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Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 17 Nov 19

Date
17 Nov 19

RO Number
19-33

CO’s Message

We’re back to regular training this week with Drill Team and Sports for the remainder of the month.

Any Level 1 cadets who have not yet received their lottery tickets should bring their $60 and see Mrs. Lett at the beginning of the night on Wednesday.

Remember that we have a new winter footwear policy in order to keep our training area clean and tidy. Cadets (and staff) will come to training wearing outdoor/civilian footwear and uniform footwear in hand. Outdoor footwear will be left in the building entrance and uniform footwear will be worn inside.

For Level 3 cadets and above, 358 RCSCC is offering full-day workshops in Leadership and Instructional Techniques respectively over the next two Saturdays. These are optional, but highly encouraged for cadets who want the opportunity to hone these skills. Sign-up sheets have been posted so that we can give 358 RCSCC an idea of how many 809 cadets are interested in attending. Remember that you need to be logged in to see the sign-up sheets.

Event Sign-ups

See you on Wednesday!

Training Night
20 Nov 19

Training Night Schedule
See the Events Calendar.

CAF Member Dress
3B

Cadet Dress
C3: Sgt, FSgt, WO2, WO1
C3D: AC, LAC, Cpl, FCpl

Duty Personnel
Duty Officer: Capt Lemoine

This Week’s Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
18 Nov 19 1900-2115 Monday Optional Training Night 809 HQ Civilian OCdt Couroux
20 Nov 19 1830-2115 Wednesday Regular Training Night 809 HQ C3/C3D Capt Lemoine
23 Nov 19 0830-1630 Monday 358 RCSCC Leadership Workshop Niagara College, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON C3 TBD

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
25 Nov 19 1900-2115 Monday Optional Training Night 809 HQ Civilian Capt Lemoine
27 Nov 19 1830-2115 Wednesday Regular Training Night 809 HQ C3/C3D Lt Russell
30 Nov 19 0830-1630 Monday 358 RCSCC Intructional Techniques Workshop Niagara College, 135 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON C3 TBD

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Gliding Cancelled

Unfortunately, the aftermath of the early snowfall this week is still with us and the airfield is no longer suitable for safe use. As a result, our gliding session must be cancelled. We’ll be rescheduling more opportunities in the spring if possible.

Stay home. Stay warm. (A -20° wind chill has been forecast for Saturday too.) We’ll see everyone at training next week.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Winter Procedures: Boots

Now that the wet winter weather is here, we need to take extra care to keep our HQ clean. Effective immediately, cadets are to come to training nights in civilian shoes or boots and bring their parade boots in hand. Outdoor shoes are to be left in the anteroom just inside the entrance to the building and cadets are to change into their parade boots once inside. This will avoid tracking water and mud into the building and minimize cleanup efforts.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 10 Nov 19

Date
10 Nov 19

RO Number
19-32

CO’s Message

Remembrance Day has come and gone for another year. Some of our cadets had already gone home by the time I made the announcement at the Legion, so I’ll reiterate it here. In all of the activities over the Remembrance season, 809 once again took up its traditional place in our community’s observations with respect, dignity, and commitment. The squadron demonstrated what it means to give of themselves for their community, slogging through the snow and the cold to remember those who gave so much more. Personally, and on behalf of everyone who has the privilege of working with you, thank you for your dedication. We’re proud of each and every one of you.

Lessening this month’s pace, we have only two scheduled activities this week, Mandatory Training on the 13th and Autumn Gliding on the afternoon of the 16th. That latter one may be a bit optimistic, but we can hope that this snow is an early blip and that we’ll have clear weather for Saturday. Sign-up sheets are below (remember that you need to be logged into the site) and we’re encouraging everyone to get on board. Hopefully, the weather won’t shut us out.

Event Sign-ups

For those cadets attending Ground School studies on Thursdays in St. Catharines, there has been a temporary change of location for the next two weeks (14 and 21 Nov). Instead of meeting at Pine Grove School, classes will be at Burleigh Hill School, 15 Burleigh Hill Dr, St. Catharines, ON L2T 2V6. Classes will return to Pine Grove School on 28 Nov 19.

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Training Night
13 Nov 19

Training Night Schedule
See the Events Calendar.

