First I would like to thank all the retailers and comrades for their personal donations toward Comrade Jan Patrick benefit on the deck.It was a great day had by all!
As the summer fades into fall things around your legion have been very quiet, why to quiet! So that being said, there are things that will have to be changed. Probably, some of you are not going to be thrilled, with but to keep these doors open something major has to happen. In my last bulletin the General Account is continuing to fall. Bills have to be paid and without your support things are only going to get worse. Together we should be able to come up with some ideas to get back on track and headed in the right direction. In the words of Henry Ford"Don't find Fault. Find a Remedy".
Public Relations Officer, Special Events, & Artifacts Chairman Report
Good day comrades, Firstly from the Public Relations Office. This Legion is one of the most successful legions in our zone F4. There may be some changes coming that will and have affected our members most recently. We do not implement these with out a lot of consideration from the executive committee. So please bear with us as we the executive are doing that is best for the Legion long term.
For those of you that have heard me propose and have has the approval of the general body at the many meetings concerning a monument. In particular the 109 Self Propelled Gun. this project has been going on for over a year. The latest news is that the military have acquired a number of these guns which they own for target practice. But we are still in the running to acquire one hopefully before the fall. But there is no guarantee we will receive one.
From the Special Events Office, On Monday August the of the long weekend we had a great turn out for our deck fund raiser. I would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and the businesses in town that donated prizes for our draws. It is deeply appreciated. Letters will go out thanking them for their support.
From the Artifacts Chairman, We are very fortunate to have a small group of people volunteering with the artifacts committee. naming firstly our Legionnaire of the year last year Claus Reuter for his countless volunteer hours. Also two recent members a husband and wife team Jim and Liz Henderson for their work representing the legion at Simcoe Day in Fenelon Falls.
W.T. (Bill) Neville CD
2nd Vice Chairman
3rd Vice President's Report
This report will focus on the following responsibilities as assigned to me for this term.
Branch 67 Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary
The Ladies Auxiliary held their Executive meeting on August 20, 2019. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend: however, I will be in attendance at their General Meeting in September.
Branch Regulations & By-Laws
As many of our members are now aware, our past submission of our Regulations has been approved by Provincial Command. I was remiss in not acknowledging the contributions of Past Presidents John Sherman, Jim Richardson, 1st Vice president Jim Cameron and President Howie Johnston for their steadfast patience and input into the entire process. I would be genuinely remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank our Secretary Jan Patrick for her diligence, patience and long term memory in keeping all of us on track to ensure a successful conclusion to this phase of the endeavor.
Training and Development
Training sessions for members of the Executive and hosted by the District "F" are scheduled to their functions within the Executive.
Ways and Means Committee
At the time of this writing it is anticipated that a cover charge for NON_MEMBERS attending dances and special occasions hosted by the branch would come into effect at the end of September.
Question have been raised as to the purpose of this change in our policy. as many can appreciate it costs the legion roughly $11,000 - $12,000 to host these events throughout the years. Many non-members have been attending these function ( specifically the dances, deck parties ) and have been noticed that they do not contribute any income to the Branch. People are bringing in their own refreshments or not purchasing anything that helps or benefits the Branch. although the amount to be charged ( $5.00 per non-member ), is minimal, it will help to offset some of the costs of hosting these events. As I stated in my previous correspondence in July, the only exceptions to this cover charge will be:
1. Members in good standing and upon presenting their valid membership card at the time of entry will not be charged.
2. Members of Branch 67 Ladies Auxiliary upon presentation of a valid and current Membership card will not be charged.
A question was raised as to whether a guest attending with a member would be subject to this charge. The simple answer is "Yes". only valid Members, of the above stated are exempt. The meat roll which is held each Saturday now has a new supplier of meats. Reid's Valu Mart of Lindsay has agreed to supply the meats for this function. The roll continues to sell out. I would like to thank all individuals who come out to support our Legion in this worthwhile endeavor. I sincerely hope that the summer months were good ones and I look forward to your continued support.
Yours in Comradeship,
3rd Vice President
15 August 2019
As of 06 August 2019 we have a total of 776 renewals.
Affiliate N/V: 2
Reminder: 2019 Membership fees are now due. If your dues are not paid, you are not in good standing and will not be eligible to play any sports. You will have to be signed to the canteen by a paid up member. Also the Early Bird rate for 2020 begins 1 Sept. 2019. They are as follows: $55.00 for all except Ordinary Members who are 70 and have been a member Of Branch 67 for (5) five years.
If you have changed your address, phone # or any other information, please complete a change of information form available at the office.
As previously noted, your Branch donated $1,100.00 to the Army Cadet League every month for 10 months of the year. July and August are the two months that no donation is made to the Army Cadet League as they are on summer break.
