From to president Madeleine-Dubé Michaud :

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Following a long and hard winter with a lot of change in the weather, we sure feel sorry for the ones overwhelmed by flood, but here we are, hoping that spring will appear and flowers will bloom for the happiness of everyone. June in not that far and who thinks of the coming summer, thinks trips, thinks being out in the sun and meeting more often families and friends.

All the members of the board of the directors invite you to join us at the annual meeting of the AFMI which will be held on June the 8th 2019 at the reception room « La Courtisane de Lévis ». This place has been chosen so that more members will have the opportunity to attend the general meeting. We hope that you will be numerous to come to the beautiful city of Levis. The site has a gorgeous view of the Saint-Lawrence River and the Château Frontenac.

The registration fees have increased slightly, but if your group consists of at least four people, there will be a $ 5 discount per person. Make use of this discount to bring friends and family members with you and to enjoy this great experience.

All the details are registered with the registration form inserted in this bulletin. As in every annual meeting, we will provide you with the current issues and the annual financial results of your association and the future projects in view. As well, there will be elections of the persons that will form the next board. Do not hesitate to get involved so that we can assure the future of our executive. There are dreams that can be realized with your cooperation.

During the meeting, we shall have the pleasure to honor two of our pioneers who got really engaged and who have generously contributed to the support and the advancement of “the Association des familles Michaud Inc.” These two ladies are the two sisters, Claire and Magdeleine Michaud. Come and join us to express your gratitude and to thank them for their devotion and their passion for the great Michaud family.

Remember our Website www.famillesmichaud.org and I suggest you to contact it regularly so you can be aware of the latest news.

My favorite saying: « Alone we cannot go faster but together we can go further ». I am relying on each of you so that together we increase the number of our members and, this way, create great projects.

We hope that Easter has bring you light and hope and that you enjoyed the Easter season enlightened with laugh and good mood and that will continue for future days to come.

Hoping to see you soon!

Madelaine Dubé-Michaud, president (1585)

From to president Alain Michaud :

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Our yearly general meeting held last June 8th, in Lévis, was rather successful. After the usual welcome and reconnections, the twenty-two attending people were ready for two conferences.

As webmaster, I had the occasion of entertaining the crowd about the improvements done during the past year and to explain an ambitious project in progress, that being the downloading of all of the previous editions of our Brelan. A  user’s guide of our genealogic databank has also been inaugurated. You will find copy (french) of it in the “généalogie” section of our website « www.famillesmichaud.org ».

The second conference was on DNA and genealogy. Thanks to Lise Lachance who has developed a real passion in this field so to offer her services to those interested. During the afternoon, as usual took place the annual general meeting. Report on the association’s activities for 2018-2019 was delivered as well as the financial statements. Those documents appear in the Brelan’s september edition. They also appear on our website in the section reserved to our members under “Assemblées annuelles”.

It was also the occasion for the administration council to be enriched with two new members: Réjean Michaud (1511) and Lise Michaud Landry (1375). They join Isabelle Deblois-Michaud (1440), Madelaine Dubé-Michaud (1585), Jean-Eudes Michaud (3) and Réal Michaud (1536), who have generously accepted to continue with us.

I am glad to inform that, for the first time in many years, the 7 administrative tasks of our rules are being filled, which demonstrate our association dynamism regrouping some 200 members.

Following Madelaine’s wish to offer to someone else the president mandate, I have accepted to take on her offer. I am confident that having been in the last six years administrator, secretary, then treasurer has prepared me adequately to endorse this responsibility. Moreover, with the team’s devotion and wise advices from two ex-presidents on the administration council, Madelaine (2015-2019) and Lise (2006-2015), I shall be doing just fine.

After the annual general meeting, our group was offered a very interesting guided tour at Alphonse-Desjardins home. This museum is a neo- gothic type house built between 1882 and 1884 for Alphonse Desjardins who resided there until his death in 1920. This house was also the site of the very first Caisse populaire in the province of Quebec.

I also wish to inform you that our administration council held its first meeting of the present new year on August 16th. An action plan pertaining to an improved version of our genealogic data bank accessible to all members since 2017.

We also wish to install an active link plan for our new members and those who renew their membership. This is to make sure that they are aware of the existence of our online services offered to all and that they know how to enrich their family researches.

A last call to the 30 some members who have not yet renewed their membership as of March 31st, 2019 and to whom this edition of our Brelan reaches them for the last time unless they settle this situation in the following weeks. PLEASE remain faithful to our Association; the volunteers expect your contribution to go on with the last years important improvements.

As you well know, AFMI’s success stand on the annual contribution renewals. Without your support year after year, your Association may very well be among the many other family associations in Quebec, and disappear.

