Bala Legion Branch Info

Remembrance Day Ceremony 2015: At Wahta Cenotaph. NOTE: The Wahta Cenotaph has been relocated to the Wahta Administration Centre. There will be a special dedication service at 10:30am followed by the Remembrance Day ceremony at 11am.
Updated Branch Hours: 330pm to 630pm Tuesday – Saturday (remaining open later Thursday, Friday, Saturday depending on demand)
The last dinner/jam was Saturday, June 13.  Music at 4PM and dinner at 5.  If you have an instrument, come on out and sit in with the band.
We have added Tuesdays and Wednesdays to the days we are open, so our new hours are open Tue/Wed from 3-6PM and Thu/Sat from 3:30-11 (ish).  Enjoy our new big screen TVs as well as pool and shuffleboard.
On June 12th in Canadian Military History: 1900: Battle between Boers and Canadian mounted troops at Diamond Hill ends; 1941: RCAF bombers make their first attack on Germany, bombing the Schwerte freight yards; 1944: For his courageous and selfless attempt to save his crewmate over Cambrai, France, Pilot Officer Mynarski of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 419 Squadron, RCAF earned the Victoria Cross (Posthumous).
Lest We Forget

Saturday May 9: Join the fun at the Legion for another jam session — with some surprise guests!

Country Jam at Legion
Jammin’ at the Legion April 18

Note: The Bala Legion is looking for a janitor and bartender.

New Branch Hours: Thurs-Saturday, 3pm to 11pm.

March 27, 2015:

The General Meeting was held on March 25th and it was agreed that the Branch would be changing its hours, effective April 16th.  Starting then, we will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3:00PM to 11:00PM.  You’ll finally be able to drop in to the Branch after a hard week’s work or while you’re relaxing at your cottage.  Sports teams are always welcome and you can take advantage of our newly refurbished pool table!

Speaking of good times, the next country music jam and dinner will be April 18th at 4PM  Our popular roast beef and all the fixin’s will be on the menu, so mark that on your calendar.  If you’re a musician, please feel free to bring your instrument along and get up with Jo & Jay and the rest of the gang for some great tunes.

Don’t forget the special Easter brunch at the Legion this Sunday, April 5th between 9AM and noon.  We will be serving scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and pancakes, as well as a beverage.  The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  This event is open to the public

One of the problems Legions across Canada are having is the perception among the general public that we are a private club or that, if you are not a member, you have to be “signed in” by someone who is.  While that was true in the past, it is no longer the case.  We are open to the general public and everyone is welcome.  Even membership is no longer restricted to military personnel and their families.  Anyone is eligible to join.  All you need is the desire to support the Legion and a general desire to support our troops and veterans.  If you would like more info, send an e-mail to me at balalegion424@bellnet.ca  I’ll be happy to get back to you.

Lest We Forget

 

March 21, 2015:

Glad to be back!  An extended vacation down south means I haven’t been able to do this column the last few weeks, but now we’re good to go!

There will be a special Easter brunch at the Legion on Sunday, April 5th between 9:AM and noon.  We will be serving scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and pancakes, as well as a beverage.  The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  This event is open to the public

The last country jam/dinner on St Paddy’s Day was very well received and we are looking to start making the event a twice-a-month gig.  Watch here for details.  The next one scheduled will be April 18th at 4:PM.  The dinner will be roast beef with all the trimmings, courtesy of The Wahta Station.

We will be holding an open house at the Branch in the near future with the idea of bringing in people who are not familiar with the Legion and all it has to offer.  Again, watch this column for details.

The branch is currently open Tuesday to Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30.  Come in and join the guys for a game of pool and the beverage of your fancy!

Lest we forget!

 

March 15, 2015: Had a huge turnout yesterday; lot of people, lots of musicians and LOTS of Irish stew! The next jam will be April 18th so mark that in your phone or appointment book. We’re thinking of making these jams/dinners a bi-monthly thing. Thoughts?

Jan 1: Happy New Year.

Jan 1, 2015: It’s a New Year and we’ll be planning more events, so keep checking back. Meantime, a reminder to keep your dues up to date.

Dec. 28 Update: Wow, the country jam seems to be really taking off!  In addition to the regulars Jo, Jay & myself), we had Ed Voisin out on guitar, Ed Scott and Bruce (Bam Bam) Morrison on percussion and a couple of regulars from the Washago jam (whose names I unfortunately didn’t get) out on guitar and keyboards.  As usual a good time was had by all with LOTS of local Bala folk out for the music and the great spaghetti dinner.  Thanks to my beautiful wife, Laura Scott, as well as Connie Dingle and Maria Hamilton for all their work in the kitchen.  Next month’s dinner will be on January 24th and will feature roast beef with all the trimmings.  Watch this space!

Dec. 15 Update: Thanks to everyone who was out at the Senior’s Dinner last Saturday.  As the saying goes, a great time was had by all.  Special thanks to all the great volunteers for cooking, serving and, most importantly, cleaning up!  Your efforts are appreciated!

 

If you or your group are planning on holding an event , but have yet to find a good venue with decent prices, consider holding it at the Bala Legion.,  We have a large dining hall, a relaxing club room as well as complete kitchen features and we can host a wide variety of events, from business meetings to hockey tournaments to wedding receptions.  Call us at 705 762 3913 for more information.

 

Lest We Forget.