Author Archives: Michael K. Barbour

About Michael K. Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

Plaques Installed at Greenlawn Cemetery

In the plot that our branch maintains in Greenlawn Cemetery, there is a monument where we have placed the names of those members who have passed away, but are laid to rest elsewhere.  Over the years, we have gotten behind or missed a name here and there.

During the past six months, Comrades Siefken and Margaret Krieger have researched our membership rolls to determine the missing names so that we could add plaques for each one.  This past weekend, Comrade Charlie Martin and his brother (Bob) installed them on the monument.  Charlie even took a few minutes to play a piece on the pipes to remember them.

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Meet our new and improved life-size Tommy Statue! 😍

An item from the organization formerly known as There But not There.  Note the “Women in War” items that may be of particular interest.

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RBLI’s Ride with a Veteran

After a gruelling 150 miles cycling through the weekend’s tremendous heat, the team of 50 on RBLI’s Ride with a Veteran successfully arrived at their destination; Meriden’s iconic cycling memorial.

The group have raised an incredible £40,000 so far, heading increasingly towards their target of £50,000.

It’s still not too late to donate to the cause!

Every penny raised goes directly to supporting military veterans and their families through RBLI’s wide range of services.

Head on over to the JustGiving page to show your support.
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The Original Tommy Statue is back

RBLI’s life-sized Tommy Statue has a poignant and effective purpose; to serve in communities as a universal, touching reminder to those who have been killed in service.

As previously seen around the UK at prominent locations such as The Tower of London and the White Cliffs of Dover, as well as abroad in cities such as New York, San Francisco and Toronto, the Tommy Statue has been fresh re-engineered and is now back and available to order!

The Original Tommy Soldier Statue - 6ft
The Original Tommy Soldier Statue – 6ft
The Tommy Statue is now being widely adopted by councils and local authorities nationwide as a way for communities to pay tribute to those who have given their lives, representing the sacrifices and loss that communities paid during WW1 and WW2.

Does your area have one of our Tommies? If not, don’t be afraid to write to your local councillor and request one – we believe every community in the UK should have one. 

Veteran’s Banger Rally

Do you fancy 1,500 miles around the UK in a £500 car?

We would love to see a team driving for RBLI in this years Veterans Banger Rally – an event created by veterans, for veterans in which the participants buy a car for just £500 and travel 1,500 miles in a trip around the UK!

The entry fee goes directly to the organisers (Ex-Navy) to help host such an incredible event and there are prizes for the best banger! To have some immense fun, build memories for life and at the same time raise money for RBLI, get your team together and get in touch now!

Event Date: 7th September – 11th September.

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Women in War

Our new campaign to recognise Women in War is proving to be very popular with our amazing supporters!

At RBLI, we believe that it’s vitally important to remember the efforts and sacrifices that have been made in war by both women and men. The roles women have played and continue to play have been paramount in the success of our Nation’s historic war efforts and current Armed Forces activities.

Show your support today by displaying a Women in War Commemorative Figure, or wearing a Special Edition Lapel Pin!

Women in War Special Edition Commemorative Figure
Women in War Special Edition Commemorative Figure
Unknown Women in War Statue
Unknown Women in War Statue
£175.00 – £370.00
Women in War Special Edition Enamel Lapel Pin (Two Pack)
Women in War Special Edition Enamel Lapel Pin (Two Pack)
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Leyton Orient & Tommy Club

We are very excited to see Leyton Orient Football Club’s home shirt, complete with the Tommy Club sponsorship now in the club shop – nearly time for the season to Kick Off!
 It will be a very proud moment indeed on 14th August when the ‘The O’s’ play their first home game to a stadium of 9,000 fans with Tommy emblazoned on their chests and the brand new Tommy Club hoardings on the sidelines!

Do any of our supporters live near The Breyer Group Stadium who can go and see it in person?

Are you a member of our growing Tommy Club? If not, join up now and receive your free welcome pack!
Join the Tommy Club for just £15 a year
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You’re Invited! Our First In-Person Event Of 2021

An item from a fellow veterans organization in the Bay Area.

Lt Col Jeff Tice, USAF (Ret)

A Guest of Saddam: 46 days as a Prisoner of War

Lt Col Jeff Tice, USAF (Ret)

8 September 2021 – 6:00pm
Marines’ Memorial Club – 609 Sutter St (@ Mason), San Francisco

Member Tickets: Free, Non-Member Tickets: $20

In January 1991, on the second day of Desert Storm’s “Shock & Awe” campaign, Lt Col Jeff Tice’s F-16 was hit by an Iraqi surface to air missile.  He would become one of 23 U.S. prisoners of war from that conflict.


