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To paraphrase a famous President of the USA, "ask not what your branch can do for you but ask what you can do for your branch." A very small number of branch members are working very hard to keep the doors of St. James Legion open. Are you doing your part?

Yearly dues are $46.00 ($41 if you are an Early Bird) of which $28.61 has to be paid to Dominion and Provincial Command for the Legion magazine and the per capita costs. This leaves $15.39 (10.39 if you are an Early Bird) to operate the branch. Keeping the cost of products you purchase at the bar reasonable means that the bar profits just meet the cost of operating the bar with very little left over to cover the remainder of the expenses occurred in keeping the building in good repair as well as covering the on-going maintenance costs. Profits from Meat Draws; ongoing basket raffles; Chase the Ace; Texas hold-em and 50/50 must raise enough money to pay the utility and maintenance. Some months, in particular, the summer months the expenses are greater than the income. Without the small dedicated group of members volunteering their time to look after these events the front doors of the branch would like many others in the country be closing permanently. We can't let this happen. Are you doing your part to keep our doors open?

In the near future, watch for construction to start in the branch. We are presently waiting for quotes to come in for the renovations of our bathrooms. The branch applied for a grant from the government and it was announced that St. James legion would be receiving up to $100,000.00 for those renovations.

Don't forget our Remembrance Day service at Bruce Park this year. It is always a very moving ceremony and well attended. Parade steps off from Assiniboine Hotel at 10:45 as usual. Hope to see you all there. Everyone is invited back to the Branch after the service for some socializing.

The Poppy campaign is well under way, but as in past years we will still require a lot of help. Check the bulletin board for empty slots that you can fill. It's only with your help that we can raise the funds needed to support our needy veterans. During your initiation into the Legion each and every one of you declared that you will "ever strive by all proper means to promote the work of the organization including active participation in the Poppy campaign."

Seems a little early for this, but as this is the last bulletin before Christmas and the New Year I'll pass on those messages now. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

To all our shut-ins I wish a speedy recovery and I hope to see you all in the branch clubrooms in the near future.

I wish also to thank all of the staff members without whom it would be impossible to operate. Office, Bar, Maintenance, you are all important. THANK YOU

Cde. Ronn Anderson, President



TIME- 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

TIME- 4:30 PM- 6:30 PM




Cde. Betty Zarney


Meeting Times L.A Exec 6:30 PM, General 7:30 PM every first Thursday of the Month

In May Eva Mackay celebrated her 100th Birthday. A few of the ladies visited her with a corsage. The ladies were Marjorie Martin, Barbara Criggie, Phyllis Psooy and Kay Brown. Eva is in good spirits. Marjorie Martin gave me this picture below nice idea to have in the Bulletin. Eva was the one that got the Bake Table going for the Auxiliary and has always been a hard worker.

Anne Kumka is now in Golden West room 319, she is in a wheel chair now.

At our meeting we had 3 ladies celebrating a Birthday, Lila Yelland, Annett Sul and Marjorie Martin. Marjorie's birthday was Sept 6/14 and she is 92 years. All the best.

The Auxiliary will be hosting a Pre-Christmas Luncheon on Sunday, Nov 23/14. Time is 12:30 PM. Tickets are $7.00. Marjorie Martin has tickets. Mark your calendars and come down for a nice lunch.

The List for the Bake Table is out. If you would like to take a day contact Barb Criggie.

Jane Deller has not been well, is at home and in bed rest. A card has been sent.

On Oct 19/14 at 6:30 PM, Phyllis Psooy and Mary Goss presented an Undergrad award to Christopher Lawsing at St James Collegiate

Honours and Awards

Phyllis Psooy received her 25 Year Pin. Gwen Daniels received her 70 Year Pin. As she was not in attendance at the meeting, her Pin will be mailed to her. Marjorie Suddick received her 15 Year Pin

President Corrine presented a cheque to the George Waters Middle School Program to help with the Lunch Program, this is also a part of St James Collegiate.

The Auxiliary does Memorial and Funeral lunches.

June Clarke, Ladies Auxiliary Publicity Chair


Cde. Ronn Anderson, Chairman


Cde. Mike Thayer, Publicity



The cribbage league started Sept 13, 2014

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. We hope to see you there.

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

Sign -up sheets for the 2015 Provincial command Cribbage Championships are posted on the Sports Bulletin Board. The Deadline is November 19/14.


Play has started and the competition is hot and heavy. Go out on Sunday and watch them play at noon at the Deer Lodge Curling Club. They are looking for full time curlers spares to help out.

Sign-up sheets for the 2015 Provincial Command Curling have been posted on the sports Bulletin Board.

