Posts Tagged ‘Fenelon Falls Legion’

Respect is Vital – Lessons from Mary Henderson

April 5, 2018

Written by Lois Densmore

21463406_1412013265514177_3194521408335269248_nWhen I first moved to Fenelon Falls in 2013, I met Mary Henderson at the Legion. As we grew to know each other better I learned that respect was what Mary lived by, and expected from her friends and colleagues.

Mary grew up as the oldest of seven children, and at age 14 she had her first job working as a shampoo girl in the local hairdresser, and she later graduated as a hairstylist from Danforth Tech in 1962. Mary worked full time until her first child was born, and then she continued working part-time as a stylist, which was a great job for a young mother.

In 1981, Mary became the Customer Service Manager for the Gage Distribution/Macmillan Publishing House, a major textbook publisher in Canada at the time.

By 1991, Mary had been spending time in Fenelon with her three children at the trailer park on Louisa Street in the summertime.  She became active with the Legion and with the Trentside Baptist church. Mary eventually chose to move to Fenelon in 1992, and she has stayed active with the Legion and church ever since.

When I asked Mary what she considered to be a significant achievement in her life, she replied immediately: Legion Work, Catering, Community, Reunion Choir, and Funeral Teas. Coordinating these events gives Mary great satisfaction, and the people around her rely on her for information, directions, and suggestions.

12805650_954602817921893_5622199910834651055_nMary is a real go-getter and an avid quilter;  Mary once made a quilted wall hanging for the Legion, by herself and presented it to the Legion for display. Last year, Mary submitted a quilt to the fair, and won the Fenelon Fair Viewer’s Choice Award! She was also awarded a Service Award as thanks for her time and efforts working with the Legion.

Mary is a great addition to the Fenelon Falls community: he can be found at all the craft fairs, (I love her Strawberry Rhubarb jam!) and Legion events.  And of course, the Fenelon Falls Fall Fair is Mary’s home away from home in the autumn months.

I very much look forward to joining Mary for Square Dancing and am confident that we will have a great time. Hope to see you there, too!


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Public Speak-Off at the Legion

March 22, 2018

Written by Major Roy Randell

The Annual Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking contest was held on Sunday, March 4th at Branch 238 in Fenelon Falls. There was much excitement as about 85 people came out to hear the young speakers. There were two schools represented in Langton Public School and Fenelon Township School in Cameron.

IMG-2055We had 8 participants and the subjects were very interesting and presented very well.

Legion President Arlene Coleman Legion and Legion Youth Education Rep. Major Roy Randell welcomed everyone to the event and mentioned the participants were all winners in getting so far.  It was great that teachers and parents encouraged the youth and attended the event.

First place in the Grades 4-6 category went to Lyla Verlint-Slykhuis of Langton Public School who spoke on Dog Behaviour. First place in the Grades 7-9 category was Aiden Marr of Fenelon Township School who spoke on How Trees Communicate. Both students go on to the Zone level competition at the Royal Canadian Legion in Coboconk on March 25th. We wish them every success!

A delicious lunch was provided for one and all as the judges deliberated and the names were being printed onto certificates. The Legion kitchen was staffed by Marlene Haines –Hampton, Val Elliot, and Pat Vader, who together provided the refreshments.

The Judges for the event were Rob Jardine, Joan Whyte Elliot, and Major Charlene Randell. The Scrutineers  were Ian Coleman and Johanna Sutton Roy. Time Keepers: Fern Bellwood and Jim Tesoriere. Room Set-up, Take down and Runner: John Mangan. Registration: Arlene Coleman.

Certificates: Jackie Walter. Special Consultants: Arlene Coleman, Jackie Walter, Paul Leduc.

Special thanks to all teachers, parents, and students. See you next year.


Legion Honours Seniors in Fenelon Falls (June, 2015)

June 8, 2015


The month of June is Seniors’ month in Ontario. The Royal Canada Legion, Branch 238 Fenelon Falls is hosting its eighth free seniors’ luncheon. Their goal is to honour the senior citizens of Fenelon Falls in recognition of the contributions they have made and continue to make in keeping our community strong and prosperous. Seniors play important and vital roles in our individual families, in our communities and in our country.