On a regular basis, new members join, and we extend to them a warm welcome. With them, let’s continue the perpetuity of our fantastic Association, descendants of our common ancestor, Pierre.

Alain Michaud (1480), président

 

From to president Madeleine-Dubé Michaud :

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Finally Spring is here and we all hope it will be a good one for each and everyone of you.

Ah! Comme la neige a neigé! wrote our famous poet, Émile Nelligan. Yes did ever snow this past Winter; moreover, we had to endure very cold weather day after day for quite a long time. As usual, Winter has us raging but milder weather seems just about to emerge. Luckily, after the cold, comes back warm weather. What would you say to begin Summer with a nice week-end in New-Brunswick?

Last year, a member from this region generously offered to organise this year’s meeting. A committee has been formed to suggest the administrative council, activities that would please the participating members. Cousin Nelson and his team have work hard in order that every participant returns home his head full of wonderful memories of the event. Therefore we invite you to our annual meeting in Dalhousie on June 9th and 10th, 2018. More details are available further in this Brelan’s edition.

During this meeting we will hold our annual general assembly during which we will inform you of the actual files, our Association’s finances and upcoming projects. Elections will also take place this year; we must elect 3 administrators for a 2-year mandate and one for 1 year. I invite you to join our team so that our Association goes on shining.

Among the Association’s goals in our general rules, one can read, “encourage genealogical researches”. I know that on the Internet, we can find many answers. Are we sure these informations are truthful? It seems that many websites have not made the compulsory verifications to make sure of the inscribed notions written. However do you know that our Association’s members may benefit from an agreement with Société de généalogie et d’histoire de Rimouski (Rimouski History and Genealogy Society) so that you have free access to their website where you can consult their database on Michaud families?

First, one has to be an AFMI’s member, then ask Alain, our treasurer, for an access code; Alain will make the proper arrangements with the Society. Do not hesitate to go forward in your researches and spread the good new around those who would like to consult these verified data in order to complete their own history.

For all members of the Montreal area, I invite you to meet with us upon Salon de la Société généalogique canadienne-française which will be held on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, between 8.30 AM AND 4.00 PM at CEGEP Maisonneuve. AFMI will hold a stand to inform visitors and let them know about our Association. Cousin Réal and I will be there to answer your questions. We wish to meet every Montreal region’s members.

There are a few occasions to meet people interested in genealogy and our ancestors’ history.

I am looking forward meeting you on one or more occasions. Have a great Summer!

 

Madelaine Dubé-Michaud, president (1585)

From to president Madeleine-Dubé Michaud :

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Fall is just around the corner in our sunny days yet a little cooler compared to those it was this Summer. If heat and humidity did not disturb you, I suppose that you spent all those nice days under the sun.

Our annual meeting which took place in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, was very interesting. Our cousin Nelson had prepared an activity program that occupied us during the whole weekend. Please take a good look at all details further in this bulletin. In the name of our council and all members present, I wish to thank Nelson and his wife Anita Savoie from the bottom of my heart, for the time and energy he spent organising this gathering. We carry marvelous recollections of it. During this meeting, members of our council who had terminated their mandates, have all accepted to continue volunteering with us. I deeply thank them for their devotion and implication. We are still looking for two new administrators to fill in the vacant positions. If you are proud of your Association and have it at heart, along with just a few hours left in your busy schedule, please do not hesitate to join our team where you will be welcome. Henry Ford once said: “Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; working together is success.” This is my wish for the evolution of our Association.

Upon our last council meeting, we have discussed, among others, of the location of our next gathering. Our very present goal is to reunite the biggest number of members possible but also to get close to our members and giving them the chance of participating. We are already searching for a place that would allow us to respect this goal, while keeping it at a reasonable cost.

AFMI took was also present at FADOQ exhibition which took place at fair center of ExpoCité in Quebec City. Our participation was very appreciated and our stand welcome some 70 people.

I also invite you to visit our website which is more and more interesting since our webmaster, Alain, keeps it up to date by adding his latest discoveries. Alain, we thank you very much for this outstanding work.

Have a colorful Fall season!

 

Madelaine Dubé-Michaud, president (1585)

From to president Madeleine-Dubé Michaud :

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At long last, here is your new edition of our Brelan. I know for a fact that you were eager to hear about your Association and this is what we are doing right now.

Last June, as usual, we held our annual general assembly in the fabulous Laurentian area, in St. Eustache. Some thirty people attended, some coming from Ontario who wished to participate and meet our Council’s members. Because our meeting goes from one place to another every year, this allows to the region’s members to join our meeting.

