Six life­time mem­ber­ships pre­sented by Nor­wood Le­gion

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION - JEFF DORNAN NOR­WOOD nor­wood­news@nex­i­com.net

The Nor­wood Le­gion hon­oured six long-time mem­bers with life­time mem­ber­ships at their an­nual awards night on November 4.

Jessie Brown joined the RCAF at eigh­teen. She has 51 years mem­ber­ship in the Nor­wood Le­gion; she is also the first woman to serve as the le­gion vice pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent (1976-1977). She faith­fully takes part in the poppy cam­paign ev­ery year. She is a keen sup­porter of the le­gion and many other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and events.

Bob Fal­lis has been a le­gion mem­ber for 25 years, hold­ing nu­mer­ous ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions over the years. About 10 years ago he helped to start the Le­gion’s weekly bingo night to bring much needed funds into the branch. The Sun­day evening bingo is still a pop­u­lar event each week and Bob con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer his time at it. Bob can also be found help­ing to pro­vide guided tours at the branches mu­seum.

Rob Gor­don may have only 17 years of ser­vice at the Nor­wood Le­gion; how­ever his list of con­tri­bu­tions is very long. The Nor­wood Le­gion’s Rob Gor­don Mil­i­tary Mu­seum is the re­sult of Rob’s vi­sion and dili­gent hard work and ef­fort. It show­cases lo­cal mil­i­tary his­tory and Rob con­tin­ues as its en­thu­si­as­tic cu­ra­tor and guide. Rob also reg­u­lar­ity vol­un­teers his time and tal­ents for many other events within the le­gion.

Phil Hinds en­listed and trained for the Korean War, peace was called be­fore he was to be sent over­seas. He has been a mem­ber in Branch 300 Nor­wood for 43 years serv­ing on the ex­ec­u­tive for 18 years in var­i­ous roles in­clud­ing pres­i­dent for two terms; he has been the Zone Poppy Chair for the past 11 years and con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer wher­ever needed.

Les Peo­ples has 20 years mem­ber­ship in the Le­gion be­tween Toronto and Nor­wood. Among his many con­tri­bu­tions Les is one of two mem­bers that be­gan the pro­gram of plac­ing a special metal maple leaf marker on the fi­nal rest­ing places of veter­ans in our lo­cal ceme­ter­ies. He con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer reg­u­lar­ity sell­ing Ne­vada at the weekly bingo and can even be found dust­ing the shelves and arte­facts for the mu­seum.

Bud Wrightly has 23 years of ser­vice with Branch 300; he is the other half of the team that started mark­ing vet­eran’s graves with a sil­ver maple leaf. He al­ways takes an ac­tive part in the poppy cam­paign as well as Dec­o­ra­tion Day Ser­vices. He looks af­ter the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the men’s Tues­day Pool League and main­tains the room and equip­ment each week. He vol­un­teers his time to en­sure that ail­ing or griev­ing mem­bers re­ceive a friendly visit and well wishes from the branch and con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer reg­u­larly at var­i­ous le­gion func­tions.

The Nor­wood Le­gion now has a to­tal of seven well de­serv­ing life mem­bers; the six new lifers join Ross Alt­house who was made a life mem­ber in 1980. (Other life mem­bers have sadly passed away in re­cent years.)

Poppy Day Bazaar

The Nor­wood IODE’s an­nual Poppy Day Lunch and Bazaar is on Satur­day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nor­wood Town Hall (Colborne St.), Ad­mis­sion is $2 or $8 if you are hav­ing lunch, fea­tur­ing ta­bles of home bak­ing (lots of pies), knit­ted items, crafts and new to you ar­ti­cles. There will also be se­lec­tion of ven­dor show­cas­ing home decor, Christ­mas ac­cents, jew­elry and more, plus the tra­di­tional draw ta­ble and door prizes.

SPECIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

From left, Les Peo­ples, Jessie Brown, Bob Fal­lis, Rob Gor­don, Bud Wrightly and Phil Hinds were each hon­oured with life­time mem­ber­ships in the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 300 at the Nor­wood Le­gion's an­nual awards night on Nov. 4.

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