By Mary Ann Misfeldt
I am afraid our president’s eloquent plea for volunteers to help with Legion activities has not resulted in as rapid a response from our members as we could have wished.
The turnout for last Tuesdays meeting just made the required quorum and neither Steak Night or the Saturday Meat Draw have heard from any new volunteers.
If there is not more interest displayed, these are popular activities that may fall by the wayside.
On a more positive note the Poppy, Poster, Essay and Video contest is underway again.
Packages explaining the program have been sent to all schools in the area and students are encouraged to inquire about them at their schools, at the Legion or by calling Comrade Peter Crompton at 250-638-8627. This is something that can be done as a school project or an individual one.
The First Annual Buster Patterson Memorial 8-Ball Tournament held recently in the Legion was very successful. First Place went to Paul Carr and second place to Ray Forget.
Kim Patten was third place and Ric Bennet took fourth. More importantly, every one enjoyed the event and many memories were shared of a good comrade and a fine man.
Preparations are underway for the 60th Annual Curling Bonspiel which will take place January 30 and 31 and February 1, 2015.
Set those days aside curlers, it should be a grand event.
Because November 11th falls on a Tuesday this year, which is the usual date for the monthly meeting, that meeting will be held in the Branch on Nov. 12 commencing at 7 p.m. Members to attend and volunteers are urgently needed.
Needed also are volunteers to man poppy trays in Terrace Friday night, Nov. 7 and all day Saturday, Nov. 8. There are signup sheets in the Branch.
Please Comrades – this is the time of year we can show our appreciation for those who died for us or still suffer the aftermath of their honourable wounds. Let’s see some names on those lists – it is only an hour or two of your time.
Don’t forget about our regular Meat Draws on Saturday afternoons from 4 to 6 and Steak Night on the first Friday of the month.
Events in the planning are a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 25. Any donations are welcome and if assistance is needed, you can leave word at the Legion or call Mary Ann/Doug at 250-638-1827; a Halloween Dance on October 31; Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies on Nov.11 with parade lineup in the Safeway parking lot at 10:15 a.m.
Looking farther down the road, Choir Night is scheduled for December 15. As the Legion is a private club, all activities within the building are deemed by law to be restricted to members and bona fide guests.
The garage sale is an exception to this as are other functions which are held when the bar is not open.
If you are not a member, keep in mind that you do not have to have military affiliations to join. Applications are available at the Legion.
We Will Remember Them