NEWSLETTER

October 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"Halloween - Is it me or is getting up and down to answer the door an aerobic workout?"  

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Hello Ladies,

If you are a member and you regularly access this website because you choose not to receive the email version of the newsletter, please contact us if you would like to participate in our survey to determine where R15, 2021 will be held. 

We will post the results in the November 2019 newsletter. 

Polos and Vests:

This is what we have left in stock (women's sizes): vests - 1 small; and polos - 1 small 1 medium. If you would like any of these please let us know. We have also started a waitlist if you would like one in another size. If you are putting in an order the sizes available are: Woman's and Men's: small; medium; large; XL; 2XL; 3XL. If there is enough interest to fill an order for 12 of either we will put in another order. If your own group would like to place an order for a minimum of twelve polos or twelve vests, that can be sent directly to your group please let us know.  Click here to contact us 

 

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

 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS:

Eugenie Turner was interviewed by Veteran's Affairs. Click on the link to read the article about her: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/faces-of-freedom/eugenie-turner

 

YOUR STORIES: 

Jane writes:

 

joined the RCAF on the 2nd of July 1953 at the Fort William recruiting centre in Ontario. Having a job in a drug store I found it fair not to leave my boss stranded during the busy summer. This enlistment was much against my parents will. My brother - who served in World War II - told them it was peacetime and it would be a good experience and a chance to see the country and the world. That it was! I was given lots of instructions when I left home about Windsor station in Montreal - as you know I was only 18 years old. I came from a farm northeast of Thunder Bay. At this point I was starting to feel petrified.

 

I arrived in St. Jean, Quebec for basic training. Short as I am I had nothing but top bunks to choose from. I was on course 115 and our instructor was Cpl. MacCarthy. I was issued my kit, and yes we wore the blue cotton dresses until October. We wore skirts and were not allowed in the mess hall in slacks. Drill was fun until I was called by name, my slip was hanging below my skirt and I was told to go fix it. Talk about embarrassing. I graduated and went to Aylmer for my supply trade course. 

 

From there I was transferred to 11 Supply depot in Calgary, Alberta, enjoyed the beautiful country, we were stationed between a stockyard and a gin distillery. Being young and from a small community big cities were scary. The Calgary Stampede was our highlight, however, we were limited on the amount of times we could go as we only made $70.00 a month, or maybe less. I also played ball and we had a very good ball team. We played against the Calgary ladies and won the C championship in 1955. Some of the airwomen on the team were Joan Fox, Vivian Brown, Vi Wilson, Gerry Henderson and there were other great players whose names my old memory have forgotten.

 

In August 1955 I transferred to 1 Wing Marville, France but was held back because of a polio outbreak. Boarded the Samaria ship on the 22nd of November. It was its final journey and ten days later - sea sick all the way across - we arrived at La Harve, France. From there we travelled by train to Paris to stay in a hotel. The next day we were on a train to Montmedy. An airforce bus was waiting for us at the train station. While travelling to the base we heard a Bristol Aircraft had crashed earlier in the day into the side of a hill in the heavy fog by the base killing some members of the Airforce. Because of the many injuries we were bused to the hospital to donate blood - though some of us sickies were refused.

 

I had two great enjoyable years there where I travelled and saw many other countries. When the Suez Canal Crisis started in 1956 a Med A, Gwen Young, and I were in London England on leave. We immediately booked a flight back to the base. Being stuck in Luxembourg I called Cpl. Johnny Walker to come and get us and her answer was, “Jane, I don't know if I have enough gas.” She was unable to purchase any but ventured out to pick us up and I'm sure we arrived on fumes. We spent the next two weeks on base on 24 hour standby - an experience in itself.

 

While I was on my tour of duty I had the opportunity to visit Vimy Ridge in 1956. This was 11 years after the war nothing had been cleaned up. We had to stay on the designated paths because of the mines, etc. in the fields. Trenches still had items such as helmets, equipment, etc. Was very heart breaking. It was sad to see all the buildings levelled to the ground and people living in the parts that were still standing. Then I went back twice more in the 6o's and saw a huge improvement

 

My transfer from there was to Namao, Alberta. I then requested a transfer to 6 Repair Depot Trenton, Ontario. I was married in June and, like many others, I was given an honourable release when we started our family. We went to 2 Wing Grostenquin in France, in 1963 transferred to 4 Wing Baden-Sollingen, Germany in February 1964. We arrived with four daughters and returned to Canada with five.

