakfast” followed by our Semi-Annual General Meeting that we be held Saturday, 29 October 2016, at the Restaurant O Patio, 601 du Sud Street, in Cowansville. Arrival time 11:30 am.

Please RSVP before 22 October 2016 with

Adelaide Lanktree

Michel Racicot

We are looking forward to your participation.

June 2016

Members and guests of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch enjoyed two very special occasions in June 2016. First, our 49th Annual General Meeting and Luncheon was held on Saturday, 11 June at the Lakeview Inn “one of Qué- bec’s most prestigious and charming historical inns”, located in Knowlton, Québec. During the luncheon, a special ceremony took place to recognize and thank three important partners of our Branch. You will find our report on page 2.

Second, a special plaque unveiling ceremony honouring Sir John’s service in the War of 1812 took place at the Johnson Family Burial Vault in Mont-Saint- Grégoire on 23 June. You can read about this special ceremony on page 4.

Upcoming Events

Looking ahead, there will be one more important Branch activity this summer, our Annual Picnic on Saturday, 20 August. Again this year, we have been in- vited by our Branch 2nd VP Marven Beattie to his home, the ViewMount House in Dunham. All are invited. More information on page 8.

Looking further ahead, our Branch will be present at Townshippers’ Day which will be held again this year on the Brome fairgrounds on 17 September. Then in October or early November at the latest, we will hold our semi-annual general meeting. More details about this meeting will be sent to you at a later date.

Since 2010 with 94 members, our membership had been decreasing every year reaching, hopefully, a low last year with 53 members. In 2016, we have 56 members as of July, with five more months to go. Let’s try to increase that number before the end of the year. I am counting on all of you.

Michel Racicot

 

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting in Knowlton Quebec

Finally winter is behind us and summer has already showed its colors. It is time to invite you to our 49th Annual General Meeting. To be held at the Lakeview Inn “one of Quebec’s most prestigious and charming historical Inns” at 50 Victoria Street Knowlton, Quebec

Date and Time:

  • Saturday, June 11th 2016
  • Registration: 11:30 AM
  • Luncheon: 12:00 Noon
  • Business Meeting: 2:00 PM

Lunch:

  • $20.00 (wine included) for Branch members
  • $30.00 (wine included) for non-members

Please reserve by May 27th with:

Adelaide Lanktree

Michel Racicot

Click here to download PDF of meeting invitation.

Branch President’s Report

Activities:

There have been a number of items of interest throughout this year:

  • Our Branch was well represented at Heritage Branch Spring Dinner held on April 22nd. Members Adelaide Lanktree, Louise Hall, Michel Racicot and I enjoyed their hospitality and a very nice dinner.
  • In May, we submitted the Johnson Burial Vault Restoration for the Prix du mérite patrimo- nial Fleur bleue. Although we did not win an award, we were among the finalists.
  • On June 20th, we had our Annual General Meeting at the All Saint Anglican Church Hall, in Dunham, Quebec.
  • On August 6th, some of our members had a very enjoyable Picnic at ViewMount House, in Dunham, home of our 2nd Vice President Marven Beattie.
  • Then on August 15th, several members participated at the Paul Holland Knowlton Day, held at the Brome County Historical Society Museum. The highlight of this event was celebrating the success of the restoration of the house of Paul Holland Knowlton, founder of Knowlton and grandson of Loyalist Luke Knowlton.
  • On September 12th, members Michel Racicot, Adelaide Lanktree and I participated at Townshippers’ Day held at Brome Village, Quebec.
  • On October 28th, Past President Roderick Riordon, 2nd Vice President Michel Racicot and I represented the Branch at the Heritage Branch Charter Night Dinner.

