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Royal Canadian Legion
Branch 94

205 Empire, Greenfield Park,
Québec, Canada
J4V 1T9
450-466-0308
www.legion94.ca


 

Coverall April 2012

 

 

 

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SPRING ISSUE
Page # 2
APRIL 2012

 

Hello friends.

I would like to say it has been a pleasure to work for the Legion in my capacity as President especially with the team I have and your support as my back up team, for I feel that every member of the Legion is a part of the team.

Your suggestions and comments are valued and listened to (up to a point, ha ha).

Here’s hoping that you have a great spring with good health and of course, money. Hope to see you at the legion, Meantime enjoy the good weather we are about to get.

Lewis Brown


Winter is now over and warmer weather is about to arrive.

To help our members enjoy the summer weather we are planning to spruce up the deck off the lounge with a little paint, new cushions and plants.


We would like to see more activities this summer and are looking for volunteers willing to organize BBQ’s and other activities.

Starting in April, the Legion will have open house every 2nd Friday of each month with music in the Lounge. Please bring a friend or neighbour and join us for a few hours of fun and relaxation.

We will be visiting the veterans in Ste-Anne’s Hospital on August 4th. Transportation is limited but everyone is welcome to join us for a picnic with the Vets.

On behalf of the Ladies auxiliary members I wish everyone a beautiful summer.

Francine Cantwell,
President, Ladies auxiliary


SPRING ISSUE
Page # 3
APRIL 2012


 

Bonjour les amis,

J’aimerais vous laisser savoir que ce fut un plaisir de travailler pour la Légion en ma capacité de président, surtout avec mon équipe et votre support comme relève, car je pense que chacun des membres de la Légion fait partie de cette équipe.

Vos suggestions et commentaires sont très précieux et écoutés (jusqu’à un certain point…ha! Ha!) En espérant que vous aurez un très beau printemps avec beaucoup de santé et, bien évidemment, de l’argent.

J’espère vous voir la Légion très bientôt. Entretemps, profitez de la belle température qui s’annonce.

Lewis Brown


L’hiver est fini et la chaude température devrait se pointer sous peu.

Afin que nos membres puissent apprécier la température estivale; nous planifions de rajeunir le patio avec une couche de peinture, de nouveaux coussins et de jolies plantes.

Nous aimerions voir plus d’activités cette été et somme donc à la recherche de volontaires désireux
d’organiser des BBQ et autre activités.

Débutant le 2ième vendredi d’avril et par après le 2ième vendredi de chaque mois; nous aurons une soirée Portes Ouvertes avec musique dans le bar.

Nous vous prions d’amener un ami ou un voisin pour quelques heures de plaisir et relaxation.

Nous visiterons les vétérans à l’hôpital Ste-Anne le 4 août prochain.

Les places sont limitées sur l’autobus mais vous êtes tous invité de vous joindre à nous pour un piquenique avec les vétérans.

Au nom des dames auxiliaires de la Légion; je souhaite à tous une très belle été

Francine Cantwell,
Présidente, dames auxiliaires


SPRING ISSUE
Page # 4
APRIL 2012

 

Since our last issue a lot has happened at Branch 94, most of it good. On the down side we were the victims of a burglary, but enough has been said about that. We will leave anything else to the proper authorities and spend our time on the positives.

 

The year got off to a rousing start with Mavis Spencer and her team hosting a New Year’s Eve party. The food was excellent, the music good and everyone reported that they had a great time. January 1st was President’s Day with newly elected President Lew Brown greeting members for a pleasant afternoon of companionship.

Our annual Honours and Awards night was held on January 19th. The honourees are tabulated on pages 8 and 9 which include photos of the event. Some of those being recognized were unable to attend the event and received their awards later. Such was the case with the Greenfield park Cadet Corps for whom we are sponsors. They received their certificates at one of their regular meetings at Park Lane. Photos of this special occasion are on page 10.

