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I hope that everyone had a very nice Christmas and an enjoyable and safe New Year's Celebration. I wish everyone the very best for 2014.

I would like to thank all of the volunteers that help to make our branch an enjoyable place to spend your free time in. Those who have given some of their personal time to serve on the executive or offer their time to assist the executive in the performance of their duties. The members who volunteer to sell tickets at the meat draws, sell raffle tickets, visit our sick or shut-in members, assist with the annual Poppy campaign, decorate the branch for special events or participate in any of the activities that continue to keep the branch operational. THANK YOU

There is always a need for the members to assist the executive committee to function. If you can afford to volunteer a few hours a week or a day or two a month your assistance would be very welcome. Without volunteers we may be forced to stop some of the fund raising activities that keep the doors open. Without the monies raised by these activities the branch would be unable to function. Many branches across Canada have been forced to close their doors and I don't want to see that happen to St. James Branch No. 4. If you would like to volunteer for any of the activities in your branch you may leave your name at the office or with the bar tender and a executive member will contact you.

I would like to welcome a new member of the executive, Comrade Blaine Ramsey, who will be looking after the sick visiting committee.

I would also like to give a thank you to Comrade Ken Morley who is leaving the executive. Ken was instrumental in raising much needed funds for the branch with his chairmanship of the Ways & Means committee.

I invite everyone to participate in a new branch fund raising activity. On Monday evening's beginning on the 6th of January we will having "Chase the Ace". Ticket sales will take place from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. with the draw to take place at 8:15 P.M.

Cde. Ronn Anderson, President


By the time this newsletter is out, it will be the New Year. Hope everyone has a good New Year.

We had our Luncheon with a very good crowd. Thanks to Marg Suddick for mentioning the lunch when working the Meat Draws. The Following is a list of the lucky ticket holders:

Door Prizes, Donna Dyck $23.00, Gertrude Derkson $20.00, and Sarah Morrison $86.00

Grocery Hamper, Joan Gordon, Barb Kurbis and Jane Rochon

Silent Auction

  • Teddy Bear - Brenda Johnston
  • Jams - Brenda Johnston
  • Puzzles - Jackie Brown
  • Kitchen Ware -?
  • 16 PC Ensemble - Anne Vichweg
  • Griddle - Debi Pointkoski
  • Buffet Server - Orma Agar
  • Slippers - Elaine Vanderbusch
  • Puzzles - Jane Deller
  • Tray & Plate - Debi Pointkoski
  • Wallet - Jane Deller
  • Food Covers - Jane Deller
  • Afghan - Orma Agar
  • Rubbermaid Containers - Wilma Wiebe
  • CH Sweater, Cup & Frame - Betty Zarney
  • Holders, Glasses & Small Jar - Phyllis Psooy
  • Christ Caroler & Waterball - Elma Sinclair
  • Oven Mitts & Towel - Anne Vichweg
  • Tea, Timer & Server - Bill Granger
  • Frame, Tray, Plate & Table Cloth - Debi Pointkoski
  • Tray, Cheese & Jams - Marleen Holowaty
  • Tea Pot & Tea - Anne Vichweg
  • Rubbermaid Containers - Ruth Meirs

Money Tree $50.00 - Bud Dibley

Phyllis Psooy Made visits to the shut-ins.

  • Elsie Shields - Had a good visit, cheerful
  • Marie Cairns - Was out, left a bag of goodies with her husband
  • Eva MacKay - Happy to see me, alert and cheerful

More information next Newsletter

June Clarke, Ladies Auxiliary Publicity Chair


Another very successful Poppy Campaign has come and gone. A big thank you to all of the volunteers. They are the reason the 2013 campaign was so successful. To those members of the branch and others who went the extra distance and worked steady for two weeks insuring the campaign was a total success, THANK YOU. The total raised for 2013 is in excess of $41,000. (Subject to change upward)

" If I have missed naming any volunteer or miss-spelled your name you have my sincere apology and please let me know so that I can correct my error."

