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Cafba News - 01 Jun 2004 - Volume 3
A Publication of the Canadian Air Force Brats Association
Where Being A Brat Is A Good Thing!
email: webmaster@cafba.ca
10,712 members and growing! Let's find everyone.
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In This Issue:

  1. Welcome Back
  2. More Responses
  3. Today's Quote - Yesterday's Saying
  4. Get Your Free Gift
  5. Cafba Website Updates
    • The Main Page!
    • Happy Birthday!
    • Newsletter Signups
    • Cafba Memberships
    • Your Opinion Counts!
    • Trivia
    • It's Air Show Time
    • Upcoming Reunions
    • Airshows
    • Cafba Website Navigation
    • Base Updates
    • Base Recollections
    • A CAFBA Recommended Site
    • Confessions of A BRAT!
  6. What the BRAT's Are Saying!
  7. The List of Brat Sites
  8. The editor's thoughts

Welcome to this 01 Jun 2004, third edition of Cafba News!

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Where to begin!

I wanted to share some more of the comments and feedback that I have received from the newsletter from 14 May 2004

Remember it is only fair, to you, that you have some say in where this newsletter goes and your contributions are welcome.

How you expressed your thoughts on the last newsletter.

  • Sounds like and interesting way to keep up with what's what. Keep up the good work!
  • What a great idea.
  • A great second edition, keep them coming!
  • Loved the true confession, way to go Sara

This is your newsletter - If you have a comment - let's hear it!

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Cafba Website Updates

  • The Main Page!

    The main entry page at www.cafba.ca has caused quite a stir at cafba. Seems not everyone wants Mr Don Cherry to remain on The Coaches' Corner after this hockey year is over.

    As stated in our last issue of the cafba news, I think his removal from Hockey Night In Canada will be another loss of tradition that this country cannot afford.

    Too many traditions have gone by the wayside. Our Society is changing way too fast and not necessarily for the better.

    If you don't agree let me know. I'd like to hear your opinion.

    If you do agree, then go now to www.savedoncherry.ca and cast your vote in support of keeping the Coach employed.

    Check www.cafba.ca for more information.

    Let us know what your issues are!

  • Cafba Celebrations

    • 01 Jun 2004 Third Cafba Newsletter issued

    • Birthdays in June - Happy Birthday Y'All
    • Birthdate CAFBA ID Last Name First Name
      01-Jun 3389 Tymchuk Erika
      02-Jun 4075 Fuller Bruce
      02-Jun 10391 Randle Greg
      03-Jun 10157 Houghton Debbie
      04-Jun 10694 Moody Bill
      06-Jun 10317 Schick Jeri
      07-Jun 10037 Baker Bryan
      07-Jun 10135 Barker Debbie
      07-Jun 10013 Jaffray Douglas
      12-Jun 10087 Hubel Karen
      13-Jun 2812 McLaughlin Janet
      14-Jun 10370 Aver Scott
      15-Jun 10097 Mulcahy Jacqueline
      18-Jun 10499 Veenstra Don
      19-Jun 10422 Hammond Toni
      23-Jun 10726 Granger Chris
      25-Jun 875 Johnstone Diane
      29-Jun 6854 Savelle James
      30-Jun 4168 Matheson Jack
      30-Jun 10688 Johnson A Mark

      For those people whose names do not appear but who are also celebrating a B'Day in June, I 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.

  • Newsletter signups
  • Recipients of this newsletter have already received a free gift from one of our sponsors! In addition, they have recieved a copy of the Cafba News published by The Canadian Air Force Brats Association!

    Signup for the newsletter is a double opt in process. That means you have to sign up from the cafba main page and then confirm an email that is sent to you by the server! If you don't confirm the email, your name will not be added to the distribution list and you won't receive the newsletter.

    There are some people who have not replied to the email from the newsletter subscription service. Until you do, your name cannot be added to the distribution list. So if you filled out the form on the cafba main page but haven't received your own copy of the newsletter, that's why! Fill the form out again again and look for the email to reply to.

    Please avoid free email accounts (hotmail, yahoo, aol etc) if at all possible as these systems are starting to crack down on spam and newsletters fall into the spam category due to the volumes sent out.

