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Coverall October 2012

 

 

 

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Turn out of members to represent the Legion in the Canada Day parade was disappointing this year. Two members who did show up had to be conscripted in order to make up a flag party of four. This left no one to march behind the flag party. Consequently our coverage this year features the many Park groups that participated in the parade. The Canada Day Bar-B-Que was well attended as usual. A photo essay of these events can be found on pages 6 & 7

The open house on July13th was much more successful as can be seen in the Ways and means report on page 23.

Another surprise birthday party in the lounge. This time for Fred Hallett, our oldest veteran, who turned 95 earlier in the month. Fred has been a Legion member for over 60 years and was made a Life member in 1995 Organized by Jean Harrison approximately 70 members enjoyed an afternoon of companionship and good food. There was an assortment of sandwiches, potato and macaroni salads, crackers and cheese plates, a birthday cake of course, along with an assortment of other deserts, including Jean’s scones with cream and strawberries. Fred’s sense of humour remains unaffected. His wish when he blew out his candles? - To be 94 again. Fred and his friends can be found on page 10.

 

 

August was a fairly active month. There was the annual L.A. picnic for the veterans in St. Annes (see the L.A. Report and the photo spread on pages 8 & 9). There was another very successful open house (see the Ways and Means Report on page 23). On August 19th President Lew Brown and a number of our veterans participated in the 70th anniversary of Dieppe ceremonies in Longueuil. (See Page 11.)

There was a lot activity in September. The month got underway on the 2nd with a U-Cook. That’s when for a minimal price you get a steak that you cook yourself thereby ensuring a steak done to perfection, to which you add a salad and other supplied goodies and sit down to enjoy your work. As can be seen in the photos below this was followed by an evening of fun.

 

Then on the sixth Fred Fox (Terry’s brother) visited our branch. He gave a short talk and then fielded questions. This was followed by Greenfield Park’s annual Terry Fox run in which many of our members again participated.

Branch President Lew Brown, Fred Fox and District, District 10 Commander Roger Soucy.


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And then on September 22nd the veterans of our branch held their annual reunion. They enjoyed a good meal, excellent conversation and a pleasant evening of listening and dancing to the music of Maddy. Because of space limitations we cannot present a full photo essay of the event, but we will do so in the next Coverall.

 

They served on land,

 

at sea,

 

and in the air.

 


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Good-day comrades.

I would like to start by saying thank you to my executive (Cheryl, Shirley, Francine, Andrea, Oriette, Julia, Karen, Glen and of course our Past President Bruce) whose counsel was always appreciated. With this group of co-leaders, it was much easier to work through this mandate. Their enthusiasm and hard work made the few bumps in the road much simpler to get by. I hope that whoever wins the job for the next term will be blessed with such a team.

I would like to thank also the Francine and the Ladies Auxiliary for their splendid work through the year. Our ladies aux are the best!

My thanks also to all the volunteers who through the year helped set up, do the ground work and clean-up after our many events. It’s always nice to have people to count on (I would like to name them but I might miss somebody)

Thank you to Pat and his bar team and also Naomi for a great job.

And finally a big “Thank You” to all our members for just paying your dues. We value your membership and we need you.

I’ve enjoyed my term as President. It’s been a pleasure to serve you.

Wishing everyone a great fall and winter season,

Yours in Comradeship,
Lew Brown



I hope that everyone had a good summer.

It is now the time to get back to business.

The Ladies are available to do the catering for your various functions. Our menu is On Line and on paper form posted at the Legion.

Your patronage is much appreciated.


Francine Cantwell,
President, ladies auxiliary


Comments about any of the articles in this or other issues of the Coverall, ideas or suggestions for future articles, letters on subjects of interest to our members or anything else you consider worthy of publication may be mailed to the Coverall c/o R.C.L. Branch 94 at the address above or E-mailed to “ecurbten@yahoo.ca”. Submissions may or may not be used and we reserve the right to edit or use only a part of a submission.


