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Welcome to the Grafton Legion “Foote Notes” for January 2020


Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 2pm to 8pm. Open Thursdays from 5-9pm on the first Thursday of the month. Open Fridays 2pm to 8pm. Open Saturday from 2pm to 6pm. Special events may alter hours slightly.

We have a very active Branch and it’s our Volunteers that make these events possible! If there is an event you would like to help out with, just step up and ask somebody if you can help.

Our Friday Night Supper helpers included Jean Calder, Bill MacDonald, Ferne Stewart, Jean MacDonald and Karen Boyle.

Our Roast Beef Dinner volunteers included Jean Calder, Paul Harrington, John Grozelle, Corey Grozelle, Heather Atkins and Lynn Marriott.

Some pictures of the Veterans and Widows from Victoria Retirement.  Branch President Heather Atkins and 1st Vice President John Grozelle visited them on Monday Dec 19, 2019, to present them with a small Christmas Gift from the Grafton Legion.

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Thank you to all who donated to our annual Christmas Food Drive and Toy Drive. Our way of saying thanks to those that dropped off food items was to enter them in a draw for 2 Roast Beef Dinners. Our winner was Danielle Tidd!

Through a generous donation to the Branch we raffled off a beautifully built double Bird House! Our winner was Joanne Sharpe!

The winner of the Christmas Hamper Draw, which was enough food to feed a family of 8 for a great Christmas Dinner, was Therese Rees!

We also raffled off 5 turkeys. Winning a Turkey were: Brent Baxter, Wayne Aasen, Rick Hall, Todd Wilson and Doug Tinney. Congratulations!

The Grafton Legion, Branch 580 is part of the Royal Canadian Legion. We are here to support our Veterans and Community. Twice a year we donate to Veteran causes and Community needs. At our General Meeting on Thursday Dec 5, 2019 we delivered donations to:

1) Northumberland Fair Share – Gail Martin
2) The Giving Tree – Cheryl Baker
3) Community Care – Lynda Kay
4) Northumberland 4H – Fred Sharpe and Brian O’Neill
5) St. George’s Anglican Church – Ann Raymond
6) St. Andrew’s United Church – Brenda Kellar
7) Eddystone Baptist Church – Rev. Bill Thompson
8) St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Paula B.

For a small branch we give back a lot! Please support our functions so we may continue to do so.

There is a group that places Candles on Canadian Veterans' graves in Schoonebeek (a Village in the Netherlands) that helped liberate their country, and this year the Grafton Legion made a donation to help purchase candles. Learn more about the Organization placing the Candles.
They sent us these 3 photos showing the Graves with the Candles placed in front of the Canadian Veteran's Tombstones, something they do every year at Christmas.

gravestones with candles

The Grafton Legion is proud to be a sponsor of this act of Remembrance.

At our General Meeting on Dec 5, 2019 we also initiated two new Legion Members – please welcome to Diane and Tim Corkery!

man and woman posing for photo

At our Christmas Pot Luck Supper on Friday December 20, 2019 we were honoured to present Bill Ruttle with an award for Piping for the Legion for 65 years! The plaque was presented by Branch President Heather Atkins.

three photos, man playing bagpipes and a man and woman posing in the other two

Some of our Comrades will be celebrating their Birthday in January:
1. Joseph Boucher
5. Danielle Tidd
6. Evelyn Mackie
9. Hugh Johnstone
11. Marlene Robins, Makenna Francis, Gary Hutchison.
13. Wayne Jaynes, Barbara Lane.
15. Gord Pendleton
17. Wanda Reeleder
18. Neva Moore
21. Gord Catton, Ron Doncaster.
24. Hugh Beatty
25. Alfred Quigley
26. Timothy Newton, Basil O’Connor.
27. Sheery Gray
28. Al Tidd
31. Mary Jane Coulter, Lynda MacDonald.
If you have a Birthday in January and you don’t see your name here, that’s because we don’t have it!!
Happy Birthday to all!
Here is a list of upcoming events in January 2020 at the Grafton Legion

Wed January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day Levee
Bring your friend and family to our combined New Year’s Day Levee with the Grafton Legion and Alnwick/Haldimand Council Members. From Noon to 5pm at the Grafton Legion with special appearances by Town Crier Liam Cragg; Grafton Legion President Heather Atkins and acting Mayor Gail Latchford. Join us for a review of 2019 and a look ahead to 2020! There will be a light lunch, pick a prize, 50/50 Draw and Find The Joker. If you can donate a gift to our annual Pick-A-Prize table at the Grafton Legion on January 1st contact the Legion at 905-349-2148 or call Jen MacDonald at 905-349-3252.

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Thurs January 2, 2020 – Executive and General Meetings
Our Executive meets at 6:30pm and our General Meeting starts at 7:30pm. All Members of the Grafton Legion are encouraged to attend the monthly General Meetings. You play an important role in the Branch and your opinions and ideas are welcomed.

January 7, 21 & 31, 2020 – Bingo in Cobourg
Join the volunteers from the Grafton Legion at Bingo Country in Cobourg for Bingo! Starts at 12:30pm. Enjoy the game and help support your Grafton Legion. Volunteers are always welcome. Arrive around 11:30am and see Tracey. Note that we are now running a Friday and a Tuesday Bingo.

