CROW’S NEST MILITARY ARTIFACTS ASSOCIATION (CNMAA)
The CNMAA was incorporated in 1987 for three purposes:
(1) To own all the historic artifacts of the Club as distinct from other Club property.
(2) To maintain, protect and document the artifacts.
(3) To become a charitable organisation and raise funds to help in the protection and maintenance of the artifacts.
The CNMAA was legally established as an organisation distinct from and at arms-length from the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club. Outside Directors can be appointed to the CNMAA, although the majority of Directors must be Crow’s Nest Members. The CNMAA has its own membership fee and maintains financial records and reports to Canada Revenue Agency.
Since its inception the Artifacts Association has framed, maintained, and photographed the artifacts, as well as performed other functions, using government grants and volunteer labour. A 27-page booklet was prepared which included newspaper clippings and other material concerning the surrender of the German submarine U-190 and the subsequent installation of the periscope in the Club. The “Hesperus” ship’s badge was presented by the British Government to the CNMAA in recognition of the role played by the Club in serving the Royal Navy in WWII. The CNMAA hosted a reception in which the Hon Peter Morrison, UK Minister of State for Energy made the presentation (see the photo on wall, top of stairs.)
The highlight of the Artifacts collection is the gun shield art, our original, unique WWII items.The wall displays of photos and badges have been better arranged and firmly attached in many areas. The periscope has been restored and replaced and requires periodic maintenance. A computer record has been kept of each new addition to the collection. The CNMAA early on succeeded in becoming a charitable organization and cash donations are recognized by receipts for a tax credit..
In 2006, the CNMAA, in conjunction with Heritage Canada, began posting pictures and descriptions of our artifacts on line. The collection can be viewed on the Canadian Heritage Website by clicking here. The work continues and over time the website will expand to display all of our artifacts as well as a virtual communities memories program, highlighting the Battle of the Atlantic, the significance of the Port of St. John’s, and the origins of the Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club.
Basic membership for the Crow’s Nest Military Artifacts Association is $15.00 per year. Members who purchase an annual membership of $25.00 or more will be classed as a “Sustaining member” and receive a copy of the Crow’s Nest print of the year. Members contributing $100.00 or more will be designated as “Patrons” and will receive a print and a CNMAA pin. The current print is a 12” by 18” reproduction print of “The Crow’ Nest” by Thomas Woods. CNMAA members receive a charitable donation receipt for their membership fee.