Notices & Committee Reports - May 2017

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Branch 36 - Upcoming Events - May 2017

Presidents Meat Draw - Every Saturday in April - 3-4pm

President's Meat Draw - Saturday 7th and 14th May - 3-4pm

Weekly Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 4:30pm

April 2017 Events

Saturday - 15th April - The Dundas Legion presents its 6th Annual Easter Egg TIMES:  Baby to 3yrs - 8:30am / 4 to 7 yrs - 9:00am / Everyone else -9:30am

Sunday - 16th April - Easter Sunday - BRANCH CLOSED

Friday - 28th April - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

Friday - 28th April - “Progressive Euchre" - 7:30pm - Open to the Public

May 2017 Events

Wednesday - 3rd May - Branch 36 Annual Elections - Upstairs - 8pm

Tuesday - 9th May - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7:00pm

Tuesday - 9th May9th May - Branch 36 Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 7:00pm

Friday - 12th May - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 12th May - Trivia Night - 7:30pm

Monday - 22nd May - Victoria Day - BRANCH CLOSED

Friday - 26th May - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

Friday - 26th May - "Progressuve Euchre" - 7:30pm - Open to the Public

Sunday  - 28th May - Annual Spring Work Party - 9:00am

June 2017 Events

Sunday - 4th June - Branch 36 D-Day Parade and  Service - Fall in - 9:45am

Friday - 9th June - Wing Night - 5:30-7:30pm

Tuesday - 13th June - Branch 36 Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 7:00pm

Sunday - 18th June - Family BBQ - Open 2:30pm - Family BBQ - 4:00pm

Tuesday - 20th June - Monthly General Meeting - 8:00pm

July 2017 Events

Saturday - 1st July - Canada Day Good Neighbor BBQ - 2-7pm

Saturday - 1st July - Dundas Modular Railway Open House - 2-6pm

Friday - 14th July - Wing Night - 5:30-7:30pm

Sunday - 16th July - Family BBQ - Open - 2:30pm - Family BBQ - 4-6pm

August 2017 Events

Monday – 7th August – Civic Holiday – Branch closed

Friday - 11th August - Wing Night - 5:30-7:30pm

Sunday - 20th August - Family BBQ - Open - 2:30pm - Family BBQ - 4-6pm

Invite your friends and relatives to Legion events !

New Legion members are always Welcome

Call or visit the Branch for more information

 

Bursary Report - May 2017

The Bursaries are closed now for 2017.  Please see me in September for next year.

The Branch itself also gives (5) five bursaries of $500.00 - only 4 of were given out for the last year????

Mike Alkerton - Bursary Chair

 

Colour Party Report - May 2017

On March 5th the Branch 36 Colour Party had the honour of presenting the colours at the Honours and Awards and Ladies Auxiliary awards Luncheon.  A special presentation took place after the luncheon, at which the Colour Party presented our own Geoff Hodgson with a Royal Canadian Legion Canada 150 medal for his long and excellent service to the Colour Party.

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members.  A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability.  Training and help getting uniforms will be provided.  At the moment Branch 36 has an Award winning unit and we’d like to make sure we keep it that way.

Our next practices will be:

Tuesday evening - 9th May, 2017 at 7:00pm

Tuesday evening - 12th September, 2017 at 7:00pm

James Byron - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758     


Ways and Means Report - May 2017 - No Report this Month



Banquet Hall Report - May 2017

We are currently in discussions regarding use and prices of the banquet hall.  One of our major items of concern is catering.  As we have fewer catered events and no designated legion caterer we have to decide whether we will continue to provide catering or not. 

Setting dishes, cleaning up afterwards, supplying of linens, and use of the kitchen are all items we are looking at. 

Watch for changes coming in the near future.      

Doug Rivers - 1st Vice President and Banquet Hall Chair


House and Grounds Report - May 2017

 

Hello again comrades.  I always say that I don't have much to report, but I do have a few items of interest - I love the idea of announcing the Spring Cleanup Party, it says that winter is almost gone. 

 

As usual we’ll have a bit of painting to do - like the beer door entrance and our back entrance,  also the barbecue storage shed I built  etc.. 

 

Hello again comrades.   I always say that I don't have much to report, but I do have a few items of interest - I love the idea of announcing the Spring Cleanup Party, it says that winter is almost gone. 

 

As usual we’ll have a bit of painting to do - like the beer door entrance and our back entrance, also the barbecue storage shed that I built, etc.. 

 

I'll borrow my friend Bill Grisdale’s scissor lift and remove the old a/c units from the wall and turn them into a few dollars!!!! 

 

Our smoking tent took a hit in the last windstorm, I'll have a look to see if I can find another bargain, or we fix this one up for one more season ???  Speaking of windstorm - we had one tree crash down at the back gate area, comrade Gord Sharpe and I made it disappear.

 

We had a small situation with the glass washer - it tried to swallow a plastic bottle cap so we gave it the Heimlich maneuver and it seems fine now.

 

All in all were not in too bad shape considering her age and I'd like to give a little shout out to comrade Glenn Ehrlich for keeping her clean and shiny. 

