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Branch 94

205 Empire, Greenfield Park,
Québec, Canada
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450-466-0308
www.legion94.ca


 

Coverall October 2011

 

 

 

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The summer months are usually quiet but not entirely uneventful.

This year July witnessed more activity than usual. The members of our branch were again very much a part of the Canada day parade and festivities (Page 3). What made the month much more eventful than usual was that the Legion was very much one of the focal points of Greenfield Park’s centennial celebrations. A number of special events were organized to welcome back former Parkers. A luncheon was hosted after the ecumenical church service on Sunday July 3rd (See Page 7). There were three special Bingo nights (see Shirley Miller’s note below) and throughout the nine days the Legion, being located in the center of the activities, saw much socializing. The pictures at the bottom of page
9 capture some of the flavour of the activities during the celebrations.

Every August our Ladies Auxiliary prepare a picnic lunch and venture off to Ste. Anne’s Military Hospital to entertain the veterans. Once more Andrea Main has provided a visual record of the visit and again this year as seen in the photos on page 10 our group was joined by The Viet Nam Veterans to provide a fun afternoon for the patients.

An Appreciation Day for our members was held at the end of the month. Although no photos of the event were received members attending were entertained by Ted Danko and were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob.

In September most branch activities got underway after the summer break and are now in full swing. As they did last year a fair number of our members turned up on the morning of September 18th to support the Terry Fox Day to Support Cancer Research. The photographs on page 15 attest to the vitality of our members.

The highlight of the month was the veterans reunion on September 24th, There are a lot of happy faces in the photo spread on page 18.It is obvious that a good time was had by all and that the evening was a very successful one.


 

As you are aware Branch 94 hosted 3 Bingos during the Greenfield Park Centennial Celebrations, July 4, 6 and 8th. These are the members who helped me with the Bingos throughout the week. The Bingos were a huge success. Many of them had never worked a Bingo before yet did not hesitate when I asked them to help out.

Shirley Miller


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Another beautiful summer has passed us by and it was truly enjoyable at the Branch especially during the Greenfield Park 100th Anniversary celebrations. Many people visited the Branch during the 9 day celebration and it was great to see many old friends back in the Park.

Our fall and winter season is upon us and there are activities planned for everyone’s enjoyment so plan on joining in the fun and singing and dancing every Friday night.

Our annual elections will take place at the general meeting in November so plan on attending this important decision making evening. The future of the Branch will be in the hands of those who will be elected so make your voice heard.

Since April of 2011 I have been ill and have not been able to attend every meeting so the meetings were chaired by our First Vice President Lew Brown. Lew has done a great job and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. The entire executive committee has been a joy to work with because everyone of them care so very much about Branch 94 and I thank them for the time and energy that they have put into their tasks.

It has been an honor for me to serve as President of Branch 94 over the last two years and I thank every member of the Branch for their support and for the hours they gave to help the Branch.

Hopefully more members will attend the upcoming events and continue to make the Legion our home away from home.

Bernie Constantini
President

Dear Comrades

This is the last Coverall to be printed before the coming elections in November.

First of all; I wish to thank the Ladies Auxiliary Executive and members that have worked very hard this past term in supporting me as President of the L.A. A special Thank You to Jean Harrison, past president for showing me the ropes.

Together, the Ladies Auxiliary has been hosting funerals, weddings, private parties etc?. We made a few dollars and that will certainly help the branch with all the important
repairs needed.

We want workers to continue the job and hopefully some of you will be there to do it.

Thank you all for your support

Francine Cantwell,
President, Ladies Auxiliary


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Une autre saison estivale est terminée et nous avons eu beaucoup de plaisir à la filiale, surtout au cours des célébrations du 100e anniversaire. Plusieurs personnes ont visité notre filiale durant les 9 jours de festivités et c’était intéressant de revoir plusieurs vieux amis de retour au Park.

Nos activités pour les saisons d’automne et d’hiver sont prévues pour le bonheur de tous et chacun, donc venez vous joindre à nous pour les vendredis soirs de danse.

Nos élections annuelles auront lieu au cours de l’assemblée générale de novembre; vous devriez donc planifier d’y prendre part car c’est une soirée de prises de décisions importantes. L’avenir de la filiale sera
entre les mains de ceux qui seront élus, faites valoir votre vote.

Depuis avril 2011 je n’ai pas pu être présent à chaque assemblée pour raison de maladie. Les assemblées ont été présidées par notre premier vice-président, Lew Brown. Il a fait un excellent travail et je le remercie du fond du coeur. Nous avons eu beaucoup de collaboration des membres du comité exécutif et chacun de ces bénévoles a le bon fonctionnement de notre filiale à coeur et je les remercie pour le temps et l’énergie qu’ils ont déployés à remplir leurs tâches.

