110 Squadron Society Fund

110 Squadron Society Fund - Background

On the activation of 10 Squadron, DND did not supply many things required to operate a Squadron amongst which were Mess furniture and a conference table. The officers donated the required furniture. At the beginning of World War II the donated furniture was first rented out and then sold. The revenue from this amounted to $800.00 which was put into a fund and at the end of the war was administered by:

      A/M Curtis                   A/C Russell                    A/C Irwin     

A/C Russell summarized the purpose of the fund in a letter (d 7 May 58) to G/C Gooderham as follows:

“ The rather vague purpose of this trust fund is to have a sheet anchor to windward, in the event of a situation arising through Government economies (no matter how unlikely this may appear to be) by which 400 Squadron would require additional moneys for necessities for the Squadron, beyond what is provided for them by the Department of Defense. “

By 1971 the trustees were: 
    W/C James                     G/C Gooderham                     A/C Irwin                      A/M Curtis

During this period the fund was administered by:
        G/C Irwin and then W/C James

In 1971 these directors resigned and the new directors were:
S/L Curtis (Administrator)     L/Col Georgas                   Col Gilroy 

In 1971 S/L Curtis requested Col Rohmer to formalize the structure and Letters Patent were issued 31 January 1972 Incorporating  One Ten Society Fund with number  000250600. 

110 Society - Mission

“To foster and advance the interests of all officers and men of 400 Air Reserve (City of Toronto) Squadron and former members of such Squadron which was originally named 110 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force and in particular to raise and receive funds for the purposes, among other things, of assisting and encouraging the participation of citizens in the military endeavours of 400 Air Reserve (City of Toronto) Squadron for charitable and patriotic purposes as may be considered appropriate”

In August 1980 Col V.K. Davidson became a director, Col Georgas became the President/Administrator and S/L Curtis resigned.
    Col V.K. Davidson             Col Georgas

How The 110 Society Fund Supported the Squadron 

The original $800 has been invested in interest bearing instruments and has supported the Squadron in the amount of $17,008.37 as follows:

Year    Amount        Purpose
1961    $1,380.22    Display case for the Squadron Standard
1965    $1,685.00    Band uniforms
1971    $   500.00    411 Squadron Standard Presentation
1972    $   100.00    Publicity Media North West Territory Dinner
1976    $   350.00    RCAF Memorial Fund for 400 Squadron Crest to be displayed in the Memorial Building Ottawa
1982    $   700.00    Band Uniforms
1992    $5,000.00    Publication of Squadron History
1996    $4,000.00    Publication of Squadron History
1997    $    93.15    Bgen Draper's Memorial Service
1998    $3,000.00    Band Uniforms
2000    $   200.00    In memory of Sister Mary Fleurette

In 1999 it was decided by the directors that the balance of the funds would be spent on a 400 Squadron monument in the RCAF Memorial Airpark at the Air Force Museum at Trenton and that the fund should be closed since the nature of the Squadron has been substantially changed. George Georgas did considerable work on this until he tragically lost his wife and died after a long struggle with cancer.

In 2011 Col Gilroy became the administrator and BGen Howard became a director.
Col Gilroy                             BGen Howard

The fund had $20,763.90 in it when the production of the monument was authorized.  The funding of this project has virtually depleted the monies left in this fund.

The remaining funds were transferred to the newly formed 400 Squadron Historical Society and will be formally closed once the 2014 taxes have been filed.