After a harsh winter, I'm happy to meet you, parents and friends of the Robitaille family.
Our Association is 30 years old
It is during the weekend of June 8-9 that we invite you to participate in activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Association. We have prepared a program to help you locate your ancestors in places where they have grown, developed and gathered to help build the villages and cities we know today. You will find in this issue all the relevant information for this meeting to which we wish to welcome you in large numbers.
Many of you with an email address may have noticed a significant change in the way we communicate with you. Indeed, since the beginning of the year, you receive every month by email a message from us with articles about Robitaille. For members who do not have an email address, we continue to contact you in writing 2-3 times a year. This new way of doing things allows us to communicate with most of you more frequently and we hope you enjoy this new formula.
In recent years, we have seen a significant decrease in the number of members in good standing of our Association. Your Board of Directors is working hard to try to maintain your interest so that you renew your membership year after year. We also observe a decrease in availability among administrators and commanders due mainly to the disease. Many have been in post for many years and we are looking for a new generation to ensure the sustainability of your Family Association.
I wish you a happy 30th anniversary and look forward to meeting you on June 8th and 9th.
Marc Robitaille, President
(Translated by Johanne Boucher, trad. A., Montréal)
As this gloriously warm and sunny summer is ending, we welcome the beginning of a new season full of activities. We hope that you will find these activities attractive and that you will take the opportunity they offer to make our Association better known among your friends and relatives.
We held our annual general assembly this past June, but few members attended. While we would hope for greater participation, we are always happy to meet new members. On that day, we had also organized, together with the Tremblay Family Association, a tour of Québec City by bus and it was a very interesting and lively event, though the number of Robitaille participants was small.
For many of you, our newsletter, Les Robitailleries, is the only means we have to keep you informed. Over the recent years, we have developed other communications tools to reach out to Robitaille descendants and their relatives. A team made up of Natalie Bissonnette, Marc, René, Jean and Florent Robitaille met over the summer and prepared a strategic plan to improve the efficiency of our communications.
Natalie and Florent manage our Facebook group which has currently 245 friends
as well as a Facebook page
If you have not done so already, we invite you to join the group and follow the posts on our page. We also urge you to let other Robitaille family members know about these.
The current members of the Board of directors have been volunteering for a good number of years and some of them have expressed their wish to retire. If you can give a little bit of your time to the Association, please let us know so we could welcome you to the team and get you started gradually.
Finally, I invite you to let us know what your needs and wishes are, so we can work towards making the Robitaille Family Association more relevant to everyone.
Your president for 2018-2019,