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Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 13 Dec 2020

13 Dec 2020

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CO’s Message

This is the last publication of WROs for calendar year 2020. After our Squadron Annual Mess Dinner on Wednesday, we go into our winter stand-down and won’t be returning to training until 6 Jan 2021. I have never been more glad to see another year put behind us, nor have I been more optimistic about the year ahead. The commitment that each and every one of you (cadets, staff, and SSC volunteers) have made to keeping our squadron going in these adverse times has been an inspiration and I’m very much looking forward to seeing your perseverance rewarded in 2021. It only gets better from here.

This week, we’re suspending our Effective Speaking training for Monday evening. 128 RCACS in Thorold is hosting a special presentation from Capt Christian Stenner, MStJ, CD, FRCGS of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society about the exploration of caves. I’ve already signed up and am really looking forward to his presentation. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s important that you do so in advance so that Capt Copses-Parker at 128 knows how many seats to provision for the Zoom conference.

On Wednesday, we’re conducting our Annual Mess Dinner. Normally, this would be a very memorable in-person formal dinner to mark the end of training for the calendar year. Circumstances have forced us to try to approximate it virtually, but we’re going to do the best that we can. There are two significant considerations this year:

  1. Dinner is being delivered to your home. It is IMPORTANT that you fill in the Virtual Mess Dinner form to indicate your attendance and any dietary restrictions NO LATER THAN 1900 (7:00pm) on Monday, 14 Dec. Failing to do so does not prevent you from attending, but you’ll be on your own for rustling up dinner and you’ll be missing out on early delivery of a special gift too.
  2. Awards and presentations from Training Year 2019-2020 will be presented during the dinner. We didn’t have an ACR and those awards have been waiting too long to be presented. Physical keeper plaques and bursary monies will have to wait until there’s an opportunity to physically present such things.

We’re relaxing the formality of the Mess Dinner as well, considering the medium. We would normally be in 1A (CAF) or C1A (cadets) for a formal event like this, but we’re going to stick to 3C (CAF) and C3F (cadets) for the virtual event.

See you all on Wednesday!

Training Night (Annual Mess Dinner)
16 Dec 2020

Training Night Schedule
See the Events Calendar.


All attendees must check in using the Registration for Virtual Events form.

Virtual Training Connection Information

Mess Dinner


CAF Member Dress

Cadet Dress
C3F: Cdts, LACs, Cpls, FCpls
C3F: Sgts, FSgts, WO2s, and WO1

Duty Personnel
Duty Officer: Lt Russell
Duty NCM: WO2 Abt

This Week’s Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
14 Nov 2020
Monday Special Presentation
Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Zoom C3F Capt Lemoine
16 Dec 2020
Wednesday Annual Mess Dinner Google Meet C3F Lt Russell

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
17 Dec 2020 –
5 Jan 2021
  Winter Stand-Down
No Training
6 Jan 2021
Wednesday Regular Training Night Google Meet C3F Capt Lemoine

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Virtual Mess Dinner

Good afternoon.

We’re planning to host our annual Mess Dinner virtually this year on 16 Dec at 1830 (6:30pm) sharp. Hosting it virtually means that we have a few more logistical hoops to jump through, particularly with respect to dinner itself. If you will be attending the mess dinner, it’s critical that you let us know, provide an address for delivery, and let us know what dietary restrictions you might have, if any.

J Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 16 Dec 18

16 Dec 18

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Congratulations to newly-promoted WO1 Couroux and his father, newly-enrolled OCdt Couroux! These promotions are the first of a few that we’re looking forward to conferring, so stay tuned.

In traditional form, we’re ending the calendar year in style with the 10th Annual Squadron Mess Dinner at Grace United Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s a festive night where we get to learn about RCAF traditions, so it’s training with amazing food and fun at the same time!

We have our effective speaking night on Monday, followed by Wednesday’s Mess Dinner and then we’re done until the second week of January.

On behalf of everyone involved in delivering the cadet program in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I wish you the best of the season, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Training Night
19 Dec 18 (10th Annual Squadron Mess Dinner)

CAF Member Dress
2 or 2C

Cadet Dress
C8: All Cadets

Mess Dinner Routine

Activity Timings
Arriva; 1830
Five-Minute Call 1840
Grand March 1845
Welcome 1850
Dinner 1900
Break 2000
Toasts 2015
Addresses 2020
Dismissal 2100

This Week’s Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
17 Dec 18 1900-2100 Monday Optional Training Night
(Effective Speaking)
809 HQ (CNC) Civilian Capt Lemoine
19 Dec 18 1830-2100 Wednesday Annual Squadron Mess Dinner Grace United Church C8  

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
20 Dec 18 – 6 Jan 19   Winter Stand-Down (No Training)      

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

809 Squadron’s 9th Annual Mess Dinner has closed out our training for the calendar year. Thanks to our guests, cadets, sponsorship committee, and staff for making it a spectacular one. Special thanks go out to CIs Thiffault and Ruttan. Without both of you, it wouldn’t have come together as memorably as it did.

To 809’s entire family, we wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and the brightest of blessings this season. We’re all looking forward to getting together again in the new year when we resume training on the 8th of January.

