Vol. 8,   No. 1              February 2009

the Spencer Letter is the official publication of the
Bishop Spencer College Alumnae Association
PO BOX 21382,  ST. JOHN'S,  NL   A1A 5G6  CANADA
   Tel.:  709-739-0981
president: Judith (Barrett) Price '59       editor: Elizabeth Scammell Reynolds '54

Dear Spencerians:
   The committees and sub-committees are up and running; supplies are being chosen & ordered; venues are studied & booked! SPENCER 09 Together Again will take place in July / August of this year! Enclosed with this edition is a breakdown of the dates and events and prices and a registration form for you to fill in and get back to us ASAP all the information you need is on that form. We're following the same format as in 2000 as most Spencerians seemed to like it. We listened to your suggestions from last time and have put some of them in place for this year; for example, the goody bag will be bigger with longer handles; the name tag will be a secure nylon pouch on a lanyard; the shirt will be polo style (not tee).
   Now, it's up to you! Plan to be in St. John's from July 27 to August 3 (events run July 29 to August 2); get together a group to perform on Fun Night or rehearse a solo act; above all get your registration back to us. Find a person in your class who will plan a class luncheon or picnic or dinner or whatever; encourage all your Spencerian friends and relatives to attend they won't want to miss the fun.
   See you in July.

Elizabeth Scammell Reynolds '54
Saturday,    May 9, 2009,    12:30 p.m.
RCAF Club,    Bldg. 565,    Roosevelt Ave.,    Pleasantville,    St. John's

Watch for details in the Telegram on Wednesday, April 29th.
   The president is happy to announce that Sally (Winter) LeFeuvre '59 has been awarded the Fama Vivit for 2008. It was announced at the fall dinner of the Ottawa branch when Sally was presented with flowers to mark the occasion. The award will be presented at the Reunion dinner in July.
  We have set up a Facebook group for Spencerians to keep in touch. To find it, in Facebook search for "bishop spencer college". When you get to the group, click on the "Join this Group" link on the right-hand side.

   It is with mixed feelings that I find my term of office coming to an end. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be President of the BSCAA; I am proud of our accomplishments over the last two and a half years the luncheons, the scholarships awarded, the Fama Vivits announced, and the opportunity to work with so many committed Spencerians.
   We have been operating without a full executive compliment, however, and while we are attempting to fill all the positions for the 2009-2012 term, it is by no means certain that we can continue to operate.
   It is with great deal of sadness that I announce the possibility of proposing the motion below. And I call upon all Spencerians to come forward to serve on a new executive if you can fill one of the positions, call Scam at 709-722-4546

Judith C. Price, President, BSCAA

   At the annual general meeting on Saturday, August 1st 2009, the following motion will be put to the floor if we do not find Spencerians to fill the open executive positions for 2009-2012. (ie: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and at least one Director).
   *    It is moved that the Bishop Spencer College Alumnae Association be disbanded on Dec. 31, 2009 with all monies held being added to the scholarship fund. It is further moved that the scholarship fund monies be given to Memorial University of Newfoundland to create the Bishop Spencer College Alumnae Scholarship. It is further moved that all minutes, agendas, lists of members, and other papers, including copies of the Spencer Letter, be forwarded to Memorial University to be added to the Bishop Spencer Collection at the University Archives.    *
   If the motion passes, the present executive will continue in office until December 31. The will be one last luncheon in St. John's and one last Spencer Letter to say "Goodbye" in October/November 2009.
   The BSCAA awarded two scholarships in November 2008. The recipient of the $1000 entrance scholarship was Alexandra Munn, the grand-daughter of Sandra (Baird) Munn '50. The winner of the continuing studies award was Jane Tucker, the daughter of Kathy (Granger) Tucker '66. The Stirling Award went to Jessica Hopkins, grand-daughter of Judith Guy '63.
   The scholarships are based on academics, extracurricular, an essay, and references. The Stirling Award is for academic excellence only.
   For 2009 scholarship applications contact Barbara Clancy at 739-0981 or For 2009 scholarship criteria, click here.

   The Canadian Federation of University Women, St. John's Branch is having its annual book sale on April 24 & 25 at the Arts & Culture Centre, St. John's. The group is looking for donations of any books (except encyclopaedias, text books, or Reader's Digest Condensed). To donate call Barb at 739-0981 or Grace at 368-5062; plan to go to the sale which will have more than 10,000 books and raise money for many scholarships.