 

P.S. spring work party will be held on Sunday, MAY 28th, see you there!!! to get the Branch in good shape for our Annual D-Day church service parade on Sunday, 4th June.

 

There will be a signup sheet for the work party on the board in the branch and it always helps keep our club in good shape.

 

Thank you all for taking part.                 "Many hands make light work!"

 

Paul Penney - House and Grounds Chair         



Special Events Report - May 2017                                                 

                                                               

Our D-Day memorial church parade is on Sunday, June 4th, 2017.  We hope to have a good turnout of Branch 36 members. 

 

Fall in at the Legion at 09:30am.  At 10:00am we will march to St.James Church to take part in the service at 10:30am.  Those unable to march are invited to join us at the church.  The parade is open to all Legion members.  We will return to the Legion after the church service.

 

Dave Hawthorne – Special Events Chair       

 

Public Relations Report - May 2017n - No Report this Month


Poppy Fund Report - May 2017

 

The Poppy Fund presented Certificates of Appreciation at the Honours and Awards Luncheon to the following Poppy Fund Campaign volunteers:

 

Milt Aucoin             Jim Bolegoh             Jim MacIntyre     

Charlie Parsons     Bill Ralston               Pat Risk    

Doug Rivers           Len Sharpe              Jill Zess

 

Without the help of our volunteers, the Poppy Fund Campaign wouldn’t happen and many worthy organizations wouldn’t benefit from the support of the Poppy Fund.

 

The Poppy Fund also distributed funds to the following:

St.Joseph’s Villa - $15,000

Juravinski Clinic - $15,000

Bob Kemp Hospice - $2,000

 

Our Poppy Fund bank balance as of 28th February, 2017 was:  $109,066.51

 

Jim Byron – Poppy Fund Chair - 905-578-2758


Youth Education Report - May 2017

Poster & Literary Contest awards were recently presented to a number of students in recognition of their essays, poems and posters commemorating Remembrance.

 

Students in Grades 1- 12 provided their creativity in writing and art based a variety of themes about our Canadian men and women who went to war and, especially, about those who did not come back.


Rehoboth Christian School, which has actively participated in our Remembrance activities for 38 years, conducted two student assemblies – one senior and one junior - where we were able to present six students with medallions, framed certificates and gifts.

 

There were over 150 students and teachers in each Rehoboth assembly who warmly applauded the Remembrance contest achievements of these young students.

Another school, Immaculate Conception, had a full assembly of approximately 600 students and teachers along with dozens of parents in which one student was recognized for three awards in our contest. The joyous expression on the young student's face was representative of her excitement

Whenever possible, parents are encouraged to be a part of the presentation of the awards. In this case, at the Immaculate Conception School assembly, the student's mother and father each proudly draped a medallion over their daughter's shoulders.


There is an ongoing remarkable story of a local family's participation in our annual contest. Of the six young home-taught siblings shown in this photo, the two older girls have accumulated nine awards over the past three years. Every visit to this family is a heart-warming experience

This year, one young girl received three awards for her posters. In anticipation of my visit, she created another poster depicting me in my Legion uniform carry medals and a certificate.

 

Once again, the Annual Poster & Literary Contest has been successful in reaching out to our students to commemorate the valour and sacrifices of our soldiers and veterans.



Veterans Services Report - May 2017


Comrades, as your Branch Service Officer I can best assist the Veterans of our branch by identifying those with unmet health needs and possible benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada(VAC) and all referrals are kept confidential.  To take the first step to your possible

VAC benefits contact the Branch for an appointment.

 

Rick Valois - 2nd Vice President / Veterans Services Chair


Honours and Awards Report - May 2017

 

The Honours and Awards and the Ladies Auxiliary presentations went very well, having it on a Sunday afternoon for the first time, and everyone who attended enjoyed the meal provided. 

 

You, the membership, must think about recognizing next year those who help make Branch 36 such a great Legion and nominate people for Certifications of Appreciaton, or even nominate them to be

Legionnaire of the Year.

 

Bill Ralston - 2nd Vice President and Honours and Awards Chair



Entertainment Report - May 2017

 

As the Entertainment season winds down, Bob and I would like to remind everyone of the free Easter Egg hunt April 15th.  It's open to the general public and all we ask is that you bring a donation for the food bank.

 

The final Trivia Night will be in May, and be sure to check out the new Euchre Night after Beef on a Bun.  Both are open to the general public and only cost $5 a player. 

 

Lastly, thank you to all those who have helped support Bob and I during our time as Entertainment Co-Chairs.  We appreciate the support and hope to see you out at events next year!

 

Chris Turner - Entertainment Co-Chair



Branch 36 - Upcoming Events – February 2017

President's Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 3-4pm

6 chances to win every week

Weekly Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 4:30pm

2 chances to win every week - put your Looney in an envelope at the Bar with your name and phone number 

February 2017 Events

Wednesday - 8th February - Branch 36 Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 7:00pm

(Above L.A. meeting was rescheduled from 14th February)

Friday - 10th February - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 10th February - Trivia Night - 7:30pm

Saturday - 11th February - Valentine Dance -  Little Peter and the Elegants. 

