Kamsack Legion installs new roster of officers and reopens hall for social functions

Social events are back at Kamsack Legion Hall.

KAMSACK — Following the installation of officers for a new term, the Kamsack Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has resumed social activities at its Legion Hall on Second Street.

Events now held on a regular basis include Saturday afternoon bingo games and the Legion’s TGIF, a Friday night program that opens the hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an assortment of activities including card games, billiards, shuffleboard and rumoli.

Karen Tourangeau was installed as Legion Executive Chairperson at a May 3 meeting. She succeeds Jim Woodward who has held this position since 2013.

Dianne Smutt was installed as secretary; Karen Bodnaryk, Treasurer; Sharon Rudy, first vice-president; and Gordon Craig, Second Vice President and Sergeant-at-Arms.

Also on the Executive Committee are Judy Green, Maria Rudd, Carole Stoyand and Audrey Girling. Stephen Ruten is the chaplain.

“We’re starting to catch up after being closed for over two years,” Tourangeau said May 7 before the bingo games started.

Tourangeau said the Legion is still the sponsoring body for the Kamsack Air Cadet Squadron and will hold regular monthly meetings until the summer break. There are plans to hold a Decorating Day service at Riverview Cemetery on June 2.

A total of 24 bingo players gathered to play the games on April 30, when games in the hall resumed. Included in the games is a Pot of Gold blackout where $1,000 could be won in 50 numbers or less; the regular jackpot, which on May 7 totaled $210 over 49 numbers, and a Bonanza jackpot of $300 over 55 numbers.

Judy Green and Audrey Girling helped organize the games with Tourangeau. Diane Larson ran the concession, selling bags of chips, coffee, bottled water, soft drinks, chocolate bars and hot dogs. Easton Moline is the regular caller of the numbers.

Joel C. Hicks