Legion ladies dedicate new colours

A very special meeting was held Wednesday, Feb. 9 by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. #29.
Prior to conducting the regular business of the general meeting, auxiliary president Silvia Gunderson invited Br. #29 chaplain John Chornabay to officiate at the retirement of the old colours—and to lead the auxiliary and invited guests in the consecration and dedication of the new colours.
Following the protocol set out by the Royal Canadian Legion handbook, Padre Chornabay asked for God’s blessing on the new colours and reminded all present on what the colours represented.
He called upon the auxiliary members to dedicate themselves afresh to God, honour, good order and government, and the hallowed memory of our veterans through the new colours.
He then handed the colours to President Silvia, who presented them to the colour party. These new colours will be used at all auxiliary functions and parades.
The old colours will be disposed of in the prescribed way later this spring.
After thanking Padre Chornabay and branch guests for attending, the regular business of the auxiliary was conducted.
The auxiliary charter was draped in memory of deceased member Audrey Swanton. Elsie Doucette was installed as the Sick and Visiting convener for 2005.
The minutes of the January general meeting and the February executive meeting were read by acting secretary Alfreda Easton.
The accounts were presented and approved for payment.
Treasurer Diana Engstrom was pleased to report she finally has computerized the financial accounts and believed this will enable her to keep a more detailed account of the day-to-day accounting of the auxiliary.
Correspondence was read and dealt with as appropriate.
Donations also were approved to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arthritis Society, and Rainy River District Music Festival. And as in past years, the auxiliary will donate 100 dozen perogies to the local “Community Chest” annual fundraiser dinner coming up here March 20.
Reports were received from other executive members, including several year-end reports.
Information was received from District 7 Commander Bonnie Faulds on the district meeting to be held April 1-2 in Kenora.
Vice-President Alfreda is busy taking names of members who plan to go so ladies if you haven’t already confirmed your attendance with Alfreda, please do so as soon as possible.
We have chartered a bus to transport us there and back, plus hotel rooms need to be booked, so it is vital you let Alfreda know so she can figure out costs, etc.
This is always an informative event about the auxiliary commitment to our veterans and communities, plus a fun time.
This year’s theme is “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” so you need to get busy making those costumes!
Other upcoming events to keep in mind are Veterans’ Night (May 7), the auxiliary’s spring tea (May 14), plus our monthly suppers.
Please note the next supper will be held Friday, March 18 due to the Easter weekend.
Lucky draw winners were Teresa Dobie (birthday) and Judy Lambert (attendance).
The auxiliary’s next general meeting will be held Wednesday, March 9.

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