February was a very active month. In addition to the monthly Bingo and crib events there was a Super Bowl party in the lounge on the fifth, a Valentine Sunday special on the twelfth, a tribute to Neil Diamond on the twenty-fifth and the Daytona Race Day on the big screen in the lounge on Sunday the twenty-sixth.

On the Monday following the Valentine special one began to hear reports of an exceptional day - unbelievable, sensational - generous portions - half chicken, fries, coleslaw - delicious. People were taking doggy bags home.

Over 100 attended the Neil Diamond show and by all accounts were treated to a great show. A full report of this event as well as the Valentine special is on the Ways and Means pages 12 & 13.

On Saturday March 3rd the Centennial Cadet Corps, who we sponsor held a reception in our hall for a group of Naval cadets from B.,C. The L.A catered the meal for the Cadets. They served a typical Quebecois meal and everyone was satisfied.

Mid march is always dominated by St. Patrick’s festivities and this year was no exception. Again the Ways and Means Report gives full coverage of our activities on this weekend and the picture spread on pages 16 & 17 is proof positive that a good time was had by all.



 
Outside England’s Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were 1 for cars ($1.40), 5 for buses (about $7.00)

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn’t show up; so the zoo management called the city council and asked them to send another parking agent.

The council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the zoo’s own responsibility. The zoo advised the council that the attendant was a city employee.

The city council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the city payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, or France, or Italy, is a man who’d apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own and then simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated to be about $560 per day - for 25 years.

Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million dollars……... And no one even knows his name.


SPRING ISSUE
Page # 5
APRIL 2012


ANGELS


Yes, angels do exist. Many of the events we cater take place weekdays. As many of our members are still in the work force finding help is often difficult. Thanks to people we call our ANGELS help is just a phone call away. To those of you who have helped us on numerous occasions this winter a heartfelt thank you.


FLEA MARKET – SUNDAY JUNE 3rd


Our Spring Flea Market will be held on June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are still some tables available at a cost of $15.00 each. To reserve a table please call Linda Smith at 450-466-8919.

We do need donations of used articles however due to a lack of storage space we ask that these be brought to the Branch one week before the event – the last week of May. Please no clothes or books this time. We do need baked goods as the BakeTable is always a favourite. As usual breakfast will be served at 9:00 and lunch at 12:00. Please come and join us on June 3rd.


RAFFLE


We will be having a raffle to help defray costs of the Veteran’s Picnic in August. Prizes are as follows:


1st Prize: $100.00 gift card for Champlain Mall
2nd Prize: 50.00 SAQ gift card


Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and will be available from any member of the Ladies Auxiliary.


MEMBERSHIP


We are always looking for new members. If you have time to spare and wish to join the Ladies Auxiliary, we would be happy to welcome you to our group. For more information speak to our Membership Chairperson Julia Shapcott or any member of the Ladies Auxiliary.


UPCOMING EVENTS

April 18th – L.A. General Meeting
May 2nd – Bingo
May 16thh – L.A. General Meeting
June 20th – L.A. General Meeting



A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool.

After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split.

The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?'

'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'


SPRING ISSUE
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APRIL 2012



 

A dozen or so years ago Branch 94 made a decision to encourage local schools to participate in Dominion Command’s Essay, Poem and Poster contest. Each year contestants are challenged to exercise their creativity by writing an essay or poem on Remembrance. The objective is to select the most suitable submissions from Canadian students in the Canadian school system. The essays and poems are judged at the local Branch and then at the Provincial level. The Provincial winners in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories are then be submitted to Ottawa for judging at the National level. Cash prizes are awarded to the students finishing first and second in each category and the winner of the senior essay contest is invited to Ottawa, accompanied by a parent, relative or guardian, at the expense of The Royal Canadian Legion to represent Canada’s youth at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.

At the turn of the Century the hard work of laying the foundation to enable students of our community to participate was done by Lorraine Torpy working with School Boards and local schools. In that first year two schools participated We had entries at two levels. With the exception of one year we have had entries every year since. Early on Jack Gammon took on the liaison work and has been actively involved for the past dozen years. In recent years only students from Centennial High School have participated. In 2005 Melanie de Andrades’s poem was judged to be the best in the nation and along with other National winners she attended Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa.

