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Legion news

By Rod Hodgson

PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON

At the age of 104, Hudson resident Stan Sepchuk – pictured here with the late Maxine Bredt about three years ago – is the Legion’s most senior veteran and recently received his COVID-19 vaccination.


This is just a reminder of what we posted last week. The two owners who operate Reni Decors & Antiques, Renata and Patrick, are donating 10 per cent of all their sales between February 17 and March 31 to the Legion. Their store is located right next to Mon Village Restaurant in Saint-Lazare. Renata sells home decor, beddings, gifts, pillows, etc. while Patrick has a large antique and collectables store in the basement. He deals in military antiques, uniforms, helmets, medals and general antiques and is a member of our Legion Branch #115. Please drop by and see what they have to offer. You may contact them at (450) 458-4319. This is a very kind gesture on their part to help out our Legion during the time we are still closed.


For many years local resident Gwen Periard collected the empty wine and liquor bottles from our Legion to redeem and the money raised was used to purchase Christmas gifts for the veterans at the Ste. Annes Veterans’ Hospital. Gwen retired last year and we thanked her graciously. Kim Vale took over for a short period but had to stop. Of course our Legion bar is still closed but John Dalgarno and Rod Hodgson are still collecting bottles. If you wish to donate your empties please contact us at rcl115@videotron.ca and we can arrange a collection time.


We still have 24 T-shirts and 10 packs of the hasty notes left for sale at the Legion. They have the wonderful design logo of our Place Vimy park bench that was designed by local artist Natalie Trainor. If you wish to get some, please send us a message at rcl115@videotron.ca. We can then set up a pick-up time that suits you and us. The T-shirts are $25 each and the Hasty notes are $10 for a pack of 10. It is a great little fundraiser for our still-closed Legion.


Starting recently, the government of Quebec has launched their vaccination campaign to the general public. In our community of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, a vaccination clinic is being set up in the Centre MultiSports in Vaudreuil-Dorion and a mobile clinic will also be set up in the Salle de l’Amitié on rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Rigaud. Those 80 years and older (born in 1941 or before) are now able to make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through the ClicSante portal or by calling 1-877-644-4545. An accompanying person may also be vaccinated if they are 70 years of age or older and actively support their relative/friend at least three days a week. An additional appointment must be made for the accompanier.


If you go to Google or MSN and type in Stan Sepchuk you will see a nice CBC report about him getting his COVID-19 vaccination this past Wednesday. Stan is in his 104th year and Hudson’s most senior resident and our Legion Br. #115’s most senior veteran. He served in the RCAF during WW II. He is also possibly Quebec’s most senior veteran of WW II. Here is a nice photo of him and the late Maxine Bredt that was taken about three years ago.


The Dominion President, Comrade Thomas D. Irvine, CD asked us to convey his most sincere and heartfelt thanks for our recent donation of $1,000 to be directed to our RCEL CANADA fund. (This was from our Poppy Fund). As a founding member of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL), The Royal Canadian Legion has taken a leadership role by maintaining a special responsibility for the Commonwealth veterans of the 15 Caribbean countries. These impoverished veterans live in destitute conditions and our small, but significant, assistance grants go a very long way to relieving distress among the neediest recipients. With the help provided by your donation, along with that of your fellow comrades, The Royal Canadian Legion is able to assist these veterans to pass their last days in dignity and respect. Many thanks for your kind donation in support of this very important project. This note was from Steven Clark, National Executive Director.

Lest we forget…