2019 April Launch Weekend

April 23, 2019

 This year’s April Launch Weekend will be held at both the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre (CKCC) which are adjacent to each other. In addition to the meetings and banquet dinner on Saturday, April 27, we will begin the festivities on Friday night at the Chilled Cork Restaurant & Lounge located in the Retro Suites Hotel in downtown Chatham. Attendees will be able to socialize prior to a scrumptious buffet dinner. After dinner, members will be free to return to their rooms or visit several of the local establishments in downtown Chatham.
     Saturday morning will begin with a complimentary hot breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express followed by the Board of Director’s Meetings for both the GLCC and the GLF held at the CKCC. Members not attending the meetings are welcome to visit the shops of downtown Chatham. Lunch will be on your own.
     Have you ever wondered what happened to all the runaway slaves that crossed over from Michigan to Canada before the Civil War?
     Rear Commodore Steve Reinecke has arranged for the GLCC members attending the Launch Weekend to visit the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum. It is a short 15 minute drive to the museum which is located on the original site of the Elgin Settlement. It was the terminus on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves and free Blacks fleeing the oppression in the United States. It was founded in 1849 by Rev. William King. This Black settlement was renowned for its superior educational system and became a self-sufficient community for approximately 2,000 people. After the American Civil War, many settlers returned south to find loved ones and help with the reconstruction effort. Today, Buxton is inhabited by the descendants of the original settlers who remained in Canada. They are dedicated to preserving their rich heritage. The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum is wheelchair-accessible which features three rooms of exhibits, library and research center, gift shop, an 1861 schoolhouse, and an 1852 log cabin.
     After the tour, there will be a Port Captains’ Meeting held at the CKCC. Later that evening, the attendees will reassemble for cocktails and the banquet dinner also held at the CKCC.
    Howard Rice and Gary Gnade from Voyage of Southern Cross will be in attendance and Howard will be presenting the story of his remarkable 2017 voyage down the Strait of Magellan from Patagonia into Tierra del Fuego Chile known as the roughest ocean environment on the planet, aboard a 12-foot wooden sailboat that he built in Michigan. This is the story of a man and a long-held dream that is harrowing and above all inspirational.
     This challenging voyage was live streamed to elementary schools. Howard interacted with Michigan students as an outreach act of giving. As a former college Professor he understands the power of inspiring through experiential learning and so he live stream broadcast into classrooms at the Greyhound Elementary School in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, a Northern Michigan home school group as well as a school in Hood River Oregon.
     Chile was the first leg of a global adventure that will bring his little ship the Southern Cross live streaming into classrooms and the homes of friends around the world as he sails and explores the world.
     Following the presentation, Commodore Richard M. Barzyk will host an afterglow at the Holiday Express.
     Sunday after a complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn attendees can return home or visit other sites in the Chatham-Kent Area.
Tentative Schedule
Friday, April 26
Chilled Cork Restaurant & Lounge / Retro Suites Hotel...
  1800 Dinner buffet w/chicken, roast beef, pasta & sides (Cash bar: CAN/US Cash (no exchange) & US/CAN credit cards)
Saturday, April 27
Breakfast for hotel guests
Chatham Kent Convention Centre (CKCC)/ Meeting Room 3 A & B...
  0830-1130  GLCC & GLF BoD meetings
Suggested locations: Mama Maria’s Ristorante, Blazin BBQ Ribhouse, or Rossini’s Restaurant...
  1200-1330  Lunch on your own
Buxton Nat’l Historic Site & Museum (about 15 -20 minutes away)...
  1400-1530  Private tour
CKCC / Meeting Room 3 A & B...
  1600 Port Captains’ Meeting
CKCC / Meeting Room 1A...
  1800 Social Hour (Cash bar: CAN cash or US/CAN credit cards)
  1900 Banquet Dinner followed by the evening’s speaker (Suggested dress for the dinner is uniforms for GLCC officers, and suits or after five attire for others.)
Mixed Green Salad: Mixed lettuce with slivered onions, shaved carrot, cucumbers and tomato wedges tossed in house vinaigrette
Dinner Choices: Prime Rib - Slow roasted with herbs and garlic, served with Yorkshire Pudding and natural reduction. / Turkey Roulade - Crusted with fresh herbs and rolled with baby spinach, sweet peppers, cut medallion style served with garlic tomato veloute. All entries accompanied with dill roasted potatoes dusted with cracked pepper and sea salt and seasonal vegetables 
Dessert: Strawberry Vanilla Slice - Layers of light sponge cake, sweet strawberry mousse and strawberry puree, iced with white butter cream and drizzled with strawberry coulee
  2100 Commodore’s afterglow
Sunday, April 28
Breakfast for hotel guests
Lodging: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located at 575 Richmond Street, Chatham, ON, CA, N7M 1R2
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/chatham/xcmtm/hotelde... $129.99 CAN/night or 2 room suite with king bed $164.99 CAN/night through 4/10/19 by calling 519-351-1100 and mention rate code: GL1.
Click HERE to register online / Click HERE for a printable registration form (No refunds after 4/10/19)
For more information please contact chairs:
Rear Commodore Tony Simion at 586-258-9670 or asimion3@yahoo.com or Rear Commodore Steve Reineke at 519-245-4001 or steve@bam.on.ca
Event date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 12:00 to Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 12:00