BURSARY APPLICATIONS 2020

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LEGION COMMEMORATION OF V-E DAY

May 8th 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the European theatre of operations with the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies.  We commemorate the sacrifices and the loss of life on both sides of this conflict in the fervent hope that this kind of global conflict never occurs again. 


On behalf of the Orangeville Legion; Barry Kimber (President), Chuck Simpson (1st Vice President), Chris Skalazob (Sgt-at-Arms), and Dave Burgess (Branch Bugler) met in the afternoon at the Orangeville cenotaph in Alexandra Park and commemorated V-E Day with a small service and the placing of a V-E Day wreath.  (More pictures below.)


More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in WWII.  Over 45,000 Canadians gave their lives, and an additional 55,000 were wounded. 

Many Canadians wore red on this day to commemorate the event and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  The Royal Canadian Legion was holding a special photo event where you could send in your pics wearing red.  Wearing red on Fridays is a sign of Remembrance but this was of course, a very special Friday. 


There are fewer and fewer WWII veterans still left alive, but their contributions to keep us free, live on.


Lest We Forget.  We WILL Remember Them.


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75TH ANNIVERSARY OF V-E DAY

FRIDAY, MAY 8TH 2020

May 8th, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the European theatre of operations with the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies. 

We commemorate the sacrifices and the loss of life on both sides of this conflict in the fervent hope that this kind of global conflict never occurs again.

Lest We Forget.  We Will Remember Them 



Wear red on May 8th to honour the 1.1 Million Canadian soldiers who served in the Second World War. 



To see more history and to see historical pictures, please go to  victory75.ca and junobeach.org   There is information for adults and resources for children as well.


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 To see more history and  historical pictures, please go to  victory75.ca and junobeach.org   

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HMCS FREDERICTON CASUALTIES

 Comrades, I'm sure everyone is thinking of our Canadian Armed Forces and this horrible loss. On behalf of our Legion Branch #233 we send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of all these brave ladies and men who serve our Country.

God Bless You All, We Will Remember.


Barry Kimber 

President Branch #233 

President's Report March-April 2020.

Comrades, where do I start? As a result of the Covid-19 we were ordered to close by Public Health, Provincial Government, Federal Government, A.G.C.O. March 16th 2020. This result has put us in a situation of Financial Loss. Our hall rentals, bar sales, sports events and fund-raising initiatives all ended. To date we have had 9 rentals cancelled and I expect more. The other losses from our bar sales, sports events, fund raising are in the tens of thousands. I have submitted a claim to PIB Insurance on April 14th 2020 for a Business Interruption Claim.  Acting on the advice of Ontario Command to make this claim, I am hoping we can recover some of our loss since our closure. At the time of writing this report I have not heard back but expect some response in the near future.


At this time, I thought I'd give a report in regards to our water damage and fire that occurred in February and March 2020. The roof leak and fire caused significant damage to our branch. The loss is well north of $75,000.00. I don’t have an exact figure of the loss as it is still being calculated. I’m sure many of you are asking what happened to cause the roof leak and fire. Well the roof leak was caused by ice build up between the flat roof and the peak roof. The fire was caused by water traveling down the hydro stack into the conduit into the main electrical panel causing the fire. (Water and Electricity Don’t Mix!)


Since our branch closed on March 16th 2020, many things have been happening behind the scenes. I would like to give you an idea of the work done since we have closed.