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Bonjour camarades,

J'aimerais débuter en disant merci à tous les membres de mon exécutif, Cheryl, Shirley, Francine, Andrea, Oriete, Julia, Karen, Glen, et n'oublions pas Bruce, le président sortant, dont les conseils sont toujours appréciés. Avec ce groupe de meneurs, mes tâches, à l'intérieur de mon mandat, ont été plus faciles. Leur enthousiasme et leur labeur ont aidé à aplanir les difficultés rencontrées. Je souhaite à la prochaine personne élue une équipe de cette qualité.

Je ne peux pas passer sous silence le travail splendide de l'équipe de Francine et des dames auxiliaires et souligner leurs accomplissements. Elles sont les meilleures. .

Un merci aussi à tous les bénévoles qui, au cours de l'année, ont prêté mains fortes pour le nettoyage et le travail de base lors des événements. C'est toujours un plaisir de pourvoir compter sur des gens, lesquels je ne peux nommer, de peur d'en oublier quelques-uns.

Merci aussi à Pat et à son équipe derrière le bar et bien sur, Naomi - Très beau travail.

Merci aux membres seulement pour payer vos cotisations (nous avons besoin de vous) et à tous, au plaisir.

Lew Brown

J’espère que vous avez passé une belle été.

C’est maintenant le temps d’entreprendre nos activités.

Les dames auxiliaires sont disponibles pour vous offrir le service de traiteur pour vos différentes occasions.

Notre menu peut être consulté en ligne ou sous forme papier affiché à la Légion.

Votre clientèle est très appréciée.

Francine Cantwell, Président dames auxiliaires.


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Canada Day Parade 2012

 


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VETERAN’S PICNIC AT STE-ANNE’S AUGUST 4, 2012

The tradition continues. This summer 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 and it was difficult to find space on the dance floor. Something new this year, we were joined by 17 members of the South Shore Saints. Thank you gentlemen. Again this year we were joined by the Viet Nam veteran’s who always add to the festivities.

Gerry Mackimmie, Don Duncan, Nora and Vincent Lavoie, all veterans from our branch, were visited in their rooms and given their special gift bags. Syd Davies was at the event and enjoyed chatting with friends from Branch 94.

Thank you to all the volunteers who help us make this annual event such a success year after year. Special thanks to Francine Cantwell and her team for again making this outing a very memorable one both for the veterans and the volunteers. Also to the Poppy Trust fund whose donation helped cover our ever increasing expenses.

BINGO SEPTEMBER 5

The first Bingo of the season was held on Wednesday September 5th and attended by 74 people. Bingo is held every first Wednesday of the month except for July and August.

FLEA MARKET – DECEMBER 2nd

Our next Flea Market will be held on Sunday December 2nd. All tables have been rented. 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 would ask that you do not bring any books or clothes. We have a surplus of both and due to lack of space we have difficulty storing them from one flea market to the next. We do need donations of baked goods and ask that if possible they be brought to the Branch on Saturday December 1st.

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 for taking care of the library.

MEMBERSHIP

We are always looking for new members. If you are interested in finding out more information any member of the L.A. will be pleased to assist.

UPCOMING EVENTS

OCTOBER 17 – L.A. GENERAL MEETING
NOVEMBER 7 – Bingo
NOVEMBER 21 – L.A. GENERAL MEETING + ELECTIONS
DECEMBER 19 – L.A. GENERAL MEETING


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For thousands of Canadian students, a pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge proves unforgettable. Story and photos by Mark Reid

This article originally appeared in the June-July 2012 issue of Canada’s History. You can watch corresponding videos at CanadasHistory.ca/Vimy95th.

I could begin with the dignitaries, or the speeches, or the pomp and ceremony that came with the commemoration of the ninety-fifth anniversary on April 9 of Canada’s greatest World War I victory.

But if you wanted to witness the real power of Vimy Ridge, then you needed to have been at the Canadian memorial in France hours earlier.

There, standing with a group of his pals, was Robert Sweeney of R.D. Parker Collegiate School in Thompson, Manitoba.

