Billy Bishop Branch 176 Royal Canadian Legion

1407 Laburnum Street Vancouver V6J 3W4  604 738-4142

Monday – Thursday, 4 pm to 11:30 pm; Friday – Saturday, 2 pm to 10 pm;  Sunday, 2 pm to 10 pm, later for special events. (Meat Draw 4 pm to 6:30 pm)

Visitors Welcome – Free Wifi

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Banquet/Meeting Hall for Rent

Large and small banquet/meeting rooms for rent on the West side of Vancouver in the Kitsilano area. Large hall has a capacity for 130 and smaller hall for 50. The facilities are a perfect space for meetings, fitness or first aid classes, reunions, weddings, birthday parties, team fundraisers or wind up parties. Tables, chairs, upright piano, PA system and projector screen are all available. Limited kitchen use available; catering can be arranged through our branch management. Very reasonable rates available especially during day time hours.
For more information, rates or to view the space, please contact Peter Jensen at 604-568-4130 or email us at billybishoplegion@gmail.com

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Please support the Billy by coming into the branch on a regular basis and remember to pay your 2014 membership dues :)

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Interested in becoming a Member? $30.00 dollar membership fee from now until December 31st/2014 (new members only)
Non-members, please remember to sign in the visitor book at the door

Weekends at the Billy Bishop Legion

Thursday nights are ladies nights Fuzion White/Red 6 oz glass of wine $5.00

Saturdays 4 – 6pm Live jazz bands

SUNDAYS

Enjoy the afternoon of fun and excitement as we all try to win some meat and/or the 50/50 draw 4 – 6.45pm

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Labour Day Celebration!

Monday, Sept 1st, 2014 Doors open 2pm

Wild Sockeye Salmon and Sides $15.00 Served 5.30 – 7pm

wine specials @$5.00 Molson pints $5.00 Molson cans $4.00 Everyone welcome!
Dance to “Roadrunner” 7-10PM
Reservations accepted for parties of 5 or more
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Regular Friday Night Dinners

Dinners will resume September 12th

Salad table at Friday dinner night

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Come out and play in the Lounge while enjoying a few!

Scrabble Night every Tuesday in the Lounge – Games start at 7pm. Come enjoy a casual, fun, friendly game of Scrabble by the fire.

Card Night is now up and running every Wednesday Night starting at 7pmcome down and test those Bridge, Euchre and Crib skills

Meat Draw (raffle) 4 – 6.30pm Sundays

3 tickets for $1 – draws every ½ hour

50/50 Draw at 6:30 Ticket $2   or   3 for $5

(Image courtesy of Branch 60)

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A huge thank you to our Executive for all their work operating the Branch. It is not an easy job and do take an opportunity to thank individuals! If you have suggestions please email them to billybishoplegion@gmail.com or bring them to a General Meeting; constructive ideas are always needed. Congratulations to all of you for volunteering to serve the Billy.

NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVE take office July 1st until June 30th 2015

President: Debbie Hretchka, First Vice-President: Gordon Cormack, Second Vice-     President: Bruce Bell, Treasurer: Rita Johnson, Secretary: Lisa McQuillan.                              Directors: Loro Cadman, Angela Johnson, Valerie Merrett, Rosalind Smith, Fred Wharton. Past President: Derek Allen


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The Billy Bishop invites current and past members of our Canadian Military to join and enjoy the comradeship and benefits of the Royal Canadian Legion.  We would much appreciate the support of younger Veterans and offer an empathetic environment – in an official Military Museum too!

Located just one block from Kitsilano Beach on Laburnum Street north of Cornwall, the Billy Bishop Legion is the only true Neighbourhood Pub in the city, we are actually located in the Kits Point residential area; a little known gem to discover and share with your friends. There’s a wonderful assortment of characters; some even fought for the freedoms we take for granted in various theatres of war including Canada’s ‘peacekeeping’ missions. It is also filled with active young people who want to share a pint of wisdom with their elders. The mix makes for a guaranteed good time and great conversations by the fire.

Affectionately known as ‘the Billy’, it is open to everyone over 19 years of age and full membership has its privileges. The Billy is also home to upstairs hall renters who may provide after-school care, yoga, dancing classes, etc. Popular events at the Billy are Friday evenings with roast beef dinner and live entertainment, the Sunday meat raffle (4:00-6:30 pm); special TV sports events and various acoustic music sessions.  On occasion visiting entertainers come by and play or sing; you may even hear a trained operatic voice sometimes so become a regular and enjoy the camaraderie.

The Billy is an evolving and unique branch of the Royal Canadian Legion; as such there are some basic guidelines to follow:

  • Greet patrons with a smile. This is a members’ club, and much more than a public bar.
  • Gentlemen, please take off your hats when you enter the building.
  • Tip the bartenders for excellent to truly good service, especially because prices & 20oz imperial measure pints of beer are reasonable for Kitsilano.
  • Respect others and avoid “table hopping” by asking to join tables.
  • Take time to make friends. This is a community of choice.
  • Become a member. The Billy cannot exist without new members and the cost of membership ($60.00 per year) gives you guest privileges in Legions and other service and social clubs around the world.
  • Volunteer. This is Kitsilano, and volunteerism is part of our blood. (Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation started here.) The Billy is mostly run by volunteers and newcomers are welcome to participate on Standing Committees, run for the Executive, or just help out informally.

Just a few hours of your time each month makes a huge difference. You can feel you have contributed your share and learn new skills. The Billy Bishop has been the best-kept secret of Kitsilano for too long; it’s time you discovered why. Everyone is welcome, and membership is highly encouraged.

Anyone interested in renting our upstairs hall/meeting room/summer patio please call 604 568-4130 or 604 738-4142 to speak with ( 9.30 -11.30am approx) or leave a message for Peter Jensen, our rentals coordinator or email: billybishoplegion@gmail.com attn: Peter

Webmaster: Angela Squires (please notify the Branch of any errors)

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