Tag Day Coordinators
  • Airport - Jim Ward
  • Superstore - Muriel Barton
  • Safeway - Muriel Barton
  • RRC - Coreen Van Meer
  • Wal-Mart - Derry/Kay McKinnon
Business Delivery/Pick-up
  • Al Coote
  • Muriel and Bruce Barton
  • Phil Gelinas
  • Bernie Roy
  • Mike Hickey
  • Chris Aldridge


  • Judy Appelt
  • Charles Appelt
  • Ken Arsenault
  • Marg Abrassart
  • Ed Belheumer
  • David Howie
  • Linda Morley
  • Page Watkins
  • Pat Gibson
  • Liz Halladay
  • Art King
  • Russ Landway
  • Gord Fingland
  • Christine Brown
  • Eric Murphy
  • Mary Ann McGibney
  • Dave Kerpanik
  • Wm Helgason
  • Fred Auger
  • Muriel Barton
  • Kathy Sproule
  • George Dobson
  • Betty Zarney
  • Kay McKinnon
  • Derry McKinnon
  • Ron Elson
  • Larry Legace
  • Bill Campbell
  • Jessie Fraser
  • Corinne Van Meer
  • Jim Curley
  • Bea Reynolds
  • Georgina Dibley
  • George Evans
  • Walter Psooy
  • Doug Thomas
  • Bud Dibley
  • Ken Carlson
  • Deanna Roy
  • Wayne Wizbicki
  • Susan Wizbicki
  • Wayne Neumann
  • Dusty Miller
  • Jim Simm
  • Ken Morley
  • Wes Tully
  • Mary Goss
  • Scotty Ferguson
  • Ron Lent
  • Joyce Warrener
  • Chris Aldridge
  • Roland Fissette
  • June Cooke
  • Bert Jolly
  • Sara MacPherson
  • Phyllis Psooy
  • Don Main
  • Ralph Tessier
  • Ron Robinson
  • Ivan Poitras
  • Don Smart
  • Vivian Tessier
  • Rick Sellwood
  • June Poitras
  • Bruce Barton
  • Merv Pilkey
  • Pat Pilkey
  • Don Neumann
  • Nancy Neumann
  • Terry James
  • Ken Russel
  • Joyce Ward
  • Jim Ward
  • Mike Thayer
  • Peter Henry
  • Ruth Henry
  • Cec Simard

Thanks to Unit 17 of the Manitoba Korea Veterans Association for looking after Wal-Mart.

Thanks to the cadets of 2701 PPCLI RCACC and 220 Air Cadet Squadron RCACS for their assistance at the Airport and at Wal-Mart.

An extra Thank you to all those who did more than one shift. There were too many to re-name.

Cde. Ronn Anderson, Chairman


Please note: all submissions for the Newsletter must be typed or hand printed. Thank you

Cde. Mike Thayer, Publicity


The staff of St. James Legion #4 would like to take this opportunity to thank the Officers, Executive, members and guests for a wonderful year and hope you had a Merry Christmas and will have a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Your staff - Roxanne, Debi, Cyndi, Jessie, Brenda, Janice, Joyce and Ron.


The holidays are fast approaching and many of the activities have taken a break until the New Year.


The cribbage league started Sept 28 2013. Come out and join us for an afternoon of friendly cards & socializing. Registration starts at 11:30 am. Cards at 12:30.

We play every second Saturday.

A Xmas luncheon will be held on Dec.21/13 after our games. We hope to see you there.

Contact Gert 837 1955 or Bea 888 4661 if you have any questions.


Play started on October 6th and the competition is hot and heavy. The Teams have taken a break until after Christmas. Go out on Sunday and watch them play at noon at the Deer Lodge Curling Club. They are looking for spares to help out. The team of Bruce Cherney, Bud Hawkins, Wayne Wiizbicki, Bob Harvey and fifth Dave Karpenik will represent the branch at the Provincial Command Seniors Curling District Level against Arborg. Good Luck guys!


The Wednesday Night Dart league has started for the season and a notice has been posted with information on the league. If you are interested in playing in this fun league and require more information please leave a message at the branch.

The branch playoffs for the 2014 Provincial command Dart championships were be held on November 16, 2013. We will have 2 4 Man Teams, 3 doubles teams and 3 singles teams to represent the branch at the next level.