This year we received 3 Essays and 19 Poems from Centennial Regional High School students. They were delivered to Provincial Command on January 5th. We have since been advised that the six students gracing this issue’s cover have been recognized for outstanding submissions. They are:

Simone Albert---1st place---Essay
Chelsea Neil-Copeman---1st place---Poem
Amanda Vitaro---2nd place---Essay
Charles Chadwick---2nd place---Poem
Nathan Shummoogum---3rd place---Poem
Evan Roach---Honourable Mention---Poem


We wish the first place finishers the best of luck in the National finals and hope to publish their work in future issues of the Coverall.

Because of our generous contributions over many years our branch was made a partner of Ste. Anne’s Hospital Foundation as part of its new Partnership Program“Be the One”. Recently they decided to offer something very special to each of their Partners. The name of each one will be associated with the room of a Veteran. We have been invited to visit the Hospital so they can show us the plaque that will be installed next to the room of one of the Veterans. It will be a great opportunity for us to meet the staff and have official pictures taken.


Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.

A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, 'You're really doing great, aren't you?'

Morris replied, 'Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.''

The doctor said, 'I didn't say that.. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur; be careful.'

 


SPRING ISSUE
Page # 7
APRIL 2012

 

 

At the January General Meeting Ted Hemming presented President Lew Brown with cheques in the amounts of $2,000.00 and $1,000.00 behalf on of the Seniors Lunch gang and the 500 Club respectively .


Joe Rodger explained our Volunteer Driver Program for the benefit of the new members. He told them that the program exists for the benefit of our veterans and senior members of the branch; that illness has seriously depleted their ranks; that there are now only 12 drivers and new ones are desperately needed to share the load specially as finding drivers to go into Montreal is still posing a problem. Fortunately they have not been called upon too often in recent months. Anyone having a few hours a month to spare for a worthwhile and much appreciated program please contact Cde. Rodger. He also mentioned that he is looking for one more member for his Committee. Presently he and Cde. Andrea Main are a two person Committee. The Lunch program serves etween 55-60 people every Wednesday at a cost of five dollars.


SPRING ISSUE
Page # 8
APRIL 2012

MEDALS & BARS

Presented by CDES. L. Brown & B. Constantini

OFFICERS

Bernard Constantini - Bar - President (2nd term)
Cheryl Moores - Bar 2nd Vice President
Shirley Miller - Bar - 3rd VicePresident & Membership

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Francine Cantwell - bar - Publicity
Randy Moores- P.O. Medal & Bar - Executive Committee

MEDALS & BARS

PRESENTED BY: CDE. F. CANTWELL , L. BROWN & B. CONSTANTINI

FRANCINE CANTWELL- MEDAL & BAR - PRESIDENT
LINDA SMITH - BAR - 1ST VICE PRESIDENT
LORETTA JULIEN - BAR - 2ND VICE PRESIDENT & SGT.-AT-ARMS
CHARLENE CADRIN - MEDAL & BAR - SECRETARY
JULIA SHAPCOTT -- MEDAL & BAR - FLOOR COMMITTEE (SICK & VISITING)

     

Certificate of Merit:
ROSS HARVEY

Certificate of Merit:
Jim Young
(not present)

ED WILKINSON
LONG SERVICE
MEDAL
50 YEARS

Certificate of Merit:
JIM BECHARD

 

Certificateof Merit:
GLENN CANTWELL

     



SPRING ISSUE
Page # 9
APRIL 2012

 

CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION
FOR THE POPPY CAMPAIGN - PRESENTED BY
CDES. GAMMON & MILLER

BARRACLOUGH PETER
BASTIEN ROBERT
BEAUCAGE MADELEINE
BECKETT SUSAN
BUCHANAN ROBERT
BUCHANAN CLAUDETTE
COTE CAMILLE
DESJARDINS DIANE
DUROCHER GEOFFREY
ELSON JUDITH
GOLBOURN JOYCE
GORTON OLIVE
LAGODICH ELIZABETH
LAPLANTE SIMON
MALO NAOMI .
MONGEAU THOMAS
REID DANIEL
RICHARD EDOUARD
RIDEWOOD DONALD
RIDEWOOD MIRELLA
ROBERTSON DOLORES
ROCHON MARGARET
ROCHON ROBERT
ROY GINETTE
RYE CHARLOTT
SEXTON SHIRLEY
SHAPCOTT EVERETT
WIGHT WILLIAM

 

 
FOR SERVICE TO THE BRANCH
 
BARR MICHELINE
BRODEN ANN
CHAIF SHIRLEY
DEMICK DONNA
DEMICK KEVIN (absent)
DEMICK ROBERT

FRAIL HENRY
HEMMING EDWARD
LANGSTAFF RAYMOND
WARD NAOMI
WHITTAKER ROBERT (absent)

 

 

 

 

 



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SPRING ISSUE
Page # 11
APRIL 2012

Empty Seats

DO THEY SIGNIFY PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE?

Getting members out to our General Meetings continues to be a struggle. On stormy winter nights or in April and May when we experience the first nice weather of the season a decline in attendance is perhaps understandable. BUT a failure to attract 26 members out of a membership of 400 plus in March would seem to indicate that what happens in our branch is of little interest to anyone.

It appears that our members do not want a say in what happens in their branch; that they have no opinions to share or any ideas of what activities they would like to see or participate in; that they have no interest in what is being planned or how the branch is contributing to the community.

This problem is certainly not unique to our branch. Nor is it a new phenomena as attested to by the following item which first appeared in a 1985 issue of the Coverall and again in the March 1, 2001 issue.

We have managed to survive because through the years there has always been a relatively small core group of multitaskers to serve on the executive, plan events and generally do all the little things needed to keep the branch in good running order. Next year will mark the seventieth year of our survival. “70” is one of those benchmark years that people and organizations tend to celebrate, yet, thus far there seems little awareness or excitement that our 70th anniversary is just around the corner. There is little, if any, talk of how we can commemorate an historic event we should all be proud of.

The veterans who built this branch worked hard and played hard. They were instrumental in building the institutions and traditions of the community of which we are now a part. If we sit back and allow their efforts to fade into the past we do disservice to our organization and our community.

WE NEED IDEAS; WE NEED A PLAN; ABOVE ALL WE NEED INVOLVEMENT!

Are you in? bring your ideas to our April meeting.


WAYS TO KILL YOUR BRANCH

Don't come to any meetings, but, if you come, come late.
If the weather does not suit you, don't come at all.
If you attend a meeting, find fault with the work of the officers.
Never volunteer beacause it is easier to criticize than to do things.
Nevertheless, always get sore if you are not appointed to a committee, but if you are
appointed don't attend any committee meetings.
If you are asked by the Chairman to give an opinion regarding an important matter
tell him that you have nothing to say. After the meeting tell everyone how things
should have been done.

Do nothing more than is absolutely necessary, but when others rolll up their sleeeves
and do it all, then howl about how the BRANCH is run by a clique.
Hold back your dues as long as possible. Even better, don't pay them at all.


SPRING ISSUE
Page # 12
APRIL 2012

 

WAYS and MEANS

 

On behalf of the executive of Branch 94 Karen and Cheryl would like to thank our dedicated members and friends of members that continue to support our Legion events. Without all of your support and encouragement we would not be in a position to do what we do! We would also at this time like to thank Naomi Malo, Patrick White, Richard Amos, Dave Williams, Charlene Cadrin, Shirley Chaif, Rob Forbes, Monique Lebel, Jim Bechard and, Randy Moores for all the extra little things that they do to help out in a pinch. Branch 94 is very lucky to have you all on board!
Karen Golden/Cheryl MooresWays and Means

Past Events

Valentine’s day Sunday was a very special day in the branch for all that attended. Karen & Bob Golden, with the help of Ted & Joan Hemming, Sue Monk, Andrea Main, Shirley Miller & Mary Tucker put on the absolute best BBQ chicken! Everything was cooked to perfection! Special thanks to Shirley Chaif for the beautifully decorated homemade cupcakes that were certainly a hit.

