A Word from the President - Fall 2020

Hello dear members

Our year 2020 is ending soon and without regrets but with a lot of hope. We realized that our existence can change quickly and that a vaccine can partly regulate the way we live together. There will still be lessons to be learned from this experience.

Despite all the constraints of this virus and the loss of our main editor René, your association will continue to produce a newsletter for you as long as we have your support. The renewal of your membership in the association and your participation in the various articles help us greatly in maintaining the Robitailleries. Our big and beautiful family needs your stories to share in order to make our newspaper interesting.


We digitize articles that we send to you by internet as regularly as possible and a paper magazine gathering all the articles. We will be updating our membership list in early January and hope you will join us for 2021. We hope that we can offer you activities in the next year as we look forward to seeing you.

Marc Robitaille, President

A Word from the President - Spring 2020

Greetings to all our members

We are currently experiencing an extraordinary global event and despite two months of confinement, how have been doing?

We hope the spirit is good. We will have to gain a positive experience, particularly in family ties. This pandemic reminds us of the fragility of our health and subjects our loved ones to restraint given the easiness of transmission of this virus. In this context and as we are the most vulnerable clientele, our general assembly will be postponed. We will look at the different opportunities with which we could present our agenda and the financial statement. We will inform you of the arrangements we take in order to distribute our information.

Our team is always looking for good articles and if you know someone who by those actions have helped people through this dark period, we would be grateful to hear those actions of devotion

Marc Robitaille, President

A Word from the President - Spring 2019

Dear members,

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.

Novelty

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.

Membership

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

A Word from the President - Fall 2019

A few words about 2019

Greatings dear members

The year 2019 brought changes to your Association’s board of directors which went from seven to five members to facilitate its effective functioning. We also welcome Michel as recruit member to the board.

The end of 2019 also marks the end of our Association’s 30th anniversary. It is thanks to people like Lorraine, originator and founding member of our Association, and many other volunteers through the years that we have survived to this day. You also deserve thanks for maintaining your interest in our newsletter Les Robitailleries and having urged members of your family to join our family Association. Like regional newspapers, we struggle with financing and original content while competing with information distributed over the Internet. We would encourage you to subscribe to our electronic bulletin, it helps to cut down our costs.

Since we print out only two paper copies of the Robitailleries every year, we will keep on publishing electronic articles regularly with new contents on various subjects. You can also follow us on Facebook and share pieces of information with your cousins :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/famillesrobitaille/
and
https://www.facebook.com/FamilleRobitaille/

As to myself, I am proud to be a part of our family Association. I commit myself to the continuation of the work already begun and, with the other board members, to the identification of solutions so that our Association meets in the best possible way the needs of its actual and future members. I hope that you will take this opportunity to renew your membership because it is the way to support your Association in its efforts to provide information on our roots and our family values.

To all of you, a happy and healthy New Year!

Marc Robitaille, President

A Word from the President - Winter 2018

(Translated by Johanne Boucher, trad. A., Montréal)

Dear members,

Another year is about to end, and it is my pleasure to come to you with this last 2018 message. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in my name and on behalf of the other members of the Board of directors.

This holiday season allows us time to think back on the year that is ending and to prepare for the coming year. Last June, when we held our summer activity, we realized how difficult it is to attract new members and that lead to changes in our way of managing the association. Therefore, we decided to maximize our use of new communications technologies. We understand some members may not be so enthusiastic about this change, but it really helped the team that writes the newsletter be more efficient.

As we are always looking for ways to foster interest in our association, to maintain our current membership and to attract new members, we are hoping that you will contact us, the Board members, with your ideas and suggestions. We see that social networking tools such as Facebook are very helpful in communicating with Robitaille relatives all over North America and Europe. We wish to continue to feature current Robitaille’s accomplishments as well as historical facts and data. Our Facebook page allows is to reach those of you who live outside Québec and those of you who may not speak French. And to keep the conversation going, we are now providing an English version of the Robitailleries newsletter.

We would like to host events in various regions in order to talk about the association’s goals and provide some genealogical facts on this great family. We would need two or three volunteers to setup a regional event knowing that the Board members are here to help you as well. Please contact us and we will work with you to make this happen. We await your invitation.

The Board members, and I, thank you for your support and hope that we can count on you throughout 2019!

Your president for 2018-2019,
Marc Robitaille