Vol. 3, No. 3              Fall 2001

the Spencer Letter is the official publication of the
- Bishop Spencer College Alumnae Association -
P.O. Box 21103, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1A 5B2    709-437-6920

editor: Elizabeth (Scammell) Reynolds '54

Dear Spencerians:
First of all to any of you who might have lost a relative or friend on Sept. 11 and to all our American members, our sincere condolences. Newfoundland was host to one-quarter of the planes diverted from U.S. Air Space and we had stranded passengers from all over the world mainly in St. John's & Gander, but also in Stephenville, Goose Bay, & Deer Lake. The old force of Newfoundland hospitality came out like never before and over 13,000 people were accommodated. Do read the Telegram in hard copy or on the web site to see the letters of thanks! In one televised clip of families being sheltered at St. David's church I glimpsed Spencerian Olga (Crosbie) Ayre '32 doing her "bit" - she was one of many.

The Alumnae executive resumed meeting after the long summer break (sounds like school, eh) with a cup of tea at President Betty's in Torbay. (She put her Guide skills to work & drew a map of how to get there.) See President's report following.

Take care. Have a good winter. Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, & Hanukkah.
Love Scam
Elizabeth (Scammell) Reynolds '54
St. John's: Reserve November 3rd for the lunch and Spencer Sale. Click here for details. Tell all your classmates & friends from other years. NOTE: We are asking each person to bring one item to be sold. Package & PRICE your item beforehand. There will be three stalls (OK, so everybody laughed at me at the Executive meeting when I called them "stalls;" apparently they are known as "tables") with baked goods, jams, pickles, candy/fudge, etc.; crafts & Christmas items, etc.; and "fancy work" (another laugh?), knitting, tea towels, and handkerchiefs, etc. Good small antiques would be welcome as would any other appropriate item.
London, England: The group had another bang-up get together on Sept. 15 according to an e-mail from Daphne (Eden) Brewster F '48 - '50. No official communication from anyone yet.

Ottawa: As we go to press the Ottawa branch is having a fall dinner - more, I hope, from this in the next Letter.

Toronto: Where are you? No word from anyone in Toronto lately.

Since our last Newsletter, we held on May 5th, 2001 our second annual general meeting, which was very well attended, with good class representation. Here is an update of the work of the Alumnae since our Reunion in the summer of 2000.
Our founding constitution has been revised and approved to show today's new objectives and functions. A Scholarship Committee has been formed, and $12,000.00 invested into the fund. The Committee is working with input from the Dept. of Education and Revenue Canada to avoid any mistakes or misunderstandings. Further information and application forms will be forth coming.
The Archives Committee is working with the Dept. of Nfld. Studies at MUN, they will be accepting materials from our Reunion collection to set up a Bishop Spencer College File. It is hoped also to provide photos of various championship teams to the Nfld. Sports archives.
The Liaison and Membership Committees are functioning to provide contact with our Chapters and keep the membership lists up to date.
The cornerstone from the "old Spencer building" is to be placed in Bannerman Park near the tree we planted, a special plaque will be placed within the stone for purposes of identification and date. City Hall has promised that this will be done shortly.
The next Luncheon will be held Saturday Nov. 3rd, which will include an "old fashioned" Spencer sale.
I trust you all enjoyed a good summer, and we again look forward to keeping the Spencer Spirit alive over the coming year. Also I ask your prayers and thoughts go out to our American neighbours who lost family & friends in the Sept. 11th tragedy.

Betty (Cook) Williams '51 (709-437-6920)
BSC Alumnae President
Ruby (Downer) Legge '64
tel: (709) 579-6219

Ruby reports that we are solvent - actually with a healthy bank balance. We hope to top up the scholarship fund with proceeds from the Spencer Sale. There is at present $12,000.00 in that fund. Note: We expect the first scholarship to be presented in 2002 and full details should be in the next Spencer Letter.

