Goodbye, Jack Starkings!


When I think about Jack I’ll remember all the fun times before his stroke.

Jack was both like a dad and a teenager keeping up with our small enclave of friends outside of the club.  Andrea, Elaine, myself (Pauline), Brian, and Jack, were the core group with some additions here and there going on our own outings and usually out for Chinese food afterward.  Andrea, Elaine and I (Pauline), Jack said, we were his girls (daughters).

He was all in for some mischief when it came to pulling a surprise for Elaine’s or my birthday or for Andrea’s first grandchild or coming to visit me when I was in the hospital.

We had great club outings together as well. We had the five of us loaded in Jack’s car for the Iron Butt a few years back in Oct 2012 when we drove over the new Jockvale bridge and through Manotick and then over to the eastern Ontario side for dinner in St.  Isidore to meet up with the rest of the Iron Butt gangs and to celebrate Andrea’s grandma surprise.

Here we are enjoying lunch together on our Iron Butt outing.

Afterward, Jack emailed us all to thank Brian, our navigator, saying that we did get there and back. He said,  “I got used to being called ‘where to go’ LOL.”  Then he told Andrea, “‘grandma’ that bonnet looked so good on you… LOL!”.  He told me, Pauline, “Looking for bakeries is one reason we were late getting to St. Isidore… LOL! Yeah, we had great fun with that one.

We were looking for a cake for Andrea and couldn’t find any so we ended up getting a piece of cake from the restaurant. Andrea didn’t have a clue why we were looking for baked goods in every town we went to and Jack was great at running interference driving us looking for that cake.

In the end, we arranged with our waitress that if Andrea ordered cake to switch her cake for ours and we had the restaurant put our candles on for us.

Jack was great also running interference when we were all taking turns to sign the card earlier in the parking lot and in the restaurant so Andrea wouldn’t know.

He told Elaine, “glad you ‘butts’ survived the trip squeezed up in the back seat.. Didn’t hear any complaints….of course women love to be squeezed… LOL”.  Then he wished all of us a great day and signed off as “the ‘pilot’”.

This was just one of the fun outings we all had together with Jack.

After the stroke, Jack stayed strong for us. He wanted to see us and laugh. He laughed at my jokes.

He understood what we were saying but couldn’t speak and we knew he understood because of his gestures and his chuckle that he understood and wanted to see us.

We each took our turns going to visit Jack in pairs of two keeping him entertained and his mind off of his situation. I didn’t get a chance to send out a summary of what our last visit was like as I could see his time was very near and I was quite taken aback.

John Elliott had sent me more pictures of beautiful icebergs and an update on the Osprey family with pictures and the northern lights from his cottage in Newfoundland. He had acknowledged these like he had before. He really appreciated them. He liked hearing the news of our lives and of those closest to us.

Jack was in a lot of pain and he, unfortunately, had problems with some of the implements that were used for his survival. We all tried to get his spirits up and encouraged him to get better but it was obvious that the stroke was taking Jack away from us.

I’m glad that Jack isn’t in pain anymore and is with God.

Rest in peace!

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About the above photos: The first was taken on the suspended bridge in Renfrew as part of a 2007 Nature outing and the last two were taken in Limerick Forest (near Kemptville) when our little group visited in 2013 (of which one shows Elaine in the Viking hat she wore for the occasion). That last photo is one that I especially cherish and has extra meaning for me now that Jack is gone. Jack was a very kind and giving person, who enjoyed Nature and other people. Even in his later years when he couldn’t go far from the car when we stopped to take photographs, he nevertheless enjoyed being there, in the outdoors and with other people. He never rushed and was always calm and cheerful, even when we got lost on a trip, which happened more than once. And once, when he and Elaine took a wrong turn and ended up being an hour late for lunch with the rest of us, we laughed together about what had happened and chalked it up to another of life’s little adventures. I see Jack now as calmly walking forward to meet the next adventure that awaits him. He will be missed.

Post submitted by Pauline Aubertin.

Photos by Elaine Hum Sim and Brian Mazur.


RAPC Honours its 2016-17 Volunteers

The RAPC awarded the Outstanding Contribution and Alice Gillies awards to club volunteers at the annual banquet, held this year on May 23.

The Outstanding Contribution award is given to volunteers who have provided service to club in the first five years of their memberships. Each member can get the award only once, but up to 5 awards may be given per year by the club executive on recommendation of Awards Committee.

This year, three volunteers were honored.

