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A big thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary for their gift of the purchase and installation of new handicap entrances to the downstairs washrooms. Thank You Ladies.

While I am saying thank you, I would like to acknowledge all of the work being done in the branch by the many volunteers. Without their help the branch could be in dire straits. The funds raised by the many members involved in the meat draws, Texas Hold-em, Chase The Ace, Special Basket draws and other fund raising events continue to help balance the books. Without your support of these events it would be difficult for the branch to continue operating.

At the April meeting we will be deciding on the number of delegates and electing members to be delegates to the 2016 Dominion Convention. If you are interested in representing your branch at this convention please attend the meeting in order to be elected as a delegate. The convention will be held in St Johns NFLD, 11 - 14 June, 2016.

The Sports Foundation of Manitoba & Northwest Ontario Command operates the Best Sports Camp in Canada for Children. In order to do this they need help. If you are able to give some time to the welfare of our youth, then maybe you could volunteer as a Dorm Dean (Chaperone) at the Athletic Camp for a week this summer. The camp operates in one week blocks from 17 July 2016 until 13 August 2016 at The International Peace Garden. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

My best wishes to all. If you are under the weather, Get Well Soon, and I hope to see you all in the branch over the next couple of months.

Cde. Ronn Anderson, President


Thank you to those that brought in Soup Labels. For 2015 there were 1674 Soup Labels, thank you for your support. You can still bring them in.

At the meeting on 7th of January, both Freda Granger and Joan Faraci put in the Birthday Basket. That day was Freda's Birthday. We wish you both the best.

Annette Sul had a bad fall at home, she was taken to the Grace Hospital. Joan Faraci also took a tumble at home, but she is ok.

Our President Corinne received a Certificate of Merit for 29 years of service, Congratulations.

Spoke with Marion Schroeder the other day, she also took a bad fall at home. She was in the hospital, but is home now. She has been moved to Assisted Living, it will be a change for her. She is coming along ok.

For our Election we now have out list complete.

  • Kay McKinnon - Secretary
  • Jane Deller - 2nd Vice, also Membership

They both do a good job.

Jan Miller has not been out in a while, she has been a bit under the weather. She was out to our meeting, we sure missed her on the piano.

Also, don't forget our Bake Table, it is one of our ways of making money. Please contact Barb Criggie.

# 141 Auxiliary has closed, so we have 2 transfers coming in to join our Auxiliary. More information later.

Just recently Debi Pointkoski lost her Father, George Pioth on January 12/16. Our Condolences to Debi and her Family.

Spoke to Annette this morning, is home now and glad to be home. She will be taking it easy for a while.

Marjorie Martin has had a very bad cold, look after yourself. Our Secretary, Kay McKinnon also has a bad cold, take care.

June Clarke, Ladies Auxiliary Publicity Chair

Bar Managers Message

On behalf of the staff and myself I would like to thank the members and guests for their support of the Legion in 2015 and hope you will continue to enjoy the activities available to you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff - Cyndi, Jess, Brenda, Joyce, Janice, Sharon and Ron for their dedication and service in 2015.

To all a Happy St. Patrick's Day and have a wonderful Easter.

Happy Spring on March 20th.



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

Cde. Mike Thayer, Publicity


For those who don't know me, my name is Randy Morningstar and I am the new Sports Chairman/Rep, whichever you prefer, I have been a Legion member for 23 years and a member of St James Legion since 2001. I am also a serving member in the CAF, for just shy of 35 years. I look forward to my tenure as your sports rep and I am open to any suggestions or concerns you may have, and look forward to making our legion a fun place to hold and play sporting events and leagues!

Spring is right around the corner and it is almost time to dust off the golf clubs!


District finals were held 31 Jan 2016 at West Kildonan Branch #30, our single representatives did very well; Barry O'Donnel came in first and Linda Morley finished third. In the doubles, our team of Barry and Linda finished first. Well done to both. They will going to Roblin, MB for the Provincials March 11th-13th.