CAF Member Dress
3B

Cadet Dress
C3: Sgt, FSgt, WO2, WO1
C3D: AC, LAC, Cpl, FCpl

Duty Personnel
Duty Officer: Lt Russell

This Week’s Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
13 Nov 19 1830-2115 Wednesday Regular Training Night 809 HQ C3/C3D Lt Russell
16 Nov 19 1300-1600 Saturday Autumn Gliding Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport Civilian OCdt Couroux

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
18 Nov 19 1900-2115 Monday Optional Training Night 809 HQ Civilian OCdt Couroux
20 Nov 19 1830-2115 Wednesday Regular Training Night 809 HQ C3/C3D OCdt Nicolescu

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

School Remembrance Services

Due to the bus cancellations today, many schools have postponed their Remembrance Day ceremonies until tomorrow. Cadets are encouraged to wear their uniforms to school tomorrow if they are attending.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Remembrance Activities This Weekend

Good evening.

We have a number of things going on this weekend and a bit of detail to be communicated, so ensure that you read through the following carefully:

Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign

For those of you who have volunteered to take shifts for the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign, here are the details, thank you very much for stepping up to help our primary sponsor.

All Poppy Campaign shifts will be at Phil’s Valu-Mart in Virgil. An officer will meet the cadets 10 minutes before their shift starts to ensure that they are present, dressed properly, and have their poppy box. Poppies should be handed out to anyone who does not have one, regardless of whether they donate or not. Small children should be given a sticker rather than one with a pin.

Weather is expected to be cold, so it’s important to dress appropriately. Normally, dress is C3 for these events, but a parka, gloves and (optionally) your toque should be worn for colder weather. If you have been issued a uniform and do not have a parka, gloves, or a toque, please contact me directly either by email (jody.lemoine@cadets.gc.ca) or on the squadron phone (905-468-7584) as soon as you are able and let me know what you are missing with your rough sizes so that I can get the necessary items from supply. If you do not yet have a uniform, dress appropriately for the weather.

Parents can pick their cadets up immediately following their cadets’ shift.

Grace United Church Remembrance Service

Cadets who have volunteered to be the flag party at the Grace United Church Remembrance Service should meet a staff member at the church (222 Victoria Street) at 1015 (10:15am) in C1A dress. If you do not have a uniform, black pants (no jeans) and a white collared shirt are appropriate. Parents can pick their cadets up immediately following the service at 1200 (12:00pm).

Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades

The details of the Sunday evening and Monday events have already been posted here, but here are a few more details and clarifications.

Cadets will meet at 1900 (7:00pm) on Sunday at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 at 410 King Street for the sleepover. Bring your uniform (on a hanger) and your boots; pyjamas; a sleeping bag and pillow; toiletries; and any other essential items for a sleepover. All cadets will participate in vigil shifts at the cenotaph in the morning. Those cadets who will be attending Remembrance Day ceremonies at their schools may be excused afterwards. All other cadets can be picked up at 1500 (3:00pm) on Monday at the Legion branch.

Dress for the Sunday evening portion is casual. Jeans and a t-shirt are fine. Dress for the Monday parades is full dress uniform: C1A. The weather is anticipated to be cold, so bring your parka, gloves, and toque. As mentioned above in for the Poppy Campaign, please contact me if you have been issued a uniform but are missing a parka, gloves, or a toque. If you haven’t been issued a uniform, wear civilian clothing (no jeans) and dress warmly.

Remember that Remembrance Day is one of 809 Squadron’s most important community and citizenship observations of the year. It is important that all cadets participate.

See you there!

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades

This is the kickoff for our annual Remembrance Day Vigil. On Sunday, 10 Nov 2019 at 1900 (7:00pm), cadets will meet at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ed Boldt Memorial Hall (upstairs) and begin preparations for Remembrance Day on Monday.

Bring your uniform (on a hanger) and your boots; pyjamas; a sleeping bag and pillow; toiletries; and any other essential items for a sleepover.

Dress for the Sunday evening portion is casual. Jeans and a t-shirt are fine. Dress for the Monday parades is full dress uniform: C1A. The weather is anticipated to be cold, so bring your parka, gloves, and toque.

Breakfast will be provided by the Squadron Sponsorship Committee through donations by our cadets’ families. Please accept our sincere thanks if you are contributing to our breakfast. Please see the Remembrance Day Breakfast Contributions sign-up sheet and bring the items with you when you arrive on Sunday night.

The sign-up sheet for Remembrance Day breakfast contributions can be found here: Event Sign-ups. Please remember that you need to be logged into the site to see the sign-up sheets.

