NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2022 

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:   

"Did you ever notice, when you meet up with old friends, it's like you were never apart.
 

REUNION 15 VENUE:

In six weeks from now, we will be in Winnipeg for the 15th reunion of the RCAF Airwomen. The dates are September 13, 14, and 15. The venue is at Airport Hilton Suites 1800 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg. 

There's still time to invite other airwomen you know. Share the experience with a friend. Meet up with old acquaintances, roommates, and friends you served with. 

The Reunion schedule will follow this general format: 

Tuesday, 13 September, 2022 – Registration will begin at 10:00am to 3:00pm with Coffee and Muffins available until noon.  Magic Mirror fun photos will begin at 3:30pm followed by a Meet and Greet at 5:00pm and a buffet dinner at 6:00pm. 

Wednesday, 14 September, 2022 – Day trip "Journey to Churchill", the bus will meet us at the hotel.  While your entrance fee will allow you to visit anywhere in the Assiniboine Park, the bus will stop at a Special Events parking lot which is five minutes walking distance to the underwater polar bear aquarium and the Tundra Grill which is where lunch will be held. 

Not going to the zoo? Looking for something to do, join us at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 215. The doors open at 11:00am for a free tour of their exhibit. See more information below. 

A Meet and Greet will start at 5:00pm and photos by table will start.  A four course dinner will be served at 6:00pm and the entertainers will perform during coffee and dessert.  

Thursday, 15 September, 2022 – A non-denominational church service will be held at 9:00am and followed by brunch at 10:00am.  

We want those of you who are coming to the reunion, and those of you still thinking about it, to know we have a great space for visiting with old and new friends. The Winnipeg committee has enjoyed planning the trip and finding interesting entertainment for your enjoyment. Link to registration form  

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:   

Ladies,

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 215, one of Reunion 15 supporters, has invited R15 attendees to their curated exhibit honouring “Women in the Military”.  Items have been selected from the Legion’s own collection, as well as from museum collections across Canada.  A visit to see the exhibit and support the sponsorship of R15 is planned for September 14, 2022, at 11:00am (Find out about transportation on the 13th during registration). Lee's on DeVries is the restaurant on site and is open for lunch, check out menu. If you would like to attend please let us know. If you are from the area, and would be interested in seeing the exhibit and we’ll see you there.  Branch 215 is at 215 Maxwell King Drive in East St. Paul, just off Henderson Hwy at the Perimeter.

Only 43 days to go! Don't miss this opportunity! If you are coming and have not yet registered, please fill out an R15 registration form as soon as possible. If you are sending a cheque in the mail, please note it in the "comment" section on the form. Thank you.

Please let us know of any dietary needs (including food allergies or vegetarian alternatives) as soon as possible as will be ordering meals shortly. Write us at rcaf_airwomen@yahoo.com

The deadline to sign up for the trip is the 12th of August as it is being booked on the following day. The bus will be dropping everyone in the parking area nearest the location of the tour. One of our Winnipeg committee members walked the path and it only took her 4 to 5 minutes. This is a flat, paved path which accommodates wheelchairs and any other apparatus used to aide in walking. Contact us here if you have not signed up but want to go. 

Combine your payment: 

Journey to Churchill is $42.00 

Wheelchairs rental $6 (if needed for the Journey to Churchill trip only)

Reunion registration fee $250

Guest fee(s) for brunch Thursday morning $20 each

E-transferred to rcafairwomenr15@yahoo.com, (when sending money, this email address is case-sensitive). Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help. 

Polo shirts and vests have arrived in Winnipeg! If you have ordered an item and cannot pick it up at the reunion, please email Tracey and give her the name of the person picking up your purchase. We will not release the item without a designated name.

 

OXFAM STAMP COLLECTING: BATTLING COVID 19:  

Flo writes:

Just a reminder to keep collecting and sending your postage stamps. I have been getting lots of stamps in the mail and have had some wonderful communications via e-mail and phone with some of our ex-airwomen from coast to coast.  

I think this is a very worthwhile project due to our worldwide Pandemic and we should continue to donate our stamps to Oxfam.   

Ladies, here's your chance to gather all those stamps up that you keep forgetting about. Before you take them off the envelop read the preparation below. Put the trimmed stamps in a bag in your suitcase so you don't forget to bring them to the reunion. Or if you have a list of things to bring to the reunion, put stamps on that list. 

If you have any questions, please phone Flo at 403-990-1556 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.

 

REQUESTS:

Joan Wood writes:

Is there any person or group who would be interested in some of the old picture and booklets from the airwomen's reunion?  Leave a message for Joan here

 

LUNCHEONS:  

Meetings are starting up again. Go to a luncheon and meet up with friends. So far the feedback has been positive. Getting out and seeing each other in person has been an uplifting experience. 

Not all of the regular luncheons are posted in the newsletter. Check with your luncheon coordinators to find out if your group is starting to meet again.

 

Edmonton, AB

The RCAF Airwomen Edmonton luncheon group will return in September. 

We had a wonderful time chatting and telling stories about the good old days. The weather was perfect.

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Have a great summer!

Charlottetown/Summerside, PEI "Meet new and old friends!"

This is a callout to the RCAF women who live in or will be passing through PEI in September! Check out our luncheon group. 

We are planning another get together in September 9th, 2022 this time in Charlottetown at Papa Joe's Restaurant, 345 University Avenue at 1200hrs. If you are interested in joining us you are invited to contact Debbie at debbie.reid1234@outlook.com

Women in Uniform to meet in Orleans, ON "NEW EVENT"

The first event was held in Orleans before the pandemic. The hope is this will become an annual event. 

Jeanine Mader writes:

This is the second meeting of the Women in Uniform!  

When:  September 17 ,2022

Time: 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Venue: Orleans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek, Orleans, Ontario 

Cost: $10.00 per person

Dress: Casual

There is room for 150 ladies. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to servinggalsgettogether@gmail.com 

*If you host a regular luncheonplease contact us let us know where you are. You are not required to publish your information in the newsletter but we can put you in contact with ladies looking for a luncheon group in the area. Thanks so much for participating!*

 

REMEMBERING HER:

Robbie writes: 

Remembering Peachie Key (1936 - 2021) - August the 28th a year ago was her final day here on earth. We will miss her saxophone at the reunions and her ready smile.      Robbie Roberge

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Peachie Key - RECSPEC from 1955 to 1969 

 

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  

 Bisonnette

 Gloria   

 French  2022    81  Delta BC
 Larocque

 Rolande

 Larocque  8 Apr 2018    76  St-Donat QC
 Williams

 Betty Ann "Rusty"   

 Williams 5 Jun 2022    86  Calgary AB

 If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here if you do not see their name in the Last Post on our website. Thank you. 

 
BIRTHDAYS:

A “Very Happy Birthday” to our August birthday ladies.  

If your birthday is missing from this list it may be because we don't have it or you said "No" previously to putting it on the list. You can reply to this newsletter and tell us to add your birthday to the list or you can fill out a Change of Information form.   

 

YOUR COMMITTEE:

Tracey Everett - Chair, Newsletter

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Pat Brennan - Vice-Chair, Winnipeg Committee Chair