NEWSLETTER

MAY 2019

 

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"I get my exercise doing the stairs. When I go down stairs to do something, I forget why I'm there so I have to return to the top of the stairs to remind myself."  

 

OTTAWA REUNION: 

We are getting down there, only 38 days to go ladies! 

These are the timings for the weekend:

Friday, June 7, 2019 – Registration from 10:00-16:00, Meet and Greet 17:00-18:00, buffet meal and entertainment 18:00-22:00.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 – For those going on Paul’s Boat Tour, meet in the lobby at 09:45, the tour is from 10:00-12:30. For those staying behind, cards 12:00-16:00. Meet and greet 17:00-18:00, dinner and entertainment 18:00-22:00.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 – A non-denominational church service at 09:00, followed by brunch 10:00-12:00.

We still have seats on Paul's Boat tour if you and your spouse or guest are interested. If you don't want to miss out on this excursion we need confirmation by May 10th in the form of payment. Please send your $28 per person, and name(s) of those wishing to participate to Claire Williams, our Treasurer. Check out our information page for payment options.

For those of you who are driving, the parkade at the Marriott can be easily missed. As you travel north on Kent Street (it's a one-way), get into the left lane. The Marriott is on the left just after Queen Street. Just past the Starbucks sign on the Marriott hotel, look around the corner of the building for the green circle with a white  . It is the hotel parking lot, as well as public parking. There is a height restriction of 6 feet (no large vehicles).

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Ladies, 

For those of you who are unable to make it to this reunion, we are collecting messages from you for the ladies attending. If you have anything you would like to pass on at the reunion (greetings, comments, requests), please email us here

Flooding in Ottawa:

For those who are wondering about Ottawa’s state of emergency, the flooding is not happening anywhere near the Marriott Hotel or the airport. It’s mostly in the west end of Ottawa, 20-50 minutes away from the city centre, and in parts of Gatineau. 

A representative from Paul’s Boat Tour assured us that everything will be back to normal well before June 8. The floods are supposed to peak today and tomorrow. In the 2017 floods, Paul’s was back to normal within a week of the peak water height.

We hope all our members in the Ottawa and Gatineau area are well.

 

STAMP COLLECTING: 

Ladies, 

If you are going to the reunion, don't forget to bring your stamps. Please take the time to clip them with 1/4 inch edge around the stamp. If there is a good postmark, include it when clipping. If you are not going to the reunion, ask someone going to bring them. Or, mail them to me. As Oxfam is in Ottawa, I will be delivering them to avoid postage fees.

Thanks, 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

 

CHANGING TIMES:

In the 1950's women had to wear skirts (even on parade). Dresses were worn on duty, only technicians were allowed to wear slacks on the job. Two pair of Oxford shoes were issued as part of personal kit and women had to wear stockings.

Years later women were issued slacks and skirts as part of the uniform. Work dress consisted of pants, shirt and jacket. No more dresses. We were issued one pair of Oxfords and two pair of boots but allowed to wear black patent pumps with the dress uniform (CFs) on the job. Pantyhose was mandatory with the skirt. As well, skirts were no longer allowed on parade.  

Today, women do not have to wear nylons when wearing a skirt and they have the option to wear flat shoes instead of the oxfords or pumps.

Long hair had to be in a bun. Short hair had to be above the bottom of the collar. More recently, women have been allowed to wear their hair braided as long as the braid was not below the top of the armpit.

Now, women in work dress can wear a single ponytail at the back of the head. They are not yet allowed to be worn with the dress uniform.

 

YOUR STORIES AND REMINISCENCES: 

Joan (Reid) Mosher writes:

I was on an FCop course in RCAF Station Clinton from June-August, 1952. When I joined the Air Force, I wanted to be a Clerk Typist, but was told that they needed FCops, and so, that’s what I got. There were so many women recruited to be FCops that summer that they had to have 2 shifts of courses. There was more than one daytime course from 8am-4pm. I was on one of the two evening courses from 5pm-1am. Cpl Kutz was our instructor. One night he took us to an all night diner for “breakfast” after our lessons had finished for the day. I quite enjoyed being on the evening course because we had the whole day to ourselves - we could go swimming, go downtown shopping, or study during the day. Our Quonset hut was separate from where the ladies on daytime courses were housed, so that we wouldn’t disturb them when we came back from our course in the middle of the night.

Some of the women I remember on my course were Ann Diamond, Marg Short, Stormy Green, Jean Stanley, Lois Moorehouse, Evie Gorden and Ann MacNeil.

Note from Leah Mosher: My mom told me that she was told she had to be a FCop, but they also told her that maybe she could remuster later. Does that sound familiar? :-) 

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:

Ruth writes:

Edith, it was so interesting to me when you wrote a few lines about Course 6236 in the April issue of the Newsletter. I was also on that course, really enjoyed it. I met my husband in Borden, and we will be married 55 yrs in June this year. How time flies? I have attended 2 reunions; one in Vancouver and one in Edmonton.     Thanks Ruth    Per Ardua Ad Astra

To send a response or comment, click here.

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

Ladies, most of the luncheons will be shutting down for the summer. Why not take in a May luncheon and see what's going on? 

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS:

Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's luncheon group will be getting together for their next luncheon May 29, 2019 at the British Bull Dog, 1088 Cole Harbour Road (902-435-5148) at 1 p.m. You can't miss it, it's in the same parking lot as the Walmart. Lots of parking!! If you are interested in coming to our monthly luncheons or want more information, please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com.

Kingston/Greenwood, NS

The Kingston, NS RCAF Airwomen's group will meet May 15, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Kingston, 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 May 8, 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 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month, (except June, July, August and December). The next one is May 9, 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 May 26, 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 

The Airwomen in London, ON, meet for lunch every 4th Friday, (except July and August). The next one is on May 24, 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

We in Kingston, ON are planning a luncheon on May 11, 2019, at the Ramekins restaurant 1540 Bath Road at 1 p.m. 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:

For more information on all these and more, 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  

Donald Mary Rosalie "Rose"      Hawco 20 Mar 2019     79 Duncan   BC
Millward  Gloria D. Millward  16 Feb 2019     80 Innisfail  AB
Thibault Constrance "Connie" Bekker 24 Apr 2018     78 Lynn Lake MB
  
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 May 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