November message from the President

Hello everyone,
Another month has flown by. I hope everyone is doing well.
Remembrance Day will be run slightly differently from the last two years. We will be having the Parade again. The Parade will be forming up behind the Paris County offices. It will start about 1030AM. There is also a change in the laying of the wreaths. All service clubs and Churches will be laying their wreaths at 10AM on November 11th. We are going to try to lay all other wreaths at 11AM. We are asking if you are wanting to participate in laying your wreath, personally, that you let us know in advance of Nov 10th. If we do not hear from you we will be laying the wreath on your behalf. This will take time to accomplish the laying of 60 + wreaths. So we will be speeding up the laying. We used to lay two at a time but to make this work, we will be laying up to six at a time. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated. The Branch will be fully open, as it has been pre-COVID. A light lunch will be provided.

We have had a successful month in October. We had a few events, some new to the branch others were run for the first time in a few years due to COVID. We start a Trivia night that was well attended. It is run for us by Jeremy Collins. Thanks Jeremy. We had our Branch Euchre tournament on Oct 22. Thanks to Heidi and Irene for running it. We had another great movie night. Top Gun Maverick was well attended. Thanks to Irene for doing that. We had a band come in to play on Oct 28th. The place had lots of people. The music was great. Thanks to Jim Young and friends for putting on a wonderful Halloween Party.

The Cancer Benefit is in its 10th year. Music will start at noon and run till about 9PM. Bobby Banks will open the show and be followed by great bunch of musicians. All talent is mostly local and all volunteered. All the funds raised stay local. It is used to provide rides to local cancer patients that need to travel to their treatments. The event this year will not be streamed live as it has been the last two years.  So we hope to see allot of people in attendance and giving donations to this worthwhile cause.

The 300 Club Draw will be held on November 26th at 2PM. There are still a few tickets left at the bar if you would like one. All funds after prizes go to The Christmas hampers.

We are still looking for Poppy campaign volunteers. There is a sign-up sheet at the Branch for distributing Poppies on Friday and Saturday. They are in 2 hour segments. You do not need to be dressed in legion attire. Just pin on a volunteer pin.

We are also still in need of someone to look after a few committees. Sports and public relations are two positions that are open and need to be filled.

I wish everyone a wonderful November.

Donald MacLeod
President
Branch 29 Paris

 _____________Upcoming sports
MEN’S DARTS. Men’s Darts has started on Tuesday evening starting around 7:00 p.m. We have made a travel team and an in-house group. The travel team plays other Legions in our area. More players are always welcome.POOL LEAGUE. The Wednesday night pool league has started. It starts at 7:00 p.m. We are short two players so if you would like to join, you are more than welcome.
LADIES DARTS. Ladies darts on Thursday has started. You are welcome to come out and play.
8-BALL POOL TOURNAMENT, Saturday, December 10. Pool deadline for entry is November 25th. Sign up sheet posted at the Legion.
CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENT AT THE BURFORD LEGION, Saturday, November 26. Deadline for entry is Friday, November 11. Sign up sheet posted at the Legion.

MacKENZIE BROTHERS (Branch) POOL TOURNAMENT, Saturday, December 3. This is a Branch-only tournament.

Upcoming events

TRIVIA NIGHT. Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.:  Hosted by Jeremy Collins from Paris Beer Co. Jeremy hosts trivia at Paris Beer on Wednesday  nights in the storeroom to a full house. Teams of up to 6 are allowed. Prize to the top team of the night.

10th Annual “NO ROADS BACK” CANCER BENEFIT. Saturday, November 19: This event will run from noon until 9:00 p.m. A total of 14 musical acts perform every 40 minutes all day long. All monies go directly to the Cancer Society in Brantford and stay in Brant.

300 CLUB ELIMINATION DRAW. Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m.: Our 300 Club tickets are for sale at the bar. This is a very worthwhile event as it raises money for Christmas hampers.

KNITTING AT THE LEGION. Sunday, November 27, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The last Sunday of the month. Everyone welcome. No skill required.

MOVIE NIGHT. Friday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.: Holiday Inn. Get in the Christmas spirit and hear the original version of White Christmas in this remastered version of the WWII (1942) holiday classic. FREE to Legion members and their guests. FREE popcorn.

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Poppy Campaign

For those canvassing in any of our locations on Friday, or Saturday poppy boxes will be filled and ready for the first shift in the Legion Lounge the night before should you wish to do so. Please take the Poppy box with the location name on it.

Members who wish to pick up in the morning the Legion will be open at 9:30 a.m. on each of these days for your convenience. Members taking over the shift will take the Poppy box from the out-going canvasser.

If during your shift you need more Poppies or a new box please phone the number provided. For   the member finishing the last shift of the day please return the Poppy box back to the Legion and give to Bar Steward   Thank you!

Earl MacDonald
Poppy chair   
Cell: 226-387-0729      Home 519-302-0226

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From the Kitchen

The Branch has started to do luncheons again.  A little different, and a lot more work.  Everything has to be made at the Branch, prepared food cannot be accepted.  The response from the membership for donations of canned goods, bread etc. has been overwhelming.  I’m so grateful to our members for being so kind and giving. 

We’ve raised the cost to $10. Per person,(free for members with paid up dues) and we sure put on a great luncheon, whether you are a member or not.  And I am always looking for volunteers to help prepare food trays. 

Take care everyone,

Helen Banks
Kitchen Coordinator

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The site now features a new calendar with Rentals and Activities. For more information contact Barry Humphrey, 1st vice-president at humphreybdh@gmail.com.