J’ai été honoré de servir comme président de la succursale 94 pour les derniers deux ans et je remercie chacun de nos membres pour leur support et les heures qu’ils m’ont données afin de faciliter mon travail.

J’espère que nous aurons plus de participants aux événements à venir et de cette façon la Légion
deviendra notre second foyer.

Le président,
Bernie Constantini

Camarades

Ceci est la dernière parution du ‘Coverall’ avant les prochaines élections au mois de Novembre.

Tout d’abord, je tiens à remercier mon Exécutif et ses membres qui ont travaillé très fort durant mon terme afin de me soutenir en tant que leur présidente.

Un remerciement spécial à Jean Harrison, présidente sortante pour m’avoir enseigné les rudiments du métier.

Ensemble, les dames auxiliaires ont agi comme service de traiteur pour soit des funérailles, mariage, réception privées etc...

Nous avons amasser quelques dollars ce qui va certainement aider la filiale avec toutes les réparations importantes qui sont nécessaires.

J’incite les travailleuses à poursuivre le travail entamé et espère que certaine d’entre vous seront là pour le faire.

Merci à tous pour votre soutien

Francine Cantwell,
Présidente


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WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS:


Initiated this summer were Vedah Cullen, Don Ridewood and Ron Tombs on August 14th, Kim Dever on August 10th and Margaret Rochon on September 7th. Tom Mongeau was reinstated and Peter Radman transferred from Ottawa. Welcome aboard!


2012 MEMBRSHIP CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE


DUES:
VETERANS: $34.00
REGULAR: $42.00


For each membership a per capita fee of $32.20 has to be sent to Dominion Command. This is allocated as follows:


$14.20 – Provincial Command
$ 7.35 - Legion Magazine
$10.65 – Dominion Command


IMPORTANT DATES


EARLY BIRD ENDS: NOVEMBER 30
DUES SHOULD BE PAID BY: JANUARY 1
GRACE PERIOD: JANUARY 31


We have the opportunity to win an Early Bird Award from Command if we renew 75% or more of our members before November 30. We’ve done it before. It would be nice to have the award on display again in our lobby, LET’S GO FOR IT!


PAYING YOUR MEMBERSHIP


If you come to the Branch to pay your dues and there is no one there from the Membership Committee, you can leave your cheque with the bartenders. Your new membership card will then be left behind the bar for you to pick up. Please make your cheque payable to RCL Branch 94. BARTENDERS CANNOT ACCEPT CASH ONLY CHEQUES.


WE NOW HAVE 475 MEMBERS. EVERY MEMBER SHOULD ACTIVELY HELP INCREASE OUR NUMBERS BY TALKING TO OTHERS, INVITING THEM TO OUR LEGION AND EXPLAINING THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE.


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING MEMBERSHIP PLEASE CONTACT ANY MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE OR

Shirley Miller - 450-923-5610
Francine Cantwell - 450-465-7644
Monique Lebel - 450-466-1336
Bruce Robertson - 450-671-1108

 


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CENTENNIAL BRUNCH JULY 3RD


In conjunction with the Centennial celebrations in Greenfield Park, the L.A. held a Centennial Lunch on Sunday July 3rd. This event was attended by 117 people many of whom were returning to Greenfield Park to renew old acquaintances. A great time was had by all. Special thank you to Ted Hemming for his help in the kitchen for this event.


VETERAN’S PICNIC AT STE-ANNE’S AUGUST 7, 2011


The tradition continued again this summer as volunteers from Branch 94 went to Ste. Anne’s for our annual picnic. Approximately 40 veterans were in the hall to enjoy the food, music and gift bags.

Greg Innis provided the music for the event. We had sing-a-longs and at times one had a hard time to find space on the dance floor. Jeff McCarthy played the bagpipes much to the delight of all those in the hall. Again this year we were joined by the Viet Nam veteran’s who always add to the festivities.

Cde. Francine Cantwell, co-ordinator of the event, Cde Andrea Main and Cde Shirley Miller visited our veterans, Gerry Mackimmie, Don Duncan, Nora and Vincent Lavoie in their rooms and gave them their special gift bags. Syd Davies and Eric Donnegani were at the party and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you to all the volunteers who help us make this annual event such a success year after year.

A very special thanks to Francine Cantwell and her team for again making this outing a very memorable one both for the veterans and the volunteers.


BINGO SEPTEMBER 1


The first Bingo of the season was held on Wednesday September 7th and attended by 58 people. Again thank you to Francine Cantwell and her team for organizing Bingo evenings. Bingo is held every first Wednesday of the month.


