NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2020

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun."  Katharine Hepburn 

 

WINNIPEG REUNION:

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

Winnipeg Trivia:

"Union Station was designed by Warren and Whetmore in the Beaux Arts style and built between 1908 and 1911. The station provided terminal facilities for the Canadian Northern Railway, the National Transcontinental Railway and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The building was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1976. Today it houses the Via Rail terminal, a number of non-railway businesses, and the Winnipeg Railway Museum."

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Hello Ladies,

The registration form for Reunion 15 in Winnipeg is now online. 

Registration fee is $250. The non-refundable portion, $50, is due by June 1, 2020. The balance, $200 is due by March 1, 2021. Please note, there will be no refunds after April 15, 2021 as the food menu will be finalized and we will be expected to pay for the set number of people at that point. 

There will be a free airport shuttle and, for those who bring their vehicle, there will be free parking. We are putting together an information page and adding as we go on.  

 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY: 

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.  

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

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

 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS: 

Marguerite (Oates) Cawston "Sue", is one of our WWII veterans. She did her basic course in Toronto. She did some interviews which are on the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Getting to go overseas - https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/video-gallery/video/8686

Pulling files of those gone missing - https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/video-gallery/video/8688

Keeping the bonds of friendship - https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/video-gallery/video/8689 

 

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Denise writes:

Would you know how many ex- Airwomen now live in Lethbridge, AB.  I only know of one other  and our city now has over 100.000 thousand people living here, there has to be more than 2 of us.  If you can shed some light on this it would be much appreciated.    Thank you, Denise Cole  

Eileen writes:

Looking to connect with some of the RCAF Gals from our course in St. Jean Dec 1960, course number 6050 and the Guys from my husband's course 6049.      Eileen Byrne Peers 

Maimie and Faye write:

We were both wondering if Jackie Livermore was still with us, and we see it was her birthday last month, but have no idea where she is.   

Lee writes:

I was wondering if anyone has knowledge of the whereabouts of Morna (Mickey) LeClair, formerly of Comox, B.C.  She attended the reunion in Foymount, Ontasrio with us.  I have lost contact with her since then.  

Diana writes:

Does anyone remember the Rutledge sisters who were stationed at St Hebert around 1955?   

To reply or comment, please click here.

 

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 

Greenwood/Kingston, NS

The Greenwood/Kingston RCAF Airwomen's group will hold our next luncheon on Wednesday, February 12 in the China Village Restaurant at the Greenwood Mall at 12:00 noon. All are wecome to attend. Please advise Pauline Ryan at hughpd.ryan@ns.sympatico.ca if you are thinking of attending.

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 February 12 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 February 13 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 February 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 Elke Carr, President at wecarr@telus.net.

London, ON 

The Airwomen in London, Ontario, meet for lunch every 4th Friday at 427 London Wing of the RCAF Association, 2155 Crumlin Road, opposite the London Airport, except July, August and December.  The next one is February 28 about 11:15 a.m. The lunch costs $10. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at almar1@rogers.com.

MORE LUNCHEONS:

Trenton/Bellville, ON

For those who are in the Quinte (Trenton / Belleville etc)area and interested in attending, we will be visiting the recently expanded Donini Chocolate Factory Store at 335 Bell Blvd, Belleville before our group lunch on the February 15. Lunch will be at 1230 hrs at North China Buffet at 300 Bell Boulevard just down the street. If you are not interested in the chocolate store, you can still join for lunch. Reservation requests to Geri at gm-bush@hotmail.com.

There are various luncheons that do not follow a regular schedule, this is where they will be posted at the beginning of the month but we can also post them immediately in the online calendar for people to see at anytime. 

*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: 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  

Archibald    Marilyn "Stretch" Archibald 31 Dec 2019     80 Edmonton AB
Fawcett Doreen "Rene" Beauvais 7 Jan 2020     83 Ottawa ON
Fawcett Shirley Bethea Fawcett 30 Sep 2018     78 Winchester ON
Hamon Yvonne Catheryne      Hamilton-Grant 19 Jun 2019     97 Kingston ON
Hubbard Joyce "Jo" Ritchey 29 Jan 2011     74 Mississauga    ON
LeBlanc Wanda Leona Marsh 17 Jan 2020     67 Moncton NB
Maletta Jocie Ethel "Joey" McKinnon 16 Aug 2019     89 Cranbrook BC
Patterson Sharon Dale Gimby 6 Dec 2019     78 Calgary AB
Scott Barbara Jean Bricker 19 Jul 2019     85 Sarnia ON
Trahan Doris Leblanc 30 Dec 2019     84 Edmonton AB

Marilyn Archibald was very involved with softball. Click here to read the article.

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.

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