International Veterans Billiard League

The 2013 -14 season has started. Watch the bulletin boards for further information. Come out and watch the high caliber of play on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. We have 2 teams that play in this league so please come out and support them. The St. James billiard players held a tournament the weekend of Dec.20-21/13 and the results were not available prior to print

Senior Snooker League

The Senior Snooker league has commenced for the coming season. You can see them play 3 mornings a week from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Thanks to Jim Ward and Bernie Roy for all their help in running this league. The boys have taken a break for Christmas and will be back playing in the New Year.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to thank those of have helped organize and run our branch sports activities so smoothly

Upcoming Events

Please watch the bulletin boards for upcoming sporting events to take place at our branch.

Yours Fraternally
Cde. Mary Anne McGibney, Sports Chairperson


Branch # 4's First Annual Children's Halloween Party was held in the Branch on Sunday, October 27th. The Party was a great success with 27 children in a wonderful assortment of costumes along with assorted parents and grandparents in attendance, some also in costume.

Everyone in attendance participated in the Halloween coloring as well as the Jack-O-Lantern carving competition and, on leaving, each child took home their completed and, in some cases, not quite completed carved pumpkin.

Mago the Magician entertained and had several of the children assisting him in his feats of magic which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Our own Brenda Shaw-Nichols led the children in Halloween games and songs. Every child won a prize in the costume competition. Refreshments were served by Cdes. Betty Zarney and Al Coote. Our Good Witch, Cde Jane Deller assisted in the awarding and passing out of prizes to the winners.

I would like to thank those members of the Executive and regular members who attended and assisted, and I would especially like to thank Brenda Shaw-Nichols for her assistance in the organization and participation in making this "First Annual Event" a success.

This year's Annual Children's Christmas Party was held on Sunday, December 8th in the Branch Clubroom. Those in attendance were treated to hot dogs, drinks and potato chips. Entertainment was provided by Mago the Magician creating balloon animals for the children, Nathan Thiessen creating origami animals with several of the children. Christmas coloring was done at every table and Elf Brenda led the Children in Christmas Carols. Santa & Mrs. Claus were in attendance 56 children and Little Gordy Laing came forward to receive a gift and sit on Santa's knee with their requests for Christmas. There was a great turnout of members and hopefully future members at the event.

I would like to thank Mike, Al, Betty, and Joel, (the kitchen crew) Brenda and Mrs. Claus (Santa's Helpers) for their great assistance in making this party a great success

Cde. Chris Lundgren, Children's Committee Chair


I would like to start off by saying it has been my pleasure as Chairman for Ways & Means these past few years. I will no longer be involved with the basket draws next year. Cde. Al Coote will be taking over the position. Please help him the way that you helped me. The greatest benefit for all the draws is the Branch. It helps fund various activities and help our veterans.

Our Christmas Basket Draw was held on December 21, 2013. The winner was Geri-Lynn Thompson. She was not there in person, but when I reached her on the phone she was thrilled at winning. It has been a pleasure in trying to get the baskets together so that the members would enjoy.

I would like to take this time to thank all of those who continue to donate to our basket draws: St. James Ladies Auxiliary, Chad Whitfield, Tom & Darlene Whitfield, John & Jane Rochon, Kendall Catering, Daurelle Wowchuk, Roxanne Mills, Linda Morley, Maria Sheard, Foodfare Grocers, Debi Pointkoski, Michelle Tourand, Jim & Joyce Ward. Without your help and the committee's help, it would be hard to continue to arranging the raffles. This year is new to us in the sense that we now have to be licensed. This includes guessing on how many tickets to have for sale. I am trying my best with this, so please be a little patient. If you have any ideas for fundraising for the branch please let the chairman of Ways & Means know, as they are always open to new ideas.

Special thanks go out to the following people who have helped throughout the year, Al Coote, Ron Filbey, Roxanne Mills, Debi Pointkoski, Shelley Smith, and Linda Morley. These people help out a great deal and make my job a little more bearable.

On behalf of myself and the committee we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yours in Comradeship,
Cde. Ken Morley, Ways Means


New Members for the General Meeting
As of December 12th 2013

Ordinary New
Albert Camphuis
David Follette
Leslie E Gillam
Daniel Lambert
Associate New
John Lamarche
Allison Pauls
Beverly Gillam
Affiliate New
Lloyd Olsen
Gilbert Fraser
Joseph Remus
Frederick Saunders
Randy Hooker
Frederick Wilcox
Sharon Miller
Lucille McLaughlin
Donald Finnbogason
  • Number of Dues paid for 2014 - 615
  • New Members - 16

To renew your Membership for 2014 the dues are $41.00 before January 31st. If renewing February 1st or later, the dues are $46.00. Cannot make it down to the Legion? Mail in your dues with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and we will be pleased to mail your Membership card to you.

