NEWSLETTER 
 
March 2019

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can't go anywhere until you change it." 

 

OTTAWA REUNION:  

Only 99 days to go! The place is Ottawa. The dates are June 7, 8, and 9. The venue is the Marriott hotel at 100 Kent Street. 

Although exact timings have not been finalized for all days, the Reunion will follow this general format:

Friday, 7 June, 2019 – Registration during the day, then in the late afternoon the Meet and Greet starts, with a buffet meal and entertainment after that.

Saturday, 8 June, 2019 – Free time during the day, however we have organized a local outing from 1000-1230 hrs. A get-together for cocktails in the late afternoon, followed by a sit-down dinner and entertainment.

Sunday, 9 June, 2019 – A non-denominational church service in the morning, followed by brunch.

If you do not yet have all the information or you want to register for the reunion, go to our information page. You can also contact us here for further information.  

If you are still on the fence, it's not too late to register. Link to registration form 


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: 

Hello Ladies,

Here are some additional articles about our organization and reunion, one from the RCAF government site and one from Petawawa Post: 

http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/article-template-standard.page?doc=rcaf-airwomen-s-reunion-to-be-hold-in-june/jrwgzyx9

http://www.petawawapostlive.ca/stories_site/january2019/january31/airwomenreunion.html

REGISTRATION FEE: 1 March, 2019, the deadline for the full registration fee has arrived.  If you are unable to make it, please let us know. The final refund date for the $200 portion of the fee is 31 March, 2019, there will be no refunds after this date. 

PAYMENTS: If you have yet to send money for multiple costs (i.e., the remainder of your registration fee, Paul’s Boat Tour, shirt/vest), feel free to combine the fees in one cheque or e-transfer. Please annotate your cheque or e-transfer in the memo field. Thank you.  Send cheques to Claire Williams, RCAF Airwomen Reunion 14, 120 East River Road, Sheet Harbour, NS, B0J 3B0. Send e-transfers to clairewilliams811@yahoo.com

PAUL'S BOAT TOUR: For those interested in the tour with Paul’s Boat Line, the cost is $28. We will be prepaying for the bus transportation and boat tour so we will not be able to refund the $28 after April 30, 2019. We are limited to 100 people, so preference will be given to those who have already expressed an interest, and who submit their money on time. 

 

STAMP COLLECTING:   

When you receive cards or letters from your friends and family, keep envelope with the stamp on it. When you get a chance read how to prepare the stamp below. When you have removed the corner of the envelope with the stamp attached, keep all of your stamps in a spare envelope until you have time to send them to Flo.   

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, click here.   

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

 

OUR LADIES IN THE NEWS:

Recently, Leah Mosher, Vice-Chair/Liaison/Ottawa Contact, was interviewed about our Reunion and here is the link to the article:

rcaf-pioneer-major-retd-leah-mosher-shares-on-upcoming-rcaf-airwomens-reunion.

 

YOUR STORIES AND REMINISCENCES:  

Maisie writes:  

Hi, I was a MedA stationed in Parent, P.Q. and stayed at the Hospital for 10 days till I came down with it (the flu) as well. In barracks the Matron came with two bags, one was leather and carried Penicillin and the other was a brown bag with whiskey. She was a neat lady and said we could have a shot of each. Sister Boutillier, neat lady! Flu was awful, and we actually knew who brought it into camp. It made him famous, or infamous, whichever, lol.  

Actually just got over the flu now, was in bed for 3 days, horrible cold and sweats at night, thank goodness it's over.  

Loretta writes: 

While reading the latest newsletter, I thought of the time I enlisted. I was in the class of 5708 in St. Jeans, Quebec. I had always wanted to be in the Air Force since I met an airwoman in uniform when I was about 13 years old. She was a Babineau visiting in Milltown, N.B. at the time. 

I turned 18 in December and enlisted as soon as I could. I loved everything about my few years in service. I worked in administration, because I already had training in Office Work. I loved the friendliness that I found on every base I was stationed at and remember many good times. 

I married Emile Caissie. He was in the Radar trades and we traveled all across Canada, and also to California and Washington State. We had five children, and I am always happy that they were brought up on small bases, where schools, churches, and all the recreation was close by. It was a great life. 

I'm not able to travel to the reunions, but I love to read the newsletters and keep up on what goes on today. Thank You to All the women who work to keep our memories alive. 

Hugs to All, Loretta (Laurie Arseneau) Caissie, Pictou, N. S. 

