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Andy Burgess receives Life Membership at Kincardine Legion Honours and Awards Banquet

By: Liz Dadson
June 18, 2017

Andy Burgess of Kincardine has received a Life Membership for his work with the Legion and his community.

The presentation was made Saturday night during the Kincardine Legion's Honours and Awards and Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, held in the Legion Hall.

Honours and Awards chairman Robert Grey said Burgess has been a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 183, since being initiated Nov. 20, 1996, as an Ordinary member. Prior to that, he had been a Fraternal Affiliate member since Nov. 9, 1977.

Appointed to the branch executive and named branch track and field chairman in 1996, Burgess has held these positions ever since. Over the years, he has helped at branch catering functions in the kitchen, setting tables, and serving at banquets.

"Comrade Andy is a Level 4 Starter for track and field meets," said Grey. "He has been the starter for District C meets for 30 years. He has also been the starter for many track and field meets for public schools, secondary schools, Legion provincials, other Legion Districts, CWOSSA, Special Olympics; in fact, this year, alone, he was the starter for 20 track and field meets."

Kincardine has one of the best track and field facilities in southwestern Ontario, said Grey, as well as all the equipment needed to put on a successful meet, and Burgess has made sure that the track, facilities and equipment are maintained properly.

Burgess served as an OPP officer from March 28, 1965, until his retirement Feb. 28, 1999. He received the Long-Service and Good Conduct medal with bar, as well as the Commemorative Medal.

Always very involved in the community, Burgess has helped seniors by running 55 Alive seminars to help with driving skills. He is chairman of the Kincardine Community Services Association which runs the Christmas Hamper program for those in the community who need assistance, such as food, clothing, toys for Christmas, etc. The association also operates the Meals on Wheels program and the food bank.

In 2010-11, he was the co-chairman of the Kincardine committee for the revitalization of the Davidson Centre, which involved the construction of an extension to the existing facility to house an indoor running track and a new gymnasium with courts for badminton, pickle ball, basketball, volleyball, etc.

"It is the opinion of the Branch 183 executive and members, that Comrade Andy R. Burgess deserves a Life Membership for his work with the Legion and his community," said Grey.

Burgess graciously accepted the award, saying he was honoured to receive it. Flowers were presented to his wife, Barb.

Other awards presented at the event included the following:

Certificate of Appreciation

Robert Fletcher, for his work with Legion sports events, such as darts and shuffleboard, even getting members organized to participate in the Zone, District and Provincial dart tournaments, and starting a men`s dart league. The successful `50s and `60s dances by Little peter and the Elegants are a result of his contacts and efforts.

Certificate of Merit

Doug Holtby for keeping the grass cut and the hedges trimmed, and assisting other members when additional help is required. He also organized a shuffleboard league which in the fall will be starting its third season.

Stewart Neely for his commitment to the yearly Poppy Campaign, chairing this committee from 2011-17, and making significant changes, such as making the Branch Poppy Fund a registered charity, and switching to a community-wide mail-out campaign requesting donations.

Mary Farrell for two successful terms as president, as well as maintaining a major source of income for the Legion, that being the catering of food for Legion functions, wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties, celebrations of life, etc.

Past Officer Medal and Bars

  • Mary Farrell, past-president medal and bar, past-president pin
  • Stephanie Rutledge, public relations bar
  • Jim McDonald, finance officer bar
  • David Dechene, past officer medal, executive bar, membership bar
  • Adrian Green, past officer medal, executive bar

Five years

  • Jo-Ann Cameron
  • Mike Dupuis
  • Sheryl Elliott
  • Doug Holtby
  • Linda Norminton
  • Barrett Book
  • Helen Book
  • Kathryn Cooper
  • Betty Cowley
  • Douglas Cowley
  • Lambert Hogenbirk
  • Marie McNulty
  • John Norminton

Ten years

  • Aaron Dyer
  • Robert Eaid
  • Mary Gallant
  • Elaine Smith
  • Rev. Jim Weir
  • Merrell Scheel
  • Mitchell Allen
  • Geoffrey Hodgson

Fifteen years

  • Bonnie Colwell
  • Thomas Cuyler
  • Robert Forrest
  • Brian Morris

Twenty years

  • Tom Gregg
  • Chris Grey
  • Donald MacArthur
  • Ken McClement
  • Robert Small
  • Margaret Culleton
  • Lillian Dawson
  • Lynn Dodman
  • Roy Elliott
  • Norm Gauthier
  • Jack Hackett
  • John Hartford
  • Ken Jackson
  • Kevin Larson
  • Gary Lauzon
  • Stephan MacEachran
  • Kathy McCarrel
  • Ken McFarlan
  • Paul Mullen
  • David Pachota
  • Dan Richards
  • Elizabeth Ross
  • Bill Shewfelt
  • Dave Shewfelt
  • Charlie Steinhoff
  • Erva Verheye
  • Hartley Watson
  • Jim McDonald

Twenty-five years

  • Richard Osborne
  • Carole Robinson

Thirty years

  • David Fritz
  • Irv Kennedy
  • Christopher McCoy
  • David Quinn
  • Art Starr

Thirty-five years

  • Ken Davey
  • Ann Ditchfield
  • Marianne Greer
  • Leslie Kelly
  • Diane Picot
  • Catherine Quinn

Forty years

  • Betty Jean Catto
  • Ken Collins
  • Arthur Currie
  • Don Greer
  • Paul Pickett
  • Freeman Hussey
  • Doug Schell
  • Brian Spice
  • Doreen Wardley-Nowell
  • Rebecca Wilson
  • Mike Zettel
  • Bill Zoppi

Forty-five years

  • Keith Armstrong
  • Terry Colwell

Sixty-five years

  • Alf Rackley

Members who have died in the past year

  • Laura MacDonald
  • Mike Brown
  • Betty Shelley
  • Charles Mann
  • Les Jolley
  • Pat Farr
  • Ron Cameron
  • Betty Wolfenden
  • Lou Kosmerly
  • David Nathanson
  • Keith McFadden - past-president, 1975-77

Grey noted that in 2016, there were 102 volunteers who helped three times or more at the Legion, and 46 who helped one or two times.

As for charitable donations, from June, 2016, to present:

  • From Bingo, $2,283.25
  • From Blanket Licence, $3,562
  • From Municipal Nevada, $774,50
  • From Provincial Nevada - $1,000
  • From Twoonie - $400
  • From General - $1,726.75

For a total of $9,746.50

From October, 2016, to present, donations from from the poppy fund totalled $21,534.77.


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