This year, the principal item on our program was the general rules’ reform, in order to meet with the Companies laws. You may consult them on our web site: www. famillesmichaud.org. The most important modification of the reform means that there are no more regional councils, but only one administration council formed by 7 elected administrators, elected upon our annual ssembly as per a rotation of 4 members the first year, and 3 the following one. These persons are elected for a 2 year term, renewable. This year, we had to elect or reelect 4 administrators and those who accepted to give time to our Association are: Alain Michaud, Réal Michaud, and Isabelle Deblois Michaud. Therefore there is still one vacancy to fill. Should you have interest for your Association, please do not hesi- tate to communicate with our secretary or myself.

I do wish to cordially thank those who have worked during so many years at the council’s table. These wonderful people are:

Claire Michaud Le Blanc (# 616), who was responsible for the Montreal region (06) and Laval (13) who consecrated lots of time calling “her” members on a regular basis to invite them to participate in a sugar party in the Spring, attend the annual assembly, and to renew their membership.

Magdeleine Michaud Bossé (# 147), Claire’s sister, represented the Kamouraska area and is among AFMI’s five honorary members, especially for her exemplary contribution as our Brelan’s redactor for some fifteen years.

Those two formidable ambassadors have done so much for our Association through their disponibility, enthousiasm but moreover for their great interest in the Michaud family.

The Association wishes to also thank Albertine Michaud- Ouellette, who used to represent the Madawaska region, and who has always contributed with great generosity to the members of her area.

Another tearful parting is Jean-Marc’s, who was making the paging of our Brelan. We have very much appreciated to work with this graphic professional who never counted his time spent to make our bulletin so attractive, which you had the great pleasure reading from the beginning to its end. Many thanks, Jean-Marc, for the time consecrated to our bulletin, a wonderful document nice to look at, read, and, for some, to keep forever.

Apart from the above partings, this Summer we had to accept Gaétane’s demission for health reasons. She had been elected treasurer last year, and we do thank her very much for the efforts she put in this task, which is not as easy as we may think.

For an association good operation, members are needed of course but also other people who accept to give time for it. In order to give long life to our organisation, we are looking for two dynamic, and interested people who would accept filling in the two council’s vacancies above mentioned. Everyone of us is a volunteer, and we would be glad to welcome new persons so that our Association becomes more vigorous, and could reach its goals. We expect you!

 

Madelaine Dubé-Michaud, president (1585)

From to president Madeleine-Dubé Michaud :

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In the last Brelan’s edition, we issued the 2015-2016 activity report underlining our projects for the present year. I was then asking for your help and comments to push these projects forward and at- tain their realisation. One question burns my lips nowadays: Do our members read our bulletin Le Brelan? This question arises from the fact that neither our secretary nor your president have not received any comments what so ever regarding our Association’s survival.


For example...on page 7 of the said edition, we launched an enrol- ment contest offering two 100$ prizes to be given at our 2017 general meeting. This contest is open to all members of our Association. So far, the answer is not encouraging. You have until March 31st, 2017 to participate. I am giving you a suggestion, why not offer an enrolment to one or many members of your own family as a Christmas gift? It would be a two way win, your gift will allow our Association an increase in our membership.


On the same page, Isabelle, our chief redactor, announced that we were looking for someone willing to take this position in her place. Yet, no positive answer has been received. In the activity report, I stated that we were thinking of creating a redacting committee for the pursuit of our Brelan, nobody stood up so far. Will we continue publishing our bulletin? Should nobody shows up with texts or articles to be included in our Brelan? What should we do?


Nowadays, we are living important interrogations on the survival of many family associations. Fédération des Associations de familles du Québec is also thinking seriously on its own role, as well as the services it offers to the family associations. Moneywise, the Government used to help the federation but recently this help has been partly cut; therefore the Federation’s administration council has to consider how it will help the family associations. As we speak, they have decided to cancel the exhibition that usually takes place in February. What other services will they choose to abolish? They will continue their study over winter and in the Spring, they will hold their annual meeting and we shall then be informed adequately.


With all these questions in mind, I may seem to be very pessimistic; it is not quite the situation; I am really looking for solutions so that you will be proud to be a part of a very vivid association. On my part, I am very proud to be a Michaud and to be a member of an association like ours. However, the Administrative Council’s members cannot do everything and do need your participation. Can we count on you as privileged cooperators? If so, give us a call and we will very happy and proud to work with you, even for a few hours from time to time.


On a cheerful note, I extend wishes to us all, your family and friends as well as us from the Association des Familles Michaud. Let’s have a great Christmas period as well as a 2017 year full of great dreamed realisations.

 

Madelaine Dubé-Michaud, president (1585)

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