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Sports Competition Reminder

Good evening everyone,

For those of you who are attending the sports competition tomorrow morning, just some quick reminders.

Key Points:

  • Be at the squadron HQ no later than 0715hrs on Saturday, January 28
    • You’ve each signed up to be participants.   We expect you to be there to help out your team.   However, if there’s a situation preventing you from attending, you need to contact the squadron by phone, or by email, prior to 0700 on Saturday morning.
  • Bus leaves at 0730 SHARP – Don’t be late.
  • Bus is due back @ HQ around 1745hrs.   Make sure you inform your parent/guardian
    • It’s possible that we could head back earlier than expected.   Make sure you alert your parent/guardian that they need to be accessible.
  • Lunch is being provided
  • Bring:
    • Health Card
      • Any prescription medicine that is required must be presented to the staff upon arrival at the squadron
      • DO NOT BRING ANY NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE!!
    • Re-fillable water bottle (with water)
    • Snacks for the day
    • Something to entertain yourself with during the bus ride and while you’re there
      • Note: You can bring electronics but they are your responsibility.  If they get stolen or broken, that’s the chance you take.
      • I’d rather you take some time when you’re not playing to socialize and to cheer on the other team (see below about that).
  • What to Wear:
    • Sports gear
      • Athletic shoes
      • Socks
      • Gym pants or athletic shorts
      • WEAR YOUR NAVY BLUE T-SHIRT PLEASE
        • NOTE:   I have the new Squadron T-Shirts.   You’ll need your navy blue t-shirt to wear as an undershirt.
      • Do not wear just shorts and t-shirt for travel.   Dress appropriately for the weather.

New Info – Sports Teams:

Because we have 13 participating at this point, you’re able to play in 2 sports.    We had a pretty tight timeline to put together the teams on Monday night.  Unfortunately not many of you were at cadets, so we put together a list of who he’d recommend for each sport.  See the email sent out earlier in the week for the team list.

Because you’ve been assigned a team, it doesn’t mean you can’t play the other sport.   We can discuss during our bus ride out to Cayuga.

Conduct:

For the ugly part – You’ve all signed a Cadet Code of Conduct form when you started at the squadron this year.   Make sure you’re respectable towards each other and also to any referees, staff, officers and adults on-hand.   Any breech of the cadet code of conduct will be dealt with accordingly.

Have fun.   This is meant to be an team building/bonding exercise.    Don’t let the small stuff, or a bad call, or something else along those lines get in the way of having a good time.

See you all Saturday morning.

 

Regards,
Lieutenant / Lieutenant  Dan Couroux
Commanding Officer, 809 “Newark” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS)

Cadets Cancelled Tonight (25JAN2023) Due To Weather

Good afternoon everyone,

The weather has started to deteriorate and Environment Canada is calling for dangerous driving conditions at around the time we’re expected to start heading out for cadets.    Please stay home tonight and stay safe.   We’ll see everyone that’s participating in the sports competition on Saturday morning @ 0715 at the Squadron HQ.  Everyone else, we’ll see next week.

Enjoy your evening.
Lt Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

 

Drill Team Practice is On Tonight

Good evening 809,

Drill team practice is on tonight for those who are interested.    Here are the particulars:
When: Tonight (Thursday, January 12) – 1830hrs – 2030hrs
Where: River View Public School, 3300 Cattell Dr, Niagara Falls (Chippewa)
Dress: Appropriate Civilian Attire.

Everyone is welcome.

Lt Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal

Reminder – Bottle Drive – Saturday, January 7 – 0815hrs-1400hrs

Happy New Year 809!

Cadets and Parents/Guardians,

Our first fundraiser for 2023 is coming up this Saturday morning, January 7. This activity helps provide funds so that the squadron can operate and run the training program. This is an “All Hands On Deck” activity – All staff, SSC members and cadets are expected to participate and we’re also asking that parents/guardians take part as well.

Parents & Guardians, if you’re able to help out (and we hope you are) and you have a pickup truck, please bring it with you, we’ll need your help transporting bottles.

The Squadron is assembling at Van Noort’s greenhouse, ready to go by 0815hrs.  We expect to be no later than about 1400hrs (2pm).  Van Noorts is located on the corner of Four Mile Creek Rd & Hunter Rd.    Saturday is looking to have a high of only 2 deg, so dress appropriately for being outdoors.   Bring a thermos with a hot drink as well to keep you warm.

For more information, or if you have questions, please reach out to either myself or Mr Cory Abt, our SSC Chair.

See everyone Saturday morning.