At the September General Meeting the Branch executive will be recommending for approval donations in the amount of $ 1,700.00 for the month of July. These donations will come from the Lottery or Nevada accounts.
Yours in comradeship,
Building Chairman Report
Your parking lot is now repaired!!
In the past general meetings I have has motions pasted to purchase certain items for the Branch. as you have read in my President's Message, purchasing these items at this time would make me a hypocrite. I've got time, I can wait.
Submitting the C.H.E.S.T. Fund has proven to be as Comrade Bill Neville would say, a conundrum. Nobody seems to want to come and give me a quote to do the canteen floor. So far I have asked seven contractors, two said I was out of the area, three said they weere to busy, and they're contractors right here in Lindsay and I'm waiting for the other two to reply to my plea. the committee that runs the show would like three quotes. I don't think they would except one (if I can get that) and tell them no one else wants to work. Sometimes you just gotta shake your head and say, what the heck is going on. I'm running out of time and I can't wait.
Yours in Comradeship
Sargent at Arms Report
August is behind us and summer is almost over. Where did the time go? I feel we are lucky to have such a busy vibrant legion. it is our members and volunteers that make our club great.
With that said I would like to encourage members to show how proud we are of our Legion and consider joining us in the color party. Our numbers are down significantly and we find ourselves a little short handed at times. If you require a uniform the office can help, just ask. its a lot of fun and good P.R. for our branch. Remember the Legion mission statement : " Veteran's will not be forgotten".
Sargent at Arms
Ladies Auxiliary Report
Meeting Dates : Tuesday September 3, 2019
Tuesday October 1, 2019
Reminder : September, Our Early Bird membership Campaign Begins
Please remember that our annual Tea and Bazaar is on Saturday November 30, 2019 and our theme is "Winter Wonderland" Please keep this date in mind as we will be looking for donations of baked goods and gently used items.
I would like to thank all the Comrades who continually help out when called upon, for funeral Celebrations of Life and lunches. Sign-up sheets will be going for the week of remembrance to assist in the kitchen during Poppy Week. please watch for the sign-up sheets and help where possible. Last year we had only 10 Comrades sign-up. Please let's all help, even if it's only for one shift during the week.
We all take an Oath when joining that states our commitment to our Branch and the Ladies Auxiliary. Sheets for sign-up for doubles and single darts is currently posted downstairs.
Any suggestions for our Christmas Dinner on Thursday December 3, 2019 is greatly appreciated. Remember that this is also our Ladies Auxiliary 70th Anniversary. Anyone with old pictures and memorabilia Highlighting our Ladies Auxiliary through the years would be genuinely appreciated. The items will be on display at our Birthday/Christmas Dinners.
Cindi Buda and Joan Kirkpatrick will be presenting our cheque to the "Field of Dreams" (Horse therapy) on Wednesday August 21, 2019. Once again, THANK YOU all for making our fundraiser a success.
Ladies Auxiliary Executive 2019/2020
President - Kimberley Junkin
1st Vice Pres. - Sandra Richardson
2nd Vice Pres. - Cindi Buda
Secretary - Kitty Stone
Treasurer - Marilyn LaMarche
Sgt at Arms - Joan Carpenter
Executive Members - Marlene Bartley, Jo Anne Pritchard, Judi Terrett
I would like to thank everyone involved with Comrades Jan's benefit on the deck. Thanks to all the members for coming out and making the benefit a success! This was a special full day BBQ with Ron. Howie, and Val organizing the orders to go out. I would like to thank Judy and Joanne for all their help in making the BBQ a day of fun. Awesome, thanks to the team. The money raised from BBQ and all the tips were donated to Jan. Thanks to Bill, Kim, Jim & Annette for all their help setting up the silent auction and donations tables. Thanks to all our members for their donations to the tables and their support in buying tickets.
Functions at the Branch have been way down and even the BBQ have been slow. Hopefully things will pick up once summer vacations are over.
Our cook Mike has now moved to a new area and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors.
Yours in Comradeship
Bar Chairman Report
The Bar sales have been steady considering this being a slow time for activities. Bar Stewards are now doing a daily inventory and I have started doing a monthly inventory for beer, coolers and liquor. A part time Steward has been hired effective 06/08/2019 and will be training with Mark Donneral.
Al Fraser will be heading to Almonte on August 24th for the provincial singles Washer Toss Championship. Good luck Al!
Dave Carpenter and Peter Gourlie have advanced to the provincial Golf Tournament which will be held September 7th 2019. Good luck Dave & Peter!
Please watch the sports bulletin board for upcoming Zone sports events. There will be some of 2020 Zone sporting events held late in 2019.
