NEWSLETTER

 

SEPTEMBER 2021


THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip." Will Rogers


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Only 9 months to go before we meet again! We are looking forward very much to seeing everyone,  reminiscing with friends and getting caught up on what's new. 

Unfortunately, the issues with Covid 19 and its variants have not disappeared. There are many promises and possibilities being proposed by various governments and health agencies. We are optimistic that travel will be possible for May 2022. That being said, one of the proposals that is getting a lot of traction is proof of double/full vaccination. Please be prepared that this may be required. 


WINNIPEG REUNION:

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

This is the link to the registration form for Reunion 15 in Winnipeg. For a printable copy (PDF) of the registration or newsletter, please contact Leah Mosher.

If you are a member but do not receive the newsletter:

You can now book hotel rooms, contact us for the link here

You can contact us for the attendee list here.

If your name is on the list and you are no longer plan to attend, please let us know via the newsletter email and your name will be removed from the list.

If you live in Manitoba, the members of the Winnipeg Reunion 15 Committee are still looking to gather stories, memorabilia, and names for any new members interested in participating in the reunion. If you have any questions, stories, would be available to volunteer and know anyone who qualifies and would like to become a member, please contact Pat Brennan.


WINNIPEG STORIES:

Mildred Bell writes:

Mildred will be 100 years old in March 2022. She grew up in Toronto and served at Rivers Manitoba in the Airport Hospital. Rivers was an air training base during the Second World War. Mildred met and married Sergeant Lloyd Bell who was an aircraft electrical specialist. He served 1939-1945 and specialized in Lancaster bombers serving overseas for the last two years of the war. They were married on the base at Rivers in 1943 and remained married for 64 years when Lloyd passed away at 88 years old.


WINNIPEG TRIVIA:

Winnie-the-pooh
 
In 1914, a Canadian veterinarian named Lt Harry Colebourn bought a bear cub for $20 while serving in the First World War. He named her Winnie, after his native Winnipeg, and the cub became a mascot for the regiment while stationed in England. When the soldier left for France, he gave Winnie to London Zoo – which is where Christopher Robin saw her, and named his own teddy after her. And therein lies the origin of the name Winnie-the-pooh.

For an Ontario connection to Winnie-the-pooh, click here.

 

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Elke Carr writes:

I am writing to inform all the ladies that our organization  ( RCAF Women's Association of Alberta ) has decided to no longer exist as a charitable organization. We have closed the books, and our bank account.

We decided to give the entire amount in our account to Valour Place in Edmonton. Valour Place is similar to Ronald McDonald house, but it serves military families as well as RCMP and First Responders who need a place to stay while undergoing medical treatments in Edmonton. 

It was not an easy decision to make, but dwindling membership mostly due to age and other reasons put us into a position where fund raising and supporting charities  were no longer viable.

We will however stay in contact with each other and have luncheons once a month. Our first luncheon is scheduled for Thursday September the 15th at 12:30 at the Northgate Lions Center in Edmonton.  
With most sincere regards;   Elke Carr


LUNCHEONS:

Edmonton, AB

As Elke mentioned, the RCAF Airwomen's group in Edmonton, AB, will hold our next luncheon on September 15, at the Northgate Lions Center at 12:30 pm. If any Airwomen, retired, active or in the reserve, wishes to join us for lunch, or wishes to join our organization, please contact Elke Carr at wecarr@telus.net or  780-912-9242 to let us know. 

Kingston/Greenwood, NS

We have arranged to have a Luncheon at the Royal Canadian Legion in Kingston, NS for 12 Noon on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.  One of our own, Jean Spencer will be leaving us.  
Please let me know if you can attend so I can advise the Ladies at the Legion by the 1st of September. If you would like to join us please contact Pauline at (902) 765-6580 or  hughpd.ryan@ns.sympatico.ca.

 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:  

Flo Reid writes:  Just a reminder to keep collecting and mailing your postage stamps.  I just sent 8,900 stamps to OXFAM.  With the 10,044 I sent them in October, this brings our total to 18,944 since our last reunion in Ottawa.  Our ex-RCAF total is 13,882 which is pretty awesome!  Thanks to our ladies who have contributed stamps for this worthy cause.  

If you have any questions, please phone Flo at 403-990-1556 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.


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  

 Delisle

 Patricia

 Ahern Jun 2021    82  Windsor ON
 Hewlett

 Bernice   

 Hewlett 2 Jul 2021    79  Peterborough      ON
 Key

 Patricia Evelyn Katherine "Peachie"   

 Key 28 Aug 2021       Penticton BC
 Munroe

 Georgette Rosemarie "Georgie"   

 Unknown 8 Aug 2021    87  Courtenay BC
 Oronoski

 June Helena Agnes Mary    

 Oronoski 16 Jul 2021    86  Ottawa ON
 Reid

 Rose Marie "Kym"

 Reid 30 Jun 2021    79 Lantzville BC
 Sharp

 Margaret Elsie "Mugs"

 Sharp 16 Aug 2021    82  Oliver BC
 Strohm

 Karen P.

 Jones 13 Mar 2021    78  Maple Ridge 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. 

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:

Note: When you contact us via any of the links below, the email goes to a common address. To help us reply in a more timely manner, please put the name of  who you wish to contact in the subject line. Thank you.  

Tracey Everett- Chair
Leah Mosher- Vice-Chair/Liaison/Newsletter 
Claire Williams- Treasurer 
Pat Brennan - Chair, Winnipeg Committee