Vol. 5, No. 1              April 2003

the Spencer Letter is the official publication of the
- Bishop Spencer College Alumnae Association -
12 Kent Place, St. John's, NL, Canada    A1B 1V5    709-739-0981

president: Betty (Cook) Williams '51
editor: Elizabeth (Scammell) Reynolds '54

Dear Spencerians:

   This is supposed to be my last letter to you as Editor of the Letter, but no one has come forward to offer to take over for the fall and later Letters so I expect I'll stay in harness to pull the load a little longer! If anyone would like to be Editor, please let me or Betty know.
   It seems impossible to believe that nearly three years have passed since Spencer 2000 the Reunion, but many of us have kept up the contacts made then and we hear many reports of get-togethers.
   The Executive has been busy planning the AGM and spring meeting, and President Betty is heading up a nominating committee to bring in a new slate of officers for 2003-2006. Betty is not seeking re-election but she has done a wonderful job and deserves a bit of "retirement." May I suggest that you drop her a card (P.O. Box 21103, St. John's, NL A1A 5B2) to say "thanks for a job well done" and "best wishes." We all owe her for her superlative organizational skills both as Reunion Chair and President. Meanwhile if you would like to serve on the Executive, let Betty know; nominations from the floor are always acceptable, of course.

Elizabeth (Scammell) Reynolds '54
In this issue are 1. the revised criteria for the BSC Alumnae Scholarship and 2. a copy of the scholarship form. Please circulate these to any student who fits the criteria and who is planning to attend a post-secondary educational institution in Sept. 2003. You may, of course, get additional copies of these by writing to us at the address on the letterhead of the Spencer Letter. Please advise students that all criteria must be followed EXACTLY to ensure the application qualifies. Scholarship Criteria
Fees are now due for 2003.
Your $10.00 fee for membership is due every January. This fee enables us to keep running and to publish the Spencer Letter. Please send it along to treasurer Ruby Legge, 58 Airport Heights Drive, St. John's, NL A1A 4Z7. THANK YOU if you've already done so.

If you move, please send us your new address whether or not you're a member we like to keep in touch! Once every two years (next time: Jan. 2004) we send a Spencer Letter to everyone on the list.

   This will be my last report as your President, as my term of office expires at the May 2003 Annual General Meeting. It has been, not only a pleasure to serve you, but an honour during an exciting time in our history. Although our school no longer stands, our togetherness and loyalty being Spencer Girls is as strong as ever, and probably even more wonderful as we remember our times at school, and now again as adults enjoying the renewed companionship of our classmates.
   Working with the other members of our Alumnae Board of Directors has been very rewarding, and together, along with the assistance of all our members we have accomplished much and have indeed had a very successful few years.
   Today, we can enjoy the parkette bearing a statue of a Spencer Girl on the corner of Military & Kings Roads, as a memorial to our school, our teachers, and those we attended school with in our class and on the sports field. Not only will it remind us of Bishop Spencer College, but also the citizens of St. John's and the youth of today.
   A walk across the street to Bannerman Park we can watch the growth of the new tree we planted there, and read from a plaque installed into the corner stone of the old school building. A few feet away is the Colonial building, which currently houses the Sports archives for Newfoundland and Labrador,
there are photos of several of our championship teams from over the years for Field hockey, Ice hockey, and Basketball, dating from the early 1920's to the 1960's. Also a visit to Memorial University's Dept. for Nfld. Studies will show you many write-ups, photos, and articles about Bishop Spencer, take the time to see and enjoy all these reminders. All of this is the result of many donations of money and materials, as well as volunteer time of members. Enjoy a walk through our past and introduce your family to them also.
   This past year we presented our first scholarships to three young ladies attending university, all related to former Spencerians. It is our hope that these scholarships will continue for a very long time.
   Last but not least are our twice a year luncheons, that have proven to be quite popular, and is keeping our "Spencer Spirit" alive. These past three years as your President and the several before that in preparing for our Reunion has left me with many wonderful memories, and new friends. I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and to work with many of you.

May God bless you, and may the year 2003 be good to all of you.