Tickets $25 - available at the bar.  Late night snack included.  Public is Welcome. 

Doors Open at 7pm music at 8pm. 

Tuesday - 14th February - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7:00pm

Tuesday - 21st February - Monthly General Meeting in the Wentworth room - 8:00pm

Friday - 24th February - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

March 2017 Events

Sunday - 5th March - Honours & Awards and Ladies Auxiliary Presentations Banquet

Open - 12:30pm    Dinner - 1:00pm  Tickets on sale at the bar

Friday - 10th March - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 10th March - Trivia Night - 7:30pm

Tuesday - 14th March - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7:00pm

Tuesday - 14th March - Branch 36 Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 7:00pm

Friday - 17th March - St.Patrick's Day Celebration - 7:30pm

with music from DJ - Open to the Public and admission is Free.

Tuesday - 21st March - Bi-Annual General Meeting upstairs – 8:00pm

Friday - 24th March - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

April 2017 Events

Friday - 7th April - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 7th April - Trivia Night - 7:30pm

Tuesday - 11th April - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7:00pm

Tuesday - 11th April - Branch 36 Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 7:00pm

Friday - 14th April - Good Friday - BRANCH CLOSED

Saturday - 15th April - 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - 8:30am

Sunday - 16th April - Easter Sunday - BRANCH CLOSED

Monday - 17th April - Easter Monday - BRANCH CLOSED

Friday - 21st April - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

Invite your friends and relatives to Legion events !

New Legion Members are Always Welcome

Call or visit the Branch for more information


Bursary Report - February 2017

Applications for the Belec Bursary for 2017 are now closed.

The Ontario Command Bursary is open until 1st March, 2017.  If you have any questions please feel free to call me - 905-628-2822 (my home number).

Mike Alkerton - Bursary Chair

 

Canteen Report - February 2017

You may have noticed a few changes in our bar staff over the last month.  We wish to welcome Pam back after a few weeks off during her move.  She is now back on her regular weekend schedule rotating with Judy. 

Candace has left us for another position closer to her home and we all wish her success in her new job and many thanks for her service with us. 

We have had a few evenings when we could not supply bar staff for the dart players upstairs and I wish to thank them for their understanding and patience.  We are currently in the process of training a new hire, that will bring our staffing up to be able to serve all of our patrons in the efficient and courteous style which they are accustomed.

Doug Rivers - 1st Vice President and Canteen Chair

 

Colour Party Report - February 2017

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members. A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability. Training and help getting uniforms will be provided. At the moment Dundas has an Award winning unit and we’d like to make sure we keep it that way.

Our next practices will be:

Tuesday evening February 14th at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday evening March 14th at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday evening April 11th at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday evening May 9th at 7:00 pm.

James Byron (Colour Party Commander) - 905-578-2758

 

Ways & Means Report - February 2017 - No Report this issue


Banquet Hall Report - February 2017

The Banquet Hall and the Wentworth Room still have some available openings. 

If you are considering an event, from an intimate gathering to a larger function such as a Stag and Doe or large party, please contact the office at 905-627-7221 for more information on rentals and availability.

Doug Rivers - 1st Vice President and Banquet Hall Chair

 

House and Grounds Report - February 2017

Well comrades I don't have a lot to write about this time, basically a big thank you to all who attended our Fall Work Party:  Mike Alkerton, Pat Dumayne, Hugh Graham, Fred Haddock, Doug Harvey, Dave Hawthorne, Sandra Hicks, Stan Hicks, Brian Holme, Geoff Hodgson, Marie Kobylinski, Bill Leckie, Janice Mancini, Peter Martin, Jack Murnaghan, Paul Penney, Doug Rivers, Linda Rivers, Caitlin Robinson, Leanne Robinson, Helmut Schiller, Leo Shaidle, Gord Sharpe, Greg Sherring, Jim Sherring, Dave Steele and Bryan(Doc) White - it was a great success. 

I give a special shout out to Jack Murnaghan and Denny Moyer for the use of their trailers, it's quite a cost saving.  As always we had a nice lunch provided by Peter Martin, Marie Kobylinski and Sandra Hicks.

After all the talking we have done, the upstairs lobby and stairs to the Banquet hall have had new flooring installed.  I would like to say THANK YOU to comrades Gord Sharpe for taking control of the flooring job, and with the assistance of Ken Ingram they have completed the stairs and the flooring outside the Banquet hall.  Please take notice the next time you go up to the Banquet hall, it’s made quite a difference.

We also have had an inspection on our heating system by Archie Horne and Son per a request from our insurance company.  We had a clean bill of health and it was suggested we install a single stage controller to better control the heat.  This will save money on the gas bill.

At this time we don’t have much more going on mechanically.  Anyway I think we all love our club and we’ll always survive because of all those who volunteer their time and energy to keep our costs down - THANK YOU !!!

Paul Penney - House and Grounds Chair

 

Special Events Report - February 2017

90th Anniversary Dance:  Nov. 4th - Thanks to Gord Sharpe and Doug Rivers for helping to organize and run the dance.  Doug did an amazing job on the decorations.  Food was outstanding thanks to Marie Kobylinski, Marilyn Latchford and the girls.  The dance was well attended.  Thanks to those who continue to support Legion events.  Door prize was provided by SHED Brewery.  Peter and the Elegants put on a great show.  They will be returning for the Valentine’s dance - Make sure you get your tickets early!

