There’s a special Fish Fry at Colborne Legion Friday, Apr. 18. We prepare the fish in our homemade batter and tenderly cook it in our outdoor deep fryers. The meal comes with all the fixings, dessert, tea or coffee serving from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per person. This is a delicious and convenient way to ease into the Easter holiday weekend!
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 Patti May until the event.
This year, as members and guests gathered Apr. 13, the honour was presented to John Ton. John is familiar to all those who attend our twice-monthly dinners. He’s always on hand serving in his friendly, jovial way. He is also a powerhouse of volunteer contribution, working quietly behind the scenes overseeing or actually repairing equipment and building glitches, ensuring everyone’s safe. He has a wry wit and a sixth sense when it comes to knowing who needs a kind word or encouragement.
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 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, Paul Coleman, Brenda Graham and Mandy Martin.
Tom Semple was named Volunteer of the Year at the annual Honours and Awards ceremony at Colborne Royal Canadian Legion Branch 187 Apr. 13.
The award, created five 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.
Tom is the friendly, efficient clubroom bartender familiar to members and visitors. He’s also the unassuming go-to guy who voluntarily staffs events bars, steps right up to help with needed “chores” and ensures everyone is safe and sound. When he’s not “on the job”, he’s renowned for his tremendous, quick-witted sense of humour, delivered with a noticeable Scottish burr, that has people in stitches. He’s a delight to know. His pool game is pretty good, too.
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The annual Colborne Br. 187 Royal Canadian Legion honours and awards ceremonies Sunday afternoon, Apr. 14, were expertly organized by branch executive committee member Elaine Colman.
A past officer medal and executive committee bar were presented to John Ton.
Membership service pins were presented to:
Ordinary Members (have served in the Canadian Forces): 15 years: Glenn McVeen; 20 years: Ruth White; 25 years: Les Day.
Associate Members (related to Canadian Forces veteran): five years: Dorothy Lutton, Mandy Martin; 10 years: Phil Ellis, Robert Scripture; 20 years: Brenda Graham, Marlene Harnden, Gordon McDonald; 25 years: Marj Barlow, Kevin O’Gorman, Marilyn Post, Dennis Walker, Ira Wile; 30 years: George Hockney, John Kernaghan; 40 years: Rex Dillabough.
Affiliate Members: Five years: Elizabeth Gilligan, Timothy R. Gilligan, Timothy M. Gilligan, Lanny Murphy; 10 years: Allison Smith.
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.
Because you’ve asked for it (and we all need to get off the couch after a VERY long, tedious winter), the Second Annual Loafer Fest is set for Saturday, Apr. 26, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.! Time to get the summer party spirit primed! Join us for good food, fun and times. It’s a party at the Colborne Legion with karaoke. Tickets are $5, available at the door or Tim’s Auto Body in Colborne’s Industrial Park. Rock it!
Save the kitchen on Mother’s Day, May 11! Our very popular Mother’s Day Brekkie Buffet will be served from 8:30-11:30 a.m.. Mom’s dine for free! So do children under the age of five years! Homemade pancakes are hot off the griddle. Add scrambled or fried eggs, sausage medley, peameal bacon, baked beans, fresh fruit, jams, tea or coffee, fresh fruit — now that’s a bountiful breakfast for just $7 a person. Bring the whole family and share the community celebration of Mom.
Our next monthly roast beef dinner will be Friday, May 2 featuring home-cooked roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, two veggies, green salad, bread and, for dessert, cobbler’s cake. Just $12 per person serving 5 to 6:30 p.m..
The next moonshot euchre tournament will be held Sunday, May 4 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.
Buy pre-paid “gift cards” for a whole host of name retailers. They never expire and you get the full value for the amount you buy. The retailer, in turn, pays a percentage (from 2 to 10%) of the value to the Legion. The next deadline for Shop and Support gift cards is Sunday, May 4. Make a cheque out to RCL Branch 187. Or, go on-line at www.fundscrip.com.
COLBORNE — Flags in Cramahe Township will be flying at half-staff on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, to mark the anniversary of the World War I Battle of Vimy Ridge.
In Colborne, flags at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 187, 92 King S. E., the Cramahe Township municipal office, Toronto Rd., and at the municipal kiosk at Hwy. 401 and Percy St. S. will be lowered.
Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge a defining moment for Canada, when the country proved itself internationally as an entity. It was a victory at a terrible cost with 11,285 killed and wounded. The battle raged from April 9-12, 1917.
In 1922, the French government ceded to Canada in perpetuity Vimy Ridge and the land surrounding it. The white marble sculptures of the Vimy Memorial, unveiled in 1936, stand as a poignant reminder of the Canadian soldiers killed in France who have no known graves.
For insight, read “The Stone Carvers” by Canadian author and Colborne resident Jane Urquhart