2018 Annual meeting of the Association of the Séguin d’Amérique (ASA)

At the River Rock Inn, 2808 Chamberland St., Rockland, Ontario

Saturday July 21:
9:00 am. to 10:00 am. Registration at the inn
10:00 am. to 11:00 am. Annual meeting
11:00 am to 1:30 pm Lunch on your
1:30 pm. to 4:30 pm. Guided tour of Rockland and surroundings
6:30 pm. Dinner (menu available in June)
8:00 pm. The awarding of trophies and other tokens of recognition
Option - A visit of the museum between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm

 

2015 Annual meeting of the Association of the Séguin d’Amérique (ASA)

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Edifice Paul-Brasseur, 10 St-Jean-Baptiste street, Rigaud

Saturday, September 26
9 h - Doors will open to welcome you and you will be able to visit different exhibits until 17h00. A registration table will be labelled for you to sign in and receive greetings.

11 h to 12 h The Annual Meeting will be held at the same location.

12 h to 13 - h Lunch on your own. Various restaurants are located nearby; the names and addresses of these will be supplied to you in the welcoming package.

13 h 30 to 17 h - For those interested, an historic bus tour to Perrot Island, Vaudreuil-Dorion and St-Lazare will be provided. Please reserve if you will partake in this tour as we need a minimum number of people to book the bus. We have selected sites that are easily accessible. Weather permitting, we will visit a certain type of garden. A bit of a surprise! Hence comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

17 h to 18 h 30 - Free time for appetisers, Coffee Corner and social time.

18 h 30 - A hot meal will be served in the Pierre-Brasseur hall and will be followed by live entertainment provided by Martin Houle, son of Gisele Séguin.

You will find space in the hall for what we call a Coffee Corner. A Board Member will be there to gather your ideas about the future of the Association... There is some discussion about a trip to France in 2016. Would that be of interest to you? Would you be willing to receive the magazine La Séguinière by e-mail rather than a hard copy through Canada Post? How can we find more people to write and submit magazine articles? Do we have enough article editors and translators for the coming years? Please note that in 2017, Boucherville will be hosting us for their 350th anniversary. Please bring your questions and your comments as we need them for our promising future.
 

2013 Annual meeting of the Association of the Séguin d’Amérique (ASA)

Clarence-Rockland, Ontario - June 21, 22 et 23  2013


In 1868 a mill was built by William Cameron Edwards on the Outaouais river, followed by a train station for the Grand Trunk Railroad, in 1888. Edward who owned the lumber cutting rights in the region, was the first builder. He named the town as he did because of the region’s rock formations. The town of Clarence-Rockland is the result of two entities joined into one on January 1st. 1998. It covers the original Rockland and the old township of Clarence which included the villages of Bourget, Hammond, St-Pascal-Baylon, Clarence-Point, Clarence Creek, Cheney and Forest Hill. The town has a population of more than 21 000 inhabitants, of which 75% are francophones.

Friday June 21:

9:30 am. to 4:30 pm. 687 Laurier street, Rockland.
An optional visit of the Clarence-Rockland museum for the early arrivals.
5:00 pm. Registration at the Inn.
Supper on your own.
8:00 pm. Storyteller Marc Scott

Saturday June 22:

9:00 am. to 10:00 am. Registration at the inn
10:00 am. to 11:00 am. Annual meeting
11:00 am to 1:30 pm Lunch on your if you don’t take le guided tours
11:00 am to 1:00 pm Lunch at Maison Xin
1:30 pm. to 3:00 pm. Guided tours Ferme Malo St-Pascal Baylon
6:30 pm. Dinner - Hot meal (menu available in June)
8:00 pm. The awarding of trophies and other tokens of recognition, followed by an evening with Louis and Célyne Séguin.
Option - A visit of the museum between 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Sunday June 23:

10:00 am. Mass at the Holy Trinity church in Rockland.
11:00 am. to 12:30 pm. Guided tour of the church and rectory, both recognized as historical sites.
Option: A visit of the museum between 1:00 pm. and 4:30 pm.
Lunch on your own. - Have a safe return home

 

2010 Annual meeting of the Association of the Séguin d’Amérique (ASA)

Edifice Paul-Brasseur, 10 St-Jean-Baptiste street, Rigaud

Rigaud was the birthplace of the Association des Séguin d’Amérique.  We took our first steps there and it was fitting that we celebrate our 20th anniversary in that spot.

