Cafba News - Jul 2005
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Happy Birthday Canada!
Yes, you read that correctly. This is the Jul 2005 edition. It has been just over a year since the cafba news first appeared. While recent issues have been sporadic we hope that you have enjoyed them.
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Where to begin!
This is your newsletter - If you have a comment - let's hear it!
"How about we hear from someone who is a brat and in the military now...talking about the changes for their children they are bringing up in todays brat world."
Proposed by Dora on the newsgroup. We think it is an excellent suggestion.
In fact we thought so much of Dora's suggestion that we are offering to put together "A Brat's Tribute To The Vets". We propose to produce an electronic version of your stories, thoughts and memories about your military parents and what their actions in service have meant to you and your children
2005 is the year of the veteran.
Who is going to keep the memory alive when all the vets have passed on.
I believe we brats should. But not necessarily from the war's point of view.
How about what it is like being the child of a military person. Someone who fought and died for the way of life that we celebrate today.
How does it affect you? How has it changed you? How is your life different from your parents?
Were you told stories about your military family members that either didn't make it back or did but weren't the same after their ordeal.
How about sharing those stories?
let's compile "A Brat's Salute to The Vets." I'll take on the job of compiling an electronic collection of the stories into a pdf format book.
Your stories need not be long in nature. Just a glimpse into who your military hero was and something that reminds you of how they changed your life by serving their Country! What he/she means to you today.
"We have inherited a view of the world that is somehow different because we were raised in military homes or around military folk"....Kath Moors as posted on the can.military-brats newsgroup. Jun 23, 2:18 pm"
Let's share that different world with everyone, out of respect for those who served in the military and who have given us the life we cherish today!
Looking forward to hearing those stories. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The main entry page at www.cafba.ca should be where all your searches of the cafba web site start.
It will always contain the latest polls ( get your vote in!); a place to subscribe to the newsletter; the most up to date links to the rest of the site; as well as a cartoon or joke to put a smile on your face.
It will occasionally have some comment and of course it will always have links to our sponsors, as it is they that help keep the site free!
So start all of your visits to the cafba web site here www.cafba.ca
For those people whose names do not appear but who are also celebrating a B'Day this month, We wish you a Happy Birthday as well. We have only been asking for this data for a short time and not everyone wants it known. If you want yours added, send me a note.
This is the 10th edition of the cafba newsletter and we think it is the best yet!
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Loads of new names have been added to the database in recent months. We also have several yet to be included. As of publication of this newsletter we have over 11,080 names in the database. Are you registered? Go here and register your details now so you can be included in the website.
We still have a backlog of registrations that I am endeavouring to get to. Unfortunately, just not enough spare time anymore. Please be patient.
A listing of the latest new members can be found here: http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/members/newest/newest.html.
June Poll results:
The Jun 2005 poll, found on the main page of the cafba site, asked the question:
Thanks to everyone who cast their vote. Here are the results of the June poll.
A new poll was started as of 01 Jul 2005.
Here is the new poll question: Are you better off than your parents were?
Get your vote in. Go to www.cafba.ca and cast your vote from the navaigation bar on the left side of the page.
Have a question you would like surveyed? Email us with your question.
If you haven't voted yet, please do so - your opinion counts!
Watch for our next poll starting in Aug 2005.
Does the newsgroup need livening up? Should we have a trivia contest for July and August? Go to the newsgroup and let us know.
Have you checked out the past trivia contest answers on the cafba website? Answers to the questions can be found at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/trivia/trivia.htm
Do you have a good trivia question? Send it in and we will use it in future contests.
Newsletter Trivia Question
This edition's trivia question:
How many television commercials did Elvis Presley make and which one was his most famous? When was it made?
Answer in the next newsletter
Answer to last newsletter's trivia question:
Been to an Air Show yet? Take any pictures you care to share?
Check out upcoming airshows from the cafba website at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/airshows/airshows.htm
What do you remember the most about attending an air show when you were young? Check out these shows, they will bring back all those great memories.
