Royal Canadian Legion
We had another busy and successful year.
- The Legion Veterans’ Cairn in the Fairview Cemetery has been repaired and a walkway to it has been built.
- The Branch is still trying to find a suitable, large and impressive stone monument on which to place in the “Field of Honour”.
- Flowers and fruit baskets were delivered to veterans who are ill and to bereaved veteran families.
- The Lacombe Branch provided funds to purchase a “gazebo” for the Lest We Forget Park”. Thank you Glen Miller, for arranging this project.
- Under the guidance of Rod Oberg, another successful Poppy Campaign was held.
The community continues to be generous in their donations to the Poppy Fund. Coin boxes have been stolen in many places, including in Lacombe.
- During Remembrance Week an Open House was held in the Lacombe Branch #79. Several veterans displayed military memorabilia and provided visiting students answers to their questions about their military experiences.
- The Branch-sponsored student Posters and Essay Contest appears to be less inspired, but continues to be appreciated by some schools.
- The Branch continues to provide Bursaries to deserving veteran-family students.
- The Lacombe Branch has on average, about 350 members.
- The Clive Legion Branch has relinquished its Charter and most of its membership transferred to the Lacombe Branch #79. We welcome these new comrades!
- The Lacombe Branch hosted the fall District Rally in September. This is a major event within the Legion. We received the full support from the Branch membership.
- We remind the community the Main Hall and Games Room are available for rent.
- The Branch entered a float in the Canada Day parade. Regrettably, there was a poor attendance on the float. Thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary for their participation!
- To reduce expense, the Monday lounge hours have changed. The revised open period is 3:00 pm to close at 7:00pm and not 10:00 pm.
Children with their parents are allowed in the lounge every day until 8:00 pm.
- The Branch bylaws and policies have been revised.
- We are pleased to note this branch had three pages of information in the Alberta NWT Command Sentinel magazine.
- Branch sports included; a Charity Golf Tournament, fun darts, whist, cribbage, euchre and shuffleboard.
- The monthly Sunday Breakfast Club continues to be a successful venture. It is a time for community families to come into the Branch and have a hearty breakfast. An additional benefit is the opportunity for getting acquainted with other people in the community. Thank you Barbara Burnett and the crew of workers with you.
Sunset Legion Campground
- New Highway sign have been installed at the entrance and at the site sections.
- Some tall trees were removed as they were leaning dangerously over recreation sites.
- Periodic water –quality tests indicate the water is safe.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Lacombe Branch #79
continues to be very active - both within the Branch and in the community.
New members are always welcome!
Some of our activities include the following
Madam Joan Robak,
- Five Bingos at the Seniors Lodge with prizes and treats for the residents.
- Bingo and birthday party at the Nursing Home with gifts and treats; also entertainment.
- Gifts for all residents at the Nursing Home at Christmas.
- Worked with ladies from the Branch for Vimy Night supper.
- In May our ladies worked hard to make the Zone/District Rally a success.
- Veterans Night in May was also a success with a good attendance. All enjoyed the food, visiting with their comrades and the entertainment. Their numbers are dwindling!
- Seniors Week in June we hosted an afternoon of music. Thanks to some of our local talent who so willingly participated. We served coffee and sweets to a house-full.
- A few of our ladies assisted at the Garden Party during Seniors Week.
- We enjoyed decorating a float and entering it in the parade for Lacombe Days on July 1st.
We were honoured to have WWII veteran Ron Cousins ride with us.
- Many auxiliaries joined us to celebrate our 60th anniversary in October. Several dignitaries joined the festivities. It was a fun time.
- Two of our charter members, Marg Simpson and Vera Brick, received their 60-year membership pin. Congratulations to both and many thanks for their leadership and contributions to the Branch and the community! They are still very active!
- Annual Bazaar in November. Again a success.
- On Remembrance Day, November 11th, we continued with our tradition of supporting the Branch. We prepared and served sandwiches, donuts and pop to the parade participants and the veterans. We served the pot-luck supper to the many guests in the Branch during the evening festivities.
- We hosted a dinner in December again for the CNIB. There was a good turn out.
- Two of our ladies presented bursary awards to two high school students from veteran families. This is an annual event.
- We catered to about 18 funeral lunches for bereaved families.
- Through our bazaars and other functions, we donated over $2500.00 to the community.
- Two of our members passed away this year. We will miss them. Our condolences to the families.
- We installed one new member.
- We have 22 active members. We appreciate every one of them, and how hard they work to keep our auxiliary going.
1st vice - President,
Lacombe Branch #79