Branch Project and Concern:

  • The Upkeep of Sir John Johnson Burial Vault
    The restoration of the burial vault of Sir John Johnson and of members of his family was completed in 2014. It had been our priority project for many years. From now on, our Branch new project will be promoting this historic place and maintaining the site’s integrity.
  • Increasing our membership
    In recent years our Branch membership has been decreasing. Probably our biggest challenge in the present and near future is finding ways to attract new members. Memberships are the lifeblood of our association. We need to find ways to increase our membership. Any ideas? We are counting on all of you to help us increase active participation in our branch’s activities.

Annual UEL Picnic

Thursday, 6 August 2015 at ViewMount House
2240, Chemin Beattie (Road) Dunham
12:00 (Noon)

Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair.

We hope for good weather and a good turn out and look forward to seeing you there. All are welcome. However... In case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled.

If you have any questions, contact either:

Adelaide Lanktree

Michel Racicot

Download a PDF with driving directions by clicking here.

Annual URL Picnic

Invitation to Fred Gilman’s Summer Picnic

June 28th, 2015, 2015 at 12:00 Noon

Fred Gilman’s Picnic will be held by the Veterans Coalition of Vermont – MBA, MOA, MOWW & AFA and hosted by ROA.

At the Gilman home on Lake Champlain, 1720 Gilman Street, Clarenceville, Quebec Directions: On Route 202, between Clarenceville and Venise-en-Québec, take Lakeshore Road (going south). Continue to Street 2 (rue 2), turn left and go to Gilman Street.

Price: $15.00

Please make cheque payable to Fred Gilman

Give your name, phone number and total of your party planning to attend, and mail to Fred Gilman, 9 Rix Ave. Bedford J0J 1A0

For more information, you can reach Fred Gilman at 450-294-2651 or 450-248-3341


Notice of Annual General Meeting

Finally winter is behind us and summer has already showed its colors. It is time to invite you to our 48th Annual General Meeting.

Saturday, June 20th 2015
At 11:30 AM for lunch at 12:00 Noon
To be held at All Saints Anglican Church

3829 Principale Street Dunham, Quebec

Guest Speaker: Michel Racicot, Topic: A revisit of the Re-Consecration Ceremony of the Johnson Family Burial Vault

Topic: News from the UELAC

Lunch: $20.00 per person - wine included (See menu on page 7 of 2015 Spring Newsletter)

Please reserve by June 15th with:

Adelaide Lanktree

Michel Racicot


2014 in Review

2014 was an exciting year for both UELAC and Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch. UELAC celebrated its 100th Anniversary and as part of its celebration presented Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch with a donation which greatly aided in the restoration of the Sir John Johnson Burial Vault on Mont Saint-Grégoire, formerly Mount Johnson.

The Re-Consecration Ceremony of the Johnson Burial Vault was held on Saturday, 23 August 2014.

A commemorative book “Loyally Yours 100 years of the UELAC” was compiled and published by Frederick H. Hayward, UELAC 2014 Centennial Chair, and each branch member received a UELAC 100 Year pin.

Saturday, June 14, 2014, saw members and visitors gather at the Legion Hall in Philipsburg for the Branch Annual Meeting. Prior to the meeting a delicious roast beef dinner, prepared by the members of the Legion was enjoyed by all. Robert Wilkins said Grace, Okill Stuart proposed a Toast to the Queen and following the meal, Edwina Jenne Bougie thanked the members of the Legion for the meal on behalf of the members. President Gerald Thomas welcomed everyone, especially Robert and Moira Wilkins and Okill and Sylvia Stuart from Montreal and three from the USA, Bill Glidden, Gene Hicks and Linden Witherall. Wesley Larocque presented the flag and Robert Wilkins led the members in the singing of God Save the Queen. In the absence of a Secretary, Adelaide Lanktree volunteered to be Secretary.

