NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2019

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"Tis the time of year, when we touch base with those we've been thinking of all year."

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Hello Ladies,

Winnipeg, MB will be the destination for Reunion 15Dates are May 25-27, 2021. This represents a change from having the reunion on a weekend to having it on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as the overwhelming majority of survey respondents indicated they would be willing to do this. 

The Executive is currently negotiating a hotel contract which will include group rates for some dates pre and post conference. More details will be released in the January newsletter

We are looking for volunteers to join the Winnipeg committee. Some ladies have already stepped forward. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact us here.

Veteran's Service Card:

As promised, we have been keeping an eye on the Government website. For all those interested in getting a Veteran’s Service card, you can now apply. The link below will take you to the page that explains what you need to do. 

 

STAMP COLLECTING: 

It's that time of year again, when we are receiving all kinds of beautiful stamps our Christmas cards. If you are too busy over the holidays to send in your stamps, please consider saving all your envelops intact until you have time in the new year to sit down with them.  To see details about the preparation of the stamps, click here

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

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

 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS:

One of our ladies, Irene LeClair, has been interviewed about the Fort Folly Veterans of New Brunswick. The following is a link to the article in the PrimeTime Magazine, Fall issue of 2019, page 16. Click here to read, or go directly to the PrimeTime magazine website: https://seniorsinformationcentre.com/primetime-magazine/

If you or someone you know were published in a local newspaper and you would like to share it with the other members of the organization, please send it to us at newsletter@rcafairwomen.ca

 

YOUR STORIES: 

No stories at this time.

 

Your stories spark memories of days gone by. We often get requests from members seeking contact with other members after stories have been published. Please, let us publish your experience. Reply to us here.

 

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Ladies, Mr. Kevin Anderson from the New Brunswick Aviation Museum is interested in interviewing our members. He sent us the following email:

Good morning, 

I am the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Aviation Museum and part of our mandate includes 1 Air Division. In 2014 I conducted video interviews with 63 pilots as part of our Sabre Legacy Project. I am now working on a MA History degree at the University of New Brunswick and my thesis will also be on the Air Division. In order to tell a more complete story I would like to interview women who served in the RCAF as well as older family members who remember what life was like there - any fears, safety drills, experiences during the Cuban Missile Crisis, etc.... My current working title is Flying, Fatalities, Families and Fear: Life and Death in Canada's No. 1 Air Division (1951-1968). I live in Miramichi, NB close to the former Chatham air base so I would like to start meeting people in the Atlantic region first but I plan to get across the country next summer. On a side note, the Museum is always looking for items related to the Air Division and RCAF Station Chatham so if anyone has photos, uniforms, medals, documents, or other artifacts related to their service, including details on the getting to and from Europe, we would like to give them a home. We are happy to make copies of photos and return originals, or conversely, to receive digital versions of the photos. Former CDS, General (ret'd) Paul Manson, said it seems like those of us who served during the Cold War are considered "second-class' veterans by many in Canada and I am trying to change that. Please feel free to pass my contact information out to your members. I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully to be able to one day tell your stories. 

Sincerely, Kevin N. Anderson, CD Captain (Retired)Executive Director New Brunswick Aviation Museum nbamdirector@outlook.com

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UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

Click here to let us know if you want to invite airwomen to your local luncheon/meeting/event. If you haven't seen it before check out our calendar.

* Some of the luncheons close down over the holidays and some over the winter due to road conditions. *

LUNCHEONS:  

If you are visiting or new in the area don't forget to let the luncheon organizers know if you are planning to attend. Often they must reserve for a specific number of diners.

Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's group gets together on the last Wednesday of each month. We will be taking a break until March or April. We look forward to seeing you all in the spring. If you are interested in coming to our monthly luncheons or would like more information, please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com 

Kingston/Greenwood, NS

The Kingston/Greenwood RCAF Airwomen's group will meet on Wednesday, December 11 at the Kingston Legion, 1472 Veterans Lane, Kingston, NS for our annual Christmas Dinner. 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 located at 1918 Kensington Road NW, AB. The next luncheon is on December 11 at 11 a.m. with some arriving a little earlier. If you need any more information, contact Muriel Mymko at calamity81@hotmail.com

Edmonton, AB 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The next luncheon is on January 9 at the North Edmonton Senior Association, 7524 - 139 Avenue, Edmonton at 12:30 p.m. Please contact Elke, our new President, if you would like to join us. 

There is also a business meeting every fourth Sunday, (except June, July, August, and December), at the Edmonton Air Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue, at 1:30 p.m. The next meeting is on January 26. This will be our election meeting, and we hope that all our members will be able to attend. 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 Elke Carr, President at wecarr@telus.net.

London, ON 

The Airwomen in London, ON, meet for lunch every 4th Friday at 427 London Wing of the RCAF Association located at Crumlin Road opposite the London Airport, except July, August and December.  Our next meeting will be January 24, 2020. The lunch costs $10. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at almar1@rogers.com.

MORE LUNCHEONS:

Trenton, ON

RCAF Airwomen in Trenton and area. We will be getting together at Vitos Pizzeria, 36 Prince Edward St, Brighton ON, on December 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Dress is Xmas ugly sweater if you have one! Responses to me via email at gm-bush@hotmail.com. Thanks, Geri Bush, Coord

*If you organize or know of a luncheon in your area but don't want it published online, please let us know. We get requests occasionally from members looking for a local luncheon. Thank you.*

 

OTHER EVENTS:

For more information on all these and more, check out the link to this event page: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/events.

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 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  

Curtis Ella Rosalie Mountain 17 Nov 2019     96 Miramichi NB
Gillies Donelda Jean "Dona"    Gillies 23 Oct 2019     87 Smith Falls ON
Grandison Marguerite Blanche "Newfie"      Earle 15 Nov 2019     81 Burlington ON
Gray Joanne Eleanor "Jo" Work 7 Nov 2019     82 Comox   BC
Heron Judith Ann "Judy" Sprague 3 Nov 2019     78 Saint John NB
MacKenzie Ethel V. F. Andersen 25 Dec 2018     81 Red Deer  AB
McLean Sarah Annis "Diane" Smith 21 Nov 2018     75 Sussex NB
Melton June Marie France 4 Jul 2019     94 Kingsville ON
Scott Jacqueline Jenny "Jacquie" Winchester 29 Dec 2018     80 Victoria BC
Smith Myrna Elizabeth Oram 13 Nov 2018     85 Saint John NB
Sweetnet Marlene Unknown 2017     78 Dalhousie

NB 

 

Ella Rosalie Curtis was a part of the memory project. This is what she had to say about her experience: http://www.thememoryproject.com/stories/195:ella-rosalie-curtis/  

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 December Birthday ladies. Click here for the listing. 

 

YOUR COMMITTEE:

Tracey Everett- Chair

Leah Mosher- Vice-Chair

Claire Williams- Treasurer

Jackie Sparrow- Webmaster and Data Base Coordinator