585 Squadron Newsletter
March 2018


FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER

Good day all,

I would just like to take the time and brag about the wonderful work our cadets have done. With the many competitions wrapping up our results as a squadron have been outstanding. The biathlon team have continued to outdo themselves at the regional competition in Ottawa, we earned five spots on the OSLA regional team and headed to Sault Ste Marie on February 9-11th with FSgt Legere, Sgt Baillon, Sgt Marsh, Cpl Strigel, and Cadet Fredrick-Yap. Also attending to support the competition were staff cadets, FSgt’s Hartung, Vignuzzi and Patterson. All cadets did extremely well with Cpl Stringel placing 2nd and receiving a silver medal for the junior male category, two of our staff cadets also earned spots to advance to the Nation Biathlon in PEI March 6-10th. FSgt Hartung also received a commendation certificate for her excellent work during the competition.

Regional effective speaking was attended by FSgt Vignuzzi his delivery of  How space exploration can lead to significant advances on Earth, took first place and received a gold medal. For the second year running he will be attending the Provincial competition in Hamilton, ON at the end of April.

Exertion was held on the 3rd of March, all cadets were well turned out and exemplified the true essences of the competition by demonstrating true sportsmanship throughout the entire day. With earning several 1st and 2nd place finishes in specific events.

Congratulations to all the well deserving cadets that have demonstrated excellence in their discipline of choice, your tireless efforts are extremely inspiring.  


Captain Allyson Cordy
Commanding Officer

 


UPCOMING TRAINING ACTIVITIES

MARCH 2018

  • 07 Mar – COs Parade – Mandatory regular training night – 6:15 to 9:15 pm. Dress C1. Location – Duncan J Schoular School, Smiths Falls. DUE: March Break Trip Permission Forms and FINAL DEADLINE FOR ALL LOTTERY TICKETS!!
    • For Parents – Join the SSC for coffee at 7:30 in the Library. Chat with SSC Members and any available Squadron Staff. Parade starts at 8:10.
    • Formal Photo Session scheduled for Apr 4. Details below.
  • 15 Mar – March Break Trip – Permission form sent home with Cadets.
  • 25 Mar – Regional Range Competition – Connaught – depart 443 wing 7:00am return early afternoon.
  • 28 Mar – Mess DinnerDress: C1 or white shirt and black bow tie – Location: Smiths Falls Legion.

APRIL 2018

  • 04 Apr – COs Parade – Mandatory regular training night – 6:15 to 9:15 pm. Dress C1. Location – Duncan J Schoular School, Smiths Falls.
    • For Parents – Join the SSC for coffee at 7:30 in the Library. Chat with SSC Members and any available Squadron Staff. Parade starts at 8:10.
    • Formal Photo Session – See below for details
  • 15 Apr – Triple AAA Career Expo by Air Cadets Canada – Details TBA
  • 21 Apr – Tag Day – Mandatory Participation – Details TBA
  • 28 or 29 Apr – Power Flight Familiarization – Event and Details TBC

SAVE THE DATE

  • 04 to 06 May – Spring FTX – Details TBA
  • 12 May – Gliding – Details TBA
  • 27 May – Annual Cadet Review (ACR) – Details TBA
  • 2 & 3 Jun – Year End Trip – Details TBA

Smiths Falls Legion Activities – support may be required from 585. Exact requirements to be determined.

  • 9 Apr – Vimy Ridge Memorial
  • Late April/Early May – Memorial Dedication – Date and Details TBC
  • 6 Jun – Memorial Dedication for Afghanistan War Veterans.

ROUTINE ACTIVITIES

  • Parade Night: Mandatory – Wednesdays 6:15 to 9:15 pm. Dress: Uniform C2.  Location: 585 Training HQ – 44 Abbott Street, Smiths Falls.
  • Activity Night: Optional – Fridays 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Dress: Civilian/Sports Clothing. Location and Activity type as follows. (See note above re: February)
    • 1st Friday of the Month – Sports at St. Francis de Sales School, Smiths Falls
    • 2nd Friday of the Month* – Rocketry at 443 Wing
    • 3rd Friday of the Month – Sports at St. Francis de Sales School, Smiths Falls
    • 4th Friday of the Month* – Games Night at 443 Wing

(*All evenings begin at 6:30pm.)

  • Band Practice: Monday’s – 443 Wing – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Range Training: Resumes 17 Feb – 443 Wing – 8:30 to 11:00 am

FROM THE SQUADRON SPONSORING COMMITTEE (SSC)

FINAL DEADLINE to Return Lottery Tickets: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Role of the SSC

The SSC provides the 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.

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.

 Ontario Provincial Committee (OPC) Lottery Campaign – Sept-Dec 2017

Proceeds from this Lottery are used to fund the Air Cadet Glider Program and to support the special provincial events & programs for Ontario squadrons. Our squadron has been assigned 55 books of tickets. Approximately 40% of the proceeds will be directed to our own 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, for example, we pay for lost books of tickets. 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.

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.


 SQUADRON HOUSEKEEPING

  • Annual Validation Forms issued to cadets must be completed, signed and handed in to the Administration Officer OCdt Burrell as soon as possible.
  • 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 RIDEAU SQUADRON PICTURE NIGHT

Dear Cadets/Parents:

This year 585 Squadron will be offering a chance to have your sons or daughters photo taken. There will be individual photos taken, as well as a full squadron photo. Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, April 4th 2018 during CO’s Parade. Full Uniform will be required.

There will be two options for obtaining a photo of your Cadet.

  • Option #1: Every Cadet will be given a CD with their photo on it, as well as a full squadron photo free of charge. These will be handed out Wednesday, April 18th 2018.
  • Option #2: If you would like a printed 8×10 Photo (unframed) of your Son / Daughter, there will be a $4.00 charge to cover the cost of printing, plus you will also receive a CD containing the individual photo and the squadron photo. These will also be handed out Wednesday April 18th.

The order form if available for printing HERE. Deadlines for return are noted below.

If option #1 is selected please return the bottom portion of the letter by the 18th of April

If option #2 is selected please return the bottom portion of the letter, along with the $4, BEFORE the 4th of April.

 

585 Squadron Newsletter – March 2018