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029 - Operation Discover Victoria

posted Jul 19, 2017, 9:55 PM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:32 AM ]

The participating Cadets will be travelling to Victoria, BC to watch the Ceremony of the Flags, the Symphony Splash, visit the BC Legislature, staying on a Canadian Forces Base (CFB) in Esquimalt, and so much ore. I is an opportunity to visit our Provinces capital city and see the sites.
It should be an awesome trip for all!!!!

028 - Stand Down for Summer Break and Boating and Canoeing

posted Jun 14, 2017, 11:31 PM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:28 AM ]

As you are all aware now, we have finished Training for the term and we are now on Summer Break!!.
We hope you all have an awesome Summer Break!!!

For those of you who wish to participate in the Canada Day Parade, you will need to email them in.
We will meet at Garry Point park near the Pajo's on July 1, 2017.  You need to be there by 9:30 am so we can take attendance and get prepared for the parade start at 10:00 am.
Remember that many roads in Steveston are closed early for this parade so come early to get a parking spot.

Due to our Sea Cadets leaving for their Summer Camp early which is causing staffing shortages, the Camping Weekend for June 23, 24, and 25, 2017 is cancelled

Stay tuned t your emails for information on the Victoria trip coming up on the BC Day Long Weekend.

027 - Banyan

posted Jun 12, 2017, 9:56 PM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:28 AM ]

What is a Banyan you ask? 

Well here you go...

An example of a naval custom that continues to evolve over the years is the banyan. The term originates from the 'banian', a garment worn by an East Indian sect who neither kill nor eat meat. The custom of having banyans began in the 18th century as an austerity measure. The British navy, to save money, denied its sailors meat on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. These days were known as banian (or Banyan) days. In modern times, naval banyans are anything but austere.

A banyan is a special kind of navy party. In spite of the changing nature of the banyan, there are three constants: it is always a fun occasion, it is held outdoors, and the emphasis is on good food, good drink and good friends - something along the lines of an old-fashioned picnic. Nowadays, a banyan is a barbecue or party, usually with steaks and beer.

The idea of parties ashore in rather isolated locations continued, particularly in training squadrons, well into the 1950s. After a week of strenuous training exercises, watch and watch about, day and night, frigates such as HMCS BEACON HILL and HMCS ANTIGONISH would send all but the watch ashore in Bedwell Harbor or near Port Hardy in British Columbia waters for a banyan of beer and burgers. In such places there were no distractions, and sailors under training were unlikely to get into trouble.

In 1971, when Her Majesty the Queen was in British Columbia waters in HM Yacht Britannia, the Royal Family, en route from Powell River to Comox, put ashore in Stag Bay for a quiet picnic. This allowed one of the escorts, the destroyer HMCS QU'APPELLE, a bit of relaxation. After a full day of activities, including a fishing derby, crab hunting and oyster picking, all hands enjoyed a quarterdeck banyan of steaks and broiled oysters.

While sailors always look forward to getting ashore, the banyan, owing to social and technological advances, may be changing. Sailors today tend to be better educated and more sophisticated than their predecessors. As a result, and in spite of the attractions of big city ports, banyan-like parties today are often held right aboard ship, even in harbor.

Finally, there is a more recent new twist to the banyan, as evidenced by the experience of the ship's company of HMCS PRESERVER. Traditionally, the banyan has always been a self-starter, the initiative coming from within the ship.

In 1974, when PRESERVER landed many tons of supplies as a gift from Canada to the people of an isolated parish in Haiti, the Haitians responded by joining PRESERVER's company in one tremendous banyan on a nearby island. The party featured calypso music and folk dancing as well as the ship's band, a very colorful scene under gasoline-generated lighting rigged by the ship's electricians.

We will be having our end of Training term party and, hopefully get to go boating/canoeing if weather and tide permits.

026 - Annual Ceremonial Review - June 11, 2017

posted Jun 10, 2017, 6:42 AM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:28 AM ]

On Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 1000 hours, we will be performing our Annual Ceremonial Review.

The Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) is the most important event of the Navy League Cadet training year. 

This event is our opportunity for the Cadets to display what they have learned over the past training year to their families, assembled guests, and BC Mainland Division's Officers. 

It is also the opportunity for the Corps to honor deserving Cadets by presenting them with various Awards and Commendations.

The ACR is mandatory training. All Cadets must attend this event in order to complete their Training Level and receive any related Rank Promotions.

Only the Commanding Officer is authorized to excuse cadets.

