Lakefield Legion Branch 77 held its annual Honours and Awards evening on Thursday, August 30.
The event honours its members for service to the Branch throughout the previous year.
Categories included years-of-service pins and medals (Ordinary, Associate and Affiliate), Poppy campaign volunteers, Past Officers, Certificates of Appreciation, Certificates of Merit, Branch Service Medal, and Legionnaire of the Year.
Jack Little and Gary Smith were presented with Life Memberships.
This year’s Legionnaire of the Year is Dan Bulpit; he has worked tirelessly as a volunteer in many capacities at the Branch. In making their selection, the Nominating Committee said, “He’s usually found at the microphone. At the meat draws on Saturday afternoons, at our 50th birthday party, at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day in Bridgenorth and Lakefield. He’s a great ambassador for our Branch, representing us at Provincial Golf five years in a row. He’s always bugging members of other Branches by offering them an application for Transfer! He was found recently on his hands and knees replacing bricks outside on the patio helping Herb and Guy Rose. He’s been found on the roof of the local grocery store to raise money for our new roof. He’s even been found in the kitchen peeling potatoes for one of Loretta’s famous Friday night dinners, and then on Friday night he’s found behind the roasting pan of meat wielding the tongs. He’s been on the Executive since 2005 and does fine work at whichever job he does.”
Lakefield Legion Branch 77’s Legionnaire of the Year is Dan Bulpit, left. He’s shown here with Branch President Jim Marsden at the Honours and Awards ceremony on August 30. (Photo by Anita Locke)
55-year bars and pins were presented to El Wildman, left, and Eric Kocjan at the annual Lakefield Legion Branch 77 Honours and Awards celebration on August 30. (Photo by Anita Locke)
Some of the folks being recognized for their efforts during last year’s Poppy Campaign, at the Lakefield Legion Branch 77’s Honours and Awards evening on August 30. (Photo by Anita Locke)