585 Squadron Newsletter
January 2019


FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER

Happy New Year and welcome back!! First I’d like to thank WO1 Bright and the Level 5 cadets for an entertaining and fun-filled Christmas Party. Congratulations to the three cadet winners of a flight with Capt. Franklin. Your hard work paid off selling the Glider Tickets. Once the weather is nicer, probably the end of March or first of April, the flight will be arranged.

We thought September to December was busy, well the New Year is starting out much the same. A huge thank you to each cadet who has dedicated themselves to each training night, and also to those who have participated in the extracurricular activities. After many evenings of ground school and hours of studying, three cadets successfully passed their written exams. This coming weekend, we have six cadets travelling to Prescott for National Course Interviews. All the best. We aren’t finished yet. In January, Biathlon Competition took place, again we had cadets successfully place and some will move on to the Regionals. This weekend a Band Clinic is being held at Connaught.

Congratulations to each cadet for their hard work and successful outcomes.

I have the postings for staff cadet positions if anyone is interested. We will soon start applications for summer camp. If you have completed a General Training Camp, start thinking about what you’d be interested in for a second camp. If you are interested in Aviation, with Training Officer Capt Cordy, she will assist you with applying for the first of three courses that will prepare you for glider/power. Also offered are Drill and Ceremonial, Athletic, and many more that will be outlined for you to look over. You must be aware of timelines, and that you may not be attending Trenton, sometimes you are sent out of area to complete your training.

Starting Feb 1 we will be holding a sports night at St Francis De Sales Separate School. The times are from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, each Friday. Bring your health card, running shoes, sports gear, and water bottles. Dates are Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 7, 8, 22, 29.

Exertion is tentatively booked for April 6 in Prescott.

Coming up the end of March is our annual Mess Dinner. Here we will have a guest speaker, and present some awards. It’s a dinner you won’t want to miss. More info will follow as the date gets closer.

If you are unable to attend training, you must notify 585 Rideau Squadron staff by using the absence notification page under the contacts tab on the squadron website or by telephone at 613-283-9990; otherwise, your non-attendance will be marked as an unexcused absence, which counts against the completion of your training. Between now and the Annual Review (May 26), it is most important that your attendance be as regular as possible. Our CO’s Parades will now be preparing for this Annual Review.

Thank you to the parents who transport their son\daughter to each activity!!

Captain P Irish
Commanding Officer


FROM THE SSC CHAIR

Welcome back to regular training after a well deserved Christmas break. On behalf of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC), I would like to offer my thanks to the squadron staff who dedicate so much time to the development of our children. I would also like to mention the tremendous dedication of our Civilian Volunteers: Joyce Salisbury, Cynthia Yuschyshyn, and Andrew Blake. Many parents may not be aware of their important contributions to the success of the squadron. Joyce is a the Supply Officer who keeps our cadets in properly fitting uniforms (and much more). Cynthia is the very talented band leader who is teaching our young musicians how to play in a military band and coordinating the purchase and care of our growing collection of band instruments. Andrew is the most recent addition to the team. He is a commercial airline pilot who has taken a lead role in teaching the Air Studies course that prepares our budding pilots to write the Flight Scholarship Qualifying Exam. I would also like to offer my personal thanks to all the members of the SSC for their continued dedication to the cadets, for their hard work ensuring special events are well planned, and to the effective management of squadron funds. And finally, I would like to thank the Smiths Falls Legion for their generous financial support of our squadron. Every year, the Legion uses some of its Poppy Fund to support our cadet activities. When you can, please support your local Legion!

Marc Baillon
Chair 585 SSC


UPCOMING TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Regular Training – Every Wednesday evening from 18:00 to 21:00 hrs at 443 Wing, unless noted below.
Band –  Every Monday evening from 18:30 to 20:30 at Wing.
**NEW** 
Activity Night:  Friday’s Starting 1 Feb. 18:30 to 20:30hrs at St Francis De Sales Separate School, 4 Ross St., Smiths Falls .
**NEW** Range – Sunday’s starting Jan 27 – 443 Wing – 09:00 to 13:00 hrs

JANUARY 2019

  • 25 – 27 Jan – Band Training Course – Connaught. Details have been communicated to all involved.
  • 26 Jan – National Course Interviews – Prescott. Details have been communicated to all involved.
  • 27 Jan – Range Practice – 443 Wing – 9am to 1pm.

SAVE THE DATE – Details to be Advised.

  • 2 Mar – Range Competition
  • 14 Mar – March Break Trip
  • 27 Mar – Mess Dinner – Smiths Falls Legion
  • 6 Apr – Exertion Competition – tentative date
  • 13 Apr – Tag Day – Mandatory Participation
  • 15 May – CO’s Parade – Youth Arena
  • 22 May – ACR Practice – Youth Arena
  • 25 May – Gliding – Brockville
  • 26 May – ACR – Youth Arena

LOTTERY CAMPAIGN – SALES INCENTIVE CONTEST!!
Sept-Dec 2018

Congratulations to the draw winners!!