Lt Dan Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

Mess Dinner – Wednesday, December 21

Good day 809,

Cadets, Staff and SSC members, I’m excited to invite you to our 1st in-person mess dinner since 2019.

Cadets, this is our last parade night of the year and we’re hoping we can have everyone participate in this fun event.    We do need you to sign up indicating your intent to participate.   You can sign up here:

Mess Dinner – Cadet Attendance – Wednesday, December 21, 2022 | 809 Newark (809cadets.ca)

Dress for cadets:

You’ll have to supply the white shirt as it’s not part of your uniform kit.   If you don’t have a bowtie, Mr Dau will have several with him on Tuesday night that you can borrow for the evening.   Or you can purchase one to own for $3.00 ea.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS – WE NEED YOUR HELP

Our annual mess dinner is a celebration in Military Style, giving our cadets an opportunity to experience RCAF tradition and enable them to interact in a social setting prior to our Christmas break. Even though it centers around training and tradition, this has been an effort on behalf of the entire squadron. The staff looks after the program, the SSC looks after most of the preparations as far as the venue and the food, along with the logistics of how it works behind the scenes. Parents have helped out as servers during the dinner. It’s for this that we’re looking for your help. So, Parents/Guardians, we asking for your help to make this a success. Please sign up to show your availability and desire to help us out with this annual tradition. If you find that all the spots are filled up and you’d still like to help, please let us know.

As far as dress for the evening,  we’ve usually asked for parents to wear black dress pants with a white collared shirt, if you have it.

Parent Sign Up – Mess Dinner Assistance – Wednesday, December 21 | 809 Newark (809cadets.ca)

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday and celebrating the squadron in RCAF style.

Regards,
Lt Dan Couroux
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

Bottle Drive – Saturday, January 7, 0900-1300

Cadets and Parents/Guardians,

Our first fundraiser for 2023 is coming up January 7. This activity helps provide funds so that the squadron can operate and run the training program. All cadets are expected to participate and we’re also asking that parents/guardians take part as well.

For more information, or if you have questions, please reach out to either myself or Mr Cory Abt, our SSC Chair.

Lt Dan Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

Effective Speaking – Outlines & Rough Drafts Due Monday

Good evening everyone,
Mrs Gowans asked me to remind all the cadets participating in Effective Speaking that their outlines and rough drafts are due to Mrs Gowans on Monday night. She also asked me to remind you that you will be practicing impromptus tomorrow evening as well.
Good luck everyone.

Lt Dan Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

Niagara On The Lake Annual Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 10, 1000hrs

Good afternoon 809,

This year marks the 1st time since 2019 that we’ve been able to take part in the annual Niagara-On-The-Lake Christmas parade. Although not a mandatory event, we encourage maximum participation as this is an opportunity for the public to see us, something that doesn’t happen regularly.

Here are the particulars:
Where – 124 Branch Royal Canadian Legion – 410 King St, NOTL
When – 1000hrs until approx 1200hrs
OIC – Capt Lemoine
Dress – C3’s w/ Parka & Liner, gloves & wedge (bring toque with you just-in-case of cold weather)

Note: some cadets have expressed problems with their shirt and tie after the downpour back on Remembrance Day. If your shirt is not presentable, C3D would be acceptable (crewneck sweater instead of shirt and tie).

Lt Dan Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

Annual Mess Dinner – Wednesday, December 21 – Cadet Sign Up

Good afternoon, 809,

On Wednesday, December 21, we’ll be having our first in-person formal mess dinner since 2019. This is a night of RCAF tradition, and gives you the opportunity to be social with your fellow cadets. In the RCAF, mess dinners are considered to be a parade, so that means mandatory attendance is required. In saying that, we do want you to sign up in advance. The link for the sign up sheet is below:

Mess Dinner – Cadet Attendance – Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Lt Dan Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

Parent Sign Up – Mess Dinner Assistance – Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Our annual mess dinner is coming up on December 21. It’s a celebration in Military Style, giving our cadets an opportunity to experience RCAF tradition and enable them to interact in a social setting prior to our Christmas break. Even though it centers around training and tradition, this has been an effort on behalf of the entire squadron. The staff looks after the program, the SSC looks after most of the preparations as far as the venue and the food, along with the logistics of how it works behind the scenes. Parents have helped out as servers during the dinner. It’s for this that we’re looking for your help. So, Parents/Guardians, we asking for your help to make this a success. Please sign up to show your availability and desire to help us out with this annual tradition. If you find that all the spots are filled up and you’d still like to help, please let us know.

Lt Dan Couroux
CO
809 Newark RCACS
“Immortal”

Parent Sign Up – Mess Dinner Assistance – Wednesday, December 21