Remembrance Day occurs on a weekday this year, so a letter has been provided for cadets to take to their schools to explain their absence from classes. It can be found here: Remembrance Day Letter.

Our schedule for Remembrance Day is as follows:

0600 – Reveille (First Group)
0620 – Breakfast (First Group)
0645 – Walk to Cenotaph (First Group)
0700 – Shifts begin
1000 – Last shift at the Cenotaph
1030 – Old Town parade begins
1200 – Old Town parade ends and cadets return to the Royal Canadian Legion
1230 – Cadets are provided with a snack and are transported to Queenston for the afternoon parade
1300 – Queenston parade begins
1430 – Queenston parade ends and cadets return to the Royal Canadian Legion
1500 – Cadets are ready for pickup at the Royal Canadian Legion

Shifts last for 30 mins each with five (5) cadets per shift.

Changeovers will occur at the top and bottom of each hour until the last shift takes position at 1030. This shift will remain for the duration of the Remembrance Day parade.

Thank you to all who contribute to making this event successful. The Remembrance Day parades are where we have an opportunity for cadets, staff, and volunteers to show our respect for our fallen and, through them, our community.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 3 Nov 19

Date
3 Nov 19

RO Number
19-31

CO’s Message

November has a busy schedule, but we already have the biggest event behind us. This last weekend’s Autumn FTX was a success! Specific thanks go out to our senior cadets for their leadership and instruction, and to OCdt Nicolescu, who capably and enthusiastically coordinated the weekend’s training program.

This week, we have a CO’s Parade on Wednesday night. This means that ceremonial dress (C1A) is in order. We will be conducting Remembrance Day activities next week in ceremonial dress and this is a good opportunity to ensure that your uniform is up to par. Remember that if the poppy is not present and properly positioned, you are out of uniform. (See Dress Instructions at Chapter 4, Annex A for details.) For those cadets who still don’t have a complete uniform, orders have been placed and we’re hopeful that everything will arrive on time.

We’re still looking for cadet volunteers for the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign this weekend. We have two signups thus far and are looking for six more. We’re also looking for one more member of the flag party for Grace United Church’s Remembrance Day Service on Sunday morning. Sign-up sheets for these events can be found here:

Event Sign-ups

Further details on the Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades will be posted immediately following the WROs for this week.

Training Night
6 Nov 19

Training Night Schedule
See the Events Calendar.

CAF Member Dress
1A

Cadet Dress
C1A: Sgt, FSgt, WO2, WO1
C1A: AC, LAC, Cpl, FCpl

Duty Personnel
Duty Officer: OCdt Couroux

This Week’s Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
4 Nov 19 1900-2115 Monday Optional Training Night 809 HQ Civilian Capt Lemoine
6 Nov 19 1830-2115 Wednesday Regular Training Night 809 HQ C1A OCdt Couroux
10-11 Nov 19 Sunday-Monday Remembrance Day Sleepover and Vigil Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 C1A Capt Lemoine

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
13 Nov 19 1830-2115 Wednesday Regular Training Night 809 HQ C3/C3D Lt Russell
16 Nov 19 1300-1600 Saturday Autumn Gliding Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport Civilian OCdt Couroux

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Neither cold nor rain will stop the Autumn FTX

The Autumn 2019 FTX is today! At 1900 (7:00pm) everyone should be in the parking lot of Wetaskiwin Scout Camp on Scout Camp Road in St. Catharines. The kit list is available in the Operations Order here:

Operations Order – Autumn FTX 2019

The Google Map for directions can be found here:

Wetaskiwin Scout Camp

We’re expecting colder weather with a possibility of rain, so ensure that you come dressed appropriately.

This is a mandatory exercise with training that is required to complete your training level. It’s important that everyone comes out, but if you can’t make it, be sure to contact the squadron phone at (905) 468-7584 before training begins at 1900 (7:00pm).

We will be meeting parents in the parking lot during the arrival period. If you must arrive later than this (again call if this will be the case), the campsite can be reached by crossing the bridge at the end of the parking lot, following the road to the second bridge on the right, and walking up to the potlatch building.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Grace United Church Remembrance Service

Join us in supporting our local community as they commemorate Remembrance Day. Rev. Ellison has asked that we provide a flag party for the service.

Dress
C1A

Sign-up Sheets
Grace United Church Remembrance Service
Paper sign-up sheets will also be available on Wednesday evening.

Details
Parents should drop their cadets off at Grace United Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake no later than 1015 (10:15am) and pick them up at the same location at 1200 (12:00pm).