The next Colborne Legion monthly roast beef dinner will be Friday, May 3 featuring homecooked roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, corn, green salad, bread and, for dessert, cobbler’s cake. Just $10 per person serving 5 to 6:30 p.m.. As an added bonus, Harbour Lights will be playing in the club room during dinner!
Frank Turcotte was named Volunteer of the Year at the annual Honours and Awards ceremony at Colborne Royal Canadian Legion Branch 187 Apr. 14. We had to wait to announce the award because Frank was on a road trip with our Legion Fantastic Finn, Elmer Servio.
The award, created four years ago, is presented to a person who, regardless of membership status, has worked hard on behalf of the branch and, in so doing, has upheld the principles of service for the good of the organization. Branch President Patti May makes the selection.
Previous winners have been Lou Micieli, Judith Howe and Jane Malkin.
Save the kitchen on Mother’s Day, May 12! Our very popular Mother’s Day Brekkie will be served from 8:30-11:30 a.m.. Mom’s dine for free! Homemade pancakes are hot off the griddle. Add scrambled or fried eggs, sausage medley, peameal bacon, baked beans (and, folks, these are homemade baked beans), fruit salad, toast, jams, tea or coffee — now that’s a bountiful breakfast for just $7 a person. Bring the whole family and share the community celebration of Mom.
The next bid euchre tournament will be held Sunday, May 5 at Colborne Legion. Register ($5 per player) by noon for an afternoon of play. Great prizes to be won! A homemade, delicious lunch is available for just $2. As a special feature, there will also be a special Mother’s Day draw.
The monthly eight-ball pool tournament will be held Sunday, May 26. There are cash prizes to be won for first-, second- and third-place finalists. Sign in at 11:30 a.m. for the random pairing of partners. Registration is $7 per person. A lunch is available for $3. Play begins at 12 noon on the two pool tables in the club room. For more information or to pre-register, call Bill Lutton at 613.475.6480 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our regular mid-month dinner, Friday, May 17, is a summer harbinger: burgers and sausages. Featured will be zingy mega-sausage, our famous homemade hamburger patties, baked beans, coleslaw, fried onions, green salad, pickles, a medley of sauces including chili, ketchup, mustard, relish, plus ambrosia pasta (as per Linda Ferguson).
The last weekend in May is always a community highlight in Colborne. It’s the annual Apple Blossom Tyme Festival! On Saturday, May 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Colborne Legion serves up an Apple Blossom dinner like no other to mark the occasion. This year, it’s apple/hickory-savoured roast beef with mashed potatoes, gravy, asparagus, carrots and apple coleslaw with rolls, and, for dessert, apple dessert (think apple cheesecake, apple crisp and apple streusel!), for just $10 per person.
Then, join is for an apple blast dance! Jive, jitter, boogey and crash with the music. Tickets are at the door. Party till 1 a.m..
The mid-month dinner Friday, Apr. 19 is a Stoup and Chili Feast. There are two stoup (a cross between a hearty stew and soup) options: beef and barley and/or turkey vegetable. For chili, options are beef and/or vegetarian. You mix and match! For dessert is a choice of brownie or lemon square. All for just $10 per person serving 5 to 6:30 p.m..
It’s always a highlight at our annual Honours and Awards ceremony to learn who the Legionnaire of the Year will be. It’s kept a tight secret by the RCL Br. 187 President until the event.
The Colborne Legion was founded on March 5, 1931. Of the original 16 members, Charles Rutherford, V.C., for whom Branch 187 is named, was one. Charles Bugg, elected the founding President, was another. He held the office until 1937. The Legionnaire of the Year award was created In memory of the Charter President, Charles Bugg. It is presented annually to a Life, Associate or Affiliate member of Branch 187 who has contributed the most to the fundamental objectives of the Royal Canadian Legion, and to recognize the service an outstanding member or members who have contributed to the Colborne branch in the current Legion year.
The first year, 1998, the award went to Harry Rowe, Merna Rowe, Garnet Summers and Jimmy Mills. Since then the recipients have been Ira Wile, Ray Babcock, Marilyn Babcock, the late Joe Nelson, Ruth Kripp, Marj Barlow, George Chandler, Cathy Holdam, Tracey Loveless, John Fox and Paul Coleman.
This year, as members and guests gathered Apr. 14, the honour was presented to two members: Membership Director Brenda Graham and Public Relations Officer Mandy Martin.
At the annual Colborne Br. 187 Royal Canadian Legion honours and awards ceremonies Sunday afternoon, Apr. 14, officer medals and bars were presented to: Glen Hess, past officer medal and executive committee bar; Tracy Singleton, past officer medal and youth and education bar; Elaine Colman, past officer medal and honours and awards bar.
Membership service pins were presented to:
Ordinary Members (have served in the Canadian Forces): five years: Dennis Stralak, Ernest Wade; 10 years: William Knight, Herbert Nehr
Associate Members (related to Canadian Forces veteran): five years: John Calvert, John Coss, Margo Twitchett-Chute; 10 years: Larry Dadson, John Heighton, Seana Heighton, Alexander Mackie, Jeff Van De Moosdyk; 15 years: Kevin Babcock; 20 years: Michael Davis, Elizabeth Anne Day, Cecilia Geens, Ruth Kripp, Carol McDonald, Thomas Nelson; 25 years: Paul Kelly, Kate Marcellus, Jack Millar; 30 years: Stephen Clark, Lorraine Goodrich, Robert Hockney;35 years: Ruth Millar; 40 years: Doug Clark, Fernando Dekeyser, Judith Rowe, George Stickle, James Swinson Sr., Rick Whaley
Affiliate Members: Five years: Malcom “Pat” Shewan; 15 years: John Day, Barry Holdman, Victor Parsons.
Over 100 individuals, groups and organizations were thanked for their many contributions to Colborne Legion activities and projects during the last year. The list exemplifies how people work together to better our community.