Evelyn Lewis

Also in the Autumn 2014 Newsletter:

  • Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch Annual Meeting
  • Louise Hall and Adelaide Lanktree, Marion Phelps Award recipients
  • Ceremony of the burial of the remains of Sir John Johnson
  • Adelaide Lanktree, Outstanding Townshipper Award recipient
  • In Memoriam - Agnes Mary Riordon - member of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch
  • Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch Executive
  • 2015 Membership Renewal

Re-Consecration Ceremony of the Johnson Burial Vault

Dear Members and Friends of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch UELAC,

Since 1998, the restoration of the burial site of Sir John Johnson has been the top priority of our Branch. We are glad to report that the restoration is now completed.

The Re-Consecration Ceremony of the Johnson Burial Vault will be held on Saturday, 23 August 2014. You will find attached the invitation and information for the ceremony.

You are all invited to the ceremony.

Michel Racicot, Genealogist
Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch

The ceremony will be followed at 1:30 p.m. by a cold buffet which will be served at the nearby Vergers & Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau at an all-inclusive cost of $20 per guest. Those interested in participating are requested to RSVP and make payment to Mrs. Adelaide Lanktree before August 10, 2014, at:

Adelaide: Email - (450) 293-6342

Thank you!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

It is time to invite you to our 47th Annual General Meeting.

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
At 11:30 AM for lunch at 12:00 Noon

To be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall

Montgomery St, Philipsburg (St. Armand), QC

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Finally winter is behind us and summer is already showing its colors. It is time to invite you to our 46th Annual General Meeting.

Saturday, June 15th 2013
At 11:30 AM for lunch at 12:00 Noon
To be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall

Montgomery St, Philipsburg (St. Armand), QC

Guest Speaker: Roy Lewis, Vice-President Central East Region UELAC

Topic: News from the UELAC

Lunch: $16.00 per person (wine included, see menu on page 7 of newsletter)

Annual UEL Picnic

7 August 2012–Tuesday

11:00am at Missisquoi Museum, Stanbridge East, QC

Program (PDF)

  • Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair.
  • We hope for good weather and a good turn out and look forward to seeing you there. All are welcome. In case of rain, the art gallery will be set up for us to use.
  • We will have plenty of time for a leisurely afternoon picnic and touring the museum. The current exhibit at the museum is The War of 1812 at Missisquoi Bay.
  • The price of entry for those who wish to visit the museum will be $8.00 for non- members and free for those who are members of the Missisquoi Museum.

Picnic Area:

  • There are picnic tables on site

If you have any questions, please contact either:
Rod: Email - (450) 295-2382
Adelaide: Email - (450) 293-6342

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Saturday, June 16th 2012
At 11:30 AM for lunch at 12:00 Noon
To be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall

Montgomery St, Philipsburg (St. Armand), QC

Guest Speaker: Robert C. McBride, UELAC President

Topic: Mr. McBride will speak about the exploits of his ancestor, John DeCew in the War of 1812

Lunch: $18.00 per person (wine included)

Please reserve by June 10th with:
Adelaide: Email
Telephone: (450) 293-6342
or
Linda: Email
Telephone: (450) 306-1096

Payment may be made at the door but please remember that we must pay for the number of places we reserve.

18 August 2011–Thursday

Annual UEL Picnic

11:30am at Fort Chambly, Chambly QC

2011-fort-chambly-uel-trip
Photo : © Fort Chambly National Historic Site of Canada

Program (PDF)

  • Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair
  • We hope for good weather and a good turn out and look forward to seeing you there. All are welcome. However... in case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled.

Fort Chambly National Historic Site (Parks Canada)

Directions: Official Website | Google Maps and Information

  • Highway 10 (Eastern Townships Autoroute):
  • Exit 22 (Chambly - Saint-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu);
  • Follow Chambly direction; it will lead you to Fréchette Blvd.
  • At the end of Fréchette Blvd, turn right on Bourgogne St.
  • The fort will be on your left not too far after the bridge.
  • There are 2 parking lots (P1) and (P2).
  • To have an easy access to the picnic area go to Parking No 2 (P2)

In Chambly, there are road signs indicating the fort’s location.

