Veterans Dinner cancelled, lack of volunteers blamed

Saturday September 12 Branch #13 changed its history from a tradition that has gone on so long no one involved can remember any other.

Saturday September 12 Branch #13 changed its history from a tradition that has gone on so long no one involved can remember any other.

That was to hold the general meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August. The one o’clock in the afternoon meeting on that date must have been an acceptable change as there was a quorum in attendance.

The members were brought up to date on activities that took place over the holiday months. We now have a new furnace which is expected to make big differences to the heating bills.

The kitchen was upgraded and it is hoped the new appliances will make catering on steak nights and other occasions much easier and that the meals served will be even tastier if that is possible.

Many thanks were extended to the volunteers who are involved in all of these activities. Volunteers – Comrades – Friends of the Legion – we need volunteers.

We are slowly losing activities of long standing in our Branch because you are not coming forward to help and those of us who have been doing it all for so many years are playing out.

It is with extreme sadness I must tell you that the monthly “Vets Dinner” has to be temporarily suspended; it had been happening monthly for more than 20 years, since the mid-1990s.

Due to lack of volunteers to cook the meals and a steadily decreasing attendance at the dinners, there will be no further Vets Dinners in 2015.

If this situation can be rectified, those happy occasions for our Veterans and guests will be revisited in the New Year.

If you are interested in attending, continuing to attend and/or assisting with the preparations and cooking of the meals, call the Branch and let us know or preferably leave a note at the Branch for Doug McFarlane with your offer of attendance or service.

Coming up in October will be the 2nd Annual Buster Patterson Memorial Pool Tournament, the usual Saturday afternoon meat draws and a special Halloween Dance on the 31st with music, prizes for best costumes and door prizes. A small entry fee will be charged at the door.

Motions were passed to make sizable donations to Mills Memorial Hospital to assist them in the purchase of much needed medical equipment which will make a big difference to the people of this area who have previously had to travel to other areas when they required use of such equipment.

At the conclusion of the meeting, coffee and a delicious lunch were served and members enjoyed a visit while awaiting the start of the meat draw.

We hope to see you there for the October meeting.

Branch #13 is a great place to go, a friendly place to be and welcomes new members.

We will Remember Them.