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News - All - 15 Apr 2019

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RCL: 15 Apr 2019
District Convention Highlights

It was a windy weekend in Owen Sound April 13th and 14th, for the District "C" Spring Convention, but that did not deter 11 of the 12 Zone C2 Branches from making the trip.

Saturday morning featured an impressive parade from the Chi-Cheemaun dock to the Cenotaph that impressed all the spectators. Following lunch, the delegates heard from the four Zone Commanders, a rep from Veterans Affairs Canada, and an informative presentation by District "C" VSO Comrade Bill Ridley regarding PTSD service dogs. The Owen Sound L.A. served a fantastic turkey dinner in the evening, followed by guest speaker Comrade Ron Goebel, Provincial Chairman.

Here are some highlights from Sunday's business session:

  • Comrade Eric Ross was acclaimed as the new District "C" Commander
  • Comrade Dean Weir defeated Comrade John MacDonald in the race for Deputy
  • Comrade Greg Oakes, District "C" Hospital Chair, presented the slide show from the 2018 St. Joe's camp trip for Veterans, one of the major projects supported by the District "C" Hospital Fund
  • Comrade Bill Ridley gave an extensive Veterans Services report
  • Comrade Pat Smith discussed the new procedure for renewing Liquor licences, and informed us that she will be presenting Treasurer/Financial Review seminars in each Zone, in the month of May
  • the Branch 530 resolution to allow Poppy Funds to pay for WWR buses, was defeated
  • all of the other District Chairs presented reports, with many accepting donations from the floor following their report
  • Delegates, bringing funds from their Poppy Funds or General Account, were very generous at this convention:
    Charitable Foundation, $26,000
    Bursary fund, $27,000
    Track & Field, $5,260
    Homeless Vets fund, $45,600
    Youth Ed, $3,400
    District "C" Hospital Fund, $24,000
  • The shuttle drivers generously donated $160 in tips to Track and Field

The Convention ran very smoothly, and concluded shortly after 2pm. Upon departing, delegates were greeted with snow-covered cars. Luckily for all, the snow did change to rain quickly, and most roads were reported to be safe for travel by mid-afternoon.


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