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Legion News (February 2023)

Sad News ! I learned this week that the planned visit to Sunnybrook scheduled for February 26th, has been cancelled. They have experienced a number of outbreaks recently and have tightened restrictions until at least March. Maybe a visit later in the year can be arranged.

Our oldest Member, Sytska Drijber just turned 103 and Peggy was there to help celebrate her Birthday. Sytska was recently interviewed by Zach Dunn, a young man travelling across Ontario interviewing WW2 veterans. Check him out on YouTube, and hear about Sytska’s husband Oscar’s escape from Colditz. The late Oscar Drijber taught school in Acton.

Zach also interviewed another one of our WW2 veterans, Stan Bowen. A sixty-year member of branch 197.

We are proud of the success experienced by our senior darts team achieved at the recent zone level, with the following members going on to district. Keith Andrews and Wayne Amitrault qualified at singles, doubles and team level, whilst Teresa Uiterwyk and Edward Ebbinge qualified at doubles and team. The remaining team members going through are : Trevor Marais, Jim Haggett, Sue Poulsen and Bob Service.

The Winter horseshoe tournament took place on Sunday February 29th and I am told that everybody had a wild time, in spite of the snowy conditions. Top honours went to Teresa Uiterwyk and her partner Judy Oerlemans (from Georgetown Legion.)

Peggy would like to thank Keith Andrews for spearheading the Food Drive on the weekend of January 28th and 29th. Keith in turn thanks everybody who contributed to the drive. He delivered 126lbs of food along with a cash donation of $120.00. Well done Br.197

January 27th, we saw 30 Remembrance Day contest winners accept their awards at a ceremony held in the main hall. Plenty of Parents, Grandparents and siblings were in attendance.

The Winter Family Day Festival is scheduled for Sunday February 19th and promises to be a great outing for all the Family. This event is open to all members of the community.

There will be another Swiss chalet dinner on Friday February 24th followed by a trivia night.

Please check the webpage at, and in addition we will be posting information on Social- Media.

David Maloney is the public relations officer for the Acton Legion, Branch 197. He can be reached at



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