A Word from the President - Spring 2016
(Translation by Johanne Boucher, trad.A., Montréal)
I hope you have been well throughout the winter, once again. Some, I’m sure found it more challenging than those who have been able to go south and enjoy the sun.
The Association des familles Robitaille also survived the winter, but its future is bleak. The main factor impacting our Association’s ability to function is the reduction in membership combined with the growing cost of printing and mailing our newsletter Les Robitailleries. This is why our Association finally decided to go digital and issue no 81 has been delivered via Internet to most our members. In general, all went well and we received many positive comments which allowed us to establish a dialog with our members. There is still some tweaking to be done, and we are convinced we can continue to offer an interesting and user-friendly newsletter. Our main concern now is to make sure we have the correct email addresses and that you notify us when your address changes.
Some members of the Board are working to setup a Facebook page to remain in contact with all those who have an affective or bloodline connection with the Robitaille families. I sincerely hope that this social media will forge closer ties between members and even with non-members. Do not hesitate to participate and to make it known to your friends, relatives and members of your extended families.
A second factor will have a short-term impact on our ability to move forward, and it is the lack of succession at the Board of directors which is composed of nine members. We’ve been only eight members for several years now, and one of us will not renew his mandate in June. This shows a critical lack of succession and even a waning interest in sitting on the Board of directors.
One of the ways you can show your support for our current Board members’ involvement, is to come and attend our general annual assembly. It will be held on Sunday, June 19, at the historical site of the old Vincennes mill in Beaumont. This location is a showcase for the charm of this region. Thus, we are inviting all of you to come, take the time to talk with us on the future of our Association, share your projects and socialize with other members.
Again, I hope to greet you in person in Beaumont, on June 19!
Marc Robitaille, president