Betty (Cook) Williams '51
BSC Alumnae President
One of our Readers had a poem in it from Australia Bannerman of the Dandenong
   "Oft through the midst of my dreams along
   Rides Bannerman of the Dandenong
   With a blood red rose at his breast."
was the ending.
I've lost my copy of the poem does anyone have one that she could send me? I'd appreciate it.
Fall meeting and sale Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003

Any Spencerian who is a paid-up member and owns a business is eligible to have a link to her business Website put on the Spencer Website. E-mail Bruce at or call (709) 754-0506.

In this issue is a picture of the December dedication of the bronze statue of the Spencer Girl in "our" parkette at the corner of Military & Kings Roads. Miss Murray & Miss Hall did the honours and several members of the Class of '59 were present as were other Spencerians. It was a cold day but our hearts & voices were warm and we enjoyed a reception at City Hall afterwards. In the photo you can see members of the Class of '59 that's Eleanor (Gill) Ratcliffe talking to Miss Hall at right with Miss Murray. Mayor Andy Wells is at rear left beside Debbie (Crosbie) Powers (under the hat!) and sculptor Lyben Boykov's daughter Ilyana at right she was the model. Feild principal Mrs. Puddester brought six students to the ceremony. Although our girl (should we give her a name?) has been covered with snow for a while, before that someone wrapped a scarf around her neck and placed a Tim Horton's coffee cup in her hands (I bet that cup had cocoa in it, don't you?)

If anyone is interested in seeking nomination as a Director, please call Betty. HEY I can vouch for the fact that it's a lot of fun.
I'm really tickled pink to have received the very first FAMA VIVIT Award.* My big disappointment was that I could not get to the presentation at the fall meeting I went to New Brunswick to visit my uncle George Cobb a Feildian & the father of three Feildians & a Spencerian (the late Margaret '55). He died just ten days later to be followed only five weeks after that by his wife Ruby (Learning) Cobb '39. I am very honoured by this Award especially as it comes from all of you who know me so well. I understand my son Brian did me proud when accepting the Award on my behalf.

* (From NON MORITUR CUJUS FAMA VIVIT One whose fame liveth shall never die the school motto. "Fama vivit" means fame liveth.)

The (new) executive is seeking nominations for the 2003 Award to be presented at the Nov. 1 meeting. Forward your recommendations to Barbara at 10 Kent Place, St. John's, A1B 1V5. We are looking for a Spencerian who has made a significant contribution to the Association, to her community, etc.

The last contests didn't prove to be popular! Only three entries were received. All three receive copies of the Spencer poster reproduced from Elizabeth Gibson's original watercolour.
#1 Flavin and Bond
#2 1. Non Moritur Cujus Fama Vivit, 2. 1919, 3. Violet Cherrington, 4. West of the Hall and over the two adjoining classrooms (it had been a balcony), 5. 77 Bond Street, 6. Deportment and sports participation, 7. the First St. John's Company, 8. Basketball & Hockey (both field & ice), 9. the Blue Puttee affectionately "the Putt", 10. the first Wednesday in October
Thanks to winners: June (Brown) Williams '72, Elizabeth (Barney) Wareham '52, and Betty (Pennell) Tucker '46. Contests are discontinued at least temporarily.
Note: posters are still available at $25.00 each if you pick them up or $30.00 by mail.
received just after Fall 2002 edition went out
Dear Spencerians:
Thanks to all of you who have written to me, sent cards, etc. during the time I've been in this nursing home. I am slowly improving. . . . .
With thanks and appreciation.
Sincerely, Faith (Maidment) Engels '56
Note: Faith is now discharged and living with her husband in an apartment.

NOTICE: At the AGM on May 10, it is proposed to add the words "... and maintain a scholarship fund for young women." to Article 2.

Scholarship winners
Barbara and Betty with (L. to R.) scholarship winners
Jessica Montes, Kimberly Butt, Linda Kelly
     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: Barb (Parsons) Clancy '63 at 739-0981 or e-mail:


In Memoriam
1.Joan Stirling '30.
2.Kathleen (King) Clinkard '48.
3.Ruby (Learning) Cobb '39.
Deepest sympathy to the families who mourn.

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