NEWSLETTER

June 2019

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."  

 

OTTAWA REUNION: 

The reunion was fantastic! A good time was had by all.

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Appologies for the lateness of the newsletter. More to come about Reunion 14 in the July newsletter.

 

STAMP COLLECTING: 

Numbers to be posted in the July newsletter.

 

YOUR STORIES AND REMINISCENCES: 

Edith writes:

My name was Edith Fraser aka Minnie (Courses 6236 and 6303)

I am reminded of what was supposed to be my last flight out of Goose Bay and the RCAF. 

My husband was reading LIFE magazine and I was looking out the window. I was able to actually see the propeller which I thought was strange... it should be invisible, right? So I said to him... I don't think this engine is going and he said... yeah neither is the other one without looking up. Then the steward came rushing down the aisle... put out all cigarettes and buckle up so we did. 

We were on a Cosmopolitan so only two engines and indeed... one engine had stopped so we had to turn around and go back to Goose. An RCMP wife was panicking near us and I told her oh don't worry... these guys are really good at what they are doing. I looked back at the window and I thought wow... we are awfully close to those treetops so I started to feel a bit of fear now too. 

We landed and saw the pilot. He was a redhead with freckles and his skin was white and sweat was pouring off his face. SO... I guess it was something to be afraid of :)

Edith (Edie) Fraser

Marg writes:

I joined the RCAF January, 1958, Course 5802. Trade selected was Teletype Operator which was in Clinton, Ont.  After six months TD in St. Jean waiting for course, I then left for Clinton, Ont.  There I met Rollie Zwicker who was also doing his course and we married on May 30th, 1959.
By that time I was in Greenwood NS and because Rollie was transferred to Chatham, NB., a very nice Ma'am (forget her name) asked me if I would like to be transferred to St. Margaret's, (30 mins. down the road from Chatham by bus), which I accepted and spent remainder of my term there.
We will be married 60 years on May 30th., 2019.  Quite a milestone!!

Marg Zwicker

Trudy writes:

I also read the post on time spent in the military ... my course was 5447 and we were on course in St. Johns with the men. I don't remember how many on the course were women but we were the minority. I too met my husband after I went through the teletype course in Clinton. We were married in Summerside and will celebrate our 64th anniversary this September. GREAT memories of my "short" time in the military.

Trudy Lamothe nee Waites

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: 

In reference to the article written by Edith in the April, 2019 newsletter:

Edith replies:

Hi Ruth, I think I remember you. Were you the girl who was training the girls to be a cheering squad? Great days. They were the second best years of my life. The best years were while raising my two children. Thanks for responding. My nick was Minnie. Got that in Basic too :) 

Eileen requests:

Under birthdays..nickname for me was Scorch...could that be chg's from Monty?  Thank you, hoping someone in my dorm will id that and remember me..haahaa.

Jackie asks:

Did people pick their own nicknames or where they given nicknames?

Eileen answers:

We just called each other by whatever name we seen that person...like one of
my group we called squeak...she was tall & skinny...another was
Bubbles...she was short legged, rolly polly, and a happy smiling bouncy
person....as for me, I scorched my uniform when ironing it, so I inherited
the nickname "scorch" from my comrades...

Ladies, how did you get your nickname?

To send a response or comment, click here.

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

Ladies, these are the last luncheons for the summer, they will return in September. Why not take in a June luncheon and talk to the ladies who attended Reunion 14? 

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS:

Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Dartmouth/Halifax Ex-Airwomen's luncheon group will meet at Brewster's Bar & Grill, 961 Bedford Highway, Bedford on Wednesday, 26 June at 1 p.m.  This will be our last luncheon until the end of September.  We always take time off for Summer.  If you need more info please contact me at: dorothyk5944@gmail.com.

Kingston/Greenwood, NS

The Kingston, NS RCAF Airwomen's group will meet June 19, 2019 at the China Village in the Greenwood Mall, 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 June 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. The women in Calgary meet every second Wednesday of the month from September through to June. 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 

Luncheons will resume in September, thank you. 

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). The next one is on June 28, 2019, at the 427 Wing, 2155 Crumlin Road, London, at 11:30 a.m. The meal is $10. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at almar1@rogers.com.

OCCASIONAL LUNCHEONS:

Kingston, ON

Luncheons in Kingston, Ontario are occasional. For more information, call Shirley MacIntyre at 613-384-4361.

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:

Cindy would like anyone who may be interested to know that there is a group for the Alumni of 7 Canadian Forces Supply Depot, Lancaster Park, Alberta. They are having a 65th Anniversary on June 7, 2019. Unfortunately, RSVP must be sent no later than the 29th of May but if you are interested in finding out more about the organization, contact Gladys at Gladys.Magega@forces.gc.ca  

Helen sends us this information from her UN accociation:

Event:    75th Anniversary of D-Day and Battle of Normandy 
Type:      Wreath Laying Ceremony
Date:       June 6, 2019
Time:      11:00 - 11:30
Place:      National War Memorial
Address: Confederation Place
City:        Ottawa, Ontario

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  

Clozza Mary     MacKenzie 25 Apr 2019     94 Victoria   BC
Laviolette Kathleen Hazel "Kay"  Laviolette 16 May 2019     96 Pembroke ON
Moore Martha Lou Gay 7 May 2019     85 Sooke 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 June 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