FLEA MARKET – DECEMBER 4th


Our next Flea Market will be held on Sunday December 4th. There are still some single tables available. If you are interested in reserving one please contact Linda Smith at 514-965-1224. If anyone has articles to donate to the Flea Market please make sure to bring them to the Branch at least one week ahead of time so we have the opportunity to sort and price them. We also are in need of baked goods. Please try and bring your baking on Saturday December 3rd.


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Continued from page 8


LENDING LIBRARY


Our lending library in the Games Room continues to be a great success. Thanks to all of you for your donations of books. A very special thank you to Pauline Voisine who spends a few hours each and every week trying to keep everything in order.


UPCOMING EVENTS


OCTOBER 20 – L.A. GENERAL MEETING
NOVEMBER 2 – Bingo
NOVEMBER 16 – L.A. GENERAL MEETING + ELECTIONS
DECEMBER 14 – L.A. GENERAL MEETING




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Un peu de moment positif, ça fais du bien !!!
Voila ce que tout honnête
journaliste devrait avoir à montrer.....
Mais cela n 'est pas vendeur......????
Enfin une belle photo de guerre! C'est l'autre coté de la guerre, et c'est émouvant!
Le coeur d'un soldat
Voilà ce qui devrait faire les manchettes au lieu de tout ce qu'on nous montre de peu d'importance.

Cette histoire est dure, mais tellement réconfortante, quand on regarde cette photo de John Gebhardt en Afghanistan.

L'épouse de John Gebhardt, Mindy, dit que la famille entière de cette petite fille a été exécutée. Les insurgés voulaient la tuer aussi et lui ont tiré une balle dans la tête...mais heureusement ils ont raté leur coup et elle n'est pas morte. Elle fut soignée à l'hôpital de John et est en voie de guérison même si elle pleure et se plaint.

Les infirmières ont dit que John est le seul à pouvoir la calmer, alors John a passé les 4 dernières nuits à la tenir dans ses bras et les deux dorment sur cette chaise. La petite se remet lentement.

John est un véritable héros de la guerre et il représente ce que l'occident tente de faire là bas.


Ça, mes amis, ça vaut la peine d'être partagé avec le reste du MONDE entier. Allez-y !!! Vous ne verrez jamais une telle chose dans les nouvelles. Gardez la nouvelle en marche. Rien n'arrivera si vous ne le faites pas, mais le monde a besoin de voir des photos comme celle-ci et a besoin de réaliser que nous faisons la différence... même si c'est qu' une petite


THE HEART OF A SOLDIER!


The text in the above E-mail was reduced to make it fit the page. Otherwise it is unaltered. The little girl was shot in head by insurgents who had executed her family. During her recovery John Gebhardt was the only one who was able to console her. The two of them spent four nights sleeping in this chair. It’s a wonderful photo showing there is another side of war.



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VOLUNTEERS NEEEDED POPPY CAMPAIGN 2011


The annual Poppy Campaign will be held from Friday October 28 up until Friday November 11.

At the beginning of October we will begin recruiting volunteers to work at our different locations.

When we become Legion members we all pledge to support the Poppy Campaign – all we ask is four hours of your time during the campaign. However if you can do more our chances of reaching our goal becomes that much better.

Another way to participate in the campaign is by being a Volunteer Driver. We do have a number of volunteers who do not drive and therefore require transportation from the Branch to their store or from their store back to the Branch. Shift changes occur at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

To answer some frequently asked questions:


- No, you do not need a Legion uniform – dress neatly preferably no jeans.
- If you do not drive we will have drivers to take you to and from the Branch
- Where do the funds go? We will have table displays that outline where our Branch has allocated funds raised from the previous Campaign. We also have printed brochures put out by Command outlining where Poppy funds are spent. We will also have an orientation afternoon and evening at the Branch prior to the Campaign to explain the brochures and answer any other questions you might have.
- We always try to have people go out in pairs. Our job becomes much easier if you can find a
partner to come with you

Each location has a Team Captain. I do the initial call, book you for a location, date and time. You will receive a phone call from your store captain just prior to your booking to confirm that you are still available. You will be given your captain’s phone number in case there is a change.

The more volunteers we have the lighter the load on everyone. Please volunteer either to work at a location or as a driver and help us make Branch 94’s 2011 Poppy Campaign the most successful yet.

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer please give me a call.

SHIRLEY MILLER 450-923-5610


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REMEMBRANCE PARADE
DATE : NOVEMBER 6, 2011
DAY : SUNDAY
TIME : 14 :00


Our Parade of Remembrance and laying of wreathes will take place in front of the cenotaph in the Borough of Greenfield Park at 156 Churchill boulevard at 1400 hours (2 P.M.) on Sunday November 8, 2009.