   Barb and I as co-chairs of the Reunion Committee have been busy finding committee chairs and sub-committee chairs and members and almost everyone we have asked has said "yes." But I realized that for the last reunion one of the first people we contacted who always supported us was the late Phyllis Reid '48. Phyllis was a quiet, intense, behind-the-scenes worker who was very involved with every endeavour that she said "yes" to there are fortunately many Spencerians following in her footsteps. We miss her just the same and all the others "those whom we love but see no longer." Reminding us of our own mortality and how fragile and finite life is.

   Earlier today I was on a St. John's street in an older development to hand deliver an envelope (A Mercy grad was looking for the address of and info about a Spencer grad so I took her the Spencerian's last letter.) There were numerous snow banks piled up after Sunday's storm (January went out like a lion!) and it was difficult to see the doorways of houses. I was looking for a certain civic number and realized in my search that I had passed ten houses whose numbers were either invisible or absent altogether. Suppose I had been an ambulance or a fire truck when a delay of even a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
   Even in mid-summer in going to the houses of strangers to inspect and evaluate art work, I've had trouble with tiny or non-existent street numbers (I'm an art appraiser, broker, and consultant.) It's not only that my sight can't manage the far-away details if these details aren't there, nobody can see them. Sometimes whole neighbourhoods have only one or two houses with appropriate numbers.
   So, if you live in a house (apartment buildings are usually named and/or numbered appropriately) go outside now and look. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do I have a civic number on my house?
2. Is this number at least 10" tall (that's 25cm)? 4" numbers are not visible from the end of long driveways.
3. Is this number visible if there's snow or other obstructions?
4. Can this number be seen at night?
5. In rural areas is the number prominently painted on a mailbox or fence post?
TIPS:   Put dark numbers on houses with pale paint or siding; put light numbers on dark houses.
Make sure a light shines on the number.
Get big numbers in St. John's, look at #88 and #90 Water Street no doubt about those!
Put the number on your doorway and also on the side of your house and/or at the end of your driveway.
NOTE:   There's a house in rural Newfoundland facing a road. It has brick posts at the end of the driveway one of these has the number 29 in numerals at least 18" high it's an example to us all.
Check your numbers you don't want your number to come up before your time comes!
P.S. The Mercy grad had a clear number on her house!
   We acknowledge with many thanks a donation to the scholarship fund of $1400.00 from Miss Joyce Hall (through the kind auspices of Elinor Gill Ratcliffe '59).

   Do you have any interesting new article(s) to donate for prizes at the Reunion? or any large item on which we could sell tickets to benefit the scholarship fund? Call Scam at 709-722-4546 or e-mail Barb at

   Your $10.00 membership fee for 2009 is now due.
  Guides Who are these guides?
Photo taken by Miss Barbara Crump mid-1950's.

     Ottawa: Sally (Winter) LeFeuvre '59 at 613-741-9483
     Toronto: Elizabeth (Wheeler) Gibson '63 at 905-853-9646
     England: vacant
     St. John's: Barb (Parsons) Clancy '63 at 739-0981 or e-mail:

We're looking for a Spencerian in London (or anywhere in the home counties) to chair the group in England. Apply to the President if you'd be willing to do it.


In Memoriam
1.Nina (Gillingham) McFadden '41.
2.Dorothy (Penny) Bennett F.
3.Christina (Little) Collins '62.
4.Elizabeth (Maunder) MacLellan '40
5.Phyllis Reid '48.
6.Florence (Anderson) Rusted '36.
7.Janis (Jones) Spence '61.
8.Audrey (Thomas) Breen '36.
9.Vera (Clarke) Duncan '42.
10.Rona (McKay) Delaney '50.
11.Cynthia (Dawe) Fagan '50.
12.Joanne (Spurrell) Andrews '68.
13.Reuvena (Thompson) Soper '40.
14.Dulcie (Vallis) Carter '46.
15.Beatrice (Fudge) Hickman '35.
16.Edna Mary (Wilson) Feaver '47.
17.Dorothy (Cramm) Hall '41.
18.Helen (Parsons) Shepherd '39.
19.Frances (Rodger) Barrett '28.
20.Gertrude (Earle) King '32.
21.Pat (Sumner) Kearney '50.
22.Millicent (Anderson) Winter '30.
23.Gordon Williams.
24.Ernest Shute C51.
25.Sidney Epstein '46.
Deepest sympathy to the families who mourn.
Please let the Editor or the President know if anyone should be included in the Obituaries.

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