NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2020

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"Interesting times... We can save the human race by lying in front of the TV and doing nothing.  

 

WINNIPEG REUNION:

Our 15th RCAF Airwomen's reunion will take place in Winnipeg from Tuesday, May 25th to Thursday, May 27th in 2021. The venue will be held at the Airport Hilton Suites located at 1800 Wellington Avenue.

Winnipeg Trivia:

"17 Wing was initially formed as RCAF (Reserve) Wing Winnipeg on 1 October 1950 to administer and control 402 Squadron. On 1 August 1951, it was re-designated 17 (Reserve) Wing, and then 17 (Auxiliary) Wing on 1 September 1951.”

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/17-wing/history.page   

If you are a member planning to come to the R15 please contact us about the reunion information page.

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Hello Ladies,

We hope you are well and taking care of yourselves as per Government of Canada Guidelines, amid this covid 19 outbreak. Stay healthy!

The government if warning us to watch out for Covid 19 scammers. These scams are in all forms including texts, emails, phone calls and some have apparently even shown up on doorsteps. No one should be at your door unexpectedly. 

Please know that no one from our RCAF Airwomen’s Reunion organization will ever ask you for personal financial information. You will not be asked to send an e-transfer or a cheque to any other email or postal address other than the ones we have stipulated on the registration form. 

This is a link from the National Association of Federal Retirees with detailed information about on going scams: https://www.federalretirees.ca/en/news-views/news-listing/march/watch-out-for-covid-19-scams 

Due to Covid-19, we would like to reduce the impact on the Canadian Postal system. Therefore, we are asking that you hang on to your cheques for now. You can still register online for the reunion, and e-transfers are still being accepted. However, we will not be mailing registration forms out at this time. We will monitor the situation, and let you know when we can receive cheques. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY: 

Please keep sending your stamps. If you have any questions, please phone me at 403-475-6738 or e-mail flobobreid@shaw.ca

To see details about the preparation of the stamps, click here

We donate these stamps to Oxfam Canada. To find out more about Oxfam click here

 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS: 

This article was sent in by one of our Calgary members. Meet Carolyn Mowery:

"The RCAF came to the University of Manitoba, where I was a student and I joined the RCAF WD or the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division. The WD was later dropped. I was the 158th girl to join the Royal Canadian Air Force from the province."

To read more click on the following link: https://royalcanadianlegionus25.com/2020/03/02/birthday-wishes-for-carolyn-mowery-100-years-old/

If you or any of the ladies you know have been published, no matter how minor, please let us know. Maybe you have an experience that you believe should have been published. Reply here.

 

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Peppy writes:

Has anyone heard of Roni Dupuis? She was my maid of honour at my wedding to Douglas Atkins in Shelburne, NS on May 6 1961. We were stationed together in Beaverbank NS. Who could forget that place? Peppy Pfefferle( Atkins)  

RCAF Station Beaver Bank was a long-range Pinetree Line early warning radar station operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force, located in central Nova Scotia near the community of Beaver Bank. The site is now known as Beaver Bank Villa.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCAF_Station_Beaverbank

Fran writes:

Hello all.  If anyone knew Ann Smith I would very much appreciate hearing from you.  Ann was maid of honour for my wedding in Baden-Baden on May 14, 1964.  I had contact with her until August 1978 when she was living with her husband Arnie G. Marks of the US Airforce at Travis AFB, California.  Frances Anderson   

Shirley writes:

I would like to contact Barb Clarke who was in St. Jean course 6140.  We became good friends but lost contact.  She was being stationed in Northern Ontario and I went to Edmonton, Alberta.   If anyone knows of her whereabouts please let me know.   Shirley Norris (nee Thompson)    

Marie writes:

We are searching for Jean Maude former LAW, teletype operator, TTOP course 165 in Clinton, ON on 9 January 1961, and in 1962-1963 stationed at Air Material Command, RCAF Rockcliffe in Ottawa. Jean married an Army man (surname unknown). She worked with Ina & Marie at Rockcliffe. Anyone with information please let us know. Thank you.  Marie Bergot

To reply or comment, please click here 

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

*As you are all aware, restaurants and other venues are closed to public meetings. The coordinators will contact their members when luncheons are again up and running. For now, be safe and keep in contact with each other via phone and email.*

 

LAST POST:

As the members of the committee update the nominal roll, we are discovering that some of our members have been with the angels for several years. They are included in our monthly newsletters as we find them.

 

 

Last Name   

First Name            Maiden Name       Date of Death     Age    City             

   Prov  

Adams La Verne Marlene    Einseidler 1 Mar 2020     80 Strathmore AB
Colenutt Eugene "Jean" Shopa 13 Apr 2016     74 Swift Current    SK
Stevenson Marilyn Joan Hiltz 23 Jun 2019     77 Marriott's Cove    NS
Turner Shirley   12 Dec 2017     82 Brockville ON

 If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here so that we can add their name to our Last Post. Thank you. 

 

BIRTHDAYS:

A “Very Happy Birthday” to our April Birthday ladies. Click here for the listing.

If your birthday is missing from this list it is because we don't have it. Please click on the Change Information form to add something or make corrections. 

 

YOUR COMMITTEE:

Tracey Everett - Chair

Leah Mosher - Vice-Chair/Liaison/Winnipeg Contact 

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Jackie Sparrow - Webmaster and data base coordinator