JANUARY 2020

NEWSLETTER

ūüéȬ†Happy New Year!¬†ūüéČ

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"Take a chance! It's very satisfying to say, 'I did that!' " 

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:             

Reunion 15 will be held in Winnipeg, MB, May 25-27, 2021. By having the reunion mid-week, we hope to take advantage of lower prices. 

The venue has been chosen. We will be staying in the hotel where the event will be happening.  The hotel is the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, 1800 Wellington Avenue. There is a free airport shuttle and free parking.  

Winnipeg Trivia:

"17 Wing was initially formed as RCAF (Reserve) Wing Winnipeg on 1 October 1950 to administer and control 402 Squadron. On 1 August 1951, it was re-designated 17 (Reserve) Wing, and then 17 (Auxiliary) Wing on 1 September 1951."  

 

STAMP COLLECTING:  

Set some time aside to cli[ those Christmas card stamps.¬†¬†ūüéĀ ūüďģ¬†¬†Flo Reid¬†

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 themselves, click¬†here. ¬†ūüď¨ ‚úāÔłŹ

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

 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS: 

In our July issue we had a radio interview of three of our ladies who were attending the reunion in Ottawa. Another one of the ladies at the Ottawa reunion, Celia Brown, was recently interviewed by the same radio personality. Here is a link to the recording: https://omny.fm/shows/580-cfra/listen-now-world-war-ii-vet-98-year-old-cpl-celia    

We found an article that some of you may be interested to read or re-read. Below is a quote from the story followed by a link to the webpage: 

"Two years ago I was thrilled to be a guest speaker at the RCAF Airwomen’s Reunion in Whitehorse, Yukon. Recently a lovely lady named Irene Parkes of Langley, B.C., who tirelessly organizes all the old scrapbooks and records for the group, ran across a batch of wartime photos, so she kindly sent them to me."

https://www.elinorflorence.com/blog/rcaf-women  

 

REQUESTS AND COMMENTS:

Claire writes:

I roomed with Marg Bebee in 1958/1959 in RCAF Station St Hubert. Any news regarding Marg would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!  I do not think she ever attended any reunion.            Claire (Page) Mitchell

Thank you to Lisa:

We recently received an email from a care worker, Lisa, in Manitoba, about someone we lost touch with. She was wondering if one of our members was the same lady she had been caring for until November 9, 2019. She had seen pictures on our website of Eva Keenahan at our reunions. "Eva was very proud of being a woman in the airforce", said Lisa. She felt it was important to reach out to the members and let them know.

If anyone has any stories they would like to share with Lisa, please email us at newsletter@rcafairwomen.ca. 

*It takes a special type of person to take care of others. To all those workers in the homes and hospitals who take care of peoples loved ones, thank you.*

To comment, click here.

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS:

Welcome to the new year! Meet your friends and find out what's happening. 

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS:

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, January 15 at 12:00 in the Oaken Barrel Restaurant. It's located at the old Top Hat Beverage Room behind the Greenwood Mall in Greenwood, NS. 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 January 8 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 at aproximately 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:

None at this time.

*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.*

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  

Bailey (Johnston)    Helen Eileen   6 Dec 2019     80 Kamloops BC
Belliveau Maryel Beliveau 29 Dec 2019     87 London ON
Blackburn Mary Lillian Banks 27 Aug 2017     78 Ottawa ON
Brewer Florence E. "Flo" Kerr Oct 2019     100 Victoria BC
Hineman Elizabeth "Betty" Kelley 28 Nov 2019     95 Kingston    ON
Keenahan Eva M. "Kraz" Krassilowsky 9 Nov 2019     91 Winnipeg MB
Leitch Frances   24 Aug 1996     71 Stoney Creek     ON
Marchand Marianne "Mouse" Marchand 15 Dec 2019     83 Orleans ON
Mattinson Alice Jean "Brad" Bradley 15 Dec 2019     83 Nepean ON
Muzychka     Lillian Victoria "Vickie"     Henn 28 Sep 2019     89 Ladysmith BC
Nelson Ruth Emily Cecelia Osmond 6 May 2019     84 New Glasgow    NS

Betty Hineman received an award just before she passed. 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 ‚ÄúVery Happy Birthday‚ÄĚ to our January 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