President’s Report & Letter to the Membership.
Let’s start with good news, our Remembrance Ceremony went off extremely well, there was a good turnout, the weather cooperated, it looked like it was going to throw it down, but it held off until we were safely ensconced in the Legion and then it came down in buckets, we even had a Flyover consisting of Helicopters and Airplanes which everyone enjoyed, especially the members who went along for the ride, it made a Special Day just a bit more special, this was the first time we had done this and it was all due to a new member that signed up earlier this year and he asked if we would like a fly over on Remembrance Day, my first question was how much he said, it’s free, I said we’ll have some of that, his name is Ben Hawkins of Blackcomb Helicopters and together with Colette Morin owner of Glacier Air they put on a show and quite a show it was, so a big Thank-you to them and the other pilots that participated. Thank-you to the Black Tusk Caledonia Pipes and Drums, thank you to Sergeant-at-arms Ryan Pederson and the Legion Color Party, thank you to the 835 Griffin Royal Canadian Air Cadets for providing the honor guard at the Cenotaph, thank you to Lucy Gill for singing O Canada and God Save the Queen, thank you to George McKenzie for sounding the Last Post and Rouse, thank you to Devon Biln Pipe Major for the Lament, thank you to Cadet Corporal K. Larson for the Soldier’s Poem, thank you for the Address by Mayor Patricia Heintzman and thank you to Cadet Jon Gill for reciting the poem Flanders Field and thank you to John French for setting up the sound system, it must have been good because quite a few people told me they could understand what I was saying.
After the ceremony we all retired to the lounge we had a good crowd in and the bar did very well, we also enjoyed beef on a bun provided by the Lions Club, they do this every year, cost was by donation and at the end of the day the Lions Club presented the Legion with a cheque for $535.00 so a big thank you to them for the great job that they always do! The pipe band was also in good form played a lot of tunes and even put on a display of highland dancing. A good time was had by all that attended and so ended another Remembrance Day.
Now we move on to other matters. The next General Meeting will be at 7:00 pm on November 29th. We need a good turn out because this is the time when we hold our elections, there will be various executive positions to fill and committee positions as well. Voting is not allowed by proxy so anyone who wishes to fill these positions whether by being nominated or volunteering as the case may be need to be at this meeting. We are hoping to bring some younger members to these positions in the hopes that they will have some good NEW ideas for the wellbeing and continuation of the Legion as a whole, they say that younger people have different mindsets than older people so come to the table and let’s see what you’ve got..
As you all know this is my first term as President, there has been a few ups and downs throughout the year, there’s a lot of work involved in it and it’s a constant learning curve but I am getting there slowly and it looks as if the year is going to end on a really positive note. We have ELVIS in the building November 18th, tickets are almost sold out, we have the Grey Cup on November 26th, where members can come and enjoy a few beers and a good bowl of chili made by Comrade Bob McEwen, we have the lounge rented out three (3)times in December, we will be doing a Christmas Basket containing a gaggle of Grey Geese and lots of other good stuff including Pork Pies all the way from the UK, we will be ending the year with a New Year’s Party providing live music including appetizers and finger food etc., the cost will be $15.00 per person, that’s a steal of a deal in anybody’s book.
I will probably see most of you before the New Year but to those that I don’t I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Yours in Comradeship
Arthur McLain – President Diamond Head Legion Branch #277
PS: Let’s all pull together as a team and make 2018 the best it can possibly be.