From the Branch

From the Branch – August 5

Yes, August is here and we all hope that even now you can enjoy a bit of summer. But be careful and do the right things to avoid COVID-19. Partying is nice but make sure you do it with only family or those you have in your bubble. As only one person can make a whole bunch of people sick ...

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From the Branch – July 22

So our sign has been repainted and back on the wall now a bit more paint, our new flag pole and things will look better. Thank you to Jim Aquino for repainting the sign. We are open for business again. And if everyone goes by the rules things will be back to normal maybe soon. Our Comrade Nicholas had a ...

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From the Branch – July 1

Canada Day is here and after ALL that time Canadians are really happy to be Canadians and living in this beautiful country. I can remember my first day in Canada as if it was yesterday. We had flown from Amsterdam via Iceland to Montreal. It was kind of a chaos but we made our way to the Railway station and ...

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From the Branch – June 24

Finally we were able to have a membership meeting at the Branch last Thursday. So it was possible to have the Executive to take care of business until September. Everyone was wondering when we could open up the Hall for some events and do some fundraising as there is not much change left in the old sock. A few suggestions ...

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From the Branch – June 17

Good News!  There will be a Membership meeting this Thursday, June 18 at 7.00 pm. This is very important and there will have to be some decisions made for the rest of the summer and beyond. So, please try to attend and support Your Branch in this time of extraordinary circumstances. We hope everyone has been saved from the Covid-19 ...

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From the Branch – June 10

Yes, this past weekend was the 76th Anniversary of D-Day and COVID-19 did a number on that historic fact also. But I am sure a lot of people were reminded in one way or the other. It seems so long ago; but for those of a older age it looks like NOT so long because we were there at the ...

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From the Branch – June 3

Now May is gone and it is summertime and even though we have Covid 19 around, let us be happy and enjoy the weather but obey all the rules. Usually at this time we have our last meeting at the Branch before summer recess, but let us hope we will be back in September with the doors open. It was ...

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From The Branch – May 27

75 years ago the country was free and as evacuees, we were living in someone elses house, and when they returned we had to move. The Canadian Regiment de la Chaudierre had moved further up the Ijssel River and we were to move in a house that had been used by soldiers in that regiment.  One problem. A grenade had ...

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From the Branch – May 20, 2020

And 75 years ago our veterans were the talk of the town in Holland and there were parades, local music sounded all over. Dances were arranged and always “Ladies Free” and it was music and more music. Local companies and farmers got good deals on  army trucks and other equipment. Canadian soldiers helped with cleanup and rebuilding until they were repatriated back to ...

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From the Branch – May 13

On April 24 we lost another Comrade with the passing away of our Veteran Les Calkins. We will remember him at our next meeting. So the 75 years of the end of WW2 is now past and hopefully we can celebrate next year 75+1 with more events. The laying of wreaths at the Amsterdam national monument was attended by 6, the King ...

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From the Branch – May 6

Yes now it is the week we were waiting for 75 years since the Liberation of Holland and VE Day, and looking back at the happenings in the last weeks of the war I found something I did not know. At the battle for Otterloo which our late Comrade Jack Myers was involved with when a Group of Hitler Youth attacked ...

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From the Branch – April 29

At this time we are waiting for news every day about the threat which we face with COVID-19. 75 years ago, so did people in Holland; and just like today it was Canadians in the front line who faced the enemy face to face without regard of their own life. At this time in 1945 they were moving North from ...

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From the Branch – March 17

75 years ago at the moment of waiting to see our liberators, more V1 and V2 flying bombs and rockets were fired of into the sky. A lot of them did not make it far and went down on the anxious civilians. Dutch boys and men were picked up in the streets to build defensive trenches and fortifications. I hope everyone is ...

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From the Branch – March 10

It is good to once again have the opportunity to thank a lot of people who have been helping to get the lift installed at the Branch for our elderly and handicapped citizens. Government of Canada, Terry Anne Strevey. Wawa EDC, Maury O’Neil, Jessie Labonte, Shaw Mohamed. Municipality of Wawa, Mayor Ron Rody, and Council, Kevin Sabourin. A1 Signs, Jim Aquino ...

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From the Branch – March 4

And here comes March and a bit closer to spring. Last Friday we had our Open House to introduce our NEW lift to the Wawa public but because of the COLD wind only about 20 some made it. But those who did come enjoyed a ride from the Hall down to the Lounge, as I explained the workings and how ...

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