The deadline for entries is November 19, 2016.


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 sign-up sheets for the 2015 Provincial Command Darts are posted on the bulletin board. The deadline for registration is November 19, 2014. If Branch playoffs are required, they will be held on a later date.

The Mary Oliver Memorial Mixed Doubles Dart Tournament was held on September 27th. A total of $1217 was raised for Cancer Care MB. A big thanks from the family to the executive and member of St. James for their kind and continuous support.

International Veterans Billiard League

The 2014 -15season 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 1 team that plays in this league so please come out and support them.

Senior Snooker League

The Senior Snooker league has commenced for the coming season. You can see them play 2 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.

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


The second annual Children's Halloween Party was held on Sunday, October 26th. 42 Jack'o Lanterns were carved by the Children in attendance. There were an incredible number of great costumes entered in the parade and costume contest. Mago entertained with balloon animals, spiders, swords, bow & arrows and other spectacular constructions. A new game at this year's event was the waterless doughnut bobbing contest. The children all departed on a sugar high with prizes a won and even more candy. There were several parents and grandparents costumed for the event. This event has even furthered the belief that our legion hall is haunted by a red devil faced, black robed ghost, as he was not seen arriving or leaving but reportedly seen by many during the party.

A Special thanks to Brenda (Stu), Joel (Pid), Shawn (Woody), and Nathan (Dr. Proctor) who assisted in the games and entertainment making the party a great success. Also thanks to Betty Zarney, Al Coote, and Mike Thayer for the kitchen work and service of refreshments.


This Year's Children's Christmas event will be a "Breakfast with Santa Clause" and will be held on SUNDAY DECEMBER 7th Branch Members who wish to bring their children and grandchildren, or just want to come and enjoy these fun are advised to again watch for the posters that will be posted in the branch so that they may sign up on the provided forms. These forms will be available at the branch office (during branch office hours) or from staff at the bar.

Cde. Chris Lundgren, Children's Committee Chair


Our Thanksgiving draw on October 11/14 was won by Jackie Brown who was in attendance, and was very happy to win. Thank-you to all those who entered the draw. Our next draw will be the Christmas basket, which will be held on December 20/14. I would like to thank the following who donated towards the basket: Murdoch Jardine, Jim Simm, Jane Deller, Kay McKinnon, Mike Thayer, Betty Zarney, Judy Appelt, Len Hintz, Kendall Catering, Wpg. Police Pipe Band, St. Leon's Garden, and Linda Morley. Without the generosity of these people and companies, it would be extremely hard to continue to have superb baskets. I would also like to thank Al Coote, Debi Pointkoski, and the bar staff for their help.

The sale of Grey Cup tickets are doing fine. Just a reminder to have your tickets and money returned no later than November 22/14. If any are looking for books to sell, they have been distributed.

Our Chase The Ace draw on Monday nights is continuing to grow. As of October 27/14 the Jackpot is worth over $5,600.00. We are currently down to only 17 cards. Every week that the jackpot is not one another card is taken from the deck, making the chances better to win. Sales start at 6 P.M. and close at exactly 8 P.M., with the draw being held at 8:15 P.M. Tickets cost $5.00 for a strip of five. Come on down and try it out, who knows you just might win.

Yours in Comradeship,
Cde. Ken Morley, Ways Means


Anthony Gunkel
Daniel Bryan-Pullham
Gary Gilmartin
Dorothy King
Jennifer Brewster
William Dowie
Patricia Stapleton
Craig Buskell
Cecil Saari
Christopher Parei
Hart Kapitoler
Aldolph Meder

William Yewdal
Dennis Mazur
Fredrick Johnson

Number of Dues paid for 2015 - 215
New Members - 15

Cde. Gordie Laing, Membership Chair Membership Renewal

To renew your Membership the dues are $41.00. To become a member of the St James Legion for the year 2015, the dues are $41.00. To renew your Membership for 2014 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.


Meat Draw

Christmas is almost here. Christmas Hams and Turkeys we be drawn on the following dates;
Dec 6th, Dec 13th, Dec 20th.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the volunteers who work so willingly and faithfully, a very Happy and Merry Christmas and a Healthy 2015.

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

Daily Draw Winners

September/October M. Martin, M. Abrassart, A. Coote, J. Frankfurt


Yours in Comradeship,
Ken Morley, Chairman


Band Schedule


  • 31-01, Almost Angels
  • 07-08, Crosstown
  • 11- Remembrance Day, No Rap Newman
  • 14-15, Marvels
  • 21-22, Whiskey Bent
  • 28-29, Any Thing You Want


  • 05-06, Contra Band
  • 12-13, Dynamics
  • 19-20, Crosstown
  • 26-27, Marvels
  • 31 Dec New Year's Eve, Marvels

Entertainment Chairperson


Our Chili Cook off in September went over great. Everyone had fun. I have to thank all the people who helped out to make this event a great day.