Our DJ - Cathy Becket and her "soon to be" husband Rob did a great job with the music and for the most part the dance floor was hopping! Thank you Mavis for arranging the special dance instructors to "strut their stuff" and even offer guidance to anyone up on the floor that was interested, They now are offering dancing lessons in the hall on Sunday afternoons, for a very nominal fee.

The Neil Diamond Tribute, “Diamond in the Rough”, by Joey Purpra at the end of February was very successful. For the Neil Diamond lovers that attended most said when you closed your eyes you honestly thought it was "Neil himself". Joey really does do a great job and certainly has done a lot of research on Neil Diamond. He was able to share a lot of nostalgia with the crowd. Lots of great music and even the words to sing along, and everyone that attended seemed to have a really good time. It is a nice change to do something different and hopefully we can do something like this again.

Our Saint Patrick's Day Supper/Dance is always a big night at Branch 94 and this year was no exception. Firstly a big thank you to George Thyssen, who has picked up the corned beef for us for the past "quite a" few years. Even though his supplier moved to Laval, George went out of his way to please!

Friday morning Karen & Bob Golden, Francine & Gerry Cantwell, Sue Monk, Andrea Main, Lew Brown, Ross Harvey and myself were busy at our various tasks of preparing the veggies, getting other essentials prepared, soaking, spicing and boiling the 120 pounds of corned beef. Later that day, after the corned beef was cooked and cooled the second shift arrived. Randy Moores, & Todd Smith cut the meat while Cindy Smith & myself wrapped and stored the meat and Bill Wight& Rob Forbes "did the dills".

Saturday morning, bright and early Cheryl was up with the birds in order to bake the cake for dinner. Sherrie set up the tables for the hall while Andrea & Shirley once again took care of all the setting of the tables and Sue did a great job at decorating the hall and tables while Bill and Cindy were busy in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on the cakes. Later that afternoon Karen, Sue, Francine, Bob, Bill, & Gerry made sure the veggies were cooked to perfection and all was set for the event.

Just before the doors opened Andrea & Shirley took their place to take the tickets as the hungry crowd entered the hall. Thanks to Al Cleary for saving the day by having his air compressor on hand so that he and Randy could blow up our famous "Leprecon" which is always a big hit with some of the ladies during the evening. The servers; Karen, Sue, Francine, Robin & Cindy did their thing while Bob & Bill made sure the serving dishes were filled. Lew called the tables while I got the deserts cut and ready to be served. Thank you Naomi Ward and Georgette (Celina's mom) for jumping in and helping me out. The clearing of the tables went very well thanks to all of the members that just jump in to help things go faster. Celina and Georgette were able to get the dishes done in record time!

Thanks again to Monique Lebel for the 50/50...great job!

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(Continued from page 12)

Duo Rockin were clearly "rockin" and it did not take long for the dance floor to fill up and the mood of the evening was full of fun! It was very plain to see that this crowd was out to have a good time and they certainly did.

According to all the comments of the evening and the "slim pickings" left, the meal was delicious and the whole event was a great success. For all that missed it because they were unable to get a ticket, may we suggest that you buy your tickets early next year to avoid disappointment. This is always a 'SELL OUT EVENT'.

