This page links to SAOC Central photos on Flickr. You can either click the link below to visit the Flickr SAOC Central home page, and from there choose a photo set, or you can scroll down and select the individual event. Currently, only the 2013 AGM photo set has been uploaded but earlier AGM and BBQ's will be added as time permits.
The 2014 Annual General Meeting & BBQ also marked the 100th anniversary of submarine service in Canada. To mark this special occasion, the event was held over three days at the Canadian War Museum here in Ottawa. A Meet and Greet took place in the LeBreton Gallery on Friday the 22nd of August and rumour has it that museum staff spent the next few days scrubbing "Diesel Boats Forever" off all the pongo and zoomie equipment on display.
On Saturday, The AGM was well attended and presentations were made
The 2013 Annual General Meeting & BBQ was held in Port Burwell, Ontario on the weekend of the 16th-18th August. Members and their guests started arriving on the Friday night, and most stayed at the local Howard Johnson hotel. In true submarine fashion, it didn't take long before the boys were gathering out in the parking lot and it was very much like old times - spinning dits, having a few wets - though the lack of moose milk was noted for next year. After a few hours, a local pizza parlour was called and they were told "We would like half a dozen pizzas delivered to parking space 3A. Don't ask questions!"
On Saturday, a small group went off on a motorcyle tour around the area, organized by Rick Morgan, and others attended breakfast hosted by the Legion. Following that, the OJ was opened to visitors and our members had the opportunity to go onboard and meet the tourists and assembled media.
On completion, the AGM started and while members attended the meeting, their guests were offered a tour of Rush Creek Wineries. On completion of the meeting, and with all participants reunited, the BBQ began. We had over 100 people attending this year, due in no small measure to the generosity of the Port Elgin Military Museum and the hard work of the southwestern Ontario submariners.
After the BBQ, the boat was opened up for a private walkthrough and it became evident that our shared heritage is in very good hands. The guides were not only knowledgeable, but eager to learn more and to correct inaccuracies. We were encouraged to tell our stories and enjoy our memories. It was an emotional moment for many, some not having seen the inside of a submarine for decades.
The following day, a farewell breakfast was organized in Tillsonburg before everyone went their different ways. Please, if you haven't yet made the time in your busy lives to visit the OJ in Port Burwell or the ON in Rimouski - you simply must do so. Even if only to see the caring individuals who keep our experiences alive.
Bravo Zulu to all the organizers, and we look forward to just as many...or more...next year at the Canadian War Museum, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of submarine service in Canada.