Remembrance Day Service:  Nov. 11th - Thanks to the many people, groups, and attendees who made our 2016 Remembrance Day Ceremony a success.  It takes a number of committed volunteers to ensure that our veterans - both living and deceased are properly honoured as they should be.  Attendance at Remembrance Day Ceremonies has been increasing yearly - this was clearly evident by the large crowd at the Dundas service.  It is especially inspiring to see many school children and young people present.  At the Branch afterwards Dundas Central School grade 1 and 2 students dropped off art work and letters of thanks to our Veterans that brought laughter and tears to many.

Special thanks are in order to:  The senior Branch 36 Vets who attended:  Joe Freelove, Dorothy Foord, Stan Rankine, Alec Hunter, Bruce DeLottenville, Flip Floyd, Murray Floyd, Bill Hyslop.  Drivers Paul Penny and Stan Hicks.  Golf cart supplier for the event was Glen Burgess at Skyway Lawn Equipment. 

The following also should be thanked for making this event a success:  Branch President Gord Sharpe for his inspiring words, Mike Alkerton and Bryan White for organizing the wreath presentation, Jim Byron Colour Party Commander and the Colour Party, Parade Commander Mike Coit Master Warrant Officer, Archdeacon Jim Sandilands for his words of comfort, Mr. Todd Smith and the Dundas Valley Secondary School Band with extra thanks to Derek DeGelder who stepped in at the last minute to provide the Last Post and Reveille, Dan McLean for the sound system, Bev Brooks representing the Silver Cross Mothers, Dundas Pipes and Drums, 11th Field battery, 735 Firebird Squadron Air Cadets, RCSCC Dundas - Sea Cadet Corps, 2865 Battalion Army Cadet Corps, all Cadet groups who provided the overnight vigil on the 10th/11th November, Wayne Peters - Flag attendant, City of Hamilton Roads, Parks, and Recreation departments, Arlene Vanderbeek - City Councillor, Ted McMeeckin - MPP, Marie Kobylinski, Terri Kobylinski, Marilyn Latchford, Judy Wilson, Sandra Hicks and Bev Westoby for the excellent food, and the Hamilton Police Service.

Dave Hawthorne - 3rd Vice President and Special Events Chair

 

Public Relations Report - February 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back Paul Wright who was a sponsor of The  Bullytin for many years. 

Paul Wright has resumed his sponsorship with “Paul Wright Photography”.   I hope you visit his web site at paul@pwright.photo and view his many photographs featuring the best of the surrounding area’s wildlife and landscapes, most of which have been taken within 15km of Dundas.

Sponsorships help to defray the costs of printing and distributing this newsletter to all Branch 36 members.  I hope you will take note of our sponsors and if need be take business to them in appreciation of their sponsorship of this newsletter.  Anyone can become a sponsor for a small fee for each issue.

Peter Whittaker - Public Relations Chair

 

Legion Branch Poppy Fund - February 2017

The Poppy Fund was very successful during our last campaign and I’m extremely pleased to thank all the people who gave so generously of their time and money.

Thanks to their efforts I’m pleased to announce that so far we’ve raised $89,980.05 which will be used to help our veterans and their widows.

Starting on December 7th I was able to distribute 205 poinsettias to the Nursing and Retirement Homes in Ancaster, Dundas and Hamilton.

Our Veterans Dinner took place on December 7th as well and we had 21 Veterans and 18 caregivers in attendance.

On January 7th I was presented with a very generous donation of a $500 cheque from the Dutch Canadian Legion. If any members of Dutch ancestry would be interested in connecting with this group, please call Chris at 905-520-0456.

James Byron (Poppy Fund Chairman)         905-578-2758


Youth Education Report - February 2017

Annual Literary & Poster Contest

The Branch 36 2016 Remembrance Poster & Literary Contest had 103 entries from Grades 1-12 students. The majority of the submissions were from younger students from Grades 1-9 with posters being more popular than essays or poems.

The next level of judging is at the Zone level with, hopefully, some of our students' work proceeding to the District, Provincial and Dominion levels.

Every year, new schools are getting involved and with a fortunate supply of judges, the branch's Annual Poster & Literary Contest continues to make inroads with the community and with the students.

Tony Bratschitch - Youth Education Chair

 

Veterans Services Report - February 2017

Comrades, as your Branch Service Officer I can best assist the Veterans of our branch by identifying those with unmet health needs and possible benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada(VAC) and all referrals are kept confidential. 

To take the first step to your possible VAC benefits contact the Branch for an appointment.

Rick Valois - Veterans Services Chair


Honours and Awards Report - February 2017

The Branch 36 Honours and Awards Banquet will be held this year on the afternoon of Sunday,

5th March, 2017 at 1pm.  A list will be posted in the second week of February, 2017 of Branch 36 members who are eligible to receive updated Legion Years of Service pins. 