Many of the events that take place in Fenelon Falls have organizing committees that are heavily weighted with seniors who share their skills and experience for the benefit of their community.

“The luncheon will celebrate our local seniors letting them know just how important they are to us and provide them with an opportunity to gather and socialize,” advises Arlene Colman. “Entertainment by Belinda Wilson has been such a hit in previous years and we are very pleased to have her back again this year for your toe-tapping pleasure.”

The luncheon is for seniors in the community of Fenelon Falls who are 65 years of age and older. This is an opportunity for local seniors to meet old friends, make some new friends, enjoy a meal and entertainment. Seniors with special needs are encouraged to attend and we will do our best to accommodate. Community Care has generously volunteered to provide transportation where required.

The luncheon will take place Tuesday, June 16th starting at noon. Doors open at 11:30am. Attendance is limited to 120 and registration is required. Call Arlene Colman at 705-454-1849 and confirm your attendance today. The seats tend to fill up quickly, so call early to avoid disappointment.

The seniors of Fenelon Falls play key roles in supporting families and friends, volunteering with charities, churches and service clubs. Their contributions are a wonderful reminder to all of us that we can make a positive difference in our Village and in the lives of others post 65.

Fenelon Seniors have worked hard and continue to contribute much to the prosperity we all enjoy today. This is the Branch’s way of saying “Thank You” to the seniors of Fenelon Falls.

For information on all Fenelon Falls Legion events visit

Legion Supports Walk -in Clinic (April 2015)

April 26, 2015


The Fenelon Falls Legion, Branch 238, supports the community by giving back monies that they raise through fundraising efforts.

On April 1st, Cde Jackie Walter presented a cheque for $1000 to Phong Tan in support of the Walk-in Clinic in his PharmaSave Pharmacy in the village of Fenelon Falls.

The walk-in clinic is open every Friday from 9 to noon, and patients are seen on a first come first served basis. The clinic is part of the services provided by the Kawartha North Family Health Team. Founded in 2006, the Kawartha North Family Health Team is composed of physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nursing staff who are further supported by highly dedicated clinic coordinators and an array of allied health professionals. The team practices from locations in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon.

The Fenelon Falls Legion continually supports community endeavours such as this, to the sum of $20,000 last year. They are a vital part of our community that helps to make our town a better place to live.

Legion Honours Mark Knoester  

September 29, 2014

with community friendship award

An unsuspecting Mark Knoester was greeted by a surprise award ceremony at Sobey’s on Wednesday September 24, 2014 organized by the Fenelon Falls Legion.  In the awaiting crowd were many Legion members, fellow Sobey colleagues, friends and community supporters.  Branch 238 President Belinda Wilson presented Mr. Knoester with the Royal Canadian Legion Friendship Award, in recognition of his outstanding support of the Branch, the objectives of the Legion, and our Canadian Forces personnel. Congratulations, Mark!


Legion Commemorates 100th Anniversity of WWI

August 5, 2014
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The Fenelon Falls Legion is marking the 100th anniversary of WWI between August 2 and 17 - stop into the Legion for more information. Visit the Garden of Remembrance in the back of the Legion all through August. Films will be shown in the lounge on Aug. 4, 11, and 12 at 7:30pm.
On August 17, a parade will leave Sobeys at noon for the Cenotaph by the Post Office, where a Service of Remembrance will be held at 12:30 to commemorate the 57 men from our community known to have lost their lives in WWI.
Afterwards, join us at the Legion from 1 to 5 pm for a free BBQ on the patio and visit our Garden of Remembrance. Inside, there will be presentations and displays, and a Book of Remembrance. Enjoy a sing-along with the Reunion Choir in a WWI British Pub atmosphere.
For more information, check out website at or call the Legion at 705-887-3041