    Don't miss out on the next issue - Subscribe today! Registration for the newsletter is separate from the main cafba database, you must still complete an application to become a member of cafba! If you aren't yet a subscriber to the newsletter or aren't already a member of CAFBA become one today!

  • Cafba Memberships
  • new names have been added to the database since the 01-May-2004. As of publication of this newsletter we have over 10,712 names in the database. Are you registered? Go here and register your details now so you can be included in the website.

    If you have previously submitted your application but your name does not appear on the website, please email me and let me know.

    A listing of the latest new members can be found here.

  • Your Opinion Counts!
  • May Poll results:

    Thanks to everyone who cast their vote. It was nice to see the amount of repeat/returning visits on a regular basis. Your patience during slow update periods is greatly appreciated. Here are the results of the last poll.

    • How often do you visit this site?
      • First visit: 9 votes 21% of total
      • once a week: 12 votes for 29% of total
      • once a month: 7 votes for 17% of total
      • several times a month: 8 votes for 19% of total
      • couple times a year: 6 votes for 14% of total

    A new poll was started as of 1st may. Get your vote in. The current poll, found on the main page of the cafba site, asks the question:

    Have you found a lost friend using this site?

    Here are the results to date:

    • Total votes cast 01 May - 14 May = 43 votes
      • Yes 20 for 47%
      • No 17 for 40%
      • They found me! 6 for 14%

    Thanks to all who have expressed their opinion. It is gratifying to see that over 50% of the respondents have been fortunate enough to be reunited with their lost friends.

    We will find them all!

    If you haven't voted yet, please do so - your opinion counts! Watch for our next poll starting 1 Jun 2004 - It's Political!

    Check the previous poll results here:

  • Trivia
  • Have you signed up for the summer trivia contest on the newsgroup?

    This years contest promises to be a hoot as the format and challenge will be different from prior years.

    This edition's trivia question is:

    Who are Comox's newest residents? Or soon to be at least!
    The East's loss is the West's gain!

    Find the answer on the newsgroup

    Last editions trivia question: Which musical BRAT is leaving the Maritimes and moving to Ottawa? - answer: Rasta

    Whose Rasta, you say? Read the newsgroup and find out! He is our premiere musicman available for celebrations of all kinds. Especially when they involve wings and a certain smooth liquid to wash them down with.

      Are We Getting Old?

      Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshmen.

      The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985-6.

      Here's this year's list:

    • They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
    • Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
    • Bottle caps have always been screw off and Plastic.
    • The CD was introduced the year they were born.
    • They have always had an answering machine.
    • They have always had cable.
    • They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
    • Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
    • They never took a swim and thought about Jaws. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
    • They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
    • They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or "de plane Boss, de plane".
    • They do not care who shot J R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.
    • McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers
    • They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

    What can you remember? Send in your recollections for the next newsletter.

  • Upcoming Airshows
  • Yes, it's that time of year again. Your local Air Shows are back. This years collection is bigger and better than ever.

    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.

    • Now in their 34th season, the Snowbirds have flown for over 100 million spectators across North America.
      The Canadian Forces Snowbirds 2004 June Schedule
      • 05 Winnipeg, Manitoba
      • 06 Winnipeg, Manitoba
      • 09 Virden, Manitoba
      • 13 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
      • 16 Hanover, Ontario
      • 19 Sarnia, Ontario
      • 20 Sarnia, Ontario
      • 23 St-Isidore, Quebec
      • 24 St-Georges, Quebec
      • 25 London, Ontario
      • 26 London, Ontario
      • 27 London, Ontario

      Visit their web site at http://www.snowbirds.forces.gc.ca/index_e.asp to see lots of great pictures from past shows

    • 5-6 June 2004 Winnipeg International Air Show CFB Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    • 09 Jun 2004 Virden Air Show Virden, MB, Canada
    • 13 Jun 2004 Saskatchewan Air Show Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
    • 16 Jun 2004 Hanover Air Show Hanover, ON, Canada
    • 19-20 June 2004 Calgary Aviation Days Calgary, AB, Canada
    • 19-20 June 2004 Sarnia International Air Show Sarnia, ON, Canada
    • 21-23 June 2004 CBAA Annual Convention Toronto, Canada
    • 23 Jun 2004 St Isadore Air Show St Isadore, PQ, Canada
    • 24 June 2004 St Georges de Beauce Airshow St Georges de Beauce, QB, Canada
    • 25-27 June 2004 London International Air Show & Balloon Festival London, ON, Canada
    • 26-27 June St. Stephen International Air Show St. Stephen, NB, Canada

    Going away on vacation and you might miss your local air show? Take a peek here to see lots of international air shows listed.

