John Ton named 2014 Legionnaire of the Year

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.

The annual Br. 187 Legionnaire of the Year award was presented to John Ton by Colborne Legion President Patti May Apr. 11, 2014.

The annual Br. 187 Legionnaire of the Year award was presented to John Ton by Colborne Legion President Patti May Apr. 11, 2014.

Legionnaires of the Year: Brenda Graham and Mandy Martin

Legionnaires of the Year 2013 eIt’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.

Volunteers honoured at Honours and Awards afternoon

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Associate membership pins eAt 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.
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Our President Patti May is Legionnaire of the Year!

Colborne Legion Br. 187 Legion President Patti May, standing left, was presented the Charles Bugg Award for Legionnaire of the Year award at the annual Honours and Awards ceremonies April 15, 2012 by committee chair Faye Wile, standing right, at the instigation of Judith Howe, seated.Colborne Legion Br. 187 Volunteers of the Year are John Ton, left, and Glen Hess. The award was presented at the annual branch honours and awards reception Apr. 15, 2012.

They slipped one by the president of the Colborne Legion. Patti May was taken by surprise when they announced the annual Legionnaire of the year Charles Bugg award. She was the winner.

Traditionally, the president of Branch 187 of the Royal Canadian Legion nominates the member who has contributed the most to the fundamental objectives of the Royal Canadian Legion. This year, Judith Howe, with honours and awards chair Faye Wile, went behind the scenes to ensure it was President May who was the honoree. It was a surprise, and a resoundingly accurate assessment, as members of Branch 287 of the Royal Canadian Legion applauded the announcement at the annual honours and awards ceremony held at the Colborne Legion Sunday afternoon, April 15.

The award was created in memory of Charles Bugg, charter member of the 1931-founded branch, to recognize outstanding service of a member who had contributed to the branch in the current legion year.

Past honorées are Harry and Merna Rowe, Garnet Summers, Jimmy Mills, Ira Wile, Marilyn and Ray Babcock, the Rev. Vic Parsons, June Haywood, Don Gauthier, Kim Hickson, Joe Nelson, Ruth Kripp, Marj Barlow, George Chandler, Cathy Holdam, Tracy Loveless, John Fox and Paul Coleman.

The Sunday afternoon annual event also announced and honoured the Volunteer of the Year award, this year shared by members John Ton and Glen Hess, tireless volunteers and go-to guys who problem solve and contribute to the Colborne Legion. John Ton assists with monthly dinners, plus advises and problem-shoots on electrical challenges. Glenn Hess is a culinary whiz who also organizes the increasingly popular monthly euchre tournaments the first Sunday of each month.

Long –term service pins were awarded as follows:
Ordinary members: 10 years, Jack Heighton; 15 years, Charlie Hiltz; 30 years, Gil Zwicker; 35 years, Dick Newman.

Associate members: 5 years, Gerry Howe; 10 years, Melissa Charles, Paul Coleman, Nancy Heighton, Barb Smith; 15 years, Tom Everden, Don Gauthier, Dora Grant, Grace Humfryes, Luigi Micieli; 20 years, Margaret Wierzbicki; 30 years, Marye Boyd, Faye Wile; and 35 years, Elaine Lemon.

Affiliate members: 5 years, Mary Brennan, Azher Hussain, Harry Minnie, Barbara Ann Ramer; 15 years, Doug Barrett, Dale Canfield, Marvin Day, Bruce Ellis, Gail, Grosjean, Frank Kober, Bill Lutton, Hugh Moore, John Muir, Terry Pettibone, Lorraine Schutt, Percy Schutt and Neil Smith.

Marilyn Babcock named Legionnaire of the Year

Marilyn Babcock named Legionnaire of the Year

A tearful Marilyn Babcock, left, is presented with the Charles Bugg Award by Colorne Legion Br. 187 President Patti May at the annual Honours and Awards ceremony held May 15.

There was a spontaneous standing ovation for Marilyn Babcock when she was announced as the Legionnaire of the Year at Colborne Legion Br. 187 Sunday afternoon, May 15.

There were some tears, too — but happy ones.

Marilyn Babcock has been the organizing force behind the twice-monthly dinners held at the branch. They’ve proven a financial lifesaver for the small but mighty branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. For days ahead of time, she arrives at the Legion kitchen to begin preparations, often assisted by a dedicated team of volunteers to ease the mixing, mashing, baking and preparation. “Cooky”, as she’s become known, is always on hand to help out with events and special needs, too. Her home-cooked menus have proven very popular with the public and she’s always up for new suggestions.

The Colborne Legion was founded on March 5, 1931. There were originally 16 members, among them Charles Rutherford, V.C., for whom Branch 187 is named. At the inaugural meeting, Charles Bugg was elected president. He held office until 1937.

The Charles Bugg Award was created in memory of the Charter President. The award is presented annually to a Life, Associate or Affiliate member of Branch 187 to recognize outstanding service contributed in the current year. The award winner is kept top secret until the Honours and Awards event each year. This year, President Patti May named Marilyn Babcock as the winner.

The first year, in 1988, the award went to Harry and Merna Rowe, Garnet Summers and Jim Mills. Since then, the recipients have included Ira Wile, Ray and Marilyn Babcock, Joe Nelson, Ruth Kripp, Marj Barlow, George Chandler, Cathy Holdam, Tracey Loveless, John Fox and Paul Coleman.

A tearful Marilyn Babcock, left, is presented with the Charles Bugg Award by Colorne Legion Br. 187 President Patti May at the annual Honours and Awards ceremony held May 15.