THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
"Our country honours those who have served, both past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace." Lawrence MacAulay
MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
November is upon us and Remembrance day will be here shortly. Back a few years ago, we discovered a list of women's names, on the Government of Canada website, who lost their lives while serving. You can click on the year and see the names of the women who died serving in the Canadian military. Click here to see the names.
We are all proud of our service and will think of those with whom we served.
Prince Edward Island Trivia:
The Charlottetown Cenotaph was constructed on 16 July in 1925 by sculptor G. W. Hill. More than 70% was paid for through public donations. More lettering was inscribed to include WWII and the Korean conflict.
The location is the Holman Grand Hotel, 123 Grafton Street, Charlottetown, PE. The dates are May 28, 29, 30, 2024 (Tuesday - Thursday).
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.
Our next lunch meeting will be on November 8th at Tony Roma's in the Londonderry Mall, 6604 137 Ave NW at 1:00 pm. We 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 email@example.com.
We held our first luncheon since Spring at the Carriage House Inn in September. It was well attended and the location and meal were enjoyed by all. We have decided to hold luncheons every two months and in a different location to make it easier for some of our members to attend.
Our next luncheon will be held on November 15th at noon at Nick's Steakhouse and Pizza, 2420 Crowchild Trail, N.W. An e-mail reminder and call to our members will follow. All ladies from all branches of the military are welcome to attend. For more information e-mail Flo Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or Muriel Mymko at email@example.com.
We will be having a Christmas turkey luncheon in December and we will advise once plans are completed.
The Military Ladies from Kingston will hold their next luncheon at Angie's Family Restaurant, Main Street, Middleton, NS, on November 21, 2023 at 12 noon. All Ladies from all Branches of the Military and RCMP are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Pauline Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are are taking a break for the winter but we will return in the spring. Hope to see you then.
Our next PEI Military Ladies’ Luncheon is going to be on Wednesday 22 November at the Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant, 601 Water Street in Summerside beginning at 12:00hrs. Please contact Debbie Reid if you would like to attend.
Quinte Region/Kingston ON
Quinte Region and Kingston’s November luncheon location and date has not been finalized. Please continue to check out and “like” our Facebook page “RCAF Airwomen Quinte Region” as all upcoming events will be posted there. Any questions can always be directed to the Quinte coordinator, Geri Bush at email@example.com.
Event: This is our 5th reunion of Course 54:
We went to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. We were celebrating our 54th reunion.
We had 10 women from 6905W ( two girls did not go to the museum) and 2 husbands attend our reunion. Of the 10 women we had 1 from BC; 2 from Alberta; 4 from Ontario; 1 from Quebec; 1 from NS and 1 from Grenada, West Indies.
We had a great time! Linda Walsh
*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:
Viviane Lafraniere writes:
Looking to renew old acquaintances. Basic course 5830, trade FCO, in 1958 - 1961. Please contact Viv by leaving a message with us here.
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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.
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.
Flo Reid writes:
THE EX-MILITARY GROUP OF CALGARY would like to extend birthday wishes to the following member:
100 BIRTHDAY FOR BETTY WONNACOTT ON NOVEMBER 9, 2023
Betty was born in Victoria, Australia, in 1923, immigrating to Canada in 1926. Betty joined the RCAF in May of 1941 fresh out of high school at the age of 18. Receiving the letter of acceptance from the Air Force, she went directly from Moosomin, Saskatchewan by train to Ottawa and then on to Montreal for basic training. Leaving the East after two months, she was stationed at Pat Bay, British Columbia serving as a Corporal in the Wireless Section of the air force. She served there for the duration of the War, being deactivated in September of 1945.
Our group presently has eighteen members and three of these are centenarians. Bunny Hall was 102 in July; Doris MacCulough (Army) was 101 on July 9th and Betty Wonnacott will be 100 on November 9th. All three of these ladies in the past have attended our lunches on a regular basis but recently it has become more difficult to get around.
A “Very Happy Birthday!” to our November birthday ladies.
Tracey Everett - Chair, Newsletter
Pat Brennan - Co-chair, Editor
Claire Williams - Treasurer
Reunion 16 Committee:
Debbie Reid - Chair Charlottetown Committee