NEWSLETTER   

NOVEMBER 2020


LEST WE FORGET

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"If plan A doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters — 204 if you're in Japan." — Claire Cook


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
WINNIPEG REUNION:

The Reunion will now take place in Winnipeg at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, May 24-26, 2022.

 More details will follow in the upcoming months.

Finally, we have been updating the names of the attendees on the Reunion Picture pages. Please take a look and let us know if you know any of the “Unknown” ladies, or if we have misspelled your name. Thank you.

 

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Due to lack of entries, we are closing the Members Corner page. All comments and requests will now go in this section. 

Viktoria Spearman writes of an embarrassing moment.

Us gals were allowed to go across to the air field side because we of course were air traffic controllers.  A pilot said to me, “You have never been in an airplane, well I will take you up,”  It was a small plane with one seat in front and one in back .  He kept looking at me in the mirror, as he did different maneuvers.  Every time he asked me if I was ok, I said I loved it and I could stay up here forever.  However,  when I landed, everything I ever owned came up.  It was embarrassing as the entire ground crew was there to watch., I guess maybe that’s why he kept asking me if I was ok. This was in 1944 in Trenton Ontario. Viktoria

 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:  

Flo Reid writes, "Thought you might like an update on our postage stamp collecting.  Since
July of 2019, I have collected 10,044 stamps which I will be mailing to
Oxfam in Ottawa shortly.  One of our Calgary ex-RCAF member recently
donated over 6,000  stamps which increased our total significantly.  As
our next reunion will now take place in 2022, this will be a lot of
stamps to process at that time.  Would help me out if you could mail
your stamps to me every now and then.  E-mail me and I will give you my
address:  flobobreid@shaw.ca.  Thanks for your help in this worthwhile
endeavour." 
You can also phone Flo at 403-475-6738.
To see details about the preparation of the stamps, click here

 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS:

As was mentioned at Reunion 14, these types of careers are possible because of your pioneering service!

1.  Lori Hand sent a link to a story "Alberta woman takes command of Canadian Forces flying school”, and writes:
"Forwarding this Calgary Herald link for you to read & pass on if you
like.  Lt.-Col. Riel Erickson is the daughter of Donna Kendall, my
friend.  Knowing her mother, it is not surprising that her daughter is a
trail blazer!  Congratulations to proud parents, Donna and Lloyd.

When I asked Donna if I could forward her message her reply was, “You
send it wherever.  Young women need to be inspired and helped to believe
they can do anything.

Please continue to support and inspire the young women in your life."

To read the article click here. Bravo Zulu Lieutenant-Colonel Riel Erickson

2.  Lieutenant-Colonel Lisa Baspaly-Hays, Commander of 9 Wing Gander, receives the United States’ Defense Meritorious Service Medal "for her distinguished service as Intelligence Manager and Deputy Chief, Directorate of Intelligence, while at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Headquarters from June 2017 to June 2019."  To read the article click here. Bravo Zulu Lt.-Col. Riel Erickson

We are interested in your stories! If you (or any of the ladies you know) have had articles written about you, no matter how minor, please let us know. Maybe you have an experience that you believe should have been published. Reply 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  

Elkes

Vera Ione

Newman 28 Dec 2019     86 Edmonton AB
Gaudet (Purdy)   

Shirley Maxine

Hollott 1 Oct 2020     87 Truro NS
Lawson

Janet Lovell

McIntosh 13 Mar 2020     97 London ON
McBride

Violet Lorraine

  11 Sep 2020     83 Victoria BC
Parker-Berry

Patricia "Patti"

Parker 25 Sep 2020     61 Kingston ON


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 October 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/Newsletter 
Claire Williams- Treasurer 
Pat Brennan - Chair, Winnipeg Committee