Last updated 12 Feb, 2019 

NEWSLETTER 
 
February 2019
 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"Life is a journey, not a guided tour! 

 

OTTAWA REUNION:             

Only 127 days to go!

The place is Ottawa. The dates are June 7, 8, and 9.

The venue is the Marriott hotel at 100 Kent Street. 

If you do not yet have all the information or you want to register for the reunion, go to our information page. You can also contact us here for further information.  

If you are still on the fence, it's not too late to register. Link to registration form  


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: 

Hello Ladies,

REGISTRATION FEE: The deadline for the final payment of $200 is fast approaching. The total fee for the Reunion 14 is due by 1 March this year. We will be firming up numbers with the hotel for the meals. Therefore, after 31 March, 2019, there will be no refunds. 

PAUL'S BOAT TOUR: For those interested in the tour with Paul’s Boat Line, the cost is $28. This includes the cost of the tour and bus transportation to and from the Hull Marina where the tour starts and finishes. The bus will depart the Marriott on June 8, at 10:00am and return at 12:30pm. Please mail your cheque no later than March 1, 2019 to Claire Williams, RCAF Airwomen Reunion 14, 120 East River Road, Sheet Harbour, NS, B0J 3B0. Send e-transfers to clairewilliams811@yahoo.comWe are limited to 100 people, so preference will be given to those who have already expressed an interest, and who submit their money on time. Please note that in order to board the boat, you need to be able to walk a short distance and climb a few steps. Scooters and electric wheelchairs are not permitted on the boat. Manual, collapsible wheelchairs are OK. For more info, check out their website https://paulsboatline.com/en/

PAYMENTS: If you have yet to send money for multiple costs (i.e., the remainder of your registration fee, Paul’s Boat Tour, shirt/vest), we would be happy if you sent one cheque or e-transfer to cover these costs. Please annotate your cheque or e-transfer in the memo field. This would minimize our costs, as we have found out that we can only have 10 free transactions per month on our not-for-profit account. Thank you.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: The Wing newspaper, Aurora, of 14 Wing Greenwood, NS recently published an article about our group and its reunions. Check it out here: http://auroranewspaper.com/pdf/2019/4003news.pdf. This article has also been sent to all Wing newspapers in Canada, so look for it to possibly appear there in the next few weeks.

The Royal Canadian Legion is offering a Veteran Welcome Program. As per their website, "The Legion is pleased to offer currently serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members with a free one-year Legion membership, including a subscription to Legion Magazine and access to the Member Benefit programs. Our Veteran Welcome Program, available to all Veterans who have not yet joined the Legion, is a great way to get to know the organization.” To register, click here https://www.legion.ca/join-us/free-membership-caf-rcmp   

 

STAMP COLLECTING:   

When you receive cards or letters from your friends and family, keep envelop with the stamp on it. When you get a chance read how to prepare the stamp below. When you have removed the corner of the envelop with the stamp attached, keep all of your stamps in a spare envelop until you have time to send them to Flo.  

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.  

 

YOUR STORIES AND REMINISCENCES:

Helen sends the following:  

THE NEWS STORY FROM CBC:

"It’s been nearly 40 years since the last major outbreak of influenza swept the world, but the deadly memories still persist. Now the Asian flu, the latest viral threat to human health has reached North America and public health officials are scrambling to head off another devastating pandemic. This report from CBC Television assesses the damage across Canada and looks at what’s being done at UN headquarters in New York City. The Asian flu (also known as the oriental flue) is believed to have originated in northern China in February 1957. It hit Canada in the fall of that year, forcing the closure of schools, public gathering places and eventually killing an estimated 2,000 people. By the time it had run its course in the spring of 1958, this strain had claimed an estimated two million lives worldwide, making it the second most fatal flu pandemic in history."

Helen's experience:

BASIC TRAINING ST JEAN’S 1957

Shortly after arriving in St. Jean’s September 1957, I’m sure a lot who were there at the time unfortunately came down with this flu will remember (see News Story), and there were a lot of them as well as a lot of the hospital staff.