The teenager was pointing at a spot on the monument’s wall , and tears were welling in his eyes. As he reached out to touch the name of Robert Richardson - one name among 11,285 etched in the limestone of the Vimy Monument - he reached across the decades and was, for that brief moment, united with a young man who gave his life so that Robert and his chums could enjoy freedom and liberty.

“He was just twenty-five years old,” Sweeney said, his voice choking with emotion. ”He never had a grave. They never found his body.”

Sweeney, like many of the other more than four thousand students gathered at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge, had been given a school project months ago - to research two soldiers from the First World War, including someone who fought at Vimy. Sweeney drew the name Robert Richardson.

 


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At first, he admitted, it had seemed like just another assignment. But not anymore. Not after tracing his fingers over Richardson’s name. Not after seeing the territory Richardson had fought and died for. Not after personally bearing witness to his sacrifice.

“I just wanted to be here, to touch the wall and let him know that he’s not alone,” Sweeney said under darkened skies and drizzling rain. “I’m so glad I’m here, so that someone knows he fought in the battle.”

For students like Sweeney, the Vimy anniversary event on April 9 was the culmination of months of research and then a week’s worth of travelling the battlefields of France and Belgium with EF Educational Tours.

The students and their teachers visited sites such as Beaumont-Hamel, France, where the Newfoundland Regiment was virtually wiped out in a single attack during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

They also went to the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, where each night a last post ceremony is held to pay tribute to the thousands of soldiers – including many Canadians – who died trying to free the Ypres Salient from the Germans.

Central to the tour was the commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. In Canada, Vimy has taken on mythic proportions - it’s the place where some say our nation was born.

The battle was certainly a major moment in our military history. On April 9, 1917 - for the first time in World War I - four Canadian divisions fought together as a cohesive formation. By April 12, they had achieved a key victory over the Germans. Because of Vimy, and other Canadian successes and sacrifices, Canada was invited to join with other major Allied nations as a signatory of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles.

The 1917 assault on Vimy had taken place during a snowstorm. The students’ 2012 pilgrimage wasn’t as cold, but the weather was almost as miserable. With temperatures hovering around seven degrees, the students faced constant rain and high winds.

Gathering in the morning at the Givenchy-en-Gohelle, four thousand students, teachers, and members of cadet groups assembled for a silent march to nearby National Historic Site at Vimy.

As we walked along a narrow road, the Vimy Monument towered in the distance.

For many of the students, this was the first time they had seen it. Earlier, I had stood at the top of Vimy Ridge and looked out at the stunning panorama of the surrounding countryside.

No wonder it was such a prized target for the Allies. So long as the Germans were dug into the ridge, they could pummel Allied forces with their heavy guns.

Emily Landry, a Grade 12 student at Sackville High School in Nova Scotia, was among the marchers. As we walked together, she struggled to find the words to describe what she was feeling. “I have never felt more proud than I do today,” she said finally.

As local residents cheered the students, the procession wended its way past the memorial toward the nearby Canadian Cemetery No. 2 at Neuville St. Vaast. It’s the final resting place of 2,965 Commonwealth soldiers - Including 695 Canadians - who fought in the region.

Entering the cemetery two at a time, the students lined up in front of the headstones.

Many of the grave markers simply say, “a soldier of the Great War,” because officials were never able to ascertain the identities of the men buried beneath them.

You can tell the Canadian graves by the maple leaf carved into each headstone. Many of those graves are decorated with miniature Canadian flags.


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During a special ceremony, the students lit candles and, carefully protecting the flickering flames from wind and rain, read the “Commitment to Remember,” an invocation recited at war memorial services:

They were young, as we are young,
They served, giving freely of themselves.
To them, we pledge, amid the winds of time,
To carry their torch and never forget.
We will remember them.

After the ceremony, I walked to where the students and dignitaries had placed wreaths for the fallen. It was there that one wreath in particular caught my eye.

On it, someone had pinned the photo of a handsome young soldier. Reading the inscription beneath it, I learned that the young man was Private George Russel McGougan of the 47th Infantry Battalion. Born in 1892, he died fighting for his country - and his mates - an August 22, 1917. Beneath his photo were the following words: “Lovingly remembered by the McGougan family, Prince Edward Island, Canada.”

Reading that simple message, I was momentarily overcome. I had lived for a time in Prince Edward Island and met many good people there. I’m sure McGougan’s entire hometown would have felt his loss in 1917. Canada was much smaller then - a country of only eight million people that suffered 66,000 war deaths and another 172,000 wounded. No community escaped unscathed.

What strikes me now - ninety-five years after the battle of Vimy Ridge – is this: No matter how many years pass, the war will remain real to Canadians as long as they continue to make it real. This war was fought by neighbours and by friends, family and loved ones. Entire towns of pals signed up together, because none could fathom leaving their mates to face the foe alone.

As Governor General David Johnston spoke during the commemoration ceremony—as he mentioned words like sacrifice, freedom, and nation-building– our proud group of Canadians, young and old, stood together in the driving rain and bitter wind to share the truth of Vimy Ridge.

And the truth is this: This land is not French. Not any more. Once a part of France, it was bought for us ninety-five years ago, paid for in blood. And so it shall remain ours, so long as we are willing to reach out, like young Robert Sweeney, and touch the fallen.

 


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This being the time of year when we remember those that so long ago sacrificed so much to preserve the freedom we enjoy today it seemed appropriate to include in this issue an item which highlights the advancements in weaponry and the risks to which modern military personnel are exposed.

Two RCMP Highway Patrol Officers were conducting speeding enforcement on Highway 97 just north of Kelowna. One of the officers was using a hand-held radar device to check speeding vehicles approaching the city. The officers were suddenly surprised when the radar gun began reading 300 miles per hour and climbing. The officer attempted to reset the radar gun, but it would not reset and then it suddenly turned off.

Just then a deafening roar over the tree tops on Highway 97 revealed that the radar had in fact, locked onto an RCAF CF-18 Hornet which was engaged in a low-flying exercise in the area.

Back at RCMP Headquarters in Kelowna the RCMP Superintendant fired off a complaint to the Base Commander of the CF-18’s in Cold Lake Alberta for shutting (actually frying it) down the Highway Patrol’s Radar.

The reply came back in true Royal Canadian Air Force style;

“Thank you for your letter...

“You may be interested to know that the tactical computer on the Hornet had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked on to, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it, which is why it shut down.”

“Furthermore, an air-to-ground missile aboard the fully armed aircraft had also automatically locked on to your equipment’s location.”

Fortunately, the Air Force pilot flying the Hornet recognized the situation for what it was, and quickly responded to the missile system alert status and was able to override the automated defense system before the missile was launched to destroy the hostile radar position on the side of Highway 97. The bottom line is “your guys were lucky they didn’t get their doors blown off!!”

“The pilot suggests you cover your mouths when swearing at them, since the video systems on these jets are very high tech.”

“Staff Sergeant Johnson, the officer holding the radar gun, should get his dentist to check his left molar. It appears the filling is loose. Also, the snap is broken on his holster.”

If you need more details, please don’t hesitate to call.

! Per Ardua Ad Astra


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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Paul-André (Butch) Bouchard
Bob Dias
Jack Landerman
Gerald (Choo-Choo) Mackimmie

 

 

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During the months of July and August and during an election, real estate always slows down. Since Election Day the market has picked up and is now operating at the same rate as before. Recently the minister of finance reduced the maximum mortgage term from 30 years to 25 years due to the debt level of Canadians. He maintained that by doing so new owners would be less likely to return their keys to the bank, if down the road, interest rates are hiked.

The four principal elements influencing the evolution of real estate are:

Revenue: Our economy is in fairly good shape and the demand for new permits to build is still quite high. This is keeping the level of home starts fairly constant.

Mortgage rates: These remain at record low levels.

Population growth: Recent years have seen more educated immigrants in the work place - doctors and engineers with young families. They have close family ties and other members come and establish homes. They all have growing children who eventually leave home to create even more of real estate needs .

Social demographic trends: Condos: Single people, young couples, widows, and let’s face it the new trend of couples each maintaining their own dwelling are creating a growing demand for condos.

