Submitted by Shirley Kricheldorf-The Masset Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion recently sent out a letter to past and present members advising them of the precarious financial situation it is currently facing. It has been losing approximately $2,000 for the past year and has overextended its line of credit several times this past year.
At the June general meeting the membership voted to secure the line of credit against the title of the building. Gloria Rendell met with executive members last week to discuss the situation and offer sage advice to try turn the finances around. The credit union has agreed to increase the line of credit temporarily using current term deposits for security to give the branch time to come up with a business plan, contact Pacific Command for support and try some different fundraising ideas. The next six months will be crucial to saving the branch.
The Legion has been a community mainstay for decades. Legions across the nation are experiencing difficulties due to the passing of the large group of World War II veterans who have been the main base of support for the organization. Membership has always been open to children, siblings, and spouses of members of the Canadian and allied military and is now open to grandchildren as well. A certain percentage of the membership is open to any Canadian who supports the aims of the Legion.
Here is a list of ways that members can support the Legion:
Â• Come out for the regular steak nights – watch the scroller and upcoming events in the Observer for dates; next one is this Friday, July 16
Â• Come out to the farewell party on July 17 to say goodbye to our president, Vince Kluke. It’s a potluck affair so bring your favourite dish and enjoy the camaraderie. Vince has been an active supporter of the Legion, a volunteer firemen, and an all around nice guy during his posting in Masset. Let’s give him a send off that will have him wanting to come back to visit.
Â• Plan a family reunion or other such event (291ers, Down Home night, Survivor night, etc) at the Legion. Talk to the bar manager, Ethel Mayer, or Mary Frick to make arrangements.
Â• Organize a pool tournament – we’re told we have the best pool tables in town. Put together a dart or Euchre tournament. How about bridge or a games night? Or ask the bar staff for the backgammon board and challenge your friends.
Â• Just come out and have a few beers with friends and say hello to our friendly bar staff. Our loyal supporters are often there and would enjoy your company.
Â• Pay up your dues. Join the branch. Ask the bar staff for an application form.
Â• Come in and buy a few of the Legion pens we have for sale at the bar.
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