Irish Coffee & Irish Stew Sunday was also a great day. The Irish Coffee was delicious! Karen and Goretti Da Estrella took first shift serving up the "Irish" topped with"green sugar" (a Shirley Chaif invention) or whatever topping you preferred. Second shift was manned by Julia and Glenn while Karen rejoined Bob "the stew keeper" back in the kitchen. OOOOOPS out of whipped cream! Thanks Bill for jumping in to get Naomi to the store so no one would go without. Next shift; Lew and Christine continued for the rest of the afternoon and during the "stew serving"

Irish music filled the lounge. The afternoon was very "laid back" and enjoyable for those that just wanted to visit and chat with each other. If you walked into the lounge one would ask, "where is everyone?" Well with the temperature reaching over 20 degrees quite a few of our members took advantage of the deck to take in some "RAYS" from the gorgeous sun.

Bob & Karen's modified "Ted's Irish Stew Recipe" was a big hit right down to the cutting and adding the freshly peeled potatoes earlier that morning. The stew went like hot cakes and next year we will certainly need to increase the quantity. First come first served so for some of us, as the saying goes - "you snooze, you lose".

 

COMING EVENTS

 

Sunday, April 22th
Spring Bar B Q / Dance - 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Please join us for music and dancing in the lounge – Tickets $10.00 each – includes Steak BBQ from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 5th
Kentucky Derby – Come watch your favourite horse run on the big screen in the lounge! Check out our web site or the bulletin board at the legion for more details
Friday, June 1st
Annual Branch 94 Golf tournament - Golf International 2000 - Watch our bulletin boards for full details

Sunday, July 1st

Steak BBQ/Music – 6:00 PM - price $15.00

The above are the events planned so far, please check the Legion web site or the bulletin board in the front entrance for changes or additions to this list of events. We hope to see you at these events and thank you in advance for your continuous support!

Karen Golden & Cheryl Moores

 


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APRIL 2012

PM launches Vimy Foundation Pin Campaign

14 March 2012
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today launched the Vimy Foundation Pin Campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, one of Canada’s most important military victories. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Mr. David Houghton, President of the Vimy Foundation.

"With the passing of the last Canadian First World War Veteran in 2010, it is now more important than ever that we cherish and preserve stories of the service and sacrifice of our country’s fallen heroes," said Prime Minister Harper. “This pin reminds us of the brave and resilient servicemen who, on April 9, 1917, overcame the odds and captured Vimy Ridge.”

The Vimy Pin was introduced in February 2009 by the Vimy Foundation which works to preserve and promote the legacy of Canada’s important contribution to the Allied victory in the First World War. It symbolizes Canada’s victory at Vimy and recognizes the important role this battle played in shaping Canada’s identity.

Vimy Ridge protected an area of occupied France where several factories and mines were in full production for Germany. Its height and strategic location also made it a key part of the German defensive lines. Attacking with all four of his divisions, the Commander of the Canadian Corps, Lieutenant-General Sir Julian Byng, was able to successfully execute a four staged operation which resulted in the capture of Vimy Ridge. The operation was an impressive victory, both as a military success at a difficult time on the Western Front and in enhancing Canada’s role among the Allied Powers in the First World War. The battle also marked the first time that all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together.

The Prime Minister also announced today that the Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, will travel to Vimy, France, on April 9, 2012, along with the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, to attend a special commemorative ceremony in the presence of 5000 Canadian youth marking the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

A commemorative ceremony is held every year on April 9 at the Vimy Memorial, which serves as a tribute to all those who fought during the battle of Vimy Ridge, and has come to symbolize Canada’s commitment to peace, freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

In addition to the ceremony taking place in Vimy, there will also be a vigil and ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, as well as a number of events in communities across the country.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today launched the Vimy Foundation Pin Campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, one of Canada’s most important military victories. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Mr. David Houghton, President of the Vimy Foundation.

"With the passing of the last Canadian First World War Veteran in 2010, it is now more important than ever that we cherish and preserve stories of the service and sacrifice of our country’s fallen heroes," said Prime Minister Harper. “This pin reminds us of the brave and resilient servicemen who, on April 9, 1917, overcame the odds and captured Vimy Ridge.”

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APRIL 2012

(continued from page 14)

The Vimy Pin was introduced in February 2009 by the Vimy Foundation which works to preserve and promote the legacy of Canada’s important contribution to the Allied victory in the First World War. It symbolizes Canada’s victory at Vimy and recognizes the important role this battle played in shaping Canada’s identity.

