AT 97 VETERAN AGNES KEEGAN STILL ENJOYS POPPY TAGGING

WW II Veteran Agnes Keegan Poppy Tagging at Park Place in Downtown Vancouver 2017

At 97 years old WW II Veteran Agnes Keegan still enjoys poppy tagging at a time when Legions are struggling to find volunteers from the younger crowds. Each year Agnes steps up and spends 4 hours a day tagging at various locations around Vancouver.

“I really enjoy the whole process” said Agnes in a recent interview. “I meet so many wonderful supportive people and get my picture taken with many of them”.

This year Agnes was tagging at Park Place and Commerce Place in downtown Vancouver and was thrilled with the live remembrance wreath that Park Place staff supplied this year.

As one of our small but dedicated group of taggers from Branch 179 she is hoping to boost this year’s campaign well into the $40,000 range and rest assured, she will be back at tagging again next year.

GRANDVIEW COLLINGWOOD 2017 HONOURS AND AWARDS HANDED OUT

Honours and Awards Executive Diane Janes with Ordinary Lifetime member Agnes Keegan accepting her 55 year service pin.

On Sunday October 29th at our monthly general meeting Honours and Awards Executive Diane Janes had her work cut out for her with the presentation to members of their yearly service pins and other deserved awards. The awards are presented to Legion members in recognition of meritorious or outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Legion.  They include medals, awards, and certificates of merit and appreciation.

The following members were presented…..

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LEGIONS HAVING HARD TIME FINDING VOLUNTEERS TO SELL POPPIES

Legions across Canada are having a hard time finding people to volunteer to sell poppies and are struggling to understand the reason’s why. Vice President Gerry Vowles of Grandview ~ Collingwood Legion Branch 179 explains to reporter Tom Walsh why he thinks people are just not interested in this annual campaign to support veterans and family’s.

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Vice President Gerry Vowles, a WW II veteran and Comrade Bill Ritchie Poppy Tagging outside Branch #179 on Commercial Drive in Vancouver

Every Legion member has sworn an oath to help out for the annual Poppy Campaign’s yet they seem not to care leaving the bulk of the work to the same dedicated volunteers that step up each and every year.Tom Walsh of City News discover’s what’s behind the shortfall.
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2017 GOLF TOURNAMENT A GREAT SUCCESS

RCL 179 golf tourney 2017 group shotThe 2017 Grandview-Collingwood members Golf Tournament which took place at Mylora Golf Course this past June was well attended this year and from all accounts everyone had great great time…. players and spectators alike!

The day started at the Branch with everyone hopping a bus to the course for a fun day of golf then returning to the branch award the prizes  and partake in some great food and drink.

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AMALGAMATION CELEBRATION A GREAT SUCCESS

AMALGAMATION PARTY CAKE FROM OUR AMALGAMATION CELEBRATION 2017On April 22nd, 2017 the amalgamation of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Collingwood Branch #48 with Grandview Branch #179 was celebrated by a joyous crowd of guests and dignitaries and deemed a great success by all that attended.

The celebration started with our integrated executive marching in our new charter to the sound of the pipes with members of the Lower Mainland Colour Party and officially placing our new charter on the wall. (Read more for slide show from the party)

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MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR WW II VETERAN

Gerry Flowers Memorial Service and Celebration of Life

Ninety-two year old Gerald W Flower, Father, WW II Veteran, POW survivor and life long member of the Royal Canadian Legion passed away on January 27th, 2017. Gerry was a recent recipient of a Minister of Veterans Affairs Certificate and Medal of Commendation presented by The Honourable Kent Hehr, MP, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

A Memorial Service will be held by family members for Gerry on Friday, March 10th, 2017, 11:00 AM at St John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church, located at 1490 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC with refreshments to follow in the Trendell Lounge.

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SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS AWARDED 96 YEAR OLD VETERAN

Agnes Keegan with the Honourable Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of BC

Agnes Keegan with the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and WW II veteran, Agnes Keegan is definitely in the  exceptional volunteer category. For over 36 year’s Agnes has run the canteen at the Beatty Street Armory for the 2290 B.C.R. Cadet Corp., and this is just one of her many achievements.

On Thursday January 5th, 2017 in the ceremony at Government House in Victoria, 96 year old Agnes Keegan along with 29 other award recipients were individually presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by  the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC.

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GUESTS WEAR SWEATERS TO CHRISTMAS DINNER

winning sweater 2016 ugly xmas sweater contest

Close-up of the winning sweater… Congrats to Danielle on her winning home made entry.

Ah… the Christmas sweater… what better to wear to Christmas dinner at the Legion. Some say they are festive but some say they are ugly! Perhaps we can just call them festively ugly but you can decide for yourself when you view the slide show below.

Our 2016 Christmas dinner was a great success with plenty of yummy turkey, stuffing and gravy to go around. Many thanks to all the dedicated volunteers that made the dinner possible… we couldn’t have done it without you. This year’s dinner included our first Christmas Sweater competition which was well attended with 13 brave souls donning their finest and stepping up for judgement hour.

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WW II VETERAN RECEIVES VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMENDATION

Crew of Lancaster Hk633: Rear: Sgt. Gerald Kenny, Sgt. Noel Price , F/O. Peter Funk, Sgt. Gerald Flower Front: F/O. Frank Major, F/O. Bruce Lumsden and Sgt. Sydney Dudley.

Crew of Lancaster Hk633: Rear: Sgt. Gerald Kenny, Sgt. Noel Price , F/O. Peter Funk, Sgt. Gerald Flower Front: F/O. Frank Major, F/O. Bruce Lumsden and Sgt. Sydney Dudley.

Ninety-two year old Gerald W Flower (Gerry as we know him) is a WW II veteran, POW survivor and life long member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Gerry held the rank of Sargent and was a Air Gunner with the 195 Lancaster Squadron based out of RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, England. Gerry’s Lancaster Bomber was shot down over Venray, Holland while returning from a successful mission participating in Operation Hamburg. After bailing out of the downed aircraft Gerry was captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreuzberg near Upper Silesia in occupied Poland, assigned PoW No: 1139 and sat out the duration of the war as a allied prisoner.

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NEW BAR AND LOUNGE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

New Downstairs Bar at 179

Shot of our new Downstairs Bar at 179

It’s been a long haul since we announced the much needed renovation of our old downstairs bar back in may of 2016 so we are happy to announce our new facilities are complete and open for business.

During the renovation we remained open with the establishment of a temporary bar which was set up in the front left corner of the main room. Extra coolers were brought in and the staff did an excellent job of coping with the temporary set-up despite the fact it involved a lot of running back and forth to get things done. Great job to every one involved, we couldn’t have accomplished it without you.

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