We hope you can join us for this event!!

025 - Richmond Tag Days

posted May 12, 2017, 10:36 PM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

We have a Tag Days event coming up this May and we thought we would send this out to help: 

What is Tag Days? 

Tag Days is where the cadets go out into the community in our full Dress Uniforms (No. 1), usually, in areas where there is a large amount of foot traffic. All cadets must sign up for, at least, one shift. Cadets may perform multiple shifts if they so desire. 
Remember, there are prizes for the cadets who make the most money from donations 

Why do we Tag? 
There are several reasons for this activity: 
  • To promote a positive awareness of the Navy League of Canada and our two Richmond/Delta Navy Corps: NLCC MJ Miller and RCSCC Bicknell.
    This aids us in recruiting new members for the Corps.
  • To educate the public regarding our youth programs.
  • To request monetary donations of passersby.
    This allows us to obtain new uniforms, have our Onboards (where we would all like to eat and drink), go on Tours and Training exercises (such as the Coast Guard Tour, Fire Hall Tour, and BCMD Training weekends), and outings in the community (Extreme Air, swimming, etc...). 
What do we wear for Tag? 

You will be wearing your full Dress Uniform (No.1). 

The No. 1 Uniform consists of the following items (all items to be worn unless otherwise specified): 
  • MJ Miller White Top (should be clean and white)
  • MJ Miller Dress Shirt (should be clean and ironed properly with all appropriate badges affixed)
  • Lanyard (if applicable)
  • MJ Miller Dress trousers (should be clean and ironed properly)
  • White Belt with Brass Buckle
  • MJ Miller Boots (clean and well polished)
  • MJ Miller Pea Coat 
If you are still cold wearing all of this, you may wear your NLCC MJ Miller T Shirt underneath your NLCC MJ Miller Dress Shirt. 
  • Your hair should be off your collar. If this is not the case, you will need to put your hair up in a bun. No ponytails. This includes both female and male cadets. 
If you have not yet been assigned a Dress Uniform, please wear a white shirt with collar, a black tie, black or dark blue dress trousers, black dress shoes, and a black or dark blue jacket.

Where will we be Tagging?

The Tag Day shifts vary from each Tagging period but will always be in Richmond or Delta. Some common examples of Tag locations are Richmond Center Mall (usually the front entrances by Tim Hortons and White Spot), London Drugs, Save on Foods/Price Smart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rona, etc...
These businesses have allowed us to Tag at their locations so it is very important that you stay where you are assigned and that you provide a positive experience for passersby.

You are to arrive at the Navy League Hall prior to your shift. The Officers and Branch members will assign you to a location at this time.

How do we arrive at the Tag locations?

Once you have been assigned a Tag location and been assigned a donation can, we enlist the use of Parent Volunteers to safely drive you to your Tag location and supervise.

How long are the Tag shifts?

The Tag shifts vary between three to four hours depending on the day.

Will they be Tagging alone?

No. The Navy League Cadets (NLCC MJ Miller) are usually paired with another Navy League Cadet and one or two Sea Cadets (from RCSCC Bicknell) to form a small group for support and safety.

What do we do for Tag?

You are our role model to other youth, parents, and members of the community. Your actions and manners should convey a positive attitude at all times.

Some helpful tips on Tagging:
  • Always be polite, cheerful, friendly, well-turned out, and attentive.
  • An opening line such as "Excuse me sir/ma'am, would you like to support the Navy League of Canada?” or something along those lines works well.
  • Do not forget your please and thank you and tell them to "Have a good day!
  • Keep in eye contact. If you can get them to look at you, there's a good chance they will donate.
  • Depending on the location; be helpful, whether or not people donate. Hold the door open for people especially the elderly or if someone is struggling with bags.
  • Ensure your dress and deportment are at your personal best. Do your Uniform the night before to make sure it looks great.
  • Remember that people will be looking at you. Slouching, looking bored, leaning against the wall or sitting down, gum chewing, horseplay, and swearing will turn people away, and make them less likely to donate.
  • Make sure to answer any questions honestly. People may be curious about who you are and what you do.
  • Stay hydrated. Ensure that you bring along and drink water throughout your shift.
  • And finally: Smile!! Being happy is contagious!
Do we take any breaks while Tagging?

Halfway through your shift, you may take a short break (15 minutes). During this time, you may sit down and rest but ensure that you are maintaining a positive attitude. If you take a break inside a Store or the Mall, you may not accept donations at this time. We can only take donations at the designated areas or we may not be able to return to this location in the future.

