Tuesday, April 22, 2014
GHS Annual Meeting -- Guest Speaker Brent Lafave
THE GLENGARRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Notice of Annual General Meeting Thursday May 1 2014
A BRIEF COMMENT FROM THE CHAIR OF THE GHS:
As my last official act I'm pleased to announce our Annual General Meeting which will be
held at the United Church on the Hill in Alexandria on Thursday, May 1.
As has been our custom, the meeting will include a potluck supper which will be served at 6:30 PM after a half hour of socializing, to be followed by our business meeting at 7:30 PM and then a special presentation on the Sir John Johnson Manor House of Williamstown by the President of the committee, Brent Lafave. Please consult the enclosed press release for more information
about the presentation and Brent. Also, mark your calendars for Thursday, June 12, when our
annual picnic will be hosted by Frances Fraser and the Dalkeith Historical Society.
An important part of our AGM will be the election of a new Board of Directors. Graham
Wells is and will still be accepting nominations to the Board. At this date, seven individuals
have volunteered to serve, more are needed. They include returning Directors Frances
Fraser, David Anderson, Don Wood, Marlie Tilker, Michael Cowley-Owen, and Allan J.
MacDonald. Robin Flockton has also agreed to serve. Graham, Gay Hamilton, and I will not be
returning as directors. Gay and Graham were stalwarts over the past three years as members
of the Board and of the special ad hoc committee that examined and recommended changes
in the structure of the GHS. Through their efforts, and others, the difficult process of transition
was much smoother than it might otherwise have been. Gay will also be stepping down as
Chair of the Nor'westers and Loyalist Museum, having stabilized and guided that Museum
through its own difficult transition after the death of Joan P. MacDonald.
I have been a member of the Board of the GHS since 1990, serving as Treasurer for four of
those years and more recently as interim Chair, While I will continue to be an active member in
the Society, it is time for me to step aside and devote my energy to other volunteer activity.
These next years will be important ones for the GHS as it faces what could become a serious
shortfall in funding and a similar shortfall in leadership unless members become more involved
in fundraising and assuming leadership responsibility. In fund raising return to the regular
pleas I made when Treasurer, that members remember the Society or one of the Museums, as I have, in their wills or of through specially earmarked donations. Without the generosity of our own members, the Society and/or the Museums will face serious hardship. There are far fewer
opportunities for obtaining government grants than once was the case.
Thanks for all your support and for the strong attendance we have had at meeting since the
beginning of the year. The Annual General Meeting also offers an opportunity for annual
members to pay dues for 2014 and for new members (Always welcomed) to join us. I hope to
see you with your potluck dish on May 1 in Alexandria. Let’s all celebrate Spring which finally
seems to have arrived with its flooding and "mud lusciousness" everywhere
The Glengarry Historical Society http://glengarryhistory.ca/new/
Glengarry Historical Society Annual General Meeting, May 1, 2014
Presentation Features John Johnson Manor House of Williamstown
Brent Lafave will tell the story of the Sir John Johnson Manor House and the activities of
its committee at the Annual General Meeting of the Glengarry Historical Society on
Thursday, May 1, starting at 6:00 PM, at the United Church on the Hill, located one
block east of North Main Street in Alexandria. For additional information contact either
David Anderson, 613-347-7192 or Bill Gilsdorf, 613-525-5177.
Brent Lafave heads the Manor House Committee, a not for profit organization, which
began taking a role in helping Parks Canada care for, and promote the Sir John
Johnson House National Historical Site in Williamstown (founded 1784). Williamstown is
emblematic of the Loyalist settlements near the St. Lawrence River that Sir John
Johnson was entrusted to establish from what is now the Ontario/Quebec border to as
far west as Kingston.
In the 1990’s when the County Land Registry Office closed, the committee was one of the organizations that took land record abstracts and associated documents into safe keeping. It also holds other research material such as church records, school records,
biographical information, etc. For additional information on the John Johnson Manor
House consult the web. http://www.glengarryarchives.ca
Brent Lafave, a resident of Williamstown, was born in Cornwall. He is a graduate of the
University of Western Ontario. He joined the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Highlanders, Canadian Army Primary Reserve as an Infantry Officer in 1979. He was
promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1994 and commanded the Regiment from 1994 until
1998 when he retired to the Supplementary Ready Reserve. Brent's had a 32 year
career in Federal Law Enforcement with the Canada Border Services Agency;
completing his service in the Criminal Investigations Division in 2013. Brent has been
President of the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee (SJJMHC) since January
His wife, Lynn Vogelsang, is a direct descendant of Sir John Johnson through her
mother Doris. She serves as Vice-President of the committee and will be accompanying
Brent to the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and the GHS welcomes new members
take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser