ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION (BC/YUKON) TVS BRANCH 44 Fluoroscope 2015 P APRIL RESIDENT’S REPORT Hello Comrades; Our Mission I would like to open by first extending condolences on behalf of myself and the Branch to John Griffith’s family. John passed away recently and had been a long time member of Branch 44 and an integral part of the Branch's success. He served the Branch in many capacities, most notably as a founding member of the TVS Key Tag program and a vociferous advocate for our veterans. Thank you John. Thank you to all those who attended our March St. Paddy`s Day General Meeting where we had the opportunity to savour some fine Irish fare prepared by Stephen Tresidder and fine Irish soda bread made by myself, Jane Anderson and Barb Walter Venne. As always, thank you to Kandys Merola for her endeavours on the entertainment committee bringing it all together and making it a fun evening. Also, thank you to Shawn Venne and Robin Crickmay-Schaff for volunteering their time to do an audit and prepare the Internal Audit report. I feel I should note that I was selected as the new Deputy Vancouver Zone Commander where I will serve alongside Jane Anderson, Zone Commander, who of course, is also our second Vice President. In those capacities we attended the most recent BC /Yukon Provincial Executive Council meeting. Is To Serve Veterans and Their Dependants, Promote Remembrance and Act in The Service of Canada and its Communities SPRING FUNDRAISER; just wanted to get your attention. We are currently in the process of preparing for our fundraising event, and for those that may want to help please contact Brenda or Barb Walter Venne. Most importantly, I ask as many of you as possible to participate at the event to help raise as much funds as we can so we can give more to the community. In closing, I hope you are all having a Happy Easter season and are enjoying our marvelous spring. Come join us at our April 16th meeting in celebrating the season. WELCOME NEW MEMBER In Comradeship, Peter Merola, President Douglas Chow of Burnaby THIS ISSUE Calendar... 2 Correspond, Birthdays 3 Last Post 4 Sick & Visiting 5 Membership Recruit- 6 New Chelsea Society 7 8 Contact Us D ONATIONS - THANK YOU We thank Blaine Scott of Ladysmith for his generous donation to General Funds. Much appreciated! General Meeting April 16, 7:00 PM Refreshments and food. Bingo for cash prizes following the meeting. APRIL Page 2 H Vimy Day Commemoration ISTORICAL WAR DATES April 21/22, 1915 - Battle of St. Julien (Ypres) Commonwealth War Graves Section Mountain View Cemetery Fraser Street at 39th Avenue, Vancouver 11:00 AM Sunday, April 12, 2015 April 9, 1917 - Battle of Vimy Ridge April 24, 1951 - Battle of Kapyong, Korea T B VETS “TB VETS WEEK MAY 4TH TO 10TH, 2015” JOIN TB VETS TO CELEBRATE THEIR 70TH ANNIVERSARY E DUCATION AWARD APPLICATIONS The Education Committee meets in July and November of each year. Application deadlines are June 30th and November 30th for the award year ended June 30th of the following year whether courses start in September or the following May. If you are being waitlisted somewhere apply for your award anyway. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applications are available through the Branch Office or on our website. Awards are also available through the National TVA-TVS office. Branch Awards are given for up to 5 years. Award recipients who are no longer eligible for a Branch Award can apply to the National office. If you are eligible for a Branch Award you can choose to apply to the National office instead of the Branch, but not to both. National applications are available through the Branch 44 office. Monday, May 4th George Derby Centre for a Commemorative Ceremony with Consulate of the Netherlands and the BC Government. “TB Vets Week to be Proclaimed”. At the Vancouver Art Gallery, festive Street Canvassers offering butterfly lapel pins for a donation to TB Vets. Call Sharel at 604.874.5626 for more event details. Check out TB Vets new website to learn more about the new symbolism of the butterfly www.tbvets.org TB VETS ~ 70 YEARS AND NOT OUT OF BREATH YET! C ALENDAR April 3 Good Friday 5 Easter 7 Executive Meeting 7:00 PM 9 Vimy Ridge Day 12 Vimy Day Commemoration Mountain View Cemetery 11:00 AM 16 General Meeting 7:00 PM May 4 Executive Meeting 7:00 PM 18 Victoria Day 21 General Meeting 7:00 PM 23 Pub Night being held at the Kerrisdale Branch June 1 Executive Meeting 7:00 PM 5-7 Convention in Abbotsford 18 General Meeting 7:00 PM 21 National Aboriginal Day July and August APRIL Page 3 H APPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL! David Walter Glen Hill Jordan Simmonds Kelley-Lynne Ross Mary White Don Richardson Heddy Bing Aaron Stringer Joan Haws Mark Priestman Doug Cumberland Scott Cumberland Joseph Ward Jim MacKay David Hill Glen MacGregor W INNERS March 19, 2015 General Meeting C ORRESPONDENCE Surrey Women’s Centre thanks the Branch for their donation. Roland Daoust’s wife Beryl of Vancouver sends her best wishes to all Branch members. Roland passed away in 2007. He was always proud to be a branch member. Evelyn Berry of Vancouver, Beryl Daoust of Vancouver and Boycie Unwin of North Vancouver thank the Branch for their Easter Cards and Doreen Jones of Vancouver thanks the Branch for her Christmas gift. Door Prize: Bob Underhill. Bob donated the funds back to the Branch. Thanks Bob! Bingo: Lai Ping Chow Larry Chow Margaret Rogers McKay Douglas Chow Ev Harris APRIL L Page 4 AST POST - John Griffiths GRIFFITHS, John Mark It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing, of our father John Mark Griffiths at the age of 95, on March 6th. Dad was born on July 9, 1919 in Gwaen-Cae-Gurwen, South Wales to Edgar James and Lizzie Kate. He was predeceased by his wife Eileen Grace in April of 2011 and brothers Tom and Marshall and sister Marian. He is survived by his children: Gail (Richard), Mark (Livvy); grandchildren: Sam (Shawna), Sara (Charles), Denielle and Grant; and great- grandchildren: Gage, Angus, Kristopher, Abigail, Amelia, Tycesen; his brother Donald and extended family. Dad came to Canada in 1931 with his mother and two brothers, Donald and Marshall (brother Tom and sister Marian were born in Canada), settling on the West Coast. Dad served overseas during WWII with the RCASC, returning to Canada in 1943 suffering the effects of tuberculosis. Dad was greatly assisted by the Tuberculosis Veterans Association â€“ Branch 44 during this time. After convalescing in Victoria for a year, Eileen and John met and were married in Vancouver in 1945. Mom and Dad lived in North Vancouver until 2006 when they moved to Vernon. Dad loved to travel and took many trips, mostly on his own with a backpack staying in hostels. But a favourite was the one he and Mom took to Australia and New Zealand. Next to travelling, Dad loved to fish and in his trusty Gai Mar II he spent many hours in the "salt chuck" trying to catch the big one! Dad had a number of careers over the years, his pride and joy being the work he did with the TB Vets- Branch 44 as their General Manager. He worked tirelessly to develop the Tag Association and assist fellow veterans during his tenure with the Branch. The family would like to thank the staff at Canterbury Court for their kind care and friendship; the IHA Care Aides who visited Dad daily; the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on both the 2nd Floor West and 3rd Floor North during his last weeks and Dr. Borchert and his staff. ~Grffwys mewn heddwch Dad~ A Celebration of Life Tea will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Canterbury Court (3011 Gateby Place, Vernon). You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family's on-line obituary @ www.MyAlternatives.ca. Veteran Life Member of Branch 44 for 71 Years. Daughter, Gail Hamilton, has been an Associate Branch 44 member for 28 Years. L AST POST - MARGARET PEGGY TAPPING Margaret Elizabeth (Peggy) Tapping TAPPING, Margaret Elizabeth (Peggy) September 12, 1923 - March 11, 2015 (Born Margaret E. Insley of Vancouver, BC). Mom passed at peace and ready to be with Glen. As a nurse at St. Paul's, Vancouver, during WW II, she contacted Kidney disease which she fought to the end and it finally took her at the Priory Hospital, Victoria. She was a true example of the last great generation. She had a long fulfilling life and enjoyed her family and friends which was a very large group. Eastern Star was a big part of her. Peggy is survived by her 2 sons, Craig and Ross, her 3 grandsons John, Ryley and Reid, her brother David (Joyce) and sister Sheila (Doug) and the large extensive family group. Peggy wanted to thank all her family and friends for a beautiful long enjoyable life. She wished her ashes be put by her husband Glen Tapping, at a simple graveside ceremony this summer in Revelstoke, BC. Peggy was a proud supporter of the Legion. Peggy’s husband, Glen Tapping, passed away in 1998. Glen was a Past Branch President and 53 Year Veteran Life Member of Branch 44. Peggy always considered herself a Legion member. Five years ago when she learned she was not actually a member she immediately filled out the application form and joined as an Associate. Her son Ross has been a member for 19 years and grandsons; John ,11 years and Ryley, 9 years. APRIL M Page 5 EMBER’S CORNER Norman Wheeler, in Newfoundland, is an Ordinary Member at the Deer Lake Branch and is also a Dual Member of Branch 44. Pictured above on the right is Norman receiving his 1st Vice President Officer’s Medal from the Deer Lake Branch President. Norman is wearing a neck brace because he fell while trying to catch his dog. In the newspaper article you will notice Norman on the far right marching in the Remembrance Day Parade. S ICK AND VISITING E.. by Catherine Schaff We all at Branch 44 were sad to hear of the passing of John Griffiths in Vernon. John was the backbone of TB Vets in the early years. Peggy Tapping in Victoria also passed away. She was a strong supporter of the Legion and a proud Legion member. We send our sincere condolences to the families. Ruth Hurley still has her arm in a sling but sends her best wishes to all at Branch 44. Jim Irvine received a round of applause upon his return to meetings after his fall. Skip Skipworth does not venture far from home. He is still waiting for hip surgery which he expects will be done sometime in May. Roy Carlson, a Branch 44 veteran, now living at Inglewood Care Home in West Vancouver has been moved from the 2nd floor to the first floor where he is doing well. Jean Reynolds in Osoyoos is back home from the hospital after undergoing hip replacement surgery. Joe Sharples was unable to attend the meeting as he is feeling under the weather. Sharon Burke has not been well. We send her our best wishes. APRIL S Page 6 PEAKER SERIES M EMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN APRIL 16 GENERAL MEETING October 1, 2014 to June 15, 2015 PRESENTATION Winner drawn at the June 18th General Meeting by Lin Chen 1st Prize: $150 2nd Prize: $75 3rd Prize: $35 Each time you recruit a new member your name goes in the draw. The more members you recruit mean more chances for you to win! With BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support Do you have a husband or wife who is not a member? Son or daughter? How about that friend with asthma? (or any respiratory ailment) Discussing: Elder Abuse Let’s do our part to build our membership and keep Branch 44 thriving! C HEQUE PRESENTATION Vancouver Minor Baseball President Peter Merola presented Nadia Borean, Fundraising Coordinator and Tony Borean, Vice President with Vancouver Minor Baseball, with a cheque in the mount of $600. C OMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT I NITIATION March 19th General Meeting President Peter Merola, Comrade Douglas Chow, Sgt-At-Arms Steve Cochrane. Welcome Comrade Chow! CHAIR - BARB WALTER VENNE BC Children’s Hospital - Child Run. On behalf of member JoAnn Whiting. Good luck JoAnn with the run and your fundraising efforts! APRIL Page 7 BRANCH 44’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER ITALIAN PUB NIGHT May 23rd at 5:00 PM THREE COURSE DINNER HELD AT THE KERRISDALE LEGION BRANCH 2177 WEST 42nd AVENUE, VANCOUVER N EW CHELSEA SOCIETY CHAIR - BARB WALTER VENNE Received full funding from BC Housing for the cost of their new computer system. Cost $87,000. Rent increases beginning in July were approved for all properties. They range from 1% to 2 ½% depending on the property. Currently doing suite inspections for all 1,056 suites. Terry Alleyn retired from head office. He was responsible for creating Chelsea Park and had his fingers in every New Chelsea project. He will be missed. Project 9 in Burnaby, Chelsea Heights, requires all 38 out dated furnaces to be replaced. We need items for the auction. If you have your own business or work for a company that would be willing to donate something that would be very helpful. Cash donations also help towards our goal. Donations can be brought to the Branch or we can pick them up. Monies raised are given to Community Organizations helping seniors and underprivileged children lead healthy, happy lives. J Project 14 in Burnaby, Chelsea Village, needed a boiler room upgrade which cost $121,000. They were able to get grants and rebates from BC Housing and Fortis BC to recover $76,000. Project 15 on Vanness Avenue in Vancouver had a major security breach on December 24th. Mailboxes were broken into as well as the site office. As a result, for tenant safety, all locks were re-keyed at two properties. They are now changing the way they do things with regards to private information kept onsite; office safes, security alarms and cameras. They are still involved with the process of acquiring Stamps Place, a 10 acre property in East Vancouver. OKE One day my Gramma was out, and my Granddad was in charge of me. I was 2 1/2 years old and someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift. It was one of my favourite toys. Granddad was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Gramma came home. Granddad made Gramma wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!' Gramma waited and I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Granddad, and she watched him drink it. Then she said, (as only a Gramma would know), "'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?" APRIL C COMMITTEES: ONTACT US The Royal Canadian Legion Vancouver TVS (BC/Yukon) Branch 44 1410 Kootenay St 604.874.8510 Vancouver, BC V5K 4R1 Fax: 604.874.3033 [email protected] Website: www.legiontvs44.com www.member.legiontvs44.com SECRETARY/MANAGER FLUOROSCOPE EDITOR Comrade Brenda Jacobs PRESIDENT Comrade Peter Merola BYLAWS Peter Merola CADETS Stephen Tresidder Jane Anderson “TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW THE TORCH” COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Barb Walter Venne EDUCATION AWARDS Peter Merola Barb Walter Venne Jane Anderson 1st VICE PRESIDENT Comrade Barb Walter Venne ENTERTAINMENT / SPECIAL EVENTS Jane Anderson Kandys Merola 2nd VICE PRESIDENT Comrade Jane Anderson HONOURS & AWARDS Jane Anderson Larry Chow IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Comrade Jim Irvine MEMBERSHIP Peter Merola TVS REP / SERVICE OFFICER / CHAPLAIN Comrade Lizz Lindsay NEW CHELSEA Barb Walter Venne Glen MacGregor SERGEANT AT ARMS Comrade Steve Cochrane EXECUTIVES: Comrade Catherine Schaff Comrade Stephen Tresidder POPPY FUND Stephen Tresidder Barb Walter Venne Larry Chow PUBLIC RELATIONS Sharel Fraser Comrade Sharel Fraser SICK & VISITING Catherine Schaff Comrade Larry Chow SPORTS/YOUTH Sharel Fraser TO UNSUBSCRIBE Send an email to [email protected] with Unsubscribe written in the subject line TREASURER/ FINANCE CHAIRMAN Jack Cruise Barb Walter Venne ZONE COUNCIL Jane Anderson Stephen Tresidder Peter Merola THEY SHALLGROW NOT OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD: AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN. AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
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