Vimy Ridge protected an area of occupied France where several factories and mines were in full production for Germany. Its height and strategic location also made it a key part of the German defensive lines. Attacking with all four of his divisions, the Commander of the Canadian Corps, Lieutenant-General Sir Julian Byng, was able to successfully execute a four staged operation which resulted in the capture of Vimy Ridge. The operation was an impressive victory, both as a military success at a difficult time on the Western Front and in enhancing Canada’s role among the Allied Powers in the First World War. The battle also marked the first time that all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together.

The Prime Minister also announced today that the Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, will travel to Vimy, France, on April 9, 2012, along with the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, to attend a special commemorative ceremony in the presence of 5000 Canadian youth marking the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

A commemorative ceremony is held every year on April 9 at the Vimy Memorial, which serves as a tribute to all those who fought during the battle of Vimy Ridge, and has come to symbolize Canada’s commitment to peace, freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

In addition to the ceremony taking place in Vimy, there will also be a vigil and ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, as well as a number of events in communities across the country.

 

Home sales activity over the past couple of months suggests buyers are confident that the Canadian economy will remain relatively unscathed by global economic risks, since every home purchase is a homebuyer's vote of confidence in the future. That confidence is no doubt rooted in the success of coordinated fiscal and monetary policy responses that helped quickly pull Canada out of the last recession, and a stated willingness and ability to carry out further policy actions if need be."

While the combination of stable new listings and stronger sales made for a slightly tighter balance between supply and demand in October, the national housing market remains firmly rooted in balanced territory. The national sales-to-new listings ratio, a measure of market balance, stood at 53.4 per cent in October, up from 52.8 per cent in September.

Based on a sales-to-new listings ratio from 40 to 60 percent, about 60 per cent of local markets in Canada were in balanced market territory in October. Of the remaining markets, there was a handful more seller's markets than buyers' markets.

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Our thanks to the following for their help and donations

 

Wednesday Senior Lunches

Francine Cantwell (for filling in as branch manager)

Thursday “500” Club

The Family of the late Gerry Moores

THE OLDTIMERS HOCKEY LEAGUE
(on behalf of the Volunteer Drivers)

Roma Zakaib

 

Although the plaque was awarded to Mullins at our H.&A. awards night a variety of reasons made it impractical to actually make the presentation until much later. Mullins Sports has supported Branch 94 for many years and we hope that whenever our members need sports gear they will think of Mullins first.

 

 

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

KEITH BORRIS
STELLA CATER
ESME HEAVEN
VIC LORENZI
GERRY MOORES

 


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Some members have complained that they are not being notified of branch activities. Members are advised of our events by telephone and/or e-mail. However members of our telephone committee advise that they frequently encounter “no service” or similar messages or get no answer to repeated calls. We are guided by the information you included on your membership application unless you have advised us of a change. If your telephone number or service provider has changed and you wish to receive notification of branch events please contact one of the following committee members:

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

 

While on the subject of the telephone committee the Membership Committee would like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank Coordinator Doreen Moores and callers Naomi Ward, Lise Plante, Jackie Letourneau, Helen Robinson, Jean James, Barbara Ledoux, Elsie Bannister, Joyce Caron, Julia Shapcott, Cheryl Moores and of course Shirley Miller who takes care of the E-mailing.

Many Legion branches, ours included, are experiencing declining membership. Dominion Command has embarked on an ambitious new campaign. They are counting on branches and individual members to participate in recruiting new members. They have produced a slick kit to help us promote membership. This includes posters, fliers and ideas.

They are looking to branch members to get out into the community to explain what the Legion stands for and to promote the benefits of becoming a Legion member. This includes things like manning recruitment tables in local supermarkets and talking to family and friends about joining the Legion. Just think if every branch member was able to induce one acquaintance to join membership would double.

