OK Falls Legion celebrates 65 years

On November 9 Okanagan Falls Legion #227 is celebrating their 65th Anniversary.

The Royal Canadian Legion

On November 9 Okanagan Falls Legion #227 is celebrating their 65th Anniversary. The branch first received their charter November 12, 1947.  Fifteen veterans were charter members and their meetings were held in the local hardware store and then in the Womens Institure Hall.

As membership grew property was purchased in 1951 close to the south end of Skaha Lake beach where a building was erected, mainly by members and volunteer labor.  For a number of years the new branch endured some financially bad years but held auctions, prizes and dances to raise funds.

In 1963 this building was sold and a new hall erected on lots offered by the first President Bill Edge.  Assisted by a grant from the B.C. government a two story building was added and officially opened in 1972.  The hall boasts a sports floor, with the second floor used for meetings and social events, then there is the lounge operated entirely by volunteers. The branch now has a membership of approximately 520.

Activities include meat draws every Friday and Saturday, pancake breakfasts, entertainment by well-known local bands, suppers, cribbage, shuffleboard, darts, pool, golf matches and any other activity the membership wishes. Every Sunday afternoon there is horse racing and other entertainment.

The ladies Auxiliary received its charter in 1948 with 20 members and now has a membership of 44.  The auxiliary has always supported the branch from the very beginning both financially and in all branch activities and events. Both the branch and the LA support youth in the community with donations, bursaries, youth sport activities, local hospitals and veteran hospitals.  Funds are obtained from meat draws, LA catering and bingos.

For our 60th anniversary permission was obtained for Twelfth Street outside the legion building to be re-named Veterans Way.

 

The branch will be celebrating on Nov. 9 with a veterans lunch for all veterans (guests $5), with cake and entertainment for everyone.   In the evening following the meat draw, at 6:30 p.m. will be supper and entertainment by Buzz Byer.

 

 

Just Posted

Mix of sun and cloud for the Okanagan-Similkameen Shuswap

Chance of showers for much of the region this afternoon

Monster Truck action returns to the Okanagan for a second night

From 6 until 7 p.m. you can meet the drivers and get a close up look at the trucks

Keremeos man says stem cell therapy changed his life

Darryl Brewer says he went from being immobile with chronic pain to leading an active lifestyle

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Summer sun for Sunday

The forecast for the week ahead shows some rain but plenty of sun and warm tempertures.

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Showers to start weekend, sun returning soon

Environment Canada forecasts rain on Saturday and the heat returning next week

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Update: Coroner investigating after body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Donkeys await your hugs and scritches at anniversary event

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge invites public to help celebrate 20 years of care.

CDART trains North Okanagan volunteers

Regional group looking to form to help animals in cases of emergencies and disasters

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Water quality makes swimming unsafe at three beaches near Salmon Arm

The Adams Lake Indian Band has issued a water qulity notice affecting beaches at three campgrounds.

Most Read