Undate: 7 Sept.

NEWSLETTER

September 2019

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"I would write things down to remember them, but by the time I find a pen and paper, I have forgotten what I had to write down."  

 

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:

The fourth order for polos and vest went it and was received.  We have only five of each left in the following sizes.  Vests, 1 small, 2 large and 2 extra larges.  In polos we have 1 small 1 medium 2 larges and 1 extra large.  If you would like any of these please let us know.  If your own group would like to order 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 the 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:

Airwoman Joan Lalonde: Joan passed in June, her daughter generously sent us an article from The Fort William Daily Times-Journal, November 3, 1952 in which Joan was featured. Under the picture of Joan the article reads: 

"Airwoman Joan Beck, the only "lassie" in the R.C.A.F. Station Claresholm pipe and drum band, stands in front of a NATO Harvard trainer after a Wings Ceremonial parade. Joan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Beck of 626 North Harold St., Fort William, joined the R.C.A.F. last November was the first airwoman electrician in the R.C.A.F. and helps to keep the aircraft flying at this flying training school in the Canadian prairies. Joan recently spent leave here with her parents."  Click here to see the article

 

YOUR STORIES, COMMENTS, AND REQUESTS: 

Bonnie writes:

I arrived in St-Jean in June, 1956 (that seems like a century ago!). Much to my surprise, I was made course senior of Course 5625 & yet I was the smallest one there. I suppose because I was bilingual & had a lot of ‘nerve’, plus (as I was later told) very outgoing & basically just a lot of get up & go, afraid of nothing (lol), Joyce Greenwood (who was our ‘big boss’) felt I could handle it all. Also, we had a huge influx of new arrivals that were targeted for the ‘School of English’. One of the gals from that bunch whom I shall call ‘Henriette’ (since her name escapes me at the moment) was a lovely curly haired large boned female with a heart of gold (but she could be quite the scrapper) & she felt she should protect me at all costs (we got along immediately)! Well one day in one of his classes the teacher wanted them to learn the various objects (he had in hand) in English & pronounce them properly. Since Henriette felt awkward with her English, and the object he questioned her about was a huge rock he brought in from outdoors, she responded (in French) with ‘it’s a G-D huge rock’. When her classmates returned to the barracks they tried telling everyone what happened that day but they were laughing so hard they couldn’t get it all out in English. So of course I helped them. Ms. Greenwood came around wanting to know what the fuss was all about (lol). Among a few of the French gals, they sometimes felt they were being laughed at by the English side (it was one of those things). Needless to say, I had to often come to their rescue & there was Henriette (as always) at my side, trying to protect me (just in case). It took awhile before the French gals felt more at home with everyone. We had many good times, including a trip to Montreal (my old stomping grounds) where we ‘nearly’ got into trouble outside of a nightclub (names withheld to protect the innocent) but the cops appeared (no details provided here; what happened in Montreal stays there)!!    Bunny Haines

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. 

 

UPCOMING LOCAL LUNCHEONS EVENTS FOR MEMBERS: 

LUNCHEONS are starting up again. Time to catch up with the gals.

Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's group gets together on the last Wednesday of each month. The next lunch is on September 25, 2019 at 1pm. The luncheon will be at The Millstone Public House, 250 Baker Drive (902-461-8053), Dartmouth, NS. If you are interested in coming to our monthly luncheons or want more information, please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com 

Kingston, NS

The Kingston, NS RCAF Airwomen's group will meet on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the CHINA VILLAGE RESTAURANT, Central Avenue, Greenwood, NS at 12 noon. 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 at the Royal Canadian Legion 265 on Kensington Road NW. Every second Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Muriel Mymko is the new President. Anyone interested to join us for lunches - Welcome! We also welcome Ex-Army and Ex-Navy ladies. For more information email calamity81@hotmail.com 

Edmonton, AB 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The next one is September 12, at Tony Roma's in the Westmount Shopping Centre. 

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 September 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 Isabelle (Issy) McLean, President at 780-722-0014

London, ON 

The Airwomen in London, ON, meet for lunch every 4th Friday, next one is September 27 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. 

Kingston and Trenton, ON 

The next luncheon is coming up in November, more details to follow. The luncheons are not held at regular intervals but if anyone wants to be added to the list you can email Shirley. Click here. Or you can drop us a note, here

Trenton, ON and Area

Trenton and area RCAF Airwomen Wine and Cheese. The date: 21 September. If you are interested please contact Geri at gm-bush@hotmail.com for more details. 

 

OTHER EVENTS:

There will be The Battle of Britain Commemorative Ceremony taking place on Sunday, 15 September 2019 at CFB Shearwater, NS. The Ceremony will take place at CFB Shearwater early in the morning this year, 0900 hrs.  Drive up the hill by the Headquarters Bldg.  There should be plenty of parking across from the HQ. RCAFA 111 Mic Mac Wing is one of the sponsors of this event.  One of the participants is one of our ex-airwomen, Carol Young, who is the Chaplain for 111 Mic Mac Wing. 

To find more ceremonies in other locations, check out the link to this event page: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/events.

Coming up in October:

Winnipeg, MB for your granddaughters whom you have inspired over the years. Check this link Girls in Aviation 

Abbotsford, BC for the girls in your life. Check this link The Sky’s No Limit - Girls Fly Too 

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  

Bottoms Elsiemae Emily Taylor 2 Dec 2018     84 Lantzville    BC
Chiasson Elizabeth Mary "Betty"   Noseworthy 13 Jul 2019     86 Halifax NS
Dekuysscher     Rita Mercer 17 Jun 2019     86 Grand Forks      BC
Horsepool Bernice G.   21 Jun 2019     86 Owen Sound     ON
Lalonde Joan Muriel Beck 9 Jun 2019     84 Ottawa ON
McConnell Caroline Evelyn "Carrie"     Tolsdorf 28 Sep 2019     84 Kamloops 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 September 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