You should come and enjoy the meal and receive your updated Years of Service pins.

Attention All Members:  At the Banquet we present Legion Certificates of Merit and Legion Certificates of Appreciation to those who help Branch 36 in some way that should be appreciated.

You, the membership of Branch 36, are invited to nominate people for these certificates and also to nominate someone for the Legionnaire of the Year award.

Bill Ralston - 2nd Vice President and Honours and Awards Chair

 

Entertainment Report - February 2017

The Valentine Dance tickets are at the bar and going fast!  Each ticket is $25 and includes a late night dinner, as well as the amazing performance of Little Peter and the Elegants.  Once the tickets are gone, they are gone, so first come first serve.

After that will be the St Patty's dance in the clubroom, Friday March 17th.  Come dressed in green and dance the night away with a DJ.  This is a free event and is open to the public so please tell your friends, and bring them all with you! 

As always, the Trivia continues after the Fish Fry nights until the Summer.  $5 per person and teams of up to 6.  Prizes for the top 3 teams, and all those in attendance get to hang out with Bob and I free of charge.

Lastly, the LA is talking about starting a Euchre Night after Beef on a Bun night.  Watch the website or join our Facebook page to get details as they become available.

Chris Turner - Entertainment Co-Chair



 

Branch 36 - Upcoming Events – November 2016


President's Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 3pm

Weekly Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 4:30pm

 

October 2016 Events

Friday - 28th October - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

Friday - 28th October - 2015 Poppy Fund Campaign Kick Off Day

 

November 2016 Events

Friday – 4th November – Legion 90th Birthday Dance Celebration

Sunday - 6th  November - Fall Work Party - 9:00am

Tuesday - 8th November - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7:00pm

Friday - 11th November - Remembrance Day Parade and Service

10:15am - Parade falls in at Memorial Square/Dundas Firehall

10:30am - Parade marches to Memorial at Community Centre

10:45am - Memorial service commences

Parade marches to Branch 36 site

Reception - 12  noon    /    Presentations -12:30pm in Banquet Hall upstairs

Friday - 18th  November - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 18th  November - Trivia Night - 7:30pm

Friday - 25th  November - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday - 26th November - Dundas Modular Railway Flea Market - 10-3pm

 

December 2016 Events

Friday - 2nd December - Sports Turkey Roll, Early Bird Draw, L.A. Annual Draw

& Ladies Auxiliary Annual Draw - 7pm for tickets - draws at 8:00pm

Wednesday - 7th December - Veterans Christmas Dinner Bar - 5:30pm

Friday - 9th  December - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 9th  December - Trivia Night - 7:30pm

Tuesday - 13th December - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7:00pm

Saturday - 24th  December - Carol Singing Contest - 12-5pm - close at 5:00pm

Sunday - 25th  December - Christmas Day - Branch Closed

Monday - 26th  December - Boxing Day - Branch Closed

Tuesday - 27th December - Branch Closed

Saturday - 31st December - New Year's Eve Celebration - 8pm - FREE

 

January 2017

Sunday - 1st  January - New Year’s - Branch Closed

Monday - 2nd January - Branch Closed

Tuesday - 10th January - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7:00pm

Friday - 13th  January - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 13th  January - Trivia Night - 7:30pm

Tuesday - 17th January - General Meeting in Wentworth Room - 8pm

Friday - 27th January - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

 

 

Bursary Report – November 2016

 

We still have lots of Ontario Bursary forms and  Belek Bursary forms available.  These are for students doing full-time post secondary education.

 

For eligibility and forms please contact me at home at 905-628-2822, or here at the branch

at 905-627-7221.

 

Mike Alkerton - Bursary Chair

 

 

Canteen Report – November 2016

 

Sales of our local craft beer from SHED breweries have proven to be a big success.  Sales have exceeded previous sales of the brand it replaced.  The security cameras are now all up and running, and a monitor will be installed in the banquet hall bar at a later date.  There seemed to be some interference at the end of the bar location so the machine has been moved into the office and is working just fine!

 

Doug Rivers - 1st Vice President and Canteen Chair

 

 

Colour Party Report - November 2016

      

On 18th August the Colour Party took part in the Dundas Cactus Festival Parade.  On October 2nd the Colour Party attended the Legion convention in St.Catharines with the hopes of attending a Colour Party competition.  Due to excessive rain, the competition was cancelled and an indoor service took place.   Although we missed out taking part in the competition, we all enjoyed ourselves and the day.  The rain of course stopped as soon as the indoor service was completed.

 

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members.  A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability.  Training and help getting uniforms will be provided.  At the moment our Dundas Branch 36 Colour Party has an award winning unit and we’d like to keep it that way.