 

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, email us here to share your stories even if it's just a paragraph. We look forward to hearing from you!   

 

REQUESTS AND COMMENTS: 

Dianne Lalonde writes:

Anyone looking for economical accommodations in Ottawa? Google up Ottawa University Accomodations, you will be more than pleasantly surprised.  https://www.uottawa.ca/housing/summer-accommodation.

We are looking for help locating ladies who were on course with Ethel "Tomi" Thompson. She was on basic course 5535. In particluar she remembers someone called Ada. Please let us know if you have information that can help. Email us here.

To send a response or comment, click here.

 

HISTORICAL TRIVIA: 

"March 21, 1951 - The enrolment of women into the regular RCAF is authorized." 

"July 2, 1951 - The first post-war RCAF women trainees are taken on strength."

"March 21, 1955 - Construction of Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line defensive radar system across northern Canada and Alaska is announced."

"July 31, 1957 - DEW Line begins operations."

"May 12, 1958 - The United States and Canada sign the North American Air Defense Command Agreement, committing to mutual defence of North America."

"October 1, 1961 - The RCAF takes over Station Beausèjour, Manitoba, the first of 11 United States Air Force-operated Pinetree Line radar sites to be transferred to Canadian control."

"December 28, 1961 - The first RCAF Bomarc missile unit, No. 443 (SAM) Squadron, is formed at North Bay, Ontario."

"May 17, 1985 - North American Air Defense Modernization Agreement is signed at Quebec City, establishing the North Warning System (NWS) to replace the DEW Line."

"August 1, 1986 - The disbanding of a number of Pinetree Line radar stations is authorized, following construction of the initial NWS radar sites."   

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS:

Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's luncheon group will resume luncheons March 27, 2019. The location and time will be announced closer to the date. If you are interested in coming to our monthly luncheons or want more information, please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com.

Kingston, NS

The Kingston, NS RCAF Airwomen's group will meet March 20, 2019 at the Big Scoop in Wilmont, 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 March 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. 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    Please note address change.

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month, (except June, July, August and December). The next one is March 14, 2019, at Tony Roma's in the Londonderry Shopping Mall, 6604 - 137th Avenue, at 1 p.m. 

There is also a business meeting every fourth Sunday, (except June, July and August), at the Edmonton Air Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue, at 1:30 p.m. The next meeting is on March 24, 2019. 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 Isabelle (Issy) McLean, President at 780-722-0014

London, ON 

Please note the following changes:

This month our meeting will be held on the fifth Friday of March only, then we go back to the fourth Friday of each month. 

The 427 Wing is having an RCAF 95th Anniversary luncheon on the 29th of March, and our small group has decided it would be nice to go to that. There will be a speaker, Glad Bryce, author of "First In - Last Out", a celebration of the RCAF Women's Division (WDs) and Nursing Sisters during World War II. The tickets are $20 and I believe the meal is roast beef. 

The Airwomen in London, ON, meet for lunch every 4th Friday, (except July and August), 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:

Orleans, ON

There will be a luncheon for all Airwomen at the Orleans Legion, branch 632 on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:30. For more information and to RSVP, please call Jeanine Mader at 613-830-5966.  

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.

Veterans’ Health Centre host high tea to honour women veterans for International Women’s Day March 5, 2019. The event will specifically recognize the contributions of 43 women veterans who reside at the Perley Rideau Centre and served in either the Second World War and the Korean War. To read more click on the following linkhttps://www.cmfmag.ca/events/veterans-health-centre-host-high-tea-to-honour-women-veterans-for-international-womens-day/ 

One of our ladies alerted us to the following event: It's the 11th Annual Royal Canadian Air Force Run March 26, 2019, to read more click on the following link: http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/article-template-standard.page?doc=mark-your-calendars-for-the-2019-rcaf-run/jsagjuis

Do you know of any upcoming annual events happening in your community this year? 

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  

Arthur Margaret "Blanche"    Maycock 9 Nov 2018     88 Strathmore AB
Ball F.E. "Betty" Bell 20 Feb 2018     94 Salt Spring Island    BC
Kasprow Ilene "Kas" Kasprow 17 Feb 2019     82 Woodstock ON
McArthur Myra Anne McLeod 1 Feb 2019     77 Edmonton AB
Purcell Kathleen Marie "Kay"    Gray 6 Apr 2017     86 Medicine Hat    AB

 

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 March 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