Royal Canadian Legion

Background Information about the RCL Branch #350 Southey

RCL Branch #350 Southey began November 3, 1948 with the insurgence of men and women returning from overseas.  The Charter member roster included:

J.Ferguson

F.H. (Fred) McIlmoyl

Tom Isaac

Ken Franzen

Johnny Buchan

Willard Anderson

Leonard Thompson

E. Fries

Klee

Herman Manweiller

The roster grew over the years and includes a list of over 80 comrades.

Our Ladies Auxiliary was started July 18, 1949.  Branch was fored to close in the early 00’s due to low numbers, but an injection of new members allowed it to re-open in June of 2009.

Our mandate is to serve our veterans which includes serving military and RCMP members and their families, to promote remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

 

Regular Annual Events & Activities

Poppy Drive

Poster and Literary contests

Remembrance Day Services

Annual scholarship to graduating student

Annual New Year’s Luncheon at Pioneer Lodge

Assisting Museum Board with history and general upkeep

Past Events:

– Wounded Warriors Weekend  August 2013

– Donations to Shalom and Strasbourg nursing homes to assist veterans

– Trade Show organization September 2014

 

A Bit of History on the small park area beside Southey Drugs:

– The area was donated and kept up by Terry and Joanne Mildenberger until the Branch reorganized and was able to assume the responsibility

– The mural was painted by well-known Saskatchewan artist Ernest Bereti

– The cenotaph was built in 2012/13 and dedicated June 23/13

 

*** The Park’s naming ceremony took place August 10, 2014.  It has now been dedicated as the “A. J. (Jack) Henshaw Memorial Garden”, after one of Branch #350’s longtime members (and Joanne Mildenberger’s father) Jack Henshaw, who joined the branch in 1949 and remained a strong supporting member until his passing in November 2012.

 

General Branch info:

Meeting time:

First Monday of every month at 7:30pm (rescheduled on Stat holidays)

 

We currently have 20 branch members.

 

Members List:

(2014/15 Exec)

President – Leigh Bishop

Vice President – Hugh Huber

Treasurer – Marlene Bishop

Secretary – Nicole Toews

Chaplain – currently looking to fill this post

Sergeant-at-Arms – Tony Sugarman

Service Officer – Mary Massier

Membership – Elaine and Hugh Huber

Poppy Committee – Jordan Sugarman, Tanner Hanus

Photographer – Ron Walby

Historian – Alana McKay

Chief Gardener – Ed McKay

 

Main contact:

Leigh Bishop  l.bishop@sasktel.net or 726-5881  or

Branch email:  southeylegion@yahoo.ca

 

Upcoming events:

Poppy Drive/Rememberance Day:  October/November 2014