Keep up with the happenings at our Legion. If you want the bulletin mailed to you, the cost is $10.00 per year and you will be one of the first to receive the bulletin delivered right to your mailbox six times a year.

Cde. Gordie Laing, Membership Chair Membership Renewal


Daily Draw Winners November/December: J. Appelt, A.E. Davis

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our Meat Draw. If you or your Group are interested please leave your name at the Bar or call the branch at (204) 888-2767.

Cde. Marge Suddick, In House Draws Chair


Band Schedule

January 2014

  • 3 - 4 Rockets
  • 10 - 11 Celebration
  • 17-18 Marvell's
  • 24 - 25 Double Duty
  • 31 Jan - 1 Feb The Breeze

February 2014

  • 07 - 08 Dynamics
  • 14 - 15 Whiskey Bent
  • 21 - 22 Almost Angels
  • 28 Feb - 1 Mar Celebration

Cde. Darcy Halladay, Entertainment Chairperson


I hope everyone had a great holiday. We will be starting the New Year with Robbie Burns Day to be held on Friday, January 25th. All further details will be on a poster on the bulletin board.

Valentine's Day February 14th we will also be having a Valentine's Day Dance and a special Supper.

Watch for further details.

I want to thank all my volunteers who helped me during the year. I could not have done it without you.

Please, if anyone has any new ideas for a special event leave a message at the bar or let me know. I am always open to new ideas.

Cde. Betty Zarney, Special Events Chair


Free Ballroom Dancing Lessons Thursday Night With Eric

  • Beginners 6:45 to 7:45
  • Advance 8:00 to 9:00

For info please call 339 - 8890


  • Monday, 1:30-3:00, Line Dancing, Beginner, Sheryl Fowler, Oct thru May
  • Monday, 6:30-7:00, Line Dancing, High Intermediate, Kathy Arnold, All Year
  • Monday, 7:00-9:00, Line Dancing, Intermediate, Kathy Arnold, All Year
  • Tuesday, 7:00-9:00, Line Dancing, High Beginner, Kathy Arnold, All Year
  • Wednesday, 7:00-7:30, Line Dancing, Intermediate, Karen Hodgins, Sept thru June
  • Wednesday, 7:30-9:00, Line Dancing, Low Intermediate, Karen Hodgins, All Year
  • Thursday, 10:00-11:00, Zumba Gold, Beginner, Karen Hodgins, Sept thru June
  • Friday, 10:00- Noon, Line Dancing, All Levels Review, Kathy Arnold, Sept thru June

Please note that all Kathy`s classes are now suspended due to health issues. Also, my line dance classes are now $4 per class, Zumba is $5.


On your way downstairs to the main lounge, there is a wooden box marked "St James Legion Supports the Troop's Family" if you have any spare change please throw it in to support our Troop's family.

Also have a look at the wall behind the bar; we are selling items for the MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre) to help the Troops and their families. Support your troops on Friday by wearing RED.


In recent years we have lost many Comrades available for the important duty of Honorary Pallbearers who are needed to honour our fallen Veterans. I would like to request volunteers for this duty, if you can spare sometime in the AM or PM to attend various funerals and have a Legion uniform. I would appreciate you getting in touch with me at 889-8225 or leave your name and phone number at the Branch office. Thank you in advance for your co-operation

Cde. Eric Murphy, Service Officer & Pensions


Well we are now into the New Year and I hope the Winter will not be to brutal. We had our elections, the following people are on the Executive:

Chair - Mary Anne Mcgibney
Recording Secretary - Ruth Henry
Bake Table - Darlyn McDonald
Publicity - June Clarke
Treasurer - Jim Simms
Membership - Phyllis Psooy
Cards - Georgina Dibley
Banquet - Marjorie Suddick
Phoning - Jume Clark

On Thursday Dec 12/13 we had our Christmas Party. Thanks to Georgina for arranging the food and Cammie for her help in the kitchen. Our entertainment was "Two for the Show". We had a sing along, very enjoyable. A young lady with a lovely voice.

We had the blue tickets and the winners were Ken Russell, Marj Lloyd, and Hugh Milne. Winner of the last draw was Marj Romanik. I hear Anne Kumka is in Deer Lodge.

