The 809 Newark Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron held its 10th annual Squadron Mess Dinner at Grace United Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Wednesday to celebrate the year end.
“It's a pretty dynamic group,” said Capt. Jody Lemoine, commanding officer, assigned by the Canadian Forces to make sure the squadron runs “smoothly and safely,” and that training operates “to the enjoyment and edification of the cadets.”
“We’ve got a whole lot of level two cadets who are in their second year, so they’re champing at the bit to really get at some of the training.”
The cadets programming and training focuses on leadership, physical fitness, aviation, aerospace, community service and citizenship as their main goals.
Lemoine said there aren't a lot of level ones currently registered, and encourages youth ages 12 to 18 to join.
“Anyone that wants to come and has an interest in aviation, we’re here with open arms,” he said.
The squadron holds a bottle drive twice a year as their main fundraiser to support many of its programming activities, with the next one scheduled Jan. 12, 2019.
Empty wine, beer and liquor bottles are currently being accepted, and can be dropped off at 901 East West Line in NOTL.