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It's official - the Pilon Association is no more.

Effective January 1. 2017, the Association will no longer maintain this Website.  I have maintained this Website for the Association for several years now and would like for it to continue but as a portal about Pilon genealogy. My ancestors originated in Ile Bizard, a small island off Montréal and then many of them settled in the area of Maniwaki, Qc. It is on them that I will concentrate my research.

In the following months I hope to organize the website so you may see many changes.

Let me know if you have any ideas.

Diane Pilon Lucignani

DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION

It is with regret that we inform you of the Executive Council's decision to proceed with the dissolution of the Association des Pilon d’Amérique.

The question of the survival of the Association had already come up at the 2015 annual meeting. It was decided that, if in 2016, there were no significant increase in membership or participation in activities, the Association would be dissolved.

The question of the Association's survival came up once again in Saint-Eustache, Qc, on August 21, 2016. At that time, we had 89 members in good standing. How many of these members would be present and, above all, would there be people ready to sit on the Council, especially as President since Liliane had already indicated that she wanted to give up her post?

Except for the 10 members of the Executive Council, only six other members were present. Liliane then confirmed that she wished to withdraw from her role as President and from participation in the 2016-2017 Council. The same went for François, the Vice-president, as well as Diane Paradis, an administrator. No other member present then accepted an appointment to the Council.

In these circumstances, the remaining seven members of the Executive Council agreed to postpone any decision on future actions to a future meeting.

This meeting took place on November 19 in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Qc. After reflecting on the long-term financial viability of the Association and the possible reasons for its continuation, the four directors present came to the conclusion that there was no prospect of change that would reasonably justify its continuation.

 In fact, in recent years, except for the members of the Council and their wives, our meetings attracted only a few members, who were often the same. Also, the membership has steadily declined to the point where lifetime members, who no longer pay dues, account for almost a quarter of our members. And, a large share of membership dues, if not all, goes to the publication of our Journal and our efforts to recruit new members do not achieve results, especially with young families.

Yes, we could continue for a while. However, there is no improvement in sight and the lack of succession is a continuous problem for the current members of the Council, some having been called upon to take on more challenging roles. That being said for the President, the person who has to deal with the memberships and the books, the person who must produce the Journal, and so on. These people would have needed a break many years ago.

This issue of the Journal des Pilon is the last and our treasurer Serge will take on the administrative measures leading to the dissolution of the Association. The Council, now chaired by Maryse Pilon, will meet again in the spring to undertake the dissolution proceedings. Those interested in information on the process can contact Serge Pilon at pilonserge@bell.net or by phone at 450-438-7036.


Executive Council

Association des Pilon d'Amérique