 

New members are invited to any of our practices which will be held on the following dates:

                                  Tuesday evening - 11th October at 7:00pm

                                  Tuesday evening - 8th November at 7:00pm

                                  Tuesday evening - 13th December at 7:00pm

                                  Tuesday evening – 10th January at 7:00pm

                                  Tuesday evening – 14th February at 7:00pm

 

Jim Byron - Colour Party Commander   (905-578-2758)

 

 

Ways & Means Report - November 2016 - NO REPORT THIS MONTH

 

 

Banquet Hall Report - November 2016

 

Thanks to Paul Penney we will soon be starting on work to improve the stairway leading to the banquet hall.  We are just trying to schedule the work when we have a few days that the hall is not being used.  I would like to recognize and give a special thanks (as you should) to some people who’s work is extremely important but seldom thought about or mentioned.  The first is Jeff, our custodian who does a terrific job of keeping everything neat and clean, and also setting up the tables and chairs for different functions in the banquet hall.  Thanks Jeff!  Next is Lisa, who nobody ever sees because she comes in during the mornings on weekends to do the cash and prepare the tills for the bar staff.  Thanks Lisa!  Last but by no means least is Dale.  She is basically the eyes and ears of our branch.  She is officially the treasurer, paying the bills, managing all the ledgers etc., but her work day touches on every aspect of our branch’s activities.  When you have a question, chances are she is to go-to person for an answer.  She has helped me immensely during my short time here and I think we should all say thank you for the job (jobs) she does.  Thanks Dale!

 

Doug Rivers - 1st Vice President and Banquet Hall Chair

 

 

House and Grounds Report - November 2016

 

I’m happy we have solved an issue with the kitchen air conditioning - it wasn’t serious just a breaker switch was off.  It's good to see the air conditioning units that we installed are doing a good job keeping the Canteen and Wentworth room comfy.

 

I have almost finished a small building for storing the BBQs - I scrounged most of the materials from Turkstra Lumber, and the shingles were free as well and I have sent them a thank you letter.  I will now be going to Aerloc Aluminum to try to scrounge some sheeting to cover it.

 

Now that all these jobs are being completed, maybe we can finally get to retiling the stairs and landing leading to the Banquet Hall.

 

Time flies when the weather is so good and we are already thinking of the Fall Work Party which will be on Sunday, 6th November.  I have put up a signup sheet in the Branch and hope that we get the usual good turnout of volunteers to spruce up the Branch, prior to the Remembrance Day Parade and Service.

 

If anyone can think of something which would improve the look of our Branch please tell comrade Gord Sharpe or myself.  Enough said, Thank You to all.

 

Paul Penney - House Chair                                              "Many hands make light work!"

 

 

Special Events Report - November 2016                                                                                            

 

Volunteers built the Legion’s float for the Dundas

Cactus Festival parade and the Branch 36 members

who rode on it in the parade enjoyed a great ride

through town.

 

Remembrance Day Parade and Service Schedule

 

All Legion members and veterans are urged to take

part in the parade, or the service at the War

Memorial outside the Community Centre on King Street West. 

 

On Friday, 11th November the Remembrance Day Parade will form up at Sydenham and King Streets in Dundas with the following schedule: 

10:15am - Parade fall in

10:30am - Parade marches off to Memorial at Community Center 

10:45am - Remembrance Service at memorial                                                                                   

12 noon  - After the service the parade will march to the Branch for refreshments.

 

Dave Hawthorne - Special Events Chair       

 

 

Public Relations Report - November 2016

 

Fulfill your Legion Oath - Distribute Poppies!

 

Volunteering to distribute Poppies in the Dundas Poppy Fund campaign is a small part that you can play and make a big difference.  Last year your efforts in distributing Poppies resulted in contributions of $15,000 to the Juravinski Hospital for Cancer Research, and $15,000 dollars to St.Joseph’s Villa in Dundas for use in care of veterans residing at the Villa.

 

You don’t have to take time off work to do it, just volunteer a few hours in one evening and you will make a difference to veterans and the community in which you live.  The community out there wants to contribute to the fund, we just have to get out there and receive the contributions and in return a Poppy to recognize the donation.

 

The sign-up sheet for volunteers to distribute Poppies is now posted, add your name and fulfill the oath you made when you joined the Legion.

 

Peter Whittaker - Public Relations Chair  

 

 

Legion Branch 36 Poppy Fund Report - November 2016

                                                

The Poppy Fund forwarded $2,000 to the Parkwood Veterans Hospital in London, Ontario.

 

The Poppy Fund request to spend the following amounts on November 11th was approved at the Branch 36 General meeting which took place on September 20th and submitted for approval to Provincial Command.

 

The Salvation Army - $3,000.00

Blackadar’s - $2,000.00

Highgate Retirement Home - $2,000.00

Shalom Village - $2,000.00

Wentworth Lodge - $2,000.00

735 Firebird Air Cadet Squadron -  $3,000.00

R.C.S.C.C..Dundas Sea Cadets - $3,000.00                        

2865 Artillery Army Cadets - $3,000.00

Elevator expense - $4,447.80                 

 

The current balance in the Poppy Fund Trust is $66,935.59

 

Jim Byron - Poppy Chairman   (905-578-2758)

 

 

Youth Education Report - November 2016 - NO REPORT THIS MONTH

 

 

Veterans Services Report - November 2016

 

Comrades, as your Branch Service Officer I can best assist the Veterans of our branch by identifying those with unmet health needs and possible benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada(VAC) and all referrals are kept confidential.  To take the first step to your possible

VAC benefits contact the Branch for an appointment.