All members are invited to join us, either by participating in the Parade, or attending as spectators, to thank our veterans for their sacrifices.

PARADE DU SOUVENIR
DATE : LE 6 NOVEMBRE, 2011
JOUR : DIMANCHE
L’HEURE : 14H00


Notre Parade du Souvenir et la déposition de couronnes auront lieu devant l’Arrondissement de Greenfield Park à 14 heures le dimanche, 8 novembre, 2009.

Tous nos membres sont invités à participer, soit sur la parade ou à titre de spectateur, afin de remercier nos anciens combattants pour leurs sacrifices.

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Thanks to Lois Lavallee for passing this one along


Law of the Garbage Truck


One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so ... Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it.

Since Roma Zakaib relinquished the Sick and Visiting portfolio there hasn’t been a dose of Readers Digest humour in the “Coverall”. To correct this situation we give you the following item without any commitment to relay further RD items in future issues.

TTYL: Talk to You Louder


Senior citizens have taken to texting with gusto. They have even developed their own vocabulary:

• BFF: Best Friend Fainted
• BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
• CBM: Covered by Medicare
• FWB: Friend with Beta-blockers
• LMDO: Laughing my Dentures Out
• GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!

 

Nice to see Comrade Gwen Cantwell back in the branch. She came to the Senior lunch on September 7th..During the meal many old friends stopped by her table to greet her and exchange a few words. Hopefully we’ll see her back again.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Teague were at the last U-COOK BBQ of the season. After the supper Dick requested Brian Queen to play a song for he and his Mrs. They then got up and danced. Turned out they were celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary. Prior to the wedding a stag for Dick, one of our longest serving members, was the first event held in our brand new, but not quite finished hall - for one thing the floor was still a gravel base.

Congratulations to Dick and his lovely wife. We wish them many more years of happiness.


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With Remembrance Day just around the corner this is a great story to highlight just what it is that we are remembering. This is said to be a true story as verified by Snopes & MythBlasters)

A lesson that should be taught in all schools...


On first day of classes in Fall 2005 for students enrolled in Martha Cothren’s military history class at Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas an event happened that will never be forgotten.

With the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she had all the desks removed from her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered the empty room.

‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’

She replied, ‘You will have a desk when you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’

They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’

‘No,’ she said.

‘Maybe it’s our behaviour.’

She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behaviour.’

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren’s classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found themselves sitting on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.’

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then walked over and stand alongside the wall? By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.

Don’t ever forget it.’

Please consider passing this along so others won’t forget that the freedom our country enjoys was earned by our War Veterans.

 


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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

DAVID (DAVE) SAMUEL HAGUE
ALEXANDER (AL) EMILE THIBADEAU

Al Thibadeau

Al Thibadeau

An Australian's Definition of a Canadian


You probably missed it in the local news, but there was a report that someone in Pakistan had advertised in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed a Canadian - any Canadian. An Australian dentist wrote the following letter to the editor of the paper in order to inform its readers as to what a Canadian is, so that they would know one if and when they found one .

A Canadian can be French, or English, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Ukrainian, Swedish, Polish, Armenian, Russian or Greek.

A Canadian can be Costa Rican, Honduran, Jamaican, Trinidadian, Haitian, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, Arab, Pakistani of Afghan.

A Canadian may also be an Iroquois, Cree, Algonquin, Haida, Salish, Metis, Ojibwa, Blackfoot, Abenaki,, Sioux, or one of the many other tribes known as First Nation Canadians.

A Canadian’s religious beliefs range from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or none. In fact there are more Muslims in Canada than in Afghanistan.

The key difference is that in Canada they are free to worship as each of them chooses. Whether they have a religion or no religion, each Canadian ultimately answers only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

A Canadian lives in one of the most prosperous lands in the history of the world. A Canadian is generous and Canadians have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

Canadians welcome the best of everything, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services and the best minds. But they also welcome the least - the oppressed, the outcast and the rejected. These are the people who built Canada. You can try to kill a Canadian if you must as other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world have tried but in doing so you could just be killing a relative or a neighbour. This is because Canadians are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, can be a Canadian.

A nice way to be thought of and a good note on which to bring this issue to an end. It is particularly apt as, along with the article on the preceding page, it expresses so well the things that those who we remember at this time of year sacrificed so much to preserve.


LET US NOT FORGET

 


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This edition of the Coverall is a copy of the printed version, which is initially posted at the branch and published by Bruce Robertson.

Minor changes have been made in layout and format to allow for web publication.

  
 
   
   
   
   
   
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