updated: 16 March, 2020

 

NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2020

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy."   

WINNIPEG REUNION:

Our 15th RCAF Airwomen's reunion will take place in Winnipeg from Tuesday, May 25th to Thursday, May 27 in 2021. The venue will be held at the Airport Hilton Suites located at 1800 Wellington Avenue.

Winnipeg Trivia:

"Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba – and the geographical centre of North America. It was incorporated as a city in 1873. The city sits at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers – a place referred to as The Forks. 

If you are a member planning to come to the R15 please contact us about the reunion information page.

The registration form for Reunion 15 in Winnipeg is now online. 

Registration fee is $250. The non-refundable portion, $50, is due by June 1, 2020. The balance, $200 is due by March 1, 2021. Please note, there will be no refunds after April 15, 2021 as the food menu will be finalized and we will be expected to pay for the set number of people at that point.  

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Hello Ladies,

If you want to become a member of our organization, to meet new friends and find old friends, fill our our New Member Form and receive the email version of this newsletter.  If you want to join but do not wish to receive the newsletter, when you fill out the new member form, tell us in the comments section of the form. You can still access the newsletter online and use the Contact Us link to communicate with us when you have questions. 

If you attend luncheons with other RCAF Airwomen in your area, you can ask the ladies organizing the luncheons for information about the reunion in Winnipeg or write us and get more information for your group. Not all the lunch meetings across Canada are listed in the newsletter. 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY: 

When you receive cards or letters from your friends and family, keep the envelop 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 envelop with the stamp attached, keep all of your stamps in a spare envelop until you have time to send them to Flo.  

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

If you have any questions, please phone me at 403-475-6738 or e-mail flobobreid@shaw.ca.   

WOMEN IN THE NEWS: 

We've come a long way ladies: In November 2019, two women from the Department of National Defence were recognized on the 2019 list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women. They are the Deputy Minister of National Defence Jody Thomas (Navy) and Deputy Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Major-General Frances Allen (Airforce). 

If you or any of the ladies you know have been published, no matter how minor, please let us know. Maybe you have an experience that you believe should have been published. Reply here.

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Pat writes:

I would like to connect with any one I may have known at St Jean Quebec course 5960 Aylmer on Supply course about May, June 1960, or Trenton 1960 to 1963, or Rockcliffe 1963 to 1964.    Pat Macdonald (Evans)   

Darlene writes:

Hi,  I have lost contact with an airwoman I met in Cold Lake, then again saw her in Baden Baden in the late 60s.  Her name is Louise Tata.  If anyone knows of her whereabouts I would greatly appreciate the info. Thanks, Darlene Clark  

Janet writes:

Hello all, I sure enjoy the monthly news letter. I have been trying to find Barbara nee Cooper. We went overseas together by ship in 1953. Barb was so sick on board. I would  like very much to hear from her. Barb was my Matron of honour when I married in Zwiebrocken. Thanks, Janet Hayes (nee Tottman) 

Delores writes:

I was wondering if anyone knows the whereabouts of Darlene Ogden, she was from Amherst Nova Scotia. We met in Greenwood NS 1958 we became good friends and she was my maid of honour at my wedding.   Delores Lloyd 

To reply or comment, please click here 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

Click here to let us know if you want to invite airwomen to your local luncheon/meeting/event. If you haven't seen it before, check out our calendar.

*If your luncheon group has decided to postpone lunches for now, you should receive an email from the group organizer.*

LUNCHEONS:  

If you are visiting or new in the area don't forget to let the luncheon organizers know if you are planning to attend. Often they must reserve for a specific number of diners.

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 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 emaildorothyk5944@gmail.com 

Greenwood/Kingston, NS

Greenwood/Kingston has cancelled the March 18 luncheon. 

The March Luncheon for the Greenwood/Kingston Ladies Group will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Angie's Restaurant in Middleton, NS.  Guest are welcome.  Please advise Pauline Ryan at hughpd.ryan@ns.sympatico.ca if you wish to attend.

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 March 11, 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 Edmonton luncheons will be postponed for now. As soon as the decision to resume, members will be notified. Thank you for your understanding. 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The next luncheon is on March 12 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 March 22. 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, Ontario, meet for lunch every 4th Friday at 427 London Wing of the RCAF Association, 2155 Crumlin Road, opposite the London Airport, except July, August and December.  The next one is March 27 about 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:

Trenton/Bellville, ON 

RCAF Airwomen Quinte Region's next outing will be on 28 March 2020 to Sandy Flat Sugar Bush, 300 Concession Rd West, Warkworth ON for wagon rides, trails, activities and of course, pancakes and maple syrup.  Admission is $2.00 per person and $7.00 for the pancake breakfast. There are plans to carpool should anyone wish to. Carpooling will take place at the Trenton Wal-Mart parking lot (Garden Centre end) at 10:30 am. Should anyone be interested, please contact the coord at gm-bush@hotmail.com prior to 25 March 2020  in order to provide attendance numbers to Sandy Flat.

There are various luncheons that do not follow a regular schedule, this is where they will be posted at the beginning of the month but we can also post them immediately in the online calendar for people to see at anytime. 

*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.*   

OTHER EVENTS:       

One of our members may be of interest to you. Veterans Affairs Canada says that, “Currently, about 20% of Veterans receive support from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).” 

They would like to know why so many veterans are not accessing benefits that they may be entitled to, and to learn how to better reach these people.Therefore, they are doing an online consultation to find out. 

The online consultation will run until the end of March. If you are a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) or a family member of a retired military member, you can share your thoughts on how Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) can stay in touch with you and support you in ways you need. 

Visit www.veteranconsultation.ca to participate in the consultation.

For more information on other Veterans Affairs events, check out the link to this event page: http://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  

Bowen Phyllis Isabel "Phyl"     Bowen 31 Jan 2020     91 Toronto ON
Carritt Doreen Anne Bourke 9 Feb 2020     86 Red Deer AB
Gosling Leslie Alison "Al" Gosling 19 Feb 2020     81 Wiarton ON
Peterson Ina Loohuizen 10 Feb 2020     84 Salmon Arm    BC
Rath-Hewer    Alline Mae McCormac 25 Aug 2011     71 Thunder Bay ON
Redding    Mary Patricia "Pat" O'Neill 26 Mar 2013     79 Kelowna BC
Rideout Eva A Davis 1 Oct 2016     89 Victoria 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 March 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