Sat January 11, 2020 – Moonshot Euchre & Roast Beef Dinner
On the second Saturday of each month join us for Moonshot Euchre. Register at 12 Noon with games being played between 1 and 4pm. This costs only $5/per person. There are prizes and 50/50 draws.

Also on the second Saturday of each month, right after Euchre, is our monthly Roast Beef Dinner which includes potato, vegetables, bun, roast beef, gravy and dessert! Tea and Coffee is available too. $15/per Adult, 11 and under half price, and under 5 free! Everyone is welcome.  You don’t have to be a Legion Member to attend. Dinner is served between 4:30pm and 6pm. If you know of any students who need to put in Volunteer Hours they can come and help out for a few hours. Please contact Jean at the branch.

Wed January 15, 2020 – Senior’s Lunch and Games
On the third Wednesday of the month we hold a Senior’s Lunch at 12 Noon, followed by an afternoon of Games. Cost is only $5.00. Come out and have some fun and mingle!

Sat January 18, 2020 – Robbie Burns Supper
Join us for a night of celebration including the traditional Piping in of the Haggis, Highland Entertainment, Drinks and Merriment, as we celebrate Robbie Burns! Doors open at 5:30pm with Dinner to be served by 6:30pm. Be sure to be here no later than 6pm so the festivities can begin on time. Seating for 80 is available. Tickets are $15/person and are available now at the Bar. Dinner will be Roast Beef, Haggis, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables, Roll and Dessert!

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Weekly Events

Join us Tuesday nights for Fall/Winter Darts at 7pm. Darts returns Jan 7th.

Moonshot Euchre is played every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9:30pm. Cost is only $3/per person. This is open to the public – you don’t have to be a Legion member to participate! Cards returns Jan 8th.

Most Friday nights our Volunteers put on a “Friday Night Supper” for only $8/per person between 5 and 6pm. The menu varies and everybody always has a good time chatting and enjoying the food. Check our website, FaceBook or Twitter to see what is being offered.

Upcoming Events:

Valentine’s Day event
Feb 2: Grafton Legion Public Speaking Event

March 13:  St. Patrick’s Day dinner
March 21:  Jayne Tidd/Harnden Memorial Dart & Crib Tournament

Nominations for new Executive at General Meeting begin
April 4: Zone F & G Public Speaking

Upcoming Zone Sports

January 4, 2020 – Reg. Darts in Cobourg. Register at 9am, play at 10am
January 11, 2010 - Cribbage in Cobourg – Register at 11am, play at Noon
February 2, 2020 – Shuffleboard in Frankford. Register at 9am, play at 10am
February 16, 2020 – Euchre in Brighton. Register at 11am, play at Noon
March 14, 2020 – Moon Euchre in Frankford. Register at 11am, play at Noon
March 28, 2020 – Mixed Darts in Brighton. Register at 10am, play at 11am
May 9, 2020 – Horseshoes in Brighton. Register at 10am, play at 11am
June 13, 2020 – Washer Toss in Port Hope. Register at 10am, play at 11am
June 20, 2020 – Golf in Cobourg (play at Dalewood). Register at 7am, play at 8am

Upcoming District Sports

January 18, 2020 – Senior Darts in Belleville. Register at 10am, play at 11am
January 25, 2020 – Reg. Darts in Pickering. Register at 10am, play at 11am
February 8, 2010 - Cribbage in Hastings – Register at 11am, play at Noon
February 22, 2020 – Shuffleboard in Trenton. Register at 10am, play at 11am
February 29, 2020 – Euchre in Claremont.  Register at 11am, play at Noon
April 18, 2020 – Mixed Darts in Belleville. Register at 10am, play at 11am
June 20, 2020 – Horseshoes in Brighton. Register at 9am, play at 10am
July 4, 2020 – Washer Toss in Brighton. Register at 10am, play at 11am
July 25, 2020 – Golf in Cobourg (play at Dalewood). Register at 7am, play at 8am

Rent our Hall

The Grafton Legion Hall is available to rent for wedding receptions, family events, banquets, etc. and is licensed by the AGCO. The hall floor was recently refinished and looks great and the hall and club room have been repainted.

The hall is approximately 2100 square feet in size and is licensed for 137 people. The hall can be configured to meet your needs and set-up time is usually available at no extra cost.  The pricing for hall rentals is all inclusive (taxes, set-up, tables and chairs, bar access, etc.) at $225.  Contact the branch at 905-349-2148 for availability and to book the hall for your event.

The Ladies’ Auxiliary is available for catering upon request at additional cost. Contact Karen Jaynes 905-349-2966 or Jen MacDonald 905-349-252 for details and pricing on providing your event with lunch, supper or snacks.

The Grafton Legion and the Internet

You can keep up to date with what is happening at the Grafton Legion by visiting our website at -- like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @rcl580!

Free Wi-Fi for your phone, tablet or computer!

We have free Wi-Fi available in the branch. Just ask the bartender for the password. There is a public internet workstation set up in the Club room if you need to use the internet. Free!