Moving to the suburbs: A visitor to places such as Beloeil and Marieville will notice a lot of new homes. Young families and retirees are leaving Montreal for the suburbs.

At this time of the year we pause for a moment to remember and honour those valiant men and women who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

 

 


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B-17 in 1943

 

B-17 "All American" (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew
Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr.
Copilot- G. Boyd Jr.
Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle
Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge
Engineer- Joe C. James
Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway
Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda
Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk
Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus
Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunners turret.

Although the tail actually bounced and swayed in the wind and twisted when the plane turned and all the control cables were severed, except one single elevator cable still worked, and the aircraft still flew - miraculously! The tail gunner was trapped because there was no floor connecting the tail to the rest of the plane. The waist and tail gunners used parts of the German fighter and their own parachute harnesses in an attempt to keep the tail from ripping off and the two sides of the fuselage from splitting apart. While the crew was trying to keep the bomber from coming apart, the pilot continued on his bomb run and released his bombs over the target.

When the bomb bay doors were opened, the wind turbulence was so great that it blew one of the waist gunners into the broken tail section. It took several minutes and four crew members to pass him ropes from parachutes and haul him back into the forward part of the plane. When they tried to do the same for the tail gunner, the tail began flapping so hard that it began to break off. The weight of the gunner was adding some stability to the tail section, so he went back to his position.

The turn back toward England had to be very slow to keep the tail from twisting off. They actually covered almost 70 miles to make the turn home. The bomber was so badly damaged that it was losing altitude and speed and was soon alone in the sky. For a brief time, two more Me-109 German fighters attacked the All American. Despite the extensive damage, all of the machine gunners were able to respond to these attacks and soon drove off the fighters. The two waist gunners stood up with their heads sticking out through the hole in the top of the fuselage to aim and fire their machine guns. The tail gunner had to shoot in short bursts because the recoil was actually causing the plane to turn.

 


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Allied P-51 fighters intercepted the All American as it crossed over the Channel and took one of the pictures shown. They also radioed to the base describing that the empennage was waving like a fish tail and that the plane would not make it and to send out boats to rescue the crew when they bailed out. The fighters stayed with the Fortress taking hand signals from Lt. Bragg and relaying them to the base. Lt. Bragg signalled that 5 parachutes and the spare had been “used” so five of the crew could not bail out. He made the decision that if they could not bail out safely, then he would stay with the plane and land it.

Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear.

When the ambulance pulled alongside, it was waved off because not a single member of the crew had been injured. No one could believe that the aircraft could still fly in such a condition. The Fortress sat placidly until the crew all exited through the door in the fuselage and the tail gunner had climbed down the ladder, at which time the entire rear section of the aircraft collapsed to the ground. The rugged old bird had done its job.

 

 

 


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By Jack Gammon

POPPY CAMPAIGN 2012

Veteran Ted Newbury pins a poppy on the lapel of Lydie Errington at the 440 during the 2011 campaign.

 

Members are reminded that selling poppies to honour the sacrifices made by so many was one of the commitments made when they were initiated. November is fast approaching and each of our Team Leaders will be looking for volunteers to sell at each location. If you can give four hours or more of your time any one of the following team leaders will be happy to hear from you. Our campaign this year will run from October 26th to November

 

CHAIRMAN:
JACK GAMMON
Res: 450-671-6026
Cell: 438-884-6176
Email jackgammon@sympatico.ca
 
TEAM LEADERS
 
IGA
DONNA DEMICK
Res: 450-465-4662
Cell: 514-445-9730
Email donnademick@videotron.ca
MICKIE BARR
Res 450-812-3092
 
Email jimick@videotron.ca

MAXI
ANDREA MAIN
Res: 450-672-3767
Cell: 514-519-3767
Email: snowhite@sympatico.ca

PHARMAPRIX
EVELYN PYE
Res: 450-656-5723
Cell: 514-961-9765

HOME DEPOT
BOB DEMICK
Res: 450-465-4662
Cell: 514-240-6229
Email: donnademick@videotron.ca

