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tee. A new floor-cleaning machine was purchased. A $1,000 donation was made toward Jaws for Life. Onanole Branch closed and some members transferred to the Erickson Branch.
In 1992, the Branch submitted a resolution that grand children of veterans be eligible for associate voting Legion membership. Cde. M. Godin represented the Branch on the newly formed Service to Seniors. A wheelchair was purchased for the Handivan and $2,000 was donated to Erickson Recreation Centre. A soap box was made for the Soap Box Derby. The Branch ordered 250 new chairs, with the old chairs being donated to Erickson Recreation Centre.
In 1993, new air exchangers were installed, 30 new tables were purchased and a wet/dry vacuum was purchased. $ 1,000 was donated to Erickson Recreation Centre and the Erickson Skating Rink. Andrea Pochincio placed 2nd in the Shot Put at the Dominion Command Athletic Games. Ongoing support was pledged to a local child afflicted by cystic fibrosis.
In 1994, pot lights were installed to improve light ing options at functions in the hall. The local Boy Scout troop disbanded and funds were returned to the Branch. These funds were subsequently donated to Erickson Recreation Centre. A new amplifying system was purchased. $1,000 was donated to Service to Seniors and $500 to the Rolling River Rodeo. The Erickson W. I. purchased the Perky Pioneer building and the Branch donated $1,000 to the W. I. Branch members started to assist the Ladies Auxiliary in providing lunch following monthly meetings.
In 1995, Service to Seniors commenced using the hall for a walking program. A Legion float was constrncted. The Branch had the ceilings cleaned and a 16' x 30' addi tion was made to the hall for storage. $1,000 was donated to Erickson-Onanole Minor Hockey for purchase of sweaters and $500 to Erickson Fire Department for radio equipment. This year marked the 50th anniversary oNE Day and VJ Day. The Branch organized a Tulip Tribute.
RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK TULIP TRIBUTE
On May 28, 1995 approximately 300 Legion and Ladies Auxiliary members from 24 Legion Branches and 22 Ladies Auxiliaries gathered at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba for a Service of Remembrance and Dedication.
The service was organized by Erickson Branch #143 Royal Canadian Legion and supported by the manage ment and staff of Riding Mountain National Park. The 46 Branches and auxiliaries from Branches surrounding the
park contributed to 1400 tulips that were planted in a bed adjacent to the Park Administration Building.
The day began with a parade down the main street of the townsite, led by the Erickson Legion and Auxiliary Colour Parties and the pipes and drnms of the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Canadian Forces Base Shilo. During the service, witnessed by approximately 3000 people, Reverend Lloyd Lovering, of Brandon, MB, dedicated the tulip bed "in loving memory of those who gave their lives for freedom". The dedication was followed by the Last Post, Silence, Lament, Reveille and the Act of Remembrance.
Harold Gilleshammer, MLA, spoke on behalf of the Provincial Government and Marlene Cowling, MP, on behalf of the Federal Government.
Following the service a reception was held for all participants and their families and friends.
In 1996, $1,000 was donated to the Crossroads Centre for renovations and a new wheelchair was purchased for a paraplegic. The Branch formed an Honors and Awards Committee and hosted the District Golf playoffs at Sandy Lake Golf Course.
In 1997, the Branch hosted the District #2 conven tion. $3,000 was donated to the Canadian Red Cross Manitoba Flood Relief, $5,000 to MinnedosaiErickson Ambulance Service to purchase semi-automatic external defibrillator units 'in memory of departed comrades', with the equipment to remain in Erickson. $1,000 was pledged to sponsor a 1998 school trip. A new furnace was purchased for the hall. Dues remain at $20. Life Memberships were approved for Cde. J. Sitko, Cde. G. Shellborn, Cde. C. Syslak and Cde. W. Wilmot.
In 1998, new flooring was installed and volunteers painted the hall. The Ladies Auxiliary renovated the kitchen. The Branch donated $2,000 to the Erickson Recreation Centre for new handles on curling rocks and the purchase of 100 chairs. Support of $1,000 for the Parkland Home's millennium project to improve the common room was approved. The Branch hosted their first annual Branch Golf Tournament.
|In 1999, planning commenced||for Erickson|
Homecoming 2000. $500 was donated to Onanole Elementary School for a sound system. Cde. C. Syslak and Cde. R. Ellingson competed in Provincial Command Cribbage Playoffs in Flin Flon. The Branch hosted District #2 Golf Playoffs at Wasagaming Golf Course. The Branch Senior Golffoursome of Cdes. M. Godin, J. Sturgeon, M. Foster and J. Ferguson, competed in the Provincial Command Tournament in Carman.
The Branch and Ladies Auxiliary commenced open ing each monthly meeting with a Color Party. $3,000 was donated to Erickson Campground. The weekly bingo was changed to non-smoking until intermission and monthly