Thank you to Al & Gisele Coote, Maryanne McGibney, Judy Appelt, June Clarke, Marge Suddick, Debbie Clarke, Tina Baer, Roxanne Mills, and Ron Filbey. Also thank you to everyone who donated for our silent auction.

Jesse Frankfurt
Debbie Clarke
Maryanne McGibney
Dave Reid
Dave Karpanik
Kathy Sproule
Mary Goss
Ray & Jerry's
Phyllis Psooy
Marjorie Martin
Marge Suddick
The Keg
Susan McLean
Mary Sheard
Wayne Ball
Big Rock
Dusty Miller
June Clarke
Tina Baer
Judy Appelt
Doug Gallagher
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Al Coote
Gisele Coote
Kay McKinnon
Winnipeg Jets
Cathy Marzoff
Durell Wowchuk
Jane Deller
Polo Park Bowing Lanes
Barb Criggie
Chicken Delight

Your contributions were greatly appreciated. Also a special thank you to Ken for donating the hamburger for the chili. Everyone appreciated you kind offer. Thank you to all the staff who always work hard for our events. Also thank you to Roxanne for allowing me to make the jello shooters. They went over great especially my favourite. If I have forgotten anyone on the list please let me know and I will put it in the next bulletin. I am sorry if I left anyone out. Thank you to Ronn Anderson and Darcy Halladay for being judges.

Cde. Betty Zarney, Special Events Chair


Cde. Ivan Poitras, Sponsers Representitive

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.


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


We are now into Fall, hasn't been that bad outside and we are not getting any rain.

Eunice Harvey had a bad fall, Robert Robinson had a triple by-pass. He is coming along, not rushing and cards have been sent.

We lost a member on Sept1/14 Eleanor Hanson, Also we will keep in our prayers - Bud Dibley. I have spoken to Marie Sawatzky, takes each day as it comes. Peter is sometimes a little forgetful.

Our Corn Roast, Sept 14/14 was a success. We had 73 people out and the food was great. The games went over well. We also had a Bottle Draw and a 50/50 Draw. We all had a good day.

Our Christmas Dinner will be on Sunday, Nov 30/14. It will be a Turkey Dinner. Tickets will be out at our next meeting, Marjorie Suddick will have tickets, so get them early.

If you can't make it to the meeting, you will get a call. We always have a good time.

See you at the meeting

June Clarke, Publicity


Deer Lodge - Chris Aldridge

Doug Brown - Grandson was visiting, enjoyed his chocolate bar
Bert Hilton - Good visit, had chocolate bar right away
Hugh Buskell - Snoozing left goodie bag
John Windsor - Good visit, awaiting weekly ward trivia game

Golden West Lodge - Chris Aldridge

Elliot Armstrong - Good afternoon visits - awaits the goodie bag

Oakview Place - Jim Ward

Marge Hewitt - Nice visit & chat
Lil Suche - Enjoys the visits & treats
James Mowatt - Out of room left goodie bag
Wes Wowchuk - Good visit had a few treats
Olive Horton - Short visit, enjoys treats

Lions Personal Care Centre - Ken Morley

Winnie Clouston - Enjoyed vets lunch & also likes her monthly visits from Ken

St. Boniface Hospital - Ken Morley

Walter Romaniuk - Recovering from surgery, hopes to go home soon

Grace Hospital - Jane Deller

Jim Curley - Had a good visit, hopes to go home soon

Riverview Health Centre - Ivan Poitras

Tuxedo Villa - Al Coote

Eva Mackay - Resting, left goodie bag

At Home - Al Coote

Peter Sawatzky - Peter was busy with home care, left goodie bag

Misericordia Hospital - Al Coote

Hank Bjork Sleeping left goodie bag

That's the sick visiting report, please remember our sick & shut ins comrades & pay them a visit if you can. Thanks to the comrades that help with the visits each month.

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.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Award

The Branch awarded a total of $2500.00 to the following students;

  • John Taylor Collegiate - Hailey Ryan
  • St James Collegiate - Mikhaela Guffie, Mikayla Little
  • Sturgeon Heights Collegiate - Jayne Unger,Ron Van Eerd
  • Westwood Collegiate - Josh Lobo

Cde Jane Deller, Scholarship Chair


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. Donalda McKay
Deceased 21 Sept 14
Cde. Larry Gwiazda
Unit: FGH
Deceased 20 Oct 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