The Callander Legion turns 75

On Saturday September 24, The Royal Canadian Legion in Callander celebrates its Diamond Anniversary – Branch 445 turns 75. To commemorate this event, a dinner is planned followed by a performance by Fran Hanover of North Bay, and tickets are on sale until September 16 for $25. each.

You can buy these tickets at the Legion bar between noon and 5 p.m. While you’re there, you might meet Kathy Landon, who has been a Legion member for 31 years and served as Treasurer for 15 of those years. The milestone means a lot to her.

“I’m proud the Legion has lasted this long,” she said. “There are a lot of legions closing down which is sad because there needs to be a place for people and for camaraderie” within the community. “It’s important to get together for dinners and events, and have a good time.”

After 75 years, the Legion has welcomed many, and there are more to come, Landon noted. But for now, plans are finalizing for the gala dinner. Many Legion members will be there, as will Vic Fedeli and mayors Pauline Rochefort of East Ferris, Randall McLaren of Bonfield and Callander’s own mayor, Robb Noon. Anthony Rota explained to Landon that he was unable to do so but provides a video message to broadcast on occasion.

Dinner is served by the Carriage House in Powassan, Landon explained. Usually Legion members cooked and served dinners, but as a 75th birthday only comes once, “we thought it would be nice to let our members sit back and relax and enjoy” the evening without culinary tasks.

“There will be speeches,” throughout the evening, she noted. “This is to congratulate the Legion and its members for being in the community for so long.

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works for BayToday, a Village Media publication. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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