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Convention Report

The 2014 Dominion Convention took place in Edmonton, Alberta, 15 - 18 June.

The parade, wreath laying ceremony and opening ceremonies took place on Sunday 15 June. Business sessions took place on Monday through Wednesday 16 - 18 June.

The Keynote Speaker on:

  • Day 1 was Honorable J. Fantino, P.C, M.P. Minister of Veterans Affairs.
  • Day 2 was BGen Dave Anderson, Commander 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
  • Day 3 was LGen R.R. Crabbe (Ret'd), Colonel of the Regiment, PPCLI
Accredited Delegates 966
Proxies 2400
Total Votes 3366
Concurred Resolutions 49
Brought Back Resolutions 18 (7 defeated, 4 withdrawn)

A full report on the resolutions and their effect on the operation of the Royal Canadian Legion will be in a report from Dominion Command at a later date.

The following were elected to guide the operation of the RCL for the next two years:

President Tom Eagles New Brunswick
1st Vice President Dave Flannigan Newfoundland/Labrador
Vice- President Andre Paquette
Tom Irvine
Ed Pigeau
Treasurer Mark Barham Alberta/NWT
Chairman Jack Frost Ontario

Don't forget your Branch, in order to continue to operate into the future, it requires the support of the membership so your business is important to maintain a viable operation. After your golf game, ball game or Bar-B-Q or whatever summer event you enjoy, don't forget to stop in for some refreshment. Meat draws and Friday night dances continue all summer so I hope to see you there.

All my best wishes to our shut-ins and to those who are ill, get well soon.

Cde. Ronn Anderson, President


On May 4/14 we had our Spring Luncheon. Once again the food was good. Thanks to all the help in the kitchen, an again we had the help of the Cadets. The prizes went over very well and the following are a list of Winner.

Money Tree Kay McKinnon
Grocery Hamper Mary Anne McGibney
Marge Martin
Joyce Warrener
Necklace Mabel Brockhill
Roaster Oven Debbie Oram
Bread Maker Carol Tasse
Afghan Debbie Clarke
Cutting Board & Containers Ken Pointkoski
House Coat & Candle Mary Anne McGibney
Tea Lights & Cup + Saucer Ethel Shymko
Photo Box Barbara Mickey
Recipe Book & Tea Towels Ann Springer
Candles & Placemats Barb Ciggie
$20.00 Gift Certificate & Butterfly Dish Debbie Clarke
Cake Set Pat Fowler
Duffle Bag & Cup Set Jane Deller
Wrapping Paper & Candle Holder Set Jane Deller
3 Drawer Organizer & Covers Debbie Clarke
Casserole Dish Marge Martin
30 pc Value Pak Georgina Dibley
Power Bar Jackie Blonski
Candle Set Lynn Stevens
Door Prize Beth Dara
Audrey Blaylock
Marlene Brown

We again received a letter of thank you for the Soup Labels from Ecole George V School. The letter was from the Principal Manuel Silva. The Auxiliary appreciated receiving them and thank you for the support.

At our meeting on June 4/14 we were told Freda Granger had a fall. Hope you're feeling better now.

A few of us put a loonie in the Birthday Box for June and July - Hope you have a nice Birthday.

On Thursday June 19/14 we had our wind up supper at the Legion. We had a very good turn out. We had Chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and ice cream for dessert. Corrine read a few stories, we played a game, I read a story, Marjorie Martin read a couple of stories and Mary Joss told a few stories. Ken prepared the food and his wife served us. Well done and thank you. The only thing wrong was we had to go home in the pouring rain. Let's hope July and august is better. See you in September.

June Clarke, Ladies Auxiliary Publicity Chair


Cde. Mike Thayer, Publicity


Summer has finally arrived and the majority of our sports activities have started their hiatus until the fall.


We are a casual, fun group and always looking for more players. Why not consider joining us!! If you have any questions, please call: Bea at 204-888-4661 or Gert at 204-837-1955. A detailed report will be in the August issue of the Bulletin.


A notice will be posted in late August with details on the meeting to be held in September 2014


The Wednesday Night Dart league has finished until the fall and a notice will be posted with the official start date in September. If you are interested in playing in this fun league and require more information please leave a message at the branch.

International Veterans Billiard League

The 2014 -15 season will start again in the fall. Watch the bulletin boards for further information.

Senior Snooker League

The Senior Snooker league will commence again in the fall. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Pool Room Bulletin Board later this summer. Thanks to all for your help and co-operation in making this year a success.


