June President’s Report
Another busy month at Robertson Memorial Br #17. On June 5th with the help of the CAV’s and other volunteers along with Wes Krause and his water tank, we were able to clean the headstones in preparation for Decoration Day. Decoration Day allowed us to honour our Veterans in the Field of Honour. Thank you to cadets and others who attended to help us celebrate their sacrifice to our country.
June 11th I attended the Army Cadets year end parade and was able to present the Royal Canadian Medal of Excellence to the top cadet. These cadets are truly amazing.
The Maintenance Committee under the leadership of Roger Beebe have done an amazing job keeping our Branch in good shape. Thanks as well to Don Hamilton for all that he does to help with the upkeep and painting as need. Thank you to Roy Gale for paying for the paint to finish the dividers outside in the parking lot.
Roy Gale is to be congratulated and wished Happy Birthday as he turned 102 last week .The Legion shared cupcakes with him and those who were present in the Pub.
I would like to thank Wes Krause our Archives/Historian for hanging all our historical pictures around the Legion. It looks amazing. I can hardly wait to show off the history of our Legion and Veterans to the School students in the Fall.
As you are aware, we had the Airflow Valve on the roof rebuilt. The total cost was approximately $7300.00. We had an anonymous donor who is also a veteran and a Legion member, kindly donate $5000.00. Amazing kindness and generosity that was much appreciated. We also had to have the backflow valves in the Legion replaced to meet City of Medicine Hat Guidelines. This cost approximately $3000.00.
The Executive is recommending leasing a new dishwasher for the Kitchen as it will be more efficient and save us money in the long run. The cost will be $164.00 per month. We are also recommending that we start getting the chairs professionally cleaned at a cost of $6.00 per chair. These recommendations will be voted on at the General Meeting on June 29th.
Our Friday Meat Raffles are experiencing decreasing in numbers. For those who attend the Meat Raffles, please consider volunteering to work. The same people should not have to commit to every Friday.
AS per the By-Laws, there will be no General Meetings during July and August but we will still have executive meetings.
Robertson Memorial has been asked to provide a small colour party for July 8th, 9th and 10th. If you interested in carrying a flag for the opening ceremony and the other 2 days.
Our Legion is planning on Stampede Parade Day, July 28th, to have Beef on a bun, coleslaw, and baked beans for $10.00. The Line Dancers will be performing and teaching us how to line dance. Plan to come and join in the fun. Time- 12-3 for the food and fun.
July 21st the Redcliff Legion is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of BATUS. Also, BATUS has invited all Veterans to their 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held at CFB Suffield on July 22nd. Please call the Office by July 7th if you plan to attend. Transportation will be provided. Emails were sent out last week to all members. Please contact any Veteran who may want to attend who is not a Legion Member.
The price of drinks went up by $.50. So far so good but it was necessary to keep up with rising prices.
Summer hours in our Schooner’s Pub.
Monday –Wednesday 11am-8pm
The New Horizons Seminars/presentations have been well attended. We are planning a session on Elder Abuse for the end of July. We are planning another presentation on Frauds and Scams for some time in August. The Legion thanks the New Horizons for Senior’s Program sponsored by the Federal Government for the $20,500.00 to enable us to equip the New Horizons room to allow for these presentations.
Drop-in Darts continues on Thursday nights. Get there by 7:15 in order to play. Everyone has so much fun getting together. Drop in pool continues on a daily basis.
Once again thank you to the Office Staff, the Kitchen staff and the Bar Staff and the Executive for all that they do to keep our Legion and pub a place where all feel welcome.
Sheila Donner, President