Reminders …

Hi everyone,  a couple of reminders …

  • New website:  http://www.2vandenbos.org is the new website address is where all instructing, activity sign ups, tagging, event details, dress, standards, is all available.  Any problems locating anything, or if you do not have your log in information, please contact CI Wityszyn at jwityszyn@2VandenBos.org.

 

  • New Recruits:  For the new recruits, thanks for contacting or visiting us.  The meeting this week is on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Enterprise Airlines at 1190 Keith Ross Drive from 6:30pm-9:30pm.  There may have been confusion at the new recruit evening so want to make sure this is clear.  Any questions, you can contact 2Lt Davidson at  recruiting@2vandenbos.org.

Thank you!

 

 

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It’s Tagging Time!!

Hi everyone,  it is a goal each year to be able to make the cadet program as accessible as possible and offer it at no cost to parents.  With the leadership of our fantastic Squadron Sponsoring Committee, this goal continues to be a reality!

Tagging is the squadron’s top fundraiser that requires everyone’s participation.  From Sept. 22 – Sept. 24, cadets will be out across Whitby thanking the community for their support for this program that provides a lifetime of learning.

  • Cadets:  Please be log on to the website and sign up for your tagging shifts.  Once the sign up time closes, confirmation that you’ve been selected will be updated.
  • Staff:  You need to sign up too please.  Supervision and support is vitally important for this weekend.
  • Parents:  We greatly appreciate your help driving cadets to tagging locations.  The more we have, the quicker cadets can get out and get started.  Please mark your calendars to be available.

More details will follow but the dates are quickly approaching so please mark your calendar and get ready for this very important weekend.

Thanks everyone!

 

Greetings & Invitation from Major Burns!

Last week Major Burns offered these words to the cadets and staff as the new year kicked off.  They’re being posted here for those that may have missed the evening.

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Good Day Members of 2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron,

It was great to see many of you and to see the hub of activity as administrative information was verified, supply issues sorted through, training matters set for the upcoming year and to enjoy that BBQ that was ‘super’ enjoyable as always from the SSC.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to officially introduce my successor, your Incoming Commanding Officer, to all of you.  I’ve known Major Blight for many years and I know you will be super impressed by her high level of organizational skills, her professionalism and her dedication to the task of making our Squadron the very best it can be.  She’s no stranger to us as she has served for quite some time as our Regional Cadet Advisor.

Without any exaggeration, I can tell you I expect to see 2 Squadron picking up the Top in Ontario Award over the next couple of years – with Major Blight’s great experience and leadership; the staff teams outstanding dedication to the success of each and every cadet; the marvelous support and hard work of our Squadron Sponsoring Committee under the guidance of Mrs. Codlin; the wonderful ‘leadership by example’ set by the Warrant Officers (WOs) and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs); and most significantly the eager participation, fun loving, adventurous and positive outlook of you, our air cadets.  All the necessary plans and parts are lined up for this Squadron to soar to the very top.

For the curious amongst you, I will be moving on to a new position as one of three Area Elemental Advisors (AEAs) for SEOA. This position used to be called Regional Cadet Advisor and while much of the job is the same there are a few changes.  I’ll still be your CO for a little while longer but please allow me to say: It’s been a great honour to serve with you over the past year.  Together we’ve grown the Squadron in size but more importantly we’ve worked hard as a team to do our best at the many competitions we attended; we’ve fostered an optimistic spirit and encouraged one another (regardless of rank or position) to consistently look for the positive; we’ve trained hard and felt the success of many promotions; we’ve proven to all around us that while our number is 2 – we are second to none!

We will be having a Change of Command Parade on Friday 29 September.  The invitation is attached with the details.  No need for cadets and staff to RSVP as this is a mandatory parade.  Please RSVP to Captain Howie at ihowie@2vandenbos.org if you will be attending. We’ll be honoured that night with Major Andersen, the Officer in Charge of the South Eastern Ontario Area (SEOA) of Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) Central, serving as our Presiding Officer.

2 Sqn CoC Invitation 29 Sept 2017

Keep looking for the positive,

Garry Burns
Major
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Training Details for Sept. 15

Hi everyone,  it was great to see so many of you out on Friday evening for the 1st night back.  Many thanks to the staff and volunteers that made it an actioned packed evening.

Please spend time to log on and become familiar with the new website at http://www.2vandenbos.org that will be the keeper of all important information.  The regular weekly emails you may have been used to last year will continue only for a couple more weeks … to give everyone a chance to get logged on and familiar with the new site.