A motion was made at our meeting that Derek Legge be asked to come and speak to us. He has been in a wheel chair for years, but he is very informative and could give us some very useful tips with us being seniors. He will be contacted in Feb. On Sunday Dec 17/13 we had our Christmas Turkey Dinner provided by Ken. There was 60 people in attendance. Marjorie Suddick did a great job arranging this evening. The music was very nice. Several of us gals got up to dance, but could not budge the men. We had a Bottle Draw, a bottle donated by Cammie Boyce and a 50/50 Draw. Once again a very nice evening. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope it is a good one for all.

June Clarke, Publicity


Deer Lodge - Chris Aldridge

  • Doug Brown - Not in room, left goodies
  • Bert Hilton - Air Force interesting visit
  • Hugh Buskell - Good visit, wishes everyone at the Legion Merry Xmas
  • Mel Johnston - Snoozing, left goodies
  • John Windsor - Great visit, met His Wife Lorraine

Golden West Lodge - Chris Aldridge

  • Elliot Armstrong - Great visit, met his neighbour

Oakview Place - Jim Ward

  • Lil Suche - Nice visit & chat
  • Marg Hewitt - Enjoys the visit & treats
  • J. Mowatt - Good visit & talk
  • Olive Horton - Enjoys her treats
  • Wesley Wowchuk - Just moved in hope He settles in well

Lions Personal Care Centre - Ken Morley

  • Winifred Clouston - Great Visit Happy to see Ken

Riverview Health Centre - Ivan Poitras

  • Ken Langridge - Ivan had a nice visit with Ken

Tuxedo Villa - Al Coote

  • Eva Mackay - Had a great visit Eva wishes All Her Comrades in the Ladies Auxiliary & the Branch Merry X mas & All the Best in the New Year

At Home - Al Coote

  • Peter Sawatzky - Had a nice visit with Peter & Marie.

Just heard Hank Bjork is in The Seven Oaks Hospital. If any our Members are in that area please drop in on him & have a visit.

This will be my last report as I am going to be the Ways & Means Chair next Year. I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the visiting the last few Years.

Blaine Ramsey will be the new Sick Visiting Chairperson. Please help Him with his new duties in any way you can.

Thanks Again & Merry Christmas & All Best In 2014.

Cde Al Coote, Hospital & Sick Visiting Chairperson


Please take note. Any checks or donations made to Deer Lodge Veterans must be made out to the Veterans Memorial Endowment Fund at Deer Lodge. This is to ensure the money or donations go directly to the Veterans and no other organizations. Thank you.


Our Office Administrator, Debi Pointkoski, is also a Certified Marriage Commissioner. Please contact Debi if you want more information regarding this service.


Heaven's gate swung gently open, the Master called softly "Come" and you Dear one took the Master's hand and your work on earth was done. We'll never cease to miss you and shed many silent tears because we cannot share with you Our hopes, Our joys, Our fears. But one day in God's garden when the master calls us to come, You'll be at the gates with open arms and say to us "Welcome home".

It is with deep sympathy the Branch records the passing of the following Comrades since our last review. The Officers, Executives and members extend their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

Cde. Bruce Barclay
Unit: RCAF
Deceased 7 Dec 13
Cde. William Whiston
Unit: RCAF
Deceased 27 Nov 13

Cde. Hugh Mackinnon
Unit: Navy
Deceased 16 Nov 13

They shall grow not old
As we are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
Nor do the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.


Barristers & Solicitors

Since 1923 this firm served the St James Assiniboia Community, practicing in the Areas of Real Estates, Mortgages, Wills and Estates, Family Law, Criminal, Corporate, Commercial, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Wrongful Dismissal.

George E. Chapman Q.C.
Alan R. Goddard, B.A. LL.B
Kelly P. Land, B.A., LL.B
Michael J. Law, B.A., LL.B
Allan L Dyker, B.A., LL.B
Mindy R. Lofchick, LL.B
Serge B. Couture, B.A., LL.B
Kael P. McKenzie, B.A., LL.B
Almer N. Jacksteit, B. Comm, LL.B, Counsel

1864 Portage Ave Winnipeg, MB R3J 0H2
Tel. (204) 888-7973
Fax no. (204) 832-3461