Since October 1995, Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker have been issuing an email newsletter for those ex Air Canada types who have provided us with their email addresses. The Newsletter was created by Vesta, who gave the name 'NetLetter' and added 'Between Ourselves' - a TCA periodical with which you are probably familiar with from the 50's and 60's. It was then changed to "Between Yourselves" to avoid confusion when "Horizons" resurrected the name. Then finally simplified to just "The NetLetter".
We believe that our NetLetter, which originates from Vancouver Island, was the FIRST to use this medium to disperse information for retirees of Air Canada.
The NetLetter contains airline related information such as anecdotes or stories supplied by some of the recipients, Internet tips, travel news, cheap... excuse me, "inexpensive" accommodations, tours, interline travel, and, in some small way, we help keep our Air Canada family together and in touch.
Our 'NetLetter' is NOT sponsored by any Pionair group, nor are we seeking any financial support, only the Internet email addresses of those who would like to receive our 'NetLetter'. Please forward this to other retirees who can then subscribe right from the forwarded link at the bottom of this email.
Welcome to the 933nd issue of "NetLetter". We now estimate that the NetLetter is read by over 2724 retirees when counting our email distribution and those that print the NetLetter and give them out to their friends.
The "NetLetter" is written by Vesta Stevenson and Terry Baker from Vancouver Island (see sidebar) and published courtesy of the ACFamily Network at www.acfamily.net
Courtesy of Jim Pierce Maintenance, C&SS, and lastly The Gemini Group.
Retired in 1990. Jim has sent us several copies of past 'Between Ourselves'. which had been saved all these years by Reg Watkins. Reg was an uncle of Jim's wife, Judy. Sadly Reg passed away in December, 2001 and they came across the mentioned issues amongst his belongings. Reg was a mechanic in the millwright shop in Toronto until his retirement. He was also a Director of the Malton Credit Union (now the Airline Financial Credit Union)
The 'Between Ourselves' in-house staff magazine replaced the former 'Trans-Can News', and was a forerunner of the present day 'Horizons'.
This INITIAL ISSUE shown in the image to the left (click for a larger version) was published in December 1941. The decision to issue the magazine quarterly or monthly still hadn't been made.
By October 1946, there was a monthly edition, in fact that months edition was numbered 43. We do not have access to earlier editions, but, working backwards, in months, number 1 could have been March 1943.
However, the initial issue announcing the introduction of the 'Between Ourselves' carried the company's balance sheet for the current year 1941 January to October only and, later in this issue, it was mentioned that the next issue '... will appear early next year'. So perhaps the magazine was quarterly during 1942 and 43, until more regular input was received.
There is no mention of the editors for this first issue, but the next issue we received, dated Oct 1946, had Don McLeod as editor and Al Carlson as the assistant.
--------------------------------------------- Note: The cover above shows aircraft CF-TCT a Lockheed Lodestar (I believe).
Does anyone out there know where CF-TCY (another Lodestar) is? Well I do, and I hope to have some photos for the next NetLetter - Alan Rust
News from the Districts
From the Vancouver Island and Gulf Island district - AIR CANADA PIONAIRS
MID ISLAND AND COMOX VALLEY PICNIC/BBQ The Picnic/BBQ planned for July 25th in Qualicum had to be cancelled due to the Chairman and his Assistant both having family sickness problems. Hope we can get together in September for some kind of a Lunch.
I am still looking for someone in the Nanaimo/Parksville/ Qualicum Beach area to chair a Social Committee. If we don't have a Chairperson we probably will not have Lunches or Picnics, it's that simple.
2006 VANCOUVER ISLAND/GULF ISLANDS GOLF TOURNAMENT
LOCATION: Arrowsmith Golf Course, Qualicum Beach Date: August 16, 2006 Time: First Tee Off * 12 Noon Cost: $45.00 per person * includes Steak BBQ Trophy for Low Net:District Directors Annual Award (District members only) Other Prizes: - Men's and Lady's Low Gross - Men's and Lady's Longest Drive - Men's and Lady's Closest to the Hole - Men's and Lady's Fewest Putts (Ensure to keep a record of your putts) Golf Registration: Send to Bill Woods no later than August 8th Cheque payable to Bill Woods Address: P. O. Box 1879 1113 Sharp Place Ladysmith, B. C. V9G 1B4 If you did not save the Registration form from the June Newsletter you can get it on our Website at www.pionairs.ca Click on the Van & Gulf Is District, and then click on the June 2006 Newsletter. It is the 4th page. You can also just follow this link.
Hope to see as many of you out for this event as possible.
Found on the Internet
After decades of commercial aircraft production in Long Beach, this chapter was closed today when the last two Boeing 717s was delivered to Midwest Airlines and AirTran. Today's delivery also marked the end of the famous Douglas DC-9 series and its successors
Terry's Travel Tips
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Spend your first night in the Jurys Inn Hotel in Glasgow or Apex European, Edinburgh, then select your own accommodations for the next 2 or more nights in Discover B&Bs located throughout the country. You have the option to upgrade to an automatic car and private bath B&Bs or of course you may choose to stay a longer time. For the ultimate Scotland vacation choose a 5* property to spend your final night! $499 rate is based on travel departing Jan.7 to Feb.12 or for $35 more travel from Nov 1 to Mar 31.
Your Scotland Tartan Package Includes: - Roundtrip Airfare from NY or Boston to Glasgow or Edinburgh - First Night pre-booked in first class Glasgow Hotel (Edinburgh +$20) - 2 Nights Standard B&B's (Upgrade to Premier B&B available) - Standard Alamo 3-door economy w/ unlimited mileage (Upgrade to Auto available) - Full Scottish Breakfast daily
ULTIMATE UPGRADE: 3 UPGRADES 1 PRICE!! From only $150 Total per person upgrade to private bath B&B's, an automatic car and a final night stay in choice of Dalhousie Castle, The Balmoral Hotel or The Gleneagles!
Dalhousie Castle: A fascinating 13th century property which has been combined with the history and splendor that surrounds it with acres of forest, parkland, river pasture and the luxury of modern day comforts is the perfect way to end your Scottish Vacation!
Balmoral Hotel: The Balmoral is a luxury hotel with its majestic clock tower, is a stylish five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh. Located on Princes Street, in Edinburgh's main shopping area and next to Waverley Station, The Balmoral is close to the leading luxury department stores and within striking distance of many Edinburgh attractions.
Gleneagles Hotel: "The Palace in the Glen", is only an one hour drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, and is one of the leading golf and spa luxury hotels in Scotland offering three of the top Golf Courses in Scotland and a Leading Spa! Home to the Ryder Cup in 2014.
**NOTE: Upgrades for private bath B&B's and automatic rental car are available from $50 per person. Extra nights are also available from $70 per person per night!
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