Nature’s beautiful colors during this thanksgiving weekend added to the celebration.  The mountain resembled a flowered garden inviting the Séguin’s appreciation. 

Saturday morning was spent in friendly meetings.  What a pleasure to get together once again!  We visited different booths:  genealogy, La Séguinière and souvenir items.

One booth drew my attention.  André Quesnel produced a DVD which relates the history of the Rising who became Raizenne’s.  Their posterity is very important.  In another booth there is a DVD for sale which was prepared by Jean Dion which contains the first 75 copies of La Séguinière.

We also had the good idea of asking the Séguin’s for a display of  family photos, ancient writings, family trees, etc., all of which were shown on posters.  

To stretch our legs and become aware of the different sources of Séguin’s from Rigaud, Pauline Séguin-Garçon #034 prepared a walking rally.  She had to be well informed to do so.  Over sixty Séguin’s participated.

It's now suppertime.  The five-course banquet was served by the St. Henri Sugar shack from Ste. Marthe.  The Séguin’s were well satisfied. During the meal, Louis Séguin, musician and singer, and his daughter Celine sang songs that we like to sing.  They continued during the evening.

The moment we had been anxiously anticipating arrived – the giving of the “François” awards.  We learned at the end of a short biography that Sister Thérèse Séguin, Sister of St. Anne, won this honor.  This big-hearted and devoted woman spent a large part of her life in Haiti, her second home.  The Haitians who knew her loved her dearly.  You can read the write-up on Sister Thérèse in this Séguinière.

Another surprise is in store.  We wanted to honor five Seguin’s who kept the Séguinière alive.  They received a lovely frame which certified that they are models for the greater Séguin family to imitate and that they have excelled in the publishing of the journal.  The recipients were:

Pauline Séguin-Garçon #034 who inherited a large part of the workload left by the deceased Raymond Séguin #002.  She is responsible for the journal running well as well as its contents.  This is a demanding responsibility. 

Yolande Séguin-Pharand #001, first president and founder of the association, is a great help due to her experience and memories

Gisèle Tranchemontagne-Lefebvre #005 is a Séguin on both sides from her mother and her paternal grandmother.  She has journalistic experience and we enjoy her articles.

Claire Séguin Dorais #191 researches the Séguin’s from original sources and her work is always professional and meticulous.  She is also a literary and artistic critic.

Adhémar Séguin #030 writes a few articles and like the previous four, corrects texts for the Séguinière.  This French teacher gives judicious advice to the team.

The journal team thanks the members of the council and recognition committee of the ASA for their token of appreciation.

Many Seguin’s attended mass on Sunday morning at Ste. Madeleine church in Rigaud.  Reverend Rolland Demers presided.  In his sermon, the pastor asked the Séguin’s to thank God for what they received and to use their talents to contribute to society.

A general meeting was held after mass.  The president, Nicole Séguin #253, led the assembly.  She requested a moment of silence in memory of those who are no longer with us.  The treasurer, Lucette Séguin #1060, followed with a financial statement that included a small surplus.  She also acknowledged that expenses are constantly increasing.

Pauline Séguin-Garçon would like to attract young people to the association.  Please send us your ideas!

We enjoyed the presence of Jeanne Petit (Carmen Séguin of Stratford, ON) and François Séguin (Gérard Séguin of  Val-des-Monts).

Many thanks and congratulations to Jacqueline Séguin #012 and her team who organized this memorable weekend.

Adhémar Séguin #030

Translation: Margaret Endacott-Séguin#142

 
 
 


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