Summer in-house sports, consisting of Wednesday & Friday night darts and Monday afternoon and Tuesday and Friday night shuffleboard, will be coming to a close shortly. Watch the sports bulletin board for sign-up sheets for our winter sports which will start in September.
Winter sporting events are very important. Not only do they encourage comradeship, they also support our Branch by keeping it open most evenings. I'm sure the pool table will be busy during the fall and winter season as always, now that everyone will be hanging up their golf clubs.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN McCRAE and Poem in Flanders Fields
Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This significance of the Poppy can be traced to international origins.
The association of the Poppy to those who had been killed in war has existed since the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. There exists a record from that time of how thickly Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. This early connection between the Poppy and battlefield deaths described how fields that were barren before the battles exploded with theblood-red flowers after the fighting ended.
Just prior to the First World War, few Poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing “popaver rhoes” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.
The person who was responsible more than any other for the adoption of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN McCRAE
Lt. Col. John McCrae Lieutenant-Colonel McCrae was born on 30 November 1872 in Guelph, Ontario. At age 14, he joined the Highfield Cadet Corps and, three years later, enlisted in the Militia field battery. While attending the University of Toronto Medical School, he was a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.
With Britain declaring war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Canada’s involvement was automatic. John McCrae was among the first wave of Canadians who enlisted to serve and he was appointed as brigade surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Forces Artillery.
In April 1915, John McCrae was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, the area traditionally called Flanders. It was there, during the Second Battle of Ypres, that some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War occurred. Working from a dressing station on the banks of the Yser Canal, dressing hundreds of wounded soldiers from wave after wave of relentless enemy attack, he observed how “we are weary in body and wearier in mind. The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare.”
In May, 1915, on the day following the death of fellow soldier Lt Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, John McCrae wrote his now famous work, an expression of his anguish over the loss of his friend and a reflection of his surroundings – wild Poppies growing amid simple wooden crosses marking makeshift graves. These 15 lines, written in 20 minutes, captured an exact description of the sights and sounds of the area around him.
Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae left Ypres with these memorable few lines scrawled on a scrap of paper. His words were a poem which started, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow…” Little did he know then that these 15 lines would become enshrined in the innermost thoughts and hearts of all soldiers who hear them. Through his words, the scarlet Poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.
The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in England, appearing in “Punch” magazine.
IN FLANDERS FIELD
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
POPPY CHAIRMAN - John Sherman
As part of your oath to join the Legion you are required to participate in the Poppy Campaign. We need everyone to participate as many times as they can to make this a big success. Don’t let a few people do the work of many. All of the stores are a major source of revenue for us.
All the stores need to be manned as much as possible.100% of the time would be great and we can be achieved this if you volunteer more than once.
Sign up boards will be in place in mid October. Sign up where you can and as often as you can. This money is used for Veterans and so many other uses.
Even if you think you volunteered in the past and you don’t have to again... please reconsider as it is your duty to participate.
Just imagine the impact we could make if every member volunteered even 1 hour of their time to our Poppy Campaign. Come out and meet other members in this worth while endeavour. This is our major fundraiser of the year for the Poppy Fund. John McCrae poem speaks of Flanders fields, but the subject is universal – the fear of the dead that they will be forgotten, that their death will have been in vain. Remembrance, as symbolized by the Poppy, is our eternal answer which belies that fear.
Sadly, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae died of pneumonia at Wimereux, France on 28 January 1918. He was 45 years old.
THE FLOWER OF REMEMBRANCE An American teacher, Moina Michael, while working at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries’ headquarters in New York City in November 1918, read John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. She immediately made “a personal pledge to keep the faith and vowed always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and as an emblem for keeping the faith with all who died".
Two years later, during a 1920 visit to the United States, a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France, she decided to use handmade Poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. Following the example of Madame Guerin, the Great War Veterans’ Association in Canada (the predecessor of The Royal Canadian Legion) officially adopted the Poppy as its Flower of Remembrance on 5 July 1921.
Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian’s memories for 117,000 of their countrymen who died in battle
A SYMBOL OF UNITY
At 0530 hours on the morning of 9 April 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge began, marking an important milestone in our military history. For the next few days, Canadian troops fought relentlessly, braving enemy forces, a heavily-fortified ridge and the weather. This battle was significant; not only was it a resounding success for Canada but, in the words of Brigadier-General A.E. Ross, it marked the “birth of a nation”. No longer would Canada be overshadowed by the military strength of her allies.
This battle had proven Canada’s ability as a formidable force in the theatre of war.
The bravery, discipline and sacrifice that Canadian troops displayed during those few days are now legendary. The battle represented a memorable unification of our personnel resources as troops from all Canadian military divisions, from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life, joined to collectively overcome the powerful enemy at considerable odds. Our troops united to defeat adversity and a military threat to the world.