Do not leave your assigned location at any time!! We need to be able to find you, if required, in case of emergencies.

At the end of your shift, you must return to the Navy League Hall to drop off your donation can and sign out.

If there are any issues or problems, please inform your Parent Volunteer or call the Navy League Hall at 604-270-3231.

What is expected of the Parents, Volunteers, and Drivers?

We require and rely on the Parent, Volunteers, and Drivers to perform the following for these Tag Day events. Remember, these Tag Days are what keeps our costs down. Without these fundraisers, we may have to charge for other fun activities.
  • To drive the Cadets from the Navy League Hall to their Tag locations in a safe manner. You will be asked to provide a cell phone number where you can be reached in case of emergencies.
  • To make sure the Cadets are standing outside of their assigned Store locations, to make ensure the Cadets are not blocking the Store entrances, and that the Cadets are maintaining a positive attitude.
  • To periodically check up on the Cadets at their Tag locations.
  • To drive the Cadets from their Tag locations back to the Navy League Hall at the end of their Tag shift in a safe manner.
All Cadets must be returned to the Navy League Hall at the end of their shift to return their donation can and to sign out.

What Tag shifts are there?

There are usually five (5) shifts for Tag Days:
  • Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
You may pick one or more shifts to Tag at. Remember the more donations you make, the more likely you are to win a prize.

We thank you all for your help in this crucial activity!!!!

024 - Zumba Night, April 4, 2017

posted Apr 2, 2017, 11:37 PM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Approximately 15 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 200,000 locations across 180 countries.

The Cadets will be participating in Zumba classes at the Hall for the first periods of the Training day.

023 - Stand Down for Spring Break

posted Mar 8, 2017, 12:10 AM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

Our Corps will be standing down from March 8, 2017 until March 27, 2017 for Spring Break.
Do not come to the Hall on Tuesday, March 14 or 21, 2017.
Instead, spend the time with your families, go out and explore something new, or bask in the sun that will, hopefully, be coming soon.

Also, do not forget that Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Spring your clock forward an hour at 2:00am.

See you all on March 28, 2017 is your No. 5 Uniform.

022 - Divisional Inspection

posted Mar 8, 2017, 12:04 AM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

We will be having our Divisional Review and Inspection on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
This is were you get to show our Reviewing Officer from the BCMD Branch and our Inspecting Officer from BCMD what you have been learning, how good you all can look in your clean and ironed Uniforms, and how well you have learned how to perform the March Past.

See you all there!!!!

021 - Cadets Is Cancelled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

posted Feb 6, 2017, 9:39 PM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

We apologize in advance, but due to the weather this week (snow) and our Officers wanting all of us to be safe: 

Cadets will be cancelled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017. 
Please do not show up at the Hall on this night as no one will be there.

We will resume our regular Training on February 14, 2017. 

020 - We Lost a Dear Friend (Fred White)

posted Feb 1, 2017, 11:37 PM by NLCC MJ Miller   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:27 AM ]

Frederick Charles White

January 11, 1934 – January 10, 2017


Tragically, we lost our friend and mentor, Fred White, on January 10, 2017, just one day shy of his 83rd birthday. 

After his career with the Royal Canadian Navy, Fred spent most of his time devoted to the Navy League of Canada, passing on the traditions, education, and training of the Royal Canadian Navy to hopeful, young cadets between the ages of 9 to 18 years old.

 Fred is survived by Diane, his loving wife of 41 years; his son, Chris, and daughters, Michelle, Sharon-Lee, and Pauline, as well as 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; his brother Gary; his beloved Auntie Toots, and many extended family and friends.

We Lost a Dear Friend 

We lost a dear friend the other day, 
a man that we all know. 

A friend of the Navy League, 
we are sad to see him go. 

A former Navy submariner, 
he was a dedicated man. 

Who dropped by the Cadet Corps 
whenever he can. 

Fred was Executive Officer 
of the Navy League. 

Then moved to the Branch 
plus did so much. 

From building maintenance to weekly visits, 
he was a fixture at the Cadet Hall. 

He would come at a moment’s notice 
right after he got the call. 

Fred was our guardian angel, 
always there to assist. 

You are passing now through Heaven’s Gate,
and you are surely missed. 

We lost a dear friend the other day, 
a man that we all know. 

Fred was our dearest friend, 
we are sad to see him go. 

Poem Written by
LCdr (NL) Cliff Mah

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