We are honored to have Lt Col Tice share his story with Marines’ Memorial on September 8th during our first in-person event of 2021.  We hope you can join us for Lt Col Tice’s riveting presentation.

Lt Col Jeff Tice, USAF (Ret)

About Lt Col Jeff Tice, USAF (Ret):
Lt Col Tice retired from the US Air Force in 1999 after serving 22 years on active duty as a fighter pilot. He amassed over 3,000 hours of flight time in F-111, F-5 and F-16 jets. He served in combat as a Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

After retirement from the USAF, he flew as a Commercial Airline Pilot for American Airlines in the MD-80, Boeing 737, 757, 767 aircraft on both domestic and international routes. Lieutenant Colonel Tice retired from American Airlines in 2012. He is currently on the Board of Directors with Marines’ Memorial Foundation and volunteers for several other nationwide military-related charities.

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C100 Has A New Co-Chair | Members In the News & Community Updates

An announcement from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.



What you need to know:

  • Effective July 2021, Bannister becomes the first C100 Co-Chair to be based in Canada (Toronto) and, for that matter, the first anywhere outside of the Bay Area
  • Bannister takes the reins from Co-Chair Shari Hatch Jones and will co-lead the C100 Board of Directors for a two-year term alongside Co-Chair Andre Charoo.
  • Janet is a former eBay exec, founder of, and now Managing Director of Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage VC firm and a driving force behind Canada’s tech sector.
  • Previously, she served as a C100 Board Member, Charter Member, and is an outspoken champion of the Canadian tech ecosystem.

This is about Canadians, as people around the world, connecting to each other. I’m super excited to take on this new role and help to push forward that vision” – Janet Bannister

Click below to read The Logic’s article on Janet’s appointment and the C100’s vision to expand beyond Silicon Valley and evolve into a global network for Canadians in Tech.


🚀Toronto-based Clearco, led by Andrew D’Souza (C100 Charter Member), Michele Romanow (C100 Charter Member), and Curt Sigfstead (C100 Board Member), has successfully closed a $215-million raise with Softbank Group Corp, marking Softbank’s first ever Canadian investment. Congratulations Andrew, Michele, Curt and the entire Clearco team!

🚀Ontario based Auvik Networks (48Hrs 2015 Alumni) has taken on $250-million in investment, from private-equity firm Great Hill Partners. Auvik’s leadership team will remain in place and play a central role in this next phase of growth.

🚀Toronto-based Properly (48Hrs 2019 Alumni) has successfully raised a $44-million Series B Round! This round brings Properly’s total funding to date to $60-million. Congratulations to the Properly team!

📣Jennifer Holmstrom (C100 Charter Member) has been named to Business Insider’s Top 25 Talent Partners in Venture List!

🥇Olympic runner, Maddy Price, will be fulfilling her dream to compete in the Olympics and represent Canada as a member of the 4X400 relay team. Maddy is the daughter of Shawn Price, a proud C100 Charter Member and software pioneer, who passed away in 2016 after battling melanoma cancer. Best of luck to Maddy in Tokyo, we are rooting for you!

🎉 Kirstine Stewart (Former Executive Committee at World Economic Forum & C100 Charter Member) comes on board as Chief Revenue Officer at Pex. Congratulations to Kirstine Stewart & Pex on this new chapter!

🚗Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (former President at StubHub, Founder & Chairman at theBoardlist and C100 Charter Member) has joined the Board of Directors at Vancouver-based Canada Drives, Canada’s largest 100% online car shopping & to-your-door delivery platform.

🌱Golden Ventures (Corporate Member) has launched two new funds and announced a new partner, Jamie Rosenblatt! The new funds include, Golden Ventures IV, a US$100M seed-stage vehicle and Golden Ventures Opportunities Fund, a US$20M vehicle focused on later-stage financing rounds.

📣Congratulations to Andrew Lindsay (VP of Corporate & Business Development at HubSpot & C100 Member) who has been appointed to the board of directors of Asana.


CBRE’s recent Scoring Tech Talent Report reveals Canadian cities as top tech talent markets in the US & Canada. Some highlights:

  • 11% of Toronto’s workforce is in tech, matching that of the Bay Area
  • Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver among top 5 for yearly talent gains
  • Edmonton’s talent pool eclipsed all markets growing by 53%  
  • Toronto is an outlier for tech talent job creation, adding 54,700 more tech talent jobs than graduates