CHESTERVILLE — Branch 434 celebrates its 70th anniversary with a banquet and dance tonight (Saturday, Sept. 17).
While tickets to the banquet have sold out, there’s still space for more people to show up and enjoy the 9 p.m. dance featuring a live band specializing in 1950’s and 1960’s tunes, says Chesterville Legion President Gord Machardie. “Five dollar donations will be accepted as they come through the door,” says the president. Money raised will go toward the re-roofing of the Queen Street address, where the original asphalt shingles are set to be replaced with steel.
One hundred and fifty people are due to attend the dinner. Fred Bortolussi will deliver an overview of the local Legion’s history “and its importance in the community,” says Machardie.
A slide-show featuring images from the Branch’s last 70 years will be projected on screen during the evening.
The Royal Canadian Legion’s local Zone Commander is expected to attend the event, as are MP Guy Lauzon and North Dundas Deputy Mayor Gerry Boyce.
Machardie says membership at the Chesterville Legion continues to hold steady at between 140 to 146 members, 70 years after Branch 434 was chartered on July 13, 1946. Its last original charter member, World War II veteran Donald Curran, died in January 2014.