NEWSLETTER

 

 August 2018

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"Never compare your weaknesses to other people's strengths.”  

 

OTTAWA REUNION:             

For updated Reunion 14 information, click here

To access the Reunion 14 Registration page click on the Reunion 14 Registration button on our webpage or to go directly to the registration form, click here

The list of Reunion 14 Attendees is available from the email version of the newsletter only in keeping with the privacy act. The list will be updated as the names are submitted. For more information, contact us here 

 

STAMP COLLECTING:

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

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

WOMEN IN THE NEWS:

On July 15, 2018 Captain Mary Cameron-Kelly was honoured by the Canadian 99s with a new stamp celebrating her achievement as the first female Captain of the Aurora aircraft. The 99s are an international group of women aviators, and the Canadian branch is now in their 11th year of recognizing female pilots with commemorative stamps.  

Captain Cameron-Kelly joined the military on July 15, 1981. After a few tries, she realized her childhood dream of being a military pilot. Since then, she has logged over 7000 hours in the Aurora aircraft. Her advice to anyone is, "Basically, don't give up. If you really want to do something, keep trying it." To read one of the many articles about her, go to:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/cape-breton-pilot-pioneer-for-women-in-aviation-1.4747850

Thank you Vera Peacock for sending us this story:  Click on the following link to read about WWII pilot, Mary Ellis - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44962253 

YOUR STORIES AND REMINISCENCES:

Betty writes after reading the story in the July newsletter:  Another Betty from 1951, coming back to St. Hubert from Comox, got to Vancouver, dumped in Edmonton along with two airmen, hitch hiked to Winnipeg, flew in a boxcar to Trenton, train to Montreal. Found out later, could have applied for a train ticket and been paid back later.   

Here is a challenge: What was the best and the worst part of boot camp?

If you would like to share an experience with us, contact us here to share your stories even if it's just a paragraph. We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

REQUESTS AND COMMENTS:

Eugenie writes: Thank you for the nice informative newsletters. I am now 95 and wish I could attend the reunions, but my traveling days are over. The last reunion I attended in Whitehorse was quite a memorable one for me being the only wartime veteran and serving with BOMBER Command in England during the war. Thank you again for the fuss you made over me, one of my most appreciated experiences. Keep up the good work.  Best regards, Eugenie Turner

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS:

LUNCHEONS will be starting up again in September.  Please note the following:

Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's group will be getting together for their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1pm. Location will be announced in the September newsletter. Stay tuned! If you are interested in coming to our monthly luncheons or want more information, please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com.

Kingston, NS

The Kingston, NS RCAF Airwomen's group will meet on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the FAMILY DINER, 1256 Ward Rd, in Aylsford, NS at 12 noon. (The restaurant is next to the Zoo on Ward Road.) We change locations each time as we like to support the various businesses in this small community. We welcome newcomers. If you would like to join us please contact Pauline at hughpd.ryan@ns.sympatico.ca.

Calgary, AB 

The Calgary Airwomen's group meet every second Wednesday of the month from September through to June at 264 Legion on Kensington Road NW. The next luncheon is on September 12 at 11am, with some arriving a little earlier. If you need any more information, contact Marion at mascaros@shaw.ca

Edmonton, AB 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The next one is September 13, at Tony Roma's in the Westmount Shopping Centre. 

There is also a business meeting every fourth Sunday, (except June, July and August), at the Edmonton Air Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue, at 1:30 pm. The next meeting is on September 23. There is coffee and goodies. There are two ladies who bring something to eat at each meeting. At the same time we celebrate birthdays if there happens to be one the month we meet. 

If any Airwomen, retired, active or in the reserves, wishes to join us or become a member, please contact Isabelle (Issy) McLean, President at 780-722-0014

London, ON 

The Airwomen in London, ON, meet for lunch every 4th Friday, next one is September 28, at 427 London Wing of the RCAF Association located at Crumlin Road opposite the London Airport, except July, August and December. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at almar1@rogers.com.

Kingston and Trenton, ON 

The next luncheon is coming up in November, more details to follow. The luncheons are not held at regular intervals but if anyone wants to be added to the list you can email Shirley. Click here. Or you can drop us a note, here

 

Click here to let us know if you want to invite airwomen to your local luncheon/meeting/event.

If you want to start a luncheon somewhere, let us know. We can put it in the newsletter to let the ladies in the area know about it and you can get in touch with each other to set it up. Remember this organization was started with a couple of friends getting together for lunch. 

 

OTHER EVENTS:       

Several military events are happening across Canada this month. Annual Peacekeepers Day Ceremonies are being held in several cities - Sydney, NS; Moncton, NB; Waterloo, ON; Thorold, ON; and Calgary, AB.

Interested in learning more about the 73rd anniversary of the end of WWII and 76th Dieppe Raid? Check out the events being held in Dieppe, NB. 

The FAAAR 2018 festivities are in Toronto this year on August 24-25. 

For more information on all these and more, check out our Events page here.

Do you know of any upcoming annual events happening in your community this summer? 

If you know of any noteworthy events or exhibits in your area you think might be of interest, please let us know by contacting us here.

 

LAST POST:

As the members of the committee update the nominal roll, we are discovering that some of our colleagues may have died several years ago. They are included in our monthly newsletters so that we may honour them.

 

Last Name   

First Name            Maiden Name       Date of Death     Age    City             

   Prov  

Gerrie

Mary Margaret Parsons 6 Apr, 2018     85 Ottawa ON

Marshall

Mary Francis  21 Feb, 2018     69 Edmonton

AB

Stephenson Katie Veit 20 Jul, 2018     83 Calgary AB
Ucar Nita Irene Penny 19 Jul, 2018     93 London ON


If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here so that we can honour them with an entry in our Last Post. Thank you.


BIRTHDAYS:

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

 

YOUR COMMITTEE:

Tracey Everett - Chair

Leah Mosher - Vice-Chair/Liaison/Ottawa Contact 

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Jackie Sparrow - Webmaster and data base coordinator