Welcome Distinguished Knights and Dames

 

We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome the new “Knights and Dames” who have been inducted into the Order of St. George by way of a Virtual Ceremony this day, 3rd October 2020.

The Order of St. George, which is an international order, exists to promote and pursue the timeless traditions of chivalry by compassion and supporting works of charity specific to the men and women in uniform who serve their respective communities and nations. The Order has grown to encompass people of many faiths and maintains its commitment to service by helping people in need. The Order’s Foundation contributes funding in support of wounded or fallen military personnel and their immediate families. The Order also offers its support to programs of Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadet Corps, and the Junior Rangers, as well as to other charitable organizations.

 

Virtual Investiture – October 2020

We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome the new “Knights and Dames” who have been inducted into the Order of St. George by way of a Virtual Ceremony this day, 3rd October 2020. 

The Order of St. George, which is an international order, exists to promote and pursue the timeless traditions of chivalry by compassion and supporting works of charity specific to the men and women in uniform who serve their respective communities and nations. The Order has grown to encompass people of many faiths and maintains its commitment to service by helping people in need. The Order’s Foundation contributes funding in support of wounded or fallen military personnel and their immediate families. The Order also offers its support to programs of Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadet Corps, and the Junior Rangers, as well as to other charitable organizations. 

Notice of Virtual Investiture – October 2020

Dear Knights and Dames of the Order of St. George,

As you are doubtless well aware, it is not possible for the Order to hold an in-person Investiture this year. Both the Vancouver Investiture planned for April 2020 and the Toronto Investiture planned for October 2020 had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. However, we have 49 Postulants this year, and rather than have them wait until next year or beyond, we have decided to split their Investiture into two steps as follows:

First Step: The Postulants will receive their Order Pin and Miniature Medal by mail and then will be welcomed into the Order and fully vested as members during the Virtual Ceremony to be held by Video Conference on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at 12:00 o’clock pm Eastern Daylight Time. This will entitle them to the use of the post nominals (DStG or KStG) and to participate as voting members in the 2020 Annual General meeting which will be held the day before. The Order of Service will be led by our Grand Prior, Chevalier Charles Hill KGCStG, and is planned to include:

  • Welcome and Introduction by the Patron, General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier
  • Address and Blessing by the Dean, Major-General Guy Chapdelaine
  • Presentation of the Postulants
  • Saying of the Declaration & the Oath by the Postulants
  • The Renewal of Vows by the Members

Second Step: Once the pandemic restrictions are lifted to the point that we are able to gather socially without risk, the Order of St. George will conduct the formal Cloaking, Dubbing and Spurring Ceremony for the 2020 Postulants with presentation of the Fighting Habit, Insignia (Neck or Bow Order), Certificate and Challenge Coin. Dates and locations will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Investiture is a key moment in the life of the Order and for the Postulants. For the first time, the entire membership will be able to witness this signature event by video conference, and while we would much prefer to be able to meet in person, we are grateful that we have a way to share the Postulants’ First Step with the entire membership this year.

Registration Required: Please Register as either a
Postulant or as a Member on the website by September 15th, 2020
to attend the Investiture First Step virtual ceremony:

 

 

 

 

 

Order of St. George Priory Communication

 

Dear Knights and Dames of the Order of St. George,

As was mentioned in a July communiqué, your Board of Directors (BoD) is committed to moving forward with steady and meaningful strides to promote the Order’s purpose, to enhance communications within the Order and to effect structural or organizational changes in the Order that are deemed to be required.

On 1 September 2020, the BoD approved that Grand Prior would replace the title Grand Master. This is in keeping with other chivalric orders and reflects the noble purpose, ideals and inclusivity of our Order, as well as societal changes by eliminating the term Master. In addition to that, the term Commandery is being replaced by Priory, again, commonly used by other like-minded orders. Therefore, for example, the current Commander of Atlantic Commandery will be known as the Prior of Atlantic Priory.

Further to the above, the BoD has appointed Chevalier Charles Hill, KGCStG, Past President and former Grand Master pro tem, as the new Grand Prior for a two-year term. Although he will be an ex-officio member of the BoD, his role will be of a ceremonial nature, conducting investitures, approving promotions within the Order as well as promoting the Order within society.

