Legion members saluted at ceremony

Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 and Ladies Auxiliary filled the Legion Hall on Saturday afternoon to honour and recognize members who reached a milestone in their service.
The awards were held differently than in years past, with them being done jointly instead of individually for the branch and auxiliary.
“This is the first time in a long time that we’ve done it jointly with the branch,” noted auxiliary president Alfreda Easton.
“It’s nicer instead of having two different ceremonies,” she added.
“It makes it easier all the way around.”
The awards are a time of the year when those who have shown years of dedication are recognized for their time commitment and support.
A Past Officer Medal was received by first vice-president Leslie Bell and membership chair Joanne Gosselin.
Certificates of merit were presented to Sandra Bridgeman, Mary Cooper, Dorese Harrison, Cindy Noble, Barb Ogden, and Marlene Rissman.
For years of service to the branch, Debbie Bird, Terry Randolph, and Kathy Sikkila received five-year pins.
Those receiving 10-year branch service pins included Anita Anderson, Warren Anderson, Kenneth Brown, David Dolph, Rochelle Johnson, Sherry Loveday, Jason McKelvie, Bill Naturkach, and Raeann Watson.
Anna-Maria Dmytriw, Randall Godin, Harold Huntley, Josie Miller, Sandy Pruys, and Ted Allan were presented with 15-year branch service pins while 20-year pins were awarded to Peter Kawulia, Mabel McArthur, Marcia McArthur, Randall McArthur, Donald Roth, and Jeanie Stevens.
Janice Kenty was the sole recipient of the pin for 25 years of branch service.
Kenneth Desjardins, Pearl Pidlubny, and Donald Wood received 30-year branch services pins while the 35-year branch service pins were awarded to Bonnie Turriff and Terry R. Newman.
A 40-year branch service pin was received by Bryan Boldero, a 45-year pin went to Robert Bagacki, and a 55-year pin was awarded to Fred Dustak.
Five-year pins of service for the ladies auxiliary went to Jan Beazley, Cheryl Bodnarchuk, Susan Bodnarchuk, Sandra Bridgeman, Colleen Bynkoski, Giselle Calder, Linda Cheznik, Larissa Curr, Wendy Derendorf, Katherine Dobie, Donna Ewald, Dylinda George, Margie Gibson, Lorraine Gosselin, and Jan Gustafson.
Also receiving five-year pins were Vicki Jewell, Heather Johnson, Donna Lowey, Donna McKelvie, June McNally, Christina McDougall, Midge McTagart, Denise Miller, Susan Neurinski, Cindy Nick, Barb Ogden, Carolyn Oliver, Maureen Ricard, Linda Richardson, Marlene Rissman, Randi Roth, Sandy Selin, Sylvia Smeeth, Lorelei Smith, and Jean Smith.
Pins for 10 years of service to the ladies auxiliary were awarded to Rose Beck, Leslie Bell, Gloria Bergner, Mary Brown, Wilma Chapman, Sue Drew, Barb Everett, Cheryl Gartley, Irene Laing, Lorene Ring, Clara Stankie, and Roseanna Tweedie.
Jeanette Cawston, Teresa Dobie, Jan Gosman, Evie Gosselin, Heather Gunderson, Rosemary Haglund, Janet Lambert, Helen Pohanka, Maria Slusarchuk, Donna Wood, and Cheri Stanley received 15-year pins of service.
Jane Hayes, Judy Klyne, and Linda Larocque were presented with 20-year pins of service while 25-year pins went to Carol Alton, Kay Latonas, Judy Lindholm, and Sandra Pruys.
Bea Galbraith, Sandra Gosselin, Lindsay Haglund, Mary Holland, Madelin Martin, and Tina Roth received 30-year pins of service
A 35-year pin of service was received by Elsie Wihnan and 40-year pins went to Joy Legaree and Irene Wilson.
A 50-year pin went to Mary Holland and a 60-year pin was awarded to Grace Angus.
Easton said Angus has been committed to the Legion for an extremely long time, having done lots of work in the kitchen, serving at banquets, and helping around for many years.
The Legion stays busy and much of the work its members do sometimes can go under the radar, Easton noted.
“We do a lot of funeral luncheons,” she explained. “We do them for our veterans, we do them for our own members, and at no charge for that.
“And then we do a lot of outside funerals, too.
“We cater to a lot of people,” Easton added.
Between the high school bursaries, “Project Petunia,” the “Backpacks For Kids” fundraiser, and donations to the local Salvation Army and UNFC food banks, the Legion members keep busy.
There’s a real sense of community among those who belong to the Legion, Easton noted, and she would encourage anyone interested in joining to stop by.