Now, decades later, Canadians stand united in their Remembrance as they recognize and honour the selfless acts of our troops from all wars.
We realize that it is because of our war veterans that we exist as a proud and free nation.
Today, when people from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life join together in their pledge to never forget, they choose to display this collective reminiscence by wearing a Poppy. They stand united as Canadians sharing a common history of sacrifice and commitment.
FROM: WALLY TOMASIK, CO-CHAIR WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE:
RE: COVER CHARGES FOR DANCES & SPECIAL EVENT On the recommendation of the Ways and Means Committee, the Executive Committee has approved the implementation of a $5.00 per person cover charge for dances and special occasions held by Branch 67.A start-up date has yet to be determined, however it is anticipated that the charges will be implemented by the end of September 2019.As many of you can appreciate, the Legion, although financially stable, has determined that this fee would be implemented to offset some of the costs for hosting these events.
1.All Branch Members in good standing will be exempt from the $5.00 fee, providing they produce a valid Membership card at time of admission. Failure to produce a valid Membership card will result in the fee being applied.
2.Members of the Branch 67 Ladies Auxiliary will be exempt from this policy. Again, providing that a valid and current Membership card is provided at time of admission.
The fee is not designed to encumber our Members from attending these functions, provided they are current and in good standing.
We trust that you understand as to why this fee is being implemented.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the Committee for further clarification if required.
Fred Hudson, Chair person Wally Tomasik, Vice Chair person.
Why not drop by for a delicious, sandwich or lunch special.In our downstairs lounge (found on our calendar of events). We have a dedicated crew of staff and volunteers, geared to make your a meal a memorable one. They are also the ladies and gentlemen that help make your event a meaningful experience when renting one of our rooms for that special event.
From left to right: Joanne Pritchard , Judy Eyers, Malene Bartley, Edith Baker, Cindi Buda, Mike Hansman, Lynne Alexopoulos,Bev Johnston
The Canadian Flag was approved by Parliament and on February 15, 1965 proclaimed by Her Majesty The Queen. It is described as a red flag of the proportions two by length and one by width, containing in its centre a white square the width of the flag, bearing a single red maple leaf.
1. It is appropriate for the Canadian Flag to be flown or displayed by individuals and organizations; but at all times the Flag should be treated with dignity and respect and flown or displayed properly.
2. When possible the Flag is flown daily from sunrise to sunset at all federal government buildings, airports and military bases and establishments within and outside Canada. It is not contrary to etiquette to have the Flag flying at night.
3. The Flag may be displayed flat or flown on a staff. If flat, it may be hung horizontally or vertically. If it hangs vertically against a wall, the Flag should be placed so that the upper part of the leaf is to the left and the stem is to the right as seen by spectators.
4. The Flag may be flown or displayed in a church, auditorium, or other meeting place. When used in the chancel of a church or on a speaker's platform the Flag should be flown to the right of the Clergyman or speaker. When used in the body of a church or auditorium the Flag should be flown to the right of the audience or congregation. The Flag should not be used to cover a speaker's table or be draped in front of the platform; nor should it be allowed to touch the floor. If displayed flat against the wall at the back of a platform, the Flag should be above and behind the speaker.
5. When used on the occasion of unveiling a monument, tablet, picture, etc., the Flag should be properly draped and prevented from falling to the ground or floor.
6. In a procession, where several flags are carried, the Canadian Flag should be in the position of honour at the marching right or at the centre front.
7. The Flag should not be used for commercial advertising purposes. It is quite appropriate to fly it at business establishments or to display it to identify Canadian exhibits at fairs. Its use in such cases, as in all others, should reflect respect for the Flag.
When a Flag becomes worn, noticeably faded or otherwise unfit for service, it should be disposed of privately by burning.
1. The position of the Flag when flying at half-mast will depend on its size, the length of the flagstaff and its location; but as a general rule, the centre of the Flag should be exactly half-way down the staff. When hoisted to or lowered from half-mast position, the Flag should first be raised to the masthead.
2. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 will be flown at half-mast on the death of the Sovereign or a member of the Royal Family related in the first degree to the Sovereign, the Governor General, The Prime Minister of Canada, a former Governor General, a former Prime Minister of Canada, a federal Cabinet Minister, the Lieutenant Governor of the province, the Provincial Premier, the member of the House of Commons or the member of the Provincial Legislature.
3. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 may be flown at half-mast on the day of the funeral in honour of students, staff, residents, or former residents of The Portage la Prairie School Division at the discretion of the Board of Trustees or the Superintendent of Schools.
Reference: General rules for flying and displaying the Canadian Flag and other flags in Canada. Secretary of State, Cat. No. 52-74/1978.