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".
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
Yours in Comradeship
Jim Richardson, Sports Officer
Jerry Murphy, Assistant Sports Officer
DATE:JULY 23, 2019:
NOTICE TO ALL BRANCH MEMBERS
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.
Branch 67 – Executive Committee members
Branch 67 – President, Ladies Axiliaqry