Cadets,  if you are having any challenges or do not have your log on info., please email jwityszyn@2vandenbos.org and she’s happy to help.

Parents, ask your cadet for your login information.  If they attended on Friday they should have it for you.  Your also welcome to contact CI Wityszyn for any questions.

Cadet Website Introduction – Quick reference.

Details for this week’s training:

Location:  Donald A. Wilson, 681 Rossland Road West, Whitby
Time:  1830-2130 hours
Dress:  C-2 (tunic and tie)
Kit Required:  Health card, pen/pencil/paper

Additional Information:

  • Cadet and staff photos will be taken for our website site.
  • Recruit Intake/Information Night
  • Duty schedule will be sent to senior cadets

Website Sign Ups:

Don’t forget to sign up on our Sqn’s website for:

  1. Supply Exchange – 13 Sep – Grown over the summer – need your uniform replaced – online sign-up closes 11 Sep 17
  2. Competition Air Rifle Team Phase 1 Try-Outs – 16 Sep 17 – online sign-up closes 10 Sep 17 (today)
  3. Senior NCO Course (for Sergeants and Above) – 15 and 22 Oct 17 – online sign-up closes 15 Sep 17
  4. Our FIRST Inter-Flight Competition – Represent your flight at the Survival Skills Challenge – 21 Oct 17

Getting ready for Sept. 8th!

Hi everyone,  for the 1st night back on September 8th, please be sure to bring the following:
  1. health card,
  2. backpack,
  3. any uniform part that requires exchange – cleaned,
  4. pencil/pen and paper, and
  5. your own personal email address.

For members of the Squadron’s Band, we request the parents arrive at 2030 hours in order to sign out band equipment.

  • Event timing:  1830-2130 hours
  • Dress:  Appropriate civilian attire
  • Location:  Enterprise Air, 1190 Keith Ross Drive, Oshawa
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

A look ahead for September!

Back to Cadets
Welcome back Cadets!  We hope you’re looking forward to being back as much as we’re looking forward to seeing you.  It`s a quick start in September with a lot planned so we wanted to make you aware of key dates to hold on your calendar.

Those marked ALL are important for everyone to attend.  Details will be provided closer but this is to help get you started with your planning!

  • Sept. 5:    Snowbird Flypast at Capt. Michael VandenBos P.S. for those signed up.  See your memo for details.  Thank you!
  • Sept. 6:    Level 4 & Level 5 planning meeting at the Hangar from 7pm – 9pm.
  • Sept. 8:    ALL cadets to meet at the Hangar for a busy first night, including a Welcome back BBQ.  6:45pm-9:30pm.
  • Sept. 9:    Brooklin Harvest for those signed up.  Details in memo.  Thank you!
  • Sept. 12:  Band gets started tonight!  7:00pm start at the Hangar.
  • Sept. 14:  Darts (new) is starting.  Stay tuned.
  • Sept. 15:  ALL to attend First full training night (6:45pm start) and new Recruit Information Night (7pm start) at Donald A. Wilson.
  • Sept. 16:  Air Rifle Team Training and Session 1 Try outs.  More to follow!
  • Sept. 17:  ALL to attend Battle of Britain parade at the 420 Wing.
  • Sept. 18:  Ground school & Effective Speaking start.
  • Sept. 19:  Air Rifle and Band practices continue.
  • Sept. 21:  ALL Regular training – at the Hangar this week!  (L2 & L4 tagging)
  • Sept. 22-24:  ALL Fall Tagging Weekend!!  Everyone to sign up for min. shifts.
  • Sept. 25:  Ground school and Effective Speaking are underway.
  • Sept. 26:  Air Rifle and Band in progress.
  • Sept. 27:  Drill team starts!
  • Sept. 28:  Darts team
  • Sept. 29:  ALL for General Training Night
See you soon!

Message from Major Burns

Good Day Members of 2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron,

By now you know that my term as your Commanding Officer is finished as of this September. I’ll be off doing some other work and you’ll certainly see me around early in the Training Year.

I’m extremely pleased that an officer I’ve known and respected for many years will be my successor: Major C. Blight will be taking on the command role – I know you’ll all be extremely pleased and impressed by her professionalism and outstanding leadership ability.  Please give her all of the enthusiastic support you provided me throughout my command.

Keep looking for the positive.

Cheers,
Garry Burns
Major
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Cadets