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, 4 pm to Midnight;  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 2015 membership dues by Dec 31st :)

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GENERAL MEETING SUNDAY DEC 21st, 2.30pm upstairs

All members are encouraged to attend  your “vote” counts

2014 POPPY CAMPAIGN

The 2014 poppy campaign is now complete with a total of $53,145.19 collected on behalf of the Vancouver Poppy Fund (a 14% increase over 2013).  Impossible to do without so many dedicated volunteers, too many to list.  Special thanks, however, to two poppy taggers:  Colleen McGonigle, a Legion member from Parksville and long-time poppy tagger, who joined our campaign and worked tirelessly starting downtown early each morning and helped keep the Billy’s presence on “Arthur’s Corner”, Robson and Horby, where people still ask about him.  And Leslie Benisz who joined the campaign halfway through but still collected almost $3,000 in his first year with the poppy campaign.  His enthusiasm and dedication to the cause can be seen in his photograph below taken in front of Vancouver’s Bronze Angel monument to those CPR employees who lost their lives in WWI.  Leslie aspires to be the “best poppy tagger ever” – big shoes to fill! – but we welcome Leslie to the campaign and also as a new applicant to the Billy membership.  Well done everyone!

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Christmas Carol Night Friday December 19th 2014

Our Signature “New Year’s Eve Gala”

Appetizer buffet, party favours and champagne toast at midnight included in your ticket

$30.00 dollars in advance /$35.00 at the door
Wednesday December 31st 2014 - ticketed event
8PM-1AM
Roadrunner” is our entertainment

SEATING RESERVATIONS MAY BE MADE ONCE YOU HAVE PURCHASED YOUR TICKETS!

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Weekends at the Billy Bishop Legion

Thursday nights are ladies nights Fuzion White/Red 6 oz glass of wine $5.00
Ladies Lager Victoria Lager pint $5.00

Saturday 4.30-6.30pm sometimes live jazz bands – tip jar!

SUNDAYS

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

3 tickets for $1 – draws every ½ hour

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

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POSTED ON FACEBOOK!

“Went to the Billy Bishop last night for roast beef dinner turns out they were having their Christmas dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, it was sooooooooooooo delicious. Five dollars a pint, you can’t beat that. After dinner all these musicians came in and what a fantastic night it was. We sang every Christmas song and carol, it was just wonderful. Lots of ukulele players. Certainly got me into the Christmas spirit……”

Friday Roast Beef Dinners

ROAST BEEF CARVING STATION
Salad, fresh baked “Cobs” dinner rolls, potatoes, vegetables, home made gravy, and dessert – $15.00 from 6PM – 7.30PM

May we suggest pairing your dinner with local Oliver BC red wine ”Gehringer Brothers” Summer Night (a blend of pinot noir, cab franc and merlot) $5.00 NEW we are introducing a new white wine Gehringer Brothers “Desert Sun” (interweaving Auxerroix, Chardonnay and Riesling)  $5.00 glass Fuzion Argentina wine White/Red $5.00  (all our wines are 6oz glasses)We are pleased to announce that we have received our ‘Family Food Service Licence’ allowing minors into the Billy when a meal is served.

We look forward to seeing you and your children, grandchildren at our next Friday night dinner and special event dinners

Everyone is welcome in our friendly Lounge

Reservations are accepted for parties of 4 or more, email request to: billybishoplegion@gmail.com

Salad table at Friday dinner night

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New Specials
Monday night football $4.50 pint local beers
Tuesday night NHL night $4.50 pint local beers

We pour a 20 oz British pint

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.

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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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