``Homecoming 65``

The purpose of this email is two fold. It is to provide you with information pertaining to the HMCS Venture National Reunion in 2019, code name “Homecoming 65” celebrating the 65th anniversary of Venture`s establishment. And, to solicit your early intentions regarding attendance and accommodations requirements, and, your preferences regarding navy/naval air day activities. It will be held in Victoria, BC on 11-14 September, 2019. The schedule is based on our traditional format:

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

Registration at the hotel (TBA)
Meet and Greet 1900-2300 Venue TBA

Thursday, 12 September, 2019

Navy/Naval Air Day am-pm
Ladies Programme? TBA
Class Functions 1800-

Friday, 13 September, 2019

Tour of Venture Ship Simulator Trainer, 0930
General Meeting, 1100, Collier Building Auditorium
Ladies Coffee Hour, 1100, Venture Gunroom
Sandwich Lunch, 1200, Venture Gunroom
Dinner Celebrating 65th Anniversary of HMCS Venture, 1800-2300, Venue TBA

Saturday, 14 September, 2019

Service of Celebration and Remembrance, 1030, St Peter and St Paul Church (old Esquimalt
Garrison Church) Sandwich lunch to follow in the church hall.

Transportation: We are cognizant of mobility issues and for this reunion we will have a comprehensive transportation plan employing buses to move out of town participants to/from events. Should the Dinner be held at the Wardroom, we will use Venture as a hub where local participants can park and then be transported to the Wardrooom. The additional cost of transportation will be shared by all and factored into the event costs.

Your Intentions: We are now in the process of reserving venues and hotel accommodations. Victoria is a key tourist destination any time of the year. The hotels in particular need to know how many rooms to reserve for us. So we need estimates. We are not asking you for a firm commitment now but request you to advise your Class Representative regarding 2 questions. Your responses will be collated and passed to Tom Essery, Co-Chair Proramme Sub-Committee:

Question 1. Will you be attending the 2019 Venture Reunion? Yes, Probably, Possibly, No

Question 2. Will you require accommodation at the event hotel? Yes or No (Double or Single)

Your Event Preferences:

Question 1. If you are a naval aviator would you like a tour of the new 443 Sqn complex at Pat Bay? The new Cyclone helo may or may not be there. Alternatively you would participate in the navy programme to possibly include short cruise on an Orca class training vessel, tour or HMCS Oriole, demonstration by the RCN's Enhanced Boarding Party Unit?

Question 2. If accompanied would your partner be interested in a ladies' programme? This would be organized by ladies for ladies.

Note: There will be no formal organization for golf.

It is requested that you pass the answers to the questions above to your Class Representative. This does not constitute a firm commitment nor is your response considered booking for the reunion. The registration process will not begin until the year before the event, September, 2018. The registration process for this reunion will be manual. You will fill out a registration form published in the Signal and available online at the Venture website. You will check of the events that you wish to attend and mail it to a co- registrar with a cheque covering the total cost for your selected events. The opportunity to register if you just show up for the reunion will be available. But we are trying in Venture fashion to be as tidy as possible.

Please give this your early attention and your Class Representatives are looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours aye,

Wilf Lund
Venture Reunion Organizing Committee (VROC) 2019

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