New Year Heralds New Visibility

At its Executive meeting held in December, Brent McLaren, the Town Crier for Perth Ontario, was officially appointed as the webmaster for the Guild’s website, The Guild’s website had fallen behind in updating its current membership lists and had no easy way to provide the public with updates on Guild events and activities, or to post photographs.

mclaren01.jpgWith our current hosting contract expiring one of Crier McLaren’s first tasks was to move our website to a new web host. The new host provides us with services that were unavailable previously, including access to online databases, blogs and photo galleries as well other web services that the Guild can access in the future. His initial mandate was to correct the information on the Guild’s current web site, to provide a more secure script so that email addresses could not be easily spammed from the member’s list and to provide a vehicle for many of these new features while maintaining the look and feel of the current site.

The arrival of The Bedellus. which is linked to the “News & Events” link on the site is the first step. The Bedellus, which is ancient Latin for “to herald” fills this immediate need. The new Photo Gallery, which replaces the original “Photos” page, means that photos can be easily put online for members and visitors to enjoy. A simple step-by-step instruction manual is being prepared so that appointed members of the Guild can post and update these web features without special training and software.

Many Guild members do not realize that their names, address, phone numbers and email address can only appear on the Guild’s members page with their written permission. The annual membership renewal form contains spots for this approval and for a signature. The links on the sidebar of The Bedellus are taken from these lists and from those provided through search engines. A member can request that a link be added, corrected or removed from The Bedellus by contacting the Webmaster. Changes to the main membership list must be made in writing through the Guild Secretary.

Finally, the new site also contains a private, password protected area for members only. Here the Guild’s constitution, competition rules, ethics documents and other items of interest to Guild members are stored and can be quickly retrieved.

President’s Remarks

My Lords and Ladies, as I sit to write my final comments, I am having a hard time trying to figure out what to say. (I know, hard to believe isn’t it?) These past 2 years have gone by so quickly. As I near the end of my appointment, I feel some relief that it is over, and some disappointment as well. These past 2 years have been a whirlwind for me, with going back to school full time, starting a new business, my fair board commitments, planning the 2006 North Americans and moving. I feel that at times Guild stuff got put on the back burner or neglected. For that, I apologize.

doug.pngI would like to take this opportunity to thank the Guild for giving me the honour of being your President during these past two years. To the executive, I thank you for your support during that time. A special thanks to Brenda for all her help as secretary, keeping me informed about what to do. I know Brenda will be missed as the secretary, when she retires from that position in the new year. To the new President and executive coming in the new year, all the best.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all the Criers who had taken the time to host or had planned events throughout this year, congratulations on an excellent job done.

On behalf of Lois, Danielle, Sonya and myself, as we enter into this festive season, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years.

Doug Turvey
OGTC President

Results from 2006 Competitions

Here are the results from the Competitions held this year:

Results of Tulip Time Festival Competition in Holland, Michigan in May 2006

First – David McKee, City of Brantford
Second – Chris Whyman, City of Kingston
Third – Bill McKee, Uxbridge / Pt. Perry/ Oshawa

It rained most of the time including during the parade. Ruffles and feathers were dampened, but not spirits.

Results of the Muskoka Pioneer Power Show held in July 2006:

First Prize – Crier Bill McKee – Uxbridge / Pt. Perry/ Oshawa
Second Prize – Crier Mark Molnar – St. Catharines
Third Prize – Crier Les Whiting – Petrolia tied with – Crier Steve Travers – Barrie

Special Prize – Crier Ian Burkholder awarded for “Best Researched Cry” for the International Harvester Cry he did.

There were 11 Criers participating in capacities as Host, Benchmark Crier, Judge & Competing.

Special Note: Proudest Cry of the day given by Crier Ken Templeman announcing the birth of his first grandchild born July 08th!

Mayor Scott Northmore attended the BBQ and presented “Certificates of Participation” to each person.

Ontario Guild of Town Criers Championship Results held in Uxbridge – July 2006

First Place: George Sims, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Second Place: Chris Whyman, City of Kingston
Third Place: David McKee, City of Brantford

North American Town Crier Championship Results held in Ingersol, Ontario in August 2006

The WinnersFirst Place: Bill McKee, Uxbridge / Pt. Perry/ Oshawa
Second Place: George Sims, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Third Place: Chris Whyman, City of Kingston

There were 28 Town Criers were in attendance.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade October 2006

October 31, 2006

Scott Fraser
Ontario Guild of Town Criers
Waterloo, Ontario

Dear Scott:

Re: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade

I would like to thank you (and your fellow criers) for your participation in this year’s Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday, October 9, 2006. It was an absolutely perfect day for the Parade! The 39th annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on Monday, October 8, 2007 and applications

I have enjoyed working with you and hope you are planning to participate next year.

Yours truly,

K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
Jean Weiler
Chairperson, Parade Committee

Scott adds his thanks and notes that the following Town Criers helped with the Oktoberfest Parade: Mark Molnar, Derek Miller, Doug Turvey, Bill McKee, Bruce Kruger, Shaun Kruger and George Sims.


Bob Heil Retires

After almost 20 years of service the Town Crier for Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand retired.

heil.jpgBob thoroughly enjoyed the years of crying and look forward to being a spectator in the future. He is a Life Member of the Guild and looks forward to keeping abreast of the “goings-on” in the world of Town Crying and to keep in touch with the many friends that he made through the Guild.