Annual Review and Banquet

Parents / guardians and friends of the squadron, mark your calendars with these two very important dates:

1.   Saturday, May 30, 2015 –  Annual Ceremonial Review 
The Annual Ceremonial Review will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 1:00 pm.  This annual event takes place at Iroquois Sports Complex and is open to all families, friends and community partners. Cadets will showcase all they have learned throughout the year and following the review awards will be presented by dignitaries and members of our community.
Note:  This activity is mandatory for all cadets.  Parents and friends can attend for free.

2.  Sunday, May 31, 2015  –  Squadron Formal Banquet
Everyone is invited to the Annual Banquet.  It will be held at Enterprise Airlines Hangar on Sunday, May 31st at 4:00 pm.

There will be cadet presentations, awards, special celebrations and maybe even a special guest speaker.  This is the last opportunity to get together before the summer break.  There will be no year end BBQ this year.  The year end awards will be presented at the banquet.

Tickets for the banquet are on sale this week.  Tickets will be limited and will not be sold at the door.  Last day to purchase banquet tickets:  Friday, April 24, 2015

Banquet Ticket prices:

Adults and youth 12 years of age and over:  $25
Youth  2 – 11 years of age:  $10
Under 2:  Free

Cadets MUST prepay $10, but will get it back when they come to the banquet.  If a cadet has paid but does not attend the banquet, they will not get their $10 back.

Activities: Week of Mar 30th

All upcoming activities are posted below for easy reference. Please check the listing now and ensure you check back periodically as further details may be added.

Debate Team
Monday, Mar 30th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Rifle Team & Familiarization Shooting – Level One Cadets
Monday, Mar 30th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Shooting is open this week for all Level One Cadets for familiarization shooting.
Note: Recruits that started in Nov/Dec are eligible to come out to this familiarization shooting.

Band Practice
Tuesday, Mar 31st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Bring your parade boots.

Drill Team
Wednesday, Apr 1st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This is a mandatory practice.
Bring your parade boots, wedges and a water bottle.

Supply Night
Wednesday, Apr 1st at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night
Thursday, Apr 2nd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is Full Dress. New Recruits white shirt, black pants, black tie.
Recruits that received a uniform can wear it to Training Night.

Recruit Graduation
Thursday, Apr 2nd at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
(Graduation of the Recruits that started in November / December.)

Note:  There will no cadet activities on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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Salt on Your Parade Boots?

Don’t try to hide those unsightly salt stains under polish.  If these salt stains are not removed, the leather will become permanently dried and cracked and may even develop bubble marks, making it impossible to get that nice shine on your parade boots.  Therefore, it is important to remove these stains from your boots as quickly as possible in order to prevent any further damage.  Here’s how:

Materials:

1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Small glass and spoon for mixing
Small cotton towel

Instructions:

  1. Combine the water and vinegar, and mix well.
  2. Dip the towel into the mixture, and wipe gently over the surface of your shoe. Continue this until the stains have fully disappeared.
  3. Let the shoes dry naturally. Using artificial heat could cause the leather to fade.

Once you’ve gotten rid of the salt stains, take care of your boots following what you have learned as a cadet.  And if you can’t get them as shiny as you like, make sure you attend a boot shining night!

Join 420 Wing for the Unveiling of Chick Hewett Lane

This aviation community activity can be attended by anybody.  Though not an official cadet activity, please feel free to join the 420 Wing with your parents to attend.

If you are available the afternoon of April 1st, we have the rare opportunity to join 420 Wing in congratulating and honouring WWII Veteran, Trustee and Past-President of 420 Wing Chick Hewett, as The City of Oshawa renames the street in front of the 420 Wing at the Oshawa Airport to “Chick Hewett Lane”! The unveiling will take place at 3:00 pm on April 1st, 2015.  A reception will follow at the 420 Wing.

Born in Cobourg and an Oshawa resident since he was five years old, Mr. Hewett joined the air force in 1942 and was a navigator on a Lancaster bomber with the Royal Air Force, and flew a total 35 missions between 1944 and 1945 in Europe.

Feedback, Questions or Concerns from Cadets

Do you wish to provide feedback or have a question or a concern that needs to be addressed regarding your time in Cadets? Your feedback is important to us and there are a number of ways to have your voice heard:

Option 1 – Talk to an adult staff member at your Corps or Squadron. They are best equipped to help you out!

Option 2 – Talk to your parents or guardians and have them book an appointment to see your Commanding Officer if you don’t believe that things are getting better.

Option 3 – Either you, your parents or your guardians can contact the Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU). Their contact information is located by province at http://www.cadets.ca/en/contact-us.page.

Option 4 – If you are still having trouble finding someone to talk to or feel that your points need to be heard at the national level, you can contact us online by using our feedback form at http://www.cadets.ca/en/feedback.page. Remember, we can’t get in touch with you for more information or to let you know what steps we’ve taken to address your feedback, questions or concerns if you don’t provide us your contact information. However, you are able to send anonymous submissions.

We also have a presence on social media, and you can contact us through Facebook or Twitter to provide feedback or address questions or concerns. A list of our social media channels is available at www.cadets.ca/en/stay-connected.page.

Cadets, parents and community stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback in whatever way and platform they choose and we are working on ways to facilitate discussion through a variety of methods including social media. Using any of the options available through the CCO will ensure your comments are heard by program leadership and allow us to provide information and confirmation back.  We want to hear from you and know what you’re thinking. We’re listening!

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What is a Squadron Activity?

As a notice to parents and guardians on the status of what is a Squadron Activity and what is not.

An activity that is approved by the Squadron has also been approved at our next level of Command for insurance purposes. Each of these activities includes at least one Squadron staff, or more, depending upon the number of cadets anticipated to be involved with the event.

Our normal venues are all documented on the Squadron Web page at https://2vandenbos.wordpress.com/squadron-locations/ and are also included in both the weekly email notices and the Squadron online calendar  https://2vandenbos.wordpress.com/calendar/.  With this you will notice that not one single persons home is listed as a valid location of a Squadron activity.

This being said, the purpose of this notice is not to stop cadets from getting together as friends outside of cadets but to ensure parents and guardians are aware of what is and is not a Squadron Activity, i.e. properly supervised cadet activity that is insured and what is just a private get together that is not covered by Military Supervision and League insurance.

In the instance of people who are affiliated with cadets getting together outside of a Squadron activity, the Squadron assumes no responsibility for either supervision of the event or any insurable event that may occur as a result of said event.  Any insurable event that occurs would be between the participants and the landlord of the property or others involved and will exclude the Air Cadet League, DND, Squadron and Staff.

Parents being told that an activity is a Squadron activity that does not fall in line with the above parameters are encouraged to call the Squadron phone at 905-243-8001 for any clarification.

The purpose, as I said before, is not to stop people from getting together but to provide parents and guardians with information to allow them, with their child, to make their own decision on the supervision and insurance available for the event that they have chosen to attend and the Squadron is not sponsoring.

Major Ian Howie
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby RC(Air)CS
905-243-8001