The 2014-15 Branch 187 executive was elected and installed at the May general membership meeting. President Patti May returns. First Vice President is Bill Bachellier and Mandy Martin Second Vice President. Paul Coleman is Secretary and Gord Gray Honourary Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms to be announced. Executive members are: Fran Fox, John Fox, John Ton, Brenda Graham, Gord McDonald, Carol McDonald, Tracey Singleton and Bill Lutton. Padre is the Rev. Michael Calderwood.
Sunday, May 25 saw the final installment of the 2013/204 Colborne Legion Monthly Fun Pool Tournament. There was a turnout of five two-person teams who settled in for an afternoon of comradeship and 8-ball in a round-robin format. Finishing first were Tom Semple and Howard Whaley. Second place went Bill Lutton and Bruce “Thumper” Ellis. Third place winners were John Fox and Dennis Stralak. Special thanks to all the organizers Bill Lutton and John Fox who kept the tournament up and running smoothly throughout the pool season. Looking forward to our start-up again in September.
The Colborne and Brighton Legion branches co-sponsor the First Canadian Parachute Battalion Cadet Corps. This energetic and committed group up young people, led by Captain Pam Hohner, was instrumental in the success of the 2013 annual Poppy Campaign b y volunteering to canvas and assist wherever possible. The Corps lends support in so many other ways, too. After the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival parade May 24, Colborne Branch 187 was pleased to present a cheque of financial support to the cadet corps. The funds were approved to be disbursed from the branch’s Poppy Fund. RCL Br. 187 President Patti May and Poppy Campaign Co-chair Gord McDonald presented the cheque to Capt. Hohner and a group of cadets.
We welcome new member Brian Robert Mappin!
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.
Previous winners have been
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.