The curling has been going strong and the playoffs started 24 Jan and every Sunday after with the final being played on 3 Apr. At the end of round robin play, R. Fisette's team finished first with 15 points. The playoffs are broken down into A and B side, the top four teams are in the A group while B group has the next six teams. If you are looking to see some good playoff curling, head on down to the rink on Sundays!


The Wednesday night Dart League is still going strong, it starts at 1730 hrs (7:30) you can still come out and spare if you like, they are always looking for new players! The season is winding down, just a couple more months to go! The banquet has been scheduled for 30 Apr. The District play downs were held West Kildonan, Branch #30, and 13 Feb 2016. Our representatives gave a fine effort but came up a little short in going on to the Provincial play downs, better luck next year guys, well done though!

International Veterans Billiard League

There are 10 teams in the league and we have two teams, St James #1 and St James #2. As of 18 Feb the first place team has 50 points with St James #1 close behind with 49 points while St James #2 is tied with three other teams for fourth place. The top six teams make the playoffs, well done to all players. Also, it is a huge feat in our league to have a player run a Century(100+points), on 18 Feb, Steve Jones, of St James #2 ran a 110, well done Steve congratulations on your first Century! There is six weeks to go in the regular season before the playoffs start, good luck to both teams!

Senior Snooker League

The senior snooker league continues to go strong and if anyone wants to go watch and have a good laugh with all the players, and join in on the heckling; the games are played every Wednesday and Thursday starting at 0900 hrs!

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

Yours Fraternally
Cde. Randy Morningstar, Sports Chairperson


Cde. Chris Lundgren, Children's Committee Chair


We had our Valentine's Day Basket Draw on February 13, 2016. The winner was Debra Forbes, who was happy with her win. I would like to thank Daurelle Wowchuk and George Morrison who donated items to the basket draw. I would like to thank Al Coote for helping me with the basket draw. We made a minimal profit for the branch given the time we had. Our next draw is the Mother's Day Basket. The Basket will be out soon and the draw date is May 7, 2016. If you know of any business or if you would like to donate to the basket, you can either leave it at the bar or see myself.

Our Chase The Ace has now commenced. The jackpot is currently at $1,757.50. It held every Monday Evening. The tickets are $5.00 for a strip of 5 tickets. We also have a 50/50 draw and the tickets are $1.00 for 5 tickets. Sales start at 6:00 PM and close at 8:00 PM. We have our 50/50 draw first and the Chase The Ace draw at 8:15 PM. Why not come down with a group of friends and have an enjoyable evening with a chance to win some cash. I would like to thank Mike Thayer, and Al Coote for their time to make this endeavor possible.

On Friday evenings along with our mini meat draw, Betty Zarney is holding a mini bake draw. She is raising money towards our 90th Anniversary and also for the Provincial Convention in 2017


Yours in Comradeship,
Cde. Ken Morley, Ways and Means


Frederick Lynds
Derek Edward
Nigel Osborn
Bernard Desautels
Terry Harnden
Deanne Evans
Timothy Fulcher
Linda Flanagan
Mary-Ann McCuaig
Dale Wilkie
Tyler Metcalfe
Caroline Hepner
Valeria Harper
Marjorie Geisel

Richard P.A. Lacoursiere
David Cororan
Jamie Bonner
Jamie Hayes
William Gibson
Deborah Rostkowski
Gary Sova

Number of Dues paid for 2016 - 1098

New Members 21

Cde. Gordie Laing, Membership Chair Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal

To renew your 2015 membership the dues are $46.00. To become a member of the St. James Legion for the year 2015, the dues are $41.00. To renew your Membership for 2016 the dues are $45.00 until Jan 31st 2016; Feb 1st the dues are $50.00. 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.


I would like to see a good turnout for the meat draws in March. The first three Saturdays there will be Turkeys & Hams. So tell your friends and everyone Come out and support our draws. Also I am always looking for help so if You can help with the draws on Friday or Saturday leave your name at the Bar Or see me.

