THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." Phyllis Diller
Our 15th RCAF Airwomen's reunion will take place in Winnipeg from Tuesday, May 25th to Thursday, May 27th in 2021. The venue will be held at the Airport Hilton Suites located at 1800 Wellington Avenue.
Winnipeg has had a number of nicknames over the years. It was called “Gateway to the West” when the railroad arrived in the 1880s and a boom time began. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it became known as “Chicago of the North” because of the influence of Chicago style architecture. Many heritage buildings still exist in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, an area that has been designated a National Historic Site. Winnipeg has also been called the Windy City and Winterpeg. Winnipeg has been named Slurpee Capital of the World fifteen years in a row. Slurpees are a frozen flavoured drink sold by the 7-Eleven company. Apparently, Winnipeggers love their slurpees.
This is the link to the registration form for Reunion 15 in Winnipeg. For a printable copy (PDF) of the registration or newsletter, please contact Leah Mosher.
To request more information please contact us here.
MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
It’s less than a year until Reunion 15! Time is going by fast. Soon we will be updating information about hotel bookings.
We are extremely pleased to tell you that we have a Winnipeg Reunion 15 committee to help us. The Chair is Pat Brennan, and members are Sandy Anderson, Kathy Madden and Kathie Stubbs. Welcome aboard! We look forward to working with you.
Lastly, the Government of Canada has launched a website, “Find financial help during COVID-19”. It prompts you to answer some questions anonymously to determine if you qualify for benefits. If you get OAS, it will tell you what benefit you can receive and details about it. Click here.
STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:
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We donate these stamps to Oxfam Canada. To find out more about Oxfam click here.
WOMEN IN THE NEWS:
"Willa Walker blazed the trail for RCAF airwomen."
This was posted in The Maple Leaf in March:
"In honour of International Women’s Day, March 8, we bring you the story of Willa Walker, who blazed a trail for women in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War." Click here for the rest of the story.
If you or any of the ladies you know have had a news article written about them, no matter how minor, please let us know. Maybe you have an experience that you would like to share with us. Reply here.
COMMENTS AND REPLIES:
Darlene [Dee] Walmsley writes:
These shoes are made for shining
And that's just what I do
One of these days these shoes
Are going to march all over you.
Boot Camp 1959
How many 18-year-old teenage gals do you know who would trade in her pumps for black oxfords? Old lady shoes we called them and mine were dated 1944, war issue. Our stockings made from lisle, were bulletproof not unlike the ones I wore in a convent in my childhood. I tossed those overboard from an ocean-liner somewhere in the Atlantic in 1948.
My size 5 black issue shoes came with a shoeshine kit of black polish and a brush. The shine came from hours of spit and polish. Dab a dot of polish, spit onto the shoe, and rub until a reflection smiles back then move onto the next dull spot. An hour later, a pair of sparkling shoes shone ready for inspection.
Many of the world problems were solved while sitting in the barracks spitting and polishing.
Many arches fell while learning how to stand at attention and at ease.
Many pant legs streaked in black when a quick shine was stolen on the parade square.
Many miles marched with old lady oxfords reflecting the sun’s rays.
Many memories made with shoes made for marching.
One hour in a recruitment centre, an x-ray and medical and this gal was in the RCAF with a train ticket half way across Canada to Quebec and boot camp.
Welcome to the Royal Canadian Air Force; new faces, rules, regulations, uniforms, inspections, drill sergeants, discipline, mess halls, drill halls, barracks, pay stations, shots, salutes, shots, clean-up nights, more inspections. Marching, parades, stand at ease, attention, fall in, fall out, markers, size ranks, shouting, confusion, giggles, reprimands, tears, showers, pressing uniforms, shining shoes, lights out, blessed sleep.
Seven years of growing from a teen to a woman. Seven years of treasured memories not to be forgotten. Seven years of shining shoes with spit and polish.
Shirley MacIntyre writes:
In the fall of 1957 the Asian flu hit base St Jean P.Q.I was there on basic training. Luckily I did not catch this, but those who did, just fell like flies. You could go to work in the morning feeling fine & by noon you had a raging fever. I was lucky enough to not contact this flu. But those of us who stayed well, were put to work all over the base, helping out. If you ever seen a hospital before, you were helping the med A's, the hospital was filled to capacity, the rec centre was also turned into a make shift hospital.
I helped in the mess hall, making salads, and such, and at the laundry, The sheets came in, in bag fulls, soaking wet from the fevers. Don't remember how long it lasted but it took its tole at the time. It certainly wasn't anything like this COVID. Hope every one is staying safe & healthy Who else remembers this flu?
CHEERS to every one I may know, have a great summer.
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.
|| Date of Death
||28 Feb 2017
||21 Jan 2019
||28 May 2020
||16 Mar 2020
Theresa Agnes "Terry"
||3 Dec 2019
Alice Jacqueline "Jackie"
||8 Dec 2019
||9 Nov 2018
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.
A “Very Happy Birthday” to our June 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.
Tracey Everett- Chair
Leah Mosher- Vice-Chair/Liaison
Claire Williams- Treasurer
Pat Brennan - Chair, Winnipeg Committee