The Branch will be represented by both a Regular and Senior team at The 2014 Provincial Command Regular and Senior golf tournaments being held on the weekend of August 16-17, 2014 in Carman MB. The Regular team will consist of Mike Armstrong, Rick McDonald, Doug Penner and Mike Thayer. The Senior team will consist of Bernie Roy, Doug Gallagher, Gary Lacey and Darcy Halladay. Good luck guys!

Upcoming Events

Watch the bulletin Board for the Mary Oliver Doubles Dart Tournament to be held in September 27, 2014

Yours Fraternally
Cde. Mary Anne McGibney, Sports Chairperson


Our Canada Basket will be drawn on Canada Day at the Legion.

Yours in Comradeship,
Cde. Ken Morley, Ways Means


George Goudie
Caleb Goudie
Kevin Gault
Susan Chadwick
Blair Rawlins
Denis Lemieux

  • Number of Dues paid for 2014 - 1297
  • New Members - 6

Cde. Gordie Laing, Membership Chair Membership Renewal


Meat Draw

The Friday night Meat Draw is in desperate need of two people to sell tickets. This would only involve one night every four or five weeks and takes about 1 1/2 hours. Anyone who can spare a little time to help please let me know. At 837-8416

We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our Saturday 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


Now that summer is here, why not come out for our Chase The Ace draw on Mondays. Sales are between 6PM - 8PM, with the draw at 8:15PM. We also have a 50/50 draw which is usually around 8PM. The canteen is open if you would like to have a dinner first. Bring some friends and enjoy some good times. Do not forget that each week that the Ace of Spades is not drawn, the chances increase the following week. See you soon.

Yours in Comradeship,
Ken Morley, Chairman


Band Schedule July (Fridays Only)

July 4 Dynamics
July 11 Rockets
July 18 Dynamics
July 25 Rockets

Band Schedule August (Fridays Only)

August 1 Dynamics
August 8 Dynamics
August 15 Dynamics
August 22 Rockets
August 29 Almost Angels

Cde. Darcy Halladay, Entertainment Chairperson


Our Mother's Day Brunch was a total success. We had over 100 people show up. Thank you for all who came. I especially want to thank our cooks in the kitchen. They did an awesome job. Thank you to Roland Fisette, Doc Halladay, Mike Thayer and Ronn Anderson. Thank you to our other helpers, Al Coote, Gisele Coote, Maryanne McGibney, Brenda Shaw, Liz Halladay and Russel Fisette. Everyone worked very hard to make this day a great Mother's Day.


  • September 20th, Saturday
  • 5:30 pm start time
  • Beer and Chili- $5.00

WANTED- Anyone who would again like to enter the chili cook-off there will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

We will be having a silent auction again where the proceeds will go to the burn fund so if anyone would like to donate anything please see Betty Zarney.

September 22, Monday

Any Veteran who would like to come down and have lunch with our other Shut in Veterans there will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Put your name down and come and enjoy the afternoon.

Check for posters with further information on these events.

Cde. Betty Zarney, Special Events Chair


The Branch is the official sponsor of 2701 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Cadet Corps. This is just one of the ways in which your Branch supports youth development.

Training and Band Uniforms

Another successful cadet training year came to a close in mid-June 2014. It was quickly followed by summer camp training.

This year PPCLI cadets will attend a number of summer training courses. These include: basic parachutist; basic expedition, general training, marksmanship, military band, expedition instructor, (two cadets will take the training, one in Vernon, BC and the other in Whitehorse, NWT), leadership and challenge training and the Rocky Mountain National Army Cadet Training. One other cadet will be employed on the staff at Vernon Cadet Camp.

We have an ongoing program to replace the uniforms worn by the Drum Line. Two were replaced earlier this year. These uniforms are quite expensive, so the replacement programme will be phased-in over a period of several years.

Legion Medal of Excellence Winner

Cadet MWO Brittany Thompson was the 2014 winner of the Legion Medal of Excellence. She was the parade commander at the Annual Ceremonial Review and is currently attending the University of Winnipeg.

Frezenberg Commemoration

The Battle of Frezenberg without question is the most celebrated of all the battle honours borne on the Patricia's Regimental Colour.

Many serving and former Patricia's will travel to Europe in May 2015 to commemorate the centennial of the Battle. The plan is to have a number of Patricia cadets from across Canada join them in the commemoration of this important historical event.

