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