 

It was a very interesting five years in the service and I still keep in touch with many friends across Canada. The reunions are great for old and new friendships and this was my fifth. The first was organized by Dianne MacMillan. I know her well as she was our first baby's God Mother. May all the Service Ladies have as much fun as I did!     Jane (Morency) McCarty

Your stories spark memories of days gone by. We often get requests from members seeking contact with other members after stories have been published. Please, let us publish your experience. Reply to us here.

 

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Jo writes:

Does anyone know what happened to Vie Prest who married John Boulanger? Both were stationed in St. Sylvestre in the late 50s. I'm also looking for other friends I made in the service with whom I have lost touch.   Jo (Zagar) Kennedy

Reply to this comment 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

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. Our next luncheon will take place on 30 October in the mess at 12 Wing Shearwater in Eastern Passage, in the AIR FORCE room off the dining area. If you haven't been there lately, when you come into the mess hall, walk towards the entrance to pick up your tray. Instead of going through to pick up your lunch, first, meet up with the gals in the Air Force room. Look to the left and you will see a small room close to where the cashier is. We will meet in the room and then go through for lunch as a group! Time change: we will meet at 12:00 (noon). If you are interested in coming to our monthly luncheons or would like more information, please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com 

Kingston, NS

The Kingston/Greenwood RCAF Airwomen's group will meet on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Capital Pub, 333 Main Street in Middleton, NS at 12 noon. Parking is at the Save Easy across the street or in an area behind the pub. We change locations each time as we like 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 every second Wednesday of the month from September through to June at 02-264 Legion on Kensington Road NW. The next luncheon is on October 9 at 11am, with some arriving a little earlier. If you need any more information, contact Marion at mascaros@shaw.ca

Edmonton, AB 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The next luncheon is on October 10, at the North Edmonton Senior Association, 7524 - 139 Avenue, Edmonton at 12:30 p.m. Please contact Issy at the number below if you would like to join us. 

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 pm. The next meeting is on October 27. 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, next one is October 25 about 11:15 am, at 427 London Wing of the RCAF Association located at Crumlin Road opposite the London Airport, except July, August and December. The lunch costs $10. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at almar1@rogers.com.

MORE LUNCHEONS:

Comox, BC

The annual Comox Valley Airwomen's potluck will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, branch 160, in Comox on Sunday, October 20 at 2:oo pm. It is a potluck late lunch, open to former and presently serving Airwomen. Bring your favourite potluck dish and join us. A fun part of the afternoon is a re-gift exchange. Bring a wrapped item that you no longer use and be entered for the draw. For more information contact: Stevie at 250-339-7274, or email Jan at jan.fra@shaw.ca

Trenton and Area, ON

Trenton and Area lunch at Dragon Rolls Restaurant, Belleville, ON. Will take place on 26 October, 2019 at 1:00 pm. If you are interested please contact Geri at gm-bush@hotmail.com for more details.

Kingston and Trenton, ON 

The Kingston, Ontario ex Airwomen's group, invites you to join us for our annual catered luncheon on November 15th at 1:30 pm. This event will be held at: R.C.A.F.A. 416 Wing at 200 Hampton Gray Gate (next to Kingston Airport). Price to be determined. For RSVP and any questions please contact Shirley at 613 384-4361 or email Rae at rgateley@cogeco.ca.

 

OTHER EVENTS:

For more information on all these and more, check out the link to this event page: https://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  

Brekstad Caroll Anne "Bunny"    Faught 10 Sep 2019     76 Chilliwack BC
Carignan Michoko "Mich" Kunitomo 6 Sep 2019     90 Vancouver BC
Hewitt Beverly June Unknown 13 Feb 2019     86 Oliver BC
Hobson Eva May "Eve" Wilson 25 Jul 2019     87 Victoria    BC
Neill Camilla "Cam"   Neill 17 Jun 2019     79 Essex ON
Stefansson     Lois Thelma Liddell 17 May 2019     89 Calgary      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 October Birthday ladies. Click here for the listing. 

 

YOUR COMMITTEE:

Tracey Everett- Chair

Leah Mosher- Vice-Chair

Claire Williams- Treasurer

Jackie Sparrow- Webmaster and Data Base Coordinator