 

Rick Valois - 2nd Vice President / Veterans Services Chair

 

 

Honours and Awards Report - November 2016

 

*** Upcoming Event:***  The Veterans Christmas dinner is coming up on Wednesday 7th December with the Bar opening at 5:30 and the Dinner starting at 6:00pm.  Get tickets at the bar.

 

Bill Ralston - 2nd Vice President and Honours and Awards Chair

 

 

Entertainment Report – November 2016 

 

Trivia begins following the Fish Fry as of October, and occurs monthly until the Spring.  Teams of up to 6 are welcome, and it only costs $5/player.  We ask that you be there for 7:30pm to register your team so that we can start right at 8:00pm.

 

Little Peter and the Elegants performed at our Valentine dance earlier this year, and are back on November 4th to perform at a dance celebrating the Legion’s 90th birthday,  so get your tickets early at the bar or from Dave Hawthorne.

 

Please also join us for our first Comedy Night at the Legion December 10th featuring the comedy stylings of Ben Guyatt and a Guest Performer.  Watch the website and Facebook to learn more as the date approaches.  Please feel free to approach Bob or I about tickets, and tickets will also be available at the bar.  There will be limited seating so please get the tickets early.

 

Chris Turner - Entertainment Chair





Branch 36 - Upcoming Events - August 2016

August 2016 Events

Thursday - 18th August - volunteers build Legion�s float - 9:30am

Thursday - 18th August - Ride float in Cactus Festival Paraded - 5:30pm

Sunday - 21st August - Family BBQ    Open - 2:30pm    BBQ - 4-6pm

September 2016 Events

President's Meat Draw - Starts on Saturday 10th September - 3-4pm

Weekly Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 4:30pm

Monday - 5th September - Labour Day - Statutory Holiday - CLOSED

Thursday - 8th September - Lady�s Thursday Darts Registratrion - 7pm

Thursday - 8th September - Men�s Thursday Darts Registration - 7pm

    Members of the Public are invited to play in the Thursday Men's Winter Dart    

    League but must become Legion members to play iin subsequent years.

Friday - 9th September - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Sunday - 11th September - Registration - Sunday Mixed Darts - 2pm

Monday - 12th September - Monday Night Valley Mixed Darts - 8pm

Tuesday - 13th September - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7pm

Tuesday - 13th September - Branch 36 Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 7pm

Sunday - 18th September - Start of Legion Week

Tuesday - 20th September - Bi-Annual General Meeting - 8pm

Wednesday - 21st September - Snooker Challenge vs HAFA - 7pm

Friday - 23rd September - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

Friday - 23rd September - Turkey Roll - 8pm

Saturday - 24th September - Legion Triathlon - register 12:00-12:30pm

Monday - 26th September - Men�s Snooker Starts Tonight - 7:00pm

Wednesday - 28th September - Mixed Shuffleboard League - Open House and Registration - 7:30pm

Wednesday - 28th September - Lady�s Snooker Starts Tonight - 7:30pm

October 2016 Events

President's Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 3-4pm

Weekly Meat Draw - Every Saturday - 4:30pm

Sunday 9th October - Thanksgiving - Branch CLOSED

Monday 10th October - Thanksgiving - Branch CLOSED

Tuesday - 11th October - Branch 36 Colour Party Practice - 7pm

Tuesday - 11th October - Branch 36 Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 7pm

Friday - 14th October - Fish Fry - 4:30-7:00pm

Friday - 14th October - First Trivia Night of the season - 7:30pm

Friday - 28th October - 2015 Poppy Fund Campaign Kick-off Day

Friday - 28th October - Beef on a Bun - 5:30-7:30pm

November 2016 Events

Friday - 4th November - Legion 90th Birthday Dance - 8:00pm

 

Bursary Report - August 2016

Quite a number of students received Legion Bursaries last year.  Most of them sent thank you notes, which gives us a sense of accomplishment.  This is because when we hand out an application we never hear about it unless the student tells us.

Again this year there will be (5) five �Belec Bursary� awards given out by Branch 36.  There is a difference in the eligibility for these awards. 

Please contact me in September for both these awards.

Mike Alkerton - Bursary Chair

 

Canteen Report - August 2016

The majority of our security cameras are now installed and a special thanks goes out to Doug Lapin, Gord Sharpe, Paul Penney and Mike Alkerton for all of their work. 

Thanks also to our bar staff, Sue, Al, Pam, both Judy's, Candace and Elaine.  You are basically the front line of our branch and we want you to know we appreciate the great job you do.

Doug Rivers - 1st Vice President and Canteen Chair

 

Colour Party Report � August 2016

On June 5th the Colour Party took part in the Branch 36 D-Day Church Parade along with members from our local Sea, Army and Air cadet corps.

Our Colour Party always has openings for new members. A few extra members would make it easier in case of illness or unavailability.  Training and help getting uniforms will be provided.  At the moment Dundas has an Award winning unit and we�d like to make sure we keep it that way.

