the  SPENCER  LETTER
Vol. 1, No. 2      Spring 1997
- the newsletter for "old" Spencerians -
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Dear Spencerian:
It's so exciting! Every day the mail brings another card (usually with a note) from another one of you. I only wish I could reply to each one of you personally. Obviously the round-robin approach worked. I've heard about all kinds of photocopying and emailing and phoning and posting, and I understand that one person sent a copy to everyone in her class! (Thanks, Phil Reid). Please keep up the system.

THANK YOU to those of you who helped out with the financial end --- the contributions covered the out-of-pocket for the first issue and I'm sending this issue to everyone who replied plus those on the original list because my float is still intact! The stamps help too. On the last page of Vol. 1, No. 2 is a list of those who are receiving this issue directly from me. I hope this avoids duplication but the distribution, for this issue at least, still depends on each recipient sending on two or three copies. By summer I hope to have many more cards in the file (there are over 100 now) and will be able to send all copies directly. NOTE: See the blank card in this issue and fill it in and send it to me if you haven't already done so.

Many thanks to those of you who sent extra cards and lists. I wish I could find words to tell you how gratified I am by the universally positive feedback. I get a glow when I read the letters --- a reaction I didn't anticipate. You can read some of the comments on the following pages.

SPENCER 2000
A nucleus of a reunion committee has been formed. In St. John's Nancy (French) Garner, Betty Cook-Williams, Diane (Downer) Driscoll, & Angela (Mills) Sullivan have volunteered. Several others have offered to do whatever possible from a distance --- and all offers will be taken up, believe me. Jean (Guy) Weerasinghe, Manager, Information & Research Centre, Privy Council Office in Ottawa offered her Internet services to help. I really appreciate her suggestion that we need to put all the reunion information on the Internet --- I was so busy being an anachronism it didn't occur to me! (Thanks, Jean, and for the photo, too.) The Reynolds Associates email address and home page information are listed in this issue and SPENCER 2000 will have its own home page before the next issue, partly compliments of my computer consultant son Bruce who's designing it. [http://bishopspencercollege.ca]

T-SHIRTS
I've been thinking of ordering Spencer T-shirts with a small logo saying something like "SPENCER 2000. Bishops Spencer College, founded 1845." Navy with light blue print, of course. I'd sell them at a 50% mark-up with all profits providing seed money for the reunion. Please let me know what you think of this. (We could do polo shirts, or scarves, or whatever.)

MESSAGES FROM STAFF
Barbara Crump visited from England this spring and I had coffee with her at Jean Murray's home. It was lovely to see her and she sends her very best wishes to you all - especially her former music students. She is retired in Shropshire.

Penelope (Goodridge) Crane writes: "I am looking forward to the year 2000 and the Spencer Reunion. I look forward to meeting again, some of my teachers, girls who went to school with me, girls who I taught (or at least tried to teach!), girls who were friends of my own daughters, and girls who I met in the Girl Guides and many others. What a great gathering it will be! I hope as many as possible will come. Let's tell all our friends and get them to send in their present addresses. It is up to us to spread the word. Let's all help to make our reunion a real success."

Jean M. Murray writes: "When a pebble is thrown into water, the ripples travel a very long way. Elizabeth's first Spencer Letter went out to 50 'old girls'. The ripples travelled so far that replies are coming from all over the world. By circulating the Spencer Letters to others, you will contribute to the big reunion!"

NEWS & EXCERPTS FROM LETTERS
(Wish I could include every word from everyone who replied!)

Faith (Maidment) Engels, M. Div., ('56) manages the bookstore at Andover Newton Theological School in Maine. Her sister Edith Noel lives in Corner Brook.

Janet (Martin) Stitt ('57) from Ottawa: "What a treat to receive the Spencer Letter...can I help?" (Thanks, J., for list)

Barbara (Winsor) Cadigan (Bishops '63) is a computer trainer with the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Elaine (Moore) Janzen ('56) uses her B.A. & M.A. in music as a church organist. She teaches at a Tennessee university.

Ann (Snow) Gosse ('55) retired from nursing and lives in Burlington, ON with her husband, the Rev. Canon Fred Gosse.