    Know of a show that is not listed? Let me know so we can add it to the next newsletter

  • Upcoming Reunions

    • Sat. 26 June - Saturday 3 July 2004 CFB Lahr.

    • July 16-19, 2004 CFB Cold Lake

    • July 31-Aug 2 2004 Beaver High Alumni Cold Lake Reunion

    • August 6th - 8th 2004 AFCENT (Brunsumm Holland)
      Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada 2004 AFCENT reunion

    • August 2004. # 1 Fighter Wing Marville Reunion

    • Summer 2005 A reunion is being planned in Shilo in 2005.

    • 07-10 July 2005 PineTree Radar Line Personnel: a gathering and reunion of all ranks and all trades of US and Canadian military and civilian personnel and their families in the joint cities of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and Michigan.

    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 on the cafba website!

    If your reunion isn't listed, email me and we'll put it in the next newsletter

  • Cafba Website Navigation
  • Did you know!

    The Who Were Your Neighbours? pages are sorted by bases in 5 year intervals. Your name appears starting at the first year you moved to the base. Well, they are grouped together in 5 year intervals. Like 1955 then 1960 then 1965. If you moved there in 1958 and stayed until 1963 look for your name under the base for 1955.

    It is a good idea to check the sections immediately before and after yours to see other names that may appear that you recognize.

    For those of you who couldn't remember the dates you lived there the database just adds xxxx-xxxx and these names appear at the beginning of the base list.

    Some of you didn't put bases at all when you registered. If you want your name added to the neighbours pages now, send me an email with your cafba ID #, the base names and the years you lived there.

    Do you have a suggestion on how we can improve the site? Please let us know!

  • Base Updates
  • 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

  • Base Recollections:
    • Does any one remember the "crows trees" in Marville, that old castle-fort place in Lahr,boots of beer in Baden..... What a life!!!

    • Does anybody remember sneaking into the drive in, we got 8 in one time in Herb's VW bug. Or how about dances at the social centre before it became Canex and we got teen town.


    • Most fond memories at Bagotville - Boy Scouts, the swimming pool & the base gym on weekends. The bowling and shooting club ;as well as the teen curling and of course the TEEN CLUB DANCES !

    Do you have a fond memory of your base? Send it in and let others share in those memories!

  • A Cafba Recommended website
  • Do you have your own website? Whether it is for business or just a personal site makes no difference.

    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!

    How about a business card? Most of us have one. Care to share yours? If we receive enough of an interest in this idea we can dedicate some space to display your card for a nominal fee.

    A great way to profile your business and you!

    To have your site profiled in this newsletter, contact the webmaster@cafba.ca

  • Found on Cafba forum
    • On the upcoming summer trivia contest it was suggested that contestants be divided like this:
      • Old brats VS Young brats
      • - Is it okay if we lie about our age?
      • and questions come from Brat memories or brat sites. Send me the questions at webmaster@cafba.ca
    • We need to define the term old vs young what is the cut off? For myself I don't feel or think old. What does anybody else think?
    • Alan, are us young brats playing against the old brats? This from someone whose birthday candles count the decades not the years!

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Confessions of a BRAT!
by YOU!

Your story was scheduled for this space but it must have got mislaid or delayed or waylayed cause it isn't here.

Finish it off and send it in for the next newsletter!

editor's note:

Previous true confessions can be found here!

Until next time! Be Good! But remember you are still a BRAT!

  • Other Brat Sites
  • This list is as accurate as I know at this time! If your site is missing, let me know.

    Where did these sites go?
  • Dawn's Brats Page
  • Department of Defense School Alumni Pages
  • The Green Eggs Report
  • Hemer Senior High School
  • Wendy Noble's Brat Page
  • Zweibrucken 1966 - 1969
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