Picnic Area:

  • The new picnic area offers 14 tables at your disposal inside the fort’s marvelous park.
  • Please note there are no shelters in case of rain.

The parking lot and the picnic area are FREE.
But there are entry fees to visit the Fort:

Daily
Adult $ 5.65
Senior $ 4.90
Youth $ 2.90
Family/Group $ 14.20

If you have any questions, please contact either:
Rod: Email - (450) 295-2382
Adelaide: Email - (450) 293-6342


2011: UELAC 2014 Centennial Project Update. Now available online and in PDF format.

Spring 2011 News

Unfortunately, we have had to increase the dues for 2011, but only enough to cover the increase voted at the 2010 UELAC Annual General Meeting last June to cover rising costs. The Dominion per capita fees are now $40.00 for individuals and $55.00 per couple. Our Branch fees remain unchanged at $2.50 per person, making the total that you have to pay: $42.50 for individuals and $60.00 per couple.

Fall Meeting

Sunday, 3 October 2010

To be held at Holy Trinity Church, Iron Hill Road, Iron Hill

Program

  • 11:00am : Church Service
  • 1:00pm : Hot Lunch in the Church Hall
    Lunch is $17.00
  • 2:00pm : Semi-Annual Meeting
    Guest speaker: Matthew Farfan

Please reserve by the 25th of September

29 May 2010–Saturday

Annual General Meeting

12 noon at Philipsburg Legion Hall - Philipsburg, QC

Program
  • Guest Speaker: Michel Racicot
    Genealogist, Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch
    President, Cowansville Historical Society
    Topic: Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital
    1910-2010 - 100 years of caring
  • Lunch: $16.00 per person

Please reserve with:
Adelaide: Email - (450) 293-6342
Linda: Email - (450) 306-1096

19 August 2010–Thursday

Annual UEL Picnic

11:30am at St. Ignace de Stanbridge (Mystic), QC

Program
  • Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair
  • Admission is free for Missisquoi Museum members and $10.00 for non members.
  • We hope for good weather and a good turn out and look forward to seeing you there. In case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled.

If you have any questions, please contact either:
Rod: Email - (450) 295-2382
Adelaide: Email - (450) 293-6342

25 October 2009–Sunday

Fall Meeting

Emmanuel United Church 12 Noon - Sunday, 25 October 2009
203 rue Principale, Cowansville

Program

Church Service at 10:30 AM

Hot lunch in Church Hall at 12:00 noon
The lunch is $20.00
Please reserve by 19 October

Semi-Annual Meeting at 1:30 PM

Guest Speaker: Mark Jodoin, Author of
"Shadow Soldiers of the American Revolution"
TOPIC: "How I spent my Summer Vacation"


For reservations or information, please contact either:
Email: Adelaide
Telephone: (450) 293-6342
Email: Linda
Telephone: (450) 306-1096

ANNUAL FEES FOR 2010

Fees for 2010 are due on or before December 15 2009!

UELAC Membership
Individual Membership $37.50
Family membership $55.00

Second-Branch Membership
Individual Membership $10.00
Family membership $15.00

Please send payment to:
Ms. Louise Hall,
140 rue Principale ouest,
Farnham, QC J2N 1K6

Click here to download PDF version of Membership form.

19 August 2009–Wednesday

Annual UEL Picnic

Brome Lake Historical Society - 11:30AM - Wednesday, 19 August 2009
130 Lakeside Knowlton

Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair
We hope for good weather and a good turn out and look forward to seeing you there.
However... in case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled.