We will continue to fundraise to sponsor a deserving cadet from 2701.

Change of Leadership

Commanding Officers of cadet units normally hold the appointment for two years. Captain Rick Sellwood completed his tour of duty in May 2014 and was replaced by Captain Anil Sukkan.

Rick will continue his association with the unit as the Band Officer.

Both Rick and Anil served as cadets with 2701 and continued their association with the unit by becoming cadet officers. They are among a growing number of former cadets who have chosen to remain active with the programme as adults.

Anil's normal full time employment is at 17 Wing Winnipeg where he is a physical education instructor.

Bravo Zulo

I want to thank Eric Murphy for filling in for me while I was away. As always, his support to the cadets has been exemplary.

Ivan Poitras Sponsor's Representative


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


We had our meeting on Thursday, May 8/14 and we had Mary Anne back as our Chairperson. She is looking good and thanked certain people for filling in. It's nice to have her back.

June 12/14 will be our last meeting till September. Hope everyone enjoys the summer. Maybe come September we will see more out to our meetings.

A few dates to mark on your calendar are: Corn Roast-Sept14/14-cost $10.00. You get a hotdog or hamburger and corn. Doors open at noon, there will be games and food will be served from 3PM to 5PM. Buy a ticket, come out and have some fun. We are a very nice group.

The Chili Cook Off is Sept 20/14. It went over so well last year, they are having it again this year. Get your tickets early if you want a seat.

Our meeting starts at 1:30PM, just a reminder.

On May 24/14 there was 18 of us that went to Stonewall. We had a very nice day. We had a very nice lunch of pork loin, mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, gravy and ice cream with strawberries foe desert. Some played cards and some played a game on the pool table. They also had door prizes and some nice gifts that some of us won. They have a fun day every Friday at 2PM if you care to go.

Ev Hunter had a hip replacement on Wednesday June 4/14 and she is doing well

Tickets are now out for the Corn Roast, the Executive is selling them.

Sunday June 15/14 was Father's Day, to all the men "Hope you had a nice day".

On Wednesday June 11/14 Four of us went to Rockwood Legion, we had a very nice lunch. A lot of people were there. They had a Bottle Draw, 50/50 Draw and Phyllis Psooy had the winning ticket for $20.00, they had more than one draw.

Thursday June 12/14 we had our meeting and now we have a rest over summer. Our next meeting is Sept 11/14.Mark your calendars so you don't forget.

Hope everyone has a nice summer. See you all again in September.

June Clarke, Publicity


Deer Lodge - Chris Aldridge

  • Doug Brown - Loves His treats, great visit
  • Bert Hilton - Looks forward to His visit, enjoys the treats
  • Hugh Buskell - Not in left, goodie bag
  • Mel Johnston - Enjoyed the visit
  • John Windsor - Says Hi to all good visit
  • Elliot Armstrong - Relocated to Deer Lodge from Golden West. I am sure he is glad to be back home

Golden West Lodge - Chris Aldridge

Oakview Place - Jim Ward

  • Olive Horton - Enjoys her treats
  • Neal Mowatt - Nice visit & chat
  • Lil Suche - Good visit, says Hi to all
  • Marge Hewitt - Sleeping, left goodie bag
  • Wes Wowchuck - Sleeping, left goodie bag

Lions Personal Care Centre - Ken Morley

Misericordia Health Centre - Al Coote

  • Hank Bjork - Lost Hank for some time, now found him, He was happy to get the visit. He was in good spirits & would love to have more visitors. So if you have some spare time drop in & see Hank

Riverview Health Centre - Ivan Poitras

  • Ken Landridge - Had a good Visit

Tuxedo Villa - Al Coote

  • Eva Mackay - Eva had her 100 th Birthday in May, She enjoyed the Celebration & Good Wishes from everyone, Says Hi to all at the Legion.

At Home - Al Coote

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

Cde Al Coote , Hospital & Sick Visiting Chairperson

Daily Draw Winners

May/June: P. Henry, S.G. Wizbicki, D. Halladay, G.S. Coutts

Attention Members with Hearing Aids

We recently received a whole pile of hearing aid batteries, all new and free. Sizes are, #13, #312 and #360. Anyone who wished to obtain some of these batteries please contact Eric Murphy either at the Club or phone # 204-889-8225

Mobility Aids

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.


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. Richard Reynolds
Unit: RCAF
Deceased 20 June 14
Cde. Barry Broadfoot
Voting Affiliate
Deceased 31 May 14

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