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West Smoky Legion No. 244 History

By 1949, the veterans from Bezanson and the surrounding area decided that the formation of a Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Community. They followed the model utilized by the East Smoky Legion Branch No. 89 from DeBolt and received a favorable response to their application for a Charter. Therefore, the West Smoky Legion Branch No. 244 came into existence on March 4, 1949.

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Bezanson Agricultural Society is seeking expressions of Interest for a qualified and experienced Catering Operator to enter into an Agreement for the use of the commercial grade kitchen within the Knelsen Centre.  This one-year agreement will extend from February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 with a review and evaluation prior to December 31, 2020 and the possibility of extending the Agreement.

All information is included in the link below.

Golden Leaf Sponsor Line up 2019

Join us Saturday night for the 9th annual Golden Leaf Dine & Dance fundraiser, World of Wonder. Our event this year is a casual event hosting over $10000 in prizes plus auction items that our sponsors are excited to share with you!

Our event and World of Wonder Raffle is has been brought to you by our VIP Sponsor

Travel Adventure Packages have been brought to you by

Welcome to our First Class Sponsor

Sponsoring our Evening Fundraising Entertainment

River Monsters — Men’s Event
Passport Sponsor
Fenton Greenhouses – Let’s Go Ladies Event
Up Up & Away – Game Sponsor
Take A Chance – Game Sponsor
Where in the World – Game Sponsor

Named Sponsors of the Evening

Security Sponsor
Photobooth Sponsor
Bar Sponsor
Venue Sponsor
Band Sponsor

And last but not least, bringing us a fabulous international menu

Corinne’s Catering

Event Stowaway Sponsors

Thank you to all of our cash sponsors — we are excited to have you aboard at this years event!

Event & Raffle tickets are still available at the Bezanson General Store!

Winning with the Golden Leaf 2019

Wondering how you can win your share of the $10000 in prizes at this year’s Golden Leaf Dine and Dance? It’s easy!

Enter the World of Wonder raffle to win a voucher for $5000 in travel.
$20 per ticket. Raffle license no. 539203.

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Winner is not required to be in attendance on the night of November 23, 2019. Voucher is redeemable until December 31, 2020, with a pre-selected agent. Must be 18 years of age to enter. The travel voucher is not redeemable for cash. Any unused portions of the voucher at the time of booking will be forfeited by the winner. Travel booking costs exceeding $5000 are at the expense of the winner at time of booking.

World of Wonder tickets available at the Bezanson General Store, the Knelsen Centre or any of our volunteers!

Attend our Event!

The 2019 Golden Leaf Dine and is Saturday, November 23rd at the Knelsen Centre. Last-minute tickets are still available at the Bezanson General Store.

Enter our $5 games during the 2019 Golden Leaf Dine & Dance. Prizes include multiple draws of $350 CASH, Gift Cards, Jewelry, a River Monsters Fishing Trip and our $1000 GRAND PRIZE CASH DRAW! Raffle ticket sales start at Cocktail hour at 5 pm. Get there early to get in on all the prizes.

Enter a 50/50 draw. Winner takes home half the pot!

If you aren’t lucky enough to win one of our great prizes this year – you can always take home the auction item of your choice with the right bid! We have a great selection of silent and LIVE auction items up for bid this year! Gift Baskets, RC Monster Truck, Luggage, homemade quilts and much much more!

Pembina & CLH Law each have Sponsored a Travel Adventure Packages for LIVE auction and we also have a handcrafted desk up for grabs and a catered meal from Lefty’s Cafe!

Last-minute event tickets and raffle tickets will be available at the Bezanson General Store until we are sold out. Join us in support of the Bezanson Agricultural Society and the West Smoky Legion #244 this year at the 2019 Golden Leaf Dine & Dance happening November 23rd at the Knelsen Centre.

History of the Poppy

Each November, Poppies bloom on the lapels and collars of millions of Canadians. The significance of the Poppy can be traced back to the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. Records from that time indicate how thick Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. Fields that had been barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. During the tremendous bombardments of the war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing the “popaver rhoeas” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.

The person who first introduced the Poppy to Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of Guelph, Ontario, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War. John McCrae penned the Poem “In Flanders Fields” on a scrap of paper in May, 1915 on the day following the death of a fellow soldier. Little did he know then that those 13 lines would become enshrined in the hearts and minds of all who would wear them. McCrae’s poem was published in Punch Magazine in December of that same year, and the poem later served as inspiration three years later for Moina Michael, an American teacher. Moina Michael made a pledge to always wear a Poppy as a sign of Remembrance.

During a visit to the United States in 1920, a French woman named Madame Guerin learned of the custom. Madame Guerin decided to make and sell poppies to raise money for children in war-torn areas of France. The Great War Veteran’s Association in Canada (our predecessor) officially adopted the poppy as its Flower of Remembrance on July 5, 1921.

Today, the Poppy is worn each year during the Remembrance period to honour Canada’s Fallen. The Legion also encourages the wearing of a Poppy for the funeral of a Veteran and for any commemorative event honouring Fallen Veterans. It is not inappropriate to wear a Poppy during other times to commemorate Fallen Veterans and it is an individual choice to do so, as long as it’s worn appropriately.

Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red flower has never died, and the memories of those who fell in battle remain strong.

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae
~ May 3, 1915

(As published in Punch Magazine, December 8, 1915)


Article from The Royal Canadian Legion