Know of a show that is not listed? Let me know so we can add it to the next newsletter
There are lots of reunions this summer with more planned for future years. If you know of one not listed please let me know so we can include it in the next newsletter
The Sept 2006 cruise reunion planned by the Canadian Starfighter Association sounds like a boatload of fun and a great way to combine your annual vacation and reunion of old friends at the same time. The most exciting part of our package is the introduction of the cruise for charity incentive offered to us by the Sears Travel Service. For every person booked Sears Travel will donate back to the Canadian Starfighter Association for community projects. Now that is a great fundraiser for a worthwhile charity.
Upcoming Events and ReunionsMail us and let us know of any reunions you are aware of. We will post them here as well as link to any web pages.
If you are on one of the upcoming reunion committees and want your reunion profiled, how about sending in some information about the event being planned? How many are you expecting? Where is the farthest BRAT coming from? What social events are planned? What accommodation has been arranged? Where can we register to attend? Is there a web site that we can refer to?
If you have attended a reunion recently, why not let the other members know how it was. What were your experiences? Would you go back and do it again? Did you reunite with some old school chums? Was it all you expected it to be? Want to share some of your pictures? Write me with the details and we'll include them in the next newsletter.
For additional details on any of these reunions, check out the reunions page: http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/events/upcoming.htm on the cafba website!
If your reunion isn't listed, email me and we'll put it in the next newsletter as well as adding it to our site.
Did you know!
We have a new navigation bar down the left side of the main cafba page at www.cafba.ca
We have corrected many of the "Neighbours" links this month making it quicker to find those lost friends
If you want to view some of the devastation caused by recent flooding in Alberta take a look at http://www.cafba.ca/flood/flood2005.html You can send us your heat in exchange for some water. We seem to have an excess.
Did you miss out on the previous newsletters?
They are now archived at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/newsletter/newsletters.html
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Have you seen the new base pictures yet?
Many thanks to all who have contributed. check out the pictures at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/bases/basepics.html
I know that lots of people have been exploring their past recently and have made visits to the bases where we used to live.
Not all of us have the luxury of being able to travel back to our past but we all wonder what it is like today!
Why not share your visit for all to read by writing a review for the cafba news. Let us know what has changed, how you felt, share some memories or even pictures
What can you remember? Send in your recollections for the next newsletter.
Do you have a fond memory of your base? Send it in and let others share in those memories!
Tom Straub has done it again! He visited Edmonton, Namao and Griesbach, you can see his latest addition of pictures at http://community.webshots.com/user/bigut/3 Thanks Tom for bringing back the memories!
This is not a military related web site! It has nothing to do with war, guns, fighting or being related to the military in any fashion!
It is all about life and the birth of the next generation!
Check it out at
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Are you interested in listing your site on the cafba web site? Simply email us the link to your site and provide a brief description of its contents and why you made it.
You could be our next cafba recommended web site!
To have your site profiled in this newsletter, contact the email@example.com
Do you have a true confession that you would like to share?
Email us the story and we will include it in a future newsletter!
Previous true confessions can be found here!
Have a Joke to share? Send it in firstname.lastname@example.org
"At 51, I have lost my fear of coming last - All I have to do is show up and have a good time, and que sera sera."
Every group or organization has its Hall of Fame!
Why not Bratdom?
There are lots of Brats's who have achieved recognition in their community through competition or just plain participation.
We proudly present cafba's first member to The Brat's Hall of Fame!
Doug Thomas for: Winning his class - the 40+ Masters class - in Adventure racing. This is "an interesting little sport combining 10 k kayaking, 18 k mountainbiking and then a 5 k run at the end."
There are lots of sites dedicated to Bratdom. Cafba is just one of many!
This issue we welcome back to Bratdom the former site started by Susan Minaker and now maintained by Marc Fournier. Known as the Canadian Military Brat List, it is designed as a virtual home for all brats of all services. It is password protected (I've already forgotten mine) and has the potential of being one of the top sites for Canadian Brats. Make sure you check it out.
The following is a list of known brat related sites
This list is as accurate as I know at this time! If your site is missing, or you find a broken link, please let me know.
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