Our next practices will be:  Tuesday evening September 13th at 7:00 pm

                                           Tuesday evening October 11th at 7:00 pm

                                           Tuesday evening November 8th at 7:00 pm

                                           Tuesday evening December 13th at 7:00 pm

James Byron - Colour Party Commander - 905-578-2758

 

Banquet Hall Report - August 2016

Branch 36 is pleased to carry on the tradition of offering the Wentworth Room free of charge for functions up to 65 persons.  The customer is welcome to bring in their own food, plates, cutlery and tablecloths.  You may bring in tea and coffee, cups, sugar and milk.  You are not allowed to bring in any pop, juice, water or alcohol.  These must be purchased from our bar.  The customer must not expect to occupy the room any later than they have booked, with a reasonable clean-up time.  Sunday bookings are never any later than 5:00 p.m. 

Access to the room on Saturday's is 12:00 noon and on Sundays, 1:00 p.m.  If you are interested in booking the Wentworth Room please call 905-627-7221 for further information and availability.   

Doug Rivers - 1st Vice President and Banquet Hall Chair

 

House Report - August 2016

Well comrades, I sometimes sit and wonder what will I say in my report and most times it's quite routine stuff like the work party, etc.. 

This time there's quite a bit of news to tell you, starting with the new air conditioner in the Wentworth  room.  We managed to sneak through last year with a little charge in the old air conditioner unit, but  this year we had to condemn it.  I plan to take down all the old units and scrap them, at least we�ll have a few dollars to help offset the cost.  

Next is the kitchen - we've replaced the big cook stove and upgraded all the gas piping to bring it up to code, so come out and support the Fish Fry and the Beef on a Bun nights to help pay for this new stove.

Finally we've completed the security camera project.  I'd like to give a great shout out to Doug LAPPIN for all his technical help on the project and thanks to everyone else who worked on this project to make it happen.

As I've said before we are in pretty good shape (mechanically), and now hopefully we can work a bit on the cosmetics. 

Paul Penney - House and Grounds Chair        "Many hands make light work!"

 

Special Events Report � August 2016

On Sunday, 5th June Branch 36 held our annual D-Day Parade and church service and I would like to thank all who took part and remembered our fallen comrades.

On Thursday, 18th August we will enter our Legion float in the 41st Cactus Festival Parade and I�d like to thank all volunteers who help build the float, and those who ride on it in the parade.

On Friday, 11th November Branch 36 will take part in the Dundas Remembrance Day Parade and Service.  Last year there was a large turnout at the service and I hope all Legion members that can, will take in the parade and service held at the Memorial located at the Dundas Community Center and come to the Branch after the service.

Dave Hawthorne - Special Events Chair   

 

Public Relations Report - August 2016

For a small fee ($25.00 an issue) we include the business cards of Sponsors in The Bullytin.  In this way we recognize these people and hope that Branch 36 members will use their services.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sponsors of The Bullytin.  Your contributions help us to pay some of the costs of printing and distributing The Bullytin. 

If you would like to have your business card appear In The Bullytin please get in touch with the Branch Office at 905-627-7721 or speak to me when I am in the Branch..  We publish the Bullytin 4 times each year in August, November, February and May.

I see lots of photographs being taken at Branch 36 events with digital cameras, and if you have a nice picture you might get it printed in The Bullytin.  Just attach your file(s) to an email and send it to the Branch email address:   rclbr36@cogeco.net   In your email please supply the name of the event, the name of the photographer(so they can be credited), and when applicable the names of people in the picture.

Peter Whittaker - Public Relations Chair

 

Poppy Fund Report - August 2016

The Poppy Fund is requesting permission to forward $2,000 to the Parkwood Veterans Hospital in London, Ontario.

The current balance of the Poppy Fund is $68,935.59

Jim Byron - Poppy Chairman (905-578-2758)

 

Youth Education Report - August 2016 - No report this month

 

Veterans Services Report - August 2016

Comrades, as your Branch Service Officer I can best assist the Veterans of our branch by identifying those with unmet health needs and possible benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada(VAC) and all referrals are kept confidential.  To take the first step to your possible

VAC benefits contact the Branch for an appointment.

Rick Valois - 2nd Vice President / Veterans Services Chair

 

Honours and Awards Report - August 2016 I know it�s early in the year, but I would like to let you know that the Veteran�s Christmas dinner will be held on Wednesday, 7th December, 2017.  All veterans from WW I, WW II, Korea, Afghanistan, Vietnam and peace-keepers, and caregivers or wives are invited. The Honours and Awards Banquet is changing from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.  It will be held at 1pm on Sunday, 5th March, 2017.  All pin recipients, and caregivers or wives are invited. Bill Ralston - Honours and Awards Chair

 

Entertainment Report - August 2016

While organized entertainment is done for the summer, please be sure to come out to our Wing Nights and enjoy the music of Mike Woods.

Also be sure to keep an eye out for events beginning in the fall.  Little Peter and the Elegants will be helping us celebrate the Legion�s 90th Birthday on the 4th November and Trivia will start after the Fish Fry in October.

The Mixed Shuffleboard League Crew would like to invite perspective members to join them for an Open House on Wednesday, 28th September.  Watch the website and Facebook page for details.