History of Branch 122
Clementsport branch opened its’ doors for the first time in January 12, 1948 with Major William Brown at the helm as the first President. The membership has met in three buildings over the years. The present building opened in 1971 and finally the membership had a building they were very proud of and could be used for a variety of events such as: Friday night suppers, dances, pool, cards games, darts, and meetings. Also the local Seniors group, “The Good Neighbours Club” utilizes the building for their meetings and suppers and have been since 1991.
In the beginning the branch was very successful due to the fact it was located near the former Cornwallis Training base. As long as the base was open the branch flourished like everything else in the area. On weekends the building was packed with members, service men and women and visitors. Those were the good times however not everything lasts and eventually the base closed in 1994 and so did the good times of having the dance hall packed every weekend at the branch.
Since that time there have been a number of changes. The membership has declined to approximately 200 and as with any other organization in our society today only a handful of members endeavour to keep things going.
However, we still have a number of events going on most days of the week such as: pool, dances, suppers, cards games, etc. Since the closure of the Clementsport Community Center in 2009 the Clementsport Historical Society now meets in the building once a month. We also have Zumba exercise classes once a week plus on occasion rug hooking classes and crafts. We are also available to other organizations and businesses to hold their banquets or parties.
Our Ladies Auxiliary has been in existence since March 24, 1949 with two ladies sharing the Presidency in the beginning, Lucy Delong/Bertha Haviland. Since that time the ladies have aged a little but are still very supportive to the branch. Their room has just been made over into a lounge and named “Bertha’s Lounge” in memory of Bertha Haviland who the room was originally named after. Until now the room was called “Haviland Room”. The ladies provide the deserts for our Friday Night Suppers for which we are very thankful.
The majority of this information was provided by Comrade Fred Bierhorst, Past President