Merry Christmas from Branch 7

We would like to take this time to wish all of our Members of the Branch and Community a safe and Merry Christmas.

We look forward to many new events in 2019

 

We hope that throughout this busy time with family and friends that you will be able to stop in at our Branch for a game of pool, maybe win big on the VLTs.. or if a Jets game is
on when we are opened to watch that on our Big Screen. We have a great staff that will
be happy to serve you a beverage or two.

 

Thursday Afternoon Bingo

 

 

 

 

December 13th was the last Bingo of the year.

This was a Christmas Party for all those in attendance.

Santa and his elves prepared and served a great meal. There were some
door prizes to be won and everyone had a great time… despite not winning
the big Lucky 7 Jackpot.

There is a small group of regulars that come every week, that have come to know
each other quite well, and enjoy their time at this Bingo.

The Ladies Auxiliary of our Branch prepare and sell a lunch consisting of sandwiches,
soup and homemade dessert each week.

This Bingo would not happen if our volunteer Bingo Co-Ordinator Karen was not
at the helm. Karen has one day off during the week and she has dedicated her time to
this Bingo. This Bingo provides an opportunity for those in the community who may
be able to get out in the evening to play Bingo. Karen also has a dedicated group of
volunteer helpers who come out each week.

This past Thursday our President Sharon presented to Karen a Certificate
of Appreciation on behalf of our Branch. She was deeply touched by this certificate.

Congratulation Karen you are very deserving of this award and we look forward to another
great year of Thursday afternoon Bingo with you.

*****REMINDER**** THIS BINGO IS ON A CHRISTMAS HIATUS AND WILL RESUME JANUARY 10, 2019. We play using hard cards with bingo chips and there are
a few paper cards games. The paper cards games are Lucky 7, Mini Loonie and Full House. We have available for sale bingo chips and dabbers at a reasonable cost. The doors open at 11 a.m. with the first games starting at Noon. The lunch is sold and served approximately 11 a.m. each week.

 

Christmas Wreaths for Transcona Veterans “ at the Transcona Field of Honour

Christmas Wreaths for Veterans

in the Field of Honour- Transcona Cemetery

By Peter and Audrey Martin

In 2016, there was a Canada wide program called “Wreaths across Canada” where all

Military Cemeteries received Wreaths to place on the graves of each Veteran.

The Transcona Cemetery had a benefactor in a large trucking company that purchased

Real Christmas wreaths. Our Branch participated and help to place the wreaths on each

Veteran’s grave. (325 graves).

In 2017 the complimentary wreaths were not available so we approached a local sponsor
(Geoff and Regan Archambault) who offered to pay for artificial wreaths that were then
placed at the beginning and end of each row of graves.

We did not want to see this tradition end so this year we decided to organize the event
with a slightly different twist to it.

We arranged for the Cemeteries branch of the City of Winnipeg to place wooden
32 stakes with hooks attached, at the start and end of each row in the Field of Honour.

We reached out to the community through social media, community organizations
and e-mail for individuals and organizations to ” buy or build ” natural wreaths and
to personally place their wreaths on a designated day. Our goal was to have 32 in total this
was quickly surpassed, we had a commitment of 70 wreaths. We had to add an extra hook on each
stake that could hold two wreaths instead of only one.

Saturday, December 1st at 12:00 noon was the day selected day to hang their wreaths.
Over 60 people attended and placed their wreaths on the hooks or on an individual grave.
Shawn Nason, our newly elected City Councilor, provided the much-appreciated refreshments.

It was really exciting to see so many people there, some had commented that they had never
been to the Field of Honour before. There are some members of our Community who did not know
about this event and who want to participate please feel free to place a wreath wherever there is a
vacant spot or on an individual grave itself. If you have time please feel free to walk between
the graves and read the inscriptions, you will recognize a lot of names with strong Transcona connections.

We would like to thank all those who participated (individuals, community groups and businesses).
The response was much better than expected and we are encouraged to do it again next year.

The wreaths will remain in place through the winter and I will offer to help the
City of Winnipeg Cemeteries branch to help clean up in the spring and might be
putting out the plea for volunteers.