Members’ News




Dear Colleagues,

Most of you will know by now that the November 20 RHOMA Writers Luncheon will feature the fifth annual celebration of books written by retired Foreign Service colleagues. One of the main features this year will of course be the launching of the second RHOMA/ACMAR collection of colleague stories and anecdotes. The new volume is entitled “Not Mentioned in Dispatches / Confidences peu diplomatiques”.

As in the past, RHOMA members and other retired Foreign Service authors are arranging for copies of their books to be available at the sales table before and following lunch. There will be many titles available, some of them published in the year since we last held this popular event on the RHOMA/ACMAR calendar. We will of course invite authors of the most recent titles to give us a brief description of their work and the source of inspiration behind the initiative to write…still hoping to inspire others amongst us to take similar initiatives.

The Board also will take this opportunity to announce the twenty “Ambassadors of Note”.

In the meantime, you should come equipped with cash, cheques or credit card in order to capitalize on the opportunity to pick up some new retirement fuel and to do some pre-season gift shopping at the sales table.

This luncheon will also provide the final opportunity to pick up a copy of DECLASSIFIED, the 1st collection of anecdotes by RHOMA members, introduced, already three years ago, at the 2016 Writers Lunch.

Please note that our usual practice of limiting luncheons to members and spouses, is waived for the November 20 event and non-affiliated guests of members will be most welcome.

Our luncheon will take place at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club on Aylmer Road at 12 (noon) for drinks. Luncheon will be served at 12:30 pm. The cost is $37.00 per person. Please confirm your attendance by email to or by telephone at 613-916-6358 at least two days in advance. The deadline for cancellation is 12 noon the day before the luncheon. Members who confirm their attendance but do not attend the luncheon will be responsible for payment.

Please also note that the Royal Ottawa Golf Club has a policy for those who wish to order a different main course than the one offered – whether for dietary restrictions or other – that such requests must be made at the time of your reservation. If one does not make the request ahead of time (minimum one week in advance) and asks for a special meal at the lunch, that person will be billed for the cost of two meals.

Payments are made directly to the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, not RHOMA. You may pay at the door in cash, with a cheque (payable to the ROGC), by Debit Card, or by Credit Card.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday the 20th.

Penny Reedie

Program Director

Retired Heads of Mission Association (RHOMA)


RHOMA Membership Renewal 2019

On behalf of the RHOMA Board of Directors, allow me first of all to extend to you and your loved ones all our best wishes for this new year.This is also the time year for us to invite you to renew your RHOMA membership for the year 2019.

Your association, RHOMA, is engaged in a number of activities to promote a strong and professional Foreign Service, to contribute to education in foreign affairs and diplomacy, to promote an appreciation of the history, achievements, traditions and standards of the Canadian Foreign Service, and to present views on the development and implementation of policies related to international affairs. A separate report on the activities of the association over the past year was sent to your attention last month.

For all these good reasons and to maintain the general camaraderie of RHOMA’s fellowship, we encourage you to renew your 2019 membership, covering the period of January to the end of December. The membership fee is maintained at $60.00. As always, your early payment is greatly appreciated.
There are two ways to effect payment:

On-Line: The preferred method is the PayPal option that will allow members to pay effortlessly and electronically and incur no additional charges for the convenience of transacting on-line. This is done by clicking on RHOMA’s 2019 membership renewal link:

Under ‘Choose a way to pay’, PayPal provides you with two electronic payment options: 1) Pay with PayPal; or 2) Pay with a credit or Visa Debit card. Members who would like to proceed with Option 1 but who do not already have a PayPal account will need to open one (ONCE ONLY). They can do so by visiting http and following the directions to ‘Sign Up’.

Once completed, members should click on RHOMA’s 2019 membership renewal link, provided above, and follow the instructions.

By mail: Enclose your cheque payable to RHOMA in the amount of $60.00 and address it to RHOMA, PO Box 53190, Stn. Rideau Centre, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1C5.

We are also putting the final touches to the 2019 Directory that will include the coordinates of all members and associates who have fully paid their 2018 annual membership fees.

Should you have any corrections to suggest (e.g. a change of address), please let us know by February 8, at the following address:

Finally, we invite you to visit our “new and much improved” website – You won’t be disappointed!

We look forward to your continuing membership in RHOMA and extend our very best
wishes for 2019.

Louise L. Léger
RHOMA Treasurer



November 11, 2018, Ottawa

Terry Colfer (standing on left of the World War 2 veteran in the wheelchair), a RHOMA member since 2003, joins veterans during the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Prior to joining the Foreign Service Terry, a graduate of The Royal Military College class of ‘65, was an Army paratrooper and served in the Gaza Strip.

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