Doreen (Thresher) Bright (staff '49-'53) is semi-retired in Poole, England. "Thank you for your newsletter...great..."

Patricia (Guy) Porter. (Bishops) is a library technician with the Ottawa Board of Education.

Elizabeth (Reid) Walker ('55) of Belle Mead, NJ, says: "I became interested in tradition rug hooking" (after retiring from nursing). She came to Change Islands in '96 to help organize a Newfoundland guild.

Roslyn (Press) Emberley, Ottawa, "I was...thrilled to receive the Spencer Letter."

Janet (Carter) Green ('53) is a counsellor in Potsdam, N.Y. and says: "...great idea! Looking forward to ...2000."

Phyll (Ewing) Pike lives in Nova Scotia and looks forward to keeping touch after 30 years away.

Ruth (MacDonald) Cahill from Halifax writes: "What a flood of memories your letter evoked! I've forwarded letters."

Jean (McKinlay) Muncy, near Ottawa; "Spencer...provided me with the skills to hang on and 'ride' life --- rather than ...be 'tossed around' by it."

Lorraine (Legge) Crummey, M.S.W. writes from Urbana, Illinois: "I...would love to renew friendships."

Ruby (Jones)Yablon and her husband are moving to a retirement home in Florida this summer.

Sarah (Elliott) Dewling's husband Clarence is parish archivist at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist & he writes, "Because BSC had such a close link with the cathedral, you might just find a small corner here for keepsakes...to share, circulate and/or ...preserve."

MORE NEWS NEXT TIME!

REMEMBER:
Mugs of cocoa in the basement?     Winter hike to Bowring Park?
Wearing brin in Hiawatha?     Skipping Scripture for a lark?

Running in the Sports Day Relay?     Buying hankies at the Sale?
Singing in the Christmas concert?     Trying Math to pass --- not fail?

Buying books from Miss Carmichael?     Playing hockey in the field?
Wearing tunics with blue bloomers?     Running in when last bell pealed?

If you have a special memory that you'd specially like to share, Send it in for us to publish in the memory column here.

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Contributions to this space would be most welcome---short verse or essay, any special or general memory. SEND ALONG ASAP.
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STOP PRESS:
The president of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Arthur May (Field '54) has just announced that Gertrude Crosbie ('41, I think) will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at Spring convocation, May 30, 1997. Gert and her late husband A.H. (Bill) Crosbie formed the Cerebral Palsy Associations of St. John's and of Newfoundland, and the Virginia Waters School for which they were named Citizens of the Year in 1971. Gert has been for some years compiling a unique register of births, deaths, & marriages in historic Newfoundland. She was named to the Order of Canada in 1993. CONGRATULATIONS!

CARD (3" x 5"): PLEASE...Fill in this card and send it back to me if you have not done so already...Thanks. E.R.
Name:
Address:

Phone:                                                                               Fax:
Email, etc.:

Name at Spencer:
Year of Graduation:
Present Occupation:

Husband, Children, etc.:

Education:

News:


WHO OWNS THIS SNAP?

Who owns this snap

Some time ago I was breakfasting at my usual table in the atrium of the House of Haynes restaurant on Kenmount and the owner approached me and said: "Last time you were here you dropped a snap. We found it under the table after you left. I'll get it for you." He fetched it and handed it to me. "Well," I said, "it's a great picture but it's not mine." "It's not?" he said and put out his hand for it. "However," I said, "I know all the people in this photo, where and when it was taken, and I can probably find the owner!" Sonia May and I spent the next year showing enlarged copied to all the Spencerians we met but no owner appeared. If you dropped this photo or you know the person who did, please let me know and I'll be happy to return it along with the copies. NOTE: it's probably taken in the early 50's. Oh, yes--- if you're in it, please let me know which one you are and who all the others are.

UPDATE : No word on the oldest living Spencerian yet.

That's it from here. Next letter: probably late summer. Take care.

"Scam" Elizabeth L. (Scammell) Reynolds

In Memoriam
Gillian (Crosbie) Hamblin
Class of 52

d. Jan. 29, 1997 in Fort Worth, Florida. Wife of Maynard C., she had 3 children & 5 grandchildren.
Our sympathy to her sisters: Diane Craft & Debbie Powers.


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