If you have any questions please contact either:
Email: Rod
Telephone: (450) 295-2382
or
Email: Adelaide
Telephone: (450) 293-6342

27 June 2009–Saturday

Sir JJC Branch AGM
Lunch followed by Annual Meeting
Philipsburg Legion Hall 11:30 AM for Noon

Guest speaker: Robert McBride, UE
UEL Vice President for Central East Region & Editor of Loyalist Gazette

Lunch Price: $15.00 per person
For reservations contact:

Email: Adelaide
Telephone: (450) 293-6342
Or
Email: Linda
Telephone: (450) 242-2793

11-14 June 2009

UELAC Annual Meeting at Napanee Ontario
Napanee Ontario

2 November 2008 –Sunday

Fall Meeting at Granby United Church
101 Principale at Dufferin, Granby, QC
11:00 AM - Church Service
12:30 PM - Lunch in Church Hall, $12.00
Please reserve by October 27th
Contact: Adelaide (450) 293-6342, Email: Adelaide
OR: Rod (450) 295-2382, Email: Rod

2:00 PM – Semi-Annual Meeting
Guest speaker: Heather Darch, Missisquoi Museum.
“The Brotherhood of Cogniac Street”

If you need help with transportation, call us.

17 August 2008 – Sunday
Picnic at home of Adelaide Lanktree and Louise Hall
140 Principale West, Farnham, Quebec – 11:30 AM
Parking at Imprimerie Farnham Inc., 180 Principale West.
Bring your lunch & lawn chairs & bathing suit if you wish to use the pool
N.B. The meeting coincides with Heritage Day in Farnham and offers the chance to visit some of the exhibits
celebrating 150 years of the railroad in Farnham.

Questions?Contact – Adelaide: (450) 293-6342 Adelaide
Or – Rod: (450) 295-2382 Rod
10-13 July 2008
Annual UELAC Conference to be held in Saint John New Brunswick (Information)
21 June 2008
McCaw, Jean Darrah – Memorial Service
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of the life of the late Jean Darrah McCaw on Saturday, June 21, 2008, 2 p.m. at Grace Anglican Church, Sutton, QC. (Map)
A reception will follow in the Church Hall.
7 June 2008 - Saturday
Annual General Meeting
At the Royal Canadian Legion Hall,
200 Montgomery, Philipsburg, Quebec (Map)
Gather at 11:30 AM for roast beef lunch served at noon. Cost $15.00
Meeting to follow:
Speaker, Lorraine Gosselin, U.E. will talk about Christian Wehr
For Reservations:
Phone Adelaide: (450) 293-6342
E-mail: Adelaide

Jean Darrah McCaw Obituary 2008The Sir John Johnson Centennial branch of the U.E.L.A.C. are mourning the loss of one of their most loyal and dedicated members, Mrs. Jean McCaw, who passed away suddenly at her home in Sutton, Quebec on February 4th, 2008. Jean was born in Sutton in 1921, educated there and then continued her education to graduate as a registed nurse from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. Jean was married to the late Sydney McCaw who predeceased her in 1992. She leaves to mourn her passing 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a sister.

Jean and her husband returned to Sutton after their retirement and joined the Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch in 1982. Jean was a regular documented member, descended from Loyalist Adam Best, and soon after joining took on the duties of the branch genealogist. An office that she diligently carried out until the fall of 2007 when due to diminishing eye sight she reluctantly resigned from the post. A large number of the branch members, as well as those of the beginning of Little Forks branch, owe their documentation to Jean's dedicated research.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of the settlement of United Empire Loyalists in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the branch undertook to create a book , which was a collection of articles recording the history of these Loyalists. Jean was one of the most active participants in this project, and the book, 'Loyalists of the Eastern Townships " was published in 1984.

On June 8, 2001, Heritage Branch invested Jean as a ' Companion of the Most Honourable Order of Meritorious Heritage' in recognition of her contribution to the United Empire Loyalist Association.

Jean was active in her Community and Sutton's Grace Anglican Church, as well as a dedicated volunteer at the Brome County Historical Society in Knowlton, Quebec. Her guiding hand and advice will be greatly missed by her friends in the Sir John Johnson Centennial branch .

A Memorial Service at Grace Anglican Church will be held later in the Spring.

Phyllis Hamilton

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