Your Board considers these significant organizational changes to be just the start in developing a more streamlined and effective governance structure. In fact, a proposal to re-align the make-up of the board itself will be tabled at the Annual General Meeting. Owing to the public health restrictions, the AGM will be held by video conference on Friday October 2nd, 2020 at 4:00 pm EDT. Formal Notice and Proxy together with details on how to register will be sent out very shortly.

Yours sincerely, in the service of St. George,
The Board of Directors

 

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The Order of St. George donates $15,000 to the Legion National Foundation.

The Order of St. George donates $15,000 to the Legion National Foundation. The funds will assist veterans struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the full article here:
https://mailchi.mp/…/donation-to-legion-national-foundation…

OStG Anthology Features Members – Part 1: Cascadia Commandery

Dear Knights and Dames,

Earlier this month, we announced the launch of an anthology series to honour and share the everyday heroism of our members as we muster to support our veterans and to fight COVID-19.We begin this series today by telling two inspiring stories from the Cascadia Commandery. Every Commandery will be featured.

One of our stories is COVID-19 related, while the other speaks to the Order’s proud support of Canada’s cadet programs. Both epitomize how this Order is about people and good works – serving our communities in any way we can.

Enjoy

Andrew Nellestyn                                                                           Leo Valiquette
Grand Master                                                                    Communications Group

“I am proud, as a Commander, that our members continue to contribute and be a partner in solutions to everything around us in these trying times.

 I say congratulations to both, the family of Ron Theroux and Deborah Morrow, for the goals they have set before themselves, exemplifying what the Order is all about.”

Sincerely

Chevalier Steven R Mohns
KCStG
Cascadia Command”

Supporting Sea Cadets is a Family Affair For Cascadia’s Theroux Clan

Develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership and promote physical fitness.

The aims of Canada’s military cadet programs are just as vital to our society today as they were when Chevalier Ron Theroux first enrolled as a sea cadet in 1952.

His days as a fresh-faced cadet may be long behind him, but this member of the Order of St. George’s Cascadia Commandery still tirelessly supports the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps.

Ron retired from his role as a commanding officer in the Corps in 1979. Never one to sit idle, he then went on to serve in a variety of capacities with the local branch of the Navy League of Canada and BC Mainland Division – vice-president, president, treasurer. His years of service have earned him Navy League of Canada Member of the Year, a Community Service Award and appointment as a Life Member of the Navy League, among others.

This is a family affair. Ron’s wife Yvonne has her own distinguished service record with the local branch of the Navy League of Canada and the Fraser Alumni.

In the role of treasurer, Yvonne has played an instrumental role to ensure sound financial management. She too is a Navy League of Canada Life Member and will soon be invested as a Dame into the Order of St. George.

A Training Facility Second to None

“It’s a lifestyle for my wife and myself at this stage,” Ron said.

With that pedigree, it should come as no surprise that their son James is just as involved. He too is a member of the Navy League New Westminster branch and a former sea cadet. James is also a postulant for investiture into the Order. He volunteers his expertise in computer IT support, 3D printing and CNC machining wherever it’s needed.

No cadet training program is viable without the facilities and resources for cadets to make the most of the experience –suitable quarters for both male and female cadets, properly maintained jetties, appropriate watercraft and equipment, and so on.

The Theroux family regularly volunteers with other sea cadet alumni to ensure these assets are in place. Their efforts are focused on the New Westminster Navy League Branch Cadet Training Facility on Annacis Island in Delta, B.C. The facility has been a work in progress since Ron was a cadet.

Mustering donor support from area businesses goes hand in hand with the ongoing Wednesday work parties of volunteers. Yvonne is a pro with a paint brush with no fear of heights. James is the building supply hauler with his truck and a fabricator of custom boat trailers. It’s an all-hands-on-deck effort where the old veterans eager to give back work side-by-side with the latest crop of cadets to pass on a few practical life lessons.

As seniors in their 80s, why do Ron and Yvonne still do it?

“When you can find yourself at a store away from home and a young lady or young man  comes up and says, ‘Hi sir, hi ma’am,’ and  recognizes us from their time in the cadet program…that acknowledgement, that thank you, is all you need,” Ron said.