Eight books remain outstanding. Please return your books, sold or unsold, as soon as possible.

Don’t forget that proceeds from this Lottery are used to maintain the 24 gliders and 10 tow planes used for Cadet Glider training and familiarization and to support the special provincial events & programs for Ontario squadrons. Approximately 60% of the proceeds come back to us to fund the 585 Sqn training program for 2017-2018.

For our local lottery campaign to be a success, we require the cooperation and attentive efforts of our cadets and their parents. A critical aspect of the campaign is the safeguarding and accountability of the monies and tickets as well as their timely return. The books of tickets assigned to the Squadron are a liability to the Squadron whether they are sold or not. Which means that the Squadron pays for lost books of tickets, money that could be better spent on trips or training. As part of the campaign, each cadet and family is asked to sell at least one book of tickets (12 tickets) with total value of $60.


FROM THE SQUADRON SPONSORING COMMITTEE (SSC)

Interested in joining the SSC? The majority of the SSC members are parents of our cadets. If you have skills (accounting, fundraising, public relations, website, administrative, or secretarial) you think might be useful to the SSC or simply want to assist in any way possible, please contact one of our SSC members.

Read more about the Role of the SSC on the Squadron website.

2018-2019 Squadron Sponsoring Committee

Chair – Marc Baillon
Treasurer – Lynn Marsh
Secretary/Newsletter – Karen Bernique
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 95 Liaison – Keith Anderson
Lottery Tickets – Tracy Ireton
Awards/Scholarships Director – Tara Johnston
Band Director – Cynthia Yuschyshyn
Member – Andrew Vignuzzi
Member – Carolyn Piche

Role of the SSC

The SSC provides direct support to squadron operations; manages all squadron finances and fundraising activities; promotes honors, awards and trophies – special recognition; provides cadet recreational programs; acts as representative of parents; public relations with the community at large; and arranges annual special events such as mess dinners and the annual ceremonial review. The committee funds make possible supplemental optional activities and programs such as citizenship trips, recreational trips or other training events not funded by DND.

585 Rideau Squadron’s Sponsor is 443 (Rideau) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA). They generously host Squadron Headquarters (HQ) for weekly cadet training and on weekends as required, enabling the Squadron to carry out its training objectives. 433 Wing also provides the Squadron an annual monetary grant.


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Many scholarship opportunities are available from the Air Cadet League and The Ontario Command of The Royal Canadian Legion. Check out the following links to determine if you are eligible.

1) The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to announce 8 NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Birchall Scholarship
  • Dale Scholarship
  • Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship
  • Alex Venables Scholarship in Engineering
  • Air Cadet League of Canada Foundation Scholarship (2 available)
  • The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism
  • The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity

The links below will provide more information about this great opportunity available to deserving  Air Cadets.

ACL National Scholarship Criteria and Application Form
Example of a Completed Application Form and Supporting Documents

Cadets who meet the criteria should submit complete National Education Scholarships documents in digital form (one PDF file),  no later than April 1st, 2019 to: leaguehq@aircadetleague.com

2) The Ontario Command of The Royal Canadian Legion

http://www.on.legion.ca/remembrance/youth-programs


ROUTINE ACTIVITIES

  • Parade Night: Mandatory – Wednesdays *6:00 to 9:00 pm.* Dress: Uniform C2.  Location: 585 Training HQ – 44 Abbott Street, Smiths Falls.
  • Activity Night:  Starting 1 Feb. Optional. Dress: Civilian/Sports Clothing. St Francis De Sales Separate School, 4 Ross St., Smiths Falls
    Band –  Every Monday evening from 18:30 to 20:30 at the Wing.
    NEW** Range – Sunday’s starting Jan 27 – 443 Wing – 09:00 to 13:00 hrs

 SQUADRON HOUSEKEEPING

  • Absence Request: If a cadet is unable to attend training, they must notify 585 Squadron staff by completing the Absence notification contact form on the website OR calling 613-283-9990; otherwise, their non-attendance will be marked as an unexcused absence, which counts against the completion of their training.
  • Replacement Name Tags: If required see the Supply Officer.
  • Uniform: Any issues with your uniform please see Supply ASAP to have it corrected. It is the cadet’s responsibility, not the parents, to maintain the uniform.

GENERAL

Check the Squadron website at www.585aircadets.org.

All cadets are responsible to check the Squadron website at least once a week for messages. At a minimum, the website Training Calendar and front page messages should be checked on the day preceding any cadet activity for the latest updated information.


585 Squadron Newsletter – January 2019