NEWSLETTER   

FEBRUARY 2021

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there’s footprints on the moon.

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Welcome to February. We hope you continue to stay safe and upbeat. It may not be easy during a month which historically causes cabin fever. So, don't hesitate to reach out to your connections. If you can't see friends and neighbours in person, continue to stay in touch through social media or the phone. 

We have made a slight change to the look of the Newsletter by putting a picture at the top. If you have any that you would like us to use, please send them.

WINNIPEG REUNION:

The Reunion will take place in Winnipeg at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, May 24-26, 2022.

The Winnipeg Reunion 15 Committee has been hard at work. Recently they sent emails or phoned our members living in Manitoba. They are looking to gather stories, memorabilia, volunteers and names for any new members interested in participating in the reunion. Check out the Military Gals Facebook page for more info.

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

There are no comments or requests this month. We're starting to feel like the Maytag repairman in this category. :-) If you have a humorous or uplifting story, we'd love to hear it.

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:  

Flo Reid writes,  “Just a reminder to keep collecting your postage stamps .  Christmas stamps are very desirable to collectors." 

Please keep sending your stamps. If you have any questions, please phone Flo 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. 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS:

From the Servicewomen's Salute Canada Facebook page:

"The National Film Board released in 1957 a film made for the RCAF called “Airwomen” (sometimes titled “Frontiers to Guard”) that is now available in colour at https://www.nfb.ca/film/airwomen/

The film was clearly designed as a recruiting tool to appeal to young women to join the RCAF. Studies done by the air force showed that women joined to travel, to meet other young people and to work in “non-traditional” roles like Fighter Control Operator (FCOp) and technical trades.

For example, in the opening scene “Elaine,” wearing an RCAF tartan shirt, is shown being driven to RCAF Station Falconbridge, near Sudbury ON and not named in the film, by young man in his bright red sports car. She is then shown working as a FCOp and the film follows her journey to a posting in Germany, where she is depicted meeting her brother, a fighter pilot, and enjoying sights. All those who appear in the film are serving members of the RCAF, but the main character, "LAW Elaine Harrington" is a fictional character played by an unidentified airwomen. Her fictional brother "F/O Robbie Harrington" was played by fighter pilot F/O Loyola (Loly) Robinson."

The black and white version of this film was shown at Reunion 14 in Ottawa. I'm sure that it brought back memories for many of you.

We are interested in your stories! If you (or any of the ladies you know) have had articles written about you, no matter how minor, please let us know. Maybe you have an experience that you believe should have been published. Reply 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  Location Prov 
Bertrand Marion Evelyn     Buchanan

5 Aug 2020    

92 Brampton     ON
Chaster Katheleen "Ruth" "Chas"     Chaster 6 Sep 2020     95 Duncan BC
Hewitson Dorothy Charlotte "Dot" Simpson 30 Sep 2020     88 Dryden ON
Larouche Bernice Edna "Bunny" Hawkins 5 Apr 2020     88 Val Caron ON
McBurney    Juanita "Jay" Munroe 7 Sep 2019     93 St Albert AB
Munroe Edna Annie Munroe 25 Jul 2019     84 Brandon ON

 

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/Newsletter 
Claire Williams- Treasurer
Pat Brennan - Chair, Winnipeg Committe