Welcome to Anavets Assiniboia Unit #283 Winnipeg
Canadas oldest Veterans Organization
Established in 1840

PRESIDENT’S REPORT                            Len Cook

To begin this report I give my personal condolences to Elvin Kehler’s Family. Our prayers are with you.

It was a pleasure to see a good turn-out at our Annual Anniversary and Awards night on July 24th. It is always nice to be able to reward a Member for continuing support to our Unit. Congratulations to all recipients.

I played in the Over 55 & Retired vs Unit 283 Golf tournament on July 22nd. It was a great day and we avoided the rain until we were back at the Unit. Thanks to Roger Briand for helping me to stay dry while BBQ’ing. I was disappointed at the lack of participation from our Unit Members. Maybe we need to advertise more. We will see.

I attended the 54th Dominion Biennial Convention in Saskatoon from Aug. 11th-16th. There were some good resolutions passed as we continue as an Organization to fight for the rights of our Veterans. Various speeches proved that we are able to make changes for the better and we must continue to do so. It was also great to connect with old friends and to make new ones. I was very proud of our Delegates as well. They were attentive to all matters brought forward and carried themselves very well throughout the Convention. At the end of the Convention were the Awards presentations. I am very pleased to announce that Rae Roberts and Bill Sadler were awarded the American Legion Friendship award. I also congratulate Bill Sadler and Ken Cade on receiv-ing their Life Memberships. All of these awards were well deserved. Comrade Hayden Kent received the Award of Merit, the highest award of the Association, as a Member of Unit #1. Congratulations once again to all recipients.

I was able to travel to Grand Forks to play in the Southern leg of the Can/Am Golf. At the Dinner, following the Golf, a moments silence was observed for the passing of Elvin Kehler and Joe Adsero. Both of these Men played in the opening tournament in 1991 and they will be missed. It is always a pleasure to make this trip and I enjoy it every year.

I welcome our new Office Manager, Anne Walters to Unit 283. I know that it is all new but I believe her pro-gress has been positive to date. I also welcome Crystal Froome to her new position as Bar Manager. Having worked the Bar and as a waitress, she is very knowledgeable about the workings of the bar and will be an asset to us. Welcome to you both and good luck in your positions.

On Aug. 19th we had a Staff appreciation day, with some of the Executive in attendance, with BBQ’ing and games. After the games of darts, shuffleboard and pool, the Executive won the bragging rights this time. It is a pleasure to let the Staff know that they are appreciated at the Unit. It was a fun filled afternoon and I hope it becomes an annual event.

As you are aware, we had a price increase to our beer and liquor prices. This was necessary to offset two price increases over the last year and an increase in the minimum wage. There will also be another minimum wage increase in October. I hope all Members are satisfied with the reason for this increase.

Linda and I will be on holiday in the Maritimes from Aug. 28th- Sept. 11th. We are looking forward to an amazing trip in our tourist clothes.

 I look forward to seeing a good turn-out at the September General Meeting on September 20th. Please plan to attend.

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