NEWSLETTER 

JUNE 2024

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“Fun doesn't care what your age is!” 

POST REUNION 16: 

We would like to thank the following organizations who supported the RCAF Airwomen's 16th Reunion:

  • The RCAF Association Trust Fund Board of Trustees
  • Mayor Philip Brown of Charlottetown and Mayor Steve Ogden of Stratford for their warm welcome and kind words.
  • Memorabilia from Charlottetown, Stratford, Alberton, St. Anthony's Legion Branch #27, Tignish Initiatives Corporation, PEI Military Family Resource Centre, Post-Traumatic Growth Association
Your support and hospitality added greatly to the success of our reunion.

Reunion 16 was highly successful. It all started on Tuesday morning, May 28th. We were setting up our registration room for 09:00 morning and the ladies started showing up on time ... that is "military on time". They were early, and not just a couple of people either. 

Everyone was excited to be there, looking for old friends they hadn't seen in many years. On Tuesday night the meet and greet started early at 16:00. The ladies met in the Atrium for drinks and wandered over to the Ocean room next door to participate in the fun filled picture booth. Ladies were doning silly hats and holding up signs and collecting their picture from the gentleman running the camera. 

At 18:00 everyone was ushered in to the Dunes/Beach rooms which formed the Dinning area (where we spent most of time) and found their seats. The festivities were started with our Master of Ceremonies, Tracey Everette, welcoming the members. Shannon Hale decribed the missing man table for fallen comrades. Debbie Reid said a prayer for the commencement of R16 at dinner. 

We were a little unconventional this time round and decided to pass the mic around the room and ladies told stories to commented on things. It was very entertaining. We also handed out door prizes. Thanks to the PEI committee we had an abundance of items to hand out. 

On Wednesday morning at 09:15 May 29th, we met in the lobby for a Prince Edward Island Bus Tour, which included a trip to Green Gables in Cavendish and lunch at the Preserve Company. We had a tour guide Kevin and the bus driver Lavern. They were a great team. Kevin was highly entertaining regaling us with funny stories, history, agricultural information, trivia about the island, people, and buildings of PEI. 

Wednesday evening from 17:00 to 18:00 the ladies gathered in the Atrium and Ocean room for drinks. We were piped in to dinner. Carol Young gave the blessing for the evening meal. After the meal we were serinaded by four very talented ladies who belong to a much larger group of an all women A-Capella troup. The four ladies called Harmonix performed songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's barber quartet style. 

The next morning at 09:15 May 30th, we had an incredible service lead by Reverand Paula Hamilton. The room was packed, and the participants were not disappointed. 

At 10:00 we had the final meal in which we sang Happy Birthday to one of our May birthday ladies June Patterson, whose birthday happens to be on the 30th. The reverand gave the blessing for the last meal. The dining room was packed with ladies and their, husbands, guest, and other family members. 

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

From the Executive 

We have had a lot of amazing feedback from the people attending the reunion. We are glad that everyone enjoyed themselves.  

We would like to thank the people that donated their time to making the Reunion the success it was - the PEI Committee ladies Debbie, Bernie and Margie, the photographer Darlene Bekker, the Piper Angela, and the Reverend Paula Hamilton.

A big thanks goes out to Luke and Antenique and the rest of the staff at the Holman Grand Hotel,who made our stay an exceptional experience. This reunion was a big deal to our female veterans and they did not disappoint. 

Thanks to Mayumi at the Prince Edward Island Tours for her amazing help in organizing not only the bus trip but also the discounted entrance ticket to Green Gables and the meal at the Preserve Company, in which we arrived about 10 to 15 minutes before the cruise ship buses, and we were all able to get window seats. We also got their most experienced tour guide. 

LUNCHEONS: 

You don't have to be a member of the RCAF Airwomen's Reunion to attend a luncheon in your local area. If you are interested in meeting up with women you may have served with or whom served at the same time as you, get in touch with the facilitators to see what it's all about.

Some luncheons are monthly, year round. Some have their own annual schedules. 

Edmonton, AB 

Our next lunch meeting will be on June 12th at Tony Roma's in the Londonderry Mall, 6604 137 Ave NW at 1:00 pmWe hope as many as possible can attend and of course husbands or significant others are always welcome. Any questions, please call me, Elke Carr, at 1-780-912-9242 or e-mail me at wecarr@telus.net.

Kingston/Greenwood, NS

We have made reservations for Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 at the China Village Restaurant, located in the Greenwood Mall, Greenwood, NS at 12 Noon.  The Buffett is now available for dining, with reasonable pricing.  For more information, contact Pauline at hughpd.ryan@gmail.com

Charlottetown, PE

The next PEI Military Ladies luncheon is being held at Chez Yvonne's on Tuesday 18 June at 12:00. The address is 8947 Cavendish Road, Route 6 in Cavendish. Please contact Debbie Reid at debbie.reid1234@outlook.com for more information.  

Kingston, ON

Luncheon in Kingston Ont. On April 17th at 1pm at the Mandarin restaurant, 1300 Bath Road. All ex or reg. service gals in hte Kingston, Trenton, Bellville areas are welcome. Contact Shirley MacIntyre 613 384 4361 or shirleymacintyre16@gmail.com.

 

EVENTS: 

Women in Uniform to meet in Orleans, ON "EVENT IN SEPTEMBER!"

Heads up! There will be a get-together in Orleans, ON. 

Jeanine Mader writes:

Hope to see as many of you there as possible. Anyone from the Ottawa area are more than welcome. Even if you live further away and happened to be in the area, please come by.  

When:  September 14 ,2024

Time: 11:00 am until 3:00 pm

Venue: Orleans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek, Orleans, Ontario 

If you would like to attend this event or need more information, please send an email to servinggalsgettogether@gmail.com 

*If you host a regular luncheon please contact us let us know where you are. You do not have to publish your information in the newsletter but if we know your group exists, we can contact you if ladies in their area are looking for a luncheon group to join. Thanks so much for participating!  

 

COMMENTS AND REPLYS: 

Thank you for your participation in this section. Ladies who wanted to connect were able to contact members here. If you would like to share a memory, please click the link below. 

You can comment by replying to the newsletter email. 

 

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. We include them in our monthly newsletters as we find them. If it has been more than five years their names go directly in the Last Post list on the website, but do not appear in the newsletter. 

 Last Name  

 First Name          Maiden Name    Date of Death     Age    City             

  Prov  

 Hall

 Agnes E. "Bunny"    

 Jenkins

17 May 2024   

104  Calgary    AB
 Harris

 Lenore "Lee"

 Clement

26 Jul 2023   

89  Comox BC
 Haughn

 Audrey Patricia

 King

15 Oct 2023   

90  Comox BC
 Leeder

 Deanna "Dee"

 Leeder

May 2024   

83  Canso NS
 Mousseau

 Joan Dorothy

 Ryckman

30 Mar 2024   

87  Comox BC

If you have a notification of a member who has died and you do not see their name in the Last Post on our website, please let us know here. Thank you.  

 

BIRTHDAYS:

“Very Happy Birthday!” to our June birthday ladies. 

  

YOUR COMMITTEES:

Executive Committee:

Tracey Everett - Chair, Newsletter

Pat Brennan - Co-chair, Editor

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Reunion 16 Committee:

Debbie Reid - Chair Charlottetown Committee