Cde. Al Coote, In House Draws Chair

Daily Draw Winners for January/February: R. Mills, J. Ward


Band Schedule


  • MAR 4 & 5 DYNAMICS
  • MAR 24 & 26 DOUBLE SHOT


  • APR 15 & 16 DYNAMICS


  • MAY 13 & 14 THE ROCKETS
  • MAY 20 & 21 DYNAMICS
  • MAY 27 & 28 DOUBLE SHOT

Please note that the new name for Whiskey Bent is Double Shot.

The bands start at 8:00 P.M. on Friday nights and 7:00p.m. on Saturday nights.

Please note that March 25 is Good Friday and the branch will be closed so the band will play on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Cde. Maryanne McGibney, Entertainment Chairperson


Our Robbie Burns Day in January went okay. There were only a few people but they seemed to enjoy the haggis. Thank you to everyone who helped especially Corrinne Van Meer and Kay McKinnon who helped peel potatoes and turnips. That was quite a chore especially the turnips. I only cut myself twice on the same finger.

The Valentine's Day Dance was fun. We even had cupid fly around and make people laugh. Thank you Joel. You were great.

Next Event

  • St. Patrick's Day- Thursday- March 17th
  • Stew- $6.00 a bowl.
  • Purchase tickets from Ken

Please, if anyone has any other ideas for a special event leave a message for me at the bar or just let me know. I would always like to try new ideas.

Cde. Betty Zarney, Special Events Chair


Cde. Ivan Poitras, Sponsers Representitive


  • 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
  • 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

Please note that my line dance classes are now $4 per class, Zumba is $5.


As all members Know by now, our Club sponsors the PPCLI Cadets. There is a small box located by the phone down stairs near the Canteen. If you have any spare CDN Tire Money, it would be greatly appreciated if you could drop it in the box. Once filled we will deliver it to the PPCLI Cadets.


The Branch has a limited number of mobility aids such as wheelchairs, and canes that are available on loan to our members. If you are in need of a mobility aid on a temporary basis, stop by the Branch to view the items available and determine if one might meet your short term needs.


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 honor 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


Just recently spoken to Marjorie Romaniuk, has gone to her 3rd bout of sickness. She has been a member for years. She sent her best wishes to everyone. Very nice to speak to, we will keep in touch with her.

Our Bake Table is worked every 3rd Saturday, if you can bake or sign up for a Saturday, it would be appreciated.

For those that turned in Soup Labels, we did very well. So keep them coming in. For 2015 we took in 1674 labels.

Pat Patterson is in Seven Oaks Hospital and he is waiting for a Nursing Home. We wish you and Myrt the best.

Our General Meeting in March is on the Thursday, the 11th. Please try to attend.

Marjorie Romaniuk is in the Grace Hospital on the 3rd floor. Hopefully she is feeling better.

Darlyn Mc Donald is back with us. She had her surgery and is coming along okay. She was out to the meeting on February 11/16. Nice to have you out with us.

June Clarke, Publicity


Deer Lodge - Tom Love

  • Doug Brown - Sleeping, left goodie bag.
  • Charles Yule - Nice Visit.
  • Maria Sawatsky - Moved to room 733, not in room. left goodie bag.
  • Peter Sawatsky - Busy with staff, left goodie bag.

Golden West Lodge - Tom Love

  • Elliot Armstrong - Good visit as usual talking BNN stuff.

Oakview Place - Jim Ward

  • Olive Horton - Short visit.
  • Wes Wowchuk - Not in room, left goodie bag.
  • Ed Wall - Out of room, left goodie bag.
  • Marge Hewitt - Good visit and chat.
  • Yvette McGibney - Out of room, left goodie bag.

Lions Personal Care Centre - Ken Morley

  • Winnie Clouston - Had a nice visit.

Tuxedo Villa - Al Coote

  • Eva Mackay - Very enjoyable visit

This is my report for the Sick and Visiting. Thanks to all the committee members, Ken, Al and Jim.

Cde Tom Love, 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. Hugh Buskell
Unit: Army
Deceased 19 Jan 16
Cde. Kathryn Arnold
Deceased 13 Jan 16

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.


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