In spite of our article on page 11 we don’t believe that members are disinterested in the fate of the Legion and all it stands for. There are lots of competing interests and it may be simply be we are being squeezed out. Granted there is a lot of work maintaining a Legion branch and supporting a community but when it is shared by many it can be fun, it can be enjoyable and it usually provides a sense of satisfaction.

Talk to a friend, bring along a mate , they may like it!

 

 

New members are greeted by attendees at our January, February and March General Meetings

 

Allan Taylor, Neil Rabey, Audrey Leonard, Naomi Malo, Membership Chairperson Shirley Miller, Dzenko Kovac, Albert Coccia and Tim Abrams Allan Sauve, Brian MacNicoll Shirley Miller Christine Latter and President Lewis Brown Past President Bruce Robertson, Robert Trudeau, Bruce Gregory , John Geraghty, Steven Anderson and Shirley Miller.

 


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Bits and Pieces from Here and There

In case you missed it - February 5, 2012 - Normand Simard’s post on the Monty North site


The GPK Legion is Armed

IT WAS GETTING ROUGH AT THE GREENFIELD PARK LEGION, SPECIALLY IN THE BAR, SO NOW THE BARTENDERS ARE EQUIPED TO COOL DOWN HOT TEMPERS, NOW THEY HAVE A PENNSYLVANIA FLINTLOCK 45 CAL. RIFLE, IT IS NOT EXACTLY A MACHINE GUN BUT IT WILL DO THE JOB. I PASSED BY THIS AFTERNOON AT THE LEGION BAR EVERYBODY LOOKED VERY QUIET. SHIRLEY, CHARLENE AND RICHARD, WILL UNDERGO A 3 MONTHS COMPLETE TRAINING HOW TO USE IT, PUT THE GUN POWDER IN, PUSH IT, CHECK THE FLINT ETC..

HERE WE SEE JOHN GERAGHTY AND WAYNE MAYBURY FOOLING AROUND WITH THE LEGION BARTENDERS RIFLE, THEY BETTER NOT GET CAUGHT BY SHIRLEY, SHE IS NOT GOING TO USE BABY’S OWN POWDER, WATCH OUT GUYS.

An unusual piece of mail was received by the branch shortly after Christmas. Shirley Ripley’s granddaughters from Massachusetts were apparently invited to attend our Children’s Christmas party but were unable to attend. They sent a Thank You card for being invited. It was the first thank you of this kind that anyone could recall ever receiving.

Actually the gun belonged to one of the Friday morning Coffee Club who meet in our lounge. Kind of ironic that this appeared only days before we were burgled


An unusual piece of mail was received by the branch shortly after Christmas. Shirley Ripley’s granddaughters from Massachusetts were apparently invited to attend our Children’s Christmas party but were unable to attend. They sent a Thank You card for being invited. It was the first thank you of this kind that anyone could recall ever receiving.


A “Thank You” gesture from the Greenfield Park Centennial Committee

 

Branch members Harold Rye and Bernie Constantini who both served on the Centennial Committee present President Lew Brown with a print of the picture which graced our city hall as a token of the Committee’s appreciation of Branch 94s participation in the celebrations. This picture now hangs in our hall by the main entrance


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During this past quarter Branch 94 lost Cde. Gerald Moores. Gerry at one time was very active in the branch and was responsible for introducing many of the things we now take for granted — the 50/50’s being one of them. The apron sported by our half and half sellers was made for Gerry. At the reception at the branch following his funeral a tribute to Gerry took the form of a 50/50. $400.00 was collected. Half was donated to the Volunteer Drivers Program and the other $200.00 to Ways & Means, both being groups in which Gerry was very active and took a keen interest.

 

 


New things are always being planned. Unfortunately not always in time to be included in the Coverall. Be sure to check the bulletin boards in the branch and the calendar and agenda on our website to ensure that you don’t miss anything.


Don’t forget to get your Raffle tickets in support of the L.A.’s annual picnic for the veterans in Ste. Anne’s Hospital in August.

 


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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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