1959. The statue of the Spencer Girl is ready to be placed and the class committee is still seeking an appropriate "home" for her. The first site was rejected by City Council as it cut into downtown parking.
1947. The group in St. John's has been getting together regularly joined by the Commercial class of '48 - lots of the same people. They've had tea at Helen (Young) Marquis', tea at the Cathedral Crypt tearoom, dinner theatre, & an evening at Florence (Wheeler) Collingwood's. Four of their group came back to St. John's on the 1st anniversary of the 2000 reunion. I was especially delighted to have a call from Bill Parsons C '48; after about 45 years, we had lots to catch up on. ("Gel, never end a sentence with a preposition" V.M.C. 1952 to your editor)
1954. Are we having a 50th Reunion? If you're reading this, please pass the word to the others & let me know. How about the last weekend in July 2004.
1951. Had 50th Year Reunion Lunch on Sept. 26. No word yet on the good time.

Fill this space send us your class news.

We are trying to find current last names and addresses for the following people:
Class of 1957 Adelaide (Preston), Ann (Stirling), Ann (Carter) Wagoner, Barbara (Simpson) Horwood, Betty Ann (Bowen), Christine (Ewing), Cynthia (Silvers), Dorothy (Kelligrew), Dorothy (Warford), Elizabeth (Mews), Elizabeth (Lefeuvre), Florence (Crane), Florence (Cole), Gladys (Rowe), Glenda (Wells), Hannah (Cooper) Cruz, Holly (Auchenbach), Ina (Elms), Janet (Cole) MacDonald, Janet (McPherson), Jeanette (Rowe), Judy (Joyce), Judy (Pike), Mary (Brown), Phyllis (Harvey), Roma (Pippy), Rosamunde (Pippy), Ruth (Simmons), Ruth (Simpson), Susan (Weidman) Bonnell, Thelma (Manuel)
Class of 1958 Anna (Earle), Gaye (Pickard), Gloria (Reid), Janet (Anderson) Wilson, Judy (Warren), Margaret (Davies), Marie (Mayo)
Class of 1959(XI) Alexandra (Barnes), Betty (Fudge), Connie (Poole), Eileen (Skiffington) Ivey, Elizabeth (Harvey), Elizabeth (Oldford), Linda (Kelly), Mavis (Dawe), Mona (Squires) Goudie, Nancy (Blair), Sandra (Fenerty), Sarah (Winter), Shirley (Andrews), Vala (La Roque)
Class of 1959(X) Barbara (Spencer), Bernice (Connors), Daphne (King), Dorothy (Reid), Elizabeth (Ryall), Elizabeth (Buckle), Emma (Badcock), Georgina (Oliver), Heather (Ledrew), Jessie (Cole), Jill (Campbell) Ross, Lorraine (Moores), Margaret (Fisher), Marilyn (Noseworthy), Mina (Martin), Rosalind (Kelland), Sandra (Cole), Sheligh (Johnston), Shirley (Day), Sylvia (Ruby)
Class of 1959(IX) Eleanor (Caines), Janice (Findley), Margaret (Dawe) Collingwood, Ruth (Allen), Sandra (Blundon)
Barbara (Allen), Ruth (Porter), Jean (Howell) Waye
$10.00 a year ensures you get the Spencer Letter. Fees are now due for 2002.
Please let us know your new address, phone number, fax, e-mail, etc.
     Ottawa: Sally (Winter) LeFeuvre '59 at 613-741-9483
     Toronto: Cheryl Whitten '68 at 416-449-1337 or e-mail:
     England: Elaine (Whitten) Polley '64 at 011-44-189-523-9946
     St. John's: Ruby (Cluett) Kocurko '63 at 745-8131 or e-mail:

Thanks to Mary (Hunt) Nurse '40 for the ice hockey team of the late thirties. Please let us know the year if you know it & the two missing names.
Ice hockey team
BACK: ?, Joyce Downton, Charlie Nurse, ?, Beryl Davenport. MID: Emily Weir, Eleanor Harris, Leenora Patterson, Trix Hutchings, Lois Cake. FRONT: Janet Story, Sarah Winsor
Presentation Betty presents a framed Spencer poster to Vice Principal Sparkes of Bishop Feild to hang in the main hallway there.

Behind the school!
Behind the school!
Ruth Russell, Jean Holwell, Jacqueline Newhook, Edna Wilson, and Alison Udle coupying down. Who are the two Spencerians seen at the sides?


In Memoriam
1.Inga (Henderson) King '47. May 29, 2001 in Washington, D.C.
2.Emily Christina (Dawe) Pratt '26. Sept. 16, 2001 in St. John's.
Deepest sympathy to the families who mourn.

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