  1. Pool Room: ceiling replaced (new drywall, new insulation & paint), walls painted, new trim throughout.
  2. Entire floors replaced with high grade vinyl flooring in the sports room.
  3. The entire half wall painted in sports room with new quarter round trim installed.
  4. The Lounge: the carpet has been removed and high-grade vinyl flooring has been installed. The water damage below the air conditioner in the lounge has been repaired and painted.
  5. The ceiling and bulkhead in the hallway have been replaced and painted. The south and east wall has been repaired and painted.
  6. The stairs' carpet will be replaced at the end of April with a new rubberized material with anti-slip and vision impairment materials.
  7. The railing upstairs and the railing leading downstairs has been painted
  8. The men’s washroom has been completing renovated and repaired. The floor was completely removed due to water damage and replaced. All the walls were removed and replaced due to water damage. The toilet was moved more to the center to allow people with disabilities to use the bathroom. A larger wall-mounted sink was installed with wing tap handles to help folks with disabilities. Ceramic flooring was installed including four feet up the wall. Paint was applied to all walls.
  9. The flooring in the office was replaced with high grade vinyl flooring and new trim throughout.
  10. The beer room flooring was replaced with dry core and vinyl flooring installed.
  11. The ice machine in the beer room was damaged and written off due to fire. A new ice fridge was installed in main bar for the convenience of our bartenders. (New plumbing and platform for ice machine was installed)
  12. The taps in the main bar were damage when the water was shut off during the fire closure. Debris travelled into the mechanism causing poor water pressure. The taps were replaced.
  13. The taps in the furnace room and women’s washroom downstairs were replaced.
  14. The taps in the kitchen were repaired.
  15. The men’s urinal in downstairs bathroom was repaired.
  16. The banquet floor downstairs was stripped and waxed.
  17. A new fire-rated door will be installed at the emergency exit at the west end of the building.
  18. A new prep table and shelving has been ordered for replacement in kitchen due to fire damage.


Comrades, I am pleased to report your Branch was nominated in the category for top service club in the myFM Spirit Awards. Also, Comrade Chuck and myself were nominated as top volunteers in myFM Spirit Awards.  MyFM had planned to have the awards held right here at our Branch on April 16th 2020. Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen in our current climate. I’m pleased to report our Legion placed in the top three in the entire county. Congratulations to our current Executive, Staff, Membership and Ladies Auxiliary for our great showing. I also would like to express to everyone, a thank you for all their votes in supporting me also. I placed in the top three volunteers in the myFM Spirit Awards. I have to admit during this time as President I have not had a boring year. It's nice to know I have so much support throughout the community and my comrades. It takes a team to accomplish what we have done so far this year. It takes a team to keep this branch operating not any one individual.


During these unprecedented times our Dominion Council and Ontario Command have made a decision to return some of our per capita tax back to the branches to help ease some of the financial strain during these times. We will be receiving approximately $3,000.00 back from Dominion and Provincial Command. This money will help with our Utility Bills over the past and coming months.


Decisions in regards to elections and commencement of our Executive and General Meetings are still on hold. Dominion and Provincial Command have not made any final decisions in regards to this. The only decision that was made was the current Executive and Branch Officers are to continue in place. I look forward to our Branch opening again and business continues. I will say, I plan on running for President again and hope many of our current Executive will also. I look forward to a normal process once again.


Yours In comradeship, Stay Well & Stay Safe,

Barry Kimber, President, Branch #233

rcl233@rogers.com 519-942-4895

For our veterans

Hello! Hang in there everyone. 

Please see the notice under Branch News that gives more info and phone numbers for support.

Just a gentle reminder that while our Orangeville Royal Canadian Legion may be closed for the time being, our confidential, knowledgeable volunteers are still open for business when it comes to assisting our Veterans. Anyone who has served, or is serving, Canadian or Allied Veterans, and requires help of any kind is encouraged to reach out and call the Legion and leave a message: 519-942-4895, or email the Orangeville Legion at:   rcl233@rogers.com 

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COLONEL FITZGERALD BRANCH 233, ORANGEVILLE

THE LITTLE LEGION WITH A BIG HEART!

Please browse through the various sections of our website to learn more about our organization, our branch,  its mission, and its part in our community that  reaches far beyond Remembrance Day.

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION

Founded in 1925, the  Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. With more than 275,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordinary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers and in our efforts. 

BUT WAIT, THERE IS MORE!

There is no requirement now to have a family link to a veteran in order to become a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Although our main focus continues to be care of Veterans, their dependents, and those still serving in the Canadian Forces,  Legions throughout Ontario  contribute to the well-being of our communities by sponsoring numerous community programs.   Click on our links to learn even more!

THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION - MISSION AND VISION


"To serve veterans, which includes serving military and RCMP members, and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our Communities and our Country."


Our Vision Statement serves as a long-term and aspirational goal for the organization:    

"Our vision is to be the most highly respected Veteran and Community Service organization."