Oh, before I forget, thank you, Mrs. Lett, for providing the photo of this year’s •amazing• dessert creation by CI Thiffault.

Level 4 Leadership Presentation

All Level 4’s are reminded to be prepared for their presentation on a leader of their choice.
Please ensure you contact the office tonight if you require any multimedia devices for your presentation (which I hope you do!)

We’re all looking forward to seeing who you’ve chosen and why.

M. Russell
Training Officer
809 Newark Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 17 Dec 17

Duty Officer
Capt Lemoine

17 Dec 17

RO Number

Regular Training Night
20 Dec 17 (Annual Mess Dinner)

CAF Member Dress

Cadet Dress
C8: All Cadets

Mess Dinner Agenda

Activity Timings
Arrival 1820
Five-Minute Call 1830
Grand March 1835
Welcome 1840
Dinner 1845
Break 2000
Toasts and Presentations 2015
Conclusion 2100

This Week’s Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OPI
18 Dec 17 1900-2000 Monday Drill Team Practice 809 HQ (REIA) Boots/Wedge OCdt Couroux
18 Dec 17 2000-2100 Monday Aviation and Aerospace Club 809 HQ (REIA) Civilian Capt Lemoine
20 Dec 17 1830-2100 Wednesday Squadron Mess Dinner Grace United Church C8 Capt Lemoine

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OPI
21 Dec 17 to
7 Dec 18
  Winter Stand-Down (No Training)      
8 Jan 18 1900-2000 Monday Drill Team Practice 809 HQ (REIA) Boots/Wedge OCdt Couroux
8 Jan 18 2000-2100 Monday Sports Competition Practice 809 HQ (REIA) Sports Attire Capt Lemoine
10 Jan 18 1830-2100 Wednesday Regular Training Night 809 HQ (REIA) C2/C3 Lt Russell
13 Jan 18 0900-1600 Saturday Winter Bottle Drive (Mandatory) Van Noort Greenhouses Winter Coat, Gloves and Cadet Toque Capt Lemoine

Jody Lemoine
Commanding Officer, 809 “Newark” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS)
Canadian Armed Forces / Telephone: 905-468-7584

Parent Volunteers for Annual Mess Dinner

As discussed last Wednesday, we are requesting six (6) more parents to volunteer to help serve at the Annual Mess Dinner and to help clean up afterwards. Servers should wear black pants and white shirts for the event.

The sign-up sheet can be found here:

Thank you very much for your support.

Monday Night Training

Drill Team – 7-8pm – make sure you’re there! We need all hands on deck for our silent routine practice. Dress: civilian with parade boots and wedge.

Sports/Flight Club – 8-9pm

NATIONAL COURSE NARRATIVES: Please send them in for proof-reading – email Capt Palumbo:  All natiional course applications are due THIS WEDNESDAY night at the Mess Dinner. 

NOTL Christmas Parade – was a HUGE success! Special thanks to Mr. Ruttan for the use of his trailer for our float, to CI Thiffault and Mr Zalepa for float prep on Friday afternoon, and to Mr Hendriks for driving the float in the parade. Our Cadets looked FANTASTIC with their elf hats on – if you have photos please send them to Capt Palumbo.

MESS DINNER on Wednesday: do you still need a bowtie? Capt Palumbo has one left – $7 each, you can pay on Wed night. Check out the dress regulations here: C8. NO headdress (wedge), and YES wear your name tag. Meet at the Virgil Fire Hall on 1391 Concession 6 Rd in NOTL at 630pm. Dinner begins at 7pm. Cadets are asked to wait in the foyer – they will be formally asked to come into the dining area. Parent volunteers can go straight to the kitchen – dress is white top, black bottoms for serving.

As an FYI, Capt Palumbo will not be into the office this evening. Capt Lemoine will be on-site for any pertinent questions/concerns.

A Special Thanks

On behalf of the Staff, Sponsorship Committee and Cadets of 809 Squadron, we would like to express our thanks to the following people who volunteered their time as servers and kitchen staff for the annual Mess Dinner.

Mr. Abt;
Mr. and Mrs. Butler;
Mr. Carbone;
Mrs. Chikombero;
Mrs. Hendriks;
Mrs. Lavoie;
Mrs. Nicolescu; and
Mr. and Mrs. Prue.

Thank you very much for all of your help in making this year’s annual Mess Dinner one of our best yet!

Capt Lemoine

Mess Dinner Tonight!

Don’t forget: tonight is the 7th Annual Mess Dinner. We are having it at the new Virgil Fire Hall on Concession 6 (near the roundabout). Do NOT go to the Squadron.

TIMINGS: 630pm-9pm

DRESS: C-8 (see website under dress regulations for numbered orders of dress pictures)

PARENTS: if you are helping in the kitchen with CI Thiffault, please wear white dress shirt and black pants. Meet in the kitchen at 615pm.

PMC & VPMC: FSgt Lavoie & AC Abt – meet Capt Palumbo at 615pm in the main hall. All other cadets are to WAIT IN THE ANTE ROOM where the couches are until you are asked to find your seats.

SET-UP begins at 430pm – if you can help, come on out. Capt Palumbo will need it!