The hospital was full so the recreation hall and library were turned into a temporary hospital and if you didn’t get the flu you got a needle to help prevent it, and if you could read a thermometer to take a temperature you where put on shift and became an instant nurse.

In my case I was lucky enough not to get it and was assigned to the recreation centre which housed 157 airmen.  Duties consisted of monitoring, feeding, and sponge baths. Male helpers changed the patients' pj’s in the washroom while the bed sheets were being changed.  Some of them where very sick developed pneumonia, and had to be taken to Montreal.

I know a lot of the women who came down with it were housed at the library, fortunately, I was only there for a couple of shifts, (found some of them a bit demanding and unappreciative).

I’m sure anyone who reads this and was there will remember.

That’s only scary time I can recall while I was enlisted, I still dream I’m re-enlisting once in a while.    Helen Hebert

 

If you think of something that reminds you of an interesting time, let us know so that we can share the thought. We don't have to put your name on the story, however, that won't stop the ladies who were there from guessing. Help us bring back some fond memories for your friends.  

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:

Name: Edith McMinn writes: Margaret Smith 1924-2018 (Calgary, AB). If anyone wants a copy of Margaret's bio, please contact me by email at  edithmcm@shaw.ca 

To send a response or comment, click here.

 

HISTORICAL TRIVIA:

"February 3, 1942 - The CWAAF is renamed the RCAF Women's Division."

"October 1, 1946 - Reversion Day: almost all wartime personnel have been released and ranks are adjusted to peacetime establishments, with many taking a reduction in rank."

"December 31, 1946 - The RCAF Women's Division is dissolved."

"June 24, 1950 - North Korea invades South Korea and the Korean War begins."

"March 21, 1951 - The enrolment of women into the regular RCAF is authorized." 

"July 2, 1951 - The first post-war RCAF women trainees are taken on strength."

"July 27, 1953 - The Korean Armistice Agreement is signed, establishing the border between North and South Korea and putting a cease-fire into effect. As no peace treaty was signed, the two nations technically remain at war to this day." 

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS:

Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's luncheon group will resume luncheons March 27, 2019. The location and time will be announced closer to the date. 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 March 20, 2019 at the BIG SCOOP in Wilmot, NS at 12 noon. We select a different restaurant each month 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 at #265 Legion on Kensington Road NW. The next luncheon will be in February 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Edith McMinn is the President. Anyone interested to join us for lunches - Welcome! We also welcome Ex-Army and Ex-Navy ladies. I can be reached at edithmcm@shaw.ca or 403-242-2417. 

Edmonton, AB      Please note address change. 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month, (except June, July, August and December). The next one is February 14, 2019, at Tony Roma's in the Londonderry Shopping Mall, 6604 - 137th Avenue, at 1 p.m.  

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 p.m. The next meeting is on February 24, 2019. 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, (except July and August), at the 427 Wing, 2155 Crumlin Road, London, at 11:30 a.m. The meal is $10. Our next meeting will be in February 22, 2019. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at almar1@rogers.com.

OCCASIONAL LUNCHEONS:

None at this time. 

Click here to let us know if you want to invite airwomen to your local luncheon/meeting/event. Check our calendar for more information. 

 

OTHER EVENTS:       

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

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

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  

Bowser Evelyn Jean "Whitey"     White 30 Sep 2018      84 Portage La Prairie     MB
Coldwell Miriam Jean Coldwell 29 Dec 2018     77 Bridgetown NS
Corkum Marguerite "Peggy"      Corkum 16 Dec 2018     93 Unknown NS
Jesty Julia Wade  26 Dec 2018     78 Alymer QC
Johnson Janet Irene Anderson 20 Apr 2012      88 London ON
Mayer Marilyn Grace Gobin 7 Dec 2018     76 Langley  BC
Nightingale Marian Barbara Mugford 23 Nov 2013     86 Invermere BC
Styles Audrey Marie Styles  1 Dec 2012     81 Merrickville ON
Wade Catherine    Wade 31 Dec 2018     84 Gatineau QC
Yearley Joan Phyllis Otkin 18 Dec 2018     84 Penticton BC

 

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 February 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