Activities; Week of Jan. 29, 2017

It was another busy week culminating with a planned CO parade that became a practice (weather concerns from the north) with the CO parade rescheduled to next week!   For the cadets that just received uniforms, another week to get your shoulder flashes on, ironing done and boots shined.  Talk to your flight commander or another Sr cadet if you`re unsure of standards or need some help.

The weekend was a busy one with the band spending 2 days rehearsing and the fundraiser at Ajax Downs organized by the SSC.

The band was sounding great and their formations are sharp.  Many thanks to Lt(N) Kowalchuk, Lt(N) Cherry, that offered their expertise to work with the band members and to the cadets, officers and volunteers that made it possible.

A special shout out to A1 Connections for hosting 2 VandenBos at their 2017 Sunday Connections kick off.  The SSC worked with them to plan a fun afternoon at Ajax Downs with food and fun.  Many thanks to the cadets that promoted our great squadron and to the family and friends and the volunteers that participated. See more on our facebook page at ‘2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadet Squadron (Official)’.

Upcoming Highlights – Possible Action Required :

  • Winter Field Training Exercise: This is mandatory training and be held in Ganaraska from Feb. 10-12. Pls advise Lt. Wainwright or CV Jefferson if you`re planning to attend.  As mentioned, due to limited spaces of 85 (of 140+ enrolled cadets), priority is for L1 & L2`s to attend.  Another day in May will be scheduled for missing cadets to be caught up in May.  Date TBD.
  • Ski day:  There’s a few spots left for ski day.  To reserve your spot, get your $10 for Sgt Hiltz.  Full payment is due for Feb 17.  Full details and costs for the day have been published under a separate post.
  • New Uniform distribution:  If you haven`t picked up your uniform, are missing parts or have shirt, pants or tunic that are too small (neck button on shirt cannot be done up, pants don`t come past the top of your boot, etc.), come to supply night to see what can be exchanged.  If any Snr cadets have extra accessories – ties, wedges – please return as soon as possible.
  • Shiny Boot Award:  Next week will be a CO parade and also an opportunity to receive the shiny boot award!  There were some pretty shiny boots this week.  Keep up the good work.
  • Remind Sign up:  Want quick, simple, timely updates in a text or email but with a security provided by having assigned administrators and without having to release phone numbers.  Subscribe to the squadron general ‘remind’ notices at  https://www.remind.com/join/2vanden.  Program level ‘remind’ groups are also active.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Monday, Jan. 30, 7pm-9pm:  Debate & Effective Speaking at the Hangar.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7pm-9pm:  Supply night at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7pm-9pm:  National Interview prep. at the Hangar.
  • Thursday, Feb. 2, 6pm-9pm: Rifle team – practice at the Hangar.
  • Friday, Feb. 3, 6:45pm-9:30pm: CO parade, at Donald A. Wilson, full dress.
SSC Reminders:
  • Power famil:  Cadets can sign up for Power familiarization for $15.  Please provide payment to the SSC.  Flights will be scheduled based on pilot availability & weather conditions.
  • Lottery books:  There are many cadets that have not yet picked up a lottery book.  Thanks to those that have.  The money raised is important to supporting squadron activities.  The OPC Lottery ticket funds are shared between the selling squadron and the OPC.  Each squadron puts their portion towards their program while the OPC uses their portion to fund the gliding grogram that is available to all squadrons in Ontario.  Books are available on parade nights from the SSC.  Please be sure to get yours if you don’t have it already.  All stubs need to be returned by March 3 to be entered in the draw.
  • Spring Tagging:  Amazing how time flies!!  Please make note in your calendars for March 30 – April 2. This is our big tagging weekend, one of our largest fundraisers.  It is mandatory for all cadets and support from parents, staff and volunteers will be needed to ensure it’s success.
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