  • Grace Sutherland
  • Sue Kilbank
  • Al Kuiper

IMG_2954Grace Sutherland receiving the award

Grace has served as an Education Committee Assistant, and is currently the Education Committee Chair and a member of the Executive.
IMG_2972Sue Kilbank receiving the award

Sue is currently serving as the Club Treasurer and a member of the Executive.

Al is currently serving as a Nature Group Assistant and is the Digital Resources Manager.
Unfortunately, Al Kuiper did not attend the banquet; we will present the plaque to him in the autumn.

The Alice Gillies award is named after our first Club Life Member, and is given for contributions to club and to photography generally. The recipient must be a member more than 5 years. A winner may receive it only once, and only one Alice Gillies award is given per year. This year, there were fourteen nominations.
The Alice Gillies Award for 2016-17 is Izabel Dabrowski. Izabel has served in many roles over a number of years. We will let the following quote from one of the club members summarize her contributions.

“Izabel has been a consistent welcoming face to all members, new and returning, at the door and during the meetings. She has helped direct new members to other members for advice or assistance on questions about the club. Her six years of work with the Ottawa Public Library print exhibits have raised the profile of our club in the community, helped many members exhibit their images to larger numbers of people than most of them likely would be able to reach, and has made the exhibition process seamless for members who have contributed prints. Her loyal and consistent hard work in organizing our Open Houses for years has benefited our club and our members in celebrating who and what we are and in attracting new members. As with the OPL exhibits, her organizational skills with the Open Houses have made things smooth and easy for other volunteers as well as for the audiences.”
IMG_3021 copyIzabel receiving the award

The club is very fortunate to have such strong volunteer contribution from a large number of members; without them, the club would not be able to operate.

We want to say: Thanks To these, and to all club volunteers! Well done, everyone!!!

Post submitted by Norman Smith.


Very Sad News – John Groves



It’s with great sadness that we inform all RAPC members that one of our active participants, John Groves, had passed away this week from a very aggressive brain tumor.

John was the Leader of the Tools and Techniques Group since the start of the 2014-15 program year, and before that,  Assistant Leader of the group for two years. He was a member of the club for 6 years, and was always a quiet helpful individual, willing to assist in whatever was required.

He also won the RAPC’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2015.

Further information about the funeral arrangements will be given shortly.

Post submitted by Glenn Bloodworth.


Latest News From Louise Tanguay

Il se passe bien des choses dans ma vie, même si ça ne paraît pas beaucoup sur mon site web. Depuis quelques mois, je suis retournée à une des mes anciennes amours, la musique. Dans les années ’70 à ’90, j’ai été active dans plusieurs groupes de musique tant à la batterie, à la guitare, à la mandoline qu’aux claviers. Les 19 et 20 mai prochains auront lieu à Hearst, des Soirées Cabaret auxquelles je participerai avec Donald Poliquin, Roger Lanthier et toute une «trâlée» de musicien(ne)s et chanteurs(euses) de Hearst, tous aussi talentueux les uns que les autres. J’ai du rattrapage à faire côté musique, donc je passe pas mal de temps à «pratiquer». J’ai très hâte à cet événement presque historique. Le dernier spectacle auquel j’ai participé avec Donald (mon ex) avait lieu à Osaka, au Japon, en 1990. Quel beau souvenir…
You might not realize it from my website, but there are actually quite a lot of things going on in my life. Over the last few months I’ve gone back to one of my oldest loves – music. From the 70’s to the 90’s I played drums, guitar, mandolin or keyboards in a number of bands. And next week, on the 19 and 20th of May, I’ll be playing in Hearst at their “Cabaret Nights” along with Donald Poliquin, Roger Lanthier, and a whole gang of Hearst musicians and singers, all equally and incredibly talented. I am a little rusty, so I’ve been spending a lot of time “practicing”. But I’m really looking forward to this, and in fact it is something of a personal historic event. The last public concert I played with Donald (my ex) was in Osaka, Japan, in 1990. What a great memory…


Click here to check her beautiful portfolio about tulips.

Post suggested by Barbara Lapointe.


2017 Interclub Competition

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Interclub Competition!

Congratulations to the following winners from the RA Photo Club:

Elizabeth Kaminska – 3rd  place Assignment Print.

Elizabeth Kaminska – 3rd place Print General

Mary Lee – 2nd place – Assignment

Robert Steklasa – 1st Place General

The topic for INTERCLUB 2018 as announced at the meeting will be:

Fluidity – The quality or state of being fluid, the ability of a substance to flow.

Let’s start thinking and shooting now and let’s have amazing images to showcase the RAPC in 2018.

Submission dates and other info will be available when the club resumes in the fall.

The above photo was one of the winners by Mary Lee.

Post suggested by Freeman Keats.


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