METRO PLUS
RAY LANGSTAFF
Res: 450-672-350
Cell: 514-214-8777
Email: rlangstaff@sympatico.ca

440
FRED GOODALL
Res: 450-671-1522
Cell: 514-984-8009
Email: fredgoodalll@sympatico.ca
 

 


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Poppy Trust Fund Report
September 26th 2012

Donations made from the 2011 Poppy Campaign Ste Anne’s Veterans Hospital Special equipment
(Special Hoist to lift patients safely in and out of Beds & Chairs). We became the first partner in their new program “Be the One”
$7,500.00
 
Charles Lemoyne Hospital (Special Clean Air System for the Oncology Dept)
$7,500.00
 
Charles Lemoyne Hospital Out Patient Clinic (Snowshoes)
$1,149.75
 
Branch 94 Ladies Auxiliary for Veterans Picnic
$ 300.00
 
Greenfield Park Christmas Baskets
$1,000.00
 
H.O.P.E (Local community food cupboard)
$1,000.00
 
Meals on Wheels
$1,000.00
 
Bursaries for Greenfield Park Students.
$ 600.00
 
Donation to the Greenfield Park Cadet Corps 1979
$ 500.00
 
R.C.E.L. Fund which helps our Veterans in the Caribbean
$ 500.00
 
Ogilvy’s Christmas Tree Fund, provides gifts for Ste. Anne’s Hospital patients
$ 500.00
 
Music Trust Fund provides entertainment for the patients at Ste Anne’s Hospital
$ 500.00
 
Quebec Command Service Bureau
$ 500.00
 
(The last four Items are a yearly request from Provincial Command and
were presented at the Provincial Conference May 22nd 2011)
 
 
Total .
$22,549.75

 

Comrade Jack Gammon
Comrade Donna Demick
Chairman
Treasurer



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WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS


Initiated this summer were Radmilla Banko, Scott Hindle, James McGowan, Robert Miller, Richard Santo, Johanne Trudeau, Beverley Morley, John Hynes and Cliff Walker. Wayne Brown was reinstated and Real-Paul Hus transferred. Welcome aboard!

Richard Santo, Cliff Walker and James Mc Gowan were initiated on a Friday morning witnessed by the Friday Morning Coffee Club.

 

Johanne Trudeau, Beverley Morley & John Hynes with Shirley Miller after being initiated prior to the September Meeting

 

2013 MEMBERSHIP CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE DUES

Dominion Command has raised the per capita tax rate for 2013 from $32.20 to $34.81. The per capita tax is allocated as follows:

$14.20 Provincial Command
$10.65 Dominion Command
$ 9.96 Legion Magazine ($9.49 + GST)

To maintain branch funds at the same level the members in attendance at our September General Meeting approved increasing our dues for 2013 to $35.00 for Veterans and $45.00 for all other members.

EARLY BIRD CONTEST

Generally we seem to have a problem getting all our memberships renewed quickly. Renewals are time consuming specially when it becomes necessary to repeatedly remind members. We really don’t want our comrades to miss out on the Legion Magazine or to lose other benefits of membership. Ideally we would like to have the whole process over and done with as rapidly as possible. Consequently we are introducing this year an “Early Bird” contest. Three members who renew before November 30th will have their names drawn on Saturday December 1st and be declared a winner of one of the three $35.00 prizes. All members renewing before November 30th will have their names entered.

DATES TO REMEMBER




November 30 Early Bird ends
January 1st Date by which Dues should be paid
January 31st End of Grace Period
February 1st Entry to branch denied and all membership privileges lost.

PAYING YOUR MEMBERSHIP

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

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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WAYS and MEANS

July 1st BBQ Many thanks to Perry and Bill who did a great job on the BBQ! The steaks wereexcellent! We had a great turnout and many thanks to everyone that helped to make the day a success.

July 13th Open house We would like to thank all the Ways and Means team that made this event successful.

In the kitchen - - Joan and Ted Hemming, Linda Dupuis, Bill Wright, and Bob Golden Special thanks to Pat Whyte, our Bartender, for making the homemade beans in the hot weather! I would also like to thank Monique Lebel for doing the half and half and a special thanks to our executive members Andrea Main and Shirley Miller for their support and setting up.

The evening was a success!

This was in Mid July on a Friday and our legion was hopping from two in the afternoon until closing.... members and friends where coming in to cool off in our air conditioned lounge. They anxiously awaited their Pulled Pork supper and then enjoyed an evening of live music. The supper went off without a hitch! The meal was a sell out.....our members and their friends enjoyed the meal and couldn’t get enough.

As members of the Ways and Means we would like to say that it is our pleasure to serve our fellow comrades and that we take great pride in doing so.

August 13th Open House

After the open house on July I3th Karen was talking to a few members. They got to talking about comfort food.....Well.... It was decided to bring it to the table! We served a Sheppard’s Pie with the corn of course! (LOL) inside joke, here’s to you Ross! The dinner was a big hit...sold out! Once again our members and their friends enjoyed the meal and the evening of live music that followed.

The Ways and Means team would like to thank all of you that helped make these events successful and special thanks to all the people that came out!

COMING EVENTS

Wednesday October 3rd – 7:00 pm – Ways and Means Bingo

Sunday October 28th – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Fall dinner –

Please join us for music and dancing in the lounge – Tickets $7.00 each – Includes a full course meal—to be served at 5h30 (Menu Roasted chicken and extras)

Saturday Dec 8th – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm - Children’s Xmas party –

No cost for children of Members (ages 10 and under) - grandchildren / great grandchildren / nieces / nephews of Members $15 / child. Registration forms (See back page) must be in on or before Nov 17th.

Wednesday Dec 5th – 7:00 pm -Ways and means Bingo

Monday Dec 31st — New Years Eve Dinner Dance!

Semi Formal...tickets will go on sale after Remembrance dinner. Cost $30.00 per ticket-Music Double Image-menu details to follow.

The above are the events have been 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!

Wow - time has really as they say “flown by” so quickly and as this is the last “Cover-All” for the year, as members of the Executive and Ways and Means Committee; we would like to thank all our members, friends and family for their continuous support throughout this past year. – Karen & Cheryl

 


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Bits and Pieces from Here and There

Belated congratulations to Ethel and Richard Teague who recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. An interesting note is that Dick’s stag was the first party in the then new hall. In fact as can be clearly seen in the photo below the hall was not quite finished.

Ethel and Richard Teague

 


On a much sadder note we sent condolences to Oriette Constantineau, our treasurer, who lost her husband John in August.


 


For pasta lovers everywhere a spaghetti supper to raise funds for the Greenfield Park Christmas Basket project will be held on November 17th. Dinner will be served from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Legion hall. The menu features a Caesar salad, spaghetti with meat sauce, rolls, butter, carrot cake and tea or coffee. For information and tickets call:

ANDY WALTER 450-656-4361
FRANCINE CANTWELL 450-465-7644
WADE WILSON 450-656-0922

Come on out for a good meal and support a very worthy cause.


 

Julie Brault and Lew Brown

Julie Brault who ran fun summer darts every Friday
night presents President Lew Brown with a $190 cheque at
the September General Meeting


 

REMINDER — Although our Honours and Awards Evening will not occur until January 26, 2013 we would like to remind members that our H & A Committee (Andrea Main, Linda Bremner and Joe Bockus) rely on suggestions and recommendations from members to determine who should be honoured. It is impossible for three people to be aware of all that happens in the branch. Without your input members deserving recognition for service to the branch may be overlooked. Because of the time needed to process information for Provincial Command and to obtain the awards there is a time limit by which nominations must be made. This is October 12, 2012!. If you feel that a member or friend of the branch deserves a certificate of appreciation, certificate of merit or any other award please discuss your nomination with any of the committee members or call Andrea at 450-672-3767 or E-mail her at snowhite@sympatico.ca.

REMEMBER THE DEADLINE - - - - - - October 12th


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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.

Changes